Backup & Recovery

The Technical Services team for Backup and Recovery have produced a number of documents we call "Blueprints".

These Blueprints are designed to show backup and recovery challenges around specific technologies or functions and how NetBackup solves these challenges.

Each Blueprint consists of:

  • Pain Points: What challenges customers face
  • Whiteboard: Shows how NetBackup solves the customer challenges
  • Recommended Configuration: Shows recommended installation
  • Do’s: Gives detailed configurations suggested by Symantec
  • Don'ts: What configurations & pitfalls customers should avoid
  • Advantages: Summarises the NetBackup advantages

NetBackup Bare Metal Restore (BMR) is the server recovery option of NetBackup. BMR automates and streamlines the server recovery process, making it unnecessary to reinstall operating systems or configure hardware manually. You can restore servers without extensive training or tedious administration.

BMR Enabled backup

NetBackup backup policy needs to be BMR-enabled so that during client backup, client system skeleton information is backed up which is required to recover client when DR is intended. This system skeleton info comprises OS details, Disk info, Volumes details, filesystem info and network information.

Recovery Pre-requisites

Setting of restore prerequisite can be done any time prior to DR of client is intended. It is recommended to have this prerequisite little prior to avoid any delay in recovery. During this phase, recovery critical software i.e., share resource tree needs to be prepared on BMR Boot server. This SRT forms a staging environment to do client recovery. Single SRT can be used to recover clients belonging to same Operating System family.

Client Recovery

This is the actual client recovery phase, where client machine boots into recovery environment. The client needs to be prepared for recovery by running single command line or single click. BMR supports two recovery methods: Network-based boot and Media-based boot. BMR can also be leveraged in NetBackup’s Auto Image Replication setup to recover primary domain host into DR Domain.

The last few years have seen a significant growth in the adoption of virtualised servers in data centres with many organisations converting to purely virtual environments. Even organisations that use physical servers in their production environments are starting to see the benefits of using virtualisation in their disaster recovery and test and development environments. NetBackup’s Bare Metal Restore (BMR) feature has always provided an effective mechanism for migrating between physical and virtual environments by recovering backups of physical servers to virtual servers. In NetBackup 7.6 this “physical to virtual” recovery model has been greatly simplified allowing customers to achieve rapid physical to virtual migration and disaster recovery to virtual environments for Windows servers in both local and remote (disaster recovery) sites.

You can download the full Blueprint from the link below.

Comments

i want to take bmr backup of suse linux clients from symantec netbackup gui, but when i am trying to do it it is showing an error bmr error how to resolve this. my netbackup software is installed and working on windows server.

What version of NBU are you runing? What version of SUSE Linux are you trying to backup? What status code and error message is displayed in the Activity Monitor? Have you successfully backed up this client before or is this a new client? Can you successfully backup the client without checking off the Collect BMR Information box in the policy attributes window?