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StorageCraft ShadowProtect Sybase VSS?

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Hello,
I am looking at switching from Symantec Backup Exec 2012 to StorageCraft ShadowProtect. I like the idea of faster recovery situations and a more cost effective, simpler solution. Our Symantec maintenance renewal is due soon so that is what prompted the looking.

All servers are Dell PowerEdge running hardware RAID5 and Windows Server 2003 or 2008. We run one file server,three application servers and a terminal server.

The applications run on SQL Express and Sybase 9. How well does StorageCraft work with backing up Sybase 9 databases? Does it work at all reliably? Currently we run Pre and Post commands to shutdown and startup the Sybase database with BackupExec as per the application vendors recommendation. We also have BackupExec remote agents and SQL agents.  I don't see Storagecraft working well with pre/post commands as it seems designed to take more frequent backups then once per night as we currently do. I would love to have the 15 min incremental image backups, but I am not sure if this is possible with Sybase. Also, we have a Symantec Media server and StorageCraft does not seem to follow the same plan. You install the agent and then tell it a shared drive to dump the image. I am not sure if a network connection can keep up without drowning the network with traffic.

I like the imaging aspect as that should allow fast recovery booting up the Dell servers in a VM and simple access to restore files since the image can just be booted up. Correct me if I am wrong. I believe our Symantec 2012 has this feature, but I have never used it.
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by:Perarduaadastra
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ShadowProtect explicitly supports pre- and post- commands. Backup intervals are configured by setting a start and stop time and then adjusting the interval between backups until you have the number of backups you want for that period. The shortest interval is 15 minutes, but that may be too short, especially if you have to run pre- and post- commands as well.

I don't know how well it works with Sybase, as I've only used it with Windows servers, Exchange and MS SQL. However, ShadowProtect hasn't given me any problems with those.

Try talking to Storagecraft and see what they say.
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I have asked StorageCraft for assistance. I have a feeling Sybase 9 does not support VSS properly, especially since the server running Sybase is running 2003, but I am not sure if it was on 2008 it would make much difference
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by:tacshose1
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I spoke with StorageCraft and Sybase support. Looks like the version of Sybase being used does not support VSS so backups will only take place at night when the database can be taken off-line.
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