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Backup strategy for 2 windows servers using Dell Powervault DL2100 and Powervault 124T

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We currently have 1 SBS 2003 R2 Premium Server, acting as DC, Exchange and SQL Server with a Windows 2008 R2 standard server as a member server running SQL server for SAP business one. The SQL is pasrt of the SAP business one. We have a Powervault DL2100 running Symantec BackupExec 2010 R2 with 750GB available for the backups on RAID5 and a PowerVault 124T with 2 magazines of 16 LTO-4 tapes capacity in total.

The idea was to have full backups done on the DL2100 every evening so they are done within the backup window and then copied to the tape overnight for offsite storage the next morning. The data to be backuped are around 80GB (25GB images, 25GB emails, 25GB documents like pdf's, spreadsheets, word... and 5GB of SQL databases). Obviously there is the windows files and AD data to be backed up as well.

The full backup option on daily basis is the more preferable option for me because if something goes wrong directors will be breathing down my neck especially because the do not understand IT and they expect everything to be there at a click of a button.

Can you see any pitfalls in the above idea and do you have any other suggestions with regards to the rotation of tapes?

Many thanks in advance and apologies if posted in the wrong zone
Kojak_UK
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This sounds like a sound plan, especially if you want to have full backups for each night. To me, that is a little over kill. I always use a weekly full and daily differentials, but you have to adjust for what those that run the company expect. By chance, do you have the dedup license\option for BE? That can help save space.
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Thanks rbarnhardt. Good to know that the plan in theory is sound. I have the deduplication license as well. Hopefully the implemenatation will work, cause I am not much of an expert on the symantec, although most of it is self explanatory, but putting the setup togtther is a different case scenario.
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rbarnhardt, since you are a backupexec guru you may be able to help. When I purchased the Dell DL2100 I have asked them that I need some form od CDP or near CDP capabality and they mentioned that everything is included with the DL2100 powered by Symantec BackupExec. Obviously now I can see that this is not the case. I am right to assume that the Continuous Protection Server of Symantec is a completely different program to the BackupExec and not an agent for BackupExec that I can purchase?

If that is the case, if I was to purchase it, would it conflict with the BackupExec? Would there be a unified console to configure both from one single place or I have to use to different consoles?

Is there an agent that I can add onto the BackupExec 2010 R2 to give me some CDP or near CDP functionality. I am sorry to be a pain but trying to get this infrmation from the Symantec site is like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Thanks again
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The best thing to do is just upgrade your server to 2010 Continuous Protection Server. It is a realatively seemless upgrade, and all of your current jobs should remain and still function. Here is some information on it:
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/resources/sites/BUSINESS/content/live/TECHNICAL_SOLUTION/126000/TECH126820/en_US/readme_en_340396.htm

I will say, in all of the places I have used BE, no one has ever requested using this, so my experiences with this is limited.
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Thanks for your prompt reply. I had another llok into what Dell are advertising for the continuous data protection and the DL2100 and it clearly mentions it. So I will speak to them tomorrow, because it meant to be all in with the DL2100. (attached is the pdf document from Dell) I will carry one with the configuration of the backup Exec and if not more questions I will accept your solution and give you the points.

Thanks very much for all your help so far storage-dl2100-symantec-cdp.pdf
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Apologies for the delay rbarnhardt. I have spoken to Dell. They provided me a link to download the Symantec CPS to install on the DL2100, which I have done. I have ordered a PowerVault MD1200 so I can create 3 virtual disks for the journals, snapshots and the backups of the CPS and then I will try and configure it.

Thanks for your help. I will accept you original comment as solution and award you your points.
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