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.
Backup Exec 2010
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 [Read more…] about V-79-57344-38278 – Unable to find the metadata for a disk of the virtual machine
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 check box 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 a 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!
Back in January I wrote a post about the possibility of job-centric options coming back to the Backup Exec product line. My inside sources had told me October initially, then later February and now I am guess later still. For more details on the job-centric versus server-centric debate please see the previous post.
One thing I wanted to add to the argument against, server-centric backups in 2012, which dawned on me recently, was the use of an autoloader or robotic tape library with Backup Exec 2012.
Going back to previous version of Backup Exec, 2010 and earlier, and using my 10 servers example from the last post, most people are aware that the average robotic arm takes 2-3 minutes to move a tape from a slot and into the drive. The same can be said on the back end of the job where the tape is removed from the drive and moved back into the slot.
Under the job-centric philosophy of 2010, one job that backs up 10 servers, only had this movement happen twice. Once at the beginning of the job and once and the end of the job (unless your job spanned multiple tapes – for the sake of this example lets assume you can fit it all onto one tape).
Under the Backup Exec 2012 server-centric philosophy, those ten servers are now ten individual jobs. That tape now moves twice for each server/job. So, the same backup now has 20 tape movements in a robotic library/autoloader as opposed to 2.
The problem here is the amount of time that adds to the backup window you used to have in 2010. In 2010 the average robotic-librarys tape operations were likely 4-6 minutes. Now using our 10 server example in 2012, the tape operations have been multiplied ten-fold, so your tape operations have increased to 36-54 minutes. Adding 54 minutes to your backup window may not be desirable.
Hopefully, we will see job-centric return soon as an option.
As many of you are well aware there was quite a shock to the system when Backup Exec 2012 came out. Many people had many different complaints and many held no reservation when expressing those complaints to Symantec Employees on Symantec Connect.
Some complained about not liking the new user interface, others had other complaints but most seemed to complain about the new philosphy on how they should execute backups.
In all previous versions of Backup Exec the backup philopshy had been what Symantec now termed as a job-centric backup. In a job-centric backup you created a job, selected the resources from multiple servers, and specified every option and agent for the varying resources you might be backing up. A single job might have selections and backup options for Exchange, File, SQL, SharePoint and more.
In 2012, Symantec switched to what they call Server-Centric backups. [Read more…] about Symantec Backup Exec to include job-based backups maybe?