July 2, 2012: Initial publication
July 9, 2012: Updated with hotfix availability for NetBackup 188.8.131.52
September 24, 2012: Updated with resolution version information
A catalog backup consists of two parts:
- Backup of the NetBackup database (NBDB)
- Backup of data stored in files outside NBDB, such as a part of the image database, policy configuration, vault sessions, and various other configuration files.
An issue which was recently discovered affects the backup of data stored outside the NBDB (with the exception of image database files). Files which have been newly created or modified since the last catalog backup may not be included in a differential incremental catalog backup. Consequently, they would not be included in any restores taken from those backups. This can lead to a restored environment which has a configuration which is not up to date; some configuration changes made after the previous full catalog backup may not be reflected after a restore.
The formal resolution for this issue (Etrack 2817226) is included in the following release:
- NetBackup 7.5 Maintenance Release 4 (184.108.40.206)
Information on NetBackup 220.127.116.11 is available in the Related Article linked below.
Note: NetBackup 52x0 Appliances 2.5.1 is equivalent to NetBackup 18.104.22.168 and includes the same resolution. Information on this patch release is also available in a Related Article linked below.
A hotfix is now available for NetBackup 22.214.171.124 in the Related Article linked below.
Do not use a differential incremental schedule for catalog backups. Instead, use only full (and optionally, cumulative incremental) backup schedules with the NBU-Catalog policy type:
For NetBackup 5200/5220 Appliances 2.5, if the workaround above is unfeasible, please contact Symantec technical support, referencing this case and Etrack 2825685 to obtain a fix for this issue.
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1. Always perform a full DR backup prior to making any changes to your environment.
2. Always make sure that your environment is running the latest version and patch level.
3. Perform periodic "test" restores.
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NetBackup versions 7.5 through 126.96.36.199 are affected by this issue.
Note: This includes NetBackup 188.8.131.52 (also known as version 2.5 for NetBackup 5200/5220 Appliances).