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Enterprise server option in backup exec 2012

Created: 09 May 2013 • Updated: 09 May 2013 | 14 comments

i have SAN storage with two fabrics and tape library with two drives

also i have HP D2D storage solution

i want to backup (file server and two exchange servers) using SAN SSO option

how many enterprise server option do i need to purchase ?

 

please this is urgent issue as the license will end after few days and i need to renew it

 

thanks in advance

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VJware's picture

1 ESO license per managed environment.

CraigV's picture

...and any servers that you want to access the SAN-based tape library directly will need to have full licenses of BE installed with any additional agent licenses too.

If you're just doing a normal backup of those 3 servers which don't have SAN connectivity, then you don't need the ESO. ESO with SAN SSO wouldn't leverage a LAN-free backup if those servers are not connected to your SAN. You'd be wasting money.

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pkh's picture

You should talk to the Symantec Licencing Dept which is the final authority on licencing matters.  They are the best ones to give you advice on this matter.

Moustafa Mohammed's picture

ok i already have a license for ESO and 2 media server

i already installed ESO license on a CASO server and installed full backup exec on exchange server

what should be done next ? do i have to zone storage for both CASO and managed server ?

and how could i configure SAN sso ?

Moustafa Mohammed's picture

my CASO server storage disks are SAN Storage disks zoned with the CASO server only the question is if I need to use lan free backup (san sso) should I zone the same storage disks to the managed media server too (exchange server 2010 its disks are san from the same storage too)

 

CraigV's picture

If your CASO server and the MMS are on the same network with a local SAN, then in my opinion, unless you're going to dupicate the MMS's data elsewhere, ESO might be a bit of overkill.

If you just want to manage them centrally, then CASO is fine.

Either way you'd zone disk to each of the MMS servers, and configure backups. If you're duplicating those backups to your CASO, then the CASO doesn't need to see the same disk as the MMS servers at all...and I doubt this will be possible. You could simply carve out disk storage, present to the CASO, and configure duplicate jobs to the CASO this way.

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Moustafa Mohammed's picture

simply what i want to do is LAN free backups for file server and Exchange

it is just the first time i use SAN SSO option to do so , so i'm a little confused here

my main concern is not about CASO itself , my main concern is to do LAN free backups using SAN

and i don't know how to do so

is there a wizard in BE 2012 for SAN SSO ? or how should i configure it through BE 2012 ?

CraigV's picture

OK, so again...

1. Are your media servers on the same LAN and connected to the same SAN from which you want to provision storage from?

2. Do you want to do other things like duplicating backups to a central point?

3. Will you duplicate backups/direct backups to a SAN-attached tape library?

 

If your answer is yes to #1 and no to #2 & #3, then you don't need SAN SSO, especially if these are the only 2 servers you will back up....each media server can be seen as its own stand-alone server, and you can present the LUNs and run backups this way.

If these media servers are backimg up ther servers, then those remote servers must be attached to your SAN in order to use SAN SSO and run LAN-free backups!

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Moustafa Mohammed's picture

1- yes, my media servers are in the same LAN and connected to the same SAN from which you want to provision storage from

2- i don't think i may need to duplicate jobs to centeal point

3- yes, i may duplicate backups to SAN-attached tape library

 

my main concern is the backup rate as i know LAN free backup rate exceeds 4000 MB/min

my backup rate now using LAN doesn't exceed 500 MB/min !!

that's why i need to try SAN SSO

CraigV's picture

...in that case, if you're going to be, or intending too, duplicate, o reven backup directly to a SAN-attached tape library, then ESO with SAN SSO makes sense.

I've used it before, and it works very well...cut 1 of my site backups down from 16 hours (multiple jobs!) to 3.5, 4, and 2 hours for the largest...

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Moustafa Mohammed's picture

thanks for your answer Craig

i know that the rates of LAN free backup are very good in comparison of slow LAN speed backups

that is why i intend to use SAN SSO

but i don't know how to use it though

that's why i asked about it as it is the first time for me to use it

so can you please provide me with the detailed steps to be done after activating the license of ESO and installing a full backup exec 2012 on MMS?

 

thanks in advance !

CraigV's picture

...check my answer below, especially the links posted:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/san...

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Moustafa Mohammed's picture

hi Craig,

thanks for your fast response

i already have seen the link you sent above and checked for all articles inside it but all talks about SAN SSO for BE2010 even when i tried to promote the CASO to primary SAN SSO server i didn't see that option in BEUtility !

that's why i'm a little confused as i can't find any article talking about configuration of SAN SSO in BE2012 !

CraigV's picture

...it is all part of ESO. See below:

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

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