SLP with Synthetic backups - What are people doing for worka
Basically, What I have been told by Symantec is that the full synthetic process was not aware of the SLP and therefore the image was re-created it was without the SLP information. The good workaround was to use vault duplication. Indeed that should be now fixed in one of the 7.1 releases. A year ago I think it was planned to be fixed in the 220.127.116.11 release. A simple workaround is to basically use vault duplication.
Because in 6.5.x there were some flaws in the SLP process especially when you stop and started the services, an image could get the status SLP_COMPLETED without any copies being made, I prefered to script the duplication process instead using vault so I could include the images that have been left out by the SLP. I think in 7.X Symantec corrected some issues.
The big drawback of SLP, is the queued jobs. If you do not set up duplication job size correctly, you might set up an important load on the master. Besides, depending on the size of you environment you might need to tune up NBRB. There are some SLP tuning recommendations on Symantec website. But yeah SLP queued jobs are a pain.
I do not know if it is still the case but on 6.5.x stopping netbackup master services could trigger SLP proces to be in disaster recovery mode when starting up the services. Basically, this mode forces Netbackup to check every image on the source STU before doing any SLP duplication. This can take a while ( for us 36 hours ) if you use big disks for backups.
On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 4:23 AM, David Stanaway <david < at > stanaway.net ([email]david < at > stanaway.net[/email])> wrote:
I am happy to report this was seemingly silently fixed in 7.1 (At least
in 18.104.22.168), the only oddity is that each backup job seems to spawn it's
own SLP duplication job, so you will see hundreds of SLP duplication
Now can anyone say if SLP and GRT backups are going to work correctly in
On 3/16/2010 8:02 AM, David Stanaway wrote:
I'm getting very frustrated about having to re-invent the wheel to
reproduce the functionality of Storage Lifecycle Policies for my
Synthetic Full backups.
For those not aware, Synthetic backup images for some dumb reason that
hasn't been explained to me cannot be managed by an SLP and you will get
dataloss if you backup to an SLP and expect it to execute the policy.
The backup will go to the Backup destination, but that is it. No
I am working on some scripts to re-produce the functionality of SLP
since Vault is not adequate as I have hierarchical duplications that are
not possible with a vault job. It is going to take a little time to get
right, and I can't help but think this must have been done before.
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