Veritas NetBackup™ Release Notes

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1)
  1. About NetBackup 8.1
      About the NetBackup 8.1 release
      About NetBackup Late Breaking News
      About NetBackup third-party legal notices
      About NetBackup third-party components
  2. New features, enhancements, and changes
      About new enhancements and changes in NetBackup
    2. NetBackup 8.1 new features, changes, and enhancements
        About secure communications in NetBackup
        Host ID to host name mapping
        Catalog recovery with secure communications
        Communication between a NetBackup 8.1 master server and an OpsCenter 8.1 master server
        NetBackup requirements for inter-host communication
        Two-way trust for adding trusted master server for Targeted Auto Image Replication
        Secure communication between a NetBackup client in a demilitarized zone and a master server
        Introducing NetBackup CloudCatalyst to upload deduplicated data to the cloud
        Faster full backups for Isilon filers using NetBackup Accelerator
        Auto Image Replication (A.I.R.) import confirmation feature introduced to SLPs
        Accurate licensing feature and other updates with nbdeployutil
        NetBackup introduces a new BigData policy type
        End-of-life for multiple NetBackup products, features, and platforms
        NetBackup 8.1 support additions
        NetBackup BMR functionality not supported for restoring clients with NetBackup 8.1
        DHCP client support changes in NetBackup 8.1
        Support has ended for the SYMCquiesce utility for Linux virtual machines
        Several shutdown commands will be deprecated in a future release
        Localization support added for the csconfig command
        New minimum system requirements for NetBackup master servers
        Upgrade considerations regarding MSDP fingerprint algorithm changes
        NetBackup servers must use a host name that is compliant with RFC 1123 and RFC 952
        SCCM and Chef deployment tools and documentation now available
        Changes to media server and SSO device configuration procedures
        Update cloud configuration file on the master server immediately after install or upgrade to NetBackup 8.1
        Changes to Amazon cloud storage server object sizes
        Additional cloud-related enhancements
        New options to exclude disks from VMware backups
        Restore Virtual Machine Disks wizard for VMware
        Support for non-ASCII characters in VMware
        New requirements for clustered file systems, database clusters, and distributed database applications
        Configuring the Distributed Application Restore Mapping host properties
        Changes to policy and other configuration for SQL Server clusters and SQL Server AGs
        Registering authorized locations used by a NetBackup database script-based policy
        DB2 OPTIONS command update
        Late-breaking new status codes for NetBackup 8.1
  3. Operational notes
      About NetBackup 8.1 operational notes
    2. NetBackup installation and upgrade operational notes
        Services cannot start or backup may fail if PBX version is not compatible with the NetBackup version
        Do not install from the menu that appears when the installation DVD is inserted
        About support for HP-UX Itanium vPars SRP containers
        A Java error can occur on AIX 7.1
    3. NetBackup administration and general operational notes
        Connection with NBAC-enabled 8.0 or earlier master server may fail
        Host ID-to-host name mappings are not case-sensitive
        Issues with SUSE 11 running on kernel versions later than 2.6
        NetBackup limitations when using IPv6 address as client name or image name
    4. NetBackup administration interface operational notes
        Memory requirements to run the NetBackup Administration Console
        Multiple versions of the NetBackup administration interface
        "Operation timed out" message appears when policies are accessed from the Remote Administration Console
        Using X forwarding to launch the NetBackup Administration Console can fail on certain Linux platforms
        Intermittent issues with X forwarding of NetBackup Administration Console
        Reduced functionality during the initialization of the NetBackup Administration Console
        NetBackup Administration Console may encounter a core dump issue when the Simplified Chinese UTF-8 locale is used on a Solaris SPARC 64-bit system with Solaris 10 Update 2 or later
    5. NetBackup Accelerator operational notes
        Accelerator version requirements for master, media, client, and media servers
    6. NetBackup Bare Metal Restore operational notes
        Shared Resource Tree (SRT) creation may fail using NetBackup 8.1 as the BMR boot server on AIX and HP-UX platforms with NetBackup 8.0 and earlier clients
        If the boot server has a base installation of Solaris 10 update 11, the creation of SRTs can fail
