Veritas NetBackup™ Release Notes

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Product(s): NetBackup (8.1.2)
  1. About NetBackup 8.1.2
      About the NetBackup 8.1.2 release
      About NetBackup Late Breaking News
      About NetBackup third-party legal notices
  2. New features, enhancements, and changes
      About new enhancements and changes in NetBackup
    2. NetBackup 8.1.2 new features, changes, and enhancements
        NetBackup 8.1.2 introduces a new web user interface
        Veritas Smart Meter helps you manage deployment more efficiently
        RESTful APIs included in NetBackup 8.1.2
        Veritas offers the NetBackup Parallel Streaming Framework SDK
        About secure communications in MSDP for Auto Image Replication
        NetBackup 8.1.2 support additions and changes
        VxUpdate replaces LiveUpdate
        NetBackup no longer supports HP-UX and AIX platforms for master and media servers
        Newer Red Hat Linux compilers used with NetBackup 8.1.2
        Linux device persistent binding changes
        BMR introduces secure communication support on AIX and HP-UX
        Supported NetBackup BMR configurations based on operating system and patch release
        Several shutdown commands to be deprecated in a future release
        Update cloud configuration file on the master server immediately after install or upgrade to NetBackup 8.1.2
        Support added for Amazon GLACIER_VAULT storage class
        Auditing enhancements
        NetBackup integration with Vnomic
        NetBackup's BigData policy now protects Microsoft Azure Stack and HBase workloads
  3. Operational notes
      About NetBackup 8.1.2 operational notes
    2. NetBackup installation and upgrade operational notes
        Do not install from the menu that appears when the installation DVD is inserted
        About support for HP-UX Itanium vPars SRP containers
    3. NetBackup administration and general operational notes
        The net start command does not start the NetBackup Web Management Console service
        NetBackup limitations when using IPv6 address as client name or image name
    4. NetBackup administration interface operational notes
        Access control methods supported in NetBackup 8.1.2
        NetBackup Administration Console does not show a failure message for incorrect CloudPoint plug-in credentials
        "Operation timed out" message appears when policies are accessed from the Remote Administration Console
        Using X forwarding to launch the NetBackup Administration Console can fail on certain Linux platforms
        Intermittent issues with X forwarding of NetBackup Administration Console
        Reduced functionality during the initialization of the NetBackup Administration Console
        NetBackup Administration Console may encounter a core dump issue when the Simplified Chinese UTF-8 locale is used on a Solaris SPARC 64-bit system with Solaris 10 Update 2 or later
    5. NetBackup API operational notes
        If a restarted backup or snapshot job fails, the job initiator ID no longer appears in the NetBackup Jobs API response
        GET Policy API response may return an incorrect ScheduleType for policy schedules
    6. NetBackup Bare Metal Restore operational notes
        Media restores of Solaris x86 11.2 or later clients may prompt for maintenance mode user name and password
    7. NetBackup with Veritas CloudPoint operational notes
        Image clean-up may fail for Microsoft Azure workloads
    8. NetBackup database and application agent operational notes
      1. NetBackup for SharePoint operational notes
          GRT backup fails for SharePoint if the SharePoint database object path exceeds the Windows maximum path limit
    9. NetBackup internationalization and localization operational notes
        Support for localized environments in database and application agents
        Certain NetBackup user-defined strings must not contain non-US ASCII characters
    10. NetBackup for NDMP operational notes
        Parent directories in the path of a file may not be present in an NDMP incremental image
    11. NetBackup SAN Client and Fibre Transport operational notes
        Unable to stop the nbftclnt process on the NetBackup client
    12. NetBackup Snapshot Client operational notes
        CloudPoint plug-in configuration fails with Status 109
    13. NetBackup virtualization operational notes
      1. NetBackup for VMware operational notes
          The NetBackup web UI cannot restore a VM from a replicated backup image
          The NetBackup web UI does not validate VMware server entries
          NetBackup cannot use the nbd or nbdssl transport mode to connect directly to VMware IPv6 ESXi servers
          VMware block-level incremental backups expire when the previous full backup expires
          A VM restore to a vCenter fails when NetBackup has credentials for a restore ESX server
          Virtual machine alert notification may be incorrect for the VMware policies with specific Replication Director options
  4. Appendix A. About SORT for NetBackup Users
      About Veritas Services and Operations Readiness Tools
      Recommended SORT procedures for new installations
      Recommended SORT procedures for upgrades
  5. Appendix B. NetBackup installation requirements
      About NetBackup installation requirements
      Required operating system patches and updates for NetBackup
      NetBackup 8.1.2 binary sizes
  6. Appendix C. NetBackup compatibility requirements
      About NetBackup compatibility lists and information
    2. About NetBackup end-of-life notifications
        End-of-life for NetBackup supported cloud connectors
        Scheduled deprecation of the update_clients script
  7. Appendix D. Other NetBackup documentation and related documents
      About related NetBackup documents
      About NetBackup release notes documents
    3. About NetBackup administration documents
        About administration of NetBackup options
        About administration of NetBackup database agents
      About NetBackup installation documents
      About NetBackup configuration documents
      About NetBackup troubleshooting documents
      About other NetBackup documents

