Requirements for offhost backup when using the Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows Provider

Article:HOWTO23516  |  Created: 2010-01-01  |  Updated: 2011-07-30  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO23516
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Requirements for offhost backup when using the Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows Provider

If you are using the Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows (VSFW) FlashSnap option provider, read the following before running an offhost backup:

  • VSFW version 4.2 or later must be installed on the media server and on the computer that contains the volumes that you want to back up.

  • The VSFW FlashSnap option must be installed on the computer that contains the volumes that you want to back up.

  • Use the VSFW FlashSnap Snap Start command to mirror the volumes on the remote computer. The offhost backup option does not create mirrored volumes or resynchronize volumes that are already created and split.

    See Using Snap Start on a Veritas Storage Foundation volume.

  • Confirm that the mirrored volumes that you create with the VSFW FlashSnap option reside on disks that are shared between the remote computer (the computer containing the volumes to be backed up) and the media server.

  • All volumes selected for offhost backup using the VSFW FlashSnap provider must belong to the same disk group. A maximum of seven volumes can be snapped at one time.

  • Do not select dynamic volumes and basic volumes for the same offhost backup job because the VSFW FlashSnap option cannot perform snapshots of basic volumes. Symantec recommends that you use other backup methods for backing up basic volumes if the VSFW FlashSnap provider is selected.

  • If the computer on which you want to perform an offhost backup is in an environment with the Central Admin Server Option and the Veritas Cluster Server installed, and if failover occurs to a Veritas Cluster Server node, you may need to manually clean up the snapshots before restarting the offhost backup on the failover node. Refer to the VSFW documentation for details.

See Troubleshooting the offhost backup

See Browsing remote computers for installed snapshot providers


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