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Phil Wandrei | 21 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

The NetBackup 5230 - 14TB configuration is the latest addition to the NetBackup Appliance family and was Generally Available on December 2, 2013.  It is supported by NetBackup software release 7.6 (appliance release 2.6)*.  Refer to blogs NetBackup Appliance 2.6 Release Overview and NetBackup Appliance 2.6 Release:  New Diagnostics Center

NetBackup 5230 – 14 TB configuration is built on the same platform as the 4 TB configuration. In fact, there are only two differences between the configurations. Obviously, capacity is one factor, and product labeling is the other. The capacity difference is the use of larger capacity drives (3 TB versus 1 TB drives) in the same footprint. The product naming on the front still reads Symantec NetBackup 5230...

AbdulRasheed | 20 Jan 2014 | 14 comments

Let us start our technical deep dive with NetBackup Accelerator for VMware. Most of you already know that NetBackup Accelerator is designed to provide full backups for the cost of performing an incremental backup. In this case cost stands for the backup window, backup storage, client CPU, client memory, client disk I/O, network bandwidth etc. required for running backups. NetBackup Accelerator was first introduced in NetBackup 7.5 for file system workloads and became an instant hit. Answers to frequently asked questions on NetBackup Accelerator for files systems could be found here.

In NetBackup 7.6, backup acceleration comes to both VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director environments (more on VMware vCloud Director support in a later blog in this series). NetBackup Accelerator for VMware is a combination of three powerful technologies.

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AbdulRasheed | 17 Dec 2013 | 16 comments

It had been a while since I added something new to this series on Nuts and Bolts in NetBackup for VMware. The dawn of NetBackup 7.6 is here. It is one of the biggest releases in NetBackup for VMware vSphere and vCloud. This release prepares for your journey to Software Defined Data Center. Are you ready? Fasten your seat belts!

First and foremost, let us put some perspective on the adoption of virtualization in data centers. Symantec and VMware have been guiding you in reaping the benefits of virtualization. It is happening in three phases. You are likely to be in one of the three phases in this exciting journey.

  1. IT Production: In this phase, you are looking save on capital expenses through server consolidation for general-purpose workloads. The key advantage here is to pool and abstract hardware resources for optimal utilization. NetBackup prepared...
CRZ | 16 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that the FINAL Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.5 is now available!

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 is the seventh (and currently planned to be last) maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5.  It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from 7.5.0.1 through 7.5.0.6. In addition, this release contains over 400 additional fixes (bringing the total fixes in 7.5.0.7 to well over 2000!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 includes the following proliferations and enhancements:

  • VDDK 5.1 U1
  • JRE 7 Update 25

To download 7.5.0.7, please visit the following page:

NetBackup 7.5.0.7 Download Links
 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH209024

This is a MAINTENANCE Release for NetBackup (as opposed to a Release Update) - it can ONLY be applied on top of...

Peter_E | 14 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

I was speaking to a customer earlier this week who wanted to get up to speed on our VMware capabilities and needed some basics as well. While I know there have been some great posts in the forums, I thought I'd start out sharing these links. If you have other favorites please share them.  This was meant to be quick and dirty.

Solution Overview Level

ESG Lab Validation – NBU 7.6 for VMware

http://www.esg-global.com/lab-reports/symantec-netbackup-76-for-vmware/

Technical Basics

Google+ Hangout replay on Virtualization and NBU 7.6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_8_lTRcudM

VMware Basics for NBU administrators - from our local vExpert - @abdulrasheed123...

CRZ | 06 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Recently, a letter was sent out announcing the NetBackup 7.6 First Availability (FA).  If you didn't receive it, here is a crossposting.  (Note that I personally have no information beyond what's in this letter - please use the contact address below if you have any questions.)

Dear NetBackup Customer:

We are pleased to inform you that Symantec NetBackup 7.6 will have a First Availability (FA) program.  The FA is expected to be available in early October, 2013.  Just as with NetBackup 7.5, Symantec is offering the opportunity to obtain and run production-ready General Availability (GA) NetBackup 7.6 as soon as it becomes available.  Through the First Availability program, you can take advantage of the latest feature capabilities that have been made available in NetBackup.  

What are the key new features NetBackup 7.6?

  • NetBackup Accelerator support for virtual machines...
AbdulRasheed | 05 Sep 2013 | 5 comments

Recently one of the fans of NetBackup on Facebook asked a question. Although his questions were specific to the difference between Snapshot client backup and regular backups, I thought it might be better to explain this in a blog and post this for the benefits of newer NetBackup Administrators.

NetBackup Client: The client side of NetBackup software on the system being protected. Its role is read from disk; send data to backup storage and metadata to backup catalog.

NetBackup Snapshot Client: The feature on NetBackup client that takes snapshot of file system state or application prior to performing backups. On UNIX/Linux platforms, this operation requires a specific policy attribute to be turned on to use this feature. On Windows, this feature is automatically enabled to make use of Windows’ Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

What is the value of Snapshot Client over regular NetBackup client?

On...

AbdulRasheed | 19 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

VMworld 2013 is just a week away. Perhaps this is the one of the biggest technology events where I get to see experts who really get their hands dirty (functional IT staff like system administrators, VM administrators, Storage administrators, solution architects etc.) back in their jobs.

Whether or not you are using NetBackup, we invite you to attend the session below where we dig deep into VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) and its performance characteristics. We would share the lessons learned from extensive lab benchmarks simulating real production workloads. This will help you design and deploy a backup solution for your VMware vSphere environment that meets your business SLAs. 

Time: Wednesday, Aug 28, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Pacific Time  

( Great news! VMworld is offering a repeat session as the session above is sold out and waiting list is large. Register for Thursday, Aug 29, 11:00AM to 12:00PM if you...

Alex Sakaguchi | 30 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Is your data protection solution vCloud Director AWARE? The introduction of VMware's vCloud Director included a new IaaS offering that layers on top of the existing vSphere product suite. This means yet additional challenges for backup and recovery professionals to work around.

Symantec experts will be addressing this topic on an On Air Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, August 7th.

Tune in to this Bonus Session of our Google+ Hangout Virtual Vision series to learn more about backup and recovery challenges with vCloud Director. Our experts will share how we solve them in one of the largest vCloud Director deployments in the world and discuss the difference between vCD API and VADP in this interactive session.

Get your questions answered live by our expert panelists during the event by submitting your questions to the hashtag #SYMCHangout.

Mark your calendars:

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Kyle Drake | 24 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

In case anyone missed the news, with the recent release of NetBackup 7.5.0.6, one of the new features included was certified backup support for SAP HANA. 

We've done a lot to promote this functionality with webcasts, Google+ Hangouts and collateral.  If anyone has missed anything, here are the important links to all the information around of HANA integration, including our newest technical whitepaper:

http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/enterprise/fact_sheets/b-better-backup-for-big-data_DS.pdf (NetBackup Datatsheet-Better Backup for Big Data)

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH208919 (NetBackup White Paper-Protecting SAP HANA)

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