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Windows 2008 and VMFS Netbackup 7

Created: 29 Oct 2010 | 9 comments

Hi Guys,

 

Quick question. I have added a new media server and am looking to use it as my VMware backup host. It is a windows 2008 server running netbackup 7.0.

When i present the VMFS LUNs to the OS they are showing as Offline healthy Primary partitions in disk managment. On my 2003 backup host they show as healthy unknown partitions.

 

does anyone know if this is just a change in the way disk manager see's the VMFS luns?

 

screen shot attached.

 

thanks in advance!

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teiva-boy's picture

Just please, please do NOT write any signature or initialize those VMFS disks.  That is a great way to break VMFS and all guests on that LUN.

 

If you've done the normal automount disable and automount scrub, then presented the LUN's, you are done.  And things should be working as intended.

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) http://mysupport.symantec.com "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."

Giroevolver's picture

I know not to write any signature to the disk. I am already running this in 2003 and know how to set it up. My question is about the 2008 disk manager showing the partition as offline health primary partition as this has not been the case in 2003. 

Surely someone is running the Vmware backup host on windows server 2008 and tell me this.

 

Pretty please :)

Nicolai's picture

My guess is Windows 2008 recognize Linux/VMware partitions. But as I said, only a guess.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Giroevolver's picture

Unfortunatly a guess is not good enough when most of your servers are running on VMFS that you could potentially corrupt :)

 

anyone else?

Marianne's picture

Hi Giroevolver

on a User forum you will at best get 'user' viewpoint/experience/guesswork unless we can find documentation that we can refer to.

It seems that the documentation that you need does not exist (yet). It will probably be best if you log a support call with Symantec.

All of us will be interested in their response!

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Riaan.Badenhorst's picture

Since you're only interested in the changed manner that the O/S sees the luns, you should maybe address your question to Microsoft. NetBackup doesn't really care what the status is, as long as we can access it :)

Regards,

Riaan Badenhorst

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ITs easy :)

Nicolai's picture

From the FAQ:

The GPT disk partition format is well defined and fully self-identifying. Data critical to platform operation is located in partitions and not in unpartitioned or "hidden" sectors. GPT disks use primary and backup partition tables for redundancy and CRC32 fields for improved partition data structure integrity. The GPT partition format uses version number and size fields for future expansion.

Each GPT partition has a unique identification GUID and a partition content type, so no coordination is necessary to prevent partition identifier collision. Each GPT partition has a 36-character Unicode name, which means that any software can present a human-readable name for the partition without any additional understanding of the partition.

 

The whole article can be read from : http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/gpt_f...

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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AbdulRasheed's picture

RE: When i present the VMFS LUNs to the OS they are showing as Offline healthy Primary partitions in disk managment. On my 2003 backup host they show as healthy unknown partitions.

 

This is normal for Windows 2008.  It is a safetly net to protect LUNs in SAN.

When using NetBackup for VMware, you do need to mark them as 'online'. This is needed for SAN transport restores where NetBackup VxMS framework directly writes data via SAN to the datastore. If you are not using SAN transport, not action is needed.

 

Warm regards,

 

Rasheed

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Douglas Snyder's picture

Giroevolver,

A Windows server can only "see" a native disk - namely one that has been formatted with the NT file system or NTFS (or a NFS disk if you are using services for UNIX).  The VMware system uses VMware File System or VMFS which Windows does not recognize.  Each different operating system will handle a "foreign" disk a little differently which is why you are seeing two different descriptions.

This is nothing to worry about UNLESS you try to mount or format the disk.  As teiva-boy mentions writing a signature (required to mount the disk) will destroy the existing VMFS structure.

 

Doug Snyder

Sr. Principal Sales Engineer

Columbus, Ohio USA