Server with Backup Exec 12 crashed need advise?

The server with Backup Exec 12.5 is a DC GC and backups severn server for data, SQL and exchange 2003 has reach it's zenith, 12 years old and RAID controller keeps dying. I never had to move a Backup Exec server to another server. Please advise?
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If you have any plans/desires to move to a VM environment, this looks like a good time to make the plunge.  Moving exchange, your DC, and SQL are painless, will save you money, and would give you a great deal of flexibility to balance resources.  The biggest problem is traditionally your archiving hardware and making sure it is not only on the qualified hardware list, but it is configured so it is fast, and stays in streaming mode.

So decide on budget, and what you want to do in areas of updating the hardware.

Note since your hardware is 12 years old, is it a fair assumption that speed is at least tolerable?  If so, and you consider how much faster things are now, then you can probably run it all on a modern notebook PC with a fast networking card and a pair of 1TB disk drives :)


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Serge FournierAnalyst ProgrammerCommented:
well, i had no problem mooving my backup exec to another server
it's database was on sql server
but i recreated the backup jobs (good way to update them and verify them too)

i just installed backup exec on other server and pointed to it's database (sql)

355LT1Author Commented:
I will not be able to move the databse or point to a database, the backup server is not able to bootup anymore.
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Serge FournierAnalyst ProgrammerCommented:
then you have no choice to reinstall backup exec on another server...

after that, you have to reindex a few tapes when you want a backup

but with shadowcopy theses days, i dont use the tape often
Seems ironic the backup has no backup :(
But for what it is worth, I've been doing RAID controller firmware/software/diagnostics since mid 80s, and you shouldn't necessarily write off your data. It may be worth starting another thread on that, in parallel.

1. Need to know make/model of controller, plus disk information and RAID config
2. Exact chain of events of what led to the failure, and since you have been having "trouble", please elaborate
3. What did you do in the past, and why is this situation now unrecoverable.
4. What have you tried to do in order to recover?

But if you want to write off the data, no prob, just throwing this out there as a possibility.
Serge FournierAnalyst ProgrammerCommented:
your data are on a tape right?
355LT1Author Commented:
Serge FournierAnalyst ProgrammerCommented:
well, then if you make another server, with same backup exce version installed, and make a new backup for everything you should be fine

file restoration will still work if you reindex some of your tapes

(we did all this, switched our backup server many times)
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