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Swathi Turlapaty | 22 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Why should I virtualize? That is the question on the top of mind for many IT organizations. There are a number of reasons to move to a virtual environment, from reduced costs to increased efficiencies. In this video watch IT leaders from enterprises across the globe discuss how solutions from Symantec and VMware allow them to seamlessly migrate and manage virtual environments.

Lauren Childress | 17 Aug 2012 | 0 comments


Meet Symantec partner, V-Expert, and virtualization blogger, Greg Stuart.

Greg’s has worked in IT for almost a decade and is prominent blogger in the industry. He shares a wealth of information on the most up to date and interesting products, software, and hardware that deal with VMware and virtualization as a whole.

Greg has some exciting upcoming blog posts on how Symantec is deeply integrated with VMware. He’ll provide some interesting insights into Symantec’s upcoming vCloud Director integration. Stay tuned for posts on:

  • Cloud considerations for the SMB – key considerations that a SMB organization should consider when looking at cloud-based protection.
  • Cloud considerations for the enterprise data center – key considerations that an enterprise organization should consider when looking at cloud-based protection.
  • Real world experiences with vCenter Orchestrator and vCloud...
Lauren Childress | 10 Aug 2012 | 1 comment


This Tuesday, August 14th, we have an exciting webcast lined up: High Availability and Business Continuity for Applications in VMware vSphere Environments.

Join to hear two VMware vExperts – Symantec’s Mikko Nykyri and virtualization blogger Greg Stuart – discuss the benefits of leveraging VMware and Symantec together.

Learn more on how to ensure application availability, storage performance, data protection, and business continuity in a VMware environment.

If you are responsible for VMware administration and/or strategy, this webcast is for you. During the webcast, Mikko and Greg will host a question and answer session for all participants.

We hope you can make it. Space is limited so be sure to register here:

BTLOMS | 08 Aug 2012 | 6 comments


Linux/Windows servers , all VMs backed up with VMware snapshot API,  would not boot up after they were restored using the default restore options.


Changed the restore transport type to NBD and all the restores worked fine.


Symantec Corp. | 20 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

No matter what you are trying to improve—your tennis game, career or presentation skills—constant attention and focus on your goal is a necessity. The same is true when a business wants to improve its products. This case study explains how the Symantec NetBackup Team is continuously soliciting customer comments to help improve its software and the customer experience.

“Don’t judge people until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” This Native American proverb applies to every relationship in life: personal and business. These words of wisdom are key to an ethical life, and a guiding principle behind how Symantec implements changes to its products. “You have to constantly monitor your customers’ wants and needs,” said a Product Manager for NetBackup (NBU), “in order to keep your product relevant and robust. We constantly listen to what our customers are saying, and recently they asked us to speed up support...

Kyle Drake | 18 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

In today’s data-center protection world, nothing is more confusing or nebulous than phrases that mention “complete backup solution”.  A complete backup solution could be defined as any product that just gets your data off to tape or disk, period. Nobody ever said “restore” (sorry TSM), let alone other necessary functionalities.   But as we know, there are plenty of other aspects and features that define a comprehensive data protection solution, so how do we determine which vendors have the best strategy to provide the customer a proven product that differentiates themselves from the others?

There are two schools of thought here:

  1. Some believe in a unified and home-grown platform that encompasses all functionalities such as backup and recovery, archive, replication, Storage Resource Management and search.  The strategy here is that a...
Finn Henningsen | 04 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Hej NetBackup UserGroup medlemmer.


Der er blevet posted en ny Tech Alert som kunne være relevant for dem af jer som kører NetBackup 7.5. Se mere info her :




Finn Henningsen

Symantec Corporation


Office: +45 3915 8170

Mobile: +45 3094 3387





Michael G Andersen | 29 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Configuration of Kemp Loader Balancer hardware network load balancer for Netbackup 7.0/7.1 Exchange 2010 GRT

Kemp Loader Balancer configuration:

Create a Virtual Service for pbx in Layer 7:

Service Type: Generic

Transparency checked, Persistence Options Mode: Source IP, Timeout 1 Hour

Netbackup 7.0 needs extra port 13724 to work

Add the Service Virtual IP X.X.X.X to the Netbackup Servers on the CAS servers.

Screen dump attached

Check of configuration:

Runnning bptestbpcd -client <casarray> -debug

EXIT status should be 0

EXIT status 25 indicates a problem with the Virtual Service for pbx or netbackup host cache, run bpclntmcd –clear_host_cache on servers and clients. Get the Server team to check the Virtual Service for pbx

EXIT status 46 indicates that the Virtual service ip address need to be added to servers list on the CAS servers

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 | 20 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...