For backup and restore  of UNIX, Linux and MacOS NetBackup clients, the NetBackup client software must be installed and updated to the current level of the NetBackup server software.   If an application will be backed up, the NetBackup agent software must also be installed and updated.

The NetBackup client software may be installed from a DVD, from an ISO image, or from a ZIP file.  This web page will cover only installation from a ZIP file provided by UMS-ITS.   

The required update to the base installation is available from a DVD, from an ISO image, from a ZIP file, or may be automatically downloaded and installed by UMS-ITS from the backup server.  We recommend that you request UMS-ITS use NetBackup to push the update to your client as it saves your time (UMS-ITS enters a command at the NetBackup server and NetBackup pushes the update to your server (the NetBackup client) and it is installed automatically).    If space on your "tmp" or NetBackup directories is tight, we recommend that you install the update yourself from one of the available sources.

The process

Remember, please, there are three steps to installing the NetBackup client software.  First install the base software, then install, or have installed, the required update.

  1. Installing the UNIX/Linux/MacOS base software
  2. Updating the UNIX/Linux/MacOS software
  3. Open TCP/IP traffic to/from your server and the backup servers on port 13724. The backup servers are:
    • marco.its.maine.edu
    • polo.its.maine.edu


It is especially important that you verify your critical files are being backed up and can be restored.  Beyond lowering your risk of being without a backup, this exercise not only gives you a chance to plan for disasters, but practice in recovering from a disaster. 

To monitor your backups and restores, please browse the UMS NetBackup home page and especially the Notifications and Reporting page.  Please remember that you are responsible for determination and monitoring that the production files you need are indeed backed up and restorable.

We recommend that you review your disaster recovery plans, evaluate your solutions, and practice recovery periodically (at least annually).
Wayne Smith,
May 19, 2010, 7:51 AM