Re: [Veritas-bu] Alternate Network Interfaces

2010-09-14 17:18:44
Subject: Re: [Veritas-bu] Alternate Network Interfaces
From: ccosta.ccc AT gmail DOT com
To: "Heathe Yeakley" <hkyeakley AT gmail DOT com>, veritas-bu-bounces AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu, "NetBackup Mailing List" <veritas-bu AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:19:49 +0000
You will need to associate a different name to each network interface on the 
media server and then you can point one client to one interface and another 
client to the other interface. However depending on the size of the environment 
this can be a adminstrative nightmare.

I would use the recommnedation that Rusty Major suggested and bond or team the 
NIC's. You basically would accomplish the same thing (doubling throughput) 
without the administrative headache in the example I described.

Hope this helps.

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From: Heathe Yeakley <hkyeakley AT gmail DOT com>
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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:16:35 
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Subject: [Veritas-bu] Alternate Network Interfaces

My Fellow Admins,

I have a backup environment comprised of a single RHEL 5 Master server
(which doubles as a media server) and a single dedicated media server,
also running RHEL 5. These 2 servers are backing up a small
environment of approximately 100 servers with a combined weekly backup
volume of about 20 - 30 terabytes.

On each server, I only have 1 of the available 4 NICs configured. Each
morning I come in and a handful of my larger boxes are still running
and getting terrible throughput.

I've looked at CPU, memory and other statistics on the box, and it
doesn't look like I'm overloading my master and/or media server. I
think it's simply a case of my 1 NIC per box is getting saturated
during my backup window and each of my clients isn't getting a lot of
throughput to whichever machine is backing it up.

I have asked my network team to please run a second cable to the
second NIC on each box. I've brought both NICs online. I have selected
1 solaris 10 client in my backup environment that I want to try and
send all its backup traffic to the second interface on whichever box
ends up backing it up and night.

I've scanned through the NetBackup admin guide for Unix/Linux and I've
browsed the knowledgebase on Symantec's website for ideas on how to do
this. I've seend two or three ways to do it and I'm trying to figure
out which one best suits what I'm trying to do.

This first KB article I read is:

which suggests going into Global attributes and setting "Use Specified
Network Interface" on the client. My question is, I have two different
interfaces I could potentially use: the 2nd NIC on my master or the
second NIC on my media server. This box implies I can only put in one
interface. Since it's a crap shoot which media server will get the
task of backing the machine up, I'm not sure if this is the option for
what I want to do.

Then I found this article:

Which talks about the REQUIRED_INTERFACE directive in the
/usr/openv/volmgr/vm.conf file.But upon reading the technote, that
doesn't sound quite like what I'm trying to do.

Any ideas?

- Heathe Kyle Yeakley
Veritas-bu maillist  -  Veritas-bu AT mailman.eng.auburn DOT edu
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