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Joe Pfeiffer | 06 Nov 2008 | 0 comments

Larry, our expert technical product manager for all things Windows let me know this today: Due to popular demand we have released a technote (305549) that summarizes and clarifies the steps needed to configure the NetBackup 6.5.2/6.5.3 Sharepoint agent for granular recovery of Sharepoint 2003/2007 documents. Think of it as a “cheat sheet” that brings together information from several different manuals in one convenient location. You can find the technote at http://support.veritas.com/docs/305549. On a related note, if you are using NetBackup 6.5.2 or 6.5.2a, you should also have a look at the 6.5.2 Late Breaking News technote at http://support.veritas.com/docs/307880. This document lists a number of known problems with NetBackup 6.5.2 and includes links to other technotes that discuss each issue. All of...

Peter_E | 05 Nov 2008 | 0 comments

George Crump recently wrote a post on Byte & Switch on source-side deduplication.  I thought an expansion on the topic would be useful given that George did not cover all the facts in his post.  Yes, I’m writing from a Symantec perspective, but my intention is to present a balanced and factual argument.

Do you have to switch backup applications for integrated deduplication?  NetBackup integrated its PureDisk deduplication engine into the NetBackup server to give customer the choice about how and where they perform deduplication.  As a result, there’s no need to replace the client on your existing machine if you’re already using NetBackup. 

Does switching to source-side deduplication mean you should replace your existing...

Daniel Hoffer | 05 Nov 2008 | 0 comments

But why would you do such a thing?? You'd have to be really frickin' stupid to burn dollar bills to light a fire!!

 

Yeah, I knew you'd agree with that. Fortunately, NetBackup customers are smarter than the average bear (or, let's say, the average backup administrator). NetBackup customers know that backing up ESX servers twice (once for the VM image, once for all the individual files) is like burning dollar bills, and additionally, backing up without using incrementals is like throwing a few twenties on top.

 

Let's explore the incrementals angle a bit. NetBackup 6.5.2 is the only backup product available that supports incremental backups with VCB. How does this work? Using VCB at the VMDK level, a full image is backed up initially, and then catalogued on the proxy server. Subsequently, incremental backups are performed by comparing the contents of a VM against the stored catalog of the initial full image. If changes are detected, then VCB is...

Joe Pfeiffer | 02 Nov 2008 | 0 comments

Check out the paper explaining it here.

The real Alex Davies | 30 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

During his presentation at the Customer Forum last week Curtis Preston commented that the choice of backup storage technology should not compromise the restore time.  His comment was specifically aimed at deduplicating technologies and was a timely reminder that you should always test the time to restore when evaluating deduplicating storage.  (He also made the valid point that not all deduplication is the same and you shoud always evaluate at least two dedupe devices and compare the space savings.)

 

His comments reminded me that the whole reason we do backups is to be able to restore and that we should never lose sight of that all important RTO target.  Technologies such as client side dedupulication and synthetic full backup are very good ways of achieving a backup when bandwidth is limited but you need to remember that recovering a server or application over a narrow pipe is going to take a long time.

 

When it comes to...

TimBurlowski | 28 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

I love good news first thing in the morning.

 

IDC's quarterly Storage SoftwareTracker reportcame out and the news was great, at least for us. "Symantec's 26.9 percent overall storagesoftware marketshare growth nearly doubled that of the overall storagesoftware marketgrowth due to strong demand of its innovative solutions,includingNetBackup, Backup Exec and Storage Foundation." - Symantec Demonstrates Market Leadership in Storage Software

 

Good work team.

 

 

TimBurlowski | 24 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

I meant to blog daily at the Customer Forum, but I was having too much fun and spent a few too many hours in the office.

 

Here are a few tidbits that stuck out in my mind.

 

De-dupe is still red hot in the marketplace. You could look at Data Domain's earnings and understand what I am talking about. The customers are excited about the technology and our approaches and there is a lot still going on in this space.

People are still hungry for the basics to be simpler and easier to use. We are working on that and were able to show some "sneak peeks". The enthusiasm was even better than I expected. I can't wait to start unveiling more of it in public.

It was clearer than ever that thin provisioning isn't just for disks it also for the people. The same person wears the hat of SAN administrator, backup architect, troubleshooter, deployment guru and titles too...

TimBurlowski | 21 Oct 2008 | 0 comments

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So what am I hoping to get out of the event?

I am hoping to see if people like the neat UI stuff we are doing. Since the improvements we are making...

Joe Pfeiffer | 17 Oct 2008 | 2 comments

The interesting thing about the people in the training is that most of them here are very young - late 20's to early 30's.  We're seeing more of that in the storage industry but usually I'm the really young guy in the room when it comes to industry events (props to Dan, Mayur, Erica, Lou, Stefaan, Matt and few other fellow youngins).  These people in Dubai though are coming up with all sorts of neat ways to use NetBackup to protect people.  Leveraging integration with the Storage Foundation file system + volume manager, teaming it up with Enterprise Vault archiving, using PureDisk deduplication on the backend for storage or on the front end for remote office, and rolling it all up for reporting in Backup Reporter. It made me see again that this is what make's NBU as a part of Symantec so different than anyone else - to offer a solution across all these areas without having a piece that's not as good (like a crummy archive portion or a single platform file system)....