Veritas NetBackup™ DataStore SDK Programmer's Guide for XBSA 1.1.0

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.2, 8.1.2)
  1. Introduction to NetBackup XBSA
    1.  
      About Introduction to NetBackup XBSA
    2.  
      What is NetBackup XBSA?
    3.  
      What does NetBackup XBSA do?
    4.  
      Terminology
    5.  
      Important concepts
    6.  
      Resources
  2. How to set up the SDK
    1.  
      System requirements
    2. Installing the SDK
      1.  
        Installation requirements
      2.  
        Installation instructions for UNIX platforms
      3.  
        Installation instructions for Windows platforms
    3.  
      Uninstalling the SDK
    4.  
      Configuration
    5.  
      Description of the XBSA SDK package
    6.  
      Library files
    7.  
      Header files
  3. Using the NetBackup XBSA interface
    1.  
      Getting help with the API
    2. NetBackup XBSA data structures
      1.  
        Object data
      2.  
        Object descriptors
      3.  
        Query descriptors
      4. Buffers
        1.  
          Buffer size
        2.  
          Private buffer space
        3.  
          Use of BSA_DataBlock32 in BSASendData()
        4.  
          Use of BSA_DataBlock32 in BSAGetData()
        5.  
          Shared memory
    3. NetBackup XBSA environment
      1.  
        Environment variable definitions
      2.  
        Extended environment variable definitions
    4. XBSA sessions and transactions
      1. Sessions
        1.  
          Initialization and termination
        2.  
          Authentication
      2. Transactions
        1.  
          Backup transaction
        2.  
          Restore transaction
        3.  
          Delete transaction
        4.  
          Query transaction
        5.  
          Media IDs transaction
    5. Creating a NetBackup XBSA application
      1. Initiating a session
        1.  
          Modifying the XBSA environment within a session
        2.  
          Session example
      2. Backup - creating an object
        1.  
          Creating an object
        2.  
          NetBackup object ownership
        3.  
          Creating an empty object
        4.  
          Backup example
      3. Query - finding an object descriptor
        1.  
          Querying for an object
        2.  
          Query example
      4. Restore - retrieving an object's data
        1.  
          Restoring an object
        2.  
          Redirected restore to a different client
        3.  
          Restore example
        4.  
          Multiple object restore
        5.  
          Multiple object restore example
      5. Delete - deleting an object or image
        1.  
          Delete example
      6. Media IDs - obtaining media IDs
        1.  
          Media ID example
      7.  
        Logging and NetBackup
      8.  
        Client in a cluster
      9.  
        Performance considerations
  4. How to build an XBSA application
    1.  
      Getting help
    2.  
      Flags and defines
    3.  
      How to build in debug mode
    4.  
      How to debug the application
    5.  
      Static libraries
    6.  
      Dynamic libraries
    7.  
      End-user configuration
  5. How to run a NetBackup XBSA application
    1. About How to run a NetBackup XBSA application
      1. Creating a NetBackup policy
        1.  
          Selecting a storage unit
        2.  
          Adding new schedules
        3.  
          Adding script files to the files list
        4.  
          Adding new clients
      2.  
        Running a NetBackup XBSA application
      3.  
        Backups and restores initiated by NetBackup (through a script)
      4.  
        Backups and restores from the command line
  6. API reference
    1.  
      Error messages
    2. Function calls
      1.  
        Conventions
    3. Function specifications
      1.  
        BSABeginTxn
      2.  
        BSACreateObject
      3.  
        BSADeleteObject
      4.  
        BSAEndData
      5.  
        BSAEndTxn
      6.  
        BSAGetData
      7.  
        BSAGetEnvironment
      8.  
        BSAGetLastError
      9.  
        BSAGetNextQueryObject
      10.  
        BSAGetObject
      11.  
        BSAInit
      12.  
        BSAQueryApiVersion
      13.  
        BSAQueryObject
      14.  
        BSAQueryServiceProvider
      15.  
        BSASendData
      16.  
        BSATerminate
      17.  
        NBBSAAddToMultiObjectRestoreList
      18.  
        NBBSADeleteImage
      19.  
        NBBSAEndGetMultipleObjects
      20.  
        NBBSAFreeJobInfo
      21.  
        NBBSAGetEnv
      22.  
        NBBSAGetErrorString
      23.  
        NBBSAGetJobId
      24.  
        NBBSAGetJobInfo
      25.  
        NBBSAGetMediaIds
      26.  
        NBBSAGetMultipleObjects
      27.  
        NBBSAGetServerError
      28.  
        NBBSALogMsg
      29.  
        NBBSASetEnv
      30.  
        NBBSAUpdateEnv
      31.  
        NBBSAValidateFeatureId
    4. Type definitions
      1. Enumerated types
        1.  
          BSA_CopyType
        2.  
          BSA_ObjectStatus
        3.  
          BSA_ObjectType
        4.  
          BSA_Vote
        5.  
          Constant values
      2. Data structures
        1.  
          BSA_ApiVersion
        2.  
          BSA_DataBlock32
        3.  
          BSA_ObjectDescriptor
        4.  
          BSA_ObjectName
        5.  
          BSA_ObjectOwner
        6.  
          BSA_QueryDescriptor
        7.  
          BSA_SecurityToken
  7. Process flow and troubleshooting
    1.  
      About Process flow and troubleshooting
    2. Backup
      1. Stream backup process flow description
        1.  
          Stream backup procedure
    3. Restore
      1. Stream restore process flow description
        1.  
          Stream restore procedure
  8. How to use the sample files
    1. What the sample files do
      1. Sample programs
        1.  
          Backup
        2.  
          Restore
        3.  
          Query
        4.  
          Delete
      2.  
        Sample scripts
    2.  
      Description of sample files
    3.  
      How to build the sample programs
  9. Support and updates
    1.  
      About Support and updates
  10. Appendix A. Register authorized locations
    1.  
      Registering authorized locations used by a NetBackup database script-based policy

