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How to setup B2D on a cluster

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We are running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise as a 2 node cluster on 2 Dell 6350s connect by fiber to a Dell EMC SAN. We are using Backup Exec for Windows Server 2003 10d for our backups. Curretly we are backing up to tape on a Dell PowerVault 136T Robotic Library with six drives. We would like to start using backing up to disk (B2D) but cannot find any information on how to setup this up on a 2 node cluster. We did create some backup-to-disk folders on node1 and it works fine. However, when we look at node 2 there are no folders listed under Backup-to-Disk Folders. When we try to create the folder with same name as on node1 we get error saying folder is already in use. If we use another name for the folder then it is not referenced in any job. Is it possible to use B2D in a clustered environment with Backup Exec? Thanks.
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by:honmapog
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Do you have Backup Exec clustered (i.e do you have Backup Exec cluster resources)?

Probably the best way of doing this is to have Backup Exec clustered. And to have the B2D folders on a SAN volume that is put in the same resource group as the other Backup Exec resources.
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by:wcohee
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honmapoq,

Yes Backup Exec is cluster aware and activated.
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by:honmapog
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So I suppose you're connecting the BE GUI to the BE cluster resource name.

The best way to approach this then is to create a B2D volume on a SAN volume that moves between nodes with the BE cluster resources.
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by:wcohee
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honmapoq,

Unfortunately that's not possible. Available space not sufficient for backups.
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by:Azyre
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You should still need to create the folders as a resource in the cluster so that they are aware of when the node fails over to the other server.
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Azyre,

Yes, we understand that. We think we may have the right procedure worked out. We are still working it but here is what we are doing:

Create a device pool
  Create a Backup-to-Disk Folder (pointing to share loation for backup files)
    Add this folder to the device pool

The folder will show under the new device pool as a shared resource and is visible on both nodes. We tested a short backup to the newly created device pool and it worked OK. We are having to move on to another hot project at this time but when we get back to this we will try a fail-over and see if it works correctly in this configuration. We'll let y'all know the results.

Thanks for everybodys help so far.
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by:wcohee
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All,

Well, we set up B2D as noted previously and started a test backup. Once backup got started we failed over to node2 and the backup resumed and completed fine. Looks like this is what we're going to go with.

Thanks for the assistance.
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by:Azyre
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honmapog:
Do you have Backup Exec clustered (i.e do you have Backup Exec cluster resources)?

Probably the best way of doing this is to have Backup Exec clustered. And to have the B2D folders on a SAN volume that is put in the same resource group as the other Backup Exec resources.

Just an FYI wcohee, in the above quoted text honmapogtold you to do
Create a device pool
  Create a Backup-to-Disk Folder (pointing to share loation for backup files)
    Add this folder to the device pool

Just in a format that you didn't understand, thus his repeating himself twice and me repeating him once.  You should give him the points as he gave you the answer, you just didn't understand it.  Also I would suggest stating that you are an extremely new user next time so that we know to break answers down further for you.

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