Seeding Backup Exec server from remote Linux clients
I'm looking into a solution whereby I can seed a central backup exec server from about 10 remote sites. Each site have just a single Linux server with about 500GB of data - links 10Mbs.
I can't dedupe at source so 'collecting data via USB' isn't really an option - (and, reading other posts, I don't think this would work anyway) - so I was thinking about creating a vm of the central Backup Exec using VMware workstation an a 1TB USB drive and dispatching this to sites in turn (or perhaps get several USB drives and do multiple sites at once).
Whilst this is going on I would build the 'actual' Backup Exec server on the central site and once I'd seeded\imported the backup from the USB continue with incrementals over the WAN.
I'd be interested on peoples thoughts on this apporach, experiences if already tried, and\or comments on how to improve and even comments suggesting this is a stupid idea........ :o)