Mabro1
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Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practices

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Welcome to this EMC Ask the Expert event!

This is an opportunity to learn and discuss Networker Server Best Practices.

This discussion begins on Monday, February 25th and concludes on March 8th. Get ready by bookmarking this page or signing up for e-mail notifications.

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Prajith Sukumar is a member of the EMC e-Services Content Management Team. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering .

Prajith is also an EMC Proven Professional certified in EMC NetWorker Storage Administration, NetWorker Implementation and Data Domain backup and recovery.

As a technical support engineer he is experienced in supporting tape library, VTL , devices, NDMP, Windows, Unix, Linux client and server related issues and environments, and contributes to the EMC Knowledgebase regularly.

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Mabro1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

This Ask the Expert discussion is now open for questions. We look forward to a lively interactive discussion on this topic.

Regards,

Mark

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o17Uu33DCF12520
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

Hello Mark. Do I have to buy an additional license for adding a new backup client?

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ble1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

Question to Prajith; there is a confusion on the market what is the right approach with number of devices, target sessions and max sessions, especially with recent 7.x and 8.x code.  Can you share more details on that?  For example, traditioally we tried to have 1 session to 1 device as much as possible - even disk.  However, it seems as with DD this has changed and to get best performance you might even have to push multiple sessions onto single device (bare in mind that I refer here to DD). This might be good news for those who wish to scale down their device portfolio.  In such case, is this related to specific DDOS and NW version or both recent codes subscribe to same feature?

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o17Uu33DCF12520
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practices

Hello, Prajith.

Do I have to buy an additional license for adding a new backup client?

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ble1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practices

Kevin wrote:

Hello, Prajith.

Do I have to buy an additional license for adding a new backup client?

Seems like Prajith is sleeping   In short, if you miss license, you do need one.  How it works?  Like this:

- go to backup server and execute nsrcli command... you should see something like this among other things

      STANDARD CLIENT LICENSES

                     Available: 712

                          Used: 197

             Loaned to Virtual: 0

                     Remaining: 515

             Connected Clients                              

       VIRTUAL CLIENT LICENSES

                     Available: 52

          Borrowed from Server: 0

                          Used: 51

                     Remaining: 1

             Connected Clients                              

          NDMP CLIENT LICENSES

                     Available: 6

                          Used: 5

                     Remaining: 1

As you can see, Available is your total count and Used is what is used.  With that in mind, and some simpple math, Remaining is what determines if you need new licenses or not.

If you use virtual client licenses, and if your new client belongs to physical host which is already licensed, then no new license is needed (just make sure that virtual client+physical client name is filled in NSR client resource for new client).

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nmc2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

Hi Kevin,

Sorry for delayed respose.You need additional license for adding new clients.

Use this license key  :   70f2f2-2a8c02-d8e43a

This is a 25 client license. You can use it for 30 + 15(grace) days.

Regards,

Prajith

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nmc2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practices

This license which i have mentioned is a temp enabler. Once its expired you can think about buying it if you want to continue to use it. Else simply delete it.

If you want to purchase this license, please contact Licensing@emc.com. They will provide you details about the price etc.

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nmc2
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

Hello Hrvoje,

Thanks for reply to Kevin's post. I was away for a day and was not able to reply to the post.

In general considering normal tape drives and AFTD's, there is no specific recommendation about the target sessions and max sessions. These are determind by the number of save sessions getting generated and how exactly it should be written on to tape.

1 session to 1 is usually used to save the data to single tape. That means you will have data on one tape and restore needs just one tape. This will make restore faster.

Now a days we can see the tape drives like LTO 5 and LTO 6 which can write at a speed of 140 and 160 MBPS respectively. If the client cannot send data at the same speed then the complete drive speed cannot be utilized. In these scenarios its better to multiplex the data from deffrent clients.

In case of DD, please confirm if you are refering to normal DD device or a DD VTL.

I can provide you suggestion accordingly.

Regards,

Prajith

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ble1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Networker Server Best Practies

Hi Prajith,

I was referring to DD device type (boost). 

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