How to Restart the NetBackup client on a Windows server

The procedure is quite simple to recycle the NetBackup client running on a Windows Server. (It does require Administrator permissions)

WARNING: This procedure will cancel all backups and restores currently running on the client
  1. Start an elevated command prompt on the Windows client
    1. Click Start.
    2. In the search box, type cmd
    3. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator. If done properly, the below User Account Control window will appear. Windows elevated command prompt
    4. Click Yes to run the Windows Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Type the following commands:
    1. Change to the NetBackup binaries folder
    2. Shutdown NetBackup services (bpdown -f)
    3. Restart NetBackup services (bbpup -f)

    For example:-

    C:\> cd \Program Files\Veritas\NetBackup\bin
    C:\Program Files\Veritas\NetBackup\bin> .\bpdown.exe -f
    NetBackup 7.1 -- Shutdown Utility
    NetBackup software will be shutdown. This may cause backups to fail.
    Shutting down services
    Shutdown completed successfully.
    C:\Program Files\Veritas\NetBackup\bin> .\bpup.exe
    NetBackup 7.1 -- Startup Utility
    NetBackup services are about to be started.
    Starting services
    Start up completed successfully.


  1. It is possible that NetBackup is installed in a different location in which case a search for bpup or bpdown will be required.
  2. Some command line options you may wish to consider include the -v and -f options:
    • -v for a verbose listing of services being started or stopped
    • -f is to force the command and not be asked 'are you sure ?'.