Veritas NetBackup™ Commands Reference Guide
- Appendix A. NetBackup Commands
bpclient — manage client entries on a master server
-All [-M master_server] [-l | -L | -H]
-client client_name [-M master_server] [-l | -L | -H]
-client client_name [-M master_server] -add | -update [-dynamic_address 0|1] [-free_browse 0|1|2] [-list_restore 0|1|2|3] [-max_jobs [1-99] [-current_host host_name] [[-online] | [-offline [[-ut] -onlineat time]] | [-online_backup] | [-offline_backup [[-ut] -online_backup_at time]] | [-online_restore] | [-offline_restore [[-ut] -online_restore_at time]]] [-WOFB_enabled 0|1] [-WOFB_FIM 0|1] [-WOFB_usage 0|1] [-WOFB_error 0|1] [-connect_options 0|1|2 0|1|2 0|1|2|3] [-granular_proxy granular_proxy_host] [-client_direct 0|1|2] [-client_direct_restore 0|1|2]
-client client_name [-M master_server] -delete
-client client_name -add_alias alias_name | -delete_alias alias_name [-M master_server]
-client client_name -add_all_aliases | -delete_all_aliases | -list_all_aliases [-M master_server]
-policy policy_name -validate -fi
On UNIX systems, the directory path to this command is /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/admincmd/
On Windows systems, the directory path to this command is install_path\NetBackup\bin\admincmd\
The bpclient command describes how a NetBackup server connects to NetBackup clients.
Adds a new client entry.
- -add_alias | -delete_alias alias_name
Adds a new entry for a client alias or deletes an existing client alias entry.
- -add_all_aliases | -delete_all_aliases | -list_all_aliases
Does one of the following:
-add_all_aliases adds a new entry for every client alias.
-delete_all_aliases deletes all aliases.
-list_all_aliases outputs a list of all alias entries.
Lists all client entries. Only the client entries appear that are added explicitly by using the bpclient command.
- -client client_name
Specifies the name of the client to list or update.
- -client_direct 0 | 1 | 2
Client Direct improves backup performance by using the OpenStorage storage server instead of the media server to transfer data to the client. The -client_direct option setting determines if and when the client uses this feature. The following settings are possible:
0 = Never use Client Direct as the data transfer method on the specified host. Always use the normal data transfer method. This setting is the default condition.
1 = Prefer to use Client Direct. Probes for the Client Direct capabilities on the storage server that is identified during the backup. If the probe passes, NetBackup uses the Client Direct data transfer method on the specified client. If the probe fails, is uses the normal data transfer method.
2 = Always use Client Direct. Tries to use only the Client Direct method with the specified client. If this method fails for any reason, the job fails. No other transfer method is tried.
- -client_direct_restore 0 | 1 | 2
Client Direct Restore improves restore performance by using the OpenStorage storage server instead of the media server to restore data to the client. The -client_direct option setting determines if and when the client uses this feature. The following settings are possible:
0 = Never use Client Direct Restore as the data transfer method on the specified host. Always use the normal data transfer method. This setting is the default condition.
1 = Prefer to use Client Direct Restore. The command probes for Client Direct Restore capabilities on the storage server that is identified during the restore. If the probe passes, NetBackup uses the Client Direct Restore data transfer method on the specified client. If the probe fails, is uses the normal data transfer method.
2 = Always use Client Direct Restore. Tries to use only the Client Direct Restore method with the specified client. If this method fails for any reason, the job fails. No other transfer method is tried.
- -connect_options 0|1|2 0|1|2 0|1|2|3
This option applies only to the client names that are local to the NetBackup server that makes the connection.
First set of arguments, Ports, represents the following:
0 = Reserved Port: Use a reserved port number.
1 = Non-reserved Port: Connect to the client's bpcd by using a non-reserved port number. If you select this option, enable Allow Nonreserved Ports for the selected client.
2 = Use Default: Use Default is the default. Use the value that the DEFAULT_CONNECT_OPTIONS configuration entry on the server defines.
The second set of arguments, BPCD Connect Back, represents the following:
0 = Random Port: NetBackup randomly chooses a free port in the allowed range to perform the traditional connect-back method.
1 = VNETD port: This method does not require a connect-back to a random port. The connect-back is to the Veritas Network Daemon (vnetd) instead. The Veritas Network Daemon was designed to enhance firewall efficiency with NetBackup during server-to-server and server-to-client communications.
2 = Use Default: The default option. Use the value that the DEFAULT_CONNECT_OPTIONS configuration entry on the server defines.
The third set of arguments (Daemon Connection Port) represents the following:
0 = Automatic: This option means that VNETD is used if possible; otherwise Legacy is used.
1 = Use the VNETD port.
2 = Use the Legacy port number.
3 = Use Default: The default option. Use the value that the DEFAULT_CONNECT_OPTIONS configuration entry on the server defines.
If the vnetd Daemon Connection Port is used, the BPCD Connect Back setting is not applicable. If the vnetd Daemon Connection Port is used, non-reserved ports are always used regardless of the value of the Ports setting.
