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AshutoshTamhankar | 23 Apr 2013 | 0 comments
Snapshots created for a virtual machine on an ESX host, may not be deleted after a backup if the remote agent crashes abnormally during the backup operation. So that such orphaned backup exec snapshots can be deleted automatically, following registry key could be set:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\VMware Agent
Key name Value Data type
AutoOrphanSnapshotRemoval 1 = Orphaned snapshots created by Backup Exec are deleted at the beginning of the backup. REG_DWORD

More information here:

AshutoshTamhankar | 18 Apr 2013 | 11 comments
Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) works with Backup Exec when you run backup jobs that include all critical system component selections. For each computer that you protect with this type of backup job, Backup Exec creates a disaster recovery information file for that computer. A disaster recovery information file contains computer-specific information for the computer being backed up. Computer-specific information includes details such as hard disk layout, storage drivers, network drivers, and system version details. It also includes Backup Exec catalog details such as backup set information and recovery point details. Each disaster information recovery file uses the file name <computer_name>.DR.
If you uncheck files/folders from a critical resource, the green light for SDR goes off and no .DR file is create for the backup. Sometimes you might want to exclude files/folders which are temporary for example. Following registry change will allow...
AshutoshTamhankar | 17 Apr 2013 | 0 comments
The size of the read and write buffers used for the VWware API (VDDK) by Backup Exec can be tuned using the following registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\VMware Agent
"Enable Buffered Reads"=dword:00000001
"Number of Read Buffers"=dword:00000004
"Size of Read Buffers"=dword:00000400
"Enable Buffered Writes"=dword:00000001
"Number of Write Buffers"=dword:00000004
"Size of Write Buffers"=dword:00000400

More info

If you are looking at tuning performance of your backups generally, recommend you to go through the Backup Exec 2012 performance tuning guide:


lmosla | 12 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

LiveUpdate's task is to keep Backup Exec fit, healthy, and up to date.

Times to run LiveUpdate:

For new installations:

When having issues with Backup Exec

Periodically during scheduled times

When upgrading Backup Exec:

  • Run LiveUpdate following a new installation.

Note: Keep checking for LiveUpdates until LiveUpdate is completely up to date and there isn’t any updates left to install (Reboot as necessary).

  • Run LiveUpdate before and after a Backup Exec upgrade.
  • Schedule LiveUpdate at convenient times when there aren’t any jobs scheduled.  The Backup Exec services are restarted during updates.

Note:  Avoiding SQL Conflicts: When Backup Exec is installed use Backup Exec own inbuilt SQL instance (SQL Express) to host the Backup Exec database.  Do not use a SQL instance that is used in production. When updates are ran...

Mike55 | 27 Mar 2013 | 13 comments

Backup Exec 2012 v14.0 Rev 1798 (64Bit)

Problem:  I used live update to install the 201596 hotfix on my CAS last week.  The update showed successful, but after the reboot there were problems.  The following three services were set to disabled after the reboot, Backup Exec Deduplication Engine, Backup Exec Deduplication Manager and PostgreSQL Server 8.3.  Also, all disk storage was missing (Local Backup to Disk Storage, Local Deduplication Storage and Network Disk Storage).  Only tape storage remained.

Troubleshooting: I tried to add a disk storage location back and re-catalog the sets, but that operation failed with a duplicate key error.  I deleted that disk storage and then was unable to see it as a storage location choice to add again.

I uninstalled the hotfix through the windows 2008 R2 uninstall utility.  The storage was still gone.  I reapplied and the hotfix with no change.  Those three services were...

kirankamreddy | 25 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

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Alex Sakaguchi | 21 Feb 2013 | 2 comments

Don’t customers hate being misled?

I know I do.  Sometimes it can be innocent…you know, like maybe the sales person wasn’t as knowledgeable as he/she could’ve been.  Or perhaps they were new.  In any case, it behooves the customer to do some homework to make sure that they are not being misled, innocently or otherwise.

Your homework is done.

I came across a situation recently where a customer said that a vendor told them their solution could do global deduplication the same as Symantec, but cheaper.  My first thought was wow that’s a big deal.  As you may know, Symantec deduplication capabilities built into NetBackup and Backup Exec offer customers the flexibility of leveraging dedupe at the client, server, or target, and can efficiently dedupe across workloads like physical and virtual...

PackMatt73 | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Extensive virtualization is just a fact of life in IT today. Driving down cost and increasing IT agility are the primary drivers behind going virtual. With an increasing number of complex workloads wrapped up in virtual machines (VMs), organizations are challenged to maintain the same degree of security and protection from a physical environment and also leverage benefits brought by virtualization. Attaining the service levels for these business systems requires a high degree of visibility into virtual environments. 

This is where Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition comes into play. Symantec Backup Exec 2012 V-Ray Edition is designed to completely protect your VMware or Hyper-V virtual environments. With advanced host-based virtual protection and integrated deduplication, the V-Ray Edition gives you worry-free backup and recovery for virtual machines and virtualized applications. And Backup Exec gives you granular recovery of entire virtual machines, single files, Active...

gmunyadzwe | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

I have a BE environment comprising of 1 server. It uses an external SQL database in a clustered environment. Even with a cluster setup, the environment is not bullet proof, that is it is prone to failure, thereby bringing down with it the BE server. I do have a server that I can build another BE environment on. Questions...

1. Can i use a built in database and link it anyhow to the one in the sql cluster? if so, how? if not, whats the best approach to this problem?

2. Can the storage be shared by both servers without any issues, that is, can i still use the storage with the clustered BE server?

3. Can the backup sets be shared by both servers; can i restore the backup from one server using the other server?

Adminbaw | 13 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Hello, i have a problem during installation of Backup Exec 2012.

I am not able to install Backup Exec 2012.

During the environmentchek it says that the environment is ok.
But i get a strange pop up that says
"The installation failed due to an unexpected error:Absolute Path information is required".

I can go trough the installation to the point where i get the installation summary.
I can click on next, than i get the same pop up an the installation freezes!

The environment is Windows Server 2003 SP2