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Backup Exec vs NetBackup (Comparison of Legends)

Hi Connect, It has been in discussion since long, which would be best for environment. Choice between legends  have been concern of corporates.  Attached are comparison sheet for Backup exec and NetBackup. Have outlined feature sets which i've work...

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LOG Locations in Backup Exec

LOG Locations in Backup Exec:   Backup Exec Support Log (SymHelp): Default Directory: C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec Filename: <Servername>__<Date>__<Time>.sdbz Usage: Symantec Help (SymHelp) is a utility designed to quickly and efficiently di...

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Backup Exec Catalogs

  CATALOGS: When cataloging a tape, Backup Exec reads the header information from the tape and stores it in a file on the hard drive. The information contained in the catalog includes, but is not limited to: •Tape number/label/name (something to iden...

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A Newbie's Introduction to Backup Exec Pt. 1

If you’re new to backups, or even Backup Exec, working out how everything works, gets installed and configured, and fits together, can be a very daunting place to be. I started out the same as any other newcomer to backups, and the skills ramp-up was...

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Troubleshooting Email Notifications in Backup Exec

Troubleshooting email notifications has been a mysterious task for a lot of Backup Exec users. Many of us wonder how/where to start troubleshooting email notifications.  Once email notifications are configured in Backup Exec and enabled in Job proper...

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Planning is key to any installation or upgrade of Backup Exec

Planning for an installation of Backup Exec should be undertaken with all of the same preparation as installing any other software. On a number of occassions, I've seen users post that Backup Exec isn't working for a variety of reasons: slow backups,...

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Tape Statistics Explained

When you click on the Media tab and then click on a tape media, you will see a screen which looks like this   Let's look at some of the more interesting information and what you should do with them. Creation Date (first column) - This is the date th...

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Why is my job not appending data to my tapes?

Question: Why is my job not appending data to my tapes?   Answer:  There are a couple of reasons why jobs do not append data to tapes.   1) The job is set to overwrite.   To append data to tapes, the job must be set to either of the two append option...

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Has disk killed off tape?

For many years, tape was the only way to do backups. To do them fast, fairly reliably, and to allow for offsite storage of data to cater for DR-type situations. Even with the release and improvement of USB drives, tape still had a speed advantage ove...

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Patching Backup Exec

Symantec, like any other software manufacturer, regularily releases enhancements, patches, software hotfixes and service packs for Backup Exec. While they'll probably recommend they be installed, how should you, and WHEN should you install them? Ther...

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Disaster Recovery - Are you considering it? Pt. 2

Well, I wrote an article a while back when I had started to think about disaster recovery, and had intended to follow it up shortly after. Work pressures and other things made sure I wasn't able to pursue the DR process. You can read up on the first ...

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Stating the case for using agents in Backup Exec

Trawling through the Backup Exec forums sees a number of postings regarding whether or not it is worth using the agents that BE has at its disposal. It’s interesting seeing the responses, with 2 sides arguing for, or against the use of agents. In lig...

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Must the Monday's backup be on the Monday tape?

Often, there will be users who would complain that BE upset their carefully thought out tape naming scheme by using a tape not intended for that backup.  For example, a daily backup job taking a tape from the weekly media set or Monday's backup data ...

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Compression - A short explanation

Every now and then, there would be an aggrieved user who feels that he was not given the full measure by his tape.  For example, for LTO3 tapes, the label on the box specifies 400GB and he is not getting anything close to this.  To add to the confusi...

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Using Barcode Labels - Why and How

Why? If you are using a tape library with a barcode reader, you should be using barcode labels.  Why use barcode labels for your tapes?  EFFICIENCY.  The tape library can identify a tape from its barcode label without having to read the internal lab...

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Tuning my LTO4 tape drive.

Recently, I embarked on an exercise to see if changing the properties of the tape drive has any effect on the speed of my backups. I am using BE 12.5.  I back up my data to a SAS-attached HP tape library with a LTO4 tape drive and I write to both ...

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Advanced Open File Option

  This option was introduced in Backup Exec, primarily for backup of open files. In pre-Windows 2003 days Microsoft did not provide any snapshot technology for backup of open files. So, backup of open files was a challenge, and they would get skipped...

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Backup Exec - ESX with RALUS Agent

Problem - Unable to browse the ESX server for defining backup selection. Solution - Refer to the attached document for resolving the said problem / issue

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Inventory and Catalog - What they do and when to use them

Two commonly used features of Backup Exec are Inventory and Catalog.   Inventory is generally used when you physically change tapes in your tape drive or library and you'd like to inform Backup Exec of the change.  Without performing an inventory, ...

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