Job Detail descriptions

The following items appear in the job details tabs:

Active Start

The time when the most recent attempt became active.

Active Elapsed

The time since the most recent attempt became active.


For Active jobs, the number of the current attempt. For Done jobs, the total number of attempts.

cache hits

For deduplication jobs, the percentage of time that the local fingerprint cache contained a record of the segment. The deduplication plug-in did not have to query the database about the segment.


The name of the client that is associated with the job.


The copy number when the multiple copies are created.

Current File

For Active jobs, the path of a file that was recently written to the image. If the job backs up many files, not all of them necessarily appear in this column over the course of the backup.

Current Files Written

The number of files that have been written so far.

Current Kilobytes Written

The number of kilobytes that have been written so far.

For deduplication jobs, the amount that is written may be larger than the data size on the client. The amount that is written includes additional data such as tar headers and NetBackup catalog information.

CR sent

For deduplication jobs, the amount of data that is sent from the deduplication plug-in to the component that stores the data. (In NetBackup, the NetBackup Deduplication Engine stores the data. In PureDisk, a content router stores the data.)

If the storage server deduplicates the data, it does not travel over the network. The deduplicated data travels over the network when the deduplication plug-in runs on a computer other than the storage server, as follows:

  • On a NetBackup client that deduplicates its own data (client-side deduplication).

  • On a fingerprinting media server that deduplicates the data. The plug-in on the fingerprinting server sends the data to the storage server, which writes it to a Media Server Deduplication Pool.

  • On a media server that then sends it to a PureDisk environment for storage. (In NetBackup, a PureDisk Storage Pool represents the storage of a PureDisk environment.)

Data Movement

Distinguishes between the various types of jobs: Standard (results from a regular backup), Synthetic (backup), or Disk Staging. If the Snapshot Client is licensed, additional entries can include: Instant Recovery Disk, Instant Recovery Disk and Tape, and Snapshot.

Data on PDDE Storage

For deduplication jobs, the amount of data that is stored for the job.


For deduplication, the percentage of data that was stored already. That data is not stored again.

Deduplication Rate

For deduplication jobs, the percentage of data that was stored already. That data is not stored again.

Elapsed Time

The amount of time that has elapsed since the job was initially queued.

End Time

The date and time that the operation completed.

Estimated Files

An estimate of the number of files to be written for the job.

Estimated Kilobytes

An estimate of the number of kilobytes to be written for the job.


The number of files that have been written.

Job ID

The identifier that NetBackup assigns to each job. The identifier is unique on the server where the job was run.


The ID of the current job process. Parent and children jobs have the same PID.

Job State

Note that nbemm must be running in order for jobs to run.The following are job states:

  • Active

    Indicates a currently active job.

  • Done

    Indicates a completed job.

  • Incomplete

    Indicates that a backup or a restore job has failed with an error that can be fixed. Look in the Activity Monitor to determine if the failed job requires manual intervention. After the administrator corrects the problem, the job can be resumed.

    When a job is resumed, it retains the same job ID. A job can remain in the Incomplete state for a limited time before it is set to Done. After that limited time, the job can no longer be resumed.

  • Queued

    Indicates a job in the NetBackup queue. A queued restore job is one for which NetBackup continues to determine which files are needed. Jobs remain in the queued state until resources are assigned. The backup jobs that are sent to stand alone drives requiring operator intervention remain in the Queued job state until media is provided.

  • Waiting for Retry

    Indicates a job that is placed in the queue to be tried again because the previous attempt was unsuccessful.

  • Suspended

    Indicates that the NetBackup administrator suspended a backup or a restore job. Suspended jobs do not display a status code.

    Only backups and restores that have been checkpointed can be suspended.

KB Per Second

The average data transfer rate in kilobytes per second over the length of the current attempt.


The number of kilobytes that were written.

For deduplication jobs, the amount that is written may be larger than the data size on the client. The amount that is written includes additional data such as tar headers and NetBackup catalog information.

Master Server

The master server on which the job is run.

Media Server

The NetBackup server controlling the media.

