Understanding the target and NonTarget methods

If you use the Target method, user-directed operations are performed through bp.nlm, which is a character-based, menu-driven interface that runs on the NetWare server console.

To use this method, you must configure targets, which include information about your resource being protected, through the bp.nlm utility on the NetWare server. The Target method derives its name from Novell's Storage Management Services (SMS) software, which allows data to be stored and retrieved on NetWare servers independent of the file system the data is maintained in (DOS, OS/2, Mac, etc.). SMS does this through the use of Target Service Agents (TSAs) and target services. A TSA is a Novell NetWare agent that prepares a target's data for SMS during a back up and for the target during a restore. A target service is a service that needs storage management. SMS views all services, such as NetWare volumes, NetWare directory services, and workstations, as targets.

When you create a target, you provide a name for this target, the Storage Management Data Requestor (SMDR) for the target, the TSA, the target service, and the target service username and password; you also select the resource to be protected.

If you use the NonTarget method, the NetBackup for NetWare NonTarget Browser is installed on a Windows computer. Setting up targets is not necessary, and setting up user-directed jobs is easier using the NonTarget method's graphical user interface. Information on what is being protected is stored on the NetWare server's bp.ini file stored in the SYS:\VERITAS\NBUCLT directory.

See also

Defining targets to back up

Understanding the BP.INI file

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