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alazanowski | 21 Apr 2009 | 2 comments

First of all, I want to state that I am very impressed with the fact that Symantec is moving forward on a product that deduplicates data on either the media or client side depending on configuration. This is one of those demands that will assist all backup administrators and I.T. Departments with minimizing costs in a growing environment with miniscule backup windows. Concepts like this show the ingenuity of the developers and the technical users to perform feats against growing costs.

However, there are a few dissapointments that I have seen with Puredisk & Netbackup:

1. If you bought into the whole VTL libraries before any disk based backups were brought into play, you're screwed if you think you can move Puredisk into that environment to use. Unfortunately, you would have to break the entire VTL system (destroy its OS and applications), wipe out all the data, and set up a linux based system that would host those drives as additional disk paths....

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...

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.

Enjoy Netbackup Doc's

Karthikeyan Sundaram.

J.H Is gone | 14 Apr 2009 | 0 comments
When I first got here:
At 3 remote locations they had Backup Exec and local tape drives.We had to rely on “users” to remember to change tapes and handle them correctly.
At corporate office, we had standalone tape drives on the servers.  And would use OS backup software to backup to tape.Every morning I would come in and hit the eject button on all the tapes, then go back and take them out. Some of them I had to put in the second tape so the backup could finish. Then go and put tonight’s scratch tapes in them. This could take up to 2 hours before I was finished. And then had to check emails to make sure they all actually worked. Once a week I would spend an extra hour doing cleaning tapes in all the drives. I spent a LOT of time doing tapes.
These were the days of ‘Manual Labor’.

Then we purchased NetBackup 3.5. I took the self paced course on...

Taqadus Rehman | 10 Apr 2009 | 2 comments

In our day to day backup administration life we have to face lots or problems, some create panic and some do not; and we often have to log a case with symantec support, initally we log the case and describe the issue we are facing, in response to that support engineer request for logs. From call logging to inital response we some times have to wait  2 hours which irritate more at time you are in panic situation. Let me explain the support material required by symantec support to resolve any issue.

Support team often require various materials, there are 3 generic types:

  1. NetBackup support material 
  2. NetBackup diagnostic material
  3. Individual commands and/or procedures 

Netbackup Support Material

The NetBackup support materials used to be collected by the nbsupport tool, nowadays that is replaced by the "nbsu" tool, this is available to download at following link. you need to...

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

  • 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’s not...

Taqadus Rehman | 04 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

We recently experienced some images that had failed to be expired on their own due to the known bug in 6.5 that won’t expire old 5.1 images from disk and it reminded me how very important it is to do your homework when taking drastic steps such as this. As we all know, once you use bpexpdate to get rid of an image, the only way to get it back is to import the tape(s). Before expiring those images, even if it is just one, use bpimmedia and bpimagelist to document what the images are and where they reside.

I find with this, Do your home work before playing with catalog images.

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: 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....
LeslieMiller | 02 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Have you migrated from another product to one of Symantec’s Backup products? We want to hear about it—and we’re sure others in the community would like to hear your story as well. So, we’re holding a contest—one where everyone wins. Just for entering you’ll receive 1,000 Reward points. (That’s twice as much as a normal submission.)   And if you have the best story (as determined by a panel of Symantec experts) you will receive the grand prize of 25,000 Connect points. (You could redeem those points for a Hawaiian cruise, or more than $1500 in Amazon gift cards.) Symantec will also award runners up with additional bonus points.

Want to find out more? Check it out here.

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...