Dec 012017
 
NetWorker 2017 Usage Survey

It seems like only a few weeks ago, 2017 was starting. But here we are again, and it’s time for another NetWorker usage survey. If you’re a recent blog subscriber, you may not have seen previous surveys, so here’s how it works: Every year a survey is run on the NetWorker blog to capture data […]

What’s new in NetWorker 9.2.1?

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Nov 232017
 
What's new in NetWorker 9.2.1?

NetWorker 9.2.1 has just been released, and the engineering and product management teams have delivered a great collection of features, in addition to the usual roll-up of prior cumulative patch releases, etc.There’s some great Cloud features in 9.2.1, regardless of whether you’re working with a private cloud in your datacentre, consuming VMware in AWS, or […]

Basics – NMC VMware Viewer

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Nov 222017
 
Basics - NMC VMware Viewer

As you might have noticed in other posts, I’m a big fan of using NVP (NetWorker Virtual Proxy – also referred to as vProxy) to backup VMware virtual machines. Introduced with NetWorker 9.2, the new VMware image backup system is lightweight and fast – both for backup and recovery operations. One of other things you’ve […]

Nov 212017
 
What's up, doc?

If you’re a long term NetWorker user, you might be forgiven for focusing on just a few specific aspects of documentation whenever there’s a new release of the product. Usually, most people focus on the release notes, and then, branching out from the release notes, key details they think will be useful for their environment […]

NetWorker Success Stories

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Nov 062017
 
NetWorker Success Stories

Last month I ran a birthday giveaway competition – tell me a NetWorker success story, and go in the running for a signed copy of my book, Data Protection: Ensuring Data Availability. Since then, it’s been a bit quiet on the NetWorker Hub, and I apologise for that: my time has been considerably occupied with […]

Hypervisor Direct – Convergent Data Protection

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Oct 102017
 
Hypervisor Direct - Convergent Data Protection

At VMworld, DellEMC announced a new backup technology for virtual machines called Hypervisor Direct, which represents a paradigm that I’d refer to as “convergent data protection”, since it mixes layers of data protection to deliver optimal results. First, I want to get this out of the way: hypervisor direct is not a NetWorker plugin, nor an […]

Basics – device `X’ is marked as suspect

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Sep 282017
 
Basics - device `X' is marked as suspect

So I got myself into a bit of a kerfuffle today when I was doing some reboots in my home lab. When one of my DDVE systems came back up and I attempted to re-mount the volume hosted on that Data Domain in NetWorker, I got an odd error: device `X’ is marked as suspect […]

Birthday give-away competition

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Sep 272017
 
Birthday give-away competition

Towards the end of September each year, I get to celebrate another solar peregrination, and this year I’m celebrating it with my blog readers, too. Here’s how it works: I’ve now been blogging about NetWorker on nsrd.info since late 2009. I’ve chalked up almost 700 articles, and significantly more than a million visitors during that […]

Basics – Understanding NetWorker Dependency Tracking

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Sep 162017
 
Basics - Understanding NetWorker Dependency Tracking

Dependency tracking is an absolutely essential feature within a backup product. It’s there to ensure you can recover data through the entire specified retention period for your backups, regardless of what mix of full, differential and/or incremental backups you do. It’s staggering to think there are some backup products out there (*cough* net *cough* ‘backup’), […]

Talking about Ransomware

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Sep 062017
 
Talking about Ransomware

The “Wannacry” Ransomware strike saw a particularly large number of systems infected and garnered a great deal of media attention. As you’d expect, many companies discussed ransomware and their solutions for it. There was also backlash from many quarters suggesting people were using a ransomware attack to unethically spruik their solutions. It almost seems to be […]

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