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Old 04-09-2002
Question Backup problem---Again

I am running my solstice backup 5.5.1 server on a solaris 2.6 platform.
I have a remote client ; my mailserver also running solaris 2.6.
I created a unique pool and group for my mailserver, but when i label to pool, mount and run backup, it doesnt backup my mailserver, rather it gives me error message ;

media critical event: backup to pool 'Default' waiting for 1 writable backup tapes(s)

And i didnt specify 'default' as the pool for that group.
Meanwhile, Other clients in other pools are being backed up sucessfully.
Also i dont have a path for /sbin/init.d/networker, all i have is sbin. Why? doesnt it come up by default after installation.

# 2  
Old 04-09-2002
Straight from the source (I believe I posted this link the last time you had a problem with backup - part of learning is not just asking questions but trying to find the answers )

Title: Media waiting backup pool, waiting for 1 writable tape;Check client


A backup attempt to a specific backup pool that references a storage node fails
with the following error:

media waiting backup pool [pool_name] waiting for 1 writable tape


Using the NetWorker Administrator or nwadmin, verify that the devices are
enabled and that the jukebox is properly configured. Then confirm that the
server is able to communicate with the storage node.

Using the NetWorker Administrator or nwadmin, check the client setup to verify
that the storage node field specifies the correct name of the storage node.

In this instance the storage node field contained 'nsrserverhost'.


1) Run NetWorker Administrator (nwadmin)

2) NT - Select Options => Customize and check Display Hidden Attributes
UNIX - Select View => View details

3) Edit the client resource that is not getting backed up

3) NT - Select Preference tab
UNIX - Scroll down to the Storage nodes field

4) Enter the correct storage node name in the Storage nodes field

5) Re-run the backup

Created: 10/7/1999
Last Update:

As far as /sbin/init.d/networker - checked my Solaris 2.6 backup server and clients - none have that directory - look for /usr/sbin/nsr possibly.
# 3  
Old 04-11-2002
backup runs but....

Hi thehoghunter

I did what u said, i did nsr_shutdown and had to reboot my system to get nsrexec running again ( on my client -mailserver).
This time around, backup was actually initiated but but when i checked the group control details, i had no completed save sets, they all failed with inactive error messages for all the save sets.

I currently have a problem on my mail server; mails are not being sent out at all on port 25; smtp. I am yet to resolve that, could it affect backup in any way?

# 4  
Old 04-11-2002
Both problems may be related - give more specifics on your email problem (including version of Sendmail)

Some things to check:

DNS - insure that /etc/resolv.conf is set up correctly
/etc/nsswitch.conf - insure you are using dns for hosts
Check your /var/adm/messages file for errors from Sendmail
Do an verbose mail (change to appropriate info) $ /usr/lib/sendmail -v < /etc/motd

Check version with
/usr/lib/sendmail -d0.1 -bt < /dev/null

Post the info (changing anything that may be sensitive)
# 5  
Old 04-12-2002
mail server


i am using a mail server software called Post.Office intermail v 3.5.3
Post.Office intermail requires that sendmail be disabled to i am not using sendmail. I am using SMTP (25) and POP3 (110).
The problem with my mail server is that i am currently not sending user accounts cannot send mail but they can receive mails.
I configured my outlook express with an existing account on my server and when i tried sending mail to my hotmail and yahoo accounts ( or anywhere else) i get this message;

An unknown error has occurred. Subject 'Fw:Test Mail', Account: 'demo', Server: '', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '452 Couldn't process control file', Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 452, Error Number: 0x800CCC6C

Meanwhile, when i checked the queue log of my ssoftware, there was a long queue of outgoing mails and there were two types of error messages for the bulk ofthem;
1. MX lookup failure
2. Couldn't establish SMTP connection on port 25

Now i tested 1. by checking my resolv.conf file, all entries were ok. I was even able to perform an nslookup of serveral domains on the mail server using one of the dns entries in resolv.conf.

I dont understand why i had error 2, though.

For reference, note: i have a microsoft exchange server that relays it's mails thru my mail server. The users on the exchange server have no problems sending or receiving mails.Users on the use while users on exchange use

Rather complex senario.

# 6  
Old 04-12-2002
You can get into nslookup and do the following -

Default Server:

>set type=mx
> preference = 10, mail exchanger = preference = 100, mail exchanger = nameserver = nameserver = internet address = internet address = internet address =

you should get the MX information from your domain. If you don't, then you need to add the MX records to DNS.
# 7  
Old 04-12-2002
I did the nslookup from my mail server.
The response i got was like this;

Default Server:
Address: "ipaddress"

>set type
> set type=mx
Address: ipaddress preference = 10, mail exchanger = preference = 100, mail exchanger = nameserver = nameserver = internet address = internet address = internet address =

and that was all i saw. i didnt see "mydomain" at the end of it.
meanwhile, i checked out my dns entry for my domain name in /var/named/domainname.db ( on my default dns server)
and i realised that i have my MX record for my mail server in it already.

Last edited by lealyz; 04-12-2002 at 02:09 PM..
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