Basic help with Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server

Posted on 2007-11-28
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Last Modified: 2013-12-01

I've used BackupExec for years but am trying to setup Continuous Protection Server for the first time.

I'll have multiple business servers backing up to a single protection server.  This protection server has a tape drive connected to it which should perform nightly backups.

- What I'm wondering is firstly do most people go for backing up files from the business server whenever files change or on a schedule?  I figure "As files change" probably distributes the load on the network so might be better in this heavily loaded network?
- I'm a bit confused by the whole snapshot thing, is it snapshot of the entire protection server or just a snapshot containing one set of data from each business server at a point in time?  How often do you create snapshots?
- When backing up to tape with BackupExec what do I select?  Under the Continuous Protection Server tree should I select the "Databases" and "Latest Snapshot"?  I think if I understood snapshots this might make more sense to me.

Thanks for any help!
Question by:Zenith63
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Firstly the CPS works with only B2D on the Destination/Protection sever
The snapshot is taken of the volume where the B2D resides on the protection server using VSS

For more information please refer to the following document
Symantec Backup Execâ„¢ Continuous Protection Server  version 11d Administrator’s Guide
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Iamthecreator OM earned 1500 total points
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You can select the DATABASES from under  the CPS protected Resources in BE
backing up the snapshots to tape is not really required as the snapshots will be deleted from time to time depending on the RETENTION POLICY.
The snapshots are managed by VSS and it will start deleting the oldest snapshot if it reaches a max limit of 64 snapshots
The idea of taking snapshots is to provide you with the ability to have multiple versions available for restores
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I'm just looking at this again and I'm still not quite sure what I should be selecting from the CPS tree in BE.

I see -
- Databases
- Snapshots
 - Latest Snapshot
- Protected Resources

So I should backup "Databases" but presumably this contains no data?  Am I right in thinking I can then select "Latest Snapshot" or "Protected Resources"?  Does it make any difference?

Thanks, I know this was closed.

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