NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine display names and other vSphere objects

Article:HOWTO70988  |  Created: 2012-02-08  |  Updated: 2013-10-02  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO70988
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NetBackup character restrictions for virtual machine display names and other vSphere objects

When VMware virtual machines are included in a NetBackup policy, certain characters are not allowed in the virtual machine display name or in the names of other vSphere objects.

If the name contains the wrong characters, the backup may fail.

For NetBackup, the following characters are allowed in virtual machine display names, cluster names, datastore names, file names, or folder names:

  • Uppercase and lowercase ASCII characters

  • Numbers

  • Period (.)

    Note however that a display name cannot end with a period.

  • Hyphen (-)

  • Underscore (_)

  • Plus sign (+)

  • Percent sign (%)

  • Left and right parentheses ()

  • Spaces

Note:

No other characters are allowed.

For the policies that select virtual machines automatically:

  • A space in a display name is converted to "%20" in the test query results if the virtual machine is listed as included.

  • A percent (%) in a display name is converted to %25 in the test query results if the virtual machine is listed as included. When you specify the display name in a query, replace the % character with %25.

See Primary VM identifier options (VMware).

See NetBackup for VMware: notes and restrictions

See NetBackup does not recognize upper vs. lower case in display names.


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