Puppet module for NetBackup, client and server
Andreas Lindh

Andreas Lindh



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Version information

  • 0.1.3 (latest)
  • 0.1.2
  • 0.1.1
released Jul 3rd 2019
This version is compatible with:
  • RedHat

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andskli/netbackup — version 0.1.3 Jul 3rd 2019


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Module Description

The netbackup module aims to automate the Netbackup Installation by leveraging the installation methods provided by the vendor. However, this does not exclude the possibility of an installation method where package managers provide the neccessay rpms/debs/pkgs, yet that feature is still to be implemented.

What netbackup affects

Everything that is affected by the Interactive Netbackup Installation (creates /usr/openv and populates with the right content)

Setup Requirements

netbackup requires:

  • puppetlabs-stdlib (>= 4.7.0)
  • saz/limits (>= 2.1.0)
  • thias/sysctl (>= 1.0.0)
  • spiette/selinux (>= 0.5.4)


The netbackup module provides the following classes of interest

  • netbackup::client - used for client installation and management
  • netbackup::server::prepare - used for master/media server preparation. Applies best practices for tuning such as changing sysctl and ulimit parameters.
  • netbackup::server::tune - applying values to the "touch files" used in netbackup for buffer settings etc, reasonable values set by default


Installs the client as neccessary on UNIX/Linux hosts, unfortunately using quite ugly expect script.

The netbackup::client class is used for management of NetBackup client. If no NetBackup client is present, it will try to run the NetBackup installer located at installer (should preferably be an NFS mount).

  • installer - full path to the install binary provided from NetBackup DVD
  • version - run install unless a client of this version is already installed
  • masterserver - which masterserver should be entered upon installation of client
  • mediaservers - mediaservers which has access to a client
  • service_enabled - start netbackup, true or false?
  • excludes - array of excludes to put in exclude list

Example usage

Sample definition:

class { 'netbackup::client':
    installer       => '/path/to_nfs_share/NetBackup_7.6.0.1_CLIENTS2/install',
    version         => '7.7.2',
    service_enabled => true,
    masterserver    => '',
    mediaservers    => ['', ''],
    excludes        => ['/tmp', '/other/excluded/path'],

The same configuration using Hiera,

netbackup::client::version:         '7.7.2'  
netbackup::client::service_enabled: true  
netbackup::client::masterserver:    ''
  - ''
  - ''
  - '/tmp'
  - '/other/excluded/path'


Only handles preparation for NetBackup Master/media installation for now, see netbackup::server::prepare.

Example usage

class { 'netbackup::server::prepare': }


  • netbackup_client_name - returns the client name from /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/nbgetconfig
  • netbackup_serverlist - returns a list of servers retreived from /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/nbgetconfig
  • netbackup_version - returns a string containing version information found in /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/version, nil if the file is not found or it does not contain a version string

Limitations and Known Issues

The installer must be present (and reachable) on the Puppet Client. For most of the cases, The Netbackup Installation folder is Shared trhough NFS and mounted on the Nodes (May also leverage on autofs to automount that shared NFS).

Only tested on Linux (RHEL/CentOS/Ubuntu) for now.


I happily accept bug reports and pull requests via github,

  • Fork it
  • Create a feature branch
  • Write a failing test
  • Write the code to make that test pass
  • Refactor the code
  • Submit a pull request


  • Server installation of master/media
  • Tuning/parameterizing of master/media
  • Policy creation/modification via puppet?
  • Server facts
  • Client facts
  • Client upgrades
  • ??


The module is written and being mainly maintained by: