NetBackup installation drive is almost full

Hi Experts,

Good day!

I would like to ask for your recommendation on how to reclaim disk space to my C: Drive which is the NetBackup Installation Drive. There's some issues prompting on our NetBackup Master Server.

We are looking to expand the C: Drive since it is VM, are you agree with that strategy?

Hoping for replies.

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

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It is possible to move parts of the catalog database to another volume (by leaving a pointer behind) but then you may have to extend the new volume too someday.  Instead, I agree with you, these days with VMs the notion of separate volumes just isn't that relevant anymore, and so I'd take the easy option and just expand the C: volume.  

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if [installation_path]/netbackup/db/ is located on C drive, then it is expected to consume space as time go, becuase Netbackup records backup information in that location. 

If free space go below a certain percentage, Netbackup will stop working in order to protect the EMM database.

So, yes, I agree. Extend the C drive.

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Its a Virtual Machine right, so take a snapshot or an export beforehand...

Andrew

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@J_Huggins 

Another option would be to move NBU image catalog to another drive.
See this TN for instructions:  https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100037920

You need stop NBU for this. 

 

 

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Using SCVMM 2016 for cluster of Hyper-V 2012 R2 with test guest VM of Windows 2012 R2, gen2, thin vhdx.

I have just sucessfully tested expanding (in Hyper-V) and then extending (inside guest) both C: and another volume, live, on-line - without having to shutdown.

Also, was then able to reduce size of both C: and another volume, live on-line inside the same guest - but SCVMM is not able to shrink, and so I had to use Failover Cluster Manager (not Hyper-V Manager) to shrink the VHDX provisioned sizes back down - again without having to shutdown the guest VM.

 

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A bit late for this system, but I wouldn't install any appliacations (well, big ones) on C:\

NBU should really go on <some other > drive and arguably, I'd seperate out the logs and catalog / NBDB as well.

When using a  proper operating system ;0) , I would do something like this as sepearate file systems

/usr/openv/

/usr/openv/logs/

/usr/openv/netbackup/logs/

/usr/openv/db

/usr/openv/netbackup/db/images

I would also consider which disks are underneath the filesystems - you don't want everything on the same disk as the OS ...

 

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Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

It is possible to move parts of the catalog database to another volume (by leaving a pointer behind) but then you may have to extend the new volume too someday.  Instead, I agree with you, these days with VMs the notion of separate volumes just isn't that relevant anymore, and so I'd take the easy option and just expand the C: volume.  

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if [installation_path]/netbackup/db/ is located on C drive, then it is expected to consume space as time go, becuase Netbackup records backup information in that location. 

If free space go below a certain percentage, Netbackup will stop working in order to protect the EMM database.

So, yes, I agree. Extend the C drive.

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Hi Sir @sdo ,

Thank you for your reply.

If we expand the drive C: basically we're going to shutdown the Server right?

Using that strategy it is possible to affect our NetBackup Master Server? I mean is there any possible problem if we adjust or expand the drive C?

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

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Hi Sir @Nicolai ,

Thank you for reply.

If we do that, it may harm the server or not? If not we're now going to proceed.

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

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Its a Virtual Machine right, so take a snapshot or an export beforehand...

Andrew

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In VCenter logically extend the VMDK - then inside the VM in Computer Management, Disks, re-scan, and hey-presto space appears - then right click C: and select expand/extend.  Smiley Happy

You can do this on-line - no down-time.

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Hi Sir @sdo ,

Sorry I forgot to mention, we are using Hyper-V. It is possible to extend the C Drive even though the VM (NBU Master) is online?

Or do we need to shut it off?

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

Hi Sir @andrew_mcc1 ,

Yes it's a VM (Hyper-V), do I need to shut it off? Or we can expand it without shutting it down?

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

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@J_Huggins 

Another option would be to move NBU image catalog to another drive.
See this TN for instructions:  https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.100037920

You need stop NBU for this. 

 

 

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Hi ma'am @Marianne ,

Good day!

Thank you for your reply. Will do that recommendation.

Thank you and best regards!

Jonas

Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

What generation is that Hyper-V VM - is it gen 1, or gen 2 ?

What type of virtual disk is being used by that Hyper-V VM - is it a ".vhd" or a ".vhdx" ?

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Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

Using SCVMM 2016 for cluster of Hyper-V 2012 R2 with test guest VM of Windows 2012 R2, gen2, thin vhdx.

I have just sucessfully tested expanding (in Hyper-V) and then extending (inside guest) both C: and another volume, live, on-line - without having to shutdown.

Also, was then able to reduce size of both C: and another volume, live on-line inside the same guest - but SCVMM is not able to shrink, and so I had to use Failover Cluster Manager (not Hyper-V Manager) to shrink the VHDX provisioned sizes back down - again without having to shutdown the guest VM.

 

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Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

I cannot re-call how many times I have extended the disk here the Netbackup catalog reside. 

Good input from SDO. 

Learn how to re-size the C: disk, you will have to do this a lot of times going forward.

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Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

A bit late for this system, but I wouldn't install any appliacations (well, big ones) on C:\

NBU should really go on <some other > drive and arguably, I'd seperate out the logs and catalog / NBDB as well.

When using a  proper operating system ;0) , I would do something like this as sepearate file systems

/usr/openv/

/usr/openv/logs/

/usr/openv/netbackup/logs/

/usr/openv/db

/usr/openv/netbackup/db/images

I would also consider which disks are underneath the filesystems - you don't want everything on the same disk as the OS ...

 

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Re: NetBackup installation drive is almost full

Hi Experts

@mph999 , @Nicolai , @sdo , @Marianne , @andrew_mcc1 

Thank you to all of you, this could be a big help for us.

Will mark your reply as solution for fair.

Best regards!

Jonas