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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...

GFK | 15 May 2009 | 0 comments

Backup Exec Infrastructure Manager (BEIM) utilises the Altiris Notification Server (please see the press release about Altiris 7.0 - http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article...) and Microsoft SQL database to store data obtained about a Backup Exec configuration. The system discovers and inventories an environment using the Altiris Notification Server (NS) Agent. It can then deploy update or upgrade to your existing Backup Exec Servers and Agents or deploy new customised installations of Backup Exec.
So, say you have a situation where you need to upgrade 15 Backup Exec Servers and 55 Backup Exec Agents, Five Backup Exec 9.1 servers and ten Backup Exec 11d servers protecting 55 remote servers all in need of an upgrade to 12.5. BEIM has automated discovery and inventory technology that enables you to auto-...

riva11 | 01 May 2009 | 0 comments

The following video shows a demo of Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers 12.5 , in this YouTube video  was tested the 12.5 version on a small test network with Windows Server 2008 and Mac and Windows clients.

Thanks to by David Strom for this quick video tour of the functionality with pros and cons about the Backup Exec 12.5 version.

Video :

Karthikeyan Sundaram | 16 Apr 2009 | 4 comments

Hello Guys,

While searching in My Google Chrome- i found this Document. I think this will be moreful to find the Documents in EnterPrise Support website.

 http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/292919.htm

Enjoy Netbackup Doc's

Thanks,
Karthikeyan Sundaram.

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 | 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...

Stumpr2 | 19 Mar 2009 | 28 comments

From "Man of La Mancha" lyrics by Joe Darion

To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.

Have you ever had a dream to improve the Netbackup product? What are some suggestions for what you would like to see in NetBackup 7.x? Has there been something you wanted to see done with the software for many years but were afraid to sound it out because you know in your heart that you are simply dreaming an impossible dream?

Here are a some suggestions to get this blog started:

1) a link on the policy "attributes" page to bring up a text window to put additional information concerning the policy.

 

2) the ability to temporarily disable a single client in the client list

 

3) a list of policy_type numbers when you are using bplist so you don't have to bring up the bplist man page...

GFK | 12 Mar 2009 | 1 comment

Symantec recently carried out its annual IT Disaster Recovery survey of 1,000 or so IT managers across 15 countries. Now, there are a bunch of really interesting facts and it’s well worth a read, but the staggering revelation I think is that the number of applications that IT managers consider mission-critical has jumped 20% in the last year. We all know that apps like email have crept up on us and become really important to business over the last few years. But what I think is interesting is that at some point in the last 10 years IT has ceased to support the business and become the business! What do I mean - if the lights go out the business stops. The IT Disaster Recovery survey shows that on average 56% of applications are now considered mission-critical. Such a rapid increase may well pose considerable difficulties for, not just high availability but things we take for granted like Backup.

This is particularly true for those organisations who have implemented...