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    Backup software recommendations

    Apart from Symantec's Backup Exec and CA's Arcserve, can anyone recommend good backup software for use with an LTO Autoloader?

    If it helps with recommendations, I need to be able to back up Exchange 2007, SQL Server 2005 and a bit of Sharepoint 2007 as well as the usual remote windows server clients.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCrust View Post
    Apart from Symantec's Backup Exec and CA's Arcserve, can anyone recommend good backup software for use with an LTO Autoloader?

    If it helps with recommendations, I need to be able to back up Exchange 2007, SQL Server 2005 and a bit of Sharepoint 2007 as well as the usual remote windows server clients.

    Thanks in advance!
    well i wouldnt recommend an LTO Autoloader. We went through 5!!!!!!
    however if you have to use the LTO symantec is probably your best choice.

    I would however recommend Acronis. Its 1000% better than symantec etc etc.

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    We've not had one fail yet - the first, an LTO1 autoloader unit, went on for years until we outgrew it. The LTO3 that replaced it (sorry, thought off the top of my head it was a '4) hasn't given any problems so far.

    Of course, now I've said that you realised I've hexed it don't you?

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    another vote for Acronis, never used anything else!

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    Why do people use tapes when hard disks are so cheap these days?

    Microsoft do a good backup software now called system center data protection manager

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (SCDPM) ? IT Management Tool

    Just waiting for the 2010 version to be RTM'd and I will move from backupexec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    Why do people use tapes when hard disks are so cheap these days?

    Microsoft do a good backup software now called system center data protection manager

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (SCDPM) ? IT Management Tool

    Just waiting for the 2010 version to be RTM'd and I will move from backupexec.
    We still use tapes for the flexibility they offer and the low cost (per MB).

    DPM 2010 is now available as an RC and it's looking very good so far. I intend to use it to backup everything from now on. It was a little tricky getting it to work with our new Quantum Superloader 3 but that's sorted now.

    https://connect.microsoft.com/site84...wnloadID=26452

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    I've just purchased Yosemite Server Backup through a lot of positive recommendations here on the site. I haven't had a chance to setup and install it so I can't give you my views on it yet.

    Yosemite Server Backup Overview - BarracudaWare / Yosemite Technologies

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    Why do people use tapes when hard disks are so cheap these days?

    Microsoft do a good backup software now called system center data protection manager

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (SCDPM) ? IT Management Tool

    Just waiting for the 2010 version to be RTM'd and I will move from backupexec.
    We take our backups offsite every night. It i far easier to do that with a tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    Why do people use tapes when hard disks are so cheap these days?
    Modern tape systems are a lot more robust than those of old - I had this debate with myself when looking at upgrading our backup system. I was going towards using a disk based system and hosting it in a remote building, but on speaking to the school insurers that solution is not satisfactory as they require a removeable backup to be taken offsite at least once a week. OK, so you can get removable disks, but in my opinion they are not robust enough to be transported regularly - drop it and you're probably knacker it. Drop a tape and it'll most likely be OK.

    After careful consideration we opted for an LTO4 tape loader to replaced our aging Sony AIT3 loader which is way to small in capacity for us now. We already have Symantec Backupexec so will continue using this until we upgrade it at some point in the future.

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    I have not used a LTO Autoloader but we have Commvault here and I like it. It does a decent job and have agents for lots of different applications such as Sharepoint and SQL
    It is I believe expensive

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    I just use these portable hard disks these days



    I don't see why anyone uses tapes when hard disks are so cheap and reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    I just use these portable hard disks these days
    I don't see why anyone uses tapes when hard disks are so cheap and reliable.
    How much data do you backup? I would think one of those USB HDD's would be quite slow to copy data across.

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    I used Retrospect from EMC: EMC Retrospect
    Very easy to use and configure, and the procative backup feature is excellent. I used to back up user areas, Exchnage 2007 and various add-and sods to a Tandberg LTO library and SAN off this. They also used to have some fantastic licencing options. Ask Ric for more info as he got some doozies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittech View Post
    I just use these portable hard disks these days



    I don't see why anyone uses tapes when hard disks are so cheap and reliable.
    That simply wouldnt be fast enough for us. For every server we have 4 weeks of tapes. We would have 240 of them. They wouldn't be fast enough either. Plus it will be a pain to have the plugged in in rackmount servers. I also find external hard drives not a robust.

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    USB3 may offer some promising performance benefits for backup- totally unnecessary but I'm thinking of expanding the server at home with a USB3 card and investing in a USB3 portable HDD- maybe splash out and get a 2TB one if I can find one at a good price. With the storage capacity of the server after RAID at only 500GB I should be able to store a lot of incremental versions before I need to salvage space.

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