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Thursday, 29 October 2015

MS-SQL server not backing up

When Data Protector tries to backup a SQL server, the SQL agent contacts the cell manager to get the details of the integration (e.g. what username to use, whether to use SQL authentication or Windows authentication).

Today I was diagnosing an error message that I never would have expected to see on a MS-SQL server:

Cannot obtain Cell Manager host. Check the /etc/opt/omni/client/cell_server file and permissions of /etc/resolv.conf file.

I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to check /etc/resolv.conf on a Windows system. Maybe C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\resolv.conf?

Needless to say, in the agent's extreme confusion, it then followed this with:

Cannot initialize OB2BAR Services ([12:1602] Cannot access the Cell Manager system. (inet is not responding)
The Cell Manager host is not reachable or is not up and running
Not exactly that inet is not responding -- it didn't even know what cell manager to connect to.
We probably would have searched for hours trying to find the cause of it, but I proposed upgrading the client to match the cell server version (good practice anyway). The upgrade wouldn't proceed after we hit the following error message:
"Already part of another cell: ." Note the extra space!
Staring very carefully at the following registry key, I confirmed that indeed, there was a space at the end of the name where it had been manually edited. I removed the space.

Normally the "already part of another cell" error message means exactly what it says (because it won't match up with your cell manager's name); that there's a short name instead of a FQDN; or some sort of problem like that.

Greg Baker is an independent consultant who happens to do a lot of work on HP DataProtector. He is the author of the only published books on HP Data Protector ( He works with HP and HP partner companies to solve the hardest big-data problems (especially around backup). See more at IFOST's DataProtector pages at