Maintanence Release provides fixes for Symantec NetBackup (tm) Enterprise Server / Server 7.1 on OpenVMS Clients

Article:TECH174235  |  Created: 2011-11-11  |  Updated: 2011-12-18  |  Article URL
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December 2011
The Symantec NetBackup OpenVMS Client

The Symantec NetBackup OpenVMS client release update
is now available for HP Integrity (IA64), Alpha (AXP) and VAX



-- There are no pack dependencies for this release.



This release contains the following new features, changes and

1. Support for 7.1,, and
master and media servers.

2. Support for OpenVMS 8.4 on HP Integrity and Alpha systems.

3. This release processes the backup and restore AST QIO
queues more efficiently, which should improve both backup and
restore performance.

4. Backup checkpoints now synchronize correctly with all sup-
ported 7.x master and media servers. In addition, checkpoint
restarts now resume correctly at the continuation .PaD. block
and file-num number.

5. This release corrects an error when backing up a device
with millions of files, resulting in the continuous reporting
of the SYSTEM-F-BADPARAM fatal error status for all subsequent

6. The NBU command line utility now defaults all file specifi-
cations to the current default device and directory. For exam-
ple, a backup of the file:

NBU> backup/log abc.txt

and a restore of:

NBU> restore/log abc.txt

will now backup and restore the same file to the current de-
fault device and directory.

7. This release correctly supports the NBU BACKUP/SINCE=BACKUP
backup qualifier and keyword. Only files which have been modi-
fied since the last backup date-and-time are now backed up.

8. The NBU BACKUP/RECORD qualifier will now update the backup
date-and-time of all backed up files with the start time of
the backup. A DCL DIR/FULL will now show the same backup time
for all files backed up in the same backup. The revision
date-and-time is now preserved.

9. This release corrects a regression error on the NBU RE-
STORE/LOG command which completes the restore successfully but
hangs when reporting the server completion status.

10. This release includes md5sum executables which can be used
to check the md5sum of any file or wildcard file specifica-
tion. The md5sum command can check the validity of a CD/DVD
ISO or release update download. For example, the NetBackup
7.1 OpenVMS client install ISO has the following md5sum:

$ md5sum NetBackup_71_OpenVMS.iso
81d6fb2b4032e8fc1baddfb94211d055 NetBackup_71_OpenVMS.iso;1

See section 5 of the installation instructions below.

11. This release will only backup the data used in a file, in-
stead of the entire file allocation. For devices with a large
cluster size and a large number of small files this release
should improve backup performance.

12. This release will report a successful backup, instead of a
partially successful backup, for backup selections where no
files are found.

13. The NBU backup and restore commands now both ask for an
omitted backup or restore file specification. For example,
the NBU restore command now asks for an omitted file specifi-

$ nbu restore

in the same way as the backup command:

$ nbu backup

The typed response is added to the original command line and
can include qualifiers and values.

14. Support for the BPCD_GET_CHARSET_RQST server request.

15. The server "EMM status: disk volume resource request
failed (status 800)" status is now reported to DCL command
procedures as an error status (and not a success). New system
message files have been provided for HP Integrity, Alpha and
VAX systems.

16. Support for the /PROGRESS qualifier which shows the
progress of a backup or restore most clearly when specified
without the /LOG qualifier. For example:

NBU> backup/prog dka100:[000000...]
%NBU-I-CONNECT, from titan (,49156) to omega (,13720)
%NBU-I-BACKBID, titan_1276267802 11-JUN-2010 09:50:02
%NBU-I-BKFSPEC, dka100:[000000...]*.*;*/PROGRESS
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 2.9 GB (5702104 blocks) in 0 00:01:00 secs (48657.95 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 5.9 GB (11628027 blocks) in 0 00:02:00 secs (49612.92 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 9.3 GB (18220698 blocks) in 0 00:03:00 secs (51827.76 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 12.5 GB (24458649 blocks) in 0 00:04:00 secs (52178.45 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 15.8 GB (30956497 blocks) in 0 00:05:00 secs (52832.42 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 19.2 GB (37579376 blocks) in 0 00:06:00 secs (53446.22 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 21.4 GB (41921996 blocks) in 0 00:07:00 secs (51104.91 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 23.5 GB (46029030 blocks) in 0 00:08:00 secs (49097.63 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 26.2 GB (51184597 blocks) in 0 00:09:07 secs (47909.53 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 27.6 GB (54016640 blocks) in 0 00:10:07 secs (45562.64 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-PROGRES, 29.8 GB (58349324 blocks) in 0 00:11:07 secs (44789.89 KB/sec)
%NBU-I-NETWORK, 30.3 GB (59293184 blocks) in 0 00:11:20 secs (44644.28 KB/sec)
%NBU-S-NETBACK, saved 87500 files (59293184 blocks)
%NBU-S-SERVMSG, the requested operation was successfully completed (status 0)

17. The NBU_HELP.BCK backup save-set contains an updated help
library. Set the save-set file attributes:


extract the NBU.HLB library:

$ backup/log nbu_help.bck/save []/new

and copy it to the SYS$HELP: directory:

$ cop nbu.hlb sys$help:

Type the NBU> HELP command for help.



