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: Summarizes the NetBackup advantages

While NetBackup has reporting options, OpsCenter has many more options available to pull information from NetBackup. So who should use it? Anyone who has multiple supported NetBackup versions – such as 7.1 and 7.6 – then OpsCenter can pull data from each of these Masters and combine the information into a single report.

If the customer has multiple NBU Masters, OpsCenter allows them to see all of the jobs across all of the masters. While there is no limit to the number of Jobs that can be reported on, performance can suffer after 150k jobs per day. However in OpsCenter 7.6 we have customers running more than 150k jobs per day across the NBU domain that are happy with the performance.

Restores using Operational Restore add new levels of ease to the restore process when it comes to recovery of flat files. Using Views can help a customer group machines or other NBU objects into a single group which makes reporting easier and more granular. If they use SLP’s, or Dedupe, or are an Appliance customer the reports and alerts in OpsCenter can greatly enhance the experience.

What can OpsCenter do? It can monitor what is going on in the NetBackup environment using the initial dashboard which is a live overview of what is going on. Using Alerts to proactively monitor what is happening can help avoid critical situations such as the catalog filling up, or all of the drives being down. Reporting is where OpsCenter really shines. Point and Click reports to help customers see what happened in their NetBackup environment over the weekend, or last night, or any time frame up to 60 days ago using base OpsCenter, and much longer using OpsCenter Analytics with an unlock key. Restores of flat file data using Operational restore. This provides the ability to search for files across multiple clients and masters. Something that can’t be done with the NBU restore GUI.

You can download the full Blueprint from the link below.

Comments

these blueprints are really helpful ,thank you

Glad they are useful - I've still a number to publish

Gareth

Gareth,

These are brilliant. They have already helped me to explain feature and functionality to two customers so far. It would be helpful though if these were grouped somewhere or a single page that has the links and would be updated with new links as more blueprints are released.

Andrew

Andrew, well they're all on my activity at the moment, but I take your point. we could set up a tag for NBU Blueprints .. I'll look into it

Gareth