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Anton Panyushkin | 17 Mar 2011 | 2 comments


As deduplication and optimized duplication are a hot topics nowadays, I decided to post a PDF report on the OptDup test we made recently. The document is in Russian. I hope my compatriots will appreciate it because thre are vitrually no practical info on OptDup in Russian.

Документ представляет собой пошаговое описание настройки Optimized Duplication на устройствах DataDomain, а также знакомит с теми командами DDOS, которые нужны для установки и настройки устройства хранения для нужд NetBackup. 

aridossj | 09 Mar 2011 | 1 comment

If symantec is providing an auto select option for restore operation that would be great to identify the host type. can they add this feature in their new product?

While doing restore we are selecting source, destination and type (i.e NDMP, Windows-NT, Standard) if some intelligent mechanism can detect automatically and perform the operation with out selecting the type, it would be great help to administrators, most of the first level support people not aware about the files systems type while creating requests. who can bring it to symantec's view???


-- Jayaprakash Aridoss

Zahid.Haseeb | 02 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

I am trying to restore the backup of Flat files. The restore process is going fine but i see an error when I view the Detailed Status under Activity Monitor. 

See the detail below.

Avtivity Monitor

3/2/2011 12:08:12 PM - begin Restore
3/2/2011 12:08:15 PM - 1 images required
3/2/2011 12:08:15 PM - media A00024 required
3/2/2011 12:08:18 PM - restoring image tech-server1_1297764654
3/2/2011 12:08:20 PM - started process bptm (5020)
3/2/2011 12:08:20 PM - mounting A00024
3/2/2011 12:08:20 PM - requesting resource A00024
3/2/2011 12:08:20 PM - granted resource A00024
3/2/2011 12:08:20 PM - granted resource SEAGATE.DATDAT72-000.000
3/2/2011 12:08:21 PM - connecting
3/2/2011 12:08:23 PM - mounted; mount time: 00:00:03
3/2/2011 12:08:23 PM - positioning A00024 to file 8
Zahid.Haseeb | 14 Feb 2011 | 0 comments


I am trying to perform a redirect/alternate client restore. What the problem i am facing is, i am not able to view the backup of my SQL Server under Restore Microsoft Server Objects on other NBU Clients except the one on which i took the Backup of SQL Server and there is a RED color arrow with downards direction. See the picture for your reference


NBU Server = 6.5.5

OS of NBU Server = win2003 with SP2

SQL Server = 2005

NBU Client version on other Machines = 6.5.0

NBU Client version on Source Machine where we can see the Backup = 6.5.5


I have already seen the section "Redirecting a restore to a different host" in the MSSQL Admin Guide. I also confirmed that i have the below settings.

I have created a file...

Symontec | 10 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

I receive this from Mr. Backup's email and I think is good to share it with you Connect Members:

I am at Tech Field Day at Symantec Headquarters hearing about NBU & Backup Exec and we are streaming it live.  If you want to watch 14 bloggers grill Symantec Execs, go here:
They tell us this is the first time anyone has streamed live from here.
Zahid.Haseeb | 10 Feb 2011 | 0 comments


In the below exercise we will install Veritas Netbackup Server 7.0 on a Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition on a Single machine with both roles, Master Server and Media Server.


  • Netbackup Server version = 7.0 (Note: to update your Veritas Netbackup Server visit with latest patches)
  • OS = win2003 Server ENterprise Edition with SP2
  • To start this exercise we must have a valid license key for Veritas Netbackup Server.

To start the installation of Veritas Netbackup Server execute the Browser.exe file from Netbackup Server media CD/DVD.  

Now select the installation TAB and click on Server Software Installation. There is a snap below for reference

Now click...

Zahid.Haseeb | 09 Feb 2011 | 0 comments

While taking the backup of MS SQL Server 2005 i faced the error 6  (   the backup failed to back up the requested files(6)   ) in Activity Monitor.


Netbackup Server version = 6.5.5

Netbackup Client version = 6.5.5

SQL Server = 2005 ENterprise with SP-2

Activity Monitor

2/9/2011 12:12:26 PM - requesting resource NetBackupServer-hcart-robot-tld-0

2/9/2011 12:12:26 PM - requesting resource NetBackupServer.NBU_CLIENT.MAXJOBS.SQL-Server

2/9/2011 12:12:26 PM - requesting resource NetBackupServer.NBU_POLICY.MAXJOBS.DotnetDB-Live-Full-Diff

2/9/2011 12:12:27 PM - awaiting resource NetBackupServer-hcart-robot-tld-0 - No drives are available

2/9/2011 12:13:59 PM - granted resource NetBackupServer.NBU_CLIENT.MAXJOBS.SQL-Server

2/9/2011 12:13:59 PM - granted resource NetBackupServer....

Taqadus Rehman | 01 Feb 2011 | 3 comments
I have gone through a scenario when some of backup images were no longer required and we decided to discard those images and reuse the media. This is how we achive it.
  1. Verify if there are valid images on the tape.
  2. Expire images.
  3. Verify if the tape is assigned or not.
  4. De-assign media
  5. Change volume pool
Verify if there are valid images on the tape.
The bpmedialist command can then be used to determine if there are valid images still on the tape. If there are valid images still on the tape, then the tape cannot be moved to another volume pool until all valid images have expired.
 <Install_Path>\Program Files\Veritas\netbackup\bin\admincmd\bpmedialist -m <media_id> 
Expire Images
If a media has valid images, but that images are no longer desired, the...
fhmann | 21 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

NetBackup 7.01:

bpplclients with the Policy Type "MS-Windows" shows no entity !

The command below executed from the Windows Admin Console or even from a Unix/Linux Master Server:

C:\>bpplclients -allunique -pt MS-Windows
no entity was found

==> This seems to be a bug.

Contact Symantec Support to download the neccessary EEB:


Dev T | 15 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

To understand the Types/Methods of Backup we must dive into the attributes of a file.

There are 4 basic attributes of a file which are known as DOS attributes:


Whenever we think of Backups we must only think of the ARCHIVE attribute. 

Thumb Rule: Whenever the ARCHIVE attribute is ON (1) the file is ready for backup and whenever the ARCHIVE attribute is OFF (0) the file has been backed up.

There are 5 types of backups:

1.    Normal/Full Backup: This backup method will backup the entire selection list irrespective of the ARCHIVE BIT, but after the backup is over it will RESET the ARCHIVE bit to 0 (Change it to 0 : Meaning the file(s) has been backed up)

2.    Incremental Backup: This backup method will only backup those files on which the ARCHIVE...