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pkh | 16 Jul 2012 | 1 comment

Yes and no.

Increasing this question is being asked because the SAP agent is discontinued in BE 2012. Since SAP is based on either SQL Server or Oracle, can I back up the SAP database using the SQL or Oracle agent?

Yes, if your SAP database comprises one SQL or Oracle database, then you can backup the database using the appropriate agent.

No, if your SAP database comprises more than one SQL or Oracle databases.  Although you can backup the individual databases using the database agent, you might end up with a logically inconsistent database when you restore them.

Suppose your SAP database comprises database DB1, DB2 and DB3.  There might be a transaction TransA which updates DB1, DB2 and DB3.  When you use the SAP agent, it is aware of the entire transaction.  When it backs up the SAP database, it will make sure that the updates to DB1, DB2 and DB3 are backed up together.  When you do a restore using the SAP agent, it will...

SaurabhK_BE | 29 Jun 2012 | 1 comment

Enterprise Vault (EV) stores data as many small files within various directories called EV partitions. These files might be millions in number. Backing up a large number of small files results in lesser performance than backing up a single file of the size equivalent to the cumulative size of all files.

To circumvent this problem, there is a setting in Enterprise Vault that makes EV collect the stored data into a CAB files. If this collection process is executed before the backup, the backup will run faster as the data is now in some larger files rather than hundreds of small files.  Refer the following TechNote:


Vault store Partition Collection can be enabled using the below mentioned steps:

  • In the EV Admin Console, select the Vault Store which contains the...
Vikas_Jain | 26 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

As the name implies, this feature automatically recovers a virtual machine from application faults.

If you own a Backup Exec 2010 R3 or Backup Exec 2012 product and have license for Agent for VMware Virtual Infrastructure or Virtual Agent respectively, here is an interesting feature for you.

Your Backup Exec is becoming more intelligent and crossing the boundaries of traditional backup infrastructure and defining new set of standards by entering into high availability domain.

So here is the new exciting offering: “Backup Exec is integrated with Symantec clustering software, it can provide complete application protection that includes Application Protection as well as Business Continuity in a single offering”.

By configuring “Virtual Machine Auto Recovery” you will achieve the following automatically without manual intervention.

What all you achieve:

  • Continuous application status monitoring...
barnaby_wood | 19 Jun 2012 | 0 comments

Apples weren’t my thing a couple of years ago. It was all a bit too predictable. You could tell the guy on the train who was going to get a Mac out of his laptop case – it was ‘a certain type.’ Now it seems I have become one of those types. It’s ok these days because every second person has an Apple product of one type or another. I’m hopeful that fact prevents me from being part of that once-predictable crowd.

For me it started with a phone. I had two Blackberries over a period of two or three years and they served their purpose really well. I was a huge fan. Then one day, the whole RIM-outage-no-mobile-email-reboot-it-every-so-often thing just became too difficult. It turned out that in my job (for which mobile communication is important) having to do all those extra bits and pieces you have to do when you own a Blackberry, we’re getting in the way of actually doing my job. Landing in another country for a one day meeting and...

pkh | 02 Jun 2012 | 7 comments

I want to put this work-around in a blog so that it does not get "lost" after some time in the midst of the other discussions.  This workaround is provided by IT downunder in this discussion

BE recognises each disks by their unique diskids.  Under some circumstances, two disk can have the same disk ids.  This will present a problem when they are used for B2D folders.  Below is how to fix this problem


All our external USB SATA backup drives are recognized as normal Disk storage and I managed to add most of these to Backup Exec 2012 and put them in a Device Pool. Some disks from the...

Brandon M. Mosak | 17 May 2012 | 6 comments

I was just forwarded an article from a colleague which provided an interesting collection of url's and banter relating to some of the difficulties surrounding the adoption/upgrade to backupexec 2012 for seasoned users. 

The original content of which can be viewed here:

While I had hoped to post a comment on the original author's blog - the comment churned WAY longer than most comments should be - and posting comments on the site were broken altogether.  Figured I'd drop it here - in hopes that maybe someone will reap a little food for thought from it.

Disclaimer: These opinions are entirely my own (right, wrong, or otherwise).



barnaby_wood | 16 May 2012 | 0 comments

I've been away for quite some time. Not physically, you understand, although the same level of travelling around the world applies, as ever, but in writing terms. A lot has been happening in the world of Backup Exec and its left me with little time to sit and think and write. For that I can only apologise but its all been in the name of a good cause. If you're reading this then you are probably aware that Backup Exec 2012 has been launched. Its significant. It brings change, but not just change for the sake of change. It brings change that makes life easier. I urge you to familiarise yourself with the changes. I moved from a Blackberry to an iPhone a little while ago and its a bit like that. Different, but better and it took no time at all to get into a new look and feel.

While I'm on the subject of change, its change time for me too. For the last eleven years I've been looking after Backup Exec in one role or another and that's a long time in anybody...

pkh | 10 May 2012 | 0 comments

There are 3 types of storage in BE 2012

1) Disk Storage - This is managed by DLM.  See this blog

2) Disk Cartridge Device - These are storage on removable disks, like RDX disks, USB flash drives, etc.

3) Tape Cartridge Device

Since Disk Storage is managed by DLM, it does not need any media sets and thus vaults.  If you only have Disk Storage defined, then you would not see media sets and vaults in the Storage tab.  As these are not need in your situation, these are hidden away.

Only when you have defined either Disk or Tape Cartridge Devices, will you see media sets and vaults.

captain jack sparrow | 08 May 2012 | 1 comment

The release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 brings a whole host of important changes to Microsoft's enterprise data platform, including changes in the editions that Microsoft will offer as well as a new licensing model. In addition, SQL Server 2012 introduces many performance, business intelligence (BI), and development enhancements. Here's a rundown of the top 10 most important new features in SQL Server 2012.

10. Simplified editions -- SQL Server 2012 will be delivered in three main editions: Enterprise, Business Intelligence, and Standard. The Enterprise edition contains all of the product's features. The Business Intelligence edition contains all of the BI capabilities but lacks some of the higher-end availability features. The Standard edition provides basic relational, BI, and availability capabilities. Microsoft has retired the Datacenter, Workgroup, and Standard for Small Business editions but will continue to provide the Developer,...

Chase Drouillard | 07 May 2012 | 1 comment

I'm not sure if anyone has made this observation before, but I didn't see it in the forums, so I"m just going to post it in case it's useful to anyone.

This is a way to remove an end marker unreadable from a tape, without losing all the data on that tape. It's not perfect, and you will lose some of the data, but it's a method that can be used if you're very low and tape space and need a tape that, say, only got 5% written before it became unappendable due to an inconsistency, network error, etc, throwing an end marker unreadable error.

To be able to do this, you'll need to have at least one other writable tape, or disk storage, available with enough space to contain all the data on the tape that has the error. If you're going with another tape as your approach, you'll have to have a tape drive that can mount two tapes simultaneously. Otherwise, you'll have to write to disk storage first, and then to the other tape.