Video Screencast Help
Netting Out NetBackup
Showing posts in English
Phil Wandrei | 21 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

A third area the NetBackup Appliance 2.6 Release focuses on is improved supportability. Refer to the two previous blogs; NetBackup Appliance 2.6 Release Overview and NetBackup 5230 – 14TB configuration.  In this release*, there are three (3) new features which enable greater supportability: customers having greater control over their system, better visibility of how the system is operating, and expedited troubleshooting and support. Combined, these features enable the NetBackup appliance to deliver greater operational efficiency, reduce risk, and improve SLAs. More importantly, it saves valuable administration time by automating many routine tasks, and streamlining common procedures. 

Symantec has added several new and enhanced features to...

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 | 19 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.


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 next Release Updates for NetBackup 52x0 Appliances is now available!

NetBackup 5200/5220/5230 Appliances 2.5.4 is the equivalent Appliance patch release to NetBackup

It is a cumulative release containing fixes and content from through In addition, this release contains almost 400 additional fixes (bringing the total fixes in to well over 2000!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

Information about 2.5.4 and download links are available here:

NetBackup Appliance 2.5.4 Patch (for NetBackup 5200, 5220 and 5230)

The 2.5.4 Update can only be applied to an Appliance already running at version 2.5 or above.

To check to see if your particular Etrack is resolved in 2.5.4 (NetBackup, please refer...

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 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 through In addition, this release contains over 400 additional fixes (bringing the total fixes in to well over 2000!) including the most commonly downloaded EEBs, several customer escalations, and internal engineering defects.

NetBackup includes the following proliferations and enhancements:

  • VDDK 5.1 U1
  • JRE 7 Update 25

To download, please visit the following page:

NetBackup Download Links

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

nitic | 05 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

 What if you were able to: 

     -Build a media server without it being a Do-It-Yourself weekend project?

     -Install a media server in less than a day?

     -Manage your media server as a single device rather than a collection of components?

     -Patch software and firmware on your media server?

     -Diagnose component failures or errors before you call for support? 

 Register now for our live webcast on Tue, Dec 10 at 10:00 am PT - find out more about how Symantec's NetBackup Appliances allow you to address these challenges and more!

A fully integrated, performance optimized NetBackup Appliance saves you time in five key areas: Acquisition,...

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

Technical Basics

Google+ Hangout replay on Virtualization and NBU 7.6

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 | 8 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?