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Install NBU 5.X on Solaris 5.6

Created: 29 Jun 2012 • Updated: 02 Oct 2012 | 13 comments
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Hi everyone..

Im a beginner in this, I need to upgrade a NBU client in a solaris server (5.6) AFAIK, the higher version supported version of NBU is 5.7 so, the big cuestion here is:

1.- How can i upgrade from locally (i cant find the steps in anywhere)
2.- Is there any way to upgrade from master (update_clients) but using some option where i can specify the version i like to install

I'll appreciate any help.


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Will Restore's picture

Those versions are so old they have not been supported for many years! 

If you have the NetBackup version installed on the Master then update_clients should do the trick.

That or install_client_files though I don't remember if same commands exist way back then.

Will Restore -- where there is a Will there is a way

Marianne's picture

The best you can do for a client that old is to NFS mount it to a supported client/server and backup with 'Follow NFS' attribute selected in the policy.

PS: If you REALLY want to install NBU 5.1, you need to find original installation cd (GOOD LUCK!)

5.1MP7 Client patch can be downloaded from here (installation instructions included in download link):

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
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mph999's picture

Yes, getting the software will be fun ...

It's even disappeared off the internal datastores used by tech support.

Maybe Chris Z can help out ???


Regards,  Martin
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CRZ's picture

The last client supported on Solaris 2.6 (aka SunOS 5.6) was actually the DataCenter 4.5 client.  So it's not that we don't support it (although today we definitely don't) - we never DID support NetBackup 5.x on those systems!

In theory, we couldn't even talk about a 5.x client until you upgraded the O/S to Solaris 7 - and at that point, we'd probably ask why you couldn't just upgrade to Solaris 8 to install a NetBackup 6.x client, which is supported - except by October it WON'T be supported...

If I have misunderstood the question, please feel free to ask it again!

VERITAS NetBackup (tm) DataCenter and NetBackup BusinesServer 4.5 Operating System Compatibility List (Updated December 2, 2005)

Veritas NetBackup (tm) 5.x Operating System Compatibility (updated July 16 2007) | APPLBN | 761LBN

Irys's picture

Hi Chris...

I just added more details of the server.. I hope this clarify my doubt/issue.

Thx... =D

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Marianne's picture

LOL! Thought 5.1 would at least have client for 2.6!

My response to server owner would be: sorry, cannot backup your OS. Advise server owner to get himself standalone tape drive and read up on ufsdump....

Another option would be to perform ufsdump, tar or cpio backups to NFS mount on supported system and backup from there with NBU.
Else, NFS mount as per my first suggestion....

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Irys's picture

Hi All...!!!!

Before to know if I should cry or laugh, I'm adding more details of the server in question. Maybe that could help to clarify if it's possible to upgrade this NBU client and also which it will be the higher version supported for this case.

> cat /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/version
NetBackup-Solaris2.6 3.2patchJ0820363
> cat /etc/release
                  Solaris 2.6 5/98 s297s_hw3smccServer_09 SPARC
           Copyright 1998 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
                           Assembled on 24 April 1998
> uname -a
SunOS ts1 5.6 Generic_105181-35 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-4

Thx in advanced..!! =D

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Marianne's picture

I cannot see any 7.x server being able to backup a 4.5 client...

See Version Compatibility:

I believe I have presented you with some options that you can propose to the server owner.

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CRZ's picture

I am gobsmacked!

Your version file indicates you have a NetBackup 3.2 client.

It also confirms the system is at Solaris 2.6, so the latest available client for you to upgrade to would be a 4.5 client.

Amazingly, we STILL offer 4.5 FP6 ISOs for download.  I'm not sure where the client is, so here's both the "Solaris" and "Options" ISOs:

Feature Pack NB45FP6_Solaris.iso provides fixes for VERITAS NetBackup (tm) Solaris servers and clients. NetBackup UNIX Add-on products and Database Agents have separate Feature packs.

Feature Pack NB45FP6_Options.iso provides fixes for VERITAS NetBackup (tm) UNIX Add-on products, Database Agents and clients.

FP6 is a "base" - if you actually get it installed, you might want to go ahead and apply the latest feature packs to bring it to the absolute latest (yet still over six years old) version available - to get to FP9S2, download apply BOTH of these, in order:

Feature Pack NB_CLT_45_9_F.tar provides fixes for the VERITAS NetBackup (tm) UNIX clients. NetBackup UNIX Add-on products and Database Agents have separate Feature Packs.

Security Pack NB_CLT_45_9S2_F.tar provides security-related fixes for Veritas NetBackup (tm) DataCenter / BusinesServer 4.5FP UNIX clients.

Now, having said all that....these (unsupported) 4.5 clients are only "supported" for (unsupported) 5.1 media servers.  I believe they will WORK with a (unsupported in October 2012) 6.x media server, but couldn't tell you if it would work with a 7.x media server.  And, of course, have I mentioned that ALL of these scenarios are totally unsupported and this is merely an academic exercise.  wink

All that said, you've piqued my curiosity.  Had your 3.2 client been working all this time?  That's really rather amazing.  What version was your media server at when it stopped working?  What version was it at just before it stopped working?

What are your options for upgrading Solaris instead of fretting about the NetBackup client?  I have to guess it was kept at 5.6 this long for a good reason. | APPLBN | 761LBN

Will Restore's picture


wow!  that is older than me! 


ok not really and I barely remember working with version 4.5

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Irys's picture

Hi Chris,

Thx again, Let me digest your comments......
So. it seems there is no easy solution to my issue taking in consideration all you commented, first, i have to upgrade SO (which is not an option), then upgrade NBU.

Regarding to your question:

Had your 3.2 client been working all this time? Yes

What version was your media server at when it stopped working? Media server and master are 6.5, we are in process for upgrading to 7.X, (that's the reason why  upgrading client is needed)

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CRZ's picture

Maybe it will still work with 7.x, given that a 3.2 client is really not supposed to work at all with 6.x either, yet yours does.  ;-)

You can also try to update the client to 4.5FP9 using the links above, but again, none of this is supported, so you're mostly on your own.

Otherwise, we're back to Marianne's solution of exporting the file system via NFS onto some other server which IS supported and DOES have a 6.x or 7.x client.

Good luck!  I'd love to hear how it turns out no matter what you do! | APPLBN | 761LBN

Irys's picture

It turned out the owner of that server said: "no matter,  we dont need  more backups" so, at the end i got a big "dont worry about it". :S
Anyway, thx you all for your ideas/comments. Now i have to fight with a new issue.. :)


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