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DLO Platform Support Mac OS X

Created: 27 Aug 2009 • Updated: 28 Sep 2010 | 5 comments
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It would be very useful if DLO or some one supported Mac OS X as a platform.  Having used NetBackup Professional and then DLO a few years back and rolling out the latest version now I can see the benefits of using it for laptop backups.  The problem is that we have a large number of Macs and we are currently using Retrospect for our laptop backups.  Retrospect has not been developed in ages and is not scalling well for the size of the enterprise.  DLO is going to work well for our Windows based users, but for Macs I have not found a decent solution yet.  The standard Mac client in NetBackup is ok on a small scale, but does not really offer the same sort of functionality as DLO can.
 

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Todd D. Woodward's picture

I agree with you. It would be nice to see a DLO client for Mac OS X.

In the meantime, it's currently possible to support dynamic clients, as in DLO, in NetBackup currently on all UNIX and Linux clients, including Mac OS X, using a client option called "dynamic_address."

I hope to document this in an article or Technote when I have some time.

Essentially, your clients would be assigned names (not to be confused with hostnames), and periodically as setup in cron (or launchd for Mac OS X) the bpdynamicclient process would run to inform and update the master server what the current client's name hostname and IP address is.

To add a dynamic client, you would run the following command on your master:

# bpclient -client <clientname> -add -dynamic_address 1 -current_ip <ip.address> - current_hostname <hostname.yourdomain.com>

Your policy would be configured with the client name and not the hostname.

Then the clients (like laptops that are behind DHCP and/or regularly change networks), periodically runs the following command:

# bpdynamicclient -server <servername> -client <clientname>...

Another idea would be to utilize the above in combination with the Deduplication functionality with PureDisk, to reduce the amount of data transferred and backed up, resulting in only changed segments of changed files being backed up. Hopefully in a future version of NetBackup 7.0, there will be deduplication support for Mac OS X.

Again, I'll be testing this and document it in an article or Technote as I get time.

Todd D. Woodward
IT Supervisor, SOC Shift Lead – Appliances SOC
Symantec Corporation
www.symantec.com

Springfield, Oregon

 

 

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Pritesh Pisal's picture

Could you please let us know which version DLO client will support Mac OS version is MAC OS X 10.6.5 ?

We are using DLO version 6.1 MP3

is there a client available for the MAC OS??? as I have gone through many lists on support site but havent find any compatibility list for the Mac OS

 

Please let me know..

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Todd D. Woodward's picture

DLO does not currently support any version of Mac OS X. If Mac OS X support is something you would like to see, be sure to vote for it here, and add some information in a comment about why it's important to your environment? How many Mac OS X clients do you want to manage with DLO?

Todd D. Woodward
IT Supervisor, SOC Shift Lead – Appliances SOC
Symantec Corporation
www.symantec.com

Springfield, Oregon

 

 

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Alexander Kohr's picture

We where looking at possibly going with DLO as an option for backing up our non Server boxes, but where disappointed to see that DLO only support Windows OS boxes. We currently have 43 non server Mac OS X boxes which is  approximately 2/3 the number of end user Windows Desktops and Laptops that we back up using full blown NetBackup. 

 

-Alexander Kohr.

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DariusM's picture

Indeed, there is a possibility in every company that MAC computers are preferred by the personnel/management. MAC computers and its data are part of company's property and we need to secure/protect them by backing up.

If Symantec DLO could not support IT professionals in this situation, maybe this is the right time to look for another and stop using Symantec products.

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