Registry files that can be used to improve slow\unreliable network performance when creating a recovery point with Symantec System Recovery (SSR) 2011, and SSR 2013 (all versions)

Article:TECH171456  |  Created: 2011-10-10  |  Updated: 2014-08-06  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH171456
Article Type
Technical Solution


Issue



Improve performance when creating backups.  These registry (*.reg) files can be used to improve slow performance when creating a recovery point with Symantec System Recovery (SSR) 2011, and SSR 2013 (all versions)

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Environment



NOTE: This document includes a downloadable zip that contains files designed for SSR 2011, SSR 2013, and SSR 2013 (all versions).

 
For information on performance in BESR 8.0, please see:
 
For information on performance in BESR 8.5 or BESR 2010, please see:
 
 

Cause



SSR 2011 / 2013 / 2013 SP1 has been configured to provide good performance for all users. Typically when a backup is saved locally, such as to an external (USB/Firewire) hard drive or to an internal hard drive, different from the drive containing the source volume, performance is very good. Performance issues are more common when the recovery point is being saved to a network destination, such as a NAS box or Windows share. Some network destinations exhibit very poor performance with very large files (more than 30 GB in size). An easy way to resolve this problem is to store the recovery point as a bunch of small files rather than a single big file. This is called spanning. Backup jobs can be configured to span by bringing up the Advanced Options dialog from the Options dialog of the Define Backup Wizard. The first check box on this dialog, "Divide into smaller files to simplify archiving" can be used to specify a span size. After checking the box, select 5078 from the "File size (MB)" drop down list. For very large recovery points, those resulting in files over 100 GB, performance is often two and sometimes as much as six times faster with this setting. 

 
The default performance settings set during the installation of SSR are recommended. In situations where the user's backup window must be highly optimized and to facilitate performance tuning in limited situations, the SSR2011.zip / SSR2013.zip / SSR2013_SP1.zip files attached to this technote contains a set of registry (.reg) files that modify the default performance settings. In some cases the alternate settings may improve performance. Alternate performance settings generally have the most impact when the recovery point (V2i file) is being saved to a network share. When the recovery point is being saved to a second internal hard drive or to an external USB or Firewire hard drive, the default settings will generally provide the best results.
 
SSR backup performance across a network is affected by both the configuration of the machine running the backup and the network share where the backup is being created. The optimal settings for machine A backing up to network share N may not be the optimal settings when A backs up to network share M . If machine B is configured identically to machine A (same motherboard, NIC, OS version and patches), the settings that are optimal for A will generally also be optimal for B. However, if B is different than A, the optimal settings for A to network share N may be actually behave poorly for machine B to this same destination.

SSR performance is also affected by the compression level that is selected. The optimal performance settings may be different for different compression levels. On most systems with optimal performance settings, medium compression will provide the fastest performance, but it is generally very close in time to Standard compression.

The easiest way to test performance is to create a SSR / BESR job that creates standalone, independent full recovery points. Run this job once to find out how long a backup takes with the default settings. After the backup completes, delete the backup file so that the next backup can be saved to the same location. Next, double click on one of the performance .reg files to load that file's settings. Run the backup job again to see if there are any differences. Jobs can show slight variations so performance differences of less than 10% or less than 1 minute likely aren't meaningful. Typically, the best settings will be 2-3 times as fast as other settings. On many systems, multiple registry (.reg) files will provide essentially the same performance.

Solution



The zip available in this technote contains a total of eight registry (.reg) files.  Four files are designed for 32 bit systems and the other four files are designed for 64 bit systems.  In order to implement one of the registry (.reg) files, first extract out the .zip file.  Then, browse in the extracted files to find the appropriate operating system type (x86 or x64).  Double-click on one of the registry (.reg) files and confirm the prompt to allow the merging of this information to the registry.   
 
NOTE: Only use the x86 registry files on 32 bit operating systems, and x64 registry files on 64 bit operating systems.
 
  1. AltPerformance1-x86.reg or AltPerformance1-x64.reg : These settings frequently improve the performance of servers saving recovery points to a network share, making the backup 2-3 times faster. However, for some machines, most commonly laptops, they result in a slowdown that is 10-20 times slower than the default settings. Many machines will see no significant difference in performance with these settings.
     
  2. AltPerformance2-x86.reg or AltPerformance2-x64.reg : These are the default settings on single-processor, single-core computers. They are also the default setting used when the recovery point is not being compressed or encrypted. On a multi-processor and/or multi-core system, these settings restrict the compression and encryption to run on a single CPU. This will almost always result in slower performance when high compression is used. In some cases it may improve performance for Standard and Medium compression.
     
  3. AltPerformance3-x86.reg or AltPerformance3-x64.reg : This is a combination of the settings in AltPerformance1 and AltPerformance2. For single-processor, single-core systems or when the recovery point is not compressed or encrypted, these settings will be identical to AltPerformance1.
     
  4. DefaultPerformance-x86.reg or DefaultPerformance-x64.reg: This file will restore SSR 2011 / 2013 / 2013 SP1 to its default performance settings.

Attachments

Performance registry files for SSR 2011.
SSR2011.zip (3 kBytes)
Performance registry files for SSR 2013.
SSR2013.zip (1 kBytes)


Performance registry files for SSR 2013 SP1
SSR2013_SP1.zip (1 kBytes)


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Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH171456


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