[OpenAFS] OpenAFS and Veritas (Symantec) NetBackup Support
Mon, 01 May 2006 16:17:19 -0400
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
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.