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Backup Exec 10d

By mg_roberts ·
I'm pretty confused on what software to purchase. I run SBS2003 and I primarily need a backup solution for our Exchange 2003 server. I'm not sure if I need to purchase the Exchange Agent in addition to Backup Exec for Small Business Server, or if Backup Exec for SBS includes the Exchange agent. In the product description Exec SBS says it includes agents for SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint. It just doesn't make sense. Can anyone provide more information on these software packages and what I need to backup Exchange 2003 on my SBS 2003.

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Backup Exec 10d - my Scenario

by Ian Lewis In reply to Backup Exec 10d

You're right. The Symantec website is vague to say the least.

I use Backup Exec 10d in a Server 2003, Exchange 2003 and AD environment.

I'd recommend the Exchange Agent but you should also ensure you get the Advanced Open File option. The documentation isn't as clear as it could be but you will really benefit from getting that licence as well.

The main reason for this is that Exchange's log files and stores are open all the time.

The bundle includes Continuous Protection Server which if you're in charge of a file server is great.

I think you have to buy the base package for your environment and then add the licences.

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SBS only

by mg_roberts In reply to Backup Exec 10d - my Scen ...

I guess what I really need to know is can I purchase Symantec Backup Exec 10d for Windows Small Business Server to cover SBS and Exchange. I believe it states that 10d for WSBS includes the Exchange Agent, is this correct?

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Backup Exec is alright for SBS

by mjwx In reply to Backup Exec 10d

we're running it here. error reporting ranges between good and vauge. but it does the job well.

Support for it isn't very good. cant give you any info on any alternatives .

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Backup Exec !0D Installation

by dsimpson In reply to Backup Exec 10d

If the SBS installation is anything like the 2003 server installation then you will need to purchase the exchange agent, agents for servers you want to protect, SQL if runs in your network. No agent actually gets installed in the exchange server. Adding a license to the license database in backup exec gives you the ability to backup up your data stores. SQL, file and print, etc will need the agent installed that you can push out from backup exec.

Hope this helps.

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Veritas is not very good

by stilmas In reply to Backup Exec 10d

We used to use Veritas 10d in our environment. I would not trust it as far as I can throw a fully loaded rack of servers. We found out the hard way that it does not restore Exchange databases or Active Directory with an authoritative restore. This product has burned us too many times so we got rid of it and went to Commvault Galaxy, which was a million times more reliable and jobs hardly ever fail like they did alot with Veritas. We've had so many problems with BE 10d that Symantec couldn't even figure out what was wrong. Bottom line, I would stay clear of it unless you are only backing up file shares. Use NT backup for your Exchange server, it's free, backs up open files AND IT WORKS!

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