- -current_hostname host_name
The current host name of the client. This option is meaningful only when the option -dynamic_address 1 is used. Usually, you do not have to enter a -current_hostname value. The client normally contacts the master server to set the host name and the IP address.
Deletes an existing client entry.
- -dynamic_address 0 | 1
0 = The client name is assumed to be a valid host name for the client (default).
1 = The client is assumed to have a dynamic host name (such as DHCP).
Validates the -snapshot_method_args options on the bpplinfo command. See - validate option.
- -free_browse 0 | 1 | 2
A method that allows users to get around the checking that the server does when it browses images (owner or group). By default, normal users are not allowed to browse into scheduled backups on Windows.
0 = Allow
1 = Deny
2 = Use
By default, both the client and the server should be set up to 0 (allow). To browse freely, either the client or the server must be set up to 2 (use). Neither can be set up for 1 (deny).
- -granular_proxy granular_proxy_host
Specifies the Windows granular proxy host for a source client. You can use this option when you duplicate backup images that are enabled by the Granular Recovery Technology (GRT).
Lists host-specific client information.
Lists the limited client information.
Lists all client information in a VERBOSE format.
- -list_restore 0 | 1 | 2 | 3
Sets up on the server to disallow list and restore requests from a particular client. The value in the client database overrides the
0 = Not specified (default)
1 = Allow both list and restore requests
2 = Allow list requests only
3 = Deny both list and restore requests
- -M master_server
Name of the master server that contains the client entries. The first server name in the local configuration is the default master server.
- -max_jobs [1-99]
The maximum number of jobs up to 99 that are allowed to run concurrently on this client. You can configure this item in the NetBackup Administration Console. It is labeled "Maximum data streams." To perform this function by using this GUI, select the following: Host Properties (double-click the master server name) .
- -online | -offline
Sets the client state to online or offline for both backups and restores.
- -onlineat time
Sets the client state to online for both backups and restores at the time specified.
- -online_backup | -offline_backup
Set the client state to online or offline for backup.
- -online_backup_at time
Sets the client state to online for backup at the time specified.
- -online_restore | -offline_restore
Set the client state to online or offline for restore.
- -online_restore_at time
Sets the client state to online for restore at the time specified.
- -policy policy_name
Specifies the name of the backup policy to validate. This option is used with the - validate and - fi options.
Updates an existing client entry.
Specifies the time in UNIX time.
When using NetBackup commands to create a snapshot-based policy such as VMware or Hyper-V, this option validates the policy. To validate a policy that is created with the bpplinfo -snapshot_method_args command, - validate must be used with the - fi option.
For more information on using NetBackup commands to create a VMware or Hyper-V policy, see the NetBackup for VMware Guide or the NetBackup for Hyper-V Guide.
- -WOFB_enabled 0|1
0 = disables Windows Open File Backup for the client that is specified in client_name.
1 = enables Windows Open File Backup for the client that is specified in client_name.
- -WOFB_error 0 | 1
0 = Abort Backup on Error. Specifies that a backup aborts if it fails for a snapshot-related issue after the snapshot is created and while the backup uses the snapshot to back up open or active files on the file system.
1 = Disable Snapshot and Continue. Specifies that if the snapshot becomes invalid during a backup, the volume snapshots for the backup are destroyed. The backup continues with Windows Open File Backups disabled.
- -WOFB_FIM 0 | 1
0 = Use Volume Snapshot Provider (VSP) as the snapshot provider for the Windows Open File Backups. VSP is supported only on the clients that use NetBackup Release 6.x. Clients that use NetBackup Release 7.x only use VSS. If you run a Release 7.x client and select VSP with this option, NetBackup automatically runs VSS instead.
1 = Use Microsoft's Volume Shadow Service (VSS) as the snapshot provider for Windows Open File Backups.
- -WOFB_usage 0|1
0 = Individual Drive Snapshot. Specifies that the snapshot be of an individual drive. When this property is enabled, snapshot creation and file backup are done sequentially on a per volume basis.
1 = Global Drive Snapshot. Specifies that the snapshot is of a global drive. The snapshots are taken at one time for all the volumes that require snapshots for the backup job (or stream group for multistreamed backups).
Example 1 - Determine if the client
hagar is in the client database on the master server:
# bpclient -client hagar -L
Example 2 - Add
casper to the client database on the master server. It also allows a maximum of five concurrent jobs to be run on
# bpclient -client casper -add -max_jobs 5
Example 3 - List all client information verbosely for client
# bpclient -client ollie -L Client Name: ollie Current Host: Hostname: ollie IP Address: 0.0.0.0 Dynamic Address: no Free Browse: Allow List Restore: Not Specified Max Jobs This Client: Not Specified WOFB Enabled: yes WOFB FIM: VSP WOFB Usage: Individual Drive Snapshot WOFB Error Control: Abort on Error Client Direct: Prefer to use client-side deduplication or Prefer to move data direct to storage Client Direct Restore: Move data via media server OST Proxy: Off OST Proxy Server: Unspecified Connect options: 2 2 3