How to verify the required NetBackup 7.x and 8.x daemons / services are up and running on a media server

How to verify the required NetBackup 7.x and 8.x daemons / services are up and running on a media server

Article: 100003415
Last Published: 2020-04-22
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Product(s): NetBackup


The following is a listing of the services / daemons which should be running by default on a NetBackup 7.x and 8.x media server:

NetBackup Client Service (bpcd)
NetBackup Remote Monitoring Management System (nbrmms)
NetBackup Service Layer (nbsl)
NetBackup Service Monitor (nbsvcmon)
NetBackup Volume Manager (vmd)
Veritas/veritas Private Branch Exchange (pbx_exchange)  


  • The “NetBackup Device Manager” ( ltid) will only show as “started” if there are tape or VTL devices configured.
  • NetBackup Compatibility Service (bpcompatd) was also present in legacy versions of the product. In current versions it only runs on a Master server.
  • Additional daemons may also need to be running if other add-on products, database agents, etc. are installed. The above is the minimum listing of NetBackup daemons that should be active on the media server.


NetBackup service examples from a Windows server:

The following screen shot is from a Windows 2008 media server running NetBackup 7.x.  This example combines the various NetBackup processes that are displayed under the Windows Services panel.  

Additional entries for NetBackup will also appear in the Services GUI but will not show "Started."



Example from a UNIX/Linux server:

This example shows the output from the bpps -x command which includes NetBackup processes as well as the PBX service. UNIX servers will now display NetBackup Client Daemon (bpcd) and Veritas Network Daemon (vnetd) in the output since they are stand-alone daemons.  

On UNIX servers, run the bpps -x command:

# cd /usr/openv/netbackup/bin
# ./bpps -x

Output will be similar to the following:

NB Processes


    root  3826     1   0 13:22:21 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/bpcd -standalone

    root  3921     1   0 13:23:13 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/nbsvcmon

    root  3874     1   0 13:22:37 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/bpcompatd

    root  3885     1   0 13:22:44 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/nbrmms

    root  3902     1   0 13:22:48 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/nbsl

    root  3823     1   0 13:22:21 ?           0:00 /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/vnetd -standalone


MM Processes


    root  3880     1   0 13:22:39 ?           0:00 vmd  


Shared Veritas Processes


    root  2573     1   0 13:10:57 ?           0:00 /opt/VRTSpbx/bin/pbx_exchange


Note: During the NetBackup startup process, several more daemons will initially be invoked; however, after it is determined that the running environment is that of a media server, these daemons will quickly terminate.


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