Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) Tips for Performance common issues

Article:TECH135344  |  Created: 2010-01-07  |  Updated: 2014-05-16  |  Article URL
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Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) Tips for Performance common issues


Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) performance issues are most commonly fixed with basic tips that should be verified as a first  instance:
1° Is this a local backup? Is it backing files and/or folders on shared folder (mapped drive)?
Most backups will have a better performance and response being locally configured when compared to a backup running over a shared folder.  If compared to a version of Backup Exec for Windows Server  (BEWS) or with Backup Exec 2010, where remote agents are specifically designed to work remotely,  a performance difference can be noticed.
Tip: If the backup is being performed remotely, installing BESR locally to run the backup is recommended. If a performance difference is noticed, we can consider  the shared files as least recommended due to possible reasons such as: connectivity, NIC failures, or  just because of high network traffic.
Tip: Verify NIC configuration where Half or Full Duplex may be set. Use all NIC's as Full duplex or all NIC's as Half duplex. Do not mix.
2° What device is being used as Backup Destination?
BEWS allows devices such as tape libraries, stand-alone tape drives, SCSI or Fiber Channel connected, and USB external drives. All of these have a high byte transfer rate. On the other hand BESR only supports disk devices as Backup Destination.
Tip: To have a high byte transfer rate, not only the drive should be in optimal conditions, but connectivity to it should also be checked.
Tip: Avoid using RAID volumes.
Tip: Keep the Backup Destination drive constantly defragmented as maintenance.
3° Is the connectivity optimal?
This may seem obvious, but  obvious is usually ignored when it should not.
Tip: E.g. If the backup is going to a USB connected drive, verify the cable´s health, make sure the USB port is 2.0 and not 1.1, and connect the drive directly to a main USB port and not through a USB hub.
4° What is the drive format? (In case of USB connected)
Tip: If the backup is going to a USB connected drive, go to the Device Manager > Storage > Disk Management, and verify the disk is NTFS formatted. A high percentage of factory external drives come  with a FAT32 format.  If that is the case, format the disk and make it NTFS to obtain better performance results.
5° Tip: Verify the Windows has latest Microsoft recommended patches.
6° Tip: Run from a command Window SFC to check the integrity of the Windows installation.
7° Tip: Run from a command Window VSSADMIN LIST WRITERS (to check Writers State: Stable & No Errors.)
8° Tip: Run Chkdsk & Defrag to verify HDD integrity and to defrag it.
9° Tip: Verify which applications are running and the amount of connected users during the scheduled backup in order to analyze CPU load and NIC load.

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