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Alex Sakaguchi | 21 Feb 2013 | 2 comments

Don’t customers hate being misled?

I know I do.  Sometimes it can be innocent…you know, like maybe the sales person wasn’t as knowledgeable as he/she could’ve been.  Or perhaps they were new.  In any case, it behooves the customer to do some homework to make sure that they are not being misled, innocently or otherwise.

Your homework is done.

I came across a situation recently where a customer said that a vendor told them their solution could do global deduplication the same as Symantec, but cheaper.  My first thought was wow that’s a big deal.  As you may know, Symantec deduplication capabilities built into NetBackup and Backup Exec offer customers the flexibility of leveraging dedupe at the client, server, or target, and can efficiently dedupe across workloads like physical and virtual...

Ryan McCain | 14 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

When I began learning AIX, I relied heavily on the AIX system administration tool called SMIT (GUI) or SMITTY (menu based). One of the great things about SMIT is when you "point and clicked" to create a user account, configure NFS, etc., SMIT displays the actual Unix commands being executed on the bottom of the SMIT window. This is how I learned the basics of the Unix command line. Over time I was able to do all of my administration from the command line interface (CLI) and not have to rely on SMIT. Understanding what commands were actually being run opened the door for me to write scripts that automated routine tasks, tweaked system performance, etc. etc.

Fortunately, there is a similar feature in NetBackup 7.x.

In order to see the command line operations being run by the Java Admin GUI, perform the following actions:

1. On the system where you are running the Java Admin GUI (likely the master server) go to the java directory.
# cd /usr/...

dotlike | 28 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

to automatically allow overwritting Backup Exec tapes - which are protected by default - when using Netbackup 7.5 configure the media server like this:

Go to "Host properties" -> "Media Servers" and right click on the appropriate media server and choose "Properties".

Click on "Media" which can be found on the side pane. Activate the checkbox "BE-MTF1" and click on "Ok".

Backup Exec tapes will now be automatically overwritten and used liked new tapes.

Gaurav Kaushal | 28 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

Hello Guys,

This post guides us through How to create a VMware Application Protection policy to back up the SharePoint Application in a Virtual Machine.

On the NetBackup Master Server

NetBackup Management > Right Click on Policies > Select New. Provide a name to the policy.

This would open up an “Add New Policy Window” dialog.

Choose Policy Type as VMware.

Select a Storage unit

NOTE – Enable Granular Recovery is disabled, as this type of policy is by default granular.

Add a new schedule as per your requirement.

IMPORTANT- Clients Tab

For VMware application aware backups, the name of the client cannot be entered manually or chosen from list of clients. It must be chosen using a VMware Intelligent Policy (VIP) query.


Mark_Solutions | 25 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Our place is holding some events on 27th and 28th February in the UK so i thought I would invite you all - I have added them to the events calendar but thought it may have better visibility here - hope you can come and enjoy it - here are the details:

Cognitive Network Solutions, a Symantec Data Protection Master

& Hardware Appliance Specialist partner,

would like to invite you to this must attend event.

Come and see how we can improve your Backups, Reduce Cost and Increase Efficiency.

  • NetBackup 5220 Appliance – A complete backup & recovery solution for your virtual & physical systems in a single box. Complete with built in storage, intelligent end to end de-duplication and more
  • Superior load balancing for fastest possible backup performance
  • Utilise the NetBackup Appliance to refresh your Backup Infrastructure. No more dealing with...
Jason_Dowzell | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

With the ever increasing usage of disk based backup solutions, one of the questions I get asked most often is around the future of tape. There is no doubt that disk offers many benefits over tape, not least restore performance and reliability, combined with some great technical advances like deduplication. That said, does tape still have a place in modern data protection?

Rarely a week passes when I don’t talk to a customer who wants to reduce their reliance on tape. The main challenges customers experience with tape are performance, especially when backing up lots of small files, restore speed, and also reliability issues caused by media volatility and drive failures. Add to that the cost of taking tapes off-site and cycling them back on site each day and it is little wonder many want to try and reduce their reliance on the technology.
Disk as a backup technology has been around for many years but, in recent years, has become almost a...
Gaurav Kaushal | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Application aware Virtual Machine (VM) backup is a new feature that has been added in Netbackup 7.5. It lets the user protect the applications installed inside the VM by a doing a single VM backup. This is s a tremendous feature considering the pace at which the enterprises are moving towards Virtualization.

But at times we may see the Application State Capture is failing. This means that the applications inside the VM are not protected during that backup and it is only protecting the VM. There are certain thing that we need to take care while using the feature of application aware backup.

The Application State Capture (ASC) job fails and the databases are not protected if you do any of the following:

  • Disable the Virtual Machine quiesce option.
  • Select the Exclude data disks option.

As long as there are any databases that can be protected, the ASC job continues. If you select databases for backup that exist on supported and on...

Gaurav Kaushal | 21 Jan 2013 | 2 comments

Hey Guys,

In this new post i am going to talk about the Distributed Application Restore Mapping. This feature allows us to restore content to any server in the SharePoint Farm. Traditionally the backup images are cataloged under FE server. To enable Netbackup to restore to other servers in the farm, we must specify the Frontend and Application Servers mapping to Backend Servers in the Distributed Application Restore Mapping dialog.

There are two Columns in that Dialog ” Application Host” and “Component Host”. The Application host column should contain the names of the Frontend Server and Application Servers and the Component Host column contains the SQL Backend Server names. If SQL is clustered then the Virtual Name of the Cluster is specified in this column.

For Example – Consider the SharePoint Farm having servers 2 Application Servers APP1, APP2), (1 Front End Server FE) and (1 SQL Backend – BE) then the Distributed...

Gaurav Kaushal | 21 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

SharePoint Backup using NetBackup SharePoint Agent fails with status 2.

The SharePoint backup fails with status 2 mainly because of configuration issues. There is a checklist that we should adhere to while doing a SharePoint backup.

1. The NetBackup cilent service is being started by a domain account

2. The account running backup should have the following privileges.
-  ”Replace a process level token”
-  ”Debug programs”
-  ”Log on as a Service”
-  ”Allow to logon Locally”

These are set via (administrator tools – Local security policy – Local policies – User rights assignment)
This needs to be done for all servers in the SharePoint farm, including SQL back end.

3. The account should be Local administrator rights on all servers in the SharePoint farm.

4. .Net Framework 3.5 at minimum for SharePoint 2010 and  .Net...

Yasuhisa Ishikawa | 06 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

After verifying backups by restoring files to alternate location, it sometimes happens that we can not remove restored files by 'You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this file' error as Figure 1. This most likely happens when restoring system or program files. Owner of unremovable files is TrustedInstaller user, and only this user has full control right.

Figure 1 File Access Denied

Figure 2 Owner of unremovable files

Figure 3 Permissions of unremovable files

We can manage to remove files by changing owner and permissions of unremovable files. Here is an example of removing System...