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zeboul0n | 18 Dec 2012 | 0 comments
A new customer of ours has a quite nice 2-node, 2xCPU,  2x96GB RAM, 5x NIC VMware cluster with iSCSI SAN.
The virtual machines are all running Windows Server 2008 R2.
The problem is the former IT-partner didn't do all the things right when choosing and implementing a new virtualized environment.
  • First, keeping a lot of physical servers just out of laziness.
  • Second, not implementing a separate iSCSI network.
  • Third, not implementing a separate backup network.
  • Forth, not implementing redundancy in (the only) network.
  • Fifth, not choosing a VMware license which allows live migration (the customer thought they had but they didn't. VMware Essentials Bundle is....  just expensive)
  • Sixth, not implementing a backup solution that targets a virtualized environment, just continuing the backups as usual and with no other backup storage then the primary...
RLeon | 04 Dec 2012 | 8 comments

In my struggles to understand various instant snapshot technologies, I have come up with the following way to help me better understand the fundamental concepts behind all snapshot products.
Please note that everything covered here are deliberately oversimplified. I also refer to LUNs, disks, volumes and partitions interchangeably.
By sharing my understandings, I hope others who are as confused as I was would find this helpful.
I would also be very grateful if someone would be kind enough to point out any errors in my understandings. It helps everyone in the end and will be appreciated.
Please note, that although all my examples are based on Windows platforms, the fundamental concepts apply to *nix platforms too.

Snapshots - What are they:
To explain how and why it works is out of the scope of this simple post. In most cases it utilizes Copy-On-Write technologies, which I would recommend reading up on.
For the scope...

LeslieMiller | 26 Nov 2012 | 19 comments



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Drew Meyer | 20 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Hey readers - new post about Symantec's official VMware support on the official Backup Exec and NetBackup blogs. Be careful who you trust with your data.

lmosla | 12 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Do I have to verify?    Here is a short summary of what’s up with that verify portion of the job that everyone says is so important, but seems to take too long. 

To ensure your backups are healthy it is strongly recommended to run a Verify.  The Verify job checks that data can be read or restored from the media. Backup Exec includes this as a default in backup jobs but you can schedule the verify operation to run at a different time or you can disable it. Scheduling Verify to run at a separate time enables the backup jobs to complete in a shorter time window.

Options  are:

At the end of the job.  This is automatically set in the job

After job finishes, as a  separate job  You can check the checkbox to  Verify the data on the client if the device supports it;  This allows the verify job to run remotely therefore freeing up...

Donald Eady | 29 Oct 2012 | 7 comments

-          Browse to on the right hand side of this page click on  Traialware as highlighted below

-          On the Trialware page choose Backup exec and then Download Now

-          Review and agree to the terms and conditions and you will be taken to a software download page

-          You may be prompted to enter/create your SymAccount login crendentials

-      ...

Swathi Turlapaty | 04 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Virtualizationinjects more complexity in what has traditionally been a complex and oftentimes overlooked practice—disaster recovery. Organizations either lack such plans or do not completely follow through with them. A lack of visibility across thevirtual and physical infrastructure, as well as IT organizations who try tomake traditional backup and restore practices work within a virtual world, are just a few of the problems.  Symantec offers a few suggestions to consider when creating or reevaluating disasterrecovery strategies. Read this article to find out how your organization can better prepare with a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

Jerry Gowen | 04 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Posted on Behalf of Scott Gould, Senior Network and Systems Analyst, Gynecological Oncology Group's Statistical Data Center

When a couple with young children starts shopping for a new car, what do you think will be at the top of their list? Speed? Resale value? The stereo system? These features might all be important to them, but chances are safety will be their first concern. Similarly, it’s easy to get caught up in new technologies today, like cloud computing, virtualization and mobile devices. It’s easy to see all the advantages these trends can provide without thinking about how they will affect our ability to keep our information safe and available. For healthcare organizations in particular, the need to protect personal information goes hand in hand with providing quality patient care. Industry regulations are becoming increasingly strict, and reports of data breaches are frequently in the news. But while they’re...

Jerry Gowen | 04 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Posted on Behalf of Nicholas Hibbard, Senior Staff Accountant, Burlington Housing Authority

How many of us wish life had an “Undo” button, when we say something we shouldn’t, or waste a day looking at funny cat pictures on the Internet? It would be useful to have a way to get back something we lost. But this is more than wishful thinking for businesses today, it’s a necessity. When files are lost and can’t be recovered, it can be disastrous. And while IT is often concerned about business data such as intellectual property and financial records, their ultimate goal is to serve people. And one of the most fundamental ways to serve their customers is by protecting their private information, especially when that information includes documents such as rent payment and utility bills. If the organization that gives someone the ability to pay the rent loses any of its information, it could cause problems for a lot of people...

AmolB | 03 Oct 2012 | 8 comments

Very often there are queries on the connect site related to BE Quick Start Edition.

This blogs explains what all and what not is included in the QSE.


BE Quick Start Edition is a cut down version of Backup Exec. QSE is shipped by Tape Drive manufaturers

along with the hardware.This edition is useful only for a small setup like a single server with a tape drive.

For larger setup full version of BE will be required. For media server OS compatibility refer to Backup Exec

Software compatibility list.

 Features Included in QSE:

  • Can be used to backup only standalone server (server on which QSE is installed)
  • QSE can backup to a disk as well as to a tape
  • Supports DLO ( 5 Desktop & Laptops only)
  • With LEO multiple tape drives can be added to the library.

 Limitation of QSE:

  • Cannot backup remote servers...