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Mark_Solutions | 25 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

We all know that you shouldn't back up a client to a Media Server of a lower version of NetBackup but sometimes it is easy to make an oversight.

An example cropped up recently for me at a straight forward staged upgrade.

The plan was a Master Server upgrade in week 1, let that settle for a couple of weeks before upgrading the Media Servers then a couple more weeks and upgrade all clients - change control / rollback options and all that!

Along the way it was decided to virtualise the Master Server too.

Sounded OK until we did the testing when everything worked great apart from the Catalog backup which went to a Media Server (The Master being virtualised could not have tape drives)

The backup failed with a 154 - Storage Unit is not compatible - storage unit characteristics mismatched to request.

Couldn't find any tech notes and the penny hadn't quite dropped when I first saw the...

Elizabeth Teffner | 10 Feb 2014 | 1 comment
My name is Elizabeth Teffner. I'm a Customer Research Analyst at Symantec. Our Customer Research group is organizing Customer Safaris to observe how Data Scientists, Database Administrators and Storage Administrators do their work.
 
What is a Customer Safari?
 
Customer Safari is where we come to your office and observe your day. Understanding how people work and go through their day helps us generate ideas on how we may make improvements or create new products or services. The best way to do this is to quietly sit and observe how a typical day for our customers goes.   
 
If you are interested, we are looking for 3 to 4 hours to sit with you and observe.  There will be little interaction except for occasional clarification question. Also, this is not a sales call!  This is strictly a customer research project. During our visit...
Alex Sakaguchi | 22 Jan 2014 | 3 comments

Top Reasons to Upgrade to NetBackup 7.6

NetBackup 7.6 has been one of the most anticipated releases to date.  Looking at some of the data from our first availability program, a top reason customers were so interested in upgrading is the new virtualization capabilities. 

Virtual environments are growing fast, data is growing faster, and new demands are being placed on IT to deliver better.  Enterprises need to be able to grow, transform, and modernize their data center to support these trends, but they need to do it in a SCALBLE way that’s not going to put them at risk.  That’s where NetBackup comes in – the backup product that 80 of the top Global Fortune 100 companies choose to protect their data.

Below are some of the top reasons you shouldn’t delay upgrading from a previous version of NetBackup.  Click here to get the...

Sat-Chit-ananda | 22 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Respected forum members,

This is my first ever thread. I have tried to make it as informative as possible.This blog is inspired by Curtis Preston's blog .http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/tip/Tape-backup-best-practices-How-to-improve-tape-storage-performance but not copy/paste job.I have used only headings from that article.

Tape is not going to go away as much as I like to throw it out.So to get best out of Tape drives in Netbackup based environment with Disk staging,please have your Architect hat ON and procced furthur.

Understand the limits of your tape drive

 LTO-4 tape drive's maximum native (uncompressed) transfer rate is 120 MB/s. LTO-4 Drives we used had about 128MB of SRAM as cache. More data you are able to send to the drive cache more faster your drive is going to perform.

Below table gives you speed and capacity numbers for each LTO drive type and media.My goal was to achive 240MB/s in my environment...

4L SpA | 28 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Workaround to Event 57802 and 57804, catalog mistmatch (Following a successful upgrade, the Backup Exec Server Service fails to start and the event logs report an error "The Backup Exec Server Service detected a schema version mismatch)

 

1.- Upgrade existing BE 2010 R3 to 2012

2.- Using existing procedure, copy folders Catalog and Data to safe place or shared drive

3.- Install brand new Windows Server, with the EXACTLY same name as the old one, as on step 1.

4.- Copy the folders Catalog and Data from step 2.- using procedure accordingly

5.- Start services of the new BE 2012

6.- That's it!

Satkay Satish | 20 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

Objective:

To have a daily backup success rate report for the current month through OpsCenter custom query

Limitations with available report templates:
 

 

The available report templates either have partial successful job accounted as failures or are listed separately, they can however be excluded but then its brings down the success rate. Reports to the management should be precise and must not include much technical detailed information.wink, Just present them with only success & failure.

Requirement:

 
  1. Include partial successful jobs into successful list
  2. Ability to add any other status code which occurs out of scope of backup team's job profile [ eg: Status 71,73 ] as successful jobs...
Digital_Kru | 13 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Welcome to the second installation of the DRT Dozen.

1)       Another dirty secret of DR plans – too many of them ignore or underestimate the importance of security. A recent SANS Institute (www.sans.org) report provided some key recommendations for how to implement security successfully.  Starting from an approach of Layered Security – it is a defensive strategy that uses multiple technologies to block access.  The key is to understand that security isn’t just antivirus; in fact, antivirus isn’t even the first layer.

 

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Network Controls: Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, and DLP (Data Loss Prevention)

Antivirus: Polymorphic code (changes in the executable), and Hueristics (identifies hostile behavior...

AlanTLR | 10 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

        If you're using NetBackup, I highly suggest using OpsCenter for your reporting and troubleshooting needs.  It's a great tool and is very rich in its features.  I've written a few SQL queries to find and process information I need in the backups, but I've found the SQL report to be somewhat buggy when there's more than one page of output.  That being said, there are always things that I want to do that OpsCenter won't do for me, and one of those happens to be finding out the Policy information for a given client, and correllating the data from actual backup times with the backup windows.  

        Confused already?  Let me explain.  I have clients that want to know information about their backup schedules.  They ask what the backup windows are when they mean to ask "When are the backups running so I can avoid doing [hard-disk-hitting work] during that time?"  ...

madan82 | 27 Nov 2013 | 1 comment

Hi All,

 

Please help me to  download trial of the NetBackup PureDisk Virtual Appliance

if any any one knows  the  link. kindly shared to me

 

madan,

Jed Gresham | 21 Nov 2013 | 0 comments
I'm looking to do a 30 minute interview with an IT "Business Owner" role to help shape the business value requirements of a new concept we're researching and I need your help doing so.  Can you please reply to me and let me know if you can help me set up a 30 minute discussion between now and Dec. 13th?
 
The person I'm looking to interview should have the following responsibilities (typically a Director of IT, Network Services, or Infrastructure/Operations):
- Driving the internal IT strategy for the overall IT architecture, systems, storage, applications and infrastructure
- Conduct and document internal performance, risk, and financial analysis as it relates to internal IT
- Knowledgable of the internal data center best practices, production systems and IT pain points
- Managing the budget for IT infrastructure spending
 
This is a great opportunity for...