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Netting Out NetBackup

NetBackup 7.0.1 supports VMware vSphere 4.1

Created: 17 Sep 2010 • Updated: 22 Jan 2013 • 8 comments
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One of the most frequent questions in the Symantec booth at VMworld 2010 was “When will NetBackup support vSphere 4.1?” Answer: NOW!  If that’s not enough detail, here are some additional FAQs on the topic.

Q: What is VMware vSphere 4.1 and when was it released?
A: See the VMware vSphere 4.1 What's New for details. It was released in mid-July 2010.

Q: What NetBackup version do I need to support vSphere 4.1?
A: NetBackup 7.0.1, which was released on August 31, 2010.

Q: Will previous NetBackup versions support vSphere 4.1?
A: No. Before upgrading to vSphere 4.1, NetBackup must be upgraded to 7.0.1.

Q: Were any new NetBackup features or capabilities introduced for VMware protection?
A: Aside from supporting vSphere 4.1 and various continual improvements, NetBackup 7.0.1 for VMware does not introduce any new features.

Q: What are the known issues for NetBackup 7.0.1 for VMware?
A: See the NetBackup 7.0.1 Release Notes for details. Note that some of the issues are awaiting resolution from VMware. As always, please contact your support provider for assistance.

Q: Are Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 guests supported by NetBackup?
A: Yes, when using the vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), introduced in NetBackup 7. VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) does not support those guests. See the NetBackup 7 Virtualization Compatibility Guide for details.

Q: What is the future of VCB?
A: VMware has announced that VCB support will end after vSphere 4.1. The NetBackup release notes (above) also document our intent to discontinue VCB support in a future NetBackup release; only VADP will be supported.

Q: vSphere 4.1 is the last release to support ESX (hypervisor with a service console). In the future, only the console-less ESXi will be released. What impact does this have on NetBackup?
A: None. NetBackup has always supported both ESX and ESXi. No NetBackup changes will be needed when only ESXi is released.

Happy Virtualizing!
Brian Smith
NetBackup Product Manager

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Altimate1's picture

Hi,

Are all ESXi version supported? In particular, what about the FREE licensed ESXi version?

Regards

Bernard

Bernard

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Brian_Smith's picture

VMware does not support the vStorage APIs for Data Protection in the free version of ESXi. Consequently, no backup vendors can support that version.

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Brad Jensen's picture

We are a disk to disk backup provider for IBM I (iSeries, AS/400) and we act as a gateway to Data Domain and other CIFS-enabled dedupe appliances. Our product is running alongside NetBack at several DD user sites.

Now that you have NetBackup appliances with deduplication, I'd like to know if we can point to the appliance storage as a file share to store our backup files and take advantage of the source deduplication.

I downloaded half a dozen pdfs on PureDisk, but can't find any description of what it does except that it is a part of your NetBackup solution.  I'm wondering, for example, if I can install the Puredisk client on my backup appliance (running win server 2008) and get a network file share into the NetBack applaince, with deduplication. My impression is that the only thing the Puredisk client does is make the 'storage pool' available to Symantecs own backup software.

I also wonder about using the openstorage api to communicate with the NetBackup appliance. When I contacted Symantec about using the openstorage api earlier this year, they told me to apply thru the partner program. I did but didn't get access to it (I can't remember if I was told no or got no reply.)

 

 

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I will forward your request to our deduplication product managers.

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Altimate1's picture

Thanks for the confirmation.
Regards

Bernard

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KerryLamb's picture

Hi Brian,

Is there any documentation showing how to back up the VMware Data Recovery Destinations (Mapped Raw Luns) using Netbackup?

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agrant's picture

Is vSphere 4.1U1 officially supported on NBU 6.5.6 using VCB?

 

The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix indicates that vCenter 4.1U1 supports VCB 1.5U2 which supports ESX 4.1U1.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH143677 indicates thet NBU 6.5 supports VCB 1.5U2

Between the two I can infer that NBU 6.5.6 will work with ESX 4.1U1, but is it supported?

 

Unfortunately it is unclear based on;

Q: Will previous NetBackup versions support vSphere 4.1?
A: No. Before upgrading to vSphere 4.1, NetBackup must be upgraded to 7.0.1.

 

Thank you.

Andy

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rkanuri's picture

right now we are using Symatec Backup Exec v12 as our backup solution and we planning for a new backup solution for backing up Vmware platforms, which software do you suggest for the same..

Regards

Raj | Gadget News

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