The effects of old NIC drivers on Data Protector

During the Data Protector migration we noticed that the performance on the new Data Protector Cell Manager was a lot lower than the performance on the old solution. Speeds of around 100Mbit was the best we ever could get from it, although the machine is running on a gigabit network.

To make the case even more strange, performance on other network tasks was quite normal where the gigabit  connection was maxed ASAP.

After some digging, the problem turned out to be that the server was running the old default drivers for the NIC (Broadcom BCM5708S netXtreme II GigE). Windows update has in the latest Windows versions become better on delivering driver updates but that was not the case this time.

After installing the newest drivers from Broadcom`s website the performance jumped straight to gigabit even on Data Protector.

Dataprotector: System error: HOST_NOT_FOUND

I have been working a bit with migrating a Data Protector cell manager, when moving a client i recieved the following error:

[Critical] From: BDA-NET@ " [/boot]"  Time: 02.09.2011 09:08:03
Cannot connect to Media Agent on system , port 49708 (IPC Invalid Hostname or IP Address
System error: HOST_NOT_FOUND) =>
aborting.

The cause for this was that the client could not look up the cell manager. I solved this by simply adding the cell manager in the hosts file of the client. You can verify this problem by simply doing a ping or nslookup against the cell manager, from the client itself.

GWT: “For security purposes, this type will not be serialized.”

The full error message you can get is: “Foo was not included in the set of types which can be serialized by this SerializationPolicy or its Class object could not be loaded. For security purposes, this type will not be serialized.”

This is normally caused by using a non-serializable class, which can happen if your class does not implement serializable or if you have forgotten to add a empty constructor.