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Best practice for backing up a Linux - VM client

Created: 19 Dec 2012 • Updated: 08 Apr 2013 | 4 comments
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I am using Netbackup 7.1, and the OS on the vm client is Linux / RedHat 2.6. My question is what is the recommended configuration for backing up this type of client ?

My environment currently use 2 different types of policies for these clients.

- Standard

- FlashBackup-Windows using a VMware backup host

I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

In general, FlashBackup-Windows policy with "Block Level Incremental Backup" and "Mapped full VM Backup" is most efficient to backup VM if the OS on VM is supported both. Please look "Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments" and check if supported.

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH127089

BTW, why do you configure Standard policy? For RDM or independent disks on VM?

Authorized Symantec Consultant(ASC) Data Protection in Tokyo, Japan

Marianne's picture

For VMware FlashBackup method, install SYMCquiesce in Linux virtual machines. 

See http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO70979 .

 

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ga2peio's picture

Yasuhisa, I do not see any specific mention of Linux in your link. We use the standard policy for both vm's and physical machines. I'm in the process of better organizing our policies.

Marianne thank you, but we have NB 7.1. I don't see VMware as a choice for policy type.

I'm leaning towards leaving vm's in the FlashBackup-Windows policy.

Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

 I do not see any specific mention of Linux in your link

Please check following sections in "Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments".

  • page 15, "Supported VMware guest operating systems"
  • page 16, "Supported file systems for VMware"

we have NB 7.1. I don't see VMware as a choice for policy type.

SYMCquiesce utility is avaiable in NetBackup 7.1 with FlashBacup-Windows policy configured for VMware backup as well. 

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO44520

Authorized Symantec Consultant(ASC) Data Protection in Tokyo, Japan

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