VMware: What are the requirements for VMware VCB Backup with NetBackup 6.5

Article:TECH143677  |  Created: 2010-11-08  |  Updated: 2011-03-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH143677
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Need requirements for VMware Consolidate Backup (VCB)  backup



At NetBackup 6.5 we make use of VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) Framework for the NetBackup for VMware Agent.
At NetBackup 7.0 we make use of the VMware VDDK (vStorage) api and no longer use VCB.
The requirements for both are quite similar except that with vStorage and NetBackup 7.0 you no longer need to install any VMware software.  The software is part of your NetBackup installation.
If you do not have a VMware VCB proxy server you will need to set one up.  You will want to make sure you are able to perform VCB snapshots of your virtual machines.  If SAN is method you will use for VCB snapshots to be transferred this proxy server you will want to have your san administrator present the datastore LUNs to the proxy server.  All of this is outlined in VMware documentation on VCB.
To support the latest releases of VMware ESX and vCenter components, make sure you are using the latest release of  VMware's VCB Framework - VCB 1.5 Update 2.
Once that is confirmed, you the requirements for NetBackup are:
1.   The NetBackup 6.5 Snapshot Client is required.  This is part of the NetBackup 6.5 Enterprise Client license.  This license needs to be installed on the master server only.
2.  NetBackup 6.5 needs to be installed on the VMware VCB proxy server.  This can be a NetBackup media server or client install. It is recommended it be a media server for more efficient backups.
3.  If the VMware VCB proxy server will be a NetBackup media server, it must be a full media server license that allows remote client backups.
4.  VMware VCB only runs on Windows.  So the proxy server does need to be Windows Server 2003 or 2008.  While VCB is a 32-bit application, it is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
5.  NetBackup recommends that this VMware VCB proxy server be a 64-bit operating system.  This is due to the more advanced memory features available allowing NetBackup to process larger virtual machines.
6.   For full virtual machine restores you will want to have VMware Converter installed on the proxy server.  NetBackup only works with the following two version of Converter:  
Converter 3.0.2 Update 1
Converter 4.0.1 Standalone (required for vSphere).
7.  Due to the resolution of issues in earlier releases and to the introduction of more features for VMware backups it is recommended to be at NetBackup 6.5.6.  At a minimum be at NetBackup 6.5.4.
For complete requirements, best practices, etc see the following:
============== VMware NBU 7.0 =============================
Symantec NetBackup (tm) 7.0 for VMware Guide
Symantec NetBackup (tm) 7.0.1 for VMware Guide
DOCUMENTATION: Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments
DOCUMENTATION: Issues resolved in the bundle for VMware backups included in Etrack 2060693
DOCUMENTATION: Issues resolved in the bundle for VMware backups for NetBackup 7.0.1 included in Etrack 2105102
What are the minimum permissions needed to properly backup and restore using vStorage api?

============== VMware NBU 6.5 =============================
DOCUMENTATION: Support for NetBackup™ 6.x in virtual environments
Veritas NetBackup™ for VMware Administrator's Guide, version 6.5.4 (latest release of the guide)
Improvements in virtual machine discovery and vSphere support in NetBackup for VMware 6.5.4
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH69377  (contains list of VCB features new to 6.5.4 release)
============ For VMware Documentation on VCB ======================
Virtual Machine Backup Guide (Update for for ESX 3.5 Update 2 and Virtual Center 2.5 - 3/13/2009) http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_35/esx_3/r35u2/vi3_35_25_u2_vm_backup.pdf
VCB - Best Practices and Deployment Considerations for SAN Environments: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vcb_best_practices.pdf
VCB 1.5 Update 2 – this is the final release of VCB from VMware.  It is also the only version that supports the most current releases of vSphere.
Readme from all three are at:
They should review these articles for any limitations or known issues with VCB.

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