How to use Dell EMC Networker with Wasabi using Data Domain?

Dell EMC's Networker has been validated to be used with Wasabi's cloud storage. As part of Dell's Data Protection Suite, NetWorker offers comprehensive data protection software applications and tools for enterprises.  

Networker can be used to tier backups to Wasabi using Data Domain (DD) Cloud Tier. This document details the steps needed to configure Networker with Data Domain to tier backups to Wasabi. 


Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites
  2. Architecture Diagram
  3. Add Data Domain device
  4. Add DD Cloud Tier Device
  5. Create Backups on Networker
  6. Networker Configuration to clone to DD Cloud Tier
  7. Run Backups to store on Wasabi via DD Cloud Tier
  8. Recover from Backups
  9. Storage on Wasabi


1. Prerequisites

  • An active Wasabi account.
  • Networker software deployed and licensed
  • Data Domain with cloud tier is required. Data Domain with Cloud tier is deployed and licensed. 
  • DD Cloud tier is set up on Data Domain and a Wasabi bucket is added as a Cloud Unit. Please refer to How do I use Data Domain with Wasabi for configuring Cloud Tier on Data Domain.
  • To use Data Domain with NetWorker, the NetWorker server hostname should be in lowercase. Data Domain functions with lowercase and DD Cloud tier operations fail if it is a mixed case.
  • Data Domain and Networker FQDNs are resolved via DNS.


2. Architecture Diagram




3. Add Data Domain Device

This section outlines the steps to add a Data Domain device to Networker. Once you add a Data Domain device, you can use Networker to save backup sets on the Active Tier on the Data Domain system. The saved backup sets can then be tiered to Wasabi Cloud storage using Data Movement policies configured on the Data Domain system to move data from the Active tier to the Cloud tier. Refer to How do I use Data Domain with Wasabi article for steps to configure Data movement policies on the DD system.


3.1 Login to the Networker UI and Click on the "Devices" tab. 



3.2 Right Click on "Devices" and click on "New Device Wizard".



3.3 In the New Device Wizard, select "DD Cloud Tier" and click "Next".



3.4 Review the checklist and Click "Next".



3.5 On the "Device Configuration Wizard", select "Add a new Data Domain System" and enter the DD Boost and DD Management Credentials (optional). Then click "Next".



3.6 In the Select Folders page create a Data Domain Device, select the Data Domain system and click on "New Folder" to create a folder. Type a name for the new folder, and then select the checkbox next to the folder or device name. Then Click "Next".



3.7 On the Select Storage Nodes page, select "Use an existing storage node" and select the existing networker node. Then click "Next". 



3.8 In the Select SNMP Monitoring Options page, enter the SNMP Community String for the Data Domain system. Check the "Receive SNMP trap events" option and specify the port if it is different than 162. Then click "Next".

Note: The SNMP community string should be set to the value configured on Data Domain system under Administration>> Settings>> SNMP>> Communities.



3.9 On the Review the Device Configuration Settings page, review the configuration information and then click "Configure" to add the Data Domain device.



3.10 Click on the "Devices" tab, then click on "Data Domain Systems" in the left panel. You should see the Data Domain device listed there. To modify the device properties, right-click on the DD device and click on "Properties".



4. Add DD Cloud tier to Networker

The steps outlined in this section are used to add a DD Cloud tier device on Networker. Once the device is added, it can be used to clone backup sets directly to the Cloud tier on the Data Domain system.  


4.1 Login to the Networker UI and Click on "Devices".



4.2 Right Click on "Devices" and click on "New Device Wizard".



4.3 In the New Device Wizard, select "DD Cloud Tier" and click "Next".



4.4 Select the "Data Domain System" and input the DD Boost Username and password in the DD Cloud Tier Configuration Options window. Select the remaining details as applicable to your environment.



4.5 In the Select Folders page create a DD Cloud Tier Device, select the Data Domain system and click on "New Folder" to create a folder for the. DD Cloud Tier device.



4.6 In the Configure a Pool for the DD Cloud Tier Device page, Select the "Configure Media Pools for Devices" option. In the Pool section, either create a new pool or select an existing pool for DD Cloud Tier. Select the option "Label and Mount device after creation" and click "Next".



4.7 In the Select the Storage Nodes for the DD Cloud Tier Device page, select an existing storage node or create a new one by entering the hostname for the storage node. Click "Next". 



4.8 In the Configure the Data Domain Management Policy page, enter the following details:

  1. In the "Data Domain Host" field, specify the hostname of the Data Domain system.
  2. In the "Admin User" field, enter an admin username for the Data Domain system. 
  3. In the "Admin Password" field, enter the password for the above admin user.
  4. In the CA Certificate field, click "Pull Certificate".
    The Device wizard contacts the Data Domain system and displays the certificate in the Certificate field. The Management Certificates window appears.
  5. From the Select Certificate list, select the certificate.
  6. In the Certificate Details field, review the certificate, and if the certificate is correct, click I Trust.
    The CA Certificate field on the Configure the Data Domain Management Policy window displays the certificate.
  7. In the Cloud Unit Name field, specify the name of the cloud unit that you created on the Data Domain system.
  8. Click "Next" and click "OK" to the "Updating Data Movement Policy" dialog box.



