Mar 262015
Basics - virtual machine names in VBA backups

If you’ve been backing up your virtual machines with VBA, you’ve probably hit that moment when you’ve run an mminfo query and seen output looking like the following: As you can see, that’s not the most effective way to see virtual machine names – vm:<id> doesn’t allow you to easily match it back to the virtual machine […]

Mar 162015
Service catalogues and backups

Service catalogues are sometimes seen as an unwieldy way of introducing order with a substantial risk of introducing red tape. That being said, I’m a big fan of them for backup and recovery systems, and not because of some weird fetish for bureaucracy. Like ITIL, I’m firmly of the opinion that service catalogues get such a […]

Mar 102015

If you’ve been adapting VMware Protection Policies via VBA in your environment (like so many businesses have been!), you’ll likely reach a point where you want to be able to run a protection policy from the command line. Two immediate example scenarios would be: Quick start of a policy via remote access* External scheduler control (* May require remote command […]

Mar 062015
Virtualised servers and storage nodes

A little over 5 years ago now, I wrote an article titled, Things not to virtualise: backup servers and storage nodes. It’s long past time to revisit this topic and say that’s no longer a recommendation I’d make. At the time I suggested there were a two key reasons why you wouldn’t virtualise these systems: Dependencies Performance The dependencies point […]

Mar 022015
How secure are your backups?

Backup security is – or rather should be a big requirement in any organisation. Sadly we still see periodic examples of where organisations fail to fully comprehend the severity of a backup breach. In a worst case scenario, a backup breach involving physical theft might be the equivalent of someone having permanent and unchecked access […]

Feb 252015
Testing (and debugging) an emergency restore

A few days ago I had some spare time up my sleeve, and I decided to test out the Emergency Restore function in NetWorker VBA/EBR. After all, you never want to test out emergency recovery procedures for the first time in an emergency, so I wanted to be prepared. If you’ve not seen it, the Emergency […]

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Feb 242015
I've been Elected again

I’ve been running the NetWorker Blog since 2009, and since it started it’s grown to hundreds of articles in addition to a bunch of reports and some mini (and not so mini) manuals. I’ve been lucky enough to be named part of the EMC Elect Community now for 3 years running since its inception, but I thought it […]

Feb 152015
2014 NetWorker Usage Report

I’m pleased to say I’ve completed and made available the NetWorker usage report for 2014. I’m particularly grateful to everyone who took the time to answer the 20 questions in the survey conducted between December 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015. The report continues to track trends in NetWorker usage within organisations: deduplication adoption continues to grow, for instance, and Data […]

Feb 102015
Housing your software

I’ve admitted in the past I’m a bit of a data hoarder. That’s partly come from the reasonably abysmal download speeds you get in Australia unless you’re lucky enough to be on the relatively small fibre-connected portion of the National Broadband Network. (Even now, my average “best” download speed peaks at about 1.8MB/s at home.) Sure, businesses get […]

Feb 022015
Shared Data Domain Access

If you’ve come from a tape library environment, you’re well aware the only way to share a tape library between multiple NetWorker datazones – i.e., multiple NetWorker servers – is to use library partitioning. Thus, a 1000 slot library might be presented as 1 x 800 slot library and 1 x 200 slot library to the independent servers. But […]