Backup Software / Virus and Pest Software Recommendation / CA Complaint
Posted on 2006-04-20
I am currently running Windows Server 2003 and have 15 workstations. Most of the workstations are laptops that are rarely onsite. I am currently using Computer Associates Virus and Pest Patrol on ther server and workstations and their ArcServe Backup for the sever.
Since I got my new server several months ago I have had nothing but headaches with CA software.....
Lets start with the backp...... The backup will run for a few days and then it won't. I will come in to find that the software is still "connecting to media" and that my backup did not run. I am using 2 Seagate tape drives that are Windows and CA supported. Once this happens, the only way to fix the problem and get the backup running again is to remove the tape drives from the Tape Group in the software, restart the server and put them back into the group. CA has remotely accessed my server 5 times and has yet to fix the problem. My problem has been escalated to the programmers. Furthermore, the last time they deleted my backup job without permission and I had to recreate it. Sooooo, I ask all of you experts what is your opinion is for a good backup software. Is the built in backup software in Widows Server 2003 good? Will it span two tapes? I welcome all suggestions.
Next, lets talk about the Virus / Pest Patrol software. I like the fact that I can manage the workstations from the server; however, their last update has caused me much grief. Since the last update, the software has caused my server to slow down everday and needs to be restarted daily. Once I turned the software off on the server this does not happen anymore; however, I don't want to do this. Soooo, I also ask the experts, what is a decent virus / pest protection that can be managed at the server level.
My patience is about gone with CA's software and I am looking for some better options.