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AlanTLR | 19 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Last time, we looked at how to create our drive usage using dummy data.  Now, we need to get some real data.  To start with, I've installed OpsCenter and I created a custom report based on the Tabular Backup Report:

I customized the report by clicking on "Edit Report" and changing the filters so I only have the policies and clients that I know use drives.  I set the range to be the past 60 days.

Once done, I saved the report to a custom report in my Public Reports folder, so I can access it easily whenever I want to generate the data.  To export the data, I click on the export button and export it to a CSV.  I can then open the CSV and remove the first and last lines (headers and footer) of the CSV.  We're now ready to process it.

Now that we have the real...

John Meaders | 30 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

At a recent meeting of NetBackup customers I heard some interesting comments on the topic of High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) that I would like to share, along with my thoughts on them.

One customer commented “after the earthquake in Virginia, DR became more important.”  It is unfortunate that so often people pay no attention to DR planning until after a disaster occurs.  It is too late at that point if you are affected by that disaster.  It is much better to be proactive about your DR planning, and it shows you are a good steward of your resources.

Some other customers mentioned that VMware’s abilities are now causing some of their application owners to say vMotion is good enough (for HA).  They are now using the traditional HA model with clustering software such as Veritas Cluster Server (often with replication and Global Cluster Option) for their applications that can tolerate little down time.  This has...

AlanTLR | 29 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

I love using NetBackup OpsCenter.  Using its reports in conjunction with the Administrator Console can greatly help reduce triage time, and help provide reports that your manager and/or director can understand, when speaking to them in terms of cost savings, backup windows, storage availability, and data growth.  OpsCenter helps to take the data from Netbackup and put it into a nice visual form.

What it doesn't do on its own, though, is create a tape drive usage report in a format that I want (though, if I had the Analytics license, I could probably program this).  So, I created a not-so-simple perl program to create my intended usage table.

My intended table is supposed to look like this:

time Drive 1 Drive 2 Drive 3 Drive 4
00:00 client1 client2    
01:00 client1 ...
AlanTLR | 23 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

        One of the challenges I face as an administrator is coordinating upgrades (especially minor upgrades) to hosts that I don't own.  Somehow, I have to communicate that the NetBackup level isn't up to date.  I can easily find out what level the client is by running a 'bpgetconfig', but I'm all about automation and ownership.  I think that an admin should own his machine and I don't want to micromanage.  So I can create a simple script that I can use as the basis for an automated notification about a hosts' NetBackup level.

        The script below is a quick and dirty one I wrote a long time ago that gathers all the client versions, along with the Operating Systems (as entered into the database).  Using this information, I can apply them against either a database or a flat file that maps the hostname and/or OS type with the owner's email and...

AlanTLR | 16 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Managing your policies is important, but also being able to quickly communicate the policy schedules to customers is just as important.  At our site, we use OpsCenter to send reports to the customers, but I wanted a way to show the customers what their backup windows were.  The NetBackup Admin Console allows you to view them, but you can't export it.  OpsCenter also lets you view them, but you can't email or export them.  Luckily, NetBackup has a few command-line tools that allow you to view policy schedules: bppllist and bpplsched.  I mostly use bppllist, but you can examine the output and see what works best for you.


BASENAME=$(basename $0);
DIRNAME=$(dirname $0);
Zahid.Haseeb | 07 Sep 2011 | 0 comments


Netbackup Server = 7.1

OS of Netbackup = win2008 32bit

DLO = DLO 6.1 MP6

Error while restored

See the following snap for your reference:

(The security ID may not be assigned as the owner of this object. You do not own the file being restored)


Actually the machine was prepared again OR reinstalled. I tried to restore from DLO Server and also from the same login name from Client.


uncheck the box "Preserve security attributes on restored files

My problem is resolved. I just uncheck the box "Preserve security...

SeanRegan | 01 Sep 2011 | 0 comments

Lauren Whitehouse at ESG had an interesting blog post a couple of weeks ago about the battle between two vendors in the virtual backup space and their childish twittering about who ruled more. It got me thinking about the mad rush by all vendors to capitalize on the virtualization movement. Somehow in the race to rule VMworld someone forgot to inform the real world that there can't be 4 #1 vendors in the same space. Unpossible! 

So Lauren, thank you for bringing a reasoned voice to the conversation. It is Twitter wars like the one that triggered your blog that have created a need for organizations to investigate social media archiving, something we added to the new release of Enterprise Vault 10 and covered in a recent survey. Putting all of...

Simi_Sikka | 31 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Enterprise Storage Forum ranked NetBackup and Backup Exec as #1 in the Top 10 Backup Apps. Dave Simpson, an analyst with 451 Group said, "Symantec is No. 1 in terms of market share....The latest version of NetBackup includes Symantec V-Ray for visibility into virtual file systems and applications."

Dean Bliss | 18 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

The 5220 appliance has officially shipped.

5220 Highlights

  • Suitable for environments of any size–starting at 4TB and expandable up to 36TB of useable disk, it is ideal for remote offices, regional offices, and enterprise data centers
  • Multiple functional roles–NetBackup 5220 can be deployed as master server, media server or both for a NetBackup environment
  • Reduction in storage–Decrease storage 10-50x and up to 99% reduction in bandwidth consumption
  • Flexible deduplication options–Deduplication at source or appliance, inline or post-process
  • Up to 32 TB of deduplication capacity per appliance–protect several hundred terabytes of data

For more information click here:

5220 Appliance Datasheet:


Kate Lewis | 15 Aug 2011 | 0 comments

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a #VMrockstar with Symantec. Enter to win a pair of VIP tickets to Linkin Park on Tuesday 30th August at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in celebration of #VMworld. And that’s not all, the VIP tickets come with VIP treatment. This once in a lifetime VIP experience includes:

  • Two VIP tickets to Linkin Park on Tuesday 30th August at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas
  • Premium seating – the best seats in the house (front row or front balcony seats)
  • Limousine transportation to and from The Venetian and Hard Rock Hotel
  • Food and drinks
  • Linkin Park souvenir gift

We’re looking for hints, tips, tricks and best practices on how to be successful with virtualization - whether that’s how to get the most out of virtualization, how to backup and restore a virtual environment or simply how to get the most out of VMworld 2011. Whatever your virtualization tip is, share...