Installing Dataprotector 9 Agents on Debian 8

For some reason, dataprotector agents are released as an ISO image, with a +3000 lines shell script

sudo ./ -server -install da

This lengthy script install dataprotector clients or server in several architectures:

  • osf1

  • hp-ux

  • SunOs and Solaris

  • AIX,

  • Linux x86, linux ia64

  • sco_sv

  • Darwin

  • PowerPC

For linux, it relays con rpm configuration. For Debian, the way to go would be alien.

Packages needed for Dataprotector agents (DA):

The only packages that are needed for the agents are:

  • OB2-TS-CORE-A.09.00-1.x86_64

  • OB2-CORE-A.09.00-1.x86_64

  • OB2-DA-A.09.00-1.x86_64

So, our first and naive aproach was a conversion with Alien and install them via dpkg -i.

for RPM in *.rpm; do sudo alien -c -k -d --fixperms $RPM; done

This led to an error as this three packages couldn’t be installed because we lacked some util called omnicc.

At this point, I tried running omnicc with bash -x, so that I could see what the long omnisetup was trying to do in my Debian machine.

bash -x ./ -server -install da

And then I noticed that, though only the above packages were installed, some others were uncompressed and used:

rpm2cpio /usr/local/share/Software_HP_DP_9.00_for_Linux_TD586-15021/linux_x86_64/DP_DEPOT/OB2-CORE-IS-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm 

cpio -id ./opt/omni/databases/utils/gpl/x86_64/linux-x86-64/utils.tar

cp ./opt/omni/databases/utils/gpl/x86_64/linux-x86-64/utils.tar .
rpm2cpio /usr/local/share/Software_HP_DP_9.00_for_Linux_TD586-15021/linux_x86_64/DP_DEPOT/OB2-TS-CFP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm

cpio -id ./opt/omni/databases/vendor/ts_core/gpl/x86_64/linux-x86-64/A.09.00/packet.Z



rpm2cpio /usr/local/share/Software_HP_DP_9.00_for_Linux_TD586-15021/linux_x86_64/DP_DEPOT/OB2-DAP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm

cpio -id ./opt/omni/databases/vendor/da/gpl/x86_64/linux-x86-64/A.09.00/packet.Z



At this point, I decided to stick to rpm installation, and use the script.

These are the files from the ISO image that we need to distribute to our Debian machines:

│   ├── DP_DEPOT
│   │   ├──
│   │   ├── OB2-CFP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   ├── OB2-CORE-IS-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   ├── OB2-DA-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   ├── OB2-DAP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   ├── OB2-TS-CFP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   ├── OB2-TS-CORE-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   │   └── OB2-TS-CS-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm
│   ├── scripts_linux_x86_64
│   │   ├──
│   │   └──
│   └── SIG
│   └── DP_DEPOT
│   ├── OB2-CFP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   ├── OB2-CORE-IS-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   ├── OB2-DA-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   ├── OB2-DAP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   ├── OB2-TS-CFP-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   ├── OB2-TS-CORE-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   └── OB2-TS-CS-A.09.00-1.x86_64.rpm.sig
│   └──
├── Readme.txt

Manual installation:

apt-get install -y liblua5.1-0 xinetd rpm2cpio rpm 
sudo ./ -server -install da

Reconfigure xinetd to serve omni

cat /etc/xinetd.d/dataprotector 

omni stream tcp nowait root /opt/omni/lbin/inet inet -log /var/opt/omni/log/inet.log

Puppet installation

I am proud to present my own dataprotectoragent puppet module to avoid manual installation of this agent

puppet module install esterniclos-dataprotector agent

class {"dataprotectoragent":
      dataprotectorserver => "",

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