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GFK | 29 May 2009 | 0 comments

Nowadays, probably not so much. There was a time where a day or two of outage didn’t make a huge difference to businesses - unfortunately that was over 20 years ago. We now live in a “NOW” world where every second counts. Somehow, no matter what your size, you have to consider how to ensure that business-critical data is always protected and always available. How do you improve your Recovery Point Objective? Enter stage left: Symantec Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server.

Continuous Protection Server (CPS) combines Backup Exec data protection with replication technology and disk-based data protection to provide continuous fast and reliable data backup and retrieval. It does what is says on the tin: offering continuous data protection; giving you the ability to restore data at a granular level from points in time throughout the day. At the same time you can perform simultaneous backups of multiple servers; fully integrated with Symantec Backup Exec for...

GFK | 28 May 2009 | 0 comments

“Makes you think!”

I’ve heard some pretty horrendous numbers relating to data growth including: data is growing at upwards of 100% year on year - at the current rate we will create upwards of 600 Exabytes this year. That equates to a pile of books from outside your window to the sun and back -6 times. Alternatively, if that blows your mind, if a byte is a grain of sand the number of bytes we will create, re-create, mirror, copy, replicate or duplicate in some form this year will exceed the number of grains of sand on all the beaches in the world.

“Makes you think Part II - The Wrath of Data”

Even more worrying most of us are unaware where all this stuff is. Unstructured and semi-structured data is all over the place: on iPods, external hard drives, laptops, USB keys - you name it, we store it! Let’s call structured data anything that sits within an application or database and anything unstructured anything else - Semi-...

rookie11 | 26 May 2009 | 1 comment

Hi all

Hav recently prepared some technical paper though it was a simple one but full of screen grabs ......its NBU client installation procedure.
just wanna know from expert community members and symantec admin from their past experiences whether it will be accepted or not.

GFK | 22 May 2009 | 0 comments

Symantec recently carried out a survey on DR habits and discovered that, on the whole, DR is possibly not as successful as it should be. Seems a bit weird when the same organisations surveyed said that DR has an impact on customers, sales, and revenue. Nearly one-third of organisations reported that DR will impact their customers, while over one-fifth admitted this could also impact their sales and revenue. Hmm, I smell a rat!
OK, it’s pretty simple for me to talk about, but implementing a DR strategy can be difficult. You don’t want to impact the end user or production systems, you also don’t want to make a mess of your infrastructure in the process of putting in the very system that is supposed to save your bacon. As a result approximately half of the organisations surveyed test their DR plans either only once a year or less.
Bottom line: Organisations are not testing frequently enough to improve their plans and are not using adequate tools to reduce...

GFK | 15 May 2009 | 0 comments

Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager (BEIM) utilises the Altiris Notification Server (please see the press release about Altiris 7.0 - and Microsoft SQL database to store data obtained about a Backup Exec configuration. The system discovers and inventories an environment using the Altiris Notification Server (NS) Agent. It can then deploy update or upgrade to your existing Backup Exec Servers and Agents or deploy new customised installations of Backup Exec.
So, say you have a situation where you need to upgrade 15 Backup Exec Servers and 55 Backup Exec Agents, Five Backup Exec 9.1 servers and ten Backup Exec 11d servers protecting 55 remote servers all in need of an upgrade to 12.5. BEIM has automated discovery and inventory technology that enables you to auto-...

Ioan | 11 May 2009 | 3 comments


I have recently purchased a server on which I installed windows 2008, exchange 2007 and backup exec 12.5d.

I have no problem backing up the stores with the GRT feature; however I cannot restore any individual emails which I previously backed up. The error message I get is
e000848c - Unable to attach to a resource. Make sure that all selected resources exist and are online, and then try again
I followed up the recommendations from the document 306281, no result.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you!

GFK | 09 May 2009 | 0 comments

Someone told me the other day that they thought that nowadays Backup Exec was pretty complicated and it struck me that it wasn’t so much that Backup Exec had become more complicated, so much as the infrastructure that had. I was routing through my desk draws not so long ago and came across a copy of NetBackup 3.2 a single CD which included Media Management, Clients and all Robotic Support - a single CD! It now takes a few more than that to ship a backup product. Backup has become largely distributed throughout most organisations in order to deal with the demands of modern business. But this does mean that we need new ways to automate the deployment, updates, upgrades, and licenses efficiently across the environment.

Many organisations run a mixed environment of many different versions of Backup Exec and at different patch levels. When managing a large Backup Exec installation, it may not be clear;

* Which versions of BE do I have and where are they?
* What...

johny sim | 06 May 2009 | 2 comments

Backup Exec is a great application, my personal favorite. Recently I had issues with a backup, as you can see in one of my previous posts… the backup works fine, although compression will not turn on. It is known by most Backup Exec experts that Symantec Backup Exec enables compression when the job starts(if compression is configurable), but how do YOU know if Backup Exec is doing its job and possible the drive is to blame?

Well here is the answer, its called SGMON, its a debug tool that is used to view debugging information for Backup Exec components and services. SGMON is in “C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\SGMON.exe for Backup Exec 12.5d installations. Earlier revisions its buried in the Symantec Backup Exec folder, best bet is to just search for sgmon.exe and you’ll find it easy enough.

Run SGMON, check off Job Engine; as below…
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Gina Sheibley | 05 May 2009 | 0 comments

When a fire broke out at the main campus building at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, the school’s IT team charged in right behind firefighters to shut down servers and cover them with heavy tarps. All of the university’s data was saved, but the experience prompted the IT team to re-evaluate its data management and backup operations. Working with Symantec, Our Lady of the Lake University has reduced by half the amount of administrative time it spends on backups and increased backup speeds by up to 40 percent.

Even before the fire hit, Darrell Hoberer, the university’s network/system administrator, had a standing goal to back up every file on his servers every night, but with 1.5 terabytes of data growing at about 15 percent per year, that wasn’t becoming impossible. Data growth was coming from a heterogeneous mix of...

riva11 | 01 May 2009 | 0 comments

The following video shows a demo of Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers 12.5 , in this YouTube video  was tested the 12.5 version on a small test network with Windows Server 2008 and Mac and Windows clients.

Thanks to by David Strom for this quick video tour of the functionality with pros and cons about the Backup Exec 12.5 version.

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