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Helpful Resources


  1. Always keep in mind that the whole purpose of doing backups is so you can recover.
    • Designing an environment where backups run very fast, but restores are impossible (such as using /dev/null as a backup target) is basically a wast of everyone's time and resources.
  2. Determine Hardware Requirements
    • When dealing with backups memory and CPU are important, but more important is bandwidth, I/O, and storage capacities.
    • You also need to determine what kind of backup targets you will be using.
  3. Create Naming Standards
  4. Create a roll-out plan
    • Implementing a new Backup and Recovery technology requires touching basically every aspect of your infrastructure.
      Careful planning is needed to insure a smooth roll-out that doesn't have negative impacts on your day to day operations.
    • When designing virtual environments, it's important to also consider the Backup and Recovery plans, and add additional overhead and bandwidth to handle the load.

How to install and configure NetBackup 8.0

  1. Hardware installation
    • This is very dependent on the target environment, but usually includes:
      • Servers (Master, Media, OpsCenter, and other infrastructure)
      • Networking (Backup network, WAN replication, Management, etc.)
      • SAN (tape and disk, SAN transport, Access to Snapshots, etc.)
      • Disk targets (Quantum DXi, EMC DataDomain, Sepaton, MSDP, Advanced Disk, Cloud Storage, etc).
      • Tape (Quantum, IBM, HP, Oracle, Dell, etc. LTO or DLT Tape libraries, etc.)
  2. OpsCenter Installation
  3. Master Server Installation
  4. Media Server Installation
  5. Apply The Latest Patches
  6. Tape Device Configuration
  7. Disk Storage configuration
  8. Tuning and Testing for NetBackup
  9. Policy configuration
  10. Vault configuration
  11. Client configurations in NetBackup

Additional Features

Admin Tips and Tricks

Troubleshooting NetBackup

Most issues with backups can be avoided by properly planned deployments and sufficient infrastructure resources on both servers and clients; however when problems do arise, it's important to have a good understand of where to look for solutions. NetBackup provides a great deal of details and troubleshooting resources, as well as a large community of users that you can find here:

Basic networking command such as ping, traceroute and telnet are very useful troubleshooting tools. The NetBackup command bpclntcmd also helps establish that NetBackup hosts can communicate with each other.

For additional resources see:

Restoring and DR with NetBackup