restores from inactive policy

We have backups of a netapp system that went belly up. Because the
netapp is no longer available, the policy has been deactivated. Can't
backup what isn't there :-)

I have a couple of questions.

Do the tapes remain available for restores for only as long as the retention level?

When searching for restores, I am not seeing backups from times that
I know should be available. Is that because the policy is deactivated?

Along this line, I have a lot of tapes listed as available by available_tapes,
but they are not in the library. They are DLTs and were removed when
DLT3 tape drives were installed. Currently they are part of all of
the policies. Can I move these to their own policy. Should I move
them to a single policy (the back room) or is there a
reason to
keep track of the policy they came from in the new policy name?
In other words, should I make a policy.old policy for each group of tapes.
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Re: restores from inactive policy

Do the tapes remain available for restores for only as long as the retention level?
- The data can be restored from the tape as long as the image doesn't get expired. If you want to restore even after the expiration then you will have to import the images again.

When searching for restores, I am not seeing backups from times that
I know should be available. Is that because the policy is deactivated?
- No, This happens if the images are expired.

I have a lot of tapes listed as available by available_tapes,
but they are not in the library. They are DLTs and were removed when
DLT3 tape drives were installed. Currently they are part of all of
the policies. Can I move these to their own policy. Should I move
them to a single policy?
- What is the poilicy you are talking about. (If its a netbackup policy) In Netbackup the tapes can be moved between Pools and the pools can be moved between policies. Pools can be readily moved between policies. But if you want tp moved a tape from one pool to another then the tape should not contain a valid image. Sorry if i am misunderstanding. pl clarify.Message was edited by:
Mayur Shinde

Re: restores from inactive policy

I meant to say pools, not policies. My mistake. I think your statement
that the images must be expired identifies my dilemma. This is
what one uses vault for? By vaulting the tapes, then the images
do not be have to be expired, and they could be re-admitted to the
library if needed at a later date?

Re: restores from inactive policy

You are right.
These are the excerpt from "What Veritas Says". PDF :-)


At a high level, vaulting is the process of sending backup images off site to a protected
storage location. NetBackup Vault simplifies the processes of image duplication, off-site
storage, and off-site retrieval for both storage administrators and systems operators. Its
purpose is to assist in disaster recovery by creating duplicate copies of backup tapes and
of the NetBackup catalog.
If backup tapes are destroyed at a primary data center location, Vault ensures that copies
of selected backups are available at an off-site location. Vault keeps track of the copies and
requests these tapes to be returned from the off-site location after a specified period of
time.

http://ftp.support.veritas.com/pub/support/products/NetBackup_Server/264240.pdf

Re: restores from inactive policy

thanks

Re: restores from inactive policy

Hi,

If you backup from a NDMP box, you have to restore to a NDMP box.
So even you have the tapes but no NDMP box, you still unable to perform restoration.
This is just for your information. Smiley Happy

Correct me if i'm wrong

patrick