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Dave High | 14 Mar 2011 | 10 comments

Welcome to NetBackup 7.1! This series of blogs will provide additional information into the features of NetBackup 7.1 starting today with VMware Intelligent Policy (VIP).

Historically backups have been defined and referenced by the hostname of the physical system being protected. This has worked well when the relationship between the physical host and the operating system was a direct, one to one relationship. Backup processing impact was limited to each physical client and the biggest concern was saturating the network with backup traffic. This was easily managed by limiting the number of simultaneous client backups via a simple setting within the NetBackup policy.

Virtual machine technologies have changed this physical hardware dynamic. Dozens of operating systems (virtual machines) can now reside on a single physical (ESX) host connected to a single storage LUN with network access through a single NIC. When using traditional policy configurations, backup processing...

CRZ | 14 Mar 2011 | 10 comments

I'm very pleased to announce the General Availability (GA) of NetBackup 7.1!

As you may have already read during the First Availability (FA), the key new features of NetBackup 7.1 include:

  • Disaster Recovery
    • AIR: Auto Image Replication
  • Virtualization
    • Linux single file restore for VMware
    • Smart Policies for VMware
  • Manageability / Ease of Use
    • Customer Experience
    • License / Inv / Deployment reporting
      • Capacity model
    • OpsCenter VBR parity
    • Audit Trails (Phase 2)
    • SLP Reporting
    • LiveUpdate- Client Major Version Upgrade
  • Deduplication
    • HPUX MSDP support
    • Oracle dedupe improvements
  • IPv6 Support
  • Supportability
    • Job flow logging improvements
    • Status Code 5 Cleanup
  • Proliferation
    • Red Hat 6
    • AIX 7
    • FT...
CRZ | 26 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

Introducing the NetBackup Screencast Demonstration Video Series

The NetBackup Screencast Demonstration Videos are a group of short videos designed to demonstrate specific functions and procedures within NetBackup. They have been produced by Symantec NetBackup Product Support to help you get the most out of your NetBackup environment.

The initial focus of the NetBackup Screencast Demo Video series is the NetBackup Agent for Microsoft Exchange.  Thirty-four videos have been produced detailing a variety of topics including:

  • How to configure various backup scenarios for Exchange within NetBackup (such as DAG backups, CCR backups, etc.)
  • How to perform various restore scenarios for Exchange within NetBackup (to RSGs, Alternate clients, etc.)
  • Special topics such as Exclude list usage
  • Troubleshooting NetBackup Exchange backup and restore issues

To see the entire list of videos, please check out this...

TimBurlowski | 24 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec partners with a number of companies who provide additional software or services to enhance your experience with NetBackup. I recently had the oppourtunity to get a demo from one of these parters & wanted to highlight them for our community.

The company is named Rove. If you've never heard of them you will as they recently won eWEEK 2010 Product of the Year award for their mobile IT management platform.

What they do for NetBackup and BackupExec is provide an interface to do lightweight operational management from a smart phone. They support BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile devices. Their support extends far beyond NetBackup and Backup...

Shelley_S | 14 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

The most popular NetBackup session at the Symantec Vision user conference, by far, is Performance and Tuning.   The organizers don’t wait to see the attendee preregistration surveys, they just go ahead and book the big ballroom and immediately consider the standing room only space.  When the speakers get to the part about “What makes the best media server”, the room freezes in rapt attention like tweens watching a Justin Bieber interview.   No surprise there. Getting it right is a big deal.  Upgrading and deploying new hardware is a painful process.  A well honored tradition at the Vision user conference is swapping war stories.  During the cocktail hour, when we’re enjoying the freebie microbrew beer (okay, I’m a martini gal) and munching the bruschetta, we are regaled with tales of the backup infrastructure refresh process.  The bureaucracy.  The many other teams that have to be consulted, involved,...

Joe Pfeiffer | 03 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

2010 has been a good year for NetBackup.  We launched the first hardware appliances with the NetBackup 5000 and 5200, launched our cloud storage program with Nirvanix and started integrating with Enterprise Vault (the #1 archive software on the market).  We're planning to continue the momentum of all of these in the new year.


If 2010 was the year where Symantec entered the appliance business, 2011 will be where it goes big.  You can imagine that since we based our hardware on PureDisk and NetBackup Media Servers that we have a few other software products that could benefit from a best-in-class optimized hardware platform.  We're planning to do that in in this next year as well as taking the existing 5000 and 5200 and scaling those up to larger capacities.  Providing hardware has been a totally...

Joe Pfeiffer | 17 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

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Peter_E | 01 Dec 2010 | 4 comments

At the recent NetBackup customer forum, I had the opportunity to talk to some engineers about a very cool new utility called NBDNA – NetBackup Domain Networker Analyzer.  Given the frequency with which network changes, not made by the backup administrator, affect backups, I thought this tool sounded very cool.  The command utility analyzes the NetBackup domain and its configuration for network issues, performance, and behavior. It addresses hostname lookup and connectivity between NetBackup hosts and their role within the NetBackup domain.

NBDNA does the following:

  • Discovers and maps the NetBackup domain
  • Extracts the hostname memberships by querying the configuration
  • Evaluates hostname lookup and socket connectivity to these hostnames to validate their network relationship status according to their domain configuration

NBDNA can be run on a NetBackup master server or media server. It creates and identifies a zip...

Joe Pfeiffer | 12 Nov 2010 | 4 comments

NetBackup 5200 Front Bezel
There has been a flurry of comments and discussion on the NBU 5000 here so Nicole, our marketing manager for appliances, thought it would be good to put something up about the newly launched 5200 and how it compares with the 5000.  Straight to the hardware spec comparison:

  NetBackup 5200 NetBackup 5000
Form Factor 4U
CPU Two Intel E5620 Quad Core
(2.4GHz, 12MB cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Two Intel E5405 Quad Core
(2.0GHz, 12MB, Cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Memory 32GB DDR 24GB DDR
Disk Drives 24 x 2TB SATA 7200RPM 24 x 1TB SATA...
Joe Pfeiffer | 29 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

Just a quick post today.  Back at the end of August we announced our first cloud vendor partnership with Nirvanix.  Basically it is an OpenStorage plugin that lets you create Storage Units that point to the Nirvanix cloud.  Great for slotting in to Storage Lifecycle Policies to replace duplications to tape since duplicating to the cloud means the data is offsite already.  The announcement was limited to NBU 7.0 and as much as we want everyone to be at the latest release there are a number of people who are still at 6.5.x.  So this week on Tuesday we announced the Nirvanix OpenStorage plugin is available for NBU 6.5.4 and above.  Talk to your friendly Symantec sales rep if you're interested since it's posted up on Symantec File Connect and ready for download.