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can ntbackup utilize ndmp

We have a SpectraLogic T50 connected via fiber to a NetApp 3020 filer and want to run test backups using ntbackup. Our Syncsort backup software keeps failing so we want to take it out of the equation and try ntbackup (or something just as quick & easy).

Is ntbackup up to the job and can handle ndmp protocol to get data to the T50? other suggestions certainly welcomed.
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Simple answer - no it can't.

You could try and download a trialware version of Backup Exec 12 (www.backupexec.com). but it's not as "quick&easy" as NTBackup, and the T50 is not on the HCL for NetApp NDMP backups (meaning it was never tested by Symantec).
The tape library you are using should be certified by NetApp. For NDMP backups all the application does is act as a scheduler and the NAS filer (in this case the NetApp) does the actual movement of data from the NAS filer to the tape library. Also the library has to be connected to the NetApp filer for NDMP. If the library is SAN attached it can be connected to both the filer and the backup server. I'm guessing that Backup Exec supports that type of shared configuration, I know ARCserve does.  

The question is if NetApp supports your library for NDMP. If your library is on the NetApp certified list then it will work fine with ARCserve in either a plane NDMP or shared configuration.

I tried checking the NetApp site for their certified list but only got a broken link.
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i thought about trying the BackupExec but was looking for something a little simpler for test cases. let me ask this, lets take ndmp out of the equation. the NetApp filer is running as cifs. would ntbackup be able to read data from the NetApp filer and stream it to the T50 ?
NTBackup should be able to read the CIFS share and write it to the T50, on the condition that the T50 is local to the Windows 2003 server running NTBackup.
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honmapog:

local meaning connected directly to the win server i take it. that would mean putting a FC card in the server or can a windows iSCSI driver locate the T50 on the LAN? or would one have to put another NIC in the windows server and connect that to the iSCSI int on the T50?

thanks honmapog, you've answered my question. if you want to answer this one fine if not not a big deal.
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ok, then at this time i say thanks to all who helped and award you, honmapog the points. that answer gets me closer to what i am looking for. thanks.