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Convert Existing Non-Failover NetBackup Master Server to a Failover NetBackup Master Server

Created: 08 Jun 2009 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 3 comments
Sean -'s picture


Did anyone perform the conversion of non-failover NetBackup Master Server to a failover NetBackup Master Server before ?

Is the above mentioned a supported solution ? 

And can the existing NetBackup Catalog be migrated to the failover NetBackup Master Server ?

Thank you.

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Nicolai's picture

A Netbackup 5.1 can be converted to a clustered setup, but it's a Symantec consultancy job. If it's Netbackup 6.x there is no formal way to convert it to a failover setup. The installations are too different (But a way to convert was i devlopment).

Was told the above by Symantec 6 month ago when I had a upgrade discussion.



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Sean -'s picture


Do you think if install the NetBackup Master Server on the Veritas Cluster Server and recover the catalog, will it work ?

Nicolai's picture

It won't work out of the box (nor supported). In a non clustered configuration the catalog is placed in /usr/openv/netbackup/db, but in a clustered master server the location is /opt/VRTSnbu. A catalog recovery will restore files to to their original location (which is wrong location for a cluster) and fail the recovery.

But I guess if you use plenty of dynamic links and know to recovery the database by hands you might succeed - But I can't really recommend path (OMG I start sounding like Symantec).

You might also like to know this technote as well:

NetBackup catalog recovery fails with STATUS 13, when not recovering the EMM database to the default location of /usr/openv/db/data

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