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Backups/Restore design/approach of Blackberry MDS, Attachment Server V4.1.6

Our scenario is this:
– we have recently setup MDS Server component alongside main BES Server and Attachment Server in one of our Data Centres, for access to numerous intranet sites and Internet for two of our customers.

We have a separate MDS box available for use in a separate Data Centre, also sitting alongside separate BES and Attachment Server.
Our basic approach for backups of servers is to use the backup tool “NetBackup” on the server to backup the whole or part of the server that we need to use for restore. We would like to use the DR servers in doing restores for prolonged outages.

However in the context of MDS Server and Attachment Server backups:
•      Is there standard best practice for doing backups of the MDS server, Attachment Server?
•      Is it more at the level of backing up the configuration information for the above websites we provided access to?
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Usually there's no need to backup the MDS and Attachment server. However if you have custom push/pull rules for MDS and/or proxy configurations and access lists then it would pay to back those up in a text file (particularly the order of any rules as they're vital).

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Hi,

You could always look at a server replication solution such as Neverfail or Double-Take (also OEM'd as HP Storage Replication) - this would give you a solution offering continous availability even if one of the major components failed.

Such as soluion would automatically replicate files/settings to your DR servers which would assume the identity of the failed servers in the event of a failure.

The other option would be to upgrade to BES 5.0.x and utilise the in-built High Availability in the product - i.e. have the standby BES, 2nd MDS Connection Service Server, Attchment Server, SQL Server and Administration Server in your DR faciity. BES 5 stores considerably more in the Configuration database so attachment server configuration is done via the Administration Service rather than the Configuratiuon Tool on the server itself.

Regards,


RobMobility.
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Many thanks for contributions from Jonny and RobMobility. We have to look into a BES5 upgrade this year and this would improve matters in the DR space as described by you.

However its not been funding approved yet and for the moment we have 4.1.6. I am wondering what config files are created when we setup items as below.

(1)      Proxy Mapping for Internet sites:
      
Universal Resource Locator:      .*://.*(:\d*)?(/.*)*(\?.*)?
Description:      Proxy URL expression
Proxy String:      proxy:80
Proxy string type:      PROXY
(2)      Proxy Mapping for Intranet Sites

Universal Resource Locator:      http://intranet.example.customer
Sharepoint - http://customercollab/m
Sharepoint - http://customerportal/m

Description:      POISE Intranet
Proxy String:      [Blank]
Proxy String Type      DIRECT

9.1.15.2      Internet
(1)      Proxy Mapping for Internet sites:
      
Universal Resource Locator:      .*://.*(:\d*)?(/.*)*(\?.*)?
Description:      Proxy URL expression
Proxy String:      webproxy:80
Proxy string type:      PROXY
            
(2)      Proxy Mapping for the following Intranet Sites
      
      
Universal Resource Locator:      http://customer2/Intranet/default.aspx 
http://customer2bislive/e.bis/login 
http://customer2cms/cmslive/CMSApplicationFrame.aspx 
http://server123/CAisd/p**web.exe 

Description:      Intranet
Proxy String:      [Blank]
Proxy String Type      DIRECT
      
MY QUESTION - CAN  WE TAKE THE RESULTING CONFIG FILES FOR ABOVE AND BACK THEM UP USING OUR preferred backup tool?  DO YOU know what are the resulting config files are for the above?
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We organised our own solution but after taking the above into consideration.