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Twixxica_09 | 25 Sep 2009 | 0 comments

Version Upgrades FAQ

If you have question regarding upgrades just visit this website:
http://www.symantec.com/business/products/upgrades/faq/index.jsp

Kind Regards,
Twixxica_ica :)
 

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It surprises me how often we find that organizations are operating on outdated backup software by three years or more.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...
ebodykid | 30 Jul 2009 | 2 comments

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, so that they don't run into the same nightmare as i did when upgrading from 6.5.3 to 6.5.4.. I had a fun 30 hour day getting bounced around the world with support only to go back to my initial suggestion of reverting to a catalog backup. With the addition of the db_marker.txt file and the behavior of the sun patchadd it can cause a nightmare if you are symlinking your db/images to another location..

the following applies if you are installing the upgrade using the patches provided by Sun..

If the following conditions are true, people need to take extra care when performing the upgrade using the Sun patches
• You are symlink’ing <install location>/openv/netbackup/db/images to another location
• And/or you are symlink’ing <install location>/openv/db/staging to another location
• you are upgrading by using the Sun Netbackup 6.5.4 patches (ie 127655-04)

If these are...

Andy Welburn | 21 Jul 2009 | 9 comments

The Hustle

Our requirement:   to ensure we have the latest available NetBackup version installed, essentially to cater for Win2008 servers but also for any other benefits with the latest release.

We initially intended to upgrade to 6.5.2 shortly after its release during the first half of 2008, however this idea was soon binned due to the number of bugs reported in the GA version & 6.5.2A (having only fixed the scheduling issue) was not deemed to be acceptable either. Deciding to monitor the release of 6.5.3 we waited & waited and to all intents & purposes it looked like this was an acceptable version to upgrade to - & then the security hotfix meant 6.5.3.1! However, we did still have every intention of upgrading to this version. But time wore on and then 6.5.4 was on the horizon so it was deemed appropriate to await developments & monitor the forums for possible issues.

There are, so far, only a couple...

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,...

Chris_L | 09 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

 I just wanted to share with you what I have found useful for upgrading your old version of BE for Windows Servers. There are a couple of steps that must be performed before doing any upgrades in order to have sufficient backup of your current BE server. Before beginning the upgrade, you need to backup your C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Data; C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec\Catalogs folders (if you are using external SQL database make sure you have your BEDB backed up) but before that make sure you have stopped your BE and embedded DB service (Backup Exec Server and BEDB service), so if something goes wrong with the upgrade you'll have your Catalogs and DB with you. The following is step by step upgrade from older than 11d version ov BE (only 11d can be upgraded to 12.5) that you need to perform one by one.

Step2:
Download link for the Backup Exec 11d:
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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 | 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 | 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...