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Feature Request (Auto Restore and Copy)

Created: 19 Dec 2012 | 4 comments
tbear2520's picture
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Two features that I believe would make Backup Exec 2012 better.

1) The ability to schedule a job that does NOT create a .BKF file.  Offer a 'copy' capability where you would literally copy files and folders to the destinated disk location.

2) Add a stage for auto-mated restore(probably a redirected restore) of the/a backup job.  This would have accomplished the 'copy' process had the feature been available. :(

Either way this feature not being offered really limits our use of Backupexec!

 

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pkh's picture

If you just want to copy files, it would be easier and cheaper to use a software like robocopy.

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tbear2520's picture

Well robocopy in all its glory like xcopy does not do well with files that are really big.  I have files that are several hundred Gigs in size.  Using a backup software like Backup Exec that we already own would work much better.

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CraigV's picture

a] don't agree with this at all...there are reasons for writing out to that particular file type!

b] how so you decide what to restore? what if the restore job is created incorrectly and production data is overwritten?

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tbear2520's picture

Hey CraigV, See below to your input.

a) We use a copy of our live environment in a test environment.  We need a copy of the content restored to another server for testing.  We also require it to be done nightly so ensure our test environment mirrors the live environment.  A couple of the files are over 200Gigs in size so robocopy or xcopy are not ideal or reliabile.

b) If the data backup from that night is faulty then there is no problem as we have the night before on Tape. And if the test environment becomes messed up because of this, its not a big deal as we can manually restore the night before. Besides it's our configuration and were willing to risk it.  I wouldn't advise everyone to do this type of configuration.  I mean they must understand what there doing.  But then again it would also be a redirected restore.

 

Hope this helps understand the reasons for my need. I realize the reasoning behind the current setup. TBH, the copy portion I think would be harder to implement than the automated redirected restore stage.  After all, the stage process and the restore proccess, have already been programmed.  They just need to add a stage that allows for the logic behind the automated redirected restore to be configured.

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