Backup Exec supports both hardware and software encryption for backups, but what’s the difference, and which should you choose?
Continue reading Should I use software or hardware encryption?
Some articles are more technical in nature. This article skips the technicalities, and gives you the simple hints that should make your Backup Exec experience smoother.
Continue reading The top 10 unwritten Backup Exec hints
So you’ve been using a single tape drive for a while, and now you’ve upgraded and got a tape library with a barcode reader. How do you move over to using the barcodes, without losing your catalogs?
Continue reading Upgrading to barcode labels
Which TCP/UDP ports are used by Backup Exec for Windows Servers 11d and above (including CPS – Continuous Protection Server and DLO – Desktop & Laptop Option) and Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR)?
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The simplest way to understand the granular restore functionality is to go through a simple step-by-step description of the way this works in each case. The primary differences to take note of are the differences between the backup-to-disk method and the backup-to-tape method.
Continue reading Understanding GRT Backup and Restore functionality in Symantec Backup Exec
There are no hard and fast rules about the lifespans of backup tapes. Ideally you want to get plenty of usage out of the tapes (as they’re expensive), but you don’t want to risk your data.
Continue reading How can I tell when to stop using my tapes?
Media in Backup Exec can be marked as being in one of three locations: Online; Offline; In a vault (though multiple vaults can be defined).
So how are online and offline media defined?
Continue reading What does online/offline media actually mean?
While not strictly a Backup Exec question, this gets asked a lot. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Continue reading Should I use differential or incremental backups?
What versions of Backup Exec can be upgraded directly to version 12.5? What are the implications?
Continue reading Can I upgrade directly to Backup Exec 12.5?
If you are trying to perform a disaster recovery and get the message “The Backup Exec Device and Media Service could not start because the database recovery has failed”, where should you start looking for more information?
Continue reading “Database recovery has failed”