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We have 1-32 bit server (Domain Controller) , 1-64 bit (terminal server), 1-64-bit (SQL server), 1-64 bit (web server).  We have a tape drive physically attached to the SQL server.  If I want to back everything up which server should I install it on?  Is there any issues with restoring mix 32bit and 64bit  jobs?  

Also if I want to setup nightly weekdays backup with rotation of two weeks.  So 10 tapes total and have it automatically eject each day and have someone in the office load the next tape.  Can I get some tips on setting up media set/jobs?
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by:paulsolov
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looks like it should work, you'll need to install an updated agent for x64 as mentioned in the question below

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/Backup_Exec/Q_23269160.html

With version 12 32/64 bit agents are installed on the fly, the only gotcha is the new 12.5 which just came out yesterday and has a different version for 32 and 64 bit media servers, the remote servers should not matter.

I would install BE on the domain controller since it probably has the most data on it and doesn't do too much during backups.  Just make sure you purchase the SQL agent for the sql server so that it does a good backup of the database.  If you don't have this make sure you backup using sql maintenance to a flat file and then backup using standard backup exec remote agent.

My $.02
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by:isaakadmin
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So it doesn't really matter what the tape drive is physically attached to? The SQL actually does have the most data.  I am using version 12.5 trial. The Agent install doesn't specify 32/64 so I guess its auto detect. So restore wont matter as long as the agent is the supported on the appropriate server?

I know.. Can you throw a bonus in and answer my tape rotation question? Thanks
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For the rotation 10 tapes will work although you may want to keep a monthly/quarterly tape offsite for archive reasons but it depends on your internal policy.  When setting up the backup job create a media set with your parameters otherwise the default it the media set to keep forever.  Configure the auto reply wizard to automatically respond with a reply of yes when asking to overwrite tape otherwise it will just sit there. you can also set it up to not ask to whether to overwrite or not in the mail screen under tools options (I think, since I don't have it in front of me at the moment).  When setting up schedule have it setup so that it automatically cancels the job after 5 hours if the backup job doesn't start, this will prevent a problem when someone forgets to put in a tape for a few days and then decides to put it in causing the job from a few days ago to start and que up the jobs that have not taken place.
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by:isaakadmin
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In this version I had to install it on the server with the tape drive physically connected to it.
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