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Backup Exec to help with DR

Created: 01 Jun 2012 • Updated: 28 Jun 2012 | 5 comments
John Dawson-Booth's picture
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Hi there,

I have a scenario that I'd like to know if one of the Symantec backup products cn address. One of my customers has a head office where we are backing up (using BE 12.5) a (diminishing) number of physical servers and an increasing (30+) number of Microsoft Hyper-V virtual servers (All server 2008 / 2008 R2). We are currently backing up to disk and tape (About 10-12Tb in total) . We are looking to upgrade the backup platform (server, disk array, tape library, software etc) - we are selecting the software from either Symantec or Microsoft DPM. The functionality DPM would appear to provide us with is that we can "back up the backup server" to a second (DR) site. THis means that in the event of failure we could use the DPM server at the DR site to restore at least the Hyper-V servers to a waiting platform there even if we can't get at the backed up data help at the head office.

The question is, can one of the Symantec backup products provide us with this functionality so we can stay with the product. In summary, the situation is:

  1. Hyper-V servers backed up at Head Office
  2. Backup catalogs and if possible backed up data (while on disk) replicated across the WAN in an efficient manner the DR site
  3. Disaster happens at Head Office (data centre in meltdown)
  4. Use backup server at DR site to restore Hyper-V servers locally from disk

Thank you in advance


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CraigV's picture


Your best best is to look at the CASO option for BE. You'd have your CASO option in the DR site, and then replicate your information (be it jobs or data) to the CASO server. This would shorten your restore times.

Check the various links below which will give you a better understanding of how it all works:

Installing CASO:

Managing CASO environments:

How CASO works:

CASO Thresholds:

Setting thresholds:

Choosing CASO data locations:

Changing the CASO catalog location:

Administering servers in CASO:


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John Dawson-Booth's picture

Hi there,

Thanks for that. If I read it correctly though, the CASO option will letr me manage multiple media servers - which obviously I would have - one at head office and one at the DR site, but the actual backed up data would only be on the head office media server. Is that correct? i.e. If I lost the head office site completely I wouldn't have online backup data to restore from?



CraigV's picture

...if you centralise your MMS data on the CASO, then yes, if the CASO dies, so do your backups! If you replicate, or even localise, then you don't have this issue.

However, localising data on the MMS means no backups can be initiated from the CASO. It's simply a glorified monitoring platform then.

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pkh's picture

With a CASO setup, if you throw in the dedup option on both ends, then you can use optimised duplication to duplicate your data across to the DR site.  With optimised duplication, only the changed data blocks will be shipped across the link, thus minimising the bandwidth required.

teiva-boy's picture

Keep in mind that DPM would require a substantial amount o fdisk over what BackupExec would need.  Probably about 5x if not more.  Factor that in to the cost.

Additionally, it's not as efficient in replicating the data when compared to the Deduplication functions in 2010/2012.

However, Microsoft cannot be beat when it comes to protecting their own stuff.  Their Hyper-V and SharePoint protection is pretty much the best on the market.  BackupExec only covers a portion of what DPM can do, and even then it can be problematic.

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."