Veritas NetBackup™ Vault™ Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2, 8.1.2, 8.1.1, 8.1)
  1. About Vault
    1.  
      About Vault
    2.  
      About Vault and NetBackup functions
    3.  
      About accessing NetBackup Vault
    4.  
      About Vaulting original or duplicate images
    5. About the Vault process
      1.  
        About choosing backup images
      2.  
        About duplicating backup images
      3.  
        About backing up the NetBackup catalog
      4.  
        About ejecting media
      5.  
        About generating reports
    6.  
      About how Vault uses volume groups and pools
    7.  
      About NetBackup and Vault configuration
    8.  
      About Vault management procedures
  2. Installing Vault
    1.  
      About supported systems
    2.  
      About supported robots
    3. About installing and configuring Vault on UNIX and Linux systems
      1.  
        Adding a valid license key and configuring Vault for UNIX and Linux systems
      2.  
        About upgrading NetBackup Vault on UNIX and Linux systems
      3.  
        Deleting a Vault license key from UNIX and Linux systems
    4. About installing and configuring Vault on Microsoft Windows systems
      1.  
        Adding a Vault license on a Windows system
      2.  
        About upgrading NetBackup Vault on a Windows system
      3.  
        Deleting the Vault license from a Windows system
  3. Best Practices
    1.  
      About best practices
    2.  
      About vaulting paradigms
    3. About preferred vaulting strategies
      1.  
        About Vault original backups
      2.  
        About disk staging
    4. About how to ensure that data is vaulted
      1. About overlapping the time window in the profile
        1.  
          About the consequences of not overlapping the time window
      2.  
        About resolving multiple names for a single server
      3. About specifying a robotic volume group when configuring a Vault
        1.  
          About multiple volume groups (Multiple robots)
    5. About not Vaulting more than necessary
      1.  
        About sending only the intended backups off-site
      2.  
        About avoiding vaulting partial images
      3.  
        About vaulting original backups in a 24x7 environment
    6. About preparing for efficient recovery
      1.  
        About Vault NetBackup catalog requirements and guidelines
      2.  
        About naming conventions for volume pools and groups
      3.  
        About matching volume pools to data usage
      4.  
        About the primary copy
      5.  
        About suspending vaulted media
      6.  
        About revaulting unexpired media
    7.  
      About media ejection recommendations
    8. About avoiding resource contention during duplication
      1. About two processes trying to use the same drive
        1.  
          Alternative A: dedicated robot for Vault processing
        2.  
          Alternative B: each robot as a Vault robot
        3.  
          Alternative C: one robot as both a backup and Vault robot
      2.  
        About when the read drive is not in the Vault robot
      3.  
        About sharing resources with backup jobs
      4. About load balancing
        1.  
          About profiles for both originals and duplicates
        2.  
          About spreading the workload
      5.  
        About specifying different volume pools for source and destination
      6.  
        About using a separate volume pool for each Vault
    9. About how to avoid sending duplicates over the network
      1.  
        About creating originals concurrently
      2.  
        About using alternate read server
      3.  
        About using advanced duplication configuration
      4.  
        About using storage units that specify a media server
    10. About increasing duplication throughput
      1.  
        About basic multiple-drive configuration
      2.  
        About multiple-drive configuration that does not send data over network
    11.  
      About maximizing drive utilization during duplication
    12.  
      About scratch volume pools
    13. About organizing reports
      1.  
        About organizing reports by robot
      2.  
        About organizing reports by Vault
      3.  
        About organizing reports by profile
      4.  
        About the consequences of sharing an off-site volume group across multiple robots
    14.  
      About generating the lost media report regularly
  4. Configuring NetBackup for Vault
    1.  
      About configuring NetBackup for Vault
    2. About off-site volume pools
      1.  
        Creating a volume pool
    3. About creating catalog backup schedules for Vault
      1. Creating a Vault catalog backup schedule in an existing policy
        1.  
          Vault catalog backup schedule configuration options
    4. About setting master server properties for Vault
      1.  
        Setting the maximum number of Vault jobs
  5. Configuring Vault
    1.  
      About configuring Vault
    2. About Vault configuration
