About what's new in Symantec OpsCenter 7.5
|Article:HOWTO71796|||||Created: 2012-02-08|||||Updated: 2012-02-08|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO71796|
OpsCenter 7.5 allows you to search for and restore the backed up files or directories from multiple source clients. In the OpsCenter console, go to and click link to restore backed up files and directories. A new user role named Restore Operator has been added in OpsCenter 7.5.
With earlier versions of OpsCenter, standard or custom reports may show incorrect data if you select a time frame that contains a Daylight Saving Time (or DST) change. This issue has now been fixed in OpsCenter 7.5.
Example: Suppose you select CST (GMT -6:00) as the Data Display Time Zone on OpsCenter Server. And while running the report, you specify the absolute timeframe from Oct 22, 2010 to November 22, 2010. The DST setting for CST time zone ended on Nov 7, 2010 02:00:00. Since the DST ends on November 7 which is in the middle of the selected timeframe, the selected timeframe contains the DST change.
To overcome such performance issues, Symantec recommends that you configure the timezone for the OpsCenter Server as either GMT or a timezone that does not have any DST. You can configure the Data Display Time Zone from the OpsCenter console by clicking and browsing to the Basic Preferences section.
Backup > Job Activity
Backup Window > Job Count
Backup > Planning Activity > Forecast
Job Size - Forecast
Backup > Status & Success Rate
Advanced Success Rate
Success Rate - All Attempts
Success Rate - First Attempt
Success Rate - All Jobs
Backup > Status & Success Rate > Status
Consecutive Failures Report
Week at a Glance
Failed Job Count
Partially Successful Job Count
Successful Job Count
Success Rate Line
Job Attempt Status Detail
Backup > Planning Activity > Scheduled Job
Job Details Scheduled vs. Actual
Job Count Scheduled Vs. Actual
Job Count within Backup Window
Backup > Deduplication
Deduplication Size Savings
Deduplication Size Factor
Pre Vs. Post Deduplication
Job Activity > Variance
Backup Job Size Variance
Backup > Job Browser
Tabular Backup Report
Backup > Planning Activity > Stored Backup Images
Stored backup Images on Media
Client Reports > Risk Analysis
Recovery Point Objective
Client Risk Analysis
Client Not Backed up
Job Success By Client
Virtual Client Summary
Disk & Tape Device Activity
Current Disk Usage
Media Expiration Schedule
Master Server Job Throughput
See Disk Usage report.
Policy Summary Dashbaord
Top 10 Policies Using most Server Space
Restore Job Details
Restore Job Summary by Job Count
Restore Job Summary by Volume Restored
If you have saved one or more reports that are based on any of the report templates mentioned above or any custom reports and you upgrade from an earlier OpsCenter version to OpsCenter 7.5, you will see the link named View modified saved reports under . Since the saved reports are based on templates that have been modified in OpsCenter 7.5, these saved reports may appear modified. Click the link to view the modified saved reports.
The unit Years has been added for Relative Timeframe selection for all of the reports. You can now view report data for the last x years with Symantec OpsCenter Analytics for the above reports. You can also see the Years tab on the top-right corner of the above reports.
Trend line display option is now available for some of the canned historical reports. You can use trendlines to specify whether the report should include a trendline, and the length of the interval between points on the trend line (in days). The following check box is available under Timeline Chart Properties on the Modify Display Options pane:
The Week at a Glance report can now show the files and directories that are backed up for each client. The following checkbox has been added on the Modify Display Options pane when you edit the report:
A new checkbox named Target Performance has been added to the Modify Display Options page. This checkbox is visible when you create a custom historical report. You can use the Target Performance option to specify where a report draws the target line, with which you can compare the actual performance shown. The Target Performance option allows you to specify the target for Y1 or Y2 axis (in case of dual axis). In case you set a value of say 100 for Y1 axis and run the report, you will see a straight line parallel to X-axis and the value as 100 on Y1 axis. Using this option, you can easily compare the actual performance with the target performance.
A new checkbox option called Display unique rows in the report has been added for custom tabular reports. This option appears on the Modify Display Options page when you create custom tabular reports. When you select this option, all duplicate rows are replaced by a single row in the report and only distinct records are shown. Duplicate rows generally appear if the rows do not have a unique ID.
While creating custom reports (Distribution, Historical, Tabular, or Ranking) in the Modify Display Options page, if you select report data for chart based reports then the function or Operation drop-down list is populated dynamically with the supported values. For example if you create a Distribution, Historical, or Ranking custom report, and select Report Data as Job Primary ID, only valid functions like Count, Distinct Count, Maximum, and Minimum are shown in the other drop-down list. Earlier all the functions were displayed.
If you specify a relative timeframe and check Start from the beginning of <selected unit>, the Relative timeframe is calculated starting from the first day for week, month, quarter, or year selection, from 12 A.M. for day selection, and from the earliest whole number (no minutes or seconds) for hour selection. Do not select the Start from the beginning of <unit> check box if you want to view data for the entire period specified in Relative Timeframe.
The current date is June 13, 2010. If you select the Relative Timeframe as Previous 1 Month and do not select the Start from the beginning of Month check box, the report shows data from May 14, 2010 to June 13, 2010. However if you select the Start from the beginning of Month check box, the report shows data from June 1, 2010 to June 13, 2010.
The current date and time is September 13, 10:30 PM. If you select the Relative Timeframe as Previous 2 Days and do not select the Start from the beginning of Days check box, the report shows data from September 11, 10:30 P.M. to September 13, 10:30 P.M. However if you select the Start from the beginning of Days check box, the report shows data from September 12, 12 A.M. to September 13, 10:30 P.M.
