Veritas NetBackup™ for Sybase Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1.1, 8.1)
  1. Introduction to NetBackup for Sybase
    1.  
      About NetBackup for Sybase
    2.  
      Features of NetBackup for Sybase
    3.  
      NetBackup for Sybase terminology
    4. NetBackup for Sybase overview
      1.  
        SQL server and Sybase backup server
      2.  
        NetBackup for Sybase technical overview
      3.  
        Sequence of operation for NetBackup for Sybase backups
  2. Installing NetBackup for Sybase
    1.  
      Planning the installation of NetBackup for Sybase
    2.  
      Verifying the operating system and platform compatibility
    3.  
      NetBackup server and client requirements
    4.  
      Sybase server software requirementsSybase server software requirements for NetBackup for Sybase
    5.  
      Requirements for using NetBackup for Sybase in a NetBackup cluster
    6.  
      About the license for NetBackup for Sybase
    7.  
      Copying the NetBackup for Sybase library to each Sybase instance
    8.  
      Running the sybase_config script
    9.  
      Adding new Sybase instances
  3. Configuring NetBackup for Sybase
    1.  
      About NetBackup for Sybase configuration
    2. About configuring a backup policy for a Sybase database
      1.  
        Adding a new NetBackup for Sybase policy
      2.  
        About policy attributes
      3. About adding schedules to a NetBackup for Sybase policy
        1.  
          Configuring an application backup schedule
        2.  
          Example application backup schedule
        3.  
          Configuring automatic backup schedules
        4.  
          Example automatic backup schedule
      4.  
        NetBackup for Sybase backup types
      5.  
        About schedule properties
      6.  
        Adding clients to a policy
      7.  
        Adding NetBackup for Sybase scripts to the backup selections list
      8.  
        Rules for NetBackup for Sybase scripts
    3. About the backup, restore, and load scripts for NetBackup for Sybase on UNIX
      1.  
        Modifying the backup script for NetBackup for Sybase on UNIX
      2.  
        Example sybase_mydb_backup.cmd script for NetBackup
      3.  
        Modifying the restore script for NetBackup for Sybase on UNIX
      4.  
        Example of a sybase_mydb_restore script
    4. About the backup, restore, and load scripts for NetBackup for Sybase on Windows
      1.  
        Modifying the backup script for NetBackup for Sybase on Windows
      2.  
        sybase_mdb_backup.cmd script
      3.  
        Additional information for editing the backup script for NetBackup for Sybase on Windows
      4.  
        Modifying the restore script for NetBackup for Sybase on Windows
      5.  
        sybase_mydb_restore.cmd script example for NetBackup
      6.  
        Additional information for editing the restore script for NetBackup for Sybase on Windows
    5.  
      Modifying the NetBackup for Sybase load script
    6.  
      NetBackup for Sybase environment variables
    7. NetBackup for Sybase configuration or bp.conf file settings
      1.  
        Creating a $SYBASE_HOME/bp.conf file on the UNIX client
      2.  
        Specifying options in /usr/openv/netbackup/bp.conf on the UNIX client
    8.  
      Configuring the logon account for the NetBackup Client Service for NetBackup for Sybase
    9. About striped dumps and loads with NetBackup for Sybase
      1.  
        Example Sybase scripts for striped dumps and loads
      2.  
        NetBackup for Sybase multiplexing considerations - duplicating tapes
      3.  
        NetBackup for Sybase multiplexing considerations - using more than 12 stripes
    10.  
      Reviewing the auto-discovered mappings in Host Management
    11.  
      About permissions for NetBackup for Sybase log files (UNIX)
    12.  
      Configuring the Maximum jobs per client
    13.  
      Performing a manual backup
  4. Using NetBackup for Sybase
    1. About Sybase database backups
      1.  
        Sybase backup strategy
      2.  
        Automatic backups of a Sybase database
      3.  
        Backing up a Sybase database manually
      4.  
        Performing a user-directed backup for Sybase
    2.  
      Browsing Sybase backups
    3. About restoring a Sybase database
      1.  
        Using isql to restore a Sybase database
      2.  
        Configuring a redirected restore on the NetBackup for Sybase client
  5. Troubleshooting NetBackup for Sybase
    1. NetBackup debug logs and reports
      1.  
        Enabling the debug logs for a NetBackup for Sybase client automatically (Windows)
      2.  
        Enabling the debug logs manually (Windows)
      3.  
        Enabling the debug logs manually (UNIX)
      4.  
        About the bphdb directory on the Windows database client
      5.  
        About the bphdb directory on the UNIX database client
      6.  
        About the sybackup directory on the UNIX database client
      7.  
        About the sybackup directory on the Windows database client
      8.  
        Setting the debug level on a Windows client
      9.  
        Setting the debug level on a UNIX client
      10.  
        About NetBackup server reports
    2.  
      Sybase Backup Server log and messages
    3.  
      Minimizing timeout failures on large database restores
    4.  
      Minimizing the loading and unloading of tapes for database backups
    5.  
      Delays in completion of backup jobs
  6. Appendix A. Register authorized locations
    1.  
      Registering authorized locations used by a NetBackup database script-based policy

About schedule properties

This topic describes the schedule properties that have a different meaning for database backups than for file system backups. Other schedule properties vary according to your specific backup strategy and system configuration. Additional information about other schedule properties is available. See the NetBackup Administrator's Guide, Volume I.

Table: Description of schedule properties

Property

Description

Type of backup

Specifies the type of backup that this schedule can control. The selection list shows only the backup types that apply to the policy you want to configure.

Schedule type

You can schedule an automatic backup in one of the following ways:

  • Frequency

    Frequency specifies the period of time that can elapse until the next backup operation begins on this schedule. For example, assume that the frequency is 7 days and a successful backup occurs on Wednesday. The next full backup does not occur until the following Wednesday. Typically, incremental backups have a shorter frequency than full backups.

  • Calendar

    The Calendar option lets you schedule the backup operations that are based on specific dates, recurring week days, or recurring days of the month.

Retention

The retention period for an application backup schedule refers to the length of time that NetBackup keeps backup images. The retention period for an automatic schedule controls how long NetBackup keeps records of when scheduled backups occurred. For example, if your database is backed up once every Sunday morning, you should select a retention period of at least 2 weeks.

The type of schedule you select affects the retention period as follows:

  • Frequency-based scheduling

    Set a retention period that is longer than the frequency setting for the schedule. For example, if the frequency setting is set to one week, set the retention period to be more than one week. The NetBackup scheduler compares the latest record of the automatic backup schedule to the frequency of that automatic backup schedule. This comparison is done to determine whether a backup is due. So if you set the retention period to expire the record too early, the scheduled backup frequency is unpredictable. However, if you set the retention period to be longer than necessary, the NetBackup catalog accumulates unnecessary records.

  • Calendar-based scheduling

    The retention period setting is not significant for calendar-based scheduling.

Multiple copies

If you want to specify multiple copies of a backup for the policy, configure Multiple copies on the application backup schedule. If using Snapshot Client, also specify Multiple copies on the automatic schedule.