Performance considerations

For the most part, the performance of the NetBackup XBSA interface with the XBSA application is dependent on how NetBackup is configured and how fast the XBSA application sends or receives data. It is important that the developers of an XBSA application have some understanding of NetBackup to get the most out of it. Most of that is determined by any individual implementation. But there are areas where the application can make a difference in performance.

Here are some hints to help you get the most out of the NetBackup XBSA interface.

  • Use copyId if you know it. If the XBSA application has the ability to know or keep the copyId for further reference, this is the most efficient method of getting the object for restore.

  • Specify dates when doing a query. If start and end dates are not specified when doing a query, the NetBackup XBSA interface may need to search through the entire NetBackup catalog to find the object. Specifying dates allows it to narrow its search.

  • Limit use of wildcards when doing a query. Wildcards, including the "ANY" value of the enumeration types, cause more overhead searching and can also cause large portions of the NetBackup catalog to be searched. This is especially true of the pathName. Wildcards can be very useful, but from a performance perspective they are harmful.

  • Use OBJECT_STATUS_MOST_RECENT. If the XBSA application knows that a pathName is unique, or that it is searching for only the most recent copy of that object, set the objectStatus of the query descriptor to OBJECT_STATUS_MOST_RECENT. This lets NetBackup stop searching once one copy has been found.

  • Unless the images are very large, create multiple objects per transaction rather than one object per transaction when there are multiple objects being created. Every transaction creates a NetBackup job that must be scheduled, open sockets, mount tapes, and so on. For large objects, this overhead is dwarfed by the time it takes to backup the data. On the other hand if there are many small objects, this overhead becomes significant. Note that when creating multiple objects with one transaction, there is no mechanism in the NetBackup XBSA interface to delete a single object. However, the entire NetBackup image can be deleted by calling NBBSADeleteImage().