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TimBurlowski | 08 Jul 2009 | 5 comments

Most of you are probably aware that we released 6.5.4 NetBackup a few weeks ago. You can read all about it in the recent press release.

I thought I would share a few fun facts about the release. Over 200 people participated in our First Availability (FA) program. If you aren’t familiar with the FA program, unlike a Beta release, FA customers are actually encouraged to run the software in production and the release is fully supported. By the time we released 6.5.4 to the general public it had over 4000 days of production time behind it. When surveyed afterwards the participants gave the release a big thumbs up, with extremely high satisfaction rates and an astounding 91% responding that they would recommend 6.5.4 FA to other Symantec customers. If you participated I would like to offer you our sincere thanks for participation.

Given the number of enhancements in this release I...

TimBurlowski | 05 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

I mentioned this on twitter earlier today but wanted to follow it up with some additional commentary. Sometime 140 characters aren’t enough.

The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization, released a study that compares government web sites with commercial web sites. They used a variety of measures to create a score for each of the companies and government entities studied. The resultant table is below. Looking at our top 8 ranking, I have to say I feel proud to be in such good company.

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I think this ranking speaks well to our many web teams. In a company of our scale the web teams span many disciplines from PR &...

TimBurlowski | 28 May 2009 | 1 comment

I am loving the new Ideas feature of Connect. If you haven't seen it, be sure and check out Peter's video explaining how it works.

I serve as an election judge in my municipality, so I love the voting process - at least right up until you reach the point where the courts are mired down with the decision and you don't have a US senator months after the election. (Can anyone guess what state I live in?) The fact that our customers can actually vote an idea up or down is intriguing to me. I'm going to give it a week or so, then I'm going to float some of my own ideas to see if you like them.

Go ahead, submit an idea that would make NetBackup better for your enterprise.

TimBurlowski | 22 May 2009 | 1 comment

Today's Links

  • David Chapa has been writing up some very helpful tips at tha "BaR and Grill" blog. I especially enjoyed the "Frequency Based Backup" article. I' ve got to send him some reporting screenshots one of these day, I'm pretty sure our latest throughput reports offer more functionality than the scripts he has been posting. 
  • Really happy to see Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for E-Mail Active Archiving

Vilobh Meshram | 08 May 2009 | 0 comments

If the size of the heap data segment is limited then for large process we may have a core dump because of the way the memory management is implemented in AIX.

Following are the quick solution to try out :-

1. ulimit -d unlimited ------ should allow larger process.
2. Increase the LDR_CNTRL=MAXDATA setting at the AIX level prior to executing the command.
export LDR_CNTRL=MAXDATA=0x20000000 ( Default on AIX is 0x10000000)
To make the setting permanent, place the LDR_CNTRL=MAXDATA=0x20000000 to the end of the/etc/environment file.
All must be set in the environment of the netbackup processes at startup.
3. NBU since 6.0.MP7 takes care of such issues. Because later the way the binaries were built was changed to take into consideration such scenarios. Making the changes in the /etc/environment will make the changes for the entire system.

Technical Explaination:-

On AIX, the 32-bit address space (= 232 or 4 GB) is divided into...

Pravs | 17 Apr 2009 | 19 comments

Do you seldom encounter slow mapping with flashbackup?

Look at your exclude file list. Do you really want to exclude 50% of the drive? When performing Flashbackup, setting up an exclude list will decrease the performance of the VxMS mapping. The exclude list processing requires a lot of resource and time, so excluding too much data will slow down performance.for an example if you are backing up a 1TB drive using FBU, mapping should take around 35-40 minutes in usual scenario but if you have a exclude list of say about half of TB, It may take a whooping 7-8 hours in just mapping.

Finding the fish in a large pond with millions of fish and mark it not to be fished. Not a great Idea and it need too much work to do. My advice on this, not to have a large exclude list while using FBU. your Back-ups may not work as fast as it use to.

Praveen Gupta

TimBurlowski | 26 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

 I usually don't trumpet the arrival of each new Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) that we post for NetBackup, but this one is special since we're annoucning support for Quantum's OST device which I blogged about a little while back. Good stuff. I love treating disk as disk.

TimBurlowski | 19 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

My last post showed NetBackup Operations being displayed on a Nintendo Wii.

Stumpr asked about the iPhone. I'm glad you asked. Here is a screen shotimagebrowser image of Veritas Backup Reporter on an iPhone. 

I can't help you with the "how do I get my company to expense and iPhone or a new HDTV and a Wii" - although I wish I could.

The trend is clear - smart devices and ubiquitous remote access will mean that more and more administrators will want to peek into their environment and do administration from home or the local coffee shop. All I ask is that everyone will pull over their car when they need to initiate that critical restore request :)

TimBurlowski | 18 Mar 2009 | 7 comments

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I got a big chuckle out of this screen shot sent in by a customer. If you look closely on the bottom, the buttons are unmistakeably the Opera web browser on the Nintendo Wii. The web page displayed is the main monitoring page of NetBackup Operations Manager, which allows you to monitor, manage and report on NetBackup servers at multiple versions located potentially located in multiple locations. This is fantastic, you can play a few tennis matches, then switch gears and start monitoring backup and restore operations. We don't formally test compatibility with Opera on Wii but I would like to point out that it's better to have NetBackup on Wii than NetBackup ennui ;)

When I talk to customers about  web interfaces, everyone brings up the simple use case of being in a remote situation where you need to take action or check on status without installing a bulky...

Esther Aladieff | 06 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

Growth is a problem lots of companies would like to be dealing with right now. But it isn’t always easy to manage growth, especially growing your IT infrastructure to keep up with a fast-growing business.

This was a problem facing ENGlobal, an engineering firm that provides services to the energy sector. ENGlobal has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, both organically and through acquisitions.  As a result of this growth, the company ENGlobal had outsourced its backup operations to couldn’t keep up, causing backup costs to increase by 50 percent.

ENGlobal made the determination that could cut costs and be better off financially in the long run if they were to bring data protection back in house. The company turned to NetBackup to solve its backup needs. Over the life of the project,  ENGlobal expects...