What are some of the more common configuration options for bp.conf and what are they used for?

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  • ALLOW_MEDIA_OVERWRITE should be used on the server if you wish to overwrite previously used non-NetBackup media without prompting.
  • ALLOW_MULTIPLE_RETENTIONS_PER_MEDIA should be used if you have a limited supply of media and a large number of retention periods.
  • ALLOW_NON_RESERVED_PORTS will allow ports 1025 through 5000 to be used for data streams instead of 512 through 1024.
  • Use BPBACKUP_CLASS to set the default class used for client initiated backups.
  • Use BPBACKUP_SCHED to set the default schedule used for client initiated backups.
  • Use BPEND_TIMEOUT to increase the amount of time bpend scripts have to finish (don~Rt forget CLIENT_READ_TIMEOUT must be greater than or equal to BPEND_TIMEOUT).
  • Use BPSTART_TIMEOUT to increase the amount of time bpstart scripts have to finish (don~Rt forget CLIENT_READ_TIMEOUT must be greater than or equal to BPSTART_TIMEOUT).
  • Use BUSY_FILE_ACTION to send email notification, try again, or ignore files that cannot be accessed.
  • BUSY_FILE_DIRECTORY sets the working temp directory when using busy file processing.
  • BUSY_FILE_NOTIFY_USER tells NetBackup whom to notify when busy file email is sent.
  • BUSY_FILE_PROCESSING turns on busy file processing.
  • CLIENT_NAME specifies the exact name that the client is known as to the NetBackup server(s) it is served by.
  • Use CLIENT_READ_TIMEOUT to give bpstart and bpend scripts enough time to finish.
  • Use DISALLOW_CLIENT_LIST_RESTORE to prevent clients from listing and restoring files backed up on their systems.
  • Use DISALLOW_CLIENT_RESTORE to prevent clients from restoring files backed up on their systems.
  • Use DISALLOW_SERVER_FILE_WRITES to prevent server initiated restores or server initiated updates to bp.conf.
  • DO_NOT_RESET_FILE_ACCESS_TIME can be used if you do not care about atime but do not want your ctime messed with.
  • INITIAL_BROWSE_SEARCH_LIMIT is used to set the default number of days that NetBackup will search to find files for restore.
  • Use KEEP_LOGS_DAYS to specify the number of days to keep client logs.
  • Use LIMIT_BANDWIDTH to throttle network saturation to a specified number of KB per client.
  • Use LOCKED_FILE_ACTION to skip files that have mandatory locking.
  • Use REQUIRED_INTERFACE to override the operating systems choice of network interface for server to client communications.
  • Use SERVER to specify the NetBackup server(s) the client should use.
  • Use the VERBOSE option to log additional information in NetBackup~Rs logs.
  • USEMAIL will specify the user to notify for NetBackup events.
  • USE_CTIME_FOR_INCREMENTALS will cause NetBackup to check both the ctime and the mtime when determining which files should be backed up for incrementals. You MUST also enable DO_NOT_RESET_FILE_ACCESS_TIME when using this option.