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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.

AbdulRasheed | 15 Nov 2012 | 1 comment

Thank you for attending Symantec webcast Take VMware vStorage APIs to the Limit with Unrivaled Data Protection. The recording of this webcast will be available soon. I am documenting the questions asked during the webcast and respective answers below. The names are withheld for privacy reasons. 

 

 

1. We're seeing snapshots not being removed after the backup operation is finished. Issues?
 
NetBackup’s bpfis program is executing creation and deletion of hypervisor level snapshots using VADP (vStorage APIs for Data Protection) APIs. The snapshot deletion issues occur mainly because of hiccups within the ESXi stack. For example, the backup was too long (or there were too many snapshots at the same time) that resulted in near 100% space consumption. The best way to verify what had happened is to look at vSphere client for the events associated with the virtual machine(s) in question...
Kyle Drake | 11 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

So I just finished up VMworld in San Francisco week before last, and I was amazed at how many different products were out there to enhance customers’ virtual infrastructures, whether their data centers were on premise or “in the cloud”.  There were many monitoring and reporting products, partner companies looking to relieve the burden for customers to manage their virtual projects, and of course many products that provide backup and recovery capabilities for critical virtual machines.  I think there were 4 or 5 that claimed they were “#1 in VM backups”.   I haven’t seen so much confusion on who’s number 1 since college football introduced the BCS!

What was clear was that the companies touting “#1” were all point product solutions specifically for VM backup and recovery.  These solutions solely focus on the virtual machines themselves, with a little integration to VMware’s management...

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 : http://symantec.com/docs/TECH190969

 

Hilsen

 

Finn Henningsen

Symantec Corporation

www.symantec.com

 

Office: +45 3915 8170

Mobile: +45 3094 3387

Email: finn_henningsen@symantec.com

 

 

 

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...

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.
 
Notes:
  The position of Administration Director is still open.
  Vision on Demand can be found at https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/visionondemand
  Next User Group Meetings: September 13 and December 6
 
Presentations:
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...

sameermahajan | 29 May 2012 | 0 comments

Background

The modern data protection environments are very complex and demanding. There are numerous layers involved starting from bare bone hardware, firmware, device management, kernel, operating system, volume management, file system, connectivity and all the way up to very sophisticated applications. At each of these layers there are a variety of offerings. There are close to hundred different hardware vendors. There are well over dozen different operating systems like Windows, Linux and Solaris etc. There are native volume managers like Solaris Volume Manager (SVM), Linux/AIX/HP LVM. There are standalone heterogeneous volume manager offerings like Veritas Volume Manager. The file systems range from quite rudimentary FAT, UFS, ext up to ultra-advanced VMF S5, LTFS, ext4, ReFS. There are numerous connectivity approaches like IP, SAN/FC, iSCSI. The applications like Oracle, SQL Server and SAP are getting richer and richer. There are different deployment...

AlanTLR | 09 May 2012 | 0 comments

Problem:

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.

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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 ${...