There are no known issues with this release update.


374e7f4e9547eb86675442733b04e66e bpcd_axp.exe
db7c5b6f1be5804f66fb5165262a6033 bpcd_i64.exe
82af6ef6f202aa34eff797abcec9a0a9 bpcd_vax.exe
374e7f4e9547eb86675442733b04e66e nbu_axp.exe
db7c5b6f1be5804f66fb5165262a6033 nbu_i64.exe
82af6ef6f202aa34eff797abcec9a0a9 nbu_vax.exe
ef5c9e6f30e0f3e2132d1d953f55e658 md5sum_axp.exe
6fc500f89c14592c2590e49a0539ea33 md5sum_i64.exe
26ff7c0a2bbaf57b42d34388cd8049ce md5sum_vax.exe
fa706d3f0a17b9ede0a15044aea38892 nbuaxpmsg.exe
697990d9571492104c3349fa4957b9a8 nbui64msg.exe
dc62207f768b656ca2a5916af75a8eba nbuvaxmsg.exe
6bbbe7006fd27187cb4d45f254f6202f nbu_help.bck
c2012b9f5986e4ee214e520ca8b63a59 nb_vms_71.pdf


1. OpenVMS client release updates are available from Symantec
Enterprise support:

NetBackup Enterprise Server -> Downloads

Select the version that you want to download which will take
you to the Download Links page. The OpenVMS client release up-
date can be found in the UNIX/Linux section.


This release supports a very wide range of OpenVMS versions on
different platforms including HP Integrity (IA64), Alpha (AXP)
and VAX systems.

Supported OpenVMS Versions
System From To
HP Integrity (IA64) 8.2 8.4
HP Alpha (AXP) 6.1 8.4
VAX Systems 5.5 7.3

1. OpenVMS client release updates are zip archives which can
be unzipped on OpenVMS or any other system. The archive con-
tains updates for HP Integrity (IA64), Alpha (AXP) and VAX

File Name Platform
BPCD_I64.EXE HP Integrity (IA64) BPCD service executable
BPCD_AXP.EXE Alpha (AXP) BPCD service executable
BPCD_VAX.EXE VAX BPCD service executable
NBU_I64.EXE HP Integrity (IA64) command line executable
NBU_AXP.EXE Alpha (AXP) NBU command line executable
NBU_VAX.EXE VAX NBU command line executable

2. Unzip the archive:

$ unzip NB_VMS_7.1.0.3_<six digit number>.zip
extracting: bpcd_i64.exe
extracting: bpcd_axp.exe
extracting: bpcd_vax.exe
extracting: nbu_i64.exe
extracting: nbu_axp.exe
extracting: nbu_vax.exe

3. And copy the executables for all platforms, or just the ex-
ecutables for the current platform, to a new higher version in
the netbackup directory:


The executables for each platform have different names which
represent the executable architecture, where the last three
characters are I64 for HP Integrity, AXP for Alpha and VAX for

The NetBackup logicals names should already be defined, for

$ sh log nbu*








Define the NBU symbol as a foreign command (include the lead-
ing $ character):


the NBU command will now run the current NBU$BPCD executable
for your system.

4. After you have installed the release update, check that the
newly installed version of BPCD is the one that you intended,
type the NBU command:

NBU> sh vers
%NBU-I-VERSION, Symantec NetBackup OpenVMS Client V7.1.0.3

and show the client BPCD version

NBU> sh client
Patch Level:

The patch level and version should be the same.

5. Install the md5sum DCL command by copying the executable
for your system to the sys$common:[sysexe] directory.

For example, on a HP Integrity system copy the MD5SUM_I64.EXE

$ copy MD5SUM_I64.EXE sys$common:[sysexe]

and define the MD5SUM symbol as a foreign command (include the
leading $ character):

$ md5sum :== $sys$common:[sysexe]md5sum_i64.exe

The md5sum command can be used to check the validity of a
CD/DVD download. For example, a download of the the NetBackup
7.1 OpenVMS client install ISO shows the following md5sum:

$ md5sum NetBackup_71_OpenVMS.iso
81d6fb2b4032e8fc1baddfb94211d055 NetBackup_71_OpenVMS.iso;1

6. The NetBackup User's Guide for OpenVMS, which is included
in this download as a PDF document, contains a more detailed
discussion of the OpenVMS client.



- Maintanence Release provides fixes for VERITAS NetBackup (tm) Enterprise Server / Server 7.1 on OpenVMS clients for HP Integrity (IA64), Alpha (AXP) and VAX systems. (20.2 MBytes)

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