RESTful APIs included in NetBackup 8.1.2

NetBackup 8.1.2 includes both updated and new RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs). These APIs provide a web-service-based interface that lets you configure and administer NetBackup in your environments.

The NetBackup APIs are built on the Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture, which is the most widely used style for building APIs. They use the HTTP protocol to communicate with NetBackup. The NetBackup APIs are therefore easy to use in cloud-based applications, as well as across multiple platforms and programming languages. The APIs use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) as the message format for request and response messages. They employ client-server communication in the form of HTTP requests and responses. The API client (that is, your program) uses the HTTP protocol to make an API request to the NetBackup server. The NetBackup server processes the request. The server responds to the client with an appropriate HTTP status code indicating either success or failure. The client then extracts the required information from the server's response.


The NetBackup APIs are not supported on environments where NetBackup Access Control (NBAC) is enabled.

NetBackup 8.1.2 includes the following APIs:

  • NetBackup Authentication API

    Provides authentication by means of a JSON Web Token (JWT) that is used when making the API requests. The JWT is acquired by executing a login API request and can be invalidated by executing a logout API request.

  • NetBackup Administration API

    Provides access to administrative operations in NetBackup. The APIs can get job details for a specific job or get a list of jobs based on filter criteria; restart or resume a job; suspend, cancel; or delete a job; get a job's file list; and get the job logs.

  • NetBackup Asset API (new)

    Provides access to NetBackup asset information.

  • NetBackup Catalog API

    Provides access to the NetBackup catalog to get details about backup images. The APIs can list backup images based on filters or get details for a specific backup image ID.

  • NetBackup Configuration API

    Provides configuration and management controls for NetBackup hosts, NetBackup policies, WebSocket servers, and VM server credentials.

  • NetBackup Licensing API (new)

    Provides details of FEDS consumption. The Front-end Terabytes (FETBs) consumption is provided for a single master server or for multiple trusted master servers. Details include consumption by policy type and the trend of capacity consumption.

  • NetBackup Manage API (new)

    Provides access to the alerting operations. It can generate alerts, fetch alert details, and send alert notifications. The APIs also provide a facility to exclude the status codes for which you do not want to send alert notifications.

  • NetBackup Recovery API

    Provides the ability to perform a recovery from previous backups.

  • NetBackup Role-based Access Control Administration API (new)

    Provides access to NetBackup role-based access control (RBAC) configuration.

  • NetBackup Security API

    Provides access to the security resources of NetBackup. The APIs manage authorization tokens, host ID-based certificates, security configuration options, and auditing.

  • NetBackup Storage API (new)

    Provides access to the backup storage of the NetBackup master servers.

See the NetBackup API Reference documentation on SORT for more information. This HTML document is a reference tool that describes each API and its options.


Make sure to read the Getting Started section of the document.

To locate the NetBackup 8.1.2 API Reference on SORT

  1. From the SORT Home page, select KNOWLEDGE BASE > Documents.
  2. From the categories under Show documents for, select the following values:
    • Product: NetBackup

    • Platform: Windows and UNIX

    • Document categories: All

    • Document languages: ALL

  3. Find NetBackup 8.1.2 in the list of NetBackup product versions and select Product guides.
  4. Select NetBackup 8.1.2 API Reference.
Versioned APIs

The following APIs that have been versioned in NetBackup 8.1.2. The previous version of these APIs is still supported if you specify the correct version.

  • GET /config/policies/{policyName}

  • PUT /config/policies/{policyName}/schedules/{scheduleName}

  • GET /config/servers/vmservers

  • GET /security/cacert


See the NetBackup 8.1.2 API Reference on SORT for more information. Make sure to review the Versioning topic and the What's New topic in the Getting Started section.