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Backup to a remote media server

BE-Vita
Level 3
Hi, I have a question concerning backup to a remote server. We have a server with an iSCSI disk-array attached, where Backup Exec 12.5 (will soon be upgraded to 2010 R2) is installed and making a backup-to-disk to the array. But we also have a second server, where a tape library is attached. What we now want, is to bring the backups from the array also to tape. In the BE Console on server 1 the remote agent and media server assistant can be started to install the second server. Is that the right way for this purpose? And is a licence needed for the second server? If yes, what kind of? Thanks in advance!
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Ken_Putnam
Level 6
If the server that "owns" the tape library is a WindowsOS, then you must install a full copy of BackupExec on it, making it a media server to utilize the library

If the remote server is LINUX, then you can install a copy of RMAL (Remote Media Agent for Linux) and stay with just one media server.

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RahulG
Level 6
Employee
You would need A license for the second media server .
The best way would be to run the media server installation locally instead of pushing it .

RahulG
Level 6
Employee
But instead of having two different media server best option would be to install backup exec on the server where you have your tape drive connected , any ways you can backup to your ISCSI array as well but there would be some performance related issue if you have a backup to disk created on remote a server ...

BE-Vita
Level 3
A licence means agent licence or does it mean a full backup exec server licence?
It is a huge amount of data, so I thought, it would be the fastest way to backup directly to the array on server 1 and then copy to tape on server 2.

RahulG
Level 6
Employee
If you install Just remote agent you would need remote agent license
If you are installing media server you would need the fullbackup exec license
If you install remote agent on the server where you have the robotic library connect you cannot backup to the Library ...
you can just backup the data on that server to you media server .

RahulG
Level 6
Employee

If you perform a backup of the BKf files that would increase  you recovery time i.e you would 1st need to catalog the tape--then restore the Disk array which contain bkf files , then you need to run inventory and catalog the Bkf files and then you have to perform the restore ...

Whereas if you run duplicate backups you can simply catalog the tape and run the restore ..

Also you can use duplicate backups only when the original job is created in the same media sever...

Ken_Putnam
Level 6
If the server that "owns" the tape library is a WindowsOS, then you must install a full copy of BackupExec on it, making it a media server to utilize the library

If the remote server is LINUX, then you can install a copy of RMAL (Remote Media Agent for Linux) and stay with just one media server.