Standard Edition (x86), Standard Edition (x64), Enterprise Edition (x86), Enterprise Edition (x64), Datacenter Edition (x64)
Windows Server 2003
Standard Server(x64), Standard Server SP2 (x64), Standard Server SP2, Standard Server SP1, Standard Server, Enterprise SP2(x64), Enterprise SP2, Enterprise SP1(x64), Enterprise SP1(IA64), Enterprise ServerSP1, Enterprise Server, Enterprise (x64), Enterprise (IA64), Datacenter SP2(x64), DataCenter SP2, DataCenter SP1(x64), DataCenter SP1(IA64), DataCenter SP1, DataCenter (x64), DataCenter (IA64), DataCenter
Windows Server 2008 R2
WebServer (x64-64bit), Standard (x64-64bit), Server Core, Itanium, Enterprise (x64-64bit), DataCenter (x64-64bit)
Pro 5.1 64 bit SP2, Home 5.1 SP2, Embedded SP2
8.3, 8.2, 7.3, 6.2, 6.1
SLES9 (zSeries), SLES 9 (IA64), SLES 11 (zSeries), SLES 11, SLES 10 SP1, SLES 10 (zSeries), SLES 10 (x86_64), SLES 10 (pSeries), RHEL 5.0 (zSeries), RHEL 5.0 (pSeries), RHEL 5 (x86_64), RHEL 5, RHEL 4.0 (pSeries), Red Flag DC Server 5.0 SP2, Red Flag DC Server 5.0 SP1, Open Enterprise Server, OL 5.0, Debian GNU Linux 5.0, Canonical Ubuntu 9.04
The following are best practices for NetBackup for VMware:
For a more efficient backup, the NetBackup media server and the VMware backup host should be installed on the same host.
When creating virtual machines, use the same name for both host name and display name. If the policy's Primary VM identifier option is changed, the existing entries on the policy Clients tab still work.
VMware recommends that you run no more than four simultaneous backups of virtual machines that reside on the same datastore.
Successful VMware snapshots depend on the following:
The amount of I/O that occurs on the virtual machine datastore. Backups should be scheduled when relatively little I/O activity is expected. Reducing the number of simultaneous backups can also help.
Limit access to the datastore per policy: Use the Limit jobs per policy attribute in the NetBackup policy.
Limit access to the datastore globally (across all policies): Use the Host Properties Resource Limit screen.
The design of the I/O substructure that is associated with each virtual machine datastore. For correct I/O design and implementation, consult your VMware documentation.
Make sure that the VMware backup host has enough memory to handle the number of simultaneous backups that occur.
Include in a single NetBackup policy those virtual machines that use the same datastore. This practice lets you control the amount of backup-related I/O that occurs per datastore, to limit the backup effect on the target virtual machines.
NetBackup supports multiple backup hosts. When a single backup host is saturated with a backup process, another backup host can be added to increase backup throughput.
Upgrade to the latest version of VMware vSphere or Virtual Infrastructure.
See the Symantec white paper titled NetBackup for VMware Best Practices Guide.