Backing up Microsoft Sharepoint Services using Symantec Backup Exec is a common source of confusion.
For users of Backup Exec 11d, support for Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007, and direct support for Sharepoint Services were introduced in June 2007 (see here). For users of earlier versions of Backup Exec it's not so clear-cut.
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Backup Exec's Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option (IDR) is designed to speed up the process of disaster recovery. It removes the requirement for installing the operating system before restoring from a backup. It integrates with the ASR functionality of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
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Catalogs are files which contain information about what files have been backed up. Catalogs are used when you create a selection list for a restore, so BE knows what files you can restore, when they were backed up, and what media they are on.
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There are various options available for BE to add more functionality. This page summarises what the options do. Agents are not included in this list.
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A common problem with Backup Exec is that unexpected media get used for a backup job. This generally stems from the complexity of a few settings, combined with misunderstandings about how media sets work.
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There are at least three ways to backup Microsoft SQL Server – offline backups, online backups using the Backup Exec SQL agent, and online backups of SQL's own backups.
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One of the most common misunderstandings with Backup Exec is how media sets work. It's common for people to think that by assigning a job to a media set, the media from that set will be used for the job. In actual fact, this assignment means that any media used in the job will be added or moved to this media set.
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There are several remote agents available for Backup Exec. The most commonly used is the Agent for Windows servers. This is used for every backup of a Windows server, even the Backup Exec media server itself.
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