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CRZ | 01 Mar 2013 | 9 comments

I'm very pleased to announce that the next Release Update for NetBackup 52x0 Appliances is now available!

NetBackup 5200/5220 Appliances 2.5.2 Release Update is the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup

It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from through In addition, this release contains an additional 400 fixes (bringing the total fixes in to over 1100!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

In addition to including all of the fixes in NetBackup, Appliance 2.5.2 contains:  

  • Improvements in Hardware Supportability
    • More resource status & usage monitoring
    • Way to acknowledge alerts
    • Monitor behavioral patterns in MSDP
    • Bug fixes/EEBs specific to SORT/Call home

Information about 2.5.2 and download links are available here:


AbdulRasheed | 25 Oct 2011 | 6 comments

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As more and more of your business critical applications get virtualized, your data protection solution needs to step up to the plate. You are likely to have a hybrid environment and your data protection solution should have the visibility into what is inside both virtual and physical systems. Processor intensive blind deduplication of VMDK files will not scale as your environment grows. Above all, the solution also needs to protect vCenter server, the backbone of vMotion, DRS, HA and more.

We provided a technical deep dive on NetBackup for VMware and how this award winning data protection solution can be quickly deployed for protecting everything in your data center in a matter of minutes. Powered by V-Ray and Intelligent...

Phil Wandrei | 03 Oct 2011 | 0 comments

Symantec backup appliances provide many business value benefits. In my earlier two blogs, Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances and Realizing OpEx Savings with Symantec Backup Appliances – Part II  five (5) areas of  OpEx savings were identified: 

  • Acquisition
  • Installation and integration
  • System administration
  • Upgrades: software and hardware
  • Support/maintenance

In this blog, the final two areas of OpEx savings will be examined; Upgrades and Support. 

Upgrade and Refreshes

With any point solution, there are multiple components that will require firmware and/or software updates. A best case is two updates per component per year. ...

AbdulRasheed | 27 Aug 2011 | 16 comments

Now that we know how VM discovery job works for a VMware Intelligent Policy (VIP), let us move on to the actual backup job. The process flow described here is the same for both VIP and browse-and-select type policies unless specified otherwise.

As we did in the previous blog, let us assume that the NetBackup master server, media server and VMware backup host are three different systems.

  1. NetBackup Policy Execution Manager (nbpem) triggers a backup job once the policy, schedule, virtual machine combination is due and backup window is open. It works in conjunction with NetBackup Job Manager (nbjm), NetBackup Resource Broker (nbrb) and NetBackup Enterprise Media Manager (nbemm) to identify the resources (media server, storage unit etc.) for backup. This resource identification process is well detailed in NetBackup Documentation,...
AbdulRasheed | 17 Jun 2011 | 1 comment

Minimize resource consumption on Hyper-V host

Symantec NetBackup had been protecting Hyper-V virtual machines since the release of NetBackup 6.5.4. The award winning virtual machine protection technology was brought to Hyper-V space, you get to run a single backup from which two kinds of restores are possible. You can restore the entire virtual machine or an individual file within the virtual machine. By running just one backup for two kinds of restores, you minimize the resourced needed to perform nightly backups.

NetBackup can also perform off-host backups using transportable VSS snapshots if the underlying storage has support for transportable VSS provider. This way, the backup operation is offloaded to another system.

Complete data protection

Symantec believes in complete protection for customer's data. In order to protect your Hyper-V investment, backup of virtual machines is just half the story. Do not forget...

Randy Serafini | 08 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

NetBackup has just won the “Quality Award for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software” from Storage magazine/ based on its survey intended to “identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and reliability in actual use”.  In the survey, a total of 345 backup and recovery customers rated products on a scale of 1.00 to 8.00, where 8.00 is the best score, across five main categories:  sales-force competence, initial product quality, product features, product reliability and technical support. 

NetBackup received the best Overall Rating (6.46), taking first place in Initial Product Quality (6.34), Product Reliability (6.34), Technical Support (6.52) and Sales-Force Competence (6.5).  NetBackup...

AbdulRasheed | 18 May 2011 | 0 comments

There are a number of deduplication solutions from various vendors available for you to choose from. There are plenty of discussions about various kinds of deduplication solutions and how those help to reduce the amount of secondary storage required for backups. In a series of blogs titled The power of NetBackup deduplication, we looked at various aspects of NetBackup deduplication and elaborated on how NetBackup provides a powerful, global, flexible and application aware deduplication technology which stands out from the crowd. The availability of appliance form factor for NetBackup deduplication made it a very popular turnkey solution for enterprise. However we didn’t really say anything about one of the most important decision factor when you are shopping for dedupe, how much does it really cost to implement and maintain a...

AbdulRasheed | 26 Apr 2011 | 0 comments

In the last two blogs (see the links below) we covered the cornerstone pillars that make NetBackup Deduplication stand out in the crowded deduplication solutions market.  Let us conclude this series with a few implementation power points. 

Flexibility to choose software or appliance solution

NetBackup Deduplication can be deployed as a software solution on commodity hardware and storage or it can deployed quickly using NetBackup appliances. The software solution provides the capability to design your own deduplication solution from scratch. The appliances provide turnkey solutions for both enterprise data center and remote offices. The deduplication and other NetBackup features can be deployed in a matter of minutes using appliances.

Flexibility to choose inline or post-process deduplication

There are many vendors who can provide an appliance solution for deduplication. The backup server sends the data to the appliance; the data may be...