NetBackup™ Web UI Microsoft SQL Server Administrator's Guide
- Introducing the NetBackup web user interface
- About NetBackup for SQL Server
- Installation and host configuration
- Monitoring and notifications
- Managing SQL Server discovery and credentials
- About discovery of SQL Server objects
- Managing protection plans for SQL Server
- Create a protection plan to protect SQL Server assets
- Protecting SQL Server
- Restoring SQL Server
- Using instant access with SQL Server
- Prerequisites when you configure an instant access SQL Server database
- Protecting SQL Server with VMware backups
- Create a protection plan to protect SQL Server data with a VMware backup
Performance tuning and configuration options
When you have the necessary RBAC permissions, you can adjust the following settings when you subscribe an asset to a protection plan.
Table: Performance tuning and configuration options
(Stream-based backups only) This option affects buffer space availability. NetBackup uses this parameter to decide how many buffers to allocate for reading or writing each data stream during a backup operation. By allocating a greater number of buffers, you can affect how quickly NetBackup can send data to the NetBackup master server.
The default value for this option is 2, which allows double buffering. You may get slightly better performance by increasing this value to a higher value. Range is 1 - 32.
(Stream-based backups only) This option is the buffer size used by SQL Server for reading and writing backup images. Generally, you can get better SQL Server performance by using a larger value. This option can be set for each backup operation. Calculated as 64 KB * 2^MAX_TRANSFER_SIZE. It ranges in size from 64 KB to 4 MB. The default is 4 MB.
This option is the number of backup operations to start simultaneously, per database instance. Range is 1 - 32. The default is 1.
Determines the time-out interval for SQL Server Virtual Device Interface. The selected interval is applied to backups and restores of databases and of transaction logs.
The default value for backups is 300. The default value for restore jobs is 600. Range is 300 - 2147483647.
Enable this option to use SQL Server to compress the backup image. If you enable SQL Server compression, do not enable NetBackup compression.
SQL Server compression is not supported for snapshot backups.
NetBackup skips any database with a status that prevents NetBackup from successfully backing up the database. These statuses include offline, restoring, recovering, and emergency mode, etc.
NetBackup skips the backup of the unavailable database, but continues with the backup of the other databases that are subscribed to the protection plan. The backup completes with a status 0 and the job details indicate that the database was skipped.
This option allows SQL Server to create an out-of-band backup so that it does not interfere with the normal backup sequence.
See Using copy-only snapshot backups to affect how differentials are based.
Choose one of the following options for SQL Server backup checksums:
If no previous full backup exists for the database, then NetBackup converts a differential backup to a full backup.
The agent determines if a full backup exists for each database. If no previous full backup exists, a differential backup is converted to a full as follows:
Note: NetBackup only converts a differential backup if a full backup was never performed on the database. If a full backup does not exist in the NetBackup catalog but SQL Server detects an existing full LSN, NetBackup performs a differential backup and not a full. In this situation, you can restore the full backup with native tools and any differentials with the NetBackup MS SQL Client. Or, if you expired the backup in NetBackup, you can import the full backups into the NetBackup catalog. Then you can restore both the full and the differential backups with the NetBackup MS SQL Client.
If no previous full backup exists for the database, then NetBackup converts a transaction backup to a full backup.
This option also detects if a full recovery database was switched to the simple recovery model and back to the full recovery model. In this scenario, the log chain is broken and SQL Server requires a differential backup before a subsequent log backup can be created. If NetBackup detects this situation, the backup is converted to a differential database backup.
Note: NetBackup only converts a transaction log backup if a full backup was never performed on the database. If a full backup does not exist in the NetBackup catalog but SQL Server detects an existing full LSN, NetBackup performs a transaction log backup and not a full. In this situation, you can restore the full backup with native tools and any differentials and log backups with the NetBackup MS SQL Client. Or, if the backup is expired, you can import the full backups into the NetBackup catalog. Then you can restore the full, differential, and log backups with the NetBackup MS SQL Client.
This option determines where backups of availability groups occur. Ensure that you select a setting for databases and a setting for transaction logs.
Note the following behavior when you select a protection plan to protect individual availability databases.
This option backs up the active part of the transaction log and then marks it inactive or empty. This option is enabled by default.