The Makers of FDR®

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  • Linux on z Systems Volumes

Platform Support

FDR/UPSTREAM supports a wide variety of PC LAN/UNIX/SAN platforms and server file systems.

Windows 2000 Server
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008

FDR/UPSTREAM provides a comprehensive data protection and business resiliency, storage management solution, including backup, restore and disaster recovery, for all of the Server and Workstation versions of Windows. FDR/UPSTREAM provides support for every aspect of a Windows system, including all of the features of the NTFS file system and the Windows system state. On systems running Windows Server 2003 and above that support the Volume ShadowCopy Service (VSS), FDR/UPSTREAM can create complete and accurate backups based on volume snapshots. The Automatic System Recovery (ASR) features of Windows Server 2003 and above are also supported by FDR/UPSTREAM, providing disaster recovery support that is both fast and easy to use. Windows Failover Clustering is also fully supported, along with comprehensive support for all versions of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server. FDR/UPSTREAM can run on Intel and AMD 32-bit and 64-bit processors along with 64-bit Itanium processors. Third-party databases such as Oracle, DB/2 and Lotus Notes installed on a Windows system are also supported.


FDR/UPSTREAM has introduced support to assist the backup and recovery of VMware Virtual Machines with the new UPSTREAM VMware Manager. UPSTREAM VMware Manager was introduced to support VMware VSPHERE, and also supports older versions of VMware 3.5. The new support features the UPSTREAM VMware plugin, that is a component of the UPSTREAM Client and this integrated plugin is what UPSTREAM uses to backup Virtual Machines. The machine running the plugin can be either a physical machine or a VM. When the VMware PlugIn is installed the UPSTREAM VMware Manager GUI is also installed. With the GUI, VMware backups can be initiated, managed and restores can be executed.

The FDR/UPSTREAM support ensures consistent operations of virtual machine that can be managed by the UPSTREAM product for reliable backup & restore processes.

For older versions of VMware we offer the following:

EMC's VMware ESX server is simply a very enhanced Linux system. The FDR/UPSTREAM client fully supports backups of VMware's ESX server virtual machines. UPSTREAM supports versions VMware version 2.5 through 3.x.

FDR/UPSTREAM fully supports backups of VMware's ESX server virtual machines.

There are two methods of backups for an ESX server:
  1. Installing UPSTREAM on the ESX server's console. In this case you install the VMware/Linux version of the FDR/UPSTREAM client. This will allow you to backup the entire ESX operating system, as well as the .vmdk and .vmx files for each virtual machine while they are online. UPSTREAM is capable of backing up the .vmdk files which reside on VMware's proprietary VMFS file system. This method does not support file level backups and restores of the virtual machines.

  2. Installing UPSTREAM 'inside' each virtual machine. This provides file level backup and restore capabilities for your virtual machines. UPSTREAM runs in all supported VMware virtual machine environments.

A combination of the two backup methods above may be recommended for some environments as this will provide both complete system recovery and single file restore.

FDR/UPSTREAM runs in many supported VMware virtual machine environments and has expanded its support for VMware's Consolidated backup. One feature of VMware's Consolidated backup (VCB) is that it provides a centralized backup facility that leverages a centralized proxy server and reduces the load on the production ESX Server hosts. This feature allows snapshots of virtual machines to be created and mounted on the VCB Proxy server. The backup request is then sent to the Proxy server instead of the ESX server itself.

UPSTREAM and VMware Consolidated Backup using a Proxy Server

FDR/UPSTREAM and UPSTREAM Reservoir fully and completely support VMware's Consolidated backup using a Proxy server. This feature allows snapshots of virtual machines to be created and mounted on the VCB Proxy server. The backup request is then sent to the Proxy server instead of the ESX server itself.

There are two types of VCB backups; Image level and File level. All guest VM's can be backed up as Image level backups.
  • Image level backs up the entire guest VM as a single entity. Restores from image level backups can only put back the entire VM guest, as it was at the time of the backup. No individual files or directories can be restored from this type of backup. This type of backup actually creates several files, depending on the options of the vcbMounter command. By default, the vmdk files are broken into several files approximately two GB in size. In addition to these, the VM guest configuration file (.vmx), nvram, log files and a catalog will also be part of the backup set.

  • File level backups are only supported for guest VM's running a Windows operating system. As the name implies, this type of backup supports file and directory level restores.
Both types of backups are performed from the mounted snap shots that are created on the proxy server. In many cases, it is a best practice to also install UPSTREAM 'inside' the guest VM and do your back ups from there. In particular if you need file level granularity on non-Windows guests, or any of UPSTREAM's online database support.


