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I was wondering if anyone could suggest a few backup solutions for our small company.  I will probably need two different backups at the least.

We have 7 servers we need to backup, we currently use BackupExec 9.0 on two and 7.2 on the other.  We need to backup about 50gb on a SQL server it is NT40 soon to be 2000 with Sql7.0 need the sql open agent.  Then we have about 20 gb on a Lotus Notes server we use the Notes open file agent for backup exec then we have a bit over 100 gb's of storage space on two servers.  We have a few other servers such as the PDC and test servers.  In our other config we have three servers that are in our DMZ two are running Lotus Notes/Domino web servers the other is our firewall using checkpoint on a Linux box.  I am thinking I need one for the internal and one for the external.  I have quite a bit of time to back these up since the company is only open 9-5 and nothing really goes on outside those hours.  I need something easy to setup and easy to administer.

Thanks for your suggestions..
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>I have quite a bit of time to back these up since the company is only open 9-5 and nothing really goes on outside those hours.
Just wondering, why don't you backup outside these times, just scheduled backups?

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I am sorry I guess I didn't make it clear I do scheduled backups outside of the 9-5 times.  So I basically have about 5:30 pm to 8:30am to finish the backups.  we use dat24's right now and we have an exabyte with a mamoth2 drive very unpredictable.  The 6 changer HP as you can guess we change everyday and the backup is not really secure It fails quite a bit.  Has not been reworked in a while, a bit more stable since I upgraded a few to 9.0 of Veritas.

Thanks,
Michael
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You might want to look at a better tape system, something like DLT.
On what kind of errors does the backup fail?
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Well with 7.2 I can't find the exact errors the logfile is quite difficult to read with 9.0 as I said it is much more stable and the errors are usually can't open files.  One one of these they are sql dB's even though I have the agent loaded on that server.. But that is okay cause I have SQL making a backup of the dB's on the dataside each night.  Other errors are just can't backup files nothing big on the 9.0.  On 7.2 I have tried everything to get the backup to finish without errors but nothing works can't figure out the errors.  I think it is time to get all my dat's and trash them.  I also don't trust the Exabyte I have had four of those since I bought it new 2.5 years ago and half the time I get hardware errors!  
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DLT doesn't give as much hardware errors as DAT, so I think that's one thing you should consider. You might try upgrading all of them to 9.0 and see if you can find other problems on those backups (I never worked with 7.x, only with 8.6 & 9.0)
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