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@BackupMikko | 06 May 2013 | 0 comments

How far along are you on your virtualization journey? Most organizations already have more than half of their systems virtualized and are currently virtualizing their most business critical applications.

Now you are facing the challenge of keeping your ever-expanding virtual environment protected while providing the required service level for the business critical physical systems. Managing two separate isolated environments increases complexity and introduces potential for gaps in the data protection strategy if not carefully planned and implemented.

A poorly planned data protection strategy will not only increase risk to the data but will also consume more storage, restrict your recovery options and increase the time spent managing the environment. This is why it is important to understand the options and pitfalls when building a data protection strategy for virtual and mixed environments.

Host-level Integration and Virtual Machine optimized...

AshutoshTamhankar | 23 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

 

Snapshots created for a virtual machine on an ESX host, may not be deleted after a backup if the remote agent crashes abnormally during the backup operation. So that such orphaned backup exec snapshots can be deleted automatically, following registry key could be set:
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\VMware Agent
 
Key name Value Data type
AutoOrphanSnapshotRemoval 1 = Orphaned snapshots created by Backup Exec are deleted at the beginning of the backup. REG_DWORD

 

More information here: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH200709

AshutoshTamhankar | 17 Apr 2013 | 0 comments
The size of the read and write buffers used for the VWware API (VDDK) by Backup Exec can be tuned using the following registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\VMware Agent
 
"Enable Buffered Reads"=dword:00000001
"Number of Read Buffers"=dword:00000004
"Size of Read Buffers"=dword:00000400
"Enable Buffered Writes"=dword:00000001
"Number of Write Buffers"=dword:00000004
"Size of Write Buffers"=dword:00000400

More info

If you are looking at tuning performance of your backups generally, recommend you to go through the Backup Exec 2012 performance tuning guide:

The...

Alex Sakaguchi | 02 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Are you interested in seeing first hand the new advancements around virtualization backup and recovery coming in NetBackup 7.6?  Well, we've decided to host a Google Hangout as a sneakpeak into the latest and greatest, and broadcast it live from Vision 2013 in Las Vegas on 4/17.  This Hangout is open to the public and we're encouraging everyone to come check it out!

We'll be showing you things like how to backup 300 VMs in 3 minutes, backing up 3TB of data in 15 minutes, and much more.

Broadcasting live from the Expo Hall floor of the MGM Grand on April 17th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm Pacific time.  

RSVP on our Google + page: Protecting 300 VMs in 3 min

We'll be taking questions from panel members as well as those submitted through Google + and...

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.

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zeboul0n | 21 Dec 2012 | 2 comments

 A new customer of ours has a quite nice 2-node, 2xCPU,  2x96GB RAM, 5x NIC VMware cluster with iSCSI SAN.

The virtual machines are all running Windows Server 2008 R2.
The problem is the former IT-partner didn't do all the things right when choosing and implementing a new virtualized environment.
 
  • First, keeping a lot of physical servers just out of laziness.
  • Second, not implementing a separate iSCSI network.
  • Third, not implementing a separate backup network.
  • Forth, not implementing redundancy in (the only) network.
  • Fifth, not choosing a VMware license which allows live migration (the customer thought they had but they didn't. VMware Essentials Bundle is....  just expensive)
  • Sixth, not implementing a backup solution that targets a virtualized environment, just continuing the backups as usual and with no other backup storage then the primary deduplication disk....
zeboul0n | 18 Dec 2012 | 0 comments
 
A new customer of ours has a quite nice 2-node, 2xCPU,  2x96GB RAM, 5x NIC VMware cluster with iSCSI SAN.
The virtual machines are all running Windows Server 2008 R2.
The problem is the former IT-partner didn't do all the things right when choosing and implementing a new virtualized environment.
 
  • First, keeping a lot of physical servers just out of laziness.
  • Second, not implementing a separate iSCSI network.
  • Third, not implementing a separate backup network.
  • Forth, not implementing redundancy in (the only) network.
  • Fifth, not choosing a VMware license which allows live migration (the customer thought they had but they didn't. VMware Essentials Bundle is....  just expensive)
  • Sixth, not implementing a backup solution that targets a virtualized environment, just continuing the backups as usual and with no other backup storage then the primary...
Drew Meyer | 20 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Hey readers - new post about Symantec's official VMware support on the official Backup Exec and NetBackup blogs. Be careful who you trust with your data.

puga | 12 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 7.1.0.4

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

Elizabeth Teffner | 18 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

I’m looking for user feedback on new and upcoming virtualization features for Backup Exec!

Now through April 27th I’m looking to talk to folks who use either VMware or Hyper-V. We are currently working on workflows and designs for an upcoming version of Backup Exec. If you are a current Backup Exec user – Great.  If you aren’t – Great!

These sessions will be conducted via WebEx and only take 1 hour of your time. And all in the comfort of your own office.

If you are interested in participating please click here to view available session times. The sessions are offered at various times from April 23rd – April 27th.