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BackupExec 2010 - Is it right for me?

Created: 19 Apr 2010 | 6 comments

Hello,

   Been doing some research and was wondering if BE 2010 would be the right solution for the following configuration.

We have 8 Production Windows 2003 R2 servers (SQL 2008, File/Print, etc...) hosted. Our Head office is connected to the server farm over a 20Mbps VBR PVLAN extension. Instead of paying ridiculous amounts of $$ for the hosting company to backup our data I was thinking of implementing the following backup solution:

- Install BE 2010 on a Windows 2003 R2 - Standard (64-bit) server housed at the hosting facility.
- Setup nightly backup jobs schedule (complete 1 full per month + daily incrementals).
- BE 2010 server will run de-duplication and then the data will be transferred across our LAN extension to a Netgear ReadyNAS 2100 appliance thought is setup at our HO location (D2D solution). This way data is stored offsite and is readily available if it needs to be restored.

Just wanted to know if this potential setup looks good or could there be any bottlenecks that more experienced users could see?

ZT

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CraigV's picture

Hi Zoe,

For what you want, it would work. Deduplication would cut down a heck of a lot on redundant data being backed up, and with daily incrementals, you would cut down on the amount of traffic across your WAN even more. Until the full backup.
Bottlenecks can come anywhere, but the fact that you have a fast-enough link can minimize this a bit. Your bottlenecks will probably come from your WAN traffic, so run the backups at a time when there is minimal traffic on those links.

Laters!

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teiva-boy's picture

Last I tried, Dedupe will NOT work to a CIFS share, only a fixed disk.

Hopefully your ReadyNAS, has some iSCSI capabilities built-in?  (I think it does though, just that I'm no netgear guru)

Also, since it'll be formatted via NTFS, make sure use whatever applicable NTFS tweaks you can..  Disk I/O is very important to Deduplication performance.  For Win2k3, it's VERY IMPORTANT to do a disk alignment with diskpart to create the partitions, and to NOT use the disk manager GUI.

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

zoetaite's picture

If de-dup wouldn't work with a CIFS share then I would just have to install the iSCSI initiator on another Windows 2003 box and connect to the disk that way and create the necessary shares? When the storage is carved up I know I would have to align the disks using "diskpart".

ZT

teiva-boy's picture

Correct, install MS iSCSI initiator, and connect to respective LUN, partition in diskpart, and format however you wish.
Make sure the LUN is set to reconnect, and reboot a few times to make sure the iSCSI service starts BEFORE the BE services do.  
If it does not, then just tweak the service dependency of BE to start only after the iSCSI service started.  

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

zoetaite's picture

OK, I purchasd BackupEXEC 2010 with a NetGear ReadyNAS. Been playing around, but having issues with the iSCSI initiator. I have craved up the disk and my media server sees it as a fixed disk. When I start backups the following is flagged in the event logs:

The initiator could not send an iSCSI PDU. Error status is given in the dump data.

Takes forever for a backup to complete to a backup folder - probably because for whatever reason the iSCSI disk is runnng into issues. My media (BackupExec) server resides at our hosted environment and the NAS is setup at our Headoffice. Both are connected via a 20Mbps VBR LAN extension (layer 2).

I have another server with about a TB of free disk. Wondering if anyone has any experience doing a B2D2D scenario? Thinking of backing up the data to this local server than having some job transfer those files to my ReadyNAS.

I tried the dedup function, but I have been reading people have been running into issues with that as well.

Any help would be appreciated.

ZT

CraigV's picture

Hi Zoe,

Check this out...

http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=26580&start=0

My other suggestion would be to log a call with Netgear and see what they say...doesn't appear to be a Backup Exec issue.

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