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John Meaders | 09 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Earlier this year I was engaged to install NetBackup on a Solaris server which previously used a competing backup product.  This server only backs itself up and is attached to a single drive tape autoloader.  I initially thought I would use a single NetBackup policy to back this server up but it quickly became apparent this wouldn’t work as one filesystem took forever to back up - which would push the backup way beyond the desired 8 hour backup window.

This filesystem contained millions of small files.  At this point, you are probably thinking - simple - just use FlashBackup.  Unfortunately, the customer was only licensed for the Standard client and this project was already an out-of-budget expenditure, so further expenditures would be very difficult.  The other items on this server that needed to be backed up were Oracle dump files, along with the OS directories.

I performed some research and after viewing a couple threads here on Symantec...

Glen Simon | 05 May 2014 | 0 comments

Greetings NetBackup professionals! The NetBackup product team is actively planning for our biggest Vision conference ever. In addition to participating in over 100 training sessions and hand-on labs, conference attendees will be able to hear the latest on the future direction of NetBackup, connect with the thought leaders and subject matter experts who drive our data protection technologies, and network with their peers to learn how they are using NetBackup to protect their information.

We’d like your help to make sure the educational experience is exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve put together a quick survey of possible NetBackup topics we may cover at the conference. Please share your opinions with us and let us know which of these topics interests you:

Click here to fill out our Vision NetBackup topic survey

 

Symantec Vision 2014 Conference Details:

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NBU Channels Guy | 07 Apr 2014 | 3 comments

Do you know about the NetBackup Analyzer tool?    Have you used it?    Do you use it yearly?  

All questions that every NetBackup customer should be asking themselves.  The following story came to me recently from one of our Account Executives, Derek Hunter.  It reinforces the value of information and the use of a simple tool to improve the operation of an ever changing backup landscape.  

Recently, Derek received a call from a frustrated NetBackup customer that was not able to make their backup windows. Following a short conversation, the customer agreed to run the NetBackup Analyzer to give us potential clues on their issue and to get a basic overview of their environment. 
 
The NBU Analyzer took the customer ten minutes to run (a simple script) on their end and within 24 hours they received a call from Derek with results, a report and a suggestion to fix their concern.  By...

ramcm | 02 Apr 2014 | 2 comments

Registrations for Symantec DLO 7.6 Beta program is now open. Click here to register...

https://symbeta.symantec.com/callout/?callid=86FFCE8379A949318C954A79957EF283

SymTerry | 28 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Upgrading… For System Administrators, this can be a painful idea.  What are the new hardware requirements? Where do I get the software? What is the correct process for my environment’s upgrade? So much has to be planned for with minimal downtime in mind.

Symantec has a great one-stop shop for tools and services supporting NetBackup upgrades and troubleshooting, the SORT Web Portal (https://sort.symantec.com/netbackup). SORT stands for Symantec Operations Readiness Tools and simplifies some of the most time-consuming administrator tasks. It helps you identify risks in your datacenters and improve operational efficiency, enabling you to manage the complexity associated with datacenter architectures and scale.

For NetBackup upgrades, there are data collection tools that point out common issues, identify installation and upgrade requirements, track product licenses, and gather data for support troubleshooting. ...

Mark_Solutions | 25 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

We all know that you shouldn't back up a client to a Media Server of a lower version of NetBackup but sometimes it is easy to make an oversight.

An example cropped up recently for me at a straight forward staged upgrade.

The plan was a Master Server upgrade in week 1, let that settle for a couple of weeks before upgrading the Media Servers then a couple more weeks and upgrade all clients - change control / rollback options and all that!

Along the way it was decided to virtualise the Master Server too.

Sounded OK until we did the testing when everything worked great apart from the Catalog backup which went to a Media Server (The Master being virtualised could not have tape drives)

The backup failed with a 154 - Storage Unit is not compatible - storage unit characteristics mismatched to request.

Couldn't find any tech notes and the penny hadn't quite dropped when I first saw the...

Elizabeth Teffner | 10 Feb 2014 | 1 comment
My name is Elizabeth Teffner. I'm a Customer Research Analyst at Symantec. Our Customer Research group is organizing Customer Safaris to observe how Data Scientists, Database Administrators and Storage Administrators do their work.
 
What is a Customer Safari?
 
Customer Safari is where we come to your office and observe your day. Understanding how people work and go through their day helps us generate ideas on how we may make improvements or create new products or services. The best way to do this is to quietly sit and observe how a typical day for our customers goes.   
 
If you are interested, we are looking for 3 to 4 hours to sit with you and observe.  There will be little interaction except for occasional clarification question. Also, this is not a sales call!  This is strictly a customer research project. During our visit...
Alex Sakaguchi | 22 Jan 2014 | 3 comments

Top Reasons to Upgrade to NetBackup 7.6

NetBackup 7.6 has been one of the most anticipated releases to date.  Looking at some of the data from our first availability program, a top reason customers were so interested in upgrading is the new virtualization capabilities. 

Virtual environments are growing fast, data is growing faster, and new demands are being placed on IT to deliver better.  Enterprises need to be able to grow, transform, and modernize their data center to support these trends, but they need to do it in a SCALBLE way that’s not going to put them at risk.  That’s where NetBackup comes in – the backup product that 80 of the top Global Fortune 100 companies choose to protect their data.

Below are some of the top reasons you shouldn’t delay upgrading from a previous version of NetBackup.  Click here to get the...

Sat-Chit-ananda | 22 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Respected forum members,

This is my first ever thread. I have tried to make it as informative as possible.This blog is inspired by Curtis Preston's blog .http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/tip/Tape-backup-best-practices-How-to-improve-tape-storage-performance but not copy/paste job.I have used only headings from that article.

Tape is not going to go away as much as I like to throw it out.So to get best out of Tape drives in Netbackup based environment with Disk staging,please have your Architect hat ON and procced furthur.

Understand the limits of your tape drive

 LTO-4 tape drive's maximum native (uncompressed) transfer rate is 120 MB/s. LTO-4 Drives we used had about 128MB of SRAM as cache. More data you are able to send to the drive cache more faster your drive is going to perform.

Below table gives you speed and capacity numbers for each LTO drive type and media.My goal was to achive 240MB/s in my environment...

Satkay Satish | 20 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

Objective:

To have a daily backup success rate report for the current month through OpsCenter custom query

Limitations with available report templates:
 

 

The available report templates either have partial successful job accounted as failures or are listed separately, they can however be excluded but then its brings down the success rate. Reports to the management should be precise and must not include much technical detailed information.wink, Just present them with only success & failure.

Requirement:

 
  1. Include partial successful jobs into successful list
  2. Ability to add any other status code which occurs out of scope of backup team's job profile [ eg: Status 71,73 ] as successful jobs...