      1.  
        Configuration information about master servers, media servers, and storage units
      2.  
        Robot information
    3.  
      About configuration methods
    4. About configuring Vault Management Properties
      1. General tab (Vault Management Properties)
        1.  
          Configuring Vault Management Properties on the General tab
      2. Alternate Media Server Names tab (Vault Management Properties)
        1.  
          About alternative media server names
        2.  
          About alternate media server names considerations
        3.  
          Adding alternate media server names
      3. Retention Mappings tab (Vault Management Properties)
        1.  
          Configuring global retention mappings
        2.  
          About retention mapping
      4. Reports tab (Vault Management Properties)
        1.  
          Changing report properties
    5.  
      Configuring robots in Vault
    6.  
      Vault Robot dialog box options
    7. About creating a vault
      1.  
        Creating a Vault
      2. About configuring Vault dialog box attributes
        1.  
          Vault Attributes tab options (Vault dialog box)
    8.  
      Media access ports dialog box
    9.  
      Creating retention mappings
    10. About creating profiles
      1.  
        Profile dialog box
      2.  
        About the number of profiles required
    11.  
      Creating a profile
    12. Configuring a profile
      1.  
        About configuring a profile using the Choose Backups tab
      2.  
        Choose Backups tab configuration options
      3. Duplication tab
        1.  
          About the primary backup copy
        2.  
          About basic duplication
        3.  
          About advanced duplication
        4.  
          Duplication tab configuration options
        5.  
          Multiple Copies options
        6.  
          Duplication Rule configurations
        7.  
          About the treatment of images without a corresponding duplication rule
      4. Catalog backup tab (Profile dialog box)
        1.  
          About Vault catalog backups
        2.  
          Catalog backup policy settings
        3.  
          About critical policies
        4.  
          Catalog backup tab configuration options
      5. Eject tab (Profile dialog box)
        1.  
          About media ejection
        2.  
          About ACS MAP
        3.  
          About eject mode (immediate or deferred)
        4.  
          About media ejection timeout impact
        5.  
          Eject tab configuration options
      6. Reports tab (Profile dialog box)
        1.  
          About report mode (immediate or deferred)
        2.  
          Reports that depend on eject
        3.  
          Reports tab configuration options
        4.  
          Changing report properties
  6. Vaulting and managing media
    1. About Vault sessions
      1. About scheduling a Vault session
        1.  
          Creating a Vault policy
        2.  
          Vault policy configuration information
      2. About running a session manually
        1.  
          Running a Vault session from the NetBackup Administration Console
        2.  
          Running a session from a command line
      3.  
        About running multiple sessions simultaneously
    2.  
      About previewing a Vault session
    3.  
      Stopping a Vault session
    4.  
      About resuming a Vault session
    5. About monitoring a Vault session
      1.  
        About detailed Vault job status
      2.  
        About extended error codes
    6. About the list of images to be vaulted
      1.  
        About duplication exclusions
      2.  
        About ejection exclusions
      3.  
        About Vault resiliency
    7. About ejecting media
      1.  
        Previewing media to be ejected
      2.  
        Ejecting media by using the NetBackup Administration Console
      3.  
        Ejecting media by using the Vault operator menu
      4.  
        Ejecting media by using the vlteject command
      5.  
        Ejecting media by using a Vault policy
      6.  
        Consolidating ejects and reports
    8. About injecting media
      1.  
        Injecting media for libraries with and without barcode readers
      2.  
        Injecting media by using the Vault Operator Menu
      3.  
        Injecting media by using the vltinject command
    9. About using containers
      1. About vaulting media in containers
        1.  
          Vaulting container media by using the Vault operator menu
        2.  
          Vaulting container media by using the vltcontainers command
      2. About managing containers and media
        1.  
          Managing container media by using the Vault operator menu
        2.  
          Managing container media by using the vltcontainers command
      3.  
        Generating a Container Inventory Report
    10.  
      Assigning multiple retentions with one profile
    11. About vaulting additional volumes
      1.  
        Duplicating a volume manually
