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System: Exchange 2003; Veritas backup 10.0; External drive connected by a USB.

I just backed up JUST THE information store and I did about 12gigs in about 6 hours. Is that reasonable? The backup was 100% successful.

In addition to the system state of the box do I have to backup anything else?

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by:Sembee
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I have a client with a 14gb store and that backs up to Ultrium tape and does it just under an hour, including verify.
That would seem a little slow. Is the external drive on USB 2.0 or 1.1?

Simon.
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by:Starquest321
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USB 1.1 . . . could that be the problem? I know I need a seperate job for the system state....two questions: 1) Do I need to backup the system state every night or just HAVE a copy? 2) Do I also need the SERVICE STATE also?

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by:Sembee
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If it is USB 1.1 then that will be your problem. That is very slow and will be the bottle neck.
I do a system state every night, so that I have everything I need on one set. Separate job - same media.

Simon.
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by:Starquest321
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Will 2.0 be MUCH MUCH faster?
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by:Sembee
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In theory, the maximum speed that USB 1.1 can do is 12 mbps. Whereas the theoretical max of USB 2.0 is 480.
Therefore I would expect to see a speed gain if you used a USB 2.0 device.

Remember that both the port and the device have to support USB 2.0.

Simon.
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Based on the speeds you report, backing up to a mapped drive on another PC connected via fast ethernet would be faster.
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by:Starquest321
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hstiles: 100Mbps is my ethernet speed . . .usb 2.0 is 480 mbps. I was wondering how you support your comment?
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by:hstiles
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12GB in 6 hours equates to around 580K per second throughput so it's safe to assume that either

1) Your server doesn't have a USB2 controller
2) Your USB device is only USB 1.1
3) Something is not working properly

So, to repeat, based on the speeds you report, backinmg up to mapped drive over 100MBs ethernet would be quicker.
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by:hstiles
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I'm not saying it would be faster than USB2, just faster than what you have now.  It might be faster than USB2 actually, because 480MBps is a theoretical upper limit.  I would be surprised if I got that throughput with my Maxtor One Touch external HDD.
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I understand. . . what do you think you would get with the Maxtor One Touch because that's what I am actually backup to...
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You also have to consider the speed of the system hosting Exchange as well.
If you are running Exchange on a slow IDE based system, then you will not get the max speed.
However USB 1.1 is a major bottleneck, so going to a USB 2.0 based system will give you a speed increase. How much faster is difficult to say.

Simon.
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usb 2.0 would be MUCH faster

when i installed a 2.0 controler in my Dell 2600 server the speed went from 6 or so hours to less then 2
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by:hstiles
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I think at this stage, you have got nothing to loose by experimenting.

Set up a shared folder on a remote machine with sufficient disk space and map a drive.  Try backing up to a file on mapped drive.
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Sounds good. I will try that. . . . Points to everyone.
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