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Your Choice of Netware Backup Software

By BigJohnDoe ·
Our NT and Netware servers are currently being backed up to a tape unit on the NT server with ARCserveIT 6.61 for NT. The Netware server uses an installed "agent" for communication to the NT server. It has been decided that a separate tape unit willbe installed on the Netware server (a Compaq 1600 Presario). The tape unit will be an HP DAT 40GB. What do you recommend for a Netware-based tape backup software package and why?

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by jmar In reply to Your Choice of Netware Ba ...

I would recommend ARCserveIT for Netware. Since you are already familiar with the product for NT it would make it easier for you to use the software since they would be fairly similar being the same product but just designed for different platforms.
We've been using ARCserveIT for Netware for a long while and it has been easy to use to backup and restore files.
You can check out Computer Associates' site,
http://www.ca.com/products/fdb/arcserveit_fdb_nw.htm
for more info on the features and the benefits that come with these features.
Hope this helps.

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by jpt In reply to Your Choice of Netware Ba ...

I will recommand Sbackup for backing up your NDS. I tried to restore a hole NDS ( for testing) with objects and user names and passwords, and it worked. For data use Arcserve, backupexec or Sbackup. Maybe you could use Arcserve for data and once ina while take a backup of NDS with SBackup.

If you deside to use Arcserve to take backup of NDS make a restore test. Never trust a backup system whitout making a restore test. Arcserve are using Btrieve database wish can give some problems like loosing a days backup because of btrieve error on the server or in the database.

Be sure that SBackup supports your Tape Device !

You can get trail versions of Arcserve and Backupexec, do that and make your tests and then deside wish to use.

The retsore will take the same time as a backup !!

Many small files takes longer time to Backup/Restore than big files.

I am using TSM from IBM with tape robot because we have many data to backup.

You can use this answer as a guideline. Remember TEST TEST TEST W

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by Wayne In reply to Your Choice of Netware Ba ...

I have 5 NetWare 5.0 servers and a single NT. Since migrating to 5.0 I have tested Sbckup, ArcServeIT and Backup Exec using 2 HP DAT 40GB Tape devices. I have a device in 1 Netware server (HP LD Pro) and a device in the NT server (Intel SC450NX Cypus Series)

After several aggravating months of testing I settled on ArcServe as the ONLY reliable overall solution. (This is after they finally released their last SP that fixed 80% of their NetWare 5 issues) With ArcServe I have had no difficulty backing up any server from either device/server, with gauranteed results.
Also, should you have "junior" members to your MIS/IT dept., the interface is much simpler to learn because of the GUI. The diehard DOS veterans also like, or can live with, the console screens.
Lastly, setup & config were unmistakeably easier!

Good Luck!!

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by pallan In reply to Your Choice of Netware Ba ...

A quick glance at Novell's support connection forums will show you that ARCserveIT is, by far, the most troublesome NetWare backup software in widespread use.

A lot depends on what version of NetWare you are on. Most problems are related to ARCserve running on NW5 or later.

BackupExec and Novanet are generally considered to be the most stable, but your current investment in ARCserve makes it worth consideration.

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I currently use Veritas BackupExec V8.5 on a Netware 4.11 server. I have not tried ARCserve for years and really don't know what kind of improvements they have made. I do know that BackupExec installed smoothly, and the only abends it has ever caused were because of an improperly applied patch. The windows client interface is easy to use, and scheduling is very flexible and easy to set up. I have not tried the disaster recovery add-on but I imagine it is also a quality product. Be sure to check the posted hardware compatiblity list on their web site, and I'm sure everything will go smoothly. (www.veritas.com). I have only contacted support once and my question was answered quickly and on the first try.

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