        Many services on Solaris 11 print warning messages during a system boot and during BMR first boot
        Solaris Zone recovery on Solaris 11 and newer takes time to reconfigure after a BMR restore during first boot
        A Solaris BMR restore operation fails if the text-installer package is not present in the customized AI ISO
        The /boot partition must be on a separate partition for a multiple device-based OS configuration
        Multiple error messages might be displayed during the first boot after the restoration of a client with ZFS storage pools
        BMR may not format or clear the ZFS metadata
        Specifying the short name of the client to protect with Auto Image Replication and BMR
        A restore task may remain in a finalized state in the disaster recovery domain even after the client restores successfully
        IPv6 support for BMR
        Automatic boot may fail for HP-UX after a restore
        Prepare to Restore may not work for a Solaris client
    7. NetBackup Cloud operational notes
        Incorrect error message is displayed while creating a bucket using the nbcldutil utility for Amazon cloud provider
        Network connection issues may occur when the Rackspace plug-in is used on a host running Windows Server 2008 R2 with IPv6 enabled
    8. NetBackup cluster operational notes
        NetBackup services may start on the same active node after resource failure in a Solaris cluster setup
    9. NetBackup database and application agent operational notes
      1. NetBackup for Exchange operational notes
          The status of a DAG backup can be empty if the restore is initiated from a node in the DAG
          User-initiated backups in a DAG environment fail if initiated from a node in the DAG that is not currently active
      2. NetBackup for SharePoint operational notes
          SharePoint GRT restore can fail if the host names or IP addresses are not mapped with the host ID
          Granular restores skip versioned documents or files that are checked out
          Modified system files or ghosted files are not cataloged or restored during a site collection restore
          Restored wiki pages may not be correct
      3. NetBackup for Oracle operational notes
          Oracle Copilot mount path in the oradnfstab file on Windows clients must contain only ASCII characters
    10. NetBackup deduplication operational notes
        Error message appears when you remove a trusted master server without updating the trust
        Status code 6 message may be displayed when adding a trusted master server
        Duplication of NDMP images may fail when NBAC is enabled
        Additional restriction for restoring data that uses SHA-2 algorithm
    11. NetBackup internationalization and localization operational notes
        Support for localized environments in database and application agents
    12. NetBackup for NDMP operational notes
        An error may occur when restoring from an Isilon NDMP backup to alternate paths
        Parent directories in the path of a file may not be present in an NDMP incremental image
    13. NetBackup virtualization operational notes
      1. NetBackup for VMware operational notes
          The VM's swap files are not excluded from the backup if a volume on the VM contains multiple swap files
          Using the NetBackup appliance to install the NetBackup plug-in for VMware vSphere Web Client
          VMware block-level incremental backups expire when the previous full backup expires
          A VM restore to a vCenter fails when NetBackup has credentials for a restore ESX server
  4. Appendix A. About SORT for NetBackup Users
      About Veritas Services and Operations Readiness Tools
      Recommended SORT procedures for new installations
      Recommended SORT procedures for upgrades
  5. Appendix B. NetBackup installation requirements
      About NetBackup installation requirements
      Required operating system patches and updates for NetBackup
      NetBackup 8.1 binary sizes
  6. Appendix C. NetBackup compatibility requirements
      About NetBackup compatibility lists and information
      About NetBackup end-of-life notifications
  7. Appendix D. Other NetBackup documentation and related documents
      About related NetBackup documents
      About NetBackup release notes documents
    3. About NetBackup administration documents
        About administration of NetBackup options
        About administration of NetBackup database agents
      About NetBackup installation documents
      About NetBackup configuration documents
      About NetBackup troubleshooting documents
      About other NetBackup documents

Recommended SORT procedures for new installations

Veritas recommends new NetBackup users perform the three procedures that are listed for an initial introduction to SORT. The tool has many other features and functions, but these serve as a good introduction to SORT. In addition, the procedures provide a helpful base of knowledge for other SORT functionality.




