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Gina Sheibley | 28 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

While no one wants a disaster to occur, the reality is that they happen. What if your business was hit with a disaster – a virus, hacker attack, power outage or even a fire? Are you prepared with a recovery plan to revive critical customer, financial and business information? Symantec’s 2009 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that while most small to medium sized businesses perceive they are ready for disaster, their actual level of preparedness is not up to par.

Rather than hoping for the best and being unprepared, we recommend small and mid-sized businesses take these simple steps to protect their information and systems:
• Decide what critical information should be secured and protected
• Look to a solution provider to help create disaster plans, educate employees and monitor threats
• Automate backup
• Test annually

Protecting your SMB from disaster and communicating your plan to customers helps you...

Twixxica_09 | 23 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

What is an Eval Extender?

Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.x is fully functional in Evaluation Mode for a period of 60 days after installing the product. No license key is needed to invoke the product into Eval Mode. Simply do not enter a license key when prompted during the initial installation of the product. After the 60 day Eval period expires, if additional time is need to evaluation the product, you may extend the Eval period for an additional 30 days.

How do I use the Eval Extenders?

  • BESR 8.x (Desktop, SBS and Server editions)
  • The Backup Exec System Recovery Option (BESRO)

BESR 8.x Manager has a fully functional Eval mode for up to a max of 10 clients. After expiration (on day 61), you can extend BESR by opening the license dialogue and pressing Ctrl-Shift-F12. This will extend the Eval period to 90 days. Further extension beyond 90 days is not possible.BESR 8.x Granular Restore Option...

GFK | 04 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

The right resource, at the right time, for the right cost

Most of us never really have the time (or inclination for that matter) to design and deploy a really great solution backup strategy based on BE and/or BESR. There are a whole raft of really good partners of Symantec’s who do this and can help customers get the best out of their BE deployment as well as keep the environment up to date. In order to compliment services offered by partners there are a number of fixed priced service offerings from Symantec to help support both customers and partners accelerate the successful implementation and upgrade of Backup Exec and Backup Exec System Recovery when resources can be limited.

The services are suitable for Small Business customers whose environments range in size from 1 to 10 servers. The fixed price gives the customer the comfort of knowing that the project will never exceed their allocated budgets providing a number of key benefits:

  • Minimise...
GFK | 28 Aug 2009 | 0 comments

I don't know if any of you have noticed but the first fiscal quarter of this year has been pretty bad for server sales. It doesn’t matter what the pundits say, however, it is important for all of us to save money, cut costs – but absolutely not at the expense of our backup.

 

Whatever else you gamble with, backup shouldn’t be one of them. IDC recently reported that server sales from January to March was the worst quarter in the dozen years that they have been releasing quarterly server figures. The current economic crisis has injected a disconcerting amount of uncertainty into the business climate. Organisations are loath to spend any more money than is absolutely necessary.

The silver lining here is that IT departments can use this opportunity to consolidate existing projects and focus on optimising existing backup systems . Backup Exec 12.5 and Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 are built on complete protection and recovery providing...

Monica Girolami | 19 Aug 2009 | 0 comments
Efficiency. That seems to be on the minds of many business leaders. Lately I have been thinking about how organizations can improve efficiency. So many businesses are brainstorming how to keep their business operating at its best without breaking the bank.
 
Simple steps can often have a big impact. One thing that is often pushed aside during economic downtimes is upgrading backup software.  But in the meantime, new technologies, such as server virtualization and the latest versions of Windows, have been implemented within the environment and need to be supported by the backup software. 
 
It surprises me how often we find that organizations are operating on outdated backup software by three years or more. When you consider the significant technology improvements made with each new version, organizations are missing out on a number of key benefits that can ultimately save time and money through...
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-...

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...

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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Symanticus | 28 Apr 2009 | 3 comments

Yesterday night, while doing server hardware migration using Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5.2 System Recovery Disk I learnt few things:

This is using cold backup method:

1. During the Backup process, it will ask for serial number.
2. Each partition will be created as single .v2i, there will be no .sv2i file as in the hot backup (this .sv2i file could've been easier if the cold backup is able to do this :-| ).
3. the restored physical server image will adjust itself to deployment LUN size.

and the most important lesson of the day is that: Error: E0BB014B: Volume Not Found was supposedly fixed in version 8.5.3

http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/318049.htm

as can be seen from:...