The current time is 4:25 P.M. If you select the Relative Timeframe as Previous 2 Hours and do not select the Start from the beginning of Hour check box, the report shows data from 2:25 P.M. to 4:25 P.M. However if you select the Start from the beginning of Hours check box, the report shows data from 3 P.M. to 4:25 P.M.
Symantec OpsCenter Analytics 7.5 allows you to perform advanced NetBackup Search and hold operations based on indexing the file system metadata that is associated with the backup images. A license for NetBackup Search is required. After you have added the license and log on as a Security Administrator, you can view the content in tab in the OpsCenter console.
OpsCenter 7.5 helps you to generate traditional licensing reports for master servers of version 6.5.6 and higher (supported by nbdeployutil). You can find information about traditional licenses by going to in the OpsCenter console.
All OpsCenter users cannot access all OpsCenter views. A Security Administrator or an Administrator has read and write permission for all the views (except write permission for the ALL MASTER SERVERS view). For other users, access to views is permission-based.
See About the View pane.
You can view the data that is relevant to the selected view. For example for a client view, media details are not valid. Hence if you select a client-type view and click Monitor > Media, you will see the following error message:
An OpsCenter user can specify the default view to be shown in OpsCenter from . This default view would be used when you log on to OpsCenter. If you modify the view selection after logging on to OpsCenter from the View Pane, then that view selection is used for that session throughout OpsCenter except reporting.
A Security Administrator can view information about permitted view for the user from Settings > Users. As this view is restricted to Security Administrator, only the user with Security Administrator will be able to see the views assigned to a specific user.
All the non-admin users get the access to the ALL MASTER SERVERS view only if permitted. A Security Administrator can only grant read access to this view but cannot modify or delete this view. During upgrade, all the existing users are given read access to the ALL MASTER SERVERS view.
The Analyst user role is no longer available. When you upgrade from an earlier version to OpsCenter 7.5, all the existing Analyst users are upgraded to Reporter in OpsCenter 7.5. Because an Analyst has default read permission on all the views, after upgrade all upgraded Analyst users get read permission on all the views in OpsCenter.
Consider a scenario where an OpsCenter user has saved a view-based report, and now he no longer has access to the specific view. If the user tries to run this report, the following message is displayed:
OpsCenter 7.5 also lets you monitor hardware of multiple NetBackup 52xx Appliances from the OpsCenter console. You can monitor appliance master and media servers and quickly identify any hardware failures in the appliances from the OpsCenter console. To monitor appliance hardware and view hardware summary of the appliance master or media servers, go to in the OpsCenter console.
OpsCenter can monitor appliance 2.0 master servers. OpsCenter 7.5 can also monitor appliance 1.2 and 2.0 media servers that are attached to an appliance 2.0 master server or to a regular NetBackup 7.5 master server. A new data type called Appliance Hardware has been added to collect appliance-specific data.
See About Cloud reports.
OpsCenter 7.5 now supports the feature of asset tags. This feature deploys ISO 19770-2 standard software asset tags with OpsCenter 7.5 components like Server, Agent, and View Builder. An Asset tag helps to identify if a particular software product or component is deployed on a host.
The Apache Tomcat Web server has been upgraded to version 18.104.22.168 (from version 22.214.171.124) for all platforms. The Web server has been upgraded to address the security vulnerabilities in the earlier version.
Starting with OpsCenter 7.5, the OpsCenter Product Improvement Program captures installation deployment and product usage information. During the installation, you can choose to participate in the Product Improvement Program and send this information automatically and in a secured manner to Symantec. The information received becomes part of a continuous quality improvement program that helps Symantec understand how customers configure, deploy, and use OpsCenter. This information is then used to help Symantec identify improvements in product features, testing, technical support, and future requirements.
Native 64-bit OpsCenter Agent software is now available for 64-bit Windows platforms. For OpsCenter 7.5, 32-bit Agent software is not supported on 64-bit Windows systems. The Installer automatically installs 64-bit Agent software on a 64-bit Windows system.
If you were using 32-bit Agent software on a 64-bit Windows system and upgrade to OpsCenter 7.5, then 64-bit Agent software is installed when you install OpsCenter 7.5 Agent. You need to perform the following tasks after you upgrade to 64-bit OpsCenter Agent:
If 32-bit Agent software is upgraded to 64-bit, all Agent tuning configurations in
OpsCenterAgentService.xmlfile that you may have made earlier should be performed again manually. The
OpsCenterAgentService.xmlfile is used to specify how much memory is allocated for the Agent process and can be located in <INSTALL_PATH>\agent\bin.
If 32-bit Agent software is upgraded to 64-bit software and the Agent is not installed on the OpsCenter Server, any Agent configurations in the
log.conffile that you may have made earlier must be performed manually again after you upgrade. Possible Agent configuration in
log.confcan be changing the Agent logging level etc. The
log.conffile is located in <INSTALL_PATH>\agent. This step must be performed only if OpsCenter Agent is not located on the OpsCenter Server.
In OpsCenter 7.5, a new database user named DBOPERATOR has been added. The DBOPERATOR role is used when you create reports by running SQL-based queries. The SQL-based queries can be created from and is available in Symantec OpsCenter Analytics. The DBOPERATOR only has read access to the OpsCenter specific tables, views, procedures, and functions. Hence the DBOPERATOR can only execute "Select" queries on the OpsCenter-specific tables, views, or stored procedures. The DBOPERATOR can create his own tables, views, procedures and functions for which he has full permission (like Select, Delete, or Update).
If you are upgrading to OpsCenter 7.5, DBOPERATOR has full access on the procedures, functions that are not specific to OpsCenter and were created before 7.5. DBOPERATOR also has full access (except DROP) on the tables and views that are not specific to OpsCenter and were created before 7.5.
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