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AbdulRasheed | 11 Jun 2014 | 0 comments

Backup is like an insurance policy. You want it for the peace of mind, but you don’t want it to dominate your workday (also, nights and weekends!). You need to protect data on your virtual machines to guard against hardware/storage failures and user errors. You may also have regulatory and compliance requirements to protect data for the longer term.

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VMware made virtual machine data protection easy for administrators by introducing vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). VADP is a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) made available by VMware for backup software vendors. These APIs make it possible for backup software vendors to embed the intelligence needed to protect virtual machines by integrating with vSphere. Through these APIs, the backup software can create snapshots of virtual machines and copy those to backup storage.

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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...

AbdulRasheed | 26 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

  I have worked for NetBackup Technical Support as a Staff engineer for long time. Customers don’t call us when things are working great; they need our help when they are not getting what they want from the product. Naturally, a seasoned engineer in support is continuously dealing with weaknesses or defects in the product more than its strengths.

  Recently, I watched a demo of protecting virtual machines using a competitor’s product. This product’s primary backup server (equivalent to a NetBackup master server) runs only on Windows. The product installation setup screen reminded me of Windows 3.1 installation back in 90s during my high school days. What a nostalgic feeling! It prompts the user for a few inputs, goes and copies a few files, comes back and asks a few other questions, then it does something else and so on. It also prompted for reboots a couple of times. The partner consultant who was installing the software pretty much had to baby-...

AbdulRasheed | 01 Oct 2012 | 3 comments

VMworld 2012 in San Francisco has come and gone. VMworld EMEA in Barcelona is next week. It is a great event for technical audience; filled with numerous educational sessions, the largest solution pavilion and a lot of super awesome parties! VMworld issues call for papers each year. These are opportunities for you to secure a session to show off your innovative, unconventional or best practice methods for integrating VMware technologies. If your paper is approved, you get a speaker pass to the show for free. Remember these are not regular breakout sessions with product pitches you get as part of being a sponsor for the event; you get these because you have something valuable to share with technical savvy audience.

George Winter (Staff Technical Product Manger in Symantec, a respected virtualization evangelist), Roger Andersson (Sr. Technical Marketing Director in Cisco, an expert in virtualization hardware) and I brainstormed last spring as to what we...

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 application...

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,...
Brian_Smith | 17 Sep 2010 | 8 comments

One of the most frequent questions in the Symantec booth at VMworld 2010 was “When will NetBackup support vSphere 4.1?” Answer: NOW!  If that’s not enough detail, here are some additional FAQs on the topic.

Q: What is VMware vSphere 4.1 and when was it released?
A: See the VMware vSphere 4.1 What's New for details. It was released in mid-July 2010.

Q: What NetBackup version do I need to support vSphere 4.1?
A: NetBackup 7.0.1, which was released on August 31, 2010.

Q: Will previous NetBackup versions support vSphere 4.1?
A: No. Before upgrading to vSphere 4.1, NetBackup must be upgraded to 7.0.1.

Q: Were any new NetBackup features or capabilities introduced for VMware protection?
A: Aside from supporting vSphere 4.1 and...

Brian_Smith | 25 Feb 2010 | 4 comments

As you may have heard from VMware, the end is near for their VMware Consolidated Backup product, or VCB.  It has been superseded by a new technology called vStorage APIs for Data Protection, or VADP.  See their posting at http://app.connect.vmware.com/e/es.aspx?s=524&e=12880125.

In NetBackup 6.5.1, we introduced "NetBackup for VMware" which requires VCB from VMware.  The VCB requirement remains in all later NetBackup 6.5.x releases.  There are no plans to support VADP in NetBackup 6.5.

In NetBackup 7, which is now available, we support both VCB and VADP.  In fact, we support mixed environments of both, which recognizes that customers do not likely upgrade all ESX servers at once.

There is even more good news: you do not need to upgrade to "vSphere 4" to leverage VADP (but vSphere is...