Paul,

Many thanks  for your very detailed reply. Appreciate.
You have mentioned a document but haven't given the details. 

Also, do you know the netbackup supported versions with Solaris 10 ?

Rgds

Roshan


----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Kraus <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006 6:25 pm
Subject: Re: [zones-discuss] Zones and netbackup
To: zones-discuss@opensolaris.org

> On 10/16/06, Roshan Perera <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> 
> > Is there anywhere I can find documentation/recommendation of
> > backing up Solaris 10 with global zones and non global zones please.
> 
>        I have seen the following written up, but I don't recall
> whether it was Sun documentation or Veritas (Symantec).
> 
> >
> > Basically, what is the recommended method of backing up Solaris 10
> > servers using netbackup. Do I just backup global zones and 
> ignore none
> > global zones ?
> 
>        Yes, if all of the data in the non-global zones are 
> visible in
> the global zone.
> 
> > However, I can see this going to be a problem where any devices that
> > is not mounted on global zones but mounted on non-global zones.
> 
>        The other case where you need NBU in the non-global zone (and
> the reason we have it installed and running there) is database agents.
> We use Oracle with RMAN and the NBU Oracle Agent to backup our
> databases. Since Oracle is not installed in the global zone, we must
> run the databse backup in the non-global zone.
> 
>        There is a special procedure for installing the NBU client in
> both the global and non-global zone on a system. The NBU client is
> hard coded to look for it's config file at
> /usr/openv/netbackup/bp.conf ... one of the recommended ways to
> accomplish this (and what we are doing) is to create in the global
> zone a symbolic link at /usr/openv poitning to /opt/openv (or some
> other non-pkg-inherited directory/filesystem). Then install the NBU
> client like usual in the global zone and all non-global zones where
> needed. The _only_ backups we run in the non-global zone are the
> Oracle Agent RMAN backups. We still backup the non-database files via
> the backup of the global zone. We add the filesystems/directories that
> contain just Oracle _data_ (backed up via RMAN) to the exclude 
> list in
> the global zone (/usr/openv/netbackup/exclude_list which is really
> located at /opt/openv/netbackup/exclude_list).
> 
>        We have been using this procedure for about six months now and
> have had no issues (related to zones) either backing up or restoring
> either files or database data.
> 
> > Other
> > option is to back both global and non global zones and then exclude
> > /export/zones (used for zones). I think this is the best 
> method.. But would
> > like some expert advice.
> 
>        I do not recall if the NBU exclude list is recursive, in other
> words, if adding /export/zones will exclude _all_ filesystems mounted
> below that. If not, then you would have to add each filesystem to teh
> exclude list explicitly. I do recall that this approach was also
> mentioned in the document I found, but I don't recall a definitive
> "Best Practice" being specified. It just summarized the various ways
> to get valid backups of both global and non-global zones using NBU and
> left it up to the system admin to determine which was best for their
> systems.
> 
> -- 
> Paul Kraus
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