Topics: AIX, Backup & restore, System Administration, Veritas NetBackup

Client logging with Veritas NetBackup

If an AIX server is backed up by Veritas NetBackup, then this is how you can enable logging of the backups on your AIX client:

First, make sure the necessary folders exist in /usr/openv/netbackup/logs, and the access is set to 777, by running:

# mkdir bp bparchive bpbackup bpbkar bpcd bpdbsbora
# mkdir bpfilter bphdb bpjava-msvc bpjava-usvc bpkeyutil
# mkdir bplist bpmount bpnbat bporaexp bporaexp64 
# mkdir bporaimp bporaimp64 bprestore db_log dbclient
# mkdir symlogs tar user_ops
# chmod 777 *
Then, you have to change the default debug level in /usr/openv/netbackup/bp.conf, by adding:
VERBOSE = 2
By default, VERBOSE is set to one, which means there isn't any logging at all, so that is not helpful. You can go up to "VERBOSE = 5", but that may create very large log files, and this may fill up the file system. In any case, check how much disk space is available in /usr before enabling the logging of the Veritas NetBackup client.

Backups through Veritas NetBackup are initiated through inetd:
# egrep "bpcd" /etc/services
bpcd        13782/tcp # VERITAS NetBackup
bpcd        13782/udp # VERITAS NetBackup
# grep bpcd /etc/inetd.conf
bpcd stream tcp nowait root /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/bpcd bpcd
Now all you have to do is wait for the NetBackup server (the one listed in /usr/openv/netbackup/bp.conf) to start the backup on the AIX client. After the backup has run, you should at least find a log file in the bpcd and bpbkar folders in /usr/openv/netbackup.

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