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pjamme
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10 years ago

How Much Server for Backup Exec 2014

I had opened a question about getting back into BE a while ago and found out I needed Windows 2012 Server since I may want to backup my 2012 DC.

I also purchased VMWare vSphere Essentials so I could backup VMWare servers. I received a quote from Symantec for the following:

SYMC BACKUP EXEC 2014 SERVER WIN PER SERVER BNDL STD LIC EXPRESS BAND S ESSENTIAL

SYMC BACKUP EXEC 2014 AGENT FOR APPLICATIONS AND DATABASES WIN PER SERVER BNDL STD LIC EXPRESS
BAND S ESSENTIAL

SYMC BACKUP EXEC 2014 AGENT FOR VMWARE AND HYPER-V WIN PER HOST SERVER BNDL STD LIC EXPRESS
BAND S ESSENTIAL

I have been backing upt to disk (30 minute incremental, full twice daily) using DPM 2007 to an HP MSA20 and weekly to tape to LTO4 for offsite a little less than 1TB.  I of course expect that to grow.

 

Anyway here is my first question:  How much server do I need for this operation?  I am looking at an HP DL 360p Gen 8, but not certain of CPU, RAM or hard drive space on server.  (I am pretty much tied to a rack mounted Proliant.)

My second question:  Do I go with Windows 2012 Standard or Windows 2012 R2 for the server OS?

And finally:  Currently using U320 SCSI LVD to connect to my Quantum LTO 4 Tape and my HP MSA20, so will need two SCSI connectors in the server.  Can I continue as before or do I need to reconsider disk and tape backups?

 

  • Sorry, I didn't see this crop up on my notifications.

    It is minimalistic, but try throw more than 1 CPU with multiple cores at BE, especially if using dedupe.

    I have run BE on various HP ProLiant platforms as follows:

    * HP ProLiant DL385 G2 w/8GB RAM (2 x 4c AMD opteron CPUs)

    * HP ProLiant DL165 G5 w/8GB RAM (2 x 4c AMD opteron CPUs)

    * HP ProLiant DL385 G7 w/8GB RAM (2 x 12c AMD Opteron CPUs)

     

    Don't put down a media server with the minimum spec...scale it for bigger than you need initially which will give you a bit of headroom to grow, especially if you start doing more on it.

    Thanks!

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  • Craig,

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    That is pretty minimalistic isn't it?

    Performance wise how would it function with only that much RAM?  Souns like a single CPU will be fine?

     

  • Sorry, I didn't see this crop up on my notifications.

    It is minimalistic, but try throw more than 1 CPU with multiple cores at BE, especially if using dedupe.

    I have run BE on various HP ProLiant platforms as follows:

    * HP ProLiant DL385 G2 w/8GB RAM (2 x 4c AMD opteron CPUs)

    * HP ProLiant DL165 G5 w/8GB RAM (2 x 4c AMD opteron CPUs)

    * HP ProLiant DL385 G7 w/8GB RAM (2 x 12c AMD Opteron CPUs)

     

    Don't put down a media server with the minimum spec...scale it for bigger than you need initially which will give you a bit of headroom to grow, especially if you start doing more on it.

    Thanks!

  • Craig,

    Because I undersetimated the cost of the server when i set up the budget i have a quote for a single

    • 1 x Xeon E5-2630V2 / 2.6 GHz.
    • 16GB RAM
    • 3 146 GB SAS Enterprise hard drives

    I did not take into consideration iLO License and Extended Warrantee (We are required to extend to 5 Years)

    I also have a quote for 2 SCSI PCI as i will need one for MSA20 and one for Quantum LTO4.

     

    Hopefully if I have issues i can upgrade to 2 CPUs down the road and more RAM.

  • HP ProLiant DL3x0 Gen8? Yes you can...just purchase the CPU in time otherwise you'll be directed to a reseller who is going to charge the earth once the CPU is EoL.

    Thanks!