How to use Dell NetWorker with Wasabi using CloudBoost?

Dell 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. 

A NetWorker with CloudBoost environment can extend onsite data protection to Wasabi's cloud storage. This solution allows clients to send backups directly to Wasabi's object store with only the metadata being stored in the CloudBoost appliance.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites
  2. Architecture Diagram
  3. Configuration on Cloudboost appliance 
  4. Add Cloudboost Device on NetWorker
  5. Create Backups on NetWorker
  6. Run Backups to store on Wasabi via DD Cloud Tier
  7. Recover from Backups
  8. Storage on Wasabi

 

1. Prerequisites

  • An active Wasabi account.
  • NetWorker software deployed and licensed
  • Cloudboost appliance deployed and configured to transfer data to Wasabi. Refer to How do I use Dell CloudBoost with Wasabi article to configure Cloudboost.
  • CloudBoost and NetWorker FQDNs are resolved via DNS

 

2. Architecture Diagram

 

 

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3. Configuration on Cloudboost Appliance

On the Cloudboost appliance enable remote client mounts. Remote client mounts are required to integrate NetWorker with Cloudboost. Follow the steps below to enable remote client mounts.

3.1 Open a CLI window for the appliance.

3.2 Log in with the admin username and password.

3.3 Type the following command- 

     remote-mount-password enable <password>

where password is the new password for the remotebackup user-

 

4. Add the Cloudboost device on NetWorker

To configure a CloudBoost device on NetWorker to receive backup or clone data, perform the following steps.

 

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

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

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

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4.4 Review the check list and Click "Next".

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4.5 Select "Create new CloudBoost Appliance" in the CloudBoost configuration options window and enter the following details:

  • Appliance Name.
  • Hostname for the appliance.
  • CloudBoost credentials- username and password.

Than click "Next" to continue creating a CloudBoost device.

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4.6 Create a new folder by clicking on "New Folder" for the path on CloudBoost file system. Then select the folder and click "Next" to continue.

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4.7 Select the Pool Type as Backup and Select "Create and use a new Pool". Enter a name for the new pool. Click "Next" to continue. 

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4.8 Review the device configuration settings and click "Configure" to create the device.

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4.9 The CloudBoost device is now listed under devices. Click on the "Devices" tab and then click on "Devices" on the left pane to list all devices added to NetWorker. 

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5. Create Backups on NetWorker

The following steps describe how to create a policy and workflow to create backups to be stored on Wasabi using the Cloudboost device configured on NetWorker in section 4 above.  

 

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

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

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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

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6. Run Backups to store data on Wasabi

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

 

6.1 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. 

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6.2 One the backup workflow has started, you can view the details by expanding the actions and clicking on each action. 

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6.3 To view log messages, hover over the "messages" column on the right for each of the actions.

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7. Recover from Backups

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

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

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

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7.4 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.
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  2. Search tab- You can search and select the backup sets based on file or directory name, file path or by time of backup. 
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  3. Save Set Recover- Query the list of backup sets based on time of backup and select the backup you want to recover. Then click "Next".
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7.5 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.

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

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

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

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8. Storage on Wasabi

You can confirm the integration by checking the Wasabi account. CloudBoost will create buckets with the naming convention mag-XXXXXXXX.

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Note: The configuration steps provided in this document are an example For more details on NetWorker and Cloudboost integration, please refer to Dell's documentation-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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