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Pravs | 17 Jul 2009 | 1 comment

from last one year, I have seen lots of folks (with in and outside organization) asking me about NODirectSDR registry entry or I have suggested them to use it to resolve lots of problems with flashbackup for windows policy type backups. I will get some time to post an article on that and usage info. I will update the link here as well.

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 &...

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

Joe Pfeiffer | 27 Feb 2009 | 11 comments

This week we launched a fun little site at The first episode is up and shows our favorite little blue guy handling a monster of a large Exchange backup by using the fitness regimen of Granular Recovery Technology. There’s a few more videos to come so let us know what you think. The site lets you embed the videos so you can share them with other NBU friends. We’ve also put it up on Digg, delicious, Facebook and a few other social places if you wish to share.

As an easter egg if you check out the resumes for the characters on you can email them directly and we’re watching. We may even slip a few people a nice prize for entertaining us through emails sent to the characters. Hope you enjoy it and let us know your comments.