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Veritas Backup Exec

By sidvail ·
Just bought Veritas Backup Exec so that I can backup my server to a hard drive. I have 2ea 120Gb drives with maybe 15Gb total on C and D. I use Veritas to backup the complete contents from both to F drive (120Gb). I set up a job to start at 12:05am and run to 5:00am, every day. It worked fine for the first 2 days. Then I changed it to 10:00PM to 4:00am. It completed backup with exceptions. (all the data from my point of sale program) It did the same on the next night. I reset the job to backup from 12:05am to 5:00am like I had it previously. It is still backing up with exceptions. Still the same files. Error report says the files are in use. So they are skipped.

Does anyone know how to get around this? I thought a backup program could handle open files. I am new at backup and this has me baffled. It's late at night, and no one is using the point of sale - although I do have a replenishment report that comes in during the night to the point of sale. I thought maybe that would be it - but not sure.

Thank you for your help.

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by jschein In reply to Veritas Backup Exec

with veritas you must add the open file management license... If you did not purchase that with your software (code on the back of box), you will need to buy that license.

It will not backup any open files unless that license is installed.

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Thanks. The boss decided to forego the Open Files license due to cost. We stopped the nightly transmit from POS and it's now working fine.

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by mjost In reply to Veritas Backup Exec

Backing up open POS files sounds like a disaster if you ever have to restore sometime.

Is it possible to backup a copy of the Data base files created by the POS app just before the backup starts and not backup up the the active data (folder)? If you can produce a Flushed and committed data copy, store it in a different folder to be backed up in regular backup routine.

If you can not create a clean data copy, use a batch file (controlled inside Backup Exec) stop the POS App/service (Flush and commit data if possible before), then backup that part of the data, after which restart the POS service inorder to get a clean data copy.

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