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AlanTLR | 09 May 2012 | 0 comments

Problem:

One of the challenges of administrators is gathering statistics and notifications.  Symantec provides a lot of great resources to help manage events and notifications.  I'm able to set up traps from my OpsCenter server to go to my Veritas Operations Manager, where I can create custom notifications for certain events.  In Command Central, I can also create notifications.  Additionally, I can also create notifications for the same system services that are tied in with Command Central within VOM.  Within VOM, I can create notifcations and send notices to other Symantec systems to handle those.  It seems, though, that VOM is my centralized server for handling events.

But I don't just have my Symantec services; I also have an F5 Big-IP load balancer, Solaris systems with ASR and consoles that complain about hardware.  With all these events, there has to be a way to handle notifications so that I don't have to log...

captain jack sparrow | 08 May 2012 | 1 comment

The release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 brings a whole host of important changes to Microsoft's enterprise data platform, including changes in the editions that Microsoft will offer as well as a new licensing model. In addition, SQL Server 2012 introduces many performance, business intelligence (BI), and development enhancements. Here's a rundown of the top 10 most important new features in SQL Server 2012.

10. Simplified editions -- SQL Server 2012 will be delivered in three main editions: Enterprise, Business Intelligence, and Standard. The Enterprise edition contains all of the product's features. The Business Intelligence edition contains all of the BI capabilities but lacks some of the higher-end availability features. The Standard edition provides basic relational, BI, and availability capabilities. Microsoft has retired the Datacenter, Workgroup, and Standard for Small Business editions but will continue to provide the Developer,...

Ryan McCain | 08 May 2012 | 1 comment

Below are a few shell one liners I use and/or have in a cron job. If you'd like me to post more, let me know and I'll continue to share.

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Activate SLPs

for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbstlutil active -lifecycle slp-${SLPS} ; done
 
Disable SLPS
for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbstlutil inactive -lifecycle slp-${SLPS} ; done
 
Show pending SLP jobs  (SLPs must be active to get correct job information)
for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do echo"" ; echo "**** slp-$SLPS ****"; nbstlutil report -lifecycle slp-$SLPS ; done
 
Show all clients in a departments policy
for policy in /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/bppllist | grep -i department ; do echo ${...
AlanTLR | 02 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

Intro

With NetBackup 7.5 and OpsCenter 7.5 demos, I've seen that restores are much more manageable for ops than before.  I'd long awaited the day that I could have a simple restore administrator look for files and restore them without having to integrate seven layers of internal support.  Now, a simple call to the helpdesk can be routed to an op who can handle a simple file restore.  At least, I hope that's what can happen.

I'm more concerned about security than anything else.  Anyone who can handle sensitive backup data also has the potential to destroy and/or own a system that is being restored.  For example, I could make a well-placed file that gets backed up--let's call it myfile.txt--and restore it over a nice simple critical file like /etc/passwd or /etc/sudoers.  I haven't seen if the new OpsCenter has this sort of limitation (I'm still going over the new features) yet, but I can tell...

AlanTLR | 30 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

If you're like me, you're in a company that's understaffed and overworked.

If you're like me, you don't like to do more than 3 steps to do something that you have to do repeatedly.

If you're like me, you have a large group of tapes that have been ejected from your library and fallen down the wayside.

If you're like me, you prefer to have a browser way of doing things, but still want to do it from the command-line.

If you're like me, you've tried a "lost media" report and found tapes that were in ScratchPool, but not on that list.

Well, your'e probably not as bad as I am when it comes to changing tapes; I really hate doing them, but it's a necessary evil if you're using tapes.  What I end up with is several containers of tapes that were vaulted and not put into proper containers.  I can easily go through them and look up each tape to see if it's expired, or I can generate a...

Michael Blizzard | 22 Mar 2012 | 3 comments

Hello Backup Gurus,  I wanted to share my experience with my upgrade a few days ago.  After the upgeade my MSDP diskpool would not come up.  Here are the steps I did to fix the issue.  Hopefully This will help other that may run into this issue.

 

Disk volume is DOWN (status = AdminUp, InternalDown)

 

The command "nbdevconfig -changestate -stype PureDisk -dp <DiskPoolName> -dv PureDiskVolume -state UP"  failed to set state of disk volume to UP.

 

On the MSDP host we found that the deduplication engine (spoold) service was in a stopped state.  The following was seen in <storage path>\log\spoold\spoold.log when attempting to start the service:

 

March 21 08:58:07 ERR [0000000000DF98E0]: 25017: FileCopyA: could not open destination file S:\DEA\data/12198.bin
March 21 08:58:07 ERR [0000000000DF98E0]: 25017: FileMoveA: copy failed
March 21 08:58:...

GHS-NBU-ASC | 20 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Hi All,

Just wanted to share some of the research I did.

We installed a 2 node NBU cluster with 7.1.0.3 and SFHA 5.1 SP2. After installation the master server would always show DOWN in activity monitor. I confirmed on the forum and tech support but they just said that it is normal but no one could help me in getting rid of the RED thing which looks abnormal to anyone.

The trick was in bpclusterutil to remove the services which are not required for a master to function.

In my case I observed that Device manager and KMS service were going down after we bring up the cluster.

Revomed these services from registry -

First DOWN the NBU cluster resource.

Edit registry and go to

HKLM\Software\Veritas\Netbackup\CurrentVersion\cluster\Instance1\ClusteredServices

Remove the services which show up in Event viewer that they go down.

Bring up the NBU resource,

I hope it helps people.

ITXRANGER | 11 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

After reading the ambiguous veritas error code trouble shooting tips on line I realized they all mentioned VSS, but didn't really have a quick fix for the problem. So, I tinkered around and found the following to work pretty much 99% of the time.

Of course, you'll want to validate your configurations as the 1st step of trouble shooting.

In most cases simply starting and stoping the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service solved the problem, which should be set to manual Start type.

Otherwise, I make sure my the client attributes are set to the settings listed below.

Windows Open File Backup Configurations on Host Server > Client Attributes

-Enable Windows Open File Backups for this Client

-Use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service VSS

-Global drive snapshots

-Disable Snapshots & continue

 

Enterprise Environment:

Physical and Virtual Servers

Windows 2003 and 2008 r2

Veritas...

Jerry Gowen | 09 Mar 2012 | 6 comments

By Glenn Miller, Senior Poduct Manager at NetApp

Do you love the service levels and efficiency that can be delivered using NetApp snapshots, SnapVault and SnapMirror replication for Integrated Data Protection? Wouldn't it be great if you could combine these capabilities with an Enterprise data management solution like Symantec NetBackup?

Welcome to NetBackup Replication Director which is introduced with the NetBackup 7.5 release. Replication Director integrates array based snapshots and replication into NetBackup Storage Lifecycle Policies (SLPs) for the first time. This means that NetBackup will enable customers to take full advantage of NetApp Snapshots, SnapVault and SnapMirror replication technologies. Moreover, Replication...

madhan.k-123 | 28 Feb 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec: 'NetBackup 7.5 speeds backup 100X'

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/06/symantec_2012_backup_news/

 

 

Cuts 25-hour chore down to 15 minutes

By Chris MellorGet more from this author

Posted in Storage, 6th February 2012 19:03 GMT

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