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AbdulRasheed | 02 Jul 2012 | 5 comments

 

Recently, there were discussions in social media and blogs on using hypervisor level snapshots on virtual machines hosting business critical applications like Microsoft Exchange. Some confusion came on account of a statement from Microsoft documented here. The emphasis is mine.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx

“Some hypervisors include features for taking snapshots of virtual machines. Virtual machine snapshots capture the state of a virtual machine while it’s running. This feature enables you to take multiple snapshots of a virtual machine and then revert the virtual machine to any of the previous states by applying a snapshot to the virtual machine. However, virtual machine snapshots aren’t application aware, and using them can have unintended and unexpected consequences for a server...

Mayur Dewaikar | 27 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Data growth remains one of the top pain points for backup admins.  The legacy data protection technologies are not keeping up with the data growth.  To address this problem, many organizations are re-architecting their backups. One of the key elements of backup redesign continues to be data deduplication.

Target based dedupe solutions were the early entrants in the dedupe market and a large number of users adopted these technologies over the years. While the target based dedupe solutions do a great job of reducing the data, they do so at the end of the backup cycle. The data essentially travels in a fully hydrated format (non-dedupe) from the clients, through the media server, to the target device where it finally gets reduced. You get great dedupe rates, which solves one problem—storage costs. But wait, how is this solving the backup window problem? Data will continue to grow and if you don’t address the backup volume problem (the sheer volume...

CRZ | 15 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

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

NetBackup 7.5.0.3, a software only Maintenance Release, is the third maintenance release for NetBackup 7.5. It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from 7.5.0.1 (software-only) and 7.5.0.2 (appliance-only). In addition, this release contains fixes to over 325 issues including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects. The significant content of this release is:

  • Solaris 11 master server, Bare Metal Restore server and OpsCenter Managed Server support
  • No new features in 7.5.0.3.  However, some features that were delivered in previous maintenance releases are included:          
    • NetBackup for VMware on SLES – delivered in 7.5.0.2
    • PureDisk seeding utility – delivered in 7.5.0.2
    • Client Direct...
CRZ | 12 Apr 2012 | 3 comments

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

NetBackup 7.5.0.1 has been released in response to the feedback received during NetBackup 7.5 First Availability program. This release contains selective critical fixes to:

  • Replication Director
  • Catalog
  • Virtualization
  • Other critical miscellaneous fixes across NetBackup product

NetBackup 7.5.0.1 contains resolutions from over 40 Etracks, including content of several EEB (emergency engineering binary) bundles.

To download 7.5.0.1, please visit the following page:

7.5.0.1 Download Links

 http://symantec.com/docs/TECH184314

This is a MAINTENANCE Release (as opposed to a Release Update) - it can ONLY be applied on top of NetBackup 7.5.  (If you are currently running 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.1, or 7.1.0.x, you will need to upgrade to 7.5 before...

Amit Walia | 29 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

Backing up data can often be added to a long list of things you should do more often or more effectively, but aren’t.  Things like: flossing your teeth, following a household budget, getting more sleep, etc.  Whether you work for a large business challenged by the explosion of data and tighter service level agreements (SLA's), or a smaller to mid-size business, you are likely struggling with backup (as are most consumers).  That’s not surprising considering that today’s backup technology is comprised of a growing collection of point solutions that have added complexity, costs, and headaches for IT pros.   

We recently surveyed more than 1,400 IT professionals on their backup practices and ability to recover...

CRZ | 28 Mar 2012 | 2 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that a new Maintenance Release for NetBackup 7.1 is now available!

NetBackup 7.1.0.4 is fourth and final maintenance release for NetBackup 7.1.  It is a cumulative release - which means it includes all previous fixes from the 7.1.0.1, 7.1.0.2 and 7.1.0.3 maintenance releases.  In addition, this release contains fixes to overall 250 issues including most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations and internal engineering defects.

The significant contents of this release are:

  • Server side Auto Image Rebasing for better data locality and improved rehydration/restore performance
  • Resiliency improvements to address common issues and avoid RecoverCR runs as much possible, RecoverCR Lite tool to reduce downtime, Optimized Duplication (Opt-Dup) bandwidth throttling improvements
  • Improved performance of...
Matt Cain | 26 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

World Backup Day.  It’s world backup day this Saturday, which stands as a friendly reminder to make sure your files are backed up.  If you go on the World Backup Day site you’ll see that their slogan this year is, “Don’t be an April fool.  Backup your files.  Check your restores.”  Good advice…but let’s expand.

The picture to the left is of the Rock of Gibraltar—crown property of the United Kingdom.  So what does it have to do with Backup?  The saying, “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar” is typically used to describe someone or something that couldn’t be defeated and would not fail.  The “rock” metaphor is used in many instances to describe a “solid foundation”.  In...

espcampeon2010 | 07 Mar 2012 | 0 comments

The new release of SORT keeps pace with the latest NetBackup releases and also adds important new functionality as listed below. Of particular interest is support for NetBackup 7.5 and Custom Reports for OpsCenter. 

General

  • Support for NetBackup 7.5 release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (checklists have been available since 7.5 FA)
  • Support for the Hayward Appliance (made asynchronously available earlier, concurrent with the Hayward release in February)
  • Support for the NetBackup 7.1.0.4 maintenance release in the installation and upgrade checklist and custom reports (disabled until 7.1.0.4 ships)
  • Incorporate updates from changes to all NetBackup compatibility lists (Operating System (SCL) and associated features, Hardware (HCL), etc.)

NetBackup Landing Page

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CRZ | 05 Mar 2012 | 4 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that NetBackup 7.5 is now available!

The marquee features of NetBackup 7.5 include:
  • Replication Director

    This feature offers a unified, policy-based management of backups, snapshots and replication.

    NetApp Plug-in for Symantec NetBackup Replication Director” and an hotfix for NetBackup 7.5. Both will be available beginning mid-March 2012. The hotfix for NetBackup will be available on Symantec support web site and the plug-in will be available on the NetApp NOW Site.

    Link to Symantec support site: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH182573
    Link to NetApp NOW site: https://now.netapp.com/NOW/cgi-bin/software/

  • Deduplication

    This release offers improved deduplication integration, scalability, performance, and stability.

    ...
CRZ | 15 Feb 2012 | 8 comments

With NetBackup 7.5 now on the horizon, it's time to make sure you're aware of the coming end of support for NetBackup 6.x.  It's hard to believe it will have been seven years since the NetBackup 6.0 release!

On October 3, 2012, NetBackup 6.x will reach End of Support Life (EOSL).  This includes ALL 6.0 maintenance packs and 6.5 Release Updates.

The NetBackup 6.x EOSL means that in order to continue receiving NetBackup support, an upgrade to NetBackup 7.x will be necessary.

Version 7.1.0.3 is the latest available update today.  (The 7.1.0.4 maintenance release is expected to see release in March.  It is expected that this will be the final 7.1 update.)

In March 2012, NetBackup 7.5 GA will also be available as an upgrade path.

There is no cost to upgrade for customers with a current maintenance contract; however, you may find that additional or updated hardware is needed. Use...