I was receiving this error in Backup Exec 2010 R3 while trying to back up a virtualized Exchange 2010 server. This error seemed a little odd, so first I ran VSSADMIN LIST WRITERS from the command prompt I verified all my writers were listed as “Stable” and all reported “No Errors”. I then ran VSSADMIN LIST PROVIDERS and immediately identified my problem.[Read more…] about V-79-10000-11226 – VSS Snapshot error
I recently received this error in Backup Exec 2010 when I selected to back up a Template. This template existed on a VMware ESXi 5.1 cluster. I was using the Agent for VMware and backing up through VCenter using the NBD method. Being a template, it was offline and did not have a Remote Agent installed.
The problem I discovered was that I had used a special character in the building of this machine. Being that this was a template, which I planned to deploy many virtual machines from, I wanted to easily attach a date in its name. Mostly, I did this so I knew how far out it was on Windows Updates. So I named by Template, “Base Win2K8 SP1 (6/20/13)”.[Read more…] about V-79-57344-38278 – Unable to find the metadata for a disk of the virtual machine
Symantec has officially published Release Update 3 for Endpoint Protection 12.1.
This new Release includes official support for Outlook 2013 and Exchange 2013. It also includes a number of bug fixes and hotfixes.
For the full release notes please visit this link.
A while back I posted about Service Pack 2 for Backup Exec 2012 and Service Pack 3 for Backup Exec 2010 being in beta. Well, testing is over and the day has come. Both service packs have been released. And this is what they include.[Read more…] about Backup Exec 2010/2012 Service Packs released
I ran into this error recently at one of my clients with their new Backup Exec 2012 implementation. The jobs would sometimes work, but mostly they would fail with the error above. They would also fail at seemingly random byte counts. The implementation was backing up two servers. One of the servers was also the media server and this local backup always succeeded as expected and without incident. The other server, the one that was often failing, was the one with the remote agent.
This made me quickly look towards the network. As a test, I kicked off the problematic backup and monitored the network bandwidth usage in Task Manager on both servers. I also had a continuous ping going between the two servers. The first thing that became apparent was that the network bandwidth (100Mb switch) was completely saturated during the backup. Both servers continually reported a steady hold at 100% network utilization.
Then it happened. At first, I saw the continuous ping start to fail between the two servers. Then I noticed the network links as being reported down on both servers. I could only assume at this point the switch that connected these two servers together was having problems. I logged into the switch and checked the uptime. Lo and behold the switches uptime was just a couple of minutes. I repeated this test a few more times and even tried different switch ports and network cables. Same result every time. The switch kept rebooting. I could only assume this older switch could not handle the constant 100% network load.[Read more…] about Backup Exec 2012 Jobs Keep Losing Connectivity To Remote Agents
I ran across this issue recently when troubleshooting why four removable backup drives in a drive pool kept going into read-only mode at seemingly random intervals. Initially, I would go into the drive properties, switch the drive to allow write operations, only for it go back to read-only just a few weeks later.
My client was using 4 removable USB drives in rotation. These drives were all in one drive pool in Backup Exec. They would swap the drives out weekly, so each drive would be offline for as much as 3 weeks.
What I found, which appears to be new to Backup Exec 2012, is a setting that automatically switches any removable disk to read-only mode after a set number of days. The default is 14 days. I’ve since increased this number past 3 weeks and had no problems.[Read more…] about Removable Disks in Backup Exec 2012/2014 go into Read-Only Mode
I thought I would post on this feature because it seems it is often overlooked and not everyone is aware it exists. This feature is the Global Exclusions Selection List in Backup Exec and it has been around for a very long time.
This global selection list allows you to exclude a path or file just once and this exclusion will automatically apply to every job you create. This is a lot easier than deselecting the same checkbox for a common exclusion across dozens of servers and jobs.
This came to light recently because I had to add global exclusions for the Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 client, which kept causing dozens of exceptions in my job and I really didn’t need to recover this program data in the event of a catastrophic event. I could simply reinstall the client if needed.
I know most of my posts have been on Backup Exec 2012, and I know a lot of people are still using Backup Exec 2010, so I thought I would design this article for setting this up in Backup Exec 2010.[Read more…] about Global Exclusions Selection List in Backup Exec
I have a couple of earlier posts from January and February that discuss Symantec looking at bringing back Job-Centric jobs back as an option in Backup Exec 2012. However, it seems like this won’t be happening in the next major service pack. Symantec has announced beta testing for Service Pack 2 for Backup Exec 2012 (and Service Pack 3 for the former Backup Exec 2010).
Aside from the standard slew of hotfixes, it appears the following, at first glance, will be officially supported in both Backup Exec 2010 and 2012.
- Windows Server 2012
- SQL 2012 Service Pack 1
- SQL 2008 R2 Service Pack 2
- Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3
- VMWare VSphere 5.1
In addition Backup Exec 2012 Service Pack 2 will also support: (Backup Exec 2010 will not support these features.)
- SharePoint 2013
- Exchange 2013
Let’s hope job-centric returns in the next major release!