Create a Veritas Account on the SORT webpage

See “To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page”.

Create generic installation reports

See “To create a generic installation checklist”.

Create system-specific installation reports

See “To create a system-specific installation report for Windows”.

See “To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux”.

To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

  2. In the upper right corner, click Login, then click Register now.
  3. Enter the requested login and contact information:

    Email address

    Enter and verify your email address


    Enter and verify your password

    First name

    Enter your first name

    Last name

    Enter your last name

    Company name

    Enter your company name


    Enter your country

    Preferred language

    Select your preferred language

    CAPTCHA text

    Enter the displayed CAPTCHA text. If necessary, refresh the image.

  4. Click Submit.
  5. When you receive your login information, you can log into SORT and begin uploading your customized information.

To create a generic installation checklist

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

  2. Find and select the Installation and Upgrade Checklist widget.
  3. Specify the requested information


    Select the appropriate product from the drop-down menu. For NetBackup select NetBackup Enterprise Server or NetBackup Server.

    Product version you are installing or upgraded to

    Select the correct version of NetBackup. The most current version is always shown at the top of the list.


    Select the operating system that corresponds to the checklist you want generated.


    Select the correct processor type for your checklist.

    Product version you are upgrading from (optional)

    For new installations, do not make any selections. For upgrades, you can select the currently installed version of NetBackup.

  4. Click Generate Checklist.
  5. A checklist corresponding to your choices is created. You can modify your selections from this screen, and click Generate Checklist to create a new checklist.

    You can save the resulting information as a PDF. Numerous options are available for NetBackup and many of them are covered in the generated checklist. Please spend time reviewing each section to determine if it applies to your environment.

To create a system-specific installation report for Windows

  1. Go to the SORT website:

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collectors tab
  4. Select the radio button for Graphical user interface and download the correct data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Launch the data collector after it finishes downloading.
  6. On the Welcome screen, select NetBackup from the product family section and click Next.
  7. On the System Selection screen, add all computers you want analyzed. Click Browse to see a list of computers you can add to the analysis. Veritas recommends starting the tool with an administrator or a root account.
  8. When all systems are selected, review the System names section and click Next.
  9. In the Validation Options screen, under Validation options, select the version to which you plan to upgrade.
  10. Click Next to continue
  11. The utility performs the requested checks and displays the results. You can upload the report to My SORT, print the results, or save them. Veritas recommends that you upload the results to the My SORT website for ease of centralized analysis. Click Upload and enter your My SORT login information to upload the data to My SORT.
  12. When you are finished, click Finish to close the utility.

To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux

  1. Go to the SORT website:

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collector tab.
  4. Download the appropriate data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Change to directory that contains downloaded utility.
  6. Run ./sortdc

    The utility performs checks to confirm the latest version of the utility is installed. In addition, the utility checks to see it has the latest data. The utility then lists the location of the log file for this session.

  7. If requested, press Enter to continue.
  8. Select the NetBackup Family at the Main Menu.
  9. Select Installation/Upgrade report when prompted What task do you want to accomplish?

    You can select multiple options by separating your response with commas.

  10. Specify the system or systems you want included in the report.

    If you previously ran a report on the specified system, you may be prompted to run the report again. Select Yes to re-run the report.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  11. Specify NetBackup when prompted for the product you want installation or upgrade reports.
  12. Enter the number that corresponds to the version of NetBackup you want to install.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  13. The utility prompts you to upload the report to the SORT website if you want to review the report online. The online report provides more detailed information than the text-based on-system report.
  14. When your tasks are finished, you can exit the utility. You have the option to provide feedback on the tool, which Veritas uses to make improvements to the tool.