[Rear-users] ReaR and NBU 7.5 with backup stored on tape

Baldwin, John John.Baldwin at baycare.org
Thu Mar 8 16:38:46 CET 2012

Hello James.

When using  ReaR with NetBackup you only need to use your regular Full/Incremental backups.   We are using Netbackup 6.5.6 so I can give you my experiences with that.   I can tell you I tried NetBackup BMR and abandoned using it.  I hated the fact that you had to set up system resource System Resource Tree’s (SRT’s) and many Linux OS’s were not supported.  Additionally NetBackup BMR required additional backups.  The ReaR approach is much more simple and I have actually had great success doing Linux (RedHat & CentOS) bare metal restores and clones using ReaR using our  NetBackup backup data.

Our NetBackup administrator has received information from Symantec that suggested ReaR approach to do OS Linux “bare metal” restores.  They suggested that the Linux OS be restored to an alternate root disk. That is what ReaR does ☺

When you do a ReaR restore you can look at the progress in you Activity monitor just like any other NetBackup restore.

John Baldwin - Sr. UNIX Systems Administrator
Baycare Information Systems, Clearwater FL

From: James M Pulver [mailto:jmp242 at cornell.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:25 PM
To: Discussions about Relax & Recover
Subject: Re: [Rear-users] ReaR and NBU 7.5 with backup stored on tape

7.5 is out officially as of yesterday, but I got it under FA auspices as I was hoping the built in NBU BMR for RHEL6 would work with my Scientific Linux OS, unfortunately, it does not. So on to trying ReaR.

I’m not sure this patch will help me – our network doesn’t do DHCP – all IPs are statically assigned. Would this actually help with the issue(s) I’ve had? It didn’t seem like a connection issue, and in fact with a disk based restore it sent files, but the end result wasn’t bootable.

James Pulver
LEPP Computer Group
Cornell University

From: Gratien D'haese [mailto:gratien.dhaese at it3.be]
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:16 PM
To: Discussions about Relax & Recover
Subject: Re: [Rear-users] ReaR and NBU 7.5 with backup stored on tape

See also https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?func=detail&aid=3486614&group_id=171835&atid=859454
In github all patches were already added: https://github.com/rear/source
Please try out the latest sources.
On this list there are people who are experienced with NBU, but I'm not sure version 7.50 has been validated yet?
Keep us posted;

On Tue, 6 Mar 2012 15:24:09 +0000, James M Pulver wrote:

> I'm not really sure where my problem lies in this process. I've created a

> ReaR iso from a Scientific Linux 5.7 install. The only ReaR configuration

> was to add support for NBU. I've created a full backup with all bare metal

> restore support in NBU7.5 of ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES. The storage location is a

> tape.


> I've then booted a different PC with the restore CD crated from the ReaR

> ISO after shutting down my test computer. Used all default settings. NBU

> shows a restore active, but nothing ever happens. No data is sent - I've

> let it sit for an hour with no updates...


> Anyone used this and gotten NBU console to show any indication it's

> restoring files?


> --

> James Pulver

> LEPP Computer Group

> Cornell University


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