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Backup NW to USB drives with Arcserve?

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Hi Guys,

Like many people I've had lots of problems with tape drives, and backup software.
I support several NWSB sites and an considering replacing the tape drives with rotated USB external drives. I've done this on a couple of Windows SBS systems, and it seems to work OK, and is cost effective.
The software the clients own is CA Arcserve. NWSB 6.0 & 6.5 are included on the sites I'm considering.

So, a couple of questions. Can you even use a USB drive on the Server of a NWSBS system, and, if so, what drivers do I need?
Has anyone else done this yet??

Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Matt
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by:ShineOn
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What version of ARCServe?  

If they have an old version, it's highly unlikely.  If they have the latest version it's possible.  

The drive would be mounted as a volume.  You'd have to format it NSS.   If you leave it formatted FAT32, it'll be seen  as a DOS device.

ARCserve would have to see it as a backup-to-disk device, so it'd have to be configured that way in ARCserve.

Of course, each one would have to have its own volume  name so as you add each into your rotation in ARCserve, the next time it's plugged in and mounted you  don't have to re-define it as a device in ARCserve.

It should work  (in theory) - I haven't done it personally, but it makes sense  to me.

AS11.5 for Windoze has a USB device class, while 11.1 doesn't.  Maybe next release of ASNW will too.
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by:mattpaulin
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OK, Thanks ShineOn,

I just plugged in a USB drive to a NW 6.5 SBS. It's not detected by scanfor new devices, nor by the USB FDD driver. Is there a seperate driver avaialbe for USB hard drives???

Thanks
Matt
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ShineOn earned 1000 total points
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Good question.  Here's a TID for ya, describing exactly what we're trying to accomplish, and it even says  what drivers to use.  AND it talks  about speed issues.  Good to know up-front.

http://support.novell.com/cgi-bin/search/searchtid.cgi?10099387.htm

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by:mattpaulin
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Excellent - just what I was looking for. I don't really follow why I could not find that TID myself...
Cheers
Matt
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by:ShineOn
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It showed up when I searched for usb disk driver - I couldn't remember what driver to use (I knew it wasn't the FDD driver) and I stumbled across the TID.  

Go figure. ;)
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