About destination options for recovery points

Article:HOWTO13639  |  Created: 2008-01-05  |  Updated: 2013-10-17  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO13639
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About destination options for recovery points

When you define or schedule a backup job, you can save recovery points to a network share. Or, you can save them to a local drive, USB drive, or FireWire drive on the client computer.

Note:
You should avoid storing recovery points on the Backup Exec System Recovery Manager server. As the number or size of recovery points grows, you have less disk space available for regular server use. When you save recovery points to a separate drive or a network location, this problem is eliminated. Also, if you decide to store recovery points on the client computer, store them to a secondary hard disk. Do not store them on the primary hard disk C. This practice helps ensure that you can recover the system in the event that the client's primary hard disk fails.

The following table shows the advantages and disadvantages of different storage locations for recovery points.

Table: Recovery point storage locations

Location

Advantages

Disadvantages

Local hard drive on client computer

About recovery points stored in a local folder on the client computer

  • Fast recovery point creation

  • Can schedule unattended recovery points

  • Inexpensive because drive space can be repeatedly overwritten

  • Computer laptop users can continue to back up even if they are disconnected from the network.

  • Uses valuable drive space

  • Vulnerable to complete loss if the hard drive fails

Network share (recommended)

About recovery points stored on a network destination

  • Fast recovery point creation

  • Can schedule unattended recovery points

  • Can define and save storage locations for reuse.

    About managing recovery point destinations

  • Inexpensive because drive space can be repeatedly overwritten

  • Protection from local hard drive failure

  • Location can be backed up by Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server. Or, it can be backed up to tape media using the Configure Backup Exec Job wizard, available in Backup Exec System Recovery Manager.

  • Recovery points can be indexed for simplified and quick file retrieval

  • You can choose to distribute the backup evenly across a specified amount of time

  • Must have supported NIC drivers to restore from Symantec Recovery Disk

  • Must understand and assign the appropriate rights for the users who create recovery points and perform restorations

  • Computer laptop users cannot continue to back up if they are disconnected from the network.

USB or FireWire drive (local on the client computer)

  • Fast recovery point creation

  • Can schedule unattended recovery points

  • Inexpensive because drive space can be repeatedly overwritten

  • Reserves hard drive space for other uses

  • Additional expense for the drive itself

  • May need to recreate the Symantec Recovery Disk to ensure that the correct storage device drivers are available when you do a restore

  • You must be sure that the external drives are attached before the backup begins.



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