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Full backups to a remote site.

Created: 14 Feb 2013 • Updated: 28 Apr 2013 | 7 comments
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Right now we have a Netbackup Master/Media server with tape+disk storage in our datacenter. I'm looking to implement a remote backup/storage solution to it. If the goal is to do incremental backups in the current datacenter and have another Netbackup server at the remote site, doing full synthetics of those (so that the full backups gets stored off site), would installing a new Media server (with it's own disk storage) in that site be a correct solution, or at least part of it?


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Mark_Solutions's picture

The ideal solution here would be to implement De-Duplication as that will transfer the smallest amount of data cross site.

Remote offices could use accelerator to do very efficient backups and all data could be duplicated using optimised duplication cross site easily - so you could have a media server (or NetBackup Appliance on a remote site to hold a copy of all data)

Hope this helps

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kybeer's picture

Thanks for the reply. I have not used de-duplication with 7.5.x.x - only 7.1. My experienace is that it was extremy slow during restores (no remote sites involved - I used Puredisk in a SAN environment). But maybe 7.5 is better... However, a Media server in the remote site is the way to go I presume, no matter if I use de-duplication?


Mark_Solutions's picture

Your other option is to have another Master at that site and use AIR - depends what you want it for ... AIR is great of you want the site as a DR site as AIR allows immediate restore.

As long as your server has lots of RAM and decent disks (or you use an Appliance) then restore from NetBackup MSDP is pretty good - no real speed issues

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kybeer's picture

Thanks, I'm currently reading about AIR. But is that to over complicate things? Instead of doing synthetic backup fo a 2nd Media server. If for example I don't intend to have a complete DR site? Also, I'm not very familiar with MSDP, only Puredisk when it comes to de-dup. Is MSDP a requirement for AIR (or intended to be used by it)?

Marianne's picture

Apologies... We have missed your last question... 

Yes, MSDP is required for AIR (or any other supported dedupe option). See

NBU 7.5 MSDP with Accelerator would be my recommendation: 

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

kybeer's picture

Is there any license requirements for using Accelerator? Or is the only requirement an already existing deduplication license?

inn_kam's picture

No need for another license

it comes with Dedup license

For accelarator option

  The NetBackup Data Protection Optimization Option license (formerly known as the NetBackup Deduplication Option license) must be installed.

find details here