Developing documentation, policies and procedures for your NBU environmentndnts
We are moving from backup exec (which we didn't do terribly much with) to netbackup. We are a mixed shop of windows and Linux, with a dozen or so system owners. I'm implementing the NBU product line for our enivornment and already have the systems in place. The harder part for me has been developing the procedures and documentation to operate the environment. Our shop typically has the approach of everyone has access to each others systems for technical support reasons. However, I'm going to suggest for our environment that myself and another individual are the only admins that can administer NBU. I do want the system admins handling their restores through BAR and we will work with them to setup policy. But to avoid making a mess out of the environment, I think it's bes to minimize the number of admins configuring NBU.
That said, I'm trying to develop the policies and procedures for the environment so the other individual can manage the backups and assist while I'm away. I've come up with naming conventions for policies so far, and haven't decided if I want to prescribe the conventions for storage units, pools, drives, etc -- at least, not formally. However I fear if I don't put this down in documentation it will get out of control when/if someone else adds components.
So I guess my question starts with how do you document and declare policies for your environment?
Do you let a larger number of system admins into the console or limit it? (we are using NBAC, for what it's worth, on 7.5)
Do you document each policy or let the name of the policy speak for itself, and just dig into the policy when questions arise?
We are a heavy vm shop. We are debating loading the NBU client into all the vms. Obviously servers with agent requirements (ad, SQL, etc) will be loaded. But have you deployed the agent to all of your vms for the admins to be able to BAR or just loaded as needed?
And kind of off topic, do you let your DBA do their own maintenance scripts/RMAN and just pickup the output or do you "strongly suggest" the use of NBU agents?
Thanks in advance!