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Dean Bliss | 21 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

Looking to upgrade NetBackup? There are several portal sites to help.

Upgrade Portal on Support:

Upgrade checklist can be found here:

Don't forget to get the latest release of the software from Fileconnect:

Additional patches or hotfixes (EEB) can be found here:

SeanRegan | 13 Jun 2011 | 4 comments

We have seen some bombastic marketing over the last several months in the data protection space.  One vendor stuffed 26 women in a Mini Cooper, and Veeam called platform proliferation “the next big thing” when they announced intentions to deliver Hyper-V support in December of 2011 – despite it being available for the past three years from Symantec. Let’s cut through noise and look at some of the underlying facts.

Innovative, Established and Proven

•                Over 15,000 companies already leverage Symantec’s Backup Exec for Hyper-V support. What Veeam has announced has been in the market for 3 years with Symantec Backup Exec. 

•                Backup Exec protects over 75,000 virtual...

hawkinsa | 23 Aug 2010 | 1 comment

East MI Storage & High Availability User Group
Meeting Notes 18Aug10

Meeting Started 11:15am
Topics Discussed:

  • Craig Leiss started out meeting by reviewing agenda:
    • Stressed importance of group discussion for getting the most out of the meeting.
    • Went around the room for introductions (name, current role, Symantec products in use, what do you expect to get from the meeting)
    • Next meeting is scheduled for November 10th on the west side of the state
      • Can Symantec provide web services (WebX, ect.) for this meeting for those who cannot travel and attend in person?
      • Bryan Yakel stated that Steelcase has volunteered to host the November meeting and that representative from Amway has volunteered to do a presentation on PureDisk.

Lunch break @ 11:30am

  • Philp Avery from Dewpoint presentation...
Tomer Gurantz | 12 Apr 2010 | 12 comments

In playing a bit with Media server deduplication in NetBackup 7.0 GA, I have run into an issue where the Storage Server Configuration Wizard comes up with an error during the configuration phase, on Windows:

database system error.
RDSM has encountered an STS error: ioctl failed (2060017)

Here is a screenshot of the wizard in this state:

Storage Server Creation Status... Fail

After reproducing this error a number of times on the same machine (reimaging in between tests), we had some engineers take a look at the system. As it turns out, the NBU 7.0 GA code, during the PD engine configuration, expects that the system is able to ping itself (have self name resolution). Not an unreasonable request, however in this case my host could not ping itself because it had an incorrect hosts file.

As it turns out, patches...

Swathi Turlapaty | 24 Mar 2010 | 2 comments

Here is the uptated list of the Top 20 Knowledge Base articles for Backup Exec, NetBackup and Enterprise Vault.  Check this list out to see if your issue has already been addressed. Good Luck!

Top 20 Backup Exec Articles


Article ID

Article Title



Device jobs remain in a "pending" or "Queued" state indefinitely and "scheduled" jobs do not run at their appropriate time.



What rights does the Backup...

Zahid.Haseeb | 12 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

Today i would like to discuss my experience in which i was not able to create the Media Server Deduplication Pool


Win2003 Server R2 64bit


Actually i was trying to use the deduplication option but i was selecting wrong option.

i wanted to use the deduplication future on the NBU server. i had to select the highlighted option ""Media Server Deduplication Pool"" because i did not have any external pure disk and actually i had a free partition for   ""Media Server Deduplication Pool""  but i was selecting the red highlighted option (Pure Disk Deduplication Pool) which actually was a wrong selection in my scenerio. See the picture for your reference


Problem Resolution

first i created a Folder name ""NBU-...

Abesama | 26 Jan 2010 | 0 comments

How it started

I've been delaying this PureDisk upgrade from 6.2 to
There were simply many other tasks at my hands and also the upgrade did not simply look easy and it made me hesitate.

What if it goes wrong?
I thought "It will take too much time to create a full backup of the content router storage!" (well, later I found I did not have to do full content router backup anyway)

The most scray thing is that it's actually an OS upgrade and an application upgrade at the same time.
Both PDOS and PureDisk had to be upgraded together, on 3 nodes storage pool - SPA and MBE and CR.

I was telling myself, later I will do it, later I will do it ... and that "later" finally came.
Some other project was adding 3 more nodes (MBE CR CR) in to this storage pool and I had to upgrade existing pool before I add those 3 in.

What goes wrong comes wrong


Mark Christiaens | 09 Oct 2009 | 1 comment

It was a big effort but we finally made it: PureDisk 6.6 (a.k.a. Darrieus) is out! It contains a bucket load of improvements::

  • Storage Pool Installer

  • New Administration User Interface

  • Context sensitive help

  • Remote office job progress information

  • Optimized deduplication for PDDO/VCB backups

  • Oracle Agent

  • Exchange Granular Restore

  • NTFS Special file type support

  • Virtual Synthetics

  • Storage Pool Consistency Checker

  • PureDisk Command Line

  • Multi Stream for Replication

  • Storage Pool Conversion tool (6.2 to 6.5 layout)

I won't go into detail regarding these since they are covered sufficiently in the documentation. Let's instead talk about a background process that's...

Alex Vasquez | 17 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

It was the best of times and the worst of times... In data centers, the world around de-duplication is pretty much a "check box" item anymore.  That is, it's pretty much standard functionality within most data protection platforms available today... Or it's the next exit on a product's roadmap.  So it's generally agreed that de-dupe technology is a good thing with a strong usage base in the storage and data protection areas of any Enterprise.  Great, we agree.

The issue, though, is HOW do you deploy a de-dupe technology.  Rather, what method do you go with?  Do you go appliance based aka Data Domain or Quantum's DXI offering (I sure hope Symantec doesn't swat this post)?  Or do you go with something more based on software that is also "storage agnostic" such as PureDisk or EMCs Avamar product? 

That's what I'm asking myself now: What is the best solution for us?  As it stands we are experiencing a...

Abesama | 15 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

Recently I had all 3 of my PureDisk environments giving me storage problems due to internal/external causes.

First one was relatively simple, it's a 6.2.2 all-in-one node and it ran out of disk space for /Storage - 95% full.

The storage array was not a SAN but a dedicated one.
Challenging task with this was finding out how to order physical disks and finding a resource to put the disks in the array.

Array was a 12-slots one, with 6 slots occupied with 300GB disks.
Once the new 6 disks were put in, the engineer rebooted PureDisk server with a HP CD loaded, to connect to the array and create a single 1.5TB RAID5 virtual LUN, then the server's been rebooted again for PDOS to start.

When I started Yast2 interface, it automatically picked up the new LUN, and I simply added the new LUN in the LVM volume group - this task instantly grew the xfs filesystem as well, and suddenly I had 49% full /Storage filesystem, happy.