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Muzayun Mukhtar | 20 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

We would love to invite you to get involved in helping us shape NetBackup by participating in one or more of the studies below.

Study 1

For this study, we are looking for NetBackup administrators who as part of their daily tasks examine NetBackup using ‘Activity Monitor’. We would greatly appreciate your insights on the type of challenges you face while monitoring jobs in NetBackup. We will also show you some design mockups to gather your feedback.

Session dates: July 25th -31st

Study 2

We are looking for NetBackup administrators who as part of their tasks edit properties for master servers, media servers and clients in their environment. In this session, we would like to get your feedback on how we can improve the existing host properties to make it easier for you.

Session dates: Aug 6th - 9th...

Nicolai | 19 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Very often MS SQL databases don’t get excluded from the ordinary file system backup. This result in huge incremental backup, good for absolutely nothing since the SQL database is not consistent at point of backup. Luckily it’s very easy to be on top on this issuec and find those database files using Netbackup bplist utility.

This is a Korn Shell script that does the job:

# A simple script that can assist the Netbackup admin finding MS SQL database files not excluded from the regular file system backup
if [ $# -ne 1 ]
 echo "Policy name missing !!"
 exit 1

# Calgulate how many days back we look. Adjust the "2 days ago" section to go longer back.
EPOCH_DATE=`date --date='2 days ago' +%s`
BPLIST_STRING_DATE=`date -d @${EPOCH_DATE} +%m/%d/%Y `

# Retrieve a list of client in the policy choose. Since bplist terminate each line with a null byte we need to use sed
# to get rid of it else grep...
AlanTLR | 19 Jun 2012 | 2 comments
These are the notes and attachments for the Phoenix Backup & Archiving User Group Meeting, which was held at the Tempe Mission Palms on June 14, 2012.
  The position of Administration Director is still open.
  Vision on Demand can be found at
  Next User Group Meetings: September 13 and December 6
OpsCenter Alerting and Reporting (SNMP) - Alan Landucci-Ruiz

Attached is the powerpoint for my presentation on setting up [SNMP] alerts within OpsCenter and VOM.  This covers most of setting up OpsCenter alerts (7.1), some SNMP example setups, and Veritas OpsManager alerting.  It also covers some differences between how Command Central alerts, VOM, and...

Cyclady47 | 18 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

I have been running into backups that error out because they can't use the tape, when I get the tape out I find the write protect

notch is closed.  I double check all my tapes to make sure they are not locked out, is the newer NBU robot libraries capable of

locking a tape because it has an issue or something?

I am almost certain it was not locked when I put it in the machine.

sameermahajan | 29 May 2012 | 0 comments


The modern data protection environments are very complex and demanding. There are numerous layers involved starting from bare bone hardware, firmware, device management, kernel, operating system, volume management, file system, connectivity and all the way up to very sophisticated applications. At each of these layers there are a variety of offerings. There are close to hundred different hardware vendors. There are well over dozen different operating systems like Windows, Linux and Solaris etc. There are native volume managers like Solaris Volume Manager (SVM), Linux/AIX/HP LVM. There are standalone heterogeneous volume manager offerings like Veritas Volume Manager. The file systems range from quite rudimentary FAT, UFS, ext up to ultra-advanced VMF S5, LTFS, ext4, ReFS. There are numerous connectivity approaches like IP, SAN/FC, iSCSI. The applications like Oracle, SQL Server and SAP are getting richer and richer. There are different deployment...

puga | 21 May 2012 | 1 comment

if you're getting error on login attempt in jbpSA, and log file contains something like:

Connecting to vnetd service over PBX port = 1556
ServerInterface:Logon:Exception encountered null
ServerInterface:Logon - Initial host:null, Current host:xxx, PBX port:1556
Can not connect to the NB-Java authentication service on xxx on port 1556.  Exception:

probably your solaris is missed VRTSpbx (package) service installation or/and your PBX service isn't working.

You can check that service works with:

bash-3.2# /opt/VRTSpbx/bin/vxpbx_exchanged
Usage: /opt/VRTSpbx/bin/vxpbx_exchanged { start | stop | restart | try-restart | reload | force-reload | status }

svcs -a | grep vxpbx

and if it's missing, import/enable it :

svccfg import /opt/VRTSpbx...

AlanTLR | 18 May 2012 | 0 comments

Recently, I replied to a question regarding OpsCenter reporting.  I find OpsCenter rather intuitive and easy to use, but I've dealt with a lot of similar stuff for several years, so I can understand how someone new to it might need a short guide/tour.  I'm going to post a simple 'how-to' in creating simple alerting similar to output of the Activity Monitor (or bpdbjobs).

Within OpsCenter, the Report Template I get the most out of is the "Tabular Backup Report."  This report gives me a lot of fields and a lot of fields to filter by.  To get to this report, you can click on:

Reports (Tab) -> Report Templates -> Backup -> Job Browser -> Tabular Backup Report.

The Tabular Backup Report gives the following columns: Client Name, Job Duration (sec), Job End Time, Expiration Time, Job File Count, Throughput (in KB/s), Job Primary ID, Job Secondary ID, Schedule/Level Type, Master Server, Media Server, Policy Name...

puga | 11 May 2012 | 0 comments

We had the same issue as "missing-network-connections-when-restoring-virtual-machines", but we were restoring windows VM, and we had missing (empty) network connections dialog box. What had helped us is kb HOWTO44542.

PS: Our NBU environment is

PS2: look at virtual-machine-recovery-issues as well (not possible in our case) and vmware slow browsing TECH128037 (dns issues)

AlanTLR | 09 May 2012 | 0 comments


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,...