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Melite | 01 Dec 2009 | 0 comments

Hi everyone,

Being new to the role of admin as well as Backup Exec 12.5 and finding both "interesting" (reads as challenging) I have decided to start this blog.

In it I'm going to track my path from Newbie status, through Lowbie status to hopefully becoming Elite.

So far learning about Backup Exec has been rather frustrating, there is very little information out there for an admin at my level. This is not a whinge-fest just an observation and I think Symantec would do well to encourage the next generation of admins.

That said, here are some details to fill you in. I have 2 identical servers, brand-spanking-new HP ML150 G6's each with 8 GIG's of RAM and 500GB drives. 1 is located at a live site, the other at a remote site. My mission is to backup the required info at the live site and restore it to the server at the remote site.

This just cant be that hard, I can do it with a USB key, so why not with...

DominikG | 25 Nov 2009 | 0 comments
The available knowledge base article to move a Backup Exec server to another machine does not help you, if the new machine runs on a different OS, e.g. 64-bit operating system.
I noticed that many users do not know of a useful option in Backup Exec, named “copy server configurations”. With this free option and my following guide, you will be able to copy your existing Backup Exec server onto a new machine with different operating system.
If both servers are present, you could use the following steps to copy your data:

please note:

Go to "Tools" -> "Install options and license keys on this media server" and check if the free option to copy server configuration, named "copy server configurations", is installed on the media server. If not, please install it.

copy the data:

DominikG | 19 Nov 2009 | 2 comments

Many users of Backup Exec are annoyed by the recommendation to apply all hotfixes made to the server also to the remote agent. I think this is quite understandable, because in daily business it is in most cases simply not easy to do it because of other, higher priority topics.

With this short piece of text I would like to change your point of view.
Please consider the following facts:

1. Many problems of backups with BE result out of a mismatch of server and RAWS.
2. Hotfixes are hotfixes, because they fix important issues.
3. If you have to call tech support, they will definitely check the version of server and RAWS and in case they do not match advise you to update.
4. This is really important: If you are waiting too long, the number of updates that have to be applied increase that much that a push update will no longer be possible.

The last point is really important. My investigations showed that somewhere between 8 (result of tech...

GFK | 02 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

Did anyone notice the rather impressive Backup Exec test report on SP2 that came out in May (the Service Pack came out in May and the Report in June) … to be precise. BE 12.5 SP2 went GA on 18th May via FileConnect. The whole point of SP2 was to improve speed and performance of Backup Exec. It also had a few new fixes and enhancements, but was mainly to provide enhanced performance for 12.5 and earlier versions.
Backup Performance Is Important

All backup jobs have some performance impact on the system that is being backed up. We have been living with such phrases as “The Shrinking Backup Window” for this very reason – and for years. Inevitably, for the period of time that a system is being backed up, the hard drive is busy reading files in order to carry out the backup. You usually have to run this type of process when it is less likely to impact the...

Esther Aladieff | 16 Oct 2009 | 0 comments
Why are organizations investing in Backup and Recovery Solutions? A new Business Value Analysis Market Research Report by The Alchemy Solutions Group answers that question and more.
The Alchemy Solutions Group surveyed a cross-section of Symantec customers, spanning a majority of regions and industries to compile the report. In addition, the study cites recently compiled Total Operational and Economic Impact research studies.
According to the report, the top-5 business drivers over the next two years for purchasing and implementing a backup and recovery solution are as follows
·         Manage backup volume growth
·         Eliminate data redundancy
·         Improve backup success rates and disaster recovery
·         Drive labor...
Gina Sheibley | 28 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

While no one wants a disaster to occur, the reality is that they happen. What if your business was hit with a disaster – a virus, hacker attack, power outage or even a fire? Are you prepared with a recovery plan to revive critical customer, financial and business information? Symantec’s 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that while most small to medium sized businesses perceive they are ready for disaster, their actual level of preparedness is not up to par.

Rather than hoping for the best and being unprepared, we recommend small and mid-sized businesses take these simple steps to protect their information and systems:
• Decide what critical information should be secured and protected
• Look to a solution provider to help create disaster plans, educate employees and monitor threats
• Automate backup
• Test annually

Protecting your SMB from disaster and communicating your plan to customers helps you...

Twixxica_09 | 25 Sep 2009 | 1 comment

Hope  this helps...

Compatibilty list for BUE product

For more information just go to this website:

Kind Regards,

Twixxica_ica :)

Twixxica_09 | 25 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

Version Upgrades FAQ

If you have question regarding upgrades just visit this website:

Kind Regards,
Twixxica_ica :)

Swathi Turlapaty | 14 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

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Contest is open Sept. 14 - Sept. 18, 2009.  Be Creative and Have Fun! 

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