4.9 Review the device configuration and click "Configure" to create the device.



4.10 Click on the "Devices" tab, then click on "Data Domain Systems" in the left panel to view the newly created DD Cloud Tier device. To modify the device properties, right-click on the DD device and click on "Properties".


5. Create Backups on Networker

The following steps describe how to create a policy and workflow to create backups to be stored on the Data Domain system configured on Networker in section 3 above.  


5.1 Login to the Networker Administration GUI and Click on "Protection".



5.2 Right click on "Policies" and click on "New".



5.3 In the Create Policy window, enter the Name and click OK to create a new policy.



5.4 Create a new Workflow by clicking on "Create a new Workflow".



5.5 In the New Workflow window, enter the Name for the workflow and add the group that you want the workflow to run on by clicking on the "+" sign.

Then click "Add" to create and add a new Action. 



5.6 The Policy Action Wizard opens. Enter the "Name" for the Action and select "Action Type" as "Backup". Optionally select the Period and days of the week to schedule backups. Click "Next" to specify Backup Options.



5.7 In the Specify Backup Options window, select the Destination Storage Node. Select the Data Domain system as the "Destination Pool". 



5.8  In the Advanced Options window, optionally set the advanced options and click on "Next".



5.9 Review the configuration for the new Action and click on "Configure".



5.10 Click "Ok" to complete creating the new Workflow.



6. Networker configuration to Clone to DD Cloud Tier


Cloning enables secure storage of the backups created by Networker to Wasabi Cloud for longer-term retention. The following steps describe how to create a workflow and policy action to create a clone to be stored on the Data Domain Cloud Tier configured on Networker in section 4 above.


6.1 On the Networker Admin GUI, click on "Protection" and select the policy used for backing up the VM and right click on the Workflow, then click "Properties".



6.2 On the Workflow properties window click "Add" to add another Action.



6.3 Enter a name for the action and select "Action Type" to Clone. Click "Next" to continue.



6.4 In the Clone options window, select the DD Cloud Tier that was created in Section-4 as the Destination pool. Optionally modify the "Retention period" and click "Next". 



6.5 Optionally modify the advanced options and click "Next".



6.6 Review the configuration summary and click "Configure" to create the Action for the workflow.



6.7 On the Workflow properties window, click "Ok".



7. Run backups to store on Wasabi via DD Cloud Tier

Once you have created the policy and workflow for creating backups and clones, backups will be running as per the schedule in the protection policy. Manual backups can be initiated from the Monitoring tab in Networker.  The below steps detail how to initiate manual backups and see the logs.


7.1 On the Networker GUI click on the "Monitoring" tab. Then expand the policy that you want to run by clicking on the "+" sign beside the policy name. Right-click on the workflow that you want to initiate and click "Start". This will run the protection workflow. 



7.2 Once the backup workflow has started, you can view the details by expanding the actions and clicking on each action. To view log messages, hover over the "messages" column on the right for each of the actions. 



8. Recover from Backups

8.1 Click on the "Recover" tab. Click on "New Recover" in the menu bar under "Recover".



8.2 Select the "Recover Type" and click on "Next".



8.3 Select the name of the host that needs to be recovered. Then click on "Next".



8.4 Select the backup set to be recovered. There are three ways to select a backup set-

  1. Browse tab- On this tab, click on Backup Overview to get a calendar view per week or month. Then click on a day to list backups performed on that day. Select a backup set from the list and click on "Change Browse Time" to go back to the "data to recover" window.
  2. Search tab- You can search and select the backup sets based on file or directory name, file path or by the time of backup. 
  3. Save Set Recover- Query the list of backup sets based on the time of backup and select the backup you want to recover. Then click "Next". 

8.5 Select a path in the recovery options window. If "New destination path" is selected, click on the folder icon on right to select a patch. 



8.6 Leave the recommended option in the Volume information window. Click "Next" to continue.



8.7 Enter the name for the recovery and select the "Recovery Start time" as needed. Then click "Run Recovery" to start recovery.



8.8 In the Recovery results window, the progress of the recovery and log can be viewed. Click on the "Finish" button to exit. 



9. Storage On Wasabi

The Data Domain Cloud Tier feature creates 3 directories in your Wasabi bucket when the Cloud Unit is added successfully. The directories are named 'dx', 'cx' and 'mx'. The dx directory is used for data segments. The directory named 'cx' is used for configuration data and the directory named 'mx' is used for storing metadata.     

Prior to DDVE version 7.9, Cloud Tiering creates three buckets c0, d0, and m0 on the Wasabi account to store configuration, data segments, and metadata respectively. 

Note: Currently there is an issue due to which the data stored in the Wasabi bucket is not visible on Wasabi Console. You will need to use S3 Browser to view data in the Wasabi bucket.


Note: For more details on Networker and Data Domain Cloud Tier integrations, please refer to Dell's documentation-



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