UPSTREAM provides extensive support for Novell NetWare as well as SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 including OES2 Linux. UPSTREAM supports Netware Cluster Services (NCS) for Netware and OES2 Linux.

UPSTREAM provides extensive support for Novell NetWare and has been certified Novell tested and approved.

UPSTREAM comprehensive support for NetWare includes Storage Management Services SMS and NetWare Directory Services (NDS), for NDS schema and extended schema. Using Novell's architected SMS and transporting the data in System Independent Data Format (SIDF), UPSTREAM offers complete support of NetWare Directory Services.

Support for NetWare Cluster Services (NCS) enable automatic failover for multi node cluster environment and also provides restart ability for failed backups/restores. Support for NSS volumes and open files guarantees that open files are backed up even if in use. Other special NetWare support includes name spaces, compressed data, security attributes, and special NetWare file and directory characteristics.


UNIX: FDR/UPSTREAM is a native UNIX application that supports AIX®, Sun Solaris, Intel Solaris, HP-UX, HP Tru64, x86 Linux on Power, Linux on System z and z/OS UNIX.

FDR/UPSTREAM for UNIX supports symbolic links, case sensitivity, NFS mounts, open files, owner user and group for files and directories, access dates and extended attributes and more are stored automatically. Logical and physical character volumes as well as files and directories can also be backed up and restored. The interface can be either command line full screen, or JAVA based.

Single File System support allows you to restrict your backups to the file system specified in the backup spec using the file spec parameter regardless of where the file system is mounted in the directory structure.

UPSTREAM supports a wide variety of file systems.
Linux: ext2, ext3, ext4, Reiser, XFS, JFS, GFS, VxFS (Veritas file system), MapFS (Levanta), PVFS, GPFS, DevFS, VMFS (VMware), NSS, CIFS (when you specify NFS).

UPSTREAM also has an environment variable which allows the user to specify the magic number for any new POSIX file systems.
  • Solaris: UFS, VxFS (Veri tas file system), SAMFS, ZFS, LOFS (as described above)
  • HPUX: HFS, VxFS (Veri tas file system)
  • Tru64: UFS, MSFS

z/OS UNIX: FDR/UPSTREAM provides extensive support for z/OS UNIX Systems Services that provides file level granularity for the HFS and zFS files. z/OS UNIX and UNIX Systems Services (formally OpenEdition/MVS) on z/OS is similar to the other UNIX client versions of FDR/UPSTREAM, and supports the following UNIX Systems Services features:
  • Backup agent for Lotus Notes Domino
  • External Links
  • Symbolic and Hard Links
  • Auditing flags
  • HFS Extended Attributes
  • ZFS Extended Attributes
  • UNIX owners and permissions
  • Case sensitivity


FDR/UPSTREAM and UPSTREAM RESERVOIR provides extensive support for Linux that includes:
  • x86 (Intel & AMD) Linux
  • Linux on Power (IBM Power systems)
  • Linux on System z

FDR/UPSTREAM supports many Linux distributions including:
  • OES2 (see above in the Novell section)
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise kernel
  • RedHat
  • SuSE

UPSTREAM provides centralized storage management for Linux with automated backup/restore, file transfer and storage management operations. UPSTREAM offers unique data reduction techniques and online database agents for Oracle, DB2, and Lotus Notes Domino to minimize the amount of data transmitted while leveraging the services, security, and dependability of the Linux operating system.

FDR/UPSTREAM's provides extensive support for Linux including advanced UNIX file system specific features include hard links, symbolic links, owners, extended attributes, single file system support, support for Reiser file system as well as ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, JFS, GFS, MAPFS, GPFS, and remote NFS or CIFS attachments.

A powerful and unique addition to the FDR/UPSTREAM storage management tool is the UPSTREAM Rescuer. The UPSTREAM Rescuer is a stand alone system recovery facility for x86 Linux, SuSE and RedHat Linux on System z, AIX and Solaris systems.

UPSTREAM Rescuer allows administrators to completely restore a system from data that is saved in FDR/UPSTREAM without separate system backups. UPSTREAM Rescuer provides this essential system recovery supplement because it is completely integrated into FDR/UPSTREAM. UPSTREAM Rescuer can recover a user's entire system, including their Linux system boot disk, file systems and device drivers as well as all their application programs and data files.

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