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12 years ago

VSP by default enabled on all Windows backup Clients?

Hi,

Does anyone know if Is VSP by default enabled on all Windows backup Clients?

Thanks in advance.

  • no

     

    Use Veritas Volume Snapshot Provider (VSP)

    This option specifies that VeritasVSP be used as the snapshot provider. VSP is required

    for Windows 2000 clients and can also be used on 6.x Windows 2003 clients.

    Use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

    This option specifies that Microsoft VSS be used to create volume snapshots of volumes

    and logical drives for the selected clients.

    In 7.0, Microsoft VSS should be selected for all Windows clients, as VSP is not available.

    VSS is available for all supported Windows clients, XP SP2 and later.

     

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  • no

     

    Use Veritas Volume Snapshot Provider (VSP)

    This option specifies that VeritasVSP be used as the snapshot provider. VSP is required

    for Windows 2000 clients and can also be used on 6.x Windows 2003 clients.

    Use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

    This option specifies that Microsoft VSS be used to create volume snapshots of volumes

    and logical drives for the selected clients.

    In 7.0, Microsoft VSS should be selected for all Windows clients, as VSP is not available.

    VSS is available for all supported Windows clients, XP SP2 and later.

     

  • NBU 6.5 was the last NBU version that included VSP. But even in NBU 6.5, Symantec recommended to use Windows VSS for W2003 and higher clients.

    NBU 7.x uses VSS as default for WOFB.
    WOFB is automatically enabled for Windows Clients.
    To change or disable, add Client name to Host Properties -> Master -> Client Settings.

    All of this is explained in NBU Admin Guide I.
    Links to all manuals of all NBU versions can be found in 'Handy NBU Links' in my signature.

  • YES! in earlier versions of NetBackup the default was VSP and I had to change the setting using bpclient in a for-loop

     

    http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&pmv=print&impressions=&viewlocale=&id=TECH126295

     

    DOCUMENTATION: How to enable or disable Veritas Snapshot Provider (VSP) from the command line.

    http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH32327

    bpclient -client< client_name> -L

    If this command returns a message "bpclient: no entity was found (227)", none of the client options for that client have been configured and the default Windows Open File Backup settings are used. The default settings are: VSP enabled, Individual snapshots, and Abort on error
     

    I was just motivated to check our current NetBackup 7.5.0.4 environment where most all of the clients have NetBackup 7.0.1 installed and found this:

    for i in `bpplclients -allunique -noheader | grep -i window | awk '{print $3}' | sort`; do bpclient -client $i -L | grep -i vsp; done

    bpclient: no entity was found (227)
    bpclient: no entity was found (227)
     WOFB FIM:      VSP
     WOFB FIM:      VSP
    bpclient: no entity was found (227)
    bpclient: no entity was found (227)
     

    Now I just need to change the grep to an egrep so I can get the name of the clients with VSP enabled. Once a client is set to VSP it will sit there fat, dumb and stupid until you manually change it from the master server client attributes or the bpclient command.

     

     

  • Yes & no. I agree with all of the above!

    From 7.x it is no longer an option (or certainly not the default) (see EDIT)

    [[EDIT (to clarify) taken from the 7.5 Admin Guide:

    By default, no clients are listed in the Client Attributes dialog box. The server uses the
    following Windows Open File Backup defaults for all Windows clients:
    ■ Windows Open File Backup is enabled on the client.
    ■ Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is used for NetBackup 7.0 clients.

    and, later:

    ■ Use Veritas Volume Snapshot Provider (VSP)
    This option specifies that VeritasVSP be used as the snapshot provider. VSP is required for Windows 2000 clients and can also be used on 6.x Windows 2003 clients.
    ■ Use Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
    This option specifies that MicrosoftVSS be used to create volume snapshots of volumes
    and logical drives for the selected clients.
    In 7.0, MicrosoftVSS should be selected for all Windows clients, as VSP is not available.

    end of EDIT]]

    Prior to that it was not recommended but it *was* the default.

    In those earlier versions, we found that, if you did not add your Windows client to the Master Server Properties/Client attributes & change the settings to suit then, NB by default used WOFB and VSP.

    You can see from the attachment that a new client just added to the Master Server Properties (NB6.5.6) has these setting added by default - & this is confirmed by NetBackups context sensitive help:

     

  • This was one of the most silly things I've seen.. never understood why FIM enabled and VSP as method was the default. So did the following, to prevent getting the "no entity was found" on the clients that were still not added thru bpclient:


    find /usr/openv/netbackup/db/class -name clients | xargs cat | grep -v VMD | grep -i windows | awk '{print $1}' | sort -u | while read i;do
    bpclient -client $i -add -WOFB_FIM 1
    bpclient -client $i -update -WOFB_FIM 1
    done


    The above will list out all the unique windows clients, and add/update them to use VSS instead of VSP.
    Alternativelly you can change it for:

    bpclient -client $i -add -WOFB_enabled 0
    bpclient -client $i -update -WOFB_enabled 0

    And prevent all windows clients from using Windows Open File Backup.