Upgrade from Netbackup 6.5 to Netbackup 7

When you upgrade from NetBackup 6.x to 7.0, Symantec recommends the following order of tasks:
– Back up the current 6.x NetBackup databases
– Upgrade NetBackup Access Control (if installed) on all master servers to be upgraded to 7.0
– Upgrade master servers
– Upgrade media servers
– Upgrade NetBackup Remote Administration Consoles
– Upgrade NetBackup clients
– Upgrade any NetBackup add-on products (such as language packs)

*Upgrading server software from version 6.x to 7.0*
NOTE:
-NetBackup 7.0 server software is 64-bit compatible only and cannot be installed on 32-bit systems.
-If you have 32-bit systems with NetBackup 6.x master servers that you want to upgrade, you must first migrate
the NetBackup catalog and databases to a supported 64-bit system.
-Starting with NetBackup 7.0, most of the add-on products and database agents are now installed with the NetBackup
server or the client package. Separate installation for these products is no longer needed.

#To upgrade server software from version 6.x to 7.0:
– back up the existing NetBackup 6.x databases
– Deactivate all NetBackup policies and storage lifecycle policies
– Deactivate disk staging storage units
>Netbackup Management > Storage Unit > Double Click Disk Staging Storage Unit > Staging Schedule > Exclude Dates
-Deactivate all media servers
>Media and Device Management > Devices > Host >select media server > deactivate

– For Solaris servers only, remove the “6.x versions of all add-on products” and database agents
(The script also offers to remove these earlier versions for you and Symantec recommends this method)

-Remove the current NetBackup server package by using the appropriate command:
for version 6.0 : pkgrm VRTSnetbp
for version 6.5    : pkgrm sYMCnetbp

The following prompt appears:
Are you doing this pkgrm as a step in an upgrade process?, enter Y

-Ensure that you have license keys for all of the NetBackup servers, clients, options, and agents that you ordered.
-Insert NBU DVD, then run “./install” script.

-After you have finished the upgrade, you can install and configureNetBackup Access Control (NBAC).

-After all servers are upgraded, reactivate the following in the order as shown:
-All media servers
-All disk staging storage units
-All NetBackup policies
-All storage lifecycle policies

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Upgrading clients after servers are upgraded:

The “update_clients” installation script lets you push client software to clients.
It does not let you push client software to a remote client that is also a NetBackup media or master server. You cannot push software this way because the server software and client binaries must be of the same version on a single host.
The update_clients installation script can determine the full client list that is configured on the server.When it is run without any parameters, it attempts to update all clients
(as determined by /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/bpplclients).

If you do not want to upgrade all clients, you can specify a subset of clients. Use the hardware type and operating system parameters or use the -ClientList parameter.

You can run update_clients from a media server

A Windows host can only push client software toWindows clients.
A NetBackup UNIX server can only push client software to UNIX clients.

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Listing of Symantec NetBackup ™ 7.0 Manuals:
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH126327

Netbackup 7 FAQ
Netbackup 7 Software Compatibility List

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Symantec OpsCenter Overview

What is Symantec OpsCenter?

OpsCenter is a web based monitoring, alerting, and reporting application which  is capable of providing these services for  the NetBackup platform as well as BackupExec, Enterprise Vault and  (through the  optional OpsCenter Analytics component) other third party data protection products.

OpsCenter 7  is a new product which replaces NOM and VBR,  combining  the features and capabilities both products into a single product together with significant performance and usability improvements.  OpsCenter 7 comes in two options –  OpsCenter and OpsCenter Analytics.

OpsCenter vs OpsCenter Analytics

OpsCenter is a free product which gives you the ability to monitor, alert and do operational reporting on NetBackup, Enterprise Vault, Backup Exec and PureDisk. OpsCenter server is part of NetBackup and can be deployed on master server for managing a single domain, or independently for managing multiple NetBackup Domains.  It also allows you to do minor management tasks such as “upping” tape drives, restarting failed jobs, freezing/unfreezing and other tape functions, restarting services/daemons on Masters etc. The free version limits historical reporting.

OpsCenter Analytics is a licensed option that is unlocked with a key. This gives the customer the ability to display customizable, multi-level views of backup and  archive resources and customizable reports for tracking service usage and expenditures. It also contains tools for defining cost metrics and chargeback formulas or handling alerts as well as allowing reporting beyond 60 days.

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Data Deduplication on Netbackup 7

Learn the reasons why you should Deduplicate everywhere to get the most out of your IT. Symantec’s latest release of NetBackup 7 comes with Deduplication software already installed, making one of the things you need most right where you want it. Joe Pfeiffer (Product Manager with NetBackup) will take you through all you need to know about this great feature:

Data deduplication is a specific form of compression where redundant data is eliminated, typically to improve storage utilization. In the deduplication process, duplicate data is deleted, leaving only one copy of the data to be stored. However, indexing of all data is still retained should that data ever be required.

Deduplication is able to reduce the required storage capacity since only the unique data is stored. For example, a typical email system might contain 100 instances of the same one megabyte (MB) file attachment. If the email platform is backed up or archived, all 100 instances are saved, requiring 100 MB storage space. With data deduplication, only one instance of the attachment is actually stored; each subsequent instance is just referenced back to the one saved copy. In this example, a 100 MB storage demand could be reduced to only 1 MB. Different applications have different levels of data redundancy. Backup applications generally benefit the most from de-duplication due to the nature of repeated full backups of an existing file system (Wikipedia).