      2.  
        Duplicating a volume by using Vault
    12.  
      Revaulting unexpired media
    13.  
      About tracking volumes not ejected by Vault
    14.  
      Vaulting non-NetBackup media managed by Media Manager
    15.  
      About notifying a tape operator when an eject begins
    16. About using notify scripts
      1.  
        About notify script for a specific robot
      2.  
        About notify script for a specific Vault
      3.  
        About notify script for a specific profile
      4.  
        Notify script order of execution
    17.  
      About clearing the media description field
    18.  
      Restoring data from vaulted media
    19.  
      Replacing damaged media
  7. Creating originals or copies concurrently
    1.  
      About concurrent copies
    2. About the continue or fail for concurrent copies
      1.  
        About continue copies
      2.  
        About fail all copies
    3.  
      Creating multiple original images concurrently
    4. About creating duplicate images concurrently
      1.  
        Creating concurrent copies through the catalog node
      2.  
        Creating concurrent copies using the basic duplication tab
      3.  
        Creating concurrent multiple copies using the advanced duplication options
  8. Reporting
    1.  
      About reports
    2. About generating reports
      1.  
        Generating reports by using the Vault operator menu
      2.  
        Generating reports by using the vlteject command
      3.  
        Creating a Vault policy to generate reports
    3. About consolidating reports
      1.  
        About consolidated reports in previous Vault releases
    4.  
      Viewing Vault reports
    5. Vault report types
      1. Reports for media going off site
        1.  
          Picking List for Robot report
        2.  
          Distribution List for Vault report
        3.  
          Detailed Distribution List for Vault report
        4.  
          Summary Distribution List for Vault report
      2. Reports for media coming on-site
        1.  
          Picking List for Vault report
        2.  
          Distribution List for Robot report
      3. Inventory reports
        1.  
          Vault Inventory report
        2.  
          Off-site Inventory report
        3.  
          All Media Inventory report
        4.  
          Container Inventory report
        5.  
          Recovery Report for Vault report
      4.  
        Lost Media report
      5.  
        Non-vaulted Images Exception report
      6.  
        About the Iron Mountain FTP file
  9. Administering Vault
    1.  
      About setting up email
    2. About administering access to Vault
      1.  
        About the Vault Operator user group permissions
    3.  
      About printing Vault and profile information
    4.  
      Copying a profile
    5.  
      About moving a vault to a different robot
    6.  
      About changing volume pools and groups
    7. About NetBackup Vault session files
      1.  
        About setting up Vault session log files
      2.  
        Setting the duration of Vault session files
    8.  
      Operational issue with disk-only option on Duplication tab
    9.  
      Operational issues with the scope of the source volume group
  10. Using the menu user interface
    1.  
      About using the menu interfaces
    2.  
      About the Vault administration interface
    3.  
      Vault operator menu interface
    4.  
      Vault fields in bpdbjobs output
  11. Troubleshooting
    1.  
      About troubleshooting Vault
    2.  
      About printing problems
    3.  
      About errors returned by the Vault session
    4.  
      About media that are not ejected
    5.  
      About media that is missing in robot
    6.  
      Reduplicating a bad or missing duplicate tape
    7.  
      About the tape drive or robot offline
    8.  
      No duplicate progress message
    9.  
      About stopping bpvault
    10.  
      About ejecting tapes that are in use
    11.  
      About tapes not removed from the MAP
    12.  
      Revaulting unexpired tapes
    13. Debug logs
      1.  
        Setting the duration and level for log files
      2.  
        Logs to accompany problem reports
  12. Appendix A. Recovering from disasters
    1. About disaster recovery
      1.  
        About what defines a disaster
      2.  
        About the disaster recovery process
      3.  
        About disaster recovery plans
      4.  
        About recovery priorities
      5.  
        About developing disaster recovery plans
      6.  
        About testing disaster recovery plans
    2.  
      About disaster recovery in the NetBackup Vault context
    3.  
      About preparing for recovery
    4.  
      About recovering NetBackup
    5.  
      Recovering data and restoring backup images
    6.  
      Archiving and recovering from a specific point in time
  13. Appendix B. Vault file and directory structure
    1.  
      UNIX files and directories
    2.  
      Windows files and directories

