Best practices for Backup Exec 2014 Central Admin Server Option

Article:HOWTO74432  |  Created: 2012-03-07  |  Updated: 2014-07-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO74432
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Best practices for Backup Exec 2014 Central Admin Server Option

Best practices include tips and recommendations to help you use the Backup Exec 2014 Central Admin Server Option (CASO) effectively. For more information about CASO, see the Backup Exec 2014 Administrator's Guide.

Best practices for upgrading CASO

The following best practices help you upgrade the Central Admin Server Option effectively:

  • Ensure that no jobs are running and put scheduled jobs on hold before you perform an upgrade.

  • Ensure that the most recent Backup Exec service packs are installed on all Backup Exec servers before you perform an upgrade.

  • Stop all Backup Exec services on the central administration server and all managed Backup Exec servers before you perform an upgrade of the central administration server. Upgrade one managed Backup Exec server at a time and stop the services on each managed Backup Exec server before you upgrade it.

  • Review the guidelines for upgrading CASO on the Symantec Knowledge Base at the following URL:

    http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH39208

Best practices for running test jobs in a CASO environment

The following best practice applies to test jobs:

  • Perform test run jobs only at a local Backup Exec server. You cannot dispatch test jobs from a central administration server to a remote managed Backup Exec server.

Best practices for optimizing network bandwidth in a CASO environment

The following best practices help you to effectively optimize your network bandwidth:

  • Ensure that distributed catalogs are used. CASO uses distributed catalogs by default. Catalog files are stored on the managed Backup Exec server. However, the central administration server includes some catalog metadata to enable centralized restore.

  • Use the Export-BEBackupDefinition command in the Backup Exec Command Line Interface to recreate an existing backup definition on a different server. This command is similar to the Copy Job option that was available in previous versions of Backup Exec.

  • Use the Copy Settings to Other Servers option to set options, such as default job options, schedules, error-handling rules, and alert configurations from one server to another server. This option can be accessed from the Backup Exec button > Configuration and Settings.

  • Use the Create Simplified Disaster Recovery Disk wizard on the central administration server to create recovery media for any managed Backup Exec server or central administration server.

  • Access the Settings options from the central administration server's Storage tab to reduce the frequency of job status updates that are sent from the managed Backup Exec server to the central administration server. To access the Send status updates to the central administration server every option, you must select Custom in the Connection settings field, and then select Yes in the Send active job status updates to the central administration server field.

  • Access the Settings options from the central administration server's Storage tab to increase the amount of time that Backup Exec waits before it changes the Backup Exec server's status if the Backup Exec server becomes unresponsive. To access the Communication stalled option, you must select Custom in the Connection settings field.

  • Enable communications between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server before you delete a managed Backup Exec server from a CASO configuration. By enabling communications, Backup Exec can remove all of the necessary components for the deleted server from the database.

  • Contact Symantec Technical Support for assistance before you reconfigure CASO. Reconfiguration errors can require a recovery of the managed Backup Exec servers, the central administration server, or the entire CASO environment.



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