Best practices for Backup Exec 2014 Agent for Linux

Article:HOWTO74430  |  Created: 2012-03-07  |  Updated: 2014-07-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO74430
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Best practices for Backup Exec 2014 Agent for Linux

Best practices include tips and recommendations to help you use Backup Exec Agent for Linux (Linux Agent) effectively. For more information about the Linux Agent, see the Backup Exec 2014 Administrator's Guide.

The following best practices help you use the Linux Agent effectively:

  • Use the Linux Agent to back up user data and configuration files. However, because of the lack of open file handling support, Symantec does not recommend the Linux Agent as a complete system for disaster recovery.

  • Select the "Using modified time" option for the backup method that you choose.

  • Disable file locking for backup jobs.

  • Exclude pipes and socks from backup jobs.

  • Add the same directories manually to the Backup Exec Exclude list if you have added directories to the autofs automounter utility. When you add these directories to the Exclude list, you can inadvertently avoid backing up data from sources such as CD-ROM drives.

  • Assign administrator permissions to the user or add the user in the beoper group, who backs up the computer.

  • For files and directories on a host that you do not want to back up, enter file and directory exclusion information in the ralus.cfg file. After you add the information, the file and the directories are ignored during backup.

  • Run a small restore job periodically to test the validity of your storage media.



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