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GFK | 01 May 2009 | 0 comments

Active Directory (AD) is now the standard directory service in the Windows O/S. Exchange, SharePoint and SQL, all of whom are dependent on its on-going good health, and yet, we protect our databases, email systems, applications - all of which are reliant on AD in the Windows O/S, but don’t do anything specific to protect AD? Hmmm, not clever nor grown-up.

Now, backing up Active Directory is pretty simple. However, everyone appreciates that an efficient backup and quick recovery of AD to maintain business productivity is essential and any administrator who has ever had to attempt to recover Active Directory (AD) data is well versed on how frustrating and time consuming just the basic recovery process can be.

Should data in Active Directory corrupt - which can happen - it can have a ripple effect across the Windows environment including down to the application level of Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint. Because AD is a replicated database any human error,...

Esther Aladieff | 24 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

In May of 2008, a fire ravaged a building on the campus of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. The building housed among other things, the University’s data center. Luckily for the students, faculty, and especially the IT staff there was little or no damage to the servers, and the University was able to get its IT infrastructure up and running within 2 days.

This event served as a wakeup call for the IT department. They had been working towards nightly backups, but because of the astronomical growth in data each year this proved difficult. At the time of the fire the University was on Backup Exec 10, which was working fine, but the IT department decided it needed a more robust solution so it upgraded to Backup Exec 12 along with a new tape library.

The University is now on...

GFK | 17 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Most important in today’s economic climate is IT’s struggle to manage, control, streamline and provide services to the business. With increasing pressure to do more with less (don’t you love that phrase!), IT needs to reduce risk exposure by improving productivity, driving savings and consolidating suppliers through a standard set of management tools that helps exploit IT assets.

Inevitably over the coming months we will see some massive changes in our working environment. Organisations that are forced to reduce overheads or make massive structural changes are at risk of stretching resources just a little too thin. Conversely, organisational consolidations may suffer from exponential growth of email systems, increased numbers of servers or storage hardware to manage, with minimal resources to do so.

Consequentially organisations need to maintain the status quo by rapidly securing their new technology landscape. But whichever it is, the pressure to do...

GFK | 09 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Keep your business up and running - by discovering backup and storage management inefficiencies you can cut costs, while making sure that your data is fully protected. Highly beneficial at a time when budgets are under strain.

It is really useful to go through the process of trying to find out:

  • How well your data is protected

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  • If you are missing backing up critical data
  • How prepared you are for increasing data volumes
  • Whether your strategy supports business growth or lowers performance
  • If you are taking advantage of the most cost-effective solutions available

It never ceases to amaze me how well we don’t know ourselves. To quote Polonius, “unto thine own self be true”; the more honest you are with yourself the more accurate and the more useful the results will be. We know our business, don’t we? We know that we are doing the best we can, aren’t we? It...

GFK | 03 Apr 2009 | 4 comments

One of the really cool functions of BE is the Granular Recovery Technology (GRT). By the way, anytime you need more information on any aspect of BE please see the Backup Exec for Windows Servers Administrator’s Guide. In fact, don’t take my word for it, download from here:

http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/308400.htmJust a few tips to help you get the best out of BE’s GRT:

  1. Review the requirements for staging locations in the Administrator’s Guide.
  2. You must use a staging location for GRT-enabled jobs in the following scenarios:
    • You back up to or restore from a volume with file size limitations.
    • You restore granular items from tape.
    • You run an off-host backup job.
  3. You are better off creating a separate backup-to-disk folder specifically for all GRT enabled backup jobs - this really simplifies media management....
GFK | 01 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

If you are not on Backup Exec 12.5 you really should think about upgrading, if not for the new comprehensive recovery of virtual and physical systems, or enhanced granular data recovery, or the fact that Backup Exec is now integrated with the Symantec ThreatConTM system to automatically manage continuous data protection functionality in an increased threat cycle, but for the fact that the new version of Backup Exec enhances the management capabilities around managing disk and tape based backup - across the board.

The great thing about upgrading is its simplicity. Now you can run the Backup Exec Environment Check on the computer on which you want to install Backup Exec, before you actually install Backup Exec for real. This makes sure that the installation process can complete. If there are any configuration issues the environment check kicks out warnings that tell you if there are configuration issues that can be fixed or that will prevent the BE installation.

I would...

Sheena K. | 31 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

For the past 5 years we've been using on of the Backup Exec for Windows products to complete our disaster recovery data backups. We've always done an online, offsite and tape backup of the data files changed that day then a complete (master) backup of the data servers. When I first started doing this 4 years ago our daily modified tape was one AIT-3 tape in that time we've grown to 3- AIT-5 tapes.

As part of our continued security for SAS70 certification we two step the master backups. First creating an online backup then compressing and encypting those .bkf files to tape for archiving. It wasn't till recently we discovered that with Backup Exec 12.5 there is a character limit that was not imposed on previous versions. This is only an issue with the 2 step process. If the "master" job is run directly to tape then it doesn't seem to be an issue restoring files. It is only after restoring the online or .bkf files that the data becomes unrecoverable. By not doing the...

GFK | 31 Mar 2009 | 2 comments

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a backup redesign is sweeping through IT departments. I think everyone is aware that backup has been identified as a primary IT pain point. And the reason is pretty simple actually – disk. There is so much of it. You know that most companies approach the protection of their data in a very dated manner. Although backup and recovery has been around for years, data protection solutions of old are failing to keep pace with today’s overwhelming data growth and complexity.

Although many companies have started to deploy disk-based data protection in the form of virtual tape libraries (VTLs), much of the thinking in data centres and by vendors is still tape-centric. But not just tap-centric but, more to the point, NOT application centric, NOT site centric, NOT virtual machine centric. Protection is getting harder because data centres and remote offices have evolved. Server consolidation through virtualisation technologies...

makeit | 26 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

Hi,

we habe a quite big problem because we need to upgrade our Backup Licenses from 9.1 to the latest version...
Our last info was, that it is not possible to make an upgrade directly from 9.1 to 12.5 and we need to by the Licence and all the Agents new what is out of the question for our company becaus of the costs...

Maybe one of you can help me an give some proposals?

thanks a lot
brigitte scheibl
makeit information systems

thms. | 25 Mar 2009 | 2 comments

today I had (and i still have) a problem with a combination of backup exec 12.5 and win2008,exchange2007 and win2003

now im searching for the solution