[OpenAFS] OpenAFS and Veritas (Symantec) NetBackup Support

Matthew Cocker matt@cs.auckland.ac.nz
Tue, 20 Jun 2006 16:53:23 +1200


Interestingly Symantec is apparently evaluating if NBU should support
OpenAFS. They have asked to talk to me about our requirements. So if you
are interested in Veritas to backup OpenAFS, maybe you should let
Veritas/Symantec know.



Matthew Hoskins wrote:

> All, We use Veritas NetBackup 5.0 to back up all our AFS volumes. This
> encompasses, 9 fileservers across two cells, ~18,000 user volumes,
> ~22,000 RW volumes.  Our netbackup library contains just over 4,000
> cartridges.   NetBackup provides an AFS specific mode that backs up
> AFS volumes in vos dump format.   It has worked very well for us.
> During a routine netbackup support incident i was informed that
> NetBackup 5.0 will be the last client version to include AFS support. 
> (You can continue to use 5.0 NB clients /w 6.0 NB servers, but not
> beyond)  This came as somewhat of a surprise to us since there was no
> EOL notification, at least none sent to this site.   In fact the only
> notification the support representative could point me to was a small
> paragraph in the appendix of the NetBackup 6.0 manual.  
> For some of our volumes we use my "afsdump" utility (previously posted
> on this list) to dump volumes to disk, then backup to tape via regular
> NetBackup.  We could extend this solution or use one of the other
> solutions available.
> Do any other sites on this list use NetBackup AFS support? 
> The main problem here is the lack of notification.  Change is a fact
> of life, and there are many ways to get AFS volumes onto tape.  Im
> sure we can come up with a good one.  If this has taken anyone else by
> surprise, please let us know.
> Thanks
> -Matt
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