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 […]

Aug 052017
 
Basics - Running Workflows Manually

It may be something to do with my long Unix background, or maybe it’s because my first system administration job saw me administer systems over insanely low link speeds, but I’m a big fan of being able to use the CLI whenever I’m in a hurry or just want to do something small. GUIs may […]

NetWorker 9.2 Capacity Measurement

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Aug 032017
 
NetWorker 9.2 Capacity Measurement

As I’ve mentioned in the past, there’s a few different licensing models for NetWorker, but capacity licensing (e.g., 100 TB front end backup size) gives considerable flexibility, effectively enabling all product functionality within a single license, thereby allowing NetWorker usage to adapt to suit the changing needs of the business. In the past, measuring utilisation […]

NetWorker 9.2 – A Focused Release

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Jul 292017
 
NetWorker 9.2 - A Focused Release

NetWorker 9.2 has just been released. Now, normally I pride myself for having kicked the tyres on a new release for weeks before it’s come out via the beta programmes, but unfortunately my June, June and July taught me new definitions of busy (I was busy enough that I did June twice), so instead I’ll be […]

Basics – Using the vSphere Plugin to Add Clients for Backup

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Jul 242017
 
Basics - Using the vSphere Plugin to Add Clients for Backup

It’s a rapidly changing trend – businesses increasingly want the various Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) running applications and essential services to be involved in the data protection process. In fact, in the 2016 Data Protection Index, somewhere in the order of 93% of respondents said this was extremely important to their business. It makes sense, […]

Jul 212017
 

I want to try something different with this post. Rather than the usual post with screen shots and descriptions, I wanted instead to do a demo video showing just how easy it is to do file level recovery (FLR) from NetWorker VMware Image Level Backup thanks to the new NVP or vProxy system in NetWorker […]

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