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By interpretivewoodwork ·
Which software should I use to backup both 4.11 and 5.0 servers. I am using Backup Exec ver 8.0 for Netware now but always having problems. I need a dependable solution.

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by kuiphoff In reply to Backups for Netware.

It depends on your backup strategy. Do you do local server backups or do you run backups through an ATL or central tape array? We actually do both and use the following strategies.

If you do local server backups (servers backup only themselves or a couple of other servers) then I would recommend ArcServe or ArcServeIT from CA. It's super easy to use and the engine is very stable. However, if you back up millions of files under normal tape retention then your database will grow too large and ArcServe will fail (every time the database approaches 2GB).

If you have a central backup strategy (ATL or tape arrays) and backup millions of files from many servers than I would recommend NetBackup from Veritas. NetBackup is an incredible product for enterprise applications but it?s not for the faint-of-heart. It can be a challenge to install and administrate but the throughput and stability will make you a believer.

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by vanster169 In reply to Backups for Netware.

BackupExec should be able to do that job quite nicely. I don't know why you would be having problems unless you are running in on a server that is busy doing other things, or doesn't have enough horsepower for the job.
Where I work, we use Arcserve 6.1 and IT on Novell. I back up 5 Novell 4.11 servers and 6 NT4 servers to 2 different DLT drives running on an old PC with a 133 MHz CPU and 256 megs of RAM, so when I talk about "not enough horsepower" I mean it! Our reliability is very good, I ahve never lost a file. The system could be faster of course, but the main thing is that I can recover data when I need to.

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by Stoney Heflin In reply to Backups for Netware.

Backup exec is quite dependable and I think easier to use than Arcserve. Your problem is likely a procedural or configuration issue. Can you define the problems you are having? I think your superiors would have greater appreciation for a solution that inlcudes a product they already own rather than throwing money at the issue. I think you should reapproach the issue by posting a question that lists the problems you are having. This way you get a real solution to a problem and we all become better engineers. Backup Exec is a solid product. Don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

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by papachuck In reply to Backups for Netware.

We have both ArcServ6.6 and Backup Exec 85. Both backup Novell. I give a nod to the BE and really like the 8.5 version. The problems I found were due to a. Novell updates causing problems or b. The tape drive acting funny (Scsi Problems, dirty heads and the like)...If you can get the maint agreement with Veritas and then bug tech support for each problem....They are really good....Good Luck.....Chuck

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by jeff_hurst In reply to Backups for Netware.

We use Arcserve 6.6 on Novell 5 and it works fine in most cases. It can be hosed by Novell patches though.

If you keep your database clean (Remove all destroyed items)it works better and doesn't have as many problems. There is a blank database included in case of failure. Then just import the needed tapes to the new database

AND TRUE TO FORM FOR CA.
install is a pain and never works right right out of the box. If you install it, make sure you go to their site and get all of the latest patches and install them before running the program. IT will save headaces and calls to tech.

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