Nov 302016
 
NetWorker 2016 Usage Survey

Folks, it’s that time of the year again! Each year I run a survey to gauge NetWorker usage patterns – how many clients you’ve got, what plugins you’re using, whether you’re using deduplication, and a plethora of other questions. The survey runs from December 1 (ish) through to January 31 the next year. (This year I’m […]

Nov 242016
 
My cup runneth over

How do you handle data protection storage capacity? How do you handle growth – regular or unexpected – in your data protection volumes? Hey, just as an aside, the NetWorker 2016 Usage Survey is up and running. If you can spare 5 minutes to complete it at the end of this article, that would be […]

Nov 162016
 
Falling in love with the IRS

Years ago when NetWorker Management Console was first introduced, Australians (and no doubt people in other countries with a similarly named tax law) found themselves either amused or annoyed having to type commands such as: # /etc/init.d/gst start Who would want to start a goods and services tax, after all? In the case of NetWorker, GST […]

Nov 142016
 
Basics - Understanding NetWorker Architecture

With the NetWorker 9 architecture now almost 12 months old, I thought it was long past time I do a Basics post covering how the overall revised architecture for data protection with NetWorker functions. There are two distinct layers of architecture I’ll cover off – Enterprise and Operational. In theory an entire NetWorker environment can be collapsed down […]

Data Domain Updates

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Oct 182016
 
Data Domain Updates

I was on annual leave last week (and this week I find myself in Santa Clara). Needless to say, the big announcements are often seemed to neatly align with when I go on annual leave, and last week was no different – it saw the release of a new set of Data Domain systems, DDOS 6.0, […]

And now a word from my sponsor

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Sep 092016
 
And now a word from my sponsor

This post is a little off-topic, I’ll admit that in advance. But I wanted to add a bit of a message from my sponsor. You may not realise it, but throughout all the years I’ve been blogging about NetWorker, there’s been a secret sponsor working in the background paying all the site fees, domain fees, […]

Sep 072016
 
Backing up Oracle with NMDA

In previous posts I’ve talked about options around database backups – specifically whether you’d use a NetWorker module or say, DDBoost for Enterprise Applications. There’s a lot of architectural positives towards having the database administrators in control of the backup, but sometimes you’ll want the backups to be controlled and coordinated by NetWorker. It could be […]

Aug 092016
 
Backing up to Recover: PSS, BBB and VBA

I’ve recently been doing some testing around Block Based Backups, and specifically recoveries from them. This has acted as an excellent reminder of two things for me: Microsoft killing Technet is a real PITA. You backup to recover, not backup to backup. The first is just a simple gripe: running up an eval Windows server […]

Jul 112016
 
Basics - Experimenting with the REST API in NetWorker

Overview As I mentioned in the previous article, NetWorker 9 SP1 has introduced a REST API. I’ve never previously got around to playing with REST API interfaces, but as is always the case with programming, you either do it because you’re getting paid to or because it’s something that strikes you as interesting. Accessing NetWorker via a REST API […]

Jul 082016
 
NetWorker 9.0 SP1

NetWorker 9.0 SP1 (aka “9.0.1”) was released at the end of June. I meant to blog about it pretty much as soon as it came out, but the Australian Federal election distracted me last weekend, and then on the Monday night I came down with yet another cold* which has left me floored most of the week. (In fact, I’ll […]