True suspend of NetBackup processing.
In v4.5 in the admin GUI we could set max tries to zero - to suspend NetBackup scheduling.
In v5.x setting to zero via the GUI was deprecated, but the command line could still be used.
In v6.5 this feature was removed. This makes administering NetBackup arduous. If we're performing any work on the NetBackup master, or SAN or storage (tape/VTL/disk) or performing a site HA/DR failover test - then we now have to de-activate all SLP policies and then also all backup policies - before taking NetBackup down - just so that nothing starts when NetBackup comes back up. But this doesn't stop our server admins runnign restores or stop any user mode backups from being attempted. And it doesn't stop image cleanup from kicking in.
The nbpemreq -suspend_scheduling is not honoured across stop and restart of the NetBackup application on the master server, so this can't be used either.
We would really like to see a admin "tab" on the master server, and command line equivalents, that allow admins to effectively at least disable all internal and external and scheduled processing but allow still allow administratrors to run whatever they want to or need to.
Perhaps something that disables all "automatic" processing of:
Disable all jobs (yes/no)
If yes, then following options are greyed out, but if yes then the following become visible:
Disable scheduled backups (yes/no)
Disable user mode backups (yes/no)
Disable restores (yes/no)
Disable SLP processing (yes/no)
Disable imports (yes/no)
Disable vault (yes/no)
Disable duplications (yes/no)
Disable image cleanup (yes/no)
But that still allows administrators to enable their "test" backup policies and manually start backups/restores/anything from the GUI as they see fit, before once again allowing (i.e. re-enabling in our new admin GUI tab described above) normal automatic processing/scheduling/features.
In summary, we desperately need a way to suspend/control NetBackup processing whilst we perform environment checks/tests before we release production backups.