Backup Exec for Windows Servers 11.x and above Manual Disaster Recovery backup and restore procedure for the local media server or workstation.

Article:TECH56671  |  Created: 2010-01-11  |  Updated: 2014-05-14  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH56671
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Backup Exec for Windows Servers 11.x and above Manual Disaster Recovery backup and restore procedure for the local media server or workstation.


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NOTE: Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) or Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) can be used to reduce the amount of time and actions required to recover the local media server. If either option is not available and/or has not been used to perform a backup of the local media server, the procedure below is recommended to manually backup and recover the machine to retain all settings, catalogs, etc...  It is also a good practice to have a backup of the data and catalogs folders prior to performing an upgrade or applying a service pack for Backup Exec, just in case the update does not complete successfully for any reason.

Preparation:

By design the Backup Exec Database is backed up by default at 4:00 AM every morning. This process creates a file named BEDB.bak that can be used to recover the Backup Exec Database using BEUtility.

To verify or edit when the Backup Exec Database is backed up, perform the following steps:

1. Open Backup Exec. Document the Exact Version, Revision, HF and SP level of Backup Exec by going to Help>About, as shown below: 

 


NOTE: This is important as to prevent Database Schema Mismatches. Should a restore of the Backup Exec Database need to be performed, it needs to be at the same  level as when the backup of the database was taken.

2. Go to Tools>Options>Database Maintenance

The default setting is 4:00 AM (As shown below)



To verify, check in Windows Explorer to confirm if the BEDB.bak file has been created and carries a modified date for the same.
The file is located in:

Version 11.x and above
X:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Data (As shown below)



3. Create a dedicated Backup-to-Disk (B2D) Folder on a remote machine or local removable disk resource. Name this folder something descriptive like "Media Server DR".
How to create a Backup-to-Disk(B2D) device: www.symantec.com/docs/TECH14907

4. Create a dedicated Media Set and name it something descriptive like "Media Server DR". Set the Overwrite Protection Period to 3 days and the Append Period to 0 days.

5. Document the partition information which shows in the Windows Disk Management.



Backup:

1. Run a full backup of the local media server.  All local resources such as C:\, System State, Shadow Copy Components, etc. should be included.  

2. Create an overwrite backup job of just the Backup Exec Data and Catalogs Folders. Target this job to use the Media Server DR B2D Folder and Media Set. Schedule the job to run after the full backup of the media server and the Database Maintenance have completed. This job will provide a backup of the Backup Exec database backup.

Data Locations (Default):

Version 11.x and above
X:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Data

Catalog Locations (Default):

Version 11.x and above
X:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs


Restore:

1. Install Windows to the same service pack level as original and configure the disk partitions within Windows Disk Management.

2. Install Backup Exec selecting to use an alternate directory to where it was originally installed.

3. Create a Backup to Disk (B2D) Folder in Backup Exec on the Devices Tab and browse to/select the Media Server DR B2D Folder on the remote machine or local removable disk.  Inventory and catalog the BKF Files.

4. Browse and select the latest full backup restore Selections (C:\, System State, Shadow Copy Components, etc...) for the local media server. Run the restore and reboot once it completes.

5. Go to the following directory and execute the file BEUTILITY.EXE

(11.x and above)
X:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec

6. Click on All Media Servers

7. In the right-hand pane right click on the server name. (If the server is not listed, right click All Media Servers and add it)

8. Scroll down the list. Select "Recover Database" and "Drop existing database and reload from backup". Click OK. Close BEUtility once the recovery completes.

9. Double-Click the Backup Exec icon to launch the Backup Exec interface. If the "Connect to Media Server" dialog pop-up appears, click Services. Click on 'Start All Services'.





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