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

Recommended SORT procedures for new installations

Veritas recommends new NetBackup users perform the three procedures that are listed for an initial introduction to SORT. The tool has many other features and functions, but these serve as a good introduction to SORT. In addition, the procedures provide a helpful base of knowledge for other SORT functionality.




Create a Veritas Account on the SORT webpage

See “To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page”.

Create generic installation reports

See “To create a generic installation checklist”.

Create system-specific installation reports

See “To create a system-specific installation report for Windows”.

See “To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux”.

To create a Veritas Account on the SORT page

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

  2. In the upper right corner, click Login, then click Register now.
  3. Enter the requested login and contact information:

    Email address

    Enter and verify your email address


    Enter and verify your password

    First name

    Enter your first name

    Last name

    Enter your last name

    Company name

    Enter your company name


    Enter your country

    Preferred language

    Select your preferred language

    CAPTCHA text

    Enter the displayed CAPTCHA text. If necessary, refresh the image.

  4. Click Submit.
  5. When you receive your login information, you can log into SORT and begin uploading your customized information.

To create a generic installation checklist

  1. In your web browser, navigate to:

  2. Find and select the Installation and Upgrade Checklist widget.
  3. Specify the requested information


    Select the appropriate product from the drop-down menu. For NetBackup select NetBackup Enterprise Server or NetBackup Server.

    Product version you are installing or upgraded to

    Select the correct version of NetBackup. The most current version is always shown at the top of the list.


    Select the operating system that corresponds to the checklist you want generated.


    Select the correct processor type for your checklist.

    Product version you are upgrading from (optional)

    For new installations, do not make any selections. For upgrades, you can select the currently installed version of NetBackup.

  4. Click Generate Checklist.
  5. A checklist corresponding to your choices is created. You can modify your selections from this screen, and click Generate Checklist to create a new checklist.

    You can save the resulting information as a PDF. Numerous options are available for NetBackup and many of them are covered in the generated checklist. Please spend time reviewing each section to determine if it applies to your environment.

To create a system-specific installation report for Windows

  1. Go to the SORT website:

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collectors tab
  4. Select the radio button for Graphical user interface and download the correct data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Launch the data collector after it finishes downloading.
  6. On the Welcome screen, select NetBackup from the product family section and click Next.
  7. On the System Selection screen, add all computers you want analyzed. Click Browse to see a list of computers you can add to the analysis. Veritas recommends starting the tool with an administrator or a root account.
  8. When all systems are selected, review the System names section and click Next.
  9. In the Validation Options screen, under Validation options, select the version to which you plan to upgrade.
  10. Click Next to continue
  11. The utility performs the requested checks and displays the results. You can upload the report to My SORT, print the results, or save them. Veritas recommends that you upload the results to the My SORT website for ease of centralized analysis. Click Upload and enter your My SORT login information to upload the data to My SORT.
  12. When you are finished, click Finish to close the utility.

To create a system-specific installation report for UNIX or Linux

  1. Go to the SORT website:

  2. In the Installation and Upgrade section, select Installation and Upgrade custom reports by SORT data collectors.
  3. Select the Data Collector tab.
  4. Download the appropriate data collector for your platform.

    The data collector is OS-specific. To collect information about Windows computers, you need the Windows data collector. To collect information about UNIX computers, you need the UNIX data collector.

  5. Change to directory that contains downloaded utility.
  6. Run ./sortdc

    The utility performs checks to confirm the latest version of the utility is installed. In addition, the utility checks to see it has the latest data. The utility then lists the location of the log file for this session.

  7. If requested, press Enter to continue.
  8. Select the NetBackup Family at the Main Menu.
  9. Select Installation/Upgrade report when prompted What task do you want to accomplish?

    You can select multiple options by separating your response with commas.

  10. Specify the system or systems you want included in the report.

    If you previously ran a report on the specified system, you may be prompted to run the report again. Select Yes to re-run the report.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  11. Specify NetBackup when prompted for the product you want installation or upgrade reports.
  12. Enter the number that corresponds to the version of NetBackup you want to install.

    The utility again lists the location of the log files for the session.

    The progress of the utility is displayed to the screen.

  13. The utility prompts you to upload the report to the SORT website if you want to review the report online. The online report provides more detailed information than the text-based on-system report.
  14. When your tasks are finished, you can exit the utility. You have the option to provide feedback on the tool, which Veritas uses to make improvements to the tool.