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gmunyadzwe | 14 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

I have a BE environment comprising of 1 server. It uses an external SQL database in a clustered environment. Even with a cluster setup, the environment is not bullet proof, that is it is prone to failure, thereby bringing down with it the BE server. I do have a server that I can build another BE environment on. Questions...

1. Can i use a built in database and link it anyhow to the one in the sql cluster? if so, how? if not, whats the best approach to this problem?

2. Can the storage be shared by both servers without any issues, that is, can i still use the storage with the clustered BE server?

3. Can the backup sets be shared by both servers; can i restore the backup from one server using the other server?

Adminbaw | 13 Feb 2013 | 0 comments

Hello, i have a problem during installation of Backup Exec 2012.

I am not able to install Backup Exec 2012.

During the environmentchek it says that the environment is ok.
But i get a strange pop up that says
"The installation failed due to an unexpected error:Absolute Path information is required".

I can go trough the installation to the point where i get the installation summary.
I can click on next, than i get the same pop up an the installation freezes!

The environment is Windows Server 2003 SP2

dotlike | 28 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

To change the display language in Backup Exec 2012 edit the REG_SZ value Language (set 'DE' for german or for example 'EN' for english) in

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec

and start Backup Exec 2012 GUI

Jason_Dowzell | 23 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

With the ever increasing usage of disk based backup solutions, one of the questions I get asked most often is around the future of tape. There is no doubt that disk offers many benefits over tape, not least restore performance and reliability, combined with some great technical advances like deduplication. That said, does tape still have a place in modern data protection?

Rarely a week passes when I don’t talk to a customer who wants to reduce their reliance on tape. The main challenges customers experience with tape are performance, especially when backing up lots of small files, restore speed, and also reliability issues caused by media volatility and drive failures. Add to that the cost of taking tapes off-site and cycling them back on site each day and it is little wonder many want to try and reduce their reliance on the technology.
Disk as a backup technology has been around for many years but, in recent years, has become almost a...
lmosla | 16 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

There are 3 ways Backup Exec 2012 can be licensed:

A. import a Symantec License File (SLF)
1. From the “Add Licenses” screen, click Import From File.
2. Browse to the location where to you saved the .slf file.
3. Select the SLF.
4. Click Open.

B. type the serial numbers (NOTE: This requires an Internet connection and the availability of port 443)
1. From the “Add Licenses” screen, enter the serial numbers that are listed on your license certificate.
2. Click Add.
3. Click Next to submit the serial numbers for verification.

C. install a 60-day trial version

Even after everything seems to be entered properly this problem can occur under the following circumstances:

Maintenance serial numbers were entered and not the Product serial numbers


lmosla | 15 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Some issues that may occur if BESA does not have the required rights:
• Backups or Restores are failing
• Log on Account Errors
• In the backup selections “Enable Trust relation" keeps displaying
• During an install of Backup Exec for Windows Servers when entering the service account information the error "Unable to authenticate with the user and password information given for \User name " appears .
• On system boot, the Backup Exec Device and Media Service fails to start automatically and generates Event ID 7041

All of the Backup Exec services (except the Backup Exec Remote Agent) run under a user account which the Backup Exec system services use. When a user account is configured for the Backup Exec services to use it is known as the BESA (Backup Exec Service Account).

During the Backup Exec install the Backup Exec service Account (BESA) and the Backup Exec system logon...

Simon Jelley | 15 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Big Data and Data Analytics are tremendously valuable tools for businesses today, delivering insights into every aspect of the business, from customer interactions to network security. But like any tool, it doesn’t have any value if you don’t know how to use it. This is where SAP HANA comes in. As a component of a Big Data solution, this new disruptive technology provides the in-memory database, which enables organizations to process both transactional and analytical workloads at incredible speeds—days to minutes, hours to seconds—allowing for more agile, data-driven business decisions.

Just like any other business information, however, Big Data can be impacted by downtime and disasters. Organizations are having a hard enough time backing up their traditional data storage. How can they be expected to handle hundreds or thousands of times as much information?

It’s simple – use the tools you’ve already invested in. Why waste...

Donald Eady | 15 Jan 2013 | 1 comment

Alright… So just got that brand new or not so brand new Robotic Library (Autoloader/Changer) and or Tape Drive(s). Still bubble wrap / ship safe fresh, just unpacked and attached to the server and bam.. here comes the brick wall. The storage device is not displaying or perhaps the tape drives or libraries show up offline or worse yet they are not found, recognized or detected at all. What do you do? Well you have a couple of options you can spin once counter clockwise, blink your left eye, wiggle the mouse frantically, right click and see if its working now. Or you can take the suggested approach and follow this informative right down the golden paved road to the promise land of problem resolution.

From time to time hardware that despite being officially tested and supported by Symantec might show as offline, display incorrectly within the console, function outside of the way it was intended and or throw errors within the B.E. job log or windows event viewer. ...

Walid | 09 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Banking, education, services, insurance, retail in addition to other industries in Lebanon are using Backup Exec 2012 to protect their data and consequently their business. It is widely used to backup databases, mailbox stores, files, virtual images, active directory and others platforms. It can be used to protect servers, personal computers and laptops.  Backup Exec 2012 offers an easy to use, user friendly interface with a step by step wizard to configure multiple options.  

Initially when I installed Backup Exec 2012, I was really disappointed to find out that some configurations did not work the same way that they did in 2010.  There were major changes to the interface and menus as well as the backup scheme switched from multiple selections/servers in one job to resource centric backup jobs.

On the other side, I was extremely happy to see simplified wizards to configure full and incremental jobs by using the easy add stage while configuring backup...

zeboul0n | 20 Dec 2012 | 2 comments

 A new customer of ours has a quite nice 2-node, 2xCPU,  2x96GB RAM, 5x NIC VMware cluster with iSCSI SAN.

The virtual machines are all running Windows Server 2008 R2.
The problem is the former IT-partner didn't do all the things right when choosing and implementing a new virtualized environment.
  • First, keeping a lot of physical servers just out of laziness.
  • Second, not implementing a separate iSCSI network.
  • Third, not implementing a separate backup network.
  • Forth, not implementing redundancy in (the only) network.
  • Fifth, not choosing a VMware license which allows live migration (the customer thought they had but they didn't. VMware Essentials Bundle is....  just expensive)
  • Sixth, not implementing a backup solution that targets a virtualized environment, just continuing the backups as usual and with no other backup storage then the primary deduplication disk....