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AlanTLR | 19 Jun 2012 | 2 comments
These are the notes and attachments for the Phoenix Backup & Archiving User Group Meeting, which was held at the Tempe Mission Palms on June 14, 2012.
  The position of Administration Director is still open.
  Vision on Demand can be found at
  Next User Group Meetings: September 13 and December 6
OpsCenter Alerting and Reporting (SNMP) - Alan Landucci-Ruiz

Attached is the powerpoint for my presentation on setting up [SNMP] alerts within OpsCenter and VOM.  This covers most of setting up OpsCenter alerts (7.1), some SNMP example setups, and Veritas OpsManager alerting.  It also covers some differences between how Command Central alerts, VOM, and...

Cyclady47 | 18 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

I have been running into backups that error out because they can't use the tape, when I get the tape out I find the write protect

notch is closed.  I double check all my tapes to make sure they are not locked out, is the newer NBU robot libraries capable of

locking a tape because it has an issue or something?

I am almost certain it was not locked when I put it in the machine.


puga | 21 May 2012 | 1 comment

if you're getting error on login attempt in jbpSA, and log file contains something like:

Connecting to vnetd service over PBX port = 1556
ServerInterface:Logon:Exception encountered null
ServerInterface:Logon - Initial host:null, Current host:xxx, PBX port:1556
Can not connect to the NB-Java authentication service on xxx on port 1556.  Exception:

probably your solaris is missed VRTSpbx (package) service installation or/and your PBX service isn't working.

You can check that service works with:

bash-3.2# /opt/VRTSpbx/bin/vxpbx_exchanged
Usage: /opt/VRTSpbx/bin/vxpbx_exchanged { start | stop | restart | try-restart | reload | force-reload | status }

svcs -a | grep vxpbx

and if it's missing, import/enable it :

svccfg import /opt/VRTSpbx...

AlanTLR | 18 May 2012 | 0 comments

Recently, I replied to a question regarding OpsCenter reporting.  I find OpsCenter rather intuitive and easy to use, but I've dealt with a lot of similar stuff for several years, so I can understand how someone new to it might need a short guide/tour.  I'm going to post a simple 'how-to' in creating simple alerting similar to output of the Activity Monitor (or bpdbjobs).

Within OpsCenter, the Report Template I get the most out of is the "Tabular Backup Report."  This report gives me a lot of fields and a lot of fields to filter by.  To get to this report, you can click on:

Reports (Tab) -> Report Templates -> Backup -> Job Browser -> Tabular Backup Report.

The Tabular Backup Report gives the following columns: Client Name, Job Duration (sec), Job End Time, Expiration Time, Job File Count, Throughput (in KB/s), Job Primary ID, Job Secondary ID, Schedule/Level Type, Master Server, Media Server, Policy Name...

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

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

AlanTLR | 09 May 2012 | 0 comments


One of the challenges of administrators is gathering statistics and notifications.  Symantec provides a lot of great resources to help manage events and notifications.  I'm able to set up traps from my OpsCenter server to go to my Veritas Operations Manager, where I can create custom notifications for certain events.  In Command Central, I can also create notifications.  Additionally, I can also create notifications for the same system services that are tied in with Command Central within VOM.  Within VOM, I can create notifcations and send notices to other Symantec systems to handle those.  It seems, though, that VOM is my centralized server for handling events.

But I don't just have my Symantec services; I also have an F5 Big-IP load balancer, Solaris systems with ASR and consoles that complain about hardware.  With all these events, there has to be a way to handle notifications so that I don't have to log...

Ryan McCain | 08 May 2012 | 1 comment

Below are a few shell one liners I use and/or have in a cron job. If you'd like me to post more, let me know and I'll continue to share.


Activate SLPs

for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbstlutil active -lifecycle slp-${SLPS} ; done
Disable SLPS
for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/nbstlutil inactive -lifecycle slp-${SLPS} ; done
Show pending SLP jobs  (SLPs must be active to get correct job information)
for SLPS in SLPNAME1 SLPNAME2 SLPNAME3; do echo"" ; echo "**** slp-$SLPS ****"; nbstlutil report -lifecycle slp-$SLPS ; done
Show all clients in a departments policy
for policy in /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/bppllist | grep -i department ; do echo ${...
AlanTLR | 02 Apr 2012 | 0 comments


With NetBackup 7.5 and OpsCenter 7.5 demos, I've seen that restores are much more manageable for ops than before.  I'd long awaited the day that I could have a simple restore administrator look for files and restore them without having to integrate seven layers of internal support.  Now, a simple call to the helpdesk can be routed to an op who can handle a simple file restore.  At least, I hope that's what can happen.

I'm more concerned about security than anything else.  Anyone who can handle sensitive backup data also has the potential to destroy and/or own a system that is being restored.  For example, I could make a well-placed file that gets backed up--let's call it myfile.txt--and restore it over a nice simple critical file like /etc/passwd or /etc/sudoers.  I haven't seen if the new OpsCenter has this sort of limitation (I'm still going over the new features) yet, but I can tell...

AlanTLR | 30 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

If you're like me, you're in a company that's understaffed and overworked.

If you're like me, you don't like to do more than 3 steps to do something that you have to do repeatedly.

If you're like me, you have a large group of tapes that have been ejected from your library and fallen down the wayside.

If you're like me, you prefer to have a browser way of doing things, but still want to do it from the command-line.

If you're like me, you've tried a "lost media" report and found tapes that were in ScratchPool, but not on that list.

Well, your'e probably not as bad as I am when it comes to changing tapes; I really hate doing them, but it's a necessary evil if you're using tapes.  What I end up with is several containers of tapes that were vaulted and not put into proper containers.  I can easily go through them and look up each tape to see if it's expired, or I can generate a...

Michael Blizzard | 22 Mar 2012 | 3 comments

Hello Backup Gurus,  I wanted to share my experience with my upgrade a few days ago.  After the upgeade my MSDP diskpool would not come up.  Here are the steps I did to fix the issue.  Hopefully This will help other that may run into this issue.


Disk volume is DOWN (status = AdminUp, InternalDown)


The command "nbdevconfig -changestate -stype PureDisk -dp <DiskPoolName> -dv PureDiskVolume -state UP"  failed to set state of disk volume to UP.


On the MSDP host we found that the deduplication engine (spoold) service was in a stopped state.  The following was seen in <storage path>\log\spoold\spoold.log when attempting to start the service:


March 21 08:58:07 ERR [0000000000DF98E0]: 25017: FileCopyA: could not open destination file S:\DEA\data/12198.bin
March 21 08:58:07 ERR [0000000000DF98E0]: 25017: FileMoveA: copy failed
March 21 08:58:...