How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog?

By | February 28, 2016

NetBackup Catalog is a very important thing that should be protected. This is the internal database that contains information about NetBackup backups and configuration. Backup information includes records of the files that have been backed up and the media on which the files are stored. The catalogs also contain information about the media and the storage devices. Without regular catalog backups, you risk losing regular backups if there is a problem with the disk that contains the catalogs. I wrote some posts about Disaster Recovery possibilities for NetBackup Catalog already. This post covers how to create (step by step) a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog.

Some assumptions:

  • Full Backup once a week (Sunday)
  • Incremental Backup everyday except Sunday.

To protect NetBackup Catalog, please follow the below steps:

  1. In the NetBackup Administration Console, create a new policy. Select policy type: NBU-Catalog (1), specify Storage Unit (2). Then click the Schedules tab (3).How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog
  2. Type a name of scheduler. Select type of backup - Full Backup (1) and Frequency - 1 weeks (2). Specify retention - how long to keep the backup of Catalog (3). Then click Start Window tab (4).How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 2
  3. Define a time window during which full backup job can start. Then click Add.How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 3
  4. Type a name of scheduler. Select type of backup - Differential Incremental Backup (1) and Frequency - 1 day (2). Specify retention - how long to keep the backup of Catalog (3). Then click Start Window tab (4).How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 4
  5. Define a time window during which incremental backup job can start. Then click OK.How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 5
  6. Click the Disaster Recovery tab (1).How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 6
  7. Specify a path where NetBackup DR file will be stored (1). The catalog disaster recovery file is useful during recovering NetBackup Catalog. You can select local path or remote. Specify E-mail address (2) where the DR file will be sent (recommended). If you have critical policies (that should be recovered before backups from other policies are recovered), you can add them now (3). Then click OK to save policy.How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog 7

That's all. Now you can run the policy manually. The next posts will cover:

  • How to recover NetBackup Catalog using GUI?
  • How to recover the NetBackup Catalog using CLI?

2 thoughts on “How to configure a backup policy to protect NetBackup Catalog?

  1. JB Lewis

    If you are doing full and differential incremental backups of the catalog, does the DR file account for the need for multiple catalog backups?

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