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In Which environment can we add a VMware backup Host?

Created: 12 Feb 2013 • Updated: 21 Feb 2013 | 14 comments
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Hello everybody:

    At this moment our work team is preparing a new VWmare Backup Host installation.

This is, appearly, an easy job but we ask for the compatibility between the VMware Backup Host and the platform in wich to connect it and for the moment, We doesn't find any reference which respond to this question exactly.

Only we have view references to the VMware installation and configuration on all the enviroments known but, Does exist a document wich indicate in which environments is possible configuring a VMware Backup Host seemly to a compatibility list?

Only Can We assum thi is possible because in the environment installation guide appears the "VMware Backup Host Configuration" section?

Thanks you very much in advanced

Regards

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Marianne's picture

NBU version 7.1 and/or earlier?

Your only option is Windows backup host. Documented in NBU 7.1 for VMware guide: http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC3663

NBU 7.5.0.3 and later: Windows and SUSE Linux 11 and 12. See NBU 7.5.0.x for VMware Admin Guide http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC5605

Also see: Statement of Support for NetBackup 7.x in a Virtual Environment ( Virtualization Technologies ):   http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH127089

 

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Carmen García's picture

Hello Marianne:

    We were looking for in the documents you refer but only we saw entries about the requirements for a VMware Backup Host anything about in wich platform we could add and configure a VMware Backup Host.

    We look for a document like a compatilibiliy list that explicity tell in what platforms we could configure a VMware Backup Host and the requirementes of this.

Thanks

Regards

Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

It is mentioned in page 15 of "Support for NetBackup 7.x in virtual environments"(already pointed by Marianne).

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH127089

Authorized Symantec Consultant(ASC) Data Protection in Tokyo, Japan

Carmen García's picture

Hello Yasuhisa:

     I had not seen this entry before but reading it I think it not is we are looking for.

I understand this section talks about the machines that NetBackup for VMware can backup or restore.

Please, correct me if my read not is the way.

     We want to configure a VMware Backup Host in a platform with no Windows OS. We want the warranty about this configuration is supported, a VMware Backup Host over an no Windows platform (Master an Medias no Windows).

Thanks to all

Regards

Marianne's picture

Please have another look at page 15 of TECH127089.

Heading:
Supported platforms for the VMware backup host and backup media server

Plus the heading for Table 10: Supported platforms for backup host and backup media server

It lists all supported Windows platforms plus SUSE 10 SP4 and 11.

Not sure what else you need??

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Carmen García's picture

Hello Marianne:

    I'm very sorry because I think I am creating a misunderstanding.

We have a No Windows platform, Master and Media Servers have not Windows OS and I need to connect a Windows media server as VMware Backup Host.

     To present, we know this VMware Bak Host can be a Windows 2008 R2 64 bits (I understand this is refered in Table 10 you pointed).

Our questions would be: Is supported a Win2800 R2 64 bits VMware Backup Host in a Solaris platform?

We have not found the respond to this question in any document.

Thanks you very much

Regards

Marianne's picture

Now I don't understand!

Is supported a Win2800 R2 64 bits VMware Backup Host in a Solaris platform?

I have no idea where Solaris platform fits in the picture?

Do you have a Solaris master server?

If so, you can use ANY of the supported backup hosts in your environment. 

As long as ALL the Master and media servers in your environment are listed in OS compatibility guide, you can use any of the supported Backup Hosts that are listed in TECH127089.

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Carmen García's picture

Hello Marianne:

    Yes, our Master and Medias are Solaris.

Please, correct me if I'm wrong but the OS Compatibility guide refers which OS types are support for wich NetBackup versions only.

Thanks you very much

Regards

Marianne's picture

The OS Compatibility Guide tells you about Master, Media and Client support.

ANY combination of supported servers and clients can be used.

Since the backup host can be a client or media server, you just need to confirm that your choice of supported backup host (as per TECH127089) appears in the OS Compatibility Guide as NetBackup Server or Client (and we know that they do).

Hope this helps?

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Carmen García's picture

Ok.

But where does "ANY combination of supported servers and clients can be used" in the document appear?

I'm sorry for the incovenience.

Thanks Marianne

 
Regards
 
Marianne's picture

The documentation contains NO limitations as to combination of servers and clients.

Lack of documented limitations automatically means that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING listed as supported can be used.

If you still don't believe us, please get hold of your local Symantec office, or Customer Care or Support.

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Carmen García's picture

Sorry for delay to respond.

Only I looked for a reference in the official NetBackup documentation for this question but is sufficient if a trusted advisor says this.

Thank you very much

Best Regards

Carmen García's picture

It will be perfect if would be a reference in official Symantec documentation. This fact it is assumed.

Marianne's picture

I have supported enough NBU environments with mixed OS's and can tell you that mixed Unix, Linux, Windows environments work well in NBU. The only requirement is port connectivity and forward and reverse host name lookup.
At my previous job, we had one customer with Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Windows, OpenVMS. Oh, and a whole bunch of different databases... All working fine. 

For VM Backup Host support:
See https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/netbackup-7505-netbackup-75-maintenance-release-5-now-available

VMware backup host is now supported on the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 x64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 x64

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