Veritas NetBackup™ in Highly Available Environments Administrator's Guide

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2)
Platform: Linux,UNIX,Windows
  1. NetBackup protection against single points of failure
    1. About protecting against component failures
      1.  
        About protecting against network link failures
      2. About protecting against storage device connection failures
        1.  
          About protecting against SAN connection failures
        2.  
          About protecting against robotic control connection failures
      3.  
        About protecting against storage device failure
      4.  
        About protecting against media availability failures
      5.  
        About protecting against master server failures
      6. About protecting against media server failures
        1.  
          About protecting against dedicated media server failures
        2.  
          About protecting against non-dedicated media servers failures
        3.  
          About protecting against SAN media server failures
        4.  
          Restoring tape backups using an alternative media server
        5.  
          Restoring disk backups using an alternative media server.
      7.  
        About protecting against LAN client failures
      8.  
        About protecting against SAN client failures
    2.  
      About protecting against site failures
    3.  
      About protecting catalog in highly available environments
  2. About site disaster recovery with catalog backup and recovery
    1.  
      Disaster recovery packages
    2. About catalog recovery
      1.  
        About full catalog recovery
      2.  
        Performing full catalog restore
      3.  
        Making the DR environment consistent after a full catalog restore
      4.  
        About partial catalog recovery
      5.  
        Performing partial catalog restore
      6.  
        Making the DR environment consistent after a partial catalog restore
    3. About disk recovery in DR domain
      1.  
        Disk recovery in single-domain replication DR environment
      2.  
        Auto Image Replication
      3.  
        Disk recovery in cross-domain replication DR environment
  3. About site loss protection with auto image and catalog replication
    1.  
      About Auto Image Replication (AIR)
    2. About NetBackup catalog replication
      1.  
        About conditions for support of replicated NetBackup catalogs
      2.  
        About catalog synchronization
      3. About multi-site single domain replication
        1.  
          About multi-site single domain with stretched SAN
        2.  
          About multi-site single domain with optimized duplication
      4. About multi-site cross domain replication
        1.  
          About multi-site cross domain and BasicDisk storage
        2.  
          Planning a cross domain replication disaster recovery domain
      5. About full catalog replication
        1.  
          Recovering the catalog with full catalog replication
        2.  
          Making the DR environment consistent with full catalog replication
      6. About partial catalog replication
        1.  
          Preparing an environment for partial catalog replication
        2.  
          Recovering the environment with partial catalog replication
        3.  
          Making the disaster recovery environment consistent with partial catalog replication
        4.  
          Considerations for managing tapes with partial catalog replication
  4. Deploying NetBackup master servers with full catalog replication
    1.  
      About replication considerations
  5. Using NetBackup to perform backups and restores in a cluster
    1. About backups and restores with NetBackup in a cluster
      1.  
        Performing user-directed backups with NetBackup in a cluster
      2. About restoring data in a cluster
        1.  
          Example: Performing a user-directed restore in a NetBackup cluster
    2. About supported NetBackup application agents in a cluster
      1.  
        About backing up database files in a cluster
      2.  
        About user backups
      3.  
        About NetBackup client in a cluster

Recovering the environment with partial catalog replication

In the event of a loss of the source master server (or during a disaster recover test) follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that replication between the primary and the secondary sites is stopped.

    Replication stops if the primary master server is unavailable or if the replication link is disabled.

  2. Mount the replicated volume to the appropriate mount point on the secondary master server.
  3. Use the command nbdb_admin - vxdbms_nb_staging <directory> on the target (disaster recovery) master server to point the staging area for the relational database to the location on the replicated storage.
  4. Run the command cat_export - all - staging to export the metadata from the replicated relational database backup.
  5. Run the command cat_import - all to import the exported metadata into the active relational database.
  6. Start NetBackup on the secondary master server.
  7. If the backup policies are replicated, deactivate all backup policies to prevent backups from starting automatically.
    • You can deactivate the backup policies manually using the NetBackup Administration Console.

    • Or run the command bppllist <policy> -set -inactive .

  8. Ensure that the appropriate FAILOVER_RESTORE_MEDIA_SERVER settings are defined to direct restore operations through the media servers at the secondary site.
  9. In order to restore backups from tapes the tapes must be added to the disaster recovery master server's catalog by placing them in a tape library and running an inventory of the library. To prevent the tapes from being accidently overwritten the disaster recovery master server should have a bar code rule that adds the tapes to a volume pool that is not the global scratch pool and is not used by any backup polices. Ideally the tapes should also be physically write locked.
  10. For disk based backups, the storage servers and disk pools must be added to the disaster recovery master server by running the disk storage server wizard.

    Once the disk storage is present, run the following command to reconcile the disk media IDs:

    nbcatsync - backupid <catalog backup ID> -prune_catalog

    The value <catalog backup ID> is the backup ID of the most recent catalog backup and can be found in the catalog backup's disaster recovery file. Once the tapes have been added and the disk media IDs have been reconciled it is possible to start restore operations