Choose Backups tab configuration options

Table: Choose Backups tab configuration options describes the options that you can use in the Choose Backups tab to configure a profile.

Table: Choose Backups tab configuration options

Property

Description

Attribute

A filter enabling you to choose which logical attributes you want to use when searching for an image to vault. By default, if the check box is not checked, all criteria in this field are included in the search.

Backup Policies

A list of policies to use to select backup images. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked.

To change the backup policies, click Change and then choose the backup policies you want to include in the profile. Policies are based on the storage unit that is used for backups. Because storage units are related to a specific robot number, choose the policies by robotic device.

Backups Started

The period of time from which the profile selects backups relative to the start time of the session.

Time is expressed in terms of days and hours, relative to the time of the session. For example, assume the following settings:

  • between 8 day(s) 0 hour(s) ago

  • and 1 day(s) 0 hour(s) ago

If the session is started on October 12 at 1:00 P.M., count backward from October 12. The vaulted backups are those started between October 4 at 1:00 P.M. (eight days before) and October 11 at 1:00 P.M. (one day before).

If you select original backup images to send off site, the default time range is between eight days and one day before the session runs. If you duplicate images, the default time range is between seven days and zero days.

Basic disks

A list of basic disk paths, in the form of <server>:<path>. Selecting Basic disks refines your search to those paths that are selected. An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if its primary copy resides in any of the selected basic disk paths.

Note:

An individual basic disk from this list would also display the storage unit name in parenthesis, for example, <server>:<path> (storage unit).

This option is enabled if you select this criteria in the Location field, or by default if the Location check box is not checked. To change the basic disks, click Change and then choose the basic disks that you want to include in this profile. By default, the Include all basic disks is selected.

An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if its primary copy resides in any of the specified basic disks.

Change

Option used to display a dialog box to change any of the criteria selected in the Attribute or Location fields.

Clients

The clients for which to select backup images. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked.

To change the clients, click Change and then choose the clients you want to include in this profile.

Disk pools

A list of disk pools that you can choose search for an image to duplicate or vault. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Location field, or by default if the Location check box is not checked. To change the disk pools, click Change and then choose disk pools that you want to include in this profile. By default, the Include all disk pools is selected.

An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if its primary copy resides in any of the specified disk pools.

Note:

An individual disk pool from this list would also display the storage unit name in parenthesis, for example, disk pool (storage unit).

Location

A filter enabling you to choose which physical location you want to search for an image to vault. By default, if the check box is not checked, all criteria in this field are included in the search.

Media servers

The media servers from which to select backup images. This option is enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked. (Applies to NetBackup Enterprise Server only.) An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if the media server of the primary copy matches any of the values selected in the list.

To change the media servers, click Change and then choose the media servers you want to include in this profile.

Retention levels

A list of retention levels that you can use to further refine your search criteria. An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if the retention level of the primary copy matches any of the values selected in the list.

Enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked.

To change the retention level, click Change and then choose the level or levels that you want to include in this profile. By default, the Include all retention levels is selected.

Schedules

A list of schedules to use to select backups. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked.

To change the default, click Change and then choose the schedules you want to include in this profile. Schedules are based on the storage unit used for backups. Because storage units are related to a specific robot number, choose the schedules by robotic device.

Source Volume Groups

This selection criterion contains a list of Volume Groups from which to select backup images. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Location field, or by default if the Location check box is not checked. To change the default, click Change and then choose the volume groups you want to include in this profile.

Selecting Source Volume Groups restricts the search for images to those in either all volume groups or the specific volume groups that you choose to include in your search. Usually, a Source Volume Group is specified if your master server has access to multiple robots and you want to duplicate the images that reside on media in one robot to media in another robot. The images that are read are in the Source Volume Group in one robot. The images are written to media in the Robotic Volume Group in another robot.

An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if any fragment of its primary copy is found in a media that is from any of the selected volume groups.

Note:

If you want to exclude all tape images from this profile, select the Exclude All check box. This means there is no effect of the selection from Volume Pools criterion as both of them apply to tape images. So, if you select Exclude All for "source volume groups," it automatically means Exclude All for "volume pools" as well.

Backup Types

The types of backups (full, incremental, and so on) the profile captures. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Attribute field, or by default if the Attribute check box is not checked.

To change the default, click Change and then choose the backup types you want to include in this profile. Depending on the different types of backups you configured in NetBackup policy management, you can choose the backup type. Only those types for which you configured policies are available for selection. If you want to vault all types of backups, accept the default. This criterion is optional.

Volume pools

A list of volume pools that you can choose to include in your search for an image to duplicate or vault. Enabled if you select this criteria in the Location field, or by default if the Location check box is not checked. To change the volume pools, click Change and then choose the volume pool or pools that you want to include in this profile. By default, the Include all Volume pools option is selected. To change the default, click Change and then choose the volume pools you want to include in this profile.

Selecting Volume pools restricts the search for images to those in either all volume pools or just the volume pools that you choose to include in your search. An image is selected for duplication or vaulting if any fragment of its primary copy is found in a media that is from any of the selected volume pools.

Note:

To exclude all tape images from this profile, select Exclude All check box. This means there is no effect of the selection from "Source Volume Groups" criterion as both of them apply to tape images. So, if you select Exclude All for "volume pools" it automatically means Exclude All for "Source Volume Groups" as well.