Media to Eject

The number of tapes to be ejected for the selected Vault job. The number may not represent the number of tapes that have ejected. For example, if the Vault profile was configured for manual eject, the tapes may not have yet been ejected. Or, if something went wrong with the device, fewer tapes may have been ejected than the number here indicates.

Off-host Type

Indicates the off-loading of backup processing to a separate backup agent that runs on another host.

Additionally licensed products such as Snapshot Client are required for these off-host backups types as follows:

  • Alt. Client (Alternate Client Backup)

  • 3PC (Third-Party Copy)

  • MSC (Media Server Copy)

  • NAS (Network Attached Storage)

  • Alt. Client 3PC (Alternate Client Backup used with Third-Party Copy)

  • Alt. Client MSC (Alternate Client Backup used with Media Server Copy)

  • Alt. Client NAS (Alternate Client Backup used with NAS)


For Active jobs, indicates the operation currently performed.


The owner of the job.

Parent JobID

Indicates the parent job ID of a composite job. Vault, for example, is a composite job that consists of a single parent, followed by multiple child jobs. The Parent Job ID number is followed in sequence by the child job ID numbers. Each job is represented in an individual line in the Jobs tab.

% Complete (Estimated)

The percentage of the job that is complete. For backups, it is based on the size of the previous backup for the same policy, client, schedule, and retention period. If there is no previous backup that matches this criteria, NetBackup does not provide an estimate. If the current backup is larger, this indication is 100%. For other types of jobs, the estimate is based on other factors.


The name of the policy that NetBackup uses to back up the client. If the policy is associated with a disk staging storage unit, the name follows the convention: __DSSU_POLICY_storageunitname


The profile defines Vault job tasks. Multiple profiles can be configured for the Vault.


For a Vault job, the name of the robot with which Vault is associated.


For deduplication jobs, the amount of data that the deduplication plug-in scanned.


The name of the schedule that NetBackup uses to back up the client.

Session ID

The session ID for a Vault session. The session ID is a unique numeric value. Session ID assignment starts at 1 the first time a Vault session is run after Vault is installed. The value increments by one every time a new Vault session runs.

Start Time

The date and time that the first attempt was initially queued.

State Details

The reason why a job is queued.

See State Details messages.

There may be a delay between when the job appears as Queued and when the queue reason is displayed.

When a job is initiated, it enters a queue to be awarded a resource. An analogous situation is the check-in line at the airport: the traveler may wait a while to reach the front of the line and be given a boarding pass.

Similarly, a job enters a queue behind other jobs that wait to be assigned to media servers, robots, drives, and media. When the job reaches the front of the queue, the necessary resources may be busy.

At that point, the job is not in a queue for resource selection, but in a queue for specific resources. When the specific resources are identified, the State Details column can convey the information.


The status code and the text that describes the completion status of each job attempt. A status of zero (0) means that the job completed successfully. Any other completion value for status indicates a problem.

REQUESTING_RESOURCE appears when a job makes an initial request for resources. Examples of the jobs that require resources include the following: backup jobs, restore jobs, media jobs, and the jobs that result from using tpreq, bplabel, tpclean, and vmphyinv.

GRANTED_RESOURCE appears as resources are allocated.

AWAITING_RESOURCE appears if the job is queued due to unavailability of resources.

Parent job details display the following entries for each operation that the parent job executes:

the operation step being executed
the status of the operation once it completes
the time the operation ended

For example, the Detailed Status tab contains Parent Job as the first operation performed. The status that is associated with the parent job operation indicates the final job status that is returned to the Job Manager (nbjm):

END_OPERATION 1230065211

Storage Unit

The name of the storage unit that the job uses.

stream rate

For deduplication, the speed of the scan: The kilobytes of data that are scanned divided by how long the scan takes.


Applies when the SAN Client license is installed.

The type of transport between the SAN client and the NetBackup media server: FT (fibre-accelerated transport), LAN (local area network), or SHM (shared memory).


See Type column.


The name of the logical Vault for a robot that is configured through the Vault Management node. (Appears for Vault jobs only.)

More Information

Monitoring the deduplication rate