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Terry Cutler | 29 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

Intel will be making Symantec Backup Exec 2010 available to its system builder partners through its network of authorized distributors. The addition of Symantec Backup Exec expands Intel's software offering for channel partners that are part of the chipmaker’s Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance(ESAA).

For following are a series of articles on this exciting announcement:

Anton Panyushkin | 28 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

During the last 2 months I thoroughly tested SAN-based FlashBackup-Windows on Wintel platform and found a number of puzzling issues. This research prompted me to create a couple of threads here and there on this forum and open a rather long-term support case at Symantec. To sum up my research, I decided to create a PowerPoint presentation that describes how I deployed a test SAN media server, took SAN-based flashbackups and performed restores. It also depicts the way I tuned SAN media server for best performance and performance figures for both backup and restore. On top of that, I present you the issues I faced during my work and solutions for some of them.  Your feedback is extremely welcomed. I'd like we to sure our expertise on FlashBackup-Windows.

Hywel Mallett | 19 Oct 2010 | 0 comments
Many of the problems people encounter with Backup Exec aren't technical problems, but issues with understanding how the software works, or how to get the best out of it. Here are 10 tips you won't find in the manual.
  1. Don't buy Backup Exec (yet). If you're installing Backup Exec for the first time, make use of the 60 day trial. Evaluate which agents and options you need to buy for the first 30 days or so, then buy what you need and enter the license keys before the 60 days is up. By buying once, and buying the right options, you minimise wasted expenditure, and simplify relicensing in the future, when it all needs renewing at the same time.
  2. Start simple. Before you install all the agents and options in the trial, and select every tickbox, just install the core components to start. Make sure you understand them before you add the agents and options, and then add them one-by-one. Backup Exec's design allows you to do this...
Mahesh Roja | 07 Oct 2010 | 1 comment

Refer this Tip If you faced Error during (Unable to prep database instances for upgrade)Upgrade from Backup Exec 2010 to 2010 R2

  1. Read ou the SCL list from Symantec site before start migrating.
  2. Back up all your data: in SQL server an your backup server.
  3. Prepare new OS and install there Backup Exec 2010 with default preferences (it installs local MSSQL 2005 Express).
  4. Stop Backup Exec services on old machine and on new machine.
  5. Copy DB(through Backup-Restore or Detach-Attach) from remote server to your local MSSQL installation on new machine.
  6. Edit tables [Device] and [DataPartition] and change old machine name to new one there.
  7. Delete in registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec For Windows\Backup Exec\Server\DataPartitionGUID key.
  8. Launch services on new machine, they shoud start up and...
RDesai | 30 Sep 2010 | 1 comment

I have NBU 7.0 server running on Windows 32 bit 2003 SE server. I have setup email and do receive catalog emails with catalog recovery file attached. However, emails are live only for 120 days where as we are required to keep backups "FOREVER" on a monthly basis at DR site .  I want to find out if there is a way to copy this catalog recovery file also onto the tape going to DR site every week. By default, the catalog backups always go on to the CatalogBackup pool. How can I also copy the same file also on the tape going off-site (i.e. to a tape in a pool other than CatalogBackup)? (My attempt to change policy to drop multiple copy fails to allow me to choose another pool and hence this blog)

Background: Pertinent info. from prior reading of blogs: 1. I do not want catalog tape also going offsite every week => i.e. a pure waste to send 1.6TB capacity tape having only a few megs and also to sync each weeks catalog tape w/ the ...

kkulmi | 25 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

The best thing about LINUX is that it is being frequently improved over the previous versions and hence, LINUX based computers are quite robust in terms of functionality and features. However, rich functionality our computer may have, it is the data we store in it is the most important thing. We opt for a storage device with advance technology only for the safe storage and better accessibility of our valuable data. People, who have a notion that LINUX operating system based computers are comparatively problem free, usually go wild when they face any problem with their computer. Moreover, if the problem go to an extent, when there is a chance of data loss, the panic needs no explanation. One thing is true that, we can't prevent data loss, but, can recover the data with the help of any LINUX data recovery software.

Possible data loss situations in LINUX:

Accidental or intentional data deletion is the primary reason behind data loss. Sometimes, we...

Stronty | 21 Sep 2010 | 1 comment

Here is a fix for the 0xe000fedl - a failure occured querying the Writer status.

We have seen this error a fair amount recently and mainly on customers Hyper-V environments. All the fixes that Symantec suggests have been tried but non of them work.

This particular fix is for VMs that have been created by doing a Physical to virtual conversion of a server. The reason the above error occurs when you run a backup of these Virtual Machines is due to them having the same disk ID as the host server. This is normaly 00000080.

If you use Diskpart to examine the disk IDs of the Host server and the virtual servers you will probably notice that the disk IDs are the same (00000080). This is due to the Physical to Virtual conversion.

To fix this you can use a tool called dumpcfg.exe which will allow you change the disk ID of the Virtual server. You will need to do this with each Virtual Machine that you have done a Physical to Virtual conversion of on your Host...

Mark Garringer | 17 Sep 2010 | 0 comments

Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group
Minutes from September 14, 2010

The sixth meeting of the Indiana Storage & High Availability User Group was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Dave&Buster’s in Indianapolis, IN.  11 individuals attended, representing eight distinct organizations.  Symantec was represented by two local attendees.

The meeting began with lunch at 12:00 and was catered by Dave&Buster’s.  At 12:30, we got down to business, with group president Brian Doyle welcoming the group and highlighting the agenda for the session.

After proceeding around the room and having all attendees introduce themselves, Brian Doyle presented a description of how Sallie Mae uses Veritas Foundation Suite to provide highly-available Catalog Backups at their DR site.  Challenges that Sallie Mae faced include:

  • a large NBU catalog
  • recovery that takes longer than desired
  • ...
Kate Lewis | 15 Sep 2010 | 10 comments

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