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    Speed up backup exec jobs?

    Is there any setting in backup exec 12.5 which would cause jobs to be sloooow?
    Have a back up job running at 189 kilobytes / min
    It's backing up files from a server to a hard disk that's connected to the backup server.

    Backup server NIC is running at 1Gbps ( Which is strange because it has two NIC's teamed so should be running at 2Gbps). Would it help if I added more NIC's to the team? Or do I need to increase the bandwidth on the servers it's backing up as well?

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    How is the HDD connected? I would rule that out before looking at the network.

    At 189KB/m you have a serious problem

    We throw all our backups over a 1Gbps 5 mile wan link site a-b and vice versa and don't ever have performance problems on the network ... If we were running at that speed we would never get a backup.

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    It's one of these servers
    http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/q.../12477_na.html

    hard disks connect by scsi and server is using a HP smart array P800 controller.
    The disk is sata and in raid 5.

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    is the backup disk the same as the system disk?

    Rob

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    Nope different, and nothing else uses this disk but the backup

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    Do you have any anti-virus software installed on that server? If so, is it scanning every single file before they get backed up by BackupExec?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Do you have any anti-virus software installed on that server? If so, is it scanning every single file before they get backed up by BackupExec?
    Have symantec end point protection installed. No scans are running as I did think of that, not sure if a setting to scan every file is set. Will check, not even sure if there is a setting for that on it.

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    Was an option ticked to scan files when backup.
    I've unticked that and disabled the AV... don't see any speed increase yet.

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    Disable SEP entirely during the backup.

    We had an issue on DPM with SEP killing a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    Disable SEP entirely during the backup.

    We had an issue on DPM with SEP killing a backup.

    Rob
    I right clicked and disabled SEP, is this what you mean?
    It didn't appear to make any difference in the speed of the backup.

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    Rule out back up exec, if you log onto the back up server and copy a large file(s) across the network from the server you are trying to back up does it go quicker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    Rule out back up exec, if you log onto the back up server and copy a large file(s) across the network from the server you are trying to back up does it go quicker?
    I copied a 26gb folder across and it averaged around 100MB/sec
    Isn't that still a bit slow though? faster than backup exec at least..

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    100MByte/s or 100Mbit/s ?

    Either is much higher than back up exec for sure though.

    So, how is the data being pulled from the remote host with BE, cifs directly or via a BE agent? (or sql/exch?)

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    100MByte, well at least the windows box shows a upper case B so presume it's that.
    I'm using the backup exec agent. That I pushed out from the backup server, and it was backing up file data ( Word docs, powerpoint, images video etc - common files found on file servers )
    When the job is running I can see on the backup exec agent what it's backing up and it is very slow at changing files, e.g the agent shows its backing up a .ppx file and stays on it for 5-10 secs. Surly should be near instant.

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    Cool, thanks for that.

    I'd try having it back up the same 26GB you transferred just to rule out the smaller files as a cause.

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