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This may actually be a simple question to answer, but I've been unable to come up with a solution. I have a server with Backup Exec 2012 installed and working well to backup several other server that are at the same physical location. I have several other servers at remote sites across slow WAN links that I also need to backup that hold more data than can be transferred over the slow links within the backup window. I tried adding a Buffalo Linkstation Pro at one of the remote sites with the thought that I could create a shared folder on it, and specify that backup-to-disk folder as the location for the remote site backup, which I hoped would improve performance since the target storage was local to the server being backed up. Unfortunately it seems as though the server at my main location is still processing the data for the backup job, and there is no performance advantage. My question is, how can I use Backup Exec 2012 to send it's backup data directly to the NAS device instead of across the slow link through the Backup Exec 2012 server? Is that even possible?
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by:Zephyr ICT
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I'm not sure if BUE 2012 can actually do what you want, it still needs to process the data.

What about using deduplication on client-side? It uses more CPU resources but at least your amount of data will not be the same.

More info on deduplication:

https://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO23347
https://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO74447

If deduplication is not an option, you could try using a free backup tool and backup the server locally to that NAS device, then once in a blue moon take a backup of the data on that NAS through BUE... It's not ideal of course.

If money is not an issue, you could get some WAN accelerators.
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by:Brook_Lane
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I was really hoping I could use BUE2012 as a complete backup solution. In previous versions of Backup Exec, I could create a managed media server and target backups to the storage devices attached to, and managed by, those servers. Does anyone know if that's at all possible with the 2012 version? I haven't been able to find any options like that at all.
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Only other option is to put a media server locally, but still the data needs to go through the BUE server.

Deduplication is a feature of BUE2012, so it is a complete backup solution, unless you are referring to licenses maybe?
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by:Brook_Lane
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I looked into the deduplication option, but unfortunately I can't create a dedpulication storage folder on anything other than the Backup Exec 2012 server itself (I'm backing up to a separate system with several shared folders to hold backup data). I agree that backing up the servers using a separate tool, and then occasionally moving the data over to the main location is not an ideal solution either. Is there really no way to have to remote server's agent direct it's backup data to a backup folder on it's own local network? That seems like it should be a simple task. I did see the option to send the data to an NDMP enabled device, but it does appear as though my Buffalo Linkstation Pro doesn't support NDMP and I've not been able to find any information about creating that type of storage.
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by:andyalder
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You can install Backup Exec 2012 as a managed media server just as you could with previous versions, it requires CASO though which is now bundled into Enterprise Server Option plus another media server license for the remote office. You're looking at about 4 times the cost of the basic product though, so it may be more sensible to just remote in to manage the second media server if you don't want a shared media catalog.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH178278
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Unfortunately using Backup Exec 2012 to backup my remote servers became an entirely too complicated and costly endeavor. My ultimate solution was to just use EaseUS Todo Backup to create a nightly image on a schedule of the servers at my remote sites to their own local NAS . The whole process take less than 10 minutes to complete so far has worked flawlessly. It's far from an elegant solution, but it's simple and it works.
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by:Brook_Lane
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There was new simple and cost effective means of using BackupExec to accomplish what was required.
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