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Can I back up a remote server to its own storage?

Created: 30 Aug 2012 | 5 comments

I'm setting up Backup Exec 2012, and I need to back up a remote Windows server.

This remote Windows server has two RAID arrays, one which the data is housed on, and the other which is available as backup storage.

I need to set up a two-tiered system of backup for this server where:

  • One job runs, backing up this remote server to its own local storage
  • A second job runs, backing up this remote server to an off-site deduplication storage

Is it possilbe to configure Backup Exec 2012 to recognize this remote server's local storage, and run the job so that no traffic actually passes to the Backup Exec server, but stays local on the target server?

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Sush...'s picture

Hello Jmiles,

   Yes. You can create a Backup to Disk folder on that RAID drive and then create a backup job , select the remote server that needs to be backed up and target it to the Backup to Disk.

But this will NOT avoid the traffic on the network as the data would actually flow from remote server to Backup Exec server and then from there to the Backup to Disk (which is again the same server in your case)

What you can do instead is create a Deduplication folder on the Media server and then in the backup job use the option of Client side Dedupe. This will process (dedupe) all the data on the remote machine (client side) and then transfer only small amout of data on the network (deduped data). This will minimize the traffic very effectively.

Thanks,

-Sush...

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jmiles's picture

Thanks Sush; unfortunately client-side-dedupe isn't going to work for us, as this server will be in a site across the WAN, so the first stage of our backup needs to keep all of the traffic on the server itself, instead of coming across the WAN and back.

For the second stage we'll be using client-side dedupe, but unless anyone knows of a way to handle the first stage, we'll have to look at a second product.

Sush...'s picture

Then why not install Backup Exec on that remote server itself. This will eliminate any traffic completely.

Thanks,

-Sush...

Hope this piece of Information Helps you... and if it does then mark this response as Solution....!!!

jmiles's picture

Because then I'd have to purchase another license of Backup Exec, along with the applicable agents. I'm hoping to avoid that scenario.

Colin Weaver's picture

You might want to take a look at the Private cloud scenarios dicussed in

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH172464

Note: the documents are written from the point of view of the centralized backup location being held at an MSP site over a VPN. If looking at WAN options within your own network, then just read VPN as a WAN link and the MSP location as your remote location.