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I don't know BackupExec that well and I'm looking for a brief tutorial (or assistance) on how to properly create a job so that I can feel comfortable with my daily server backups while I better learn the application.  I'm working with v12 and I'll be backing up a file server, Exchange (I have the Agent software in place), SQL Server, and a Terminal Services server.  I'd like to get full and complete backups to help with restoration of my servers in the event of a catastrophic crash.  Thanks for any help you can offer,

James
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When taking about protecting the server completely, you need to first understand what are the most essential components of that server that needs to be backed up.
e.g. for exchange server, you need to backup the Information Store and for a Domain Controller you need to backup the active directory within C drive .

If you want to do a disaster recovery of a server, you will need the OS partitition and the system state and shadow copy components. IF you have data on other drives apart from this. you will also have to backup those drives.

Please refer to the admin guide to know more on creating jobs in backup exec.
to access it open backup exec console and click on Help>Administrators guide.
This is a PDF document of over 1600 pages please print with caution.

I am sending some best practices technotes and a disaster recovery short cut list which should give you enough information on backing up your servers.

Although this document was created for ver 11, Its still the same for backup exec 12
http://support.veritas.com/docs/285779 

Read the requirements to do a disaster recovery of different server so that you understand what all needs to be backed up
http://support.veritas.com/docs/261700

Some more links that will help you get started with backup exec

Support Web Site:     http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/support/overview.jsp?pid=15047 
Free Email Support: http://seer.support.veritas.com/email_forms/ 
Product Enhancement Web Site: http://enhancement.symantec.com/ 
Backup Exec recent technotes Digest:  http://seer.support.veritas.com/docs/bewnt_digest.htm
Symantec Education: http://www.symantec.com/education/betechcenter
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Thanks, these links are helpful.  Do you have any advice for backing up SQL Server?
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Another thought - would it hurt to backup the System State and Shadow Copy Components of every server on the same backup?  Will that cause any issues having multiple SS's and SCC's on the same backup media?  Thanks,

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This technote should answer your queries regarding sql backups

Backup Exec 11d Best Practices Guide: Agent for Microsoft SQL Server
http://support.veritas.com/docs/285757

And you can backup all your servers including the shadow copy components and system state on the same backup media. This is the default practice followed across the world. .. so go ahead
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Thank you for your assistance.  After much research I now realize that my questions were very simple to answer :)

For SQL Server you need the Agent software to backup live databases.  As a work around I scheduled a job in SQL Server to back up my databases to a specific area that BackupExec catches each evening.

With respect to the SCC and SS, I also learned that - as you put it - this is the default practice followed across the world.  I also learned that you could back up any number of different server's SCCs and SSs because they are stored in a hierarchy.  

Thanks for the help and the follow-up.

James
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