At last Thursday evening, I was resting at a cafe after I’ve done with my work due to I was not having enough sleep recently(only sleep for 4 hours in 2 days). I received a call from my client and needed my consultation service regarding a tender.

When I read the document regarding the tender, it said that they client need Veritas NetBackup maintenance.
I was damn sleepy and tired, and was mistaken that part as mentioning about tape backup device.
Anyway, after alerted by a sudden phone call at my cell phone, I am awake again and found that “Oh, Symantec Veritas NetBack… Not Symantec Ghost and Tape Backup Device….”

Ok, here I would like to do some simple introduction about what is Veritas NetBackup.

Quoted From Wikipedia

Veritas NetBackup is an enterprise level heterogeneous backup and recovery suite. It provides cross-platform backup functionality to a large variety of Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems.

It is set up with a central master server that manages both media servers (containing the backup media) and clients. Core server platforms are, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Tru64, Linux and Windows.

Multiple NetBackup environments can be managed by NetBackup Operations Manager (NOM) which is bundled with the NetBackup 6.0 distribution, which replaces the Global Data Manager (GDM) component used in previous versions. NetBackup comes with support for many hardware devices like tape drives, tape libraries, disk units, and supports, amongst many others, hot backups for major database products like Oracle, can natively backup and restore the virtual machines of major virtualization products like VMware Infrastructure, can use Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), and has tape vaulting. NetBackup also enables LAN-free and server-free backups in SAN fabric environments.

NetBackup was originally developed by Control Data Corporation which it was a project funded by Chrysler Corporation. It is not called as NetBackup at that time. It is still without a name yet.

Then at 1990, Control Data Corporation named it as “Automated Workstation Backup System”(AWBUS) and continue the development them self. The first version of AWBUS supported two tape drives in a single robotic carousel with the SGI IRIX operating system.

AWBUS is renamed to BackupPlus 1.0 and added support for media Volume Management and Server Migration/Hierarchical Storage Management. Then at the end of 1993, OpenVision had take over BackupPlus as well as its 12 person of developer. It is renamed to NetBackup at this time.

At 6th May 1997, another take over happened. This time OpenVision along with all its technology is absorbed into Veritas. This is why now it is know as Veritas NetBackup.
The take over is not ended here. Symantec acquired Veritas, and of course, all its technology. Now Veritas NetBackup has become 1 of the Symantec Product. Symantec did not rename it, and it is still known as Veritas NetBackup to the public. But to be exact, it is named as Symantec Veritas NetBackup. This happens at 2005. And the NetBackup 6.0 you can see now, it is the first version of NetBackup that released by Symantec.

This is how the administration panel looks like:

NetBackup Admin

Veritas Tape Drivers Installer:

Veritas Tape DriveVeritas Tape Drive 2