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Shrikumar | 20 Jul 2009 | 0 comments


I am getting CC41 error from one of my client machine whenever using a particular interface at the same time I am able to ping that interface telnt that interface and tried so many network troubleshooting.

But when using other interface the backups are getting completed sucessfully

Please help me to solve this issue.


Alex Vasquez | 17 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

It was the best of times and the worst of times... In data centers, the world around de-duplication is pretty much a "check box" item anymore.  That is, it's pretty much standard functionality within most data protection platforms available today... Or it's the next exit on a product's roadmap.  So it's generally agreed that de-dupe technology is a good thing with a strong usage base in the storage and data protection areas of any Enterprise.  Great, we agree.

The issue, though, is HOW do you deploy a de-dupe technology.  Rather, what method do you go with?  Do you go appliance based aka Data Domain or Quantum's DXI offering (I sure hope Symantec doesn't swat this post)?  Or do you go with something more based on software that is also "storage agnostic" such as PureDisk or EMCs Avamar product? 

That's what I'm asking myself now: What is the best solution for us?  As it stands we are experiencing a...

GFK | 17 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

You might have had a really (really) good backup strategy 2 or 3 years ago, but does it stack up today? Every vendor you’ve ever heard about is always banging on about backup and recovery being even more tricky than it was yesterday; and how it is now ever more challenging than it ever was, and, frankly it was pretty trick then … what with data growth going crazy, sprawling physical and virtualised environments, shrinking, nay, shrunk backup windows (what’s backup window?), and escalating storage management costs.

Gosh, haven’t we heard it all before? But, it is certainly true that the age old conventional backup solutions have not kept up with the data protection requirements, as well as the growth in data itself forcing substantial investments in hardware and dramatically increased administrator workload.

You might already have a good data backup strategy in place. But if your server hardware were lost or your building suddenly off limits,...

GFK | 03 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

I know I keep banging on about this but it really does bother me that we are not adequately protecting Active Directory (AD) as the primary directory service in Windows. Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint all depend on efficient backup and quick recovery of AD. So if you have any of these business applications you should be thinking about how you backup, and more to the point, restore AD. We all know that AD data has a bad habit of corruption which can have a disastrous affect across the Windows environment.

AD objects can get modified or deleted by mistake, faulty scripts accidentally overwrite key AD attributes. Since it is a replicated database an accidentally deleted user account can result in a lengthy process while someone struggles to recover the AD environment. Ultimately, we can end up at the mercy of AD. Anyone who has ever had to recover AD understands the frustration and time involved with what should be a basic recovery process – but isn’t....

LetThereBeZeros | 29 Jun 2009 | 1 comment

We do our anual DR tests, and now we are looking to step them up a bit.  Might be nice to see what others do or dont do in this arena. 

We have a DR box that is on a seperate network.  We can take that box build it as a master server and import our catalog from NBU 6.5.3.  We can then patch that into our library via fiber single path slowness, combined with the old leftover of a DR box we should have our critical restore done within 24 hours.  

In a true DR scenario where our primary DC was gone.  I would probably more than likely promote our media server to a master server then do the catalog import piece.  I have not done this since the new and improved 6.5 way of doing things with that small catalog file that i get emailed daily to my inbox.  Have others ?  Does it take long?  Realizing we all have different size catalogs, but in general have you had sucess.  Please add any thoughts...

Simpson Homer | 29 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

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Abesama | 15 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

Recently I had all 3 of my PureDisk environments giving me storage problems due to internal/external causes.

First one was relatively simple, it's a 6.2.2 all-in-one node and it ran out of disk space for /Storage - 95% full.

The storage array was not a SAN but a dedicated one.
Challenging task with this was finding out how to order physical disks and finding a resource to put the disks in the array.

Array was a 12-slots one, with 6 slots occupied with 300GB disks.
Once the new 6 disks were put in, the engineer rebooted PureDisk server with a HP CD loaded, to connect to the array and create a single 1.5TB RAID5 virtual LUN, then the server's been rebooted again for PDOS to start.

When I started Yast2 interface, it automatically picked up the new LUN, and I simply added the new LUN in the LVM volume group - this task instantly grew the xfs filesystem as well, and suddenly I had 49% full /Storage filesystem, happy.


Jerry Gowen | 12 May 2009 | 1 comment

We're very excited that Veritas Storage Foundation was selected as "Best Storage Virtualization" solution as part of Virtualization Journal's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards.

From their Web site it says that The Virtualization Journal Readers' Choice Awards recognize the best tools, solutions, and platform offerings in 18 categories. Winners were selected through reader-submitted nominations, followed by online voting at the Virtualization Journal online magazine site.

We're also pleased to see that Veritas Virtual Infrastructure was selected as a finalist in the "Best Virtualization Management Tools" category and Veritas Cluster Server was a finalist in the "Best Virtualization Platforms High Availability" category.

Additional categories where Symantec scored high marks from...

Gina Sheibley | 05 May 2009 | 0 comments

When a fire broke out at the main campus building at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, the school’s IT team charged in right behind firefighters to shut down servers and cover them with heavy tarps. All of the university’s data was saved, but the experience prompted the IT team to re-evaluate its data management and backup operations. Working with Symantec, Our Lady of the Lake University has reduced by half the amount of administrative time it spends on backups and increased backup speeds by up to 40 percent.

Even before the fire hit, Darrell Hoberer, the university’s network/system administrator, had a standing goal to back up every file on his servers every night, but with 1.5 terabytes of data growing at about 15 percent per year, that wasn’t becoming impossible. Data growth was coming from a heterogeneous mix of...

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,...