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Digital_Kru | 25 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

“And… here, we, go.” – (Heath Ledger’s immortal performance as Joker)

The opening reception was actually as expected, it was bigger than ever; at least it seemed that way, looking more like GITEX than ever before. With the announced attendance of 22,000 people it would have to be bigger. The floor was packed with the usual suspects, up and comers going for bigger booths than before, and the usual plethora of new entries to the field. Where 5 or 6 years ago, there were a hundred or so smaller startups, now it looks like a VC swap meet, with vendors touting their niche solution, with seemingly half of them looking to get bought up by one of the bigger fish.

Cloud.

That’s it. If you were missing the cloud shift, it’s been seismic (no pun intended with Sunday’s earthquake). The evolution of how data is managed has either come full circle (if you’ve been around for 15 or so years in this field) or bridged the gap to what is the consumerization of IT and acceptance...

Digital_Kru | 24 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

As I sit on the current alternative of the ‘nerd bird’ (as we used to affectionately call the American AUS-SJC direct) I’m on the DFW-SFO, catching up and geeking out with old colleagues, analysts I’ve worked with and listening to the grumpy lady in front of me who keeps calling the flight attendant over to complain about a luggage policy – I’m reminded of how much things have changed since I was an attendee at my first VMWorld in 2007. Back in my product management days I was an eager attendee for sessions and labs – thoroughly enjoying all 3 hours of my 2 hour VCB scripting lab. VCB scripting is a long gone requirement, and equally far down the list of my favorite experiences at VMWorld.

This week I’ll be posting updates about key topics, trends, and new emerging technologies and strategies for IT. What’s changed so much about VMWorld is the virtualization itself – I feel an almost parental pride in seeing how virtualization is (in the immortal words of Vince Vaughn, as...

pkh | 23 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Here is a tutorial on how to Backup up individual folders/files via NDMP on an Isilon Cluster

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/ndm...

Michael G Andersen | 13 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

When troubleshooting database backups, it is important to remember that a database backup is in principle an user initiated backup,
so the backup is actually started from the client by the script/database backup api.

The database backup is more sensitive to name resolution than file backup, partly because of the above

 

 

Places to look for information/things to do:

The activity monitor, probably where you would see the error first.

The bphdb log folder which gives the script exit status, environment information and other things there can help figure out what the issue is.

The dbclient log folder with 777 permission which gives detailed information about the backup done by the database api e.g. rman

The database api's log e.g. rman messagelog

The database's log e.g the alert log for Oracle

The OS system logs, but often this a copy of the messages from the database's logs

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Shashank_Mulay | 11 Aug 2014 | 15 comments

I am really excited to announce that Symantec Desktop Laptop Option (DLO) 7.6 is generally available!

 

What’s New in DLO 7.6?

This release is based on the theme Proliferation, Stability and Supportability.

 

Proliferation:

  1. Mac Agent: DLO now supports backups on Mac desktops and laptops. Mac OS X support is provided for 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 OS releases.
  2. Platforms: DLO now supports Windows 2012 R2 for server installation.
  3. Mail Client Support: DLO extends its support to IBM Lotus Notes ® 9.X release.

 

Stability:

  1. Automatic Integrity Checker (AIC): Validates the reliability and integrity of data. AIC runs in the background and does not affect the system performance.
  2. Bandwidth and CPU throttling: Ability to configure the maximum amount of bandwidth and CPU cycles the Desktop and Laptop Option can...
Walker_Yang | 04 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

For some people, it might be a little bit hard to find the documents and patches for NetBackup easily and efficiently. Here provide a simple way to find them, just remember Symantec official web site and simple navigation link, that's all you need to do.

1. Visit Symantec offical web site: www.symantec.com, scroll down and click "Supported Products A-Z".

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2. In the supported product list, choose the product you want. Scroll down and click "NetBackup Enterprise Server"

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3. Now we've entered into NetBackup Enterprise Server Technical Support web. Here we can find the documents and files, as follows:

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4. Click "Documentation", you'll navigate...

Cristiano S. | 25 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

Hello to everyone,

I was facing problems while configuring a backup exec job with Oracle RAC over Linux environment.
I would like to share how it was solved.

Scenario:

Using Symantec Backup Exec 2012, Oracle RAC and Red Hat 6.3

Problem:

While configuring a backup exec job with oracle RAC, on 'Backup Selection' tab it was not possible expand Oracle RAC database tree.

Error messages: Oracle Database "Instance"(Unavailable) or Authentication failed on connection

Solution:

Add O/S user that has DBA privileges (the owner of oracle binaries) to the beoper group
Copy /etc/oratab to /etc/VRTSralus/beoratab
Do not eeplace the dbname entries in /etc/VRTSralus/beoratab with the name of the instance of the RAC database on that machine. Keep the same.
This example uses the root account to configure the...

Joan Garcia | 21 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

Today I would like to share a few thoughts about the hidden risks there are when we make decisions or choose new types of technology. Technology by itself is not risky (cloud, replication, snapshots, backup,...) but each kind offers some functionalities but also has some limitations.

Risks usually come when technology is chosen without taking into consideration its limitations and, even more importantly, without understanding that the ultimate responsability lies with organitzation that adopts the new technology and it is also this company which is the most affected when something goes wrong. So, these companies must undestand and try to mitigate these risks everytime they choose a new technology because most of the time SLAs and penalities are meaningless and useless when it comes to a major issue in a critical environment.

To exemplify this point, I'll share the CODESPACES case.

Last month (June 2014), a company called CODESPACES.COM (...

melview1 | 17 Jul 2014 | 2 comments

I wanted to share my problems and solution regarding Backup Exec 2012 and the Service Pack 4 update in hopes it might help others.  I’ve seen several threads on this topic, but the official response from Symantec has always been, “there are no known bengine SP4 issues”, which I’m not convinced of.  My maintenance is not current for reasons I won’t get into, but because of that, I have not filed a tech support request on this topic, but rather figured it out on my own.  I’m evaluating my needs vs BE2014, which I’d reinstate my maintenance for.

My setup is fairly small and simple.  I have 6 servers being backed up, including the BE server.  1 is using an Agent for Applications and Database server and the rest are Agents for Windows.  Each server has its own job that is a backup to disk (external USB3.0).  There are 4 disks, 3 have unique jobs and 1 of them is shared amongst 4 jobs.  No jobs overlap and there is no...

goli123 | 15 Jul 2014 | 1 comment

Hello everyone.

I'm not sure if it's only us that get this problem in the new backup exec (2014) but if it's not just us I would to share the workaround we found with you.

Our Backup exec servers have several network interfaces in different networks and we noticed that if not specified which network interface to use some of the jobs fails. We configured all of our backup jobs to use the correct interface but after we rebooted the server to install some updates we noticed that this settings were lost during the reboot. After a second reboot we saw this problem again and we decided to solve the issue via power-shell script that I'm going to share here with you.

To reset the right network interface to all of our jobs we used this code:

$inter = Get-BENetworkInterface InterfaceName
Get-BEBackupDefinition | Set-BEBackupDefinition -NetworkInterface $inter -NetworkProtocol IPv4 | Save-BEBackupDefinition -Force

After that we created a...