Help w/ Initial Configuration of Arcserve Environment


I'm trying to configure our new Arcserve backup software and I'm running into some issues. I'm backing up to a Buffalo TeraServer that we just installed.  I have several questions about how I should set up and configure the backup software and the FSDs on the teraserver.  

I would like to configure a 7-day backup for files (full on Sunday, incr. every other day) with GFS enabled.  How do I configure the FSDs on the teraserver for this?  Do I need to set up a new folder for each possible destination?

I would also like to configure a rotation for 7-day full backup (full backup each day) for another set of files.  Again, do I need FSD1-FSD7 for this?  Does each FSD point to a different folder on the teraserver or do they all point to the same folder?

One last question - how can I restore/rebuild the database protection job?

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Sai Prasad KinneraConnect With a Mentor Support Delivery ManagerCommented:
All the folders will be created in seperate folders eg: x:(tera station drive name)\FSD (folder name)\

naming convention of the FSD folder name can be set to default as it doesnt impact your backups, only thing that needs to be done after setting up FSD is to move all the media to single group and arcserve will take care from their.

you need to specify media pool name under schedule tab when you setup a 7 day GFS job which inturn creates mediapool_DLY, Mediapool_weekly and Mediapool_monthly and backed up medias will be going to save set and scratch set.

Sai Prasad KinneraSupport Delivery ManagerCommented:
After installing software you need to go to quick start under arcserve manager and then click on device manager and click on configure FSD

As you want to setup GFS job total number of FSD you need while a seven-day scheme requires 23 media-per-year

By default arcserve creates seperate group for all the FSD, you need to click on Configure FSD groups and place all the media in single group and all of these media needs to be under destination tab.

Below is the procedure to create ASDB protection job

To recreate the CA ARCserve Backup Database Protection Job

Open the CA ARCserve Backup Manager Console.
From the Quick Start menu on the CA ARCserve Backup Home Page, select Server Admin.

The Server Admin window opens.

Click the Configuration toolbar button.
The Configuration - <Server name> dialog opens.

Select the Database Engine tab and do the following:
Check the Submit ARCserve DB protection job check box.
In the Server field, specify the name of the CA ARCserve Backup server where you want the Database Protection Job to run. You can specify an ARCserve primary server or an ARCserve member server from the domain where you want to recreate the Database Protection job.
In the Group field, specify the name of the device group where you want to store the Database Protection Job data.
Click OK.

CA ARCserve Backup recreates the Database Protection Job.

check admin guide or click on help and current topic under arcserve manager for more information about GFS jobs and medias used.

hope this helps
trbbhmAuthor Commented:
So I create 23 FSDs for the single seven-day scheme (FSD1-FSD23). Do all of these FSDs point to the same folder on my teraserver (ie, \\teraserver\backups\) or do I need to point them to 23 different folders?  

Should I name them DLY1-DLY7, WKLY1-WKLY4, MTHLY1-MTHLY12 or just stick with the FSD1-FSD23 naming scheme?

Do I have to worry about the drive pool sections?  Wait, I think Arcserve will take care of that when I set up the job, and I just have to assign media (FSDs) to the pools.

Sorry for all the mundane questions, but I starting off at ground-level on this thing.
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trbbhmAuthor Commented:
Again, please forgive me for being repetitive, but I just want to make sure I get this right.  So if I plan, as a start, to create and run a 7-day rotation *without GFS* of "DATA" (just an arbitrary name), then I would need  to create the following FSDs:


.....and place all of these FSDs under the "DATA" group.  Then I would direct my backup job to use this group as its destination, and also create and assign to this backup a "DATADAILY" media pool.

Have I pretty much outlined what I need to do for this?  Is there any advantage to naming the FSDs or directing them to a folder named so that you can tell what day it represents (ie, FSDMON - \\TERA\DATA\FSD MONDAY\"?

Based on my outline above I assume that for the 7-day GFS rotation, that I would need the following FSDs:


Again, I ask if there is any sense in assigning them to more descriptive directories or folders (ie, \\TERA\DATA\MONTHLY\WK1, \\TERA\DATA\DAILY\MONDAY, etc).
trbbhmAuthor Commented:
One more question - if the size of my weekly full backup (all data) is 35GB, how much disk space will I need to enable GFS?  I assume that there is some way to say "if your full weekly backup size is XGB, then you will need a total of XXXGB to fully enable a GFS strategy," but I cannot find this type of calculator anywhere on the web.
Sai Prasad KinneraSupport Delivery ManagerCommented:
above settings work perfectly fine, however i would definetly suggest not to go for granular level entries for folders as it will be totally confusing.

you can view where exactly are the fsd's located when you click on the media under device manager and then clicking on the media, bottom pane will give you information

regarding second question, their is no option in the arcserve where you limit the size of the disk, media can take the entire disk space. if you using staging ( disk to disk to tape) then you have an option to set a threshold.

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