Proven Practice: Integrating Netbackup 6.5.1 with VCB 1.1

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    Instead of installing backup agents in all of our guests and backing up over the LAN, we prefer to use VCB with our chosen backup provider in LAN-free mode.


    VMware Consolidated Backup enables the LAN-free operation by providing access to the VMDKs and quiescing guest disk operations to provide a clean backup, but you still need backup software to read the mounted disk and back it up.


    This document provides the steps necessary to configure Veritas NetBackup 6.5.1 with VMware’s Consolidated Backup Framework. NetBackup 6.5.1 now provides file-level backup
    and restores of Windows virtual machines as well as individual file restore from full virtual machine backups. This functionality is built directly into NetBackup 6.5.1 without the need for integration scripts.


    This document assumes the following configuration:

    • VirtualCenter 2.5

    • ESX 3.5

    • VCB 1.1 proxy server

    • Veritas NetBackup 6.5.1

    • Windows Services for Unix 3.5.


    Intended Audience


    VMware Certified Professionals, Storage Management / Sysadmin / Operations / Backup experts




    1. Install Veritas NetBackup on the VCB server

    2. Configure Veritas NetBackup 6.5.1

    3. Setting up NetBackup credentials for VMware

    4. Adding VCB Proxy Server to NetBackup Host Properties

    5. Set the Client Host Properties for Timestamps

    6. Creating a Virtual Machine Backup Job in NetBackup

    7. Configuring a Virtual Machine Backup Policy

    8. Restoring a Full Virtual Machine Using NetBackup

    9. Restoring a File to a Virtual Machine Using NetBackup

    10. Configuring Windows Services for Unix 3.5 (Optional)

    11. Configuring the ESX host for vcbRestore from Windows NFS




    Chris Skinner







    You use this proven practice at your discretion. VMware and the author do not guarantee any results from the use of this proven practice. This proven practice is provided on an as-is basis and is for demonstration purposes only. |


    Integrating Netbackup 6.5.1 with VCB 1.1


    See the attached PDF for the detailed steps.