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Manage two servers/catalogs centrally

Created: 30 Jul 2013 | 5 comments

I have two BE 2012 servers, each with an associated tape library. Is it possible to manage both from one server? My main interest is in having one tape catalog that tracks all of our tapes.

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lmosla's picture

Do you have a CASO/SSO/ESO option?  I believe CASO will let you do this and you would likely need SSO.  I will research this to make sure.

Tom Schuetz's picture

Not sure--but that gives me some concrete items to look through our licenses/entitlements for. Thank you!

Kunal.Mudliyar's picture

Go for Enterprise server option

After implementing this you have one Central Admin Server (CAS) : BE server1

and 2nd server will be a Managed Backup Exec Server (MBES) : BEserver 2

You can choose the jobs to replicate the catalogs between both these servers 

This way jobs which ran on CAS and MBES can be restored from either or

You can also deligate jobs to the tape library which is shared between CASO and MBES 

Check this out

 http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH196579

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Symantec

MusSeth's picture

"My main interest is in having one tape catalog that tracks all of our tapes."

With caso you can manage all the backup exec servers as well it would be a good option for you because with caso you can set up catalogs in distributed, centralized or replicated

Distributed

Image files, which are small files that contain information about the backup set, are distributed to the central administration server from every managed Backup Exec server. History files, which contain detailed information about the backup set, remain on the managed Backup Exec server.

Note:

It is important that you back up the catalog files on the managed Backup Exec server since most catalog information is kept here when the distributed catalog location is used.

When the catalog is distributed, the view of the restore selections on the central administration server displays only the backup set at the volume level. Backup set details are not displayed if the managed Backup Exec server that created this backup set is not available, but the whole volume can be restored from the central administration server.

A distributed catalog provides increased performance, default centralized restore capability, and decreased network traffic. If a managed Backup Exec server does not have a persistent connection to the central administration server, then whenever the managed Backup Exec server does connect, the image files in the catalog are automatically distributed to the central administration server. The temporary increase in network traffic caused by the catalog distribution is not significant.

Centralized

All catalog files and information for the managed Backup Exec server are kept on the central administration server.

Replicated

All catalog files are replicated from the managed Backup Exec server to the central administration server. Both the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server store the catalogs that are produced by the managed Backup Exec server.

Deletions of catalog files are replicated between the managed Backup Exec server and the central administration server only when the catalog files are deleted by Backup Exec according to the catalog settings. If catalog files on the managed Backup Exec server are deleted as a result of a backup job or a manual deletion, the deletions are replicated the next time that the catalogs are synchronized.

pkh's picture

If you are going to quote verbatim from this document

http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH159845

it would be better if you link to it.  Otherwise, people might think that you are plagarising.