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 an issue recently while trying to securely wipe a Dell OptiPlex 755 with my favorite data destruction software, Active@ KillDisk. I was using their bootable DOS CD. The first two PCs I was wiping were Dell OptiPlex 745’s and these wiped without a hitch. Then, when I tried to wipe my Dell OptiPlex 755 I kept getting this error during the initial boot.
getFATblock failed: 0x000000d2
I tried burning new CDs and DVDs. Even tried the bootable USB stick. Nothing worked. Same error every time. I tried it on another OptiPlex 755 and bang; same issue. I then decided to browse around the BIOS and a thought came to me to try and switch the SATA Operation Mode to “Legacy”. I did this, saved the BIOS and rebooted.[Read more…] about getFATblock failed: 0x000000d2 when trying to use Active@ KillDisk
The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 1, which is less than required: 2
The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 0, which is less than required: 2
I ran into these errors recently after configuring High Availability on a brand new VMware ESXi 5.1 cluster. I had used SanDisk cards for my ESXi operating system and planned to use a LeftHand Virtual SAN Appliance with only one LUN so I was only going to ever have one shared datastore. I knew I would have to squelch this error right away.[Read more…] about The number of heartbeat datastores for host is 1, which is less than required: 2
V-79-57344-65072 – The connection to target system has been lost. Backup set canceled.
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
Before you run to restore that deleted Public Folder from tape don’t forget ExFolders.
I recently had a situation where someone had inadvertently deleted a Public Folder. I had previously downloaded ExFolders for another problem and remembered I had this on the server. I quickly connected to the Public Folders, showed all deleted folders, and recovered in a snap. The user had the folder immediately.[Read more…] about Don’t forget ExFolders
Storage system [FOM NAME] ([IP ADDRESS]) did not join the management group [MANAGEMENT GROUP NAME].
The required directory /etc/lefthand/data is not mounted. Please restore OS using recovery media.
I ran into this error recently while trying to add an HP LeftHand Failover Manager (running on Hyper-V) to a management group with two HP LeftHand VSAs (running on VMware ESXi 5.1). We were using SAN iQ 10.5.
I tried blowing the FOM away multiple times and reinstalling from scratch but this did not help. I ended up calling HP and this is a known issue that they are working on. There is no patch yet but there is a workaround.[Read more…] about Can’t join an HP LeftHand FailOver Manager to Management Group
I had to use it recently when our existing BES server was getting squished on resources and I needed to move the Blackberry Enterprise Server role onto a new box.
So, if you don’t want to force all your users through the pain of reactivating their phones, or, the hassle of recreating all your IT policies, then you definitely want to use the Transporter. It’s a great tool and can be downloaded as part of the Blackberry Resource Kit.
I was recently building a VMware ESXi multi-host environment with a LeftHand Virtual SAN and I needed 6 Port Groups for my design. I already had one pre-existing Port Group that was a 2GB uplink to my Layer 3 switch.
Everything was going great until I tried to create Port Group number 7. This seemed odd to me as I knew my IOS version should at least support 128 Port Channel Groups.
After some digging, I discovered this 2960G only supports 6 Port Channel Groups. This was unfortunate but not a deal-breaker. I knew I would not be using Vmotion very often on this cluster so I let that run on a single Gigabit Ethernet port. This allowed me to re-architect my solution for only 4 Port Channel Groups.
Just thought I’d pass this one along. You don’t often see switches restricted to this few port-groups.