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Netbackup Master & Media server on Vmware Machine or Physical Machine ? Which one is standard and recomended ?

Created: 23 Apr 2013 | 4 comments
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Marianne's picture

NBU master seems to work fine on a VM, but media server still seems to be an issue.

Only disk is supported as STU on a VM, but we even see issues with that if dedupe is used (recent post in this forum) - probably because of the physical resource requirements.

My personal preference is still physical for dedupe.

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sh0078196's picture

Thanks for reply,

Any information where Symantec recommends physical server as Master & Media server instead of VM's.

Also would like to hear advantage and disadvantage as why we cannot recommend VMs for Master & Media server ?

Thanks again.

StefanosM's picture

netbackup master server in a vmware system has some benefits. you can use VM snapshot before a patch or you can use the replicate mechanism of vmware as a DR procedure of the master server.
But master server in vmware does not work for large environments, unless you provide enough resources to the master server.
Almost all my "small" customers have the master server to VMware.

For media server, as Marianne said, you can not have tapes. This is vmware restriction.
You can have a vm disk media server but installing a deduplication media server to vm needs resources.
basic disk works fine.

BUT what if your VM storage goes down?

Jean-Pierre Bailly's picture

Think of it in bandwidth considerations, for larger backup systems using VM's is a constraint. Your always sharing bandwidth with someone.