Can I specify which network card a server should use when it is backed up by Veritas?

Posted on 2006-04-12
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I'm backing up a server that has two network cards, one is fast Ethernet (100 Mb) and the other is Token Ring (16 Mb).  I installed a Remote Agent from my Backup Exec server and added a new backup job last night.  The new server job took almost four hours to backup 5 Gb of data (25-26MB/sec).  All other jobs on 5 different servers ran at 119-120 MB/sec.  

Is my Backup Exec communicating with the remote server over the Token Ring card?  Is this why it's so slow?  I can't get rid of Token Ring, because that box is important to the remaining TR network.  How can I make sure that Backup Exec traffic travels only in/out the Ethernet card?


On the Backup Exec server, when I ping the remote box by name it resolves to the IP address on the Ethernet card.
Question by:tomghormley
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You can possibly tell the agent on the remote server to be active on just one of the NICs, or, easier, is to use the IP address of the NIC of the remote server in the backup selection, not the server's name.

Often servers that get backed up via the lan have a separate lan segment with separate NIC's specially for that, so that the rest of the lan isn't impaired during the backup.

In your case you should also check what is being backed up. Exchange servers and online databases like SQL Servers take a lot longer than standard data files. Also if you are running Antivirus software doing realtime scans will slow the backup down.

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Thanks for your comments.  This is an MTA box that transfers Notes messages to our Exchange environment.  Could that be causing the slowdown?  I disbled Virus scan during backup times.
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Yes, that's possible.

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