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Recover Dedup Backup Sets From MMS when CASO is offline

I have Backup Exec 2014.1 V-Ray CAS installed at my main data center (site 1) and I have a deduplication storage system set up there.

I also have a MMS backup exec server at my COLO (site 2) with a second deduplicatoin storage system. After each backup job at site 1, the backup sets are duplicated to site 2. I was told when I purchased this system that I would be able to restore at site 2 in a DR situation where my CAS at site 1 would fail. 

I have conducted tests by disconnecting the CAS at site 1 from the network and tried to restore data sets at site 2, I was met with errors saying there was no communication to the CAS and restores would not be possible. I have since contacted support and was given documentation on how to convert the MMS to a CAS to attempt restores, however in my research this isn't possible because the catalog information is stored on the CAS the way that mine is set up. 

My Questions:

1. With all that I have here is it possible to make the MMS restore backup sets without a connection to the CAS?

2. Do I have to change the way that the backup sets are cataloged?

3. Will running a device inventory and catolog on the MMS server's deduplication drive when it's disconnected from the CAS and converted to a CAS let me restore backup sets? 

 

 

3 Replies

Re: Recover Dedup Backup Sets From MMS when CASO is offline

You need to convert the MMS to an unmanaged BE server, catalog the dedup folder and then do the restore.

Re: Recover Dedup Backup Sets From MMS when CASO is offline

Awesome. Glad there is a way at least. We'd only use this in an extreme Disaster situation. I wish I'd be able to test it without ruining my current set up.

Re: Recover Dedup Backup Sets From MMS when CASO is offline

Currently the deduplication catalog is on the main CAS, do I need to change to replicated cataloging?