Backup Exec 20.4 Administrator's Guide
- Introducing Backup Exec
- Methods for installing the Agent for Windows
- Using a command prompt to install the Agent for Windows on a remote computer
- Using a command script to install the Agent for Windows
- Installing the Remote Administrator
- Installing Backup Exec using the command line (silent mode)
- Backup Exec license contract information
- About upgrading to Backup Exec
- Getting Started
- Backing up data
- How Backup Exec catalogs work
- Job management and monitoring
- About the Job Monitor
- About the Job History
- Viewing the job log
- Error-handling rules for failed or canceled jobs
- Alerts and notifications
- Enabling active alerts and alert history to display on the Home tab
- Adding a recipient group for alert notifications
- Sending a notification when a job completes
- SNMP traps for Backup Exec alerts
- Disk-based and network-based storage
- Configuring disk storage
- Configuring disk cartridge storage
- Backup sets
- Cloud-based storage devices
- Amazon S3 cloud-based storage
- Google cloud-based storage
- Microsoft Azure cloud-based storage
- Private cloud-based storage
- About S3-Compatible Cloud Storage
- About the Backup Exec™ CloudConnect Optimizer
- Legacy backup-to-disk folders
- Legacy backup-to-disk folders
- Legacy backup-to-disk folders
- Tape storage
- Robotic libraries in Backup Exec
- Creating robotic library partitions
- Managing tapes
- Creating media sets for tapes
- Labeling tape media
- Default media vaults
- Storage device pools
- Storage operations
- Conversion to virtual machines
- Configuration and settings
- Changing network and security options for Backup Exec
- Using Backup Exec with firewalls
- Deleting DBA-initiated job templates
- Backup Exec logon accounts
- Creating a custom report
- List of Backup Exec standard reports
- Instant Cloud Recovery
- Preconfigurations to be completed in the Azure portal
- GDPR Guard
- Troubleshooting Backup Exec
- Troubleshooting failed components in the SAN
- Generating a diagnostic file for troubleshooting Backup Exec
- Using Backup Exec in cluster environments
- Configurations for Backup Exec and Microsoft Cluster Servers
- Disaster recovery of a cluster
- Simplified Disaster Recovery
- Setting or changing the alternate location for the disaster recovery information file
- Creating a Simplified Disaster Recovery disk image
- Preparing to recover from a disaster by using Simplified Disaster Recovery
- Recovering a computer with Simplified Disaster Recovery
- Performing manual disaster recovery
- Integration with