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downgrade NBU UX media server to client

Created: 10 Jan 2013 • Updated: 02 Feb 2013 | 8 comments
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We have a few existed UNIX clients, they displayed in console as media servers but we actually only used them as client,  is there any simple to safely downgrade them to client from media server?

thanks, 

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revaroo's picture

If there are no storage units configured and no devices configured, the best way is to deinstall NetBackup and install the client software. 

Ensure you remove them from EMM: nbemmcmd -deletehost -machinename <mediaservername> -machinetype media.

Remove as a server entry from bp.conf (if unix) or servers from the master properties (host properties)

If you have any images associated you can move them to another media server

bpmedia -movedb -oldserver <mediaservername> -newserver <new server>

Or you can use nbdecommission:

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

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Andy Welburn's picture

they displayed in console as media servers

Have they *ever* been media servers? Have they had the server software installed on them? Do they appear under "Media Servers" in Host Properties on the GUI?

Or do you actually mean that under "Clients" in Host Properties on the GUI their 'Host Type' is shown as Media Server when it should just be Client?

The only reason I ask is that we have come across that before personally & also several times on the forum e.g.

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/pro...

(altho' this is O-L-D!!)

FelixZhou's picture

They never have been used as media server. Belive we did binary copy or server push installation to make them as server instead of client mistakenly. But we do backup them regulary according to our policies.

thanks.

Marianne's picture

Please answer these questions in Andy's post?

Do they appear under "Media Servers" in Host Properties on the GUI?

Or do you actually mean that under "Clients" in Host Properties on the GUI their 'Host Type' is shown as Media Server when it should just be Client?

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

FelixZhou's picture

Yes, we show up as "media server" on host property.

Marianne's picture

My experience has been that machines show up as Media Servers in Host Properties when Storage Units have been created.
Please check if Storage Units exist for these clients.
Use GUI on Master or this command:
bpstulist -L

If STUs are listed for these clients, best to use decommision process as indicated above.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
Handy NBU Links

Genericus's picture

don't really see how you will go wrong using the nbdecomission command, it will search and remove any "bad" issues.

Suggest you use old server / new server and simulate replacing them into on eof your current ones, that will move any owned media / backups for you.

NetBackup 7.5.0.3 on Solaris 10
EMC Data Domain 990 VTL via FC
acsls 8.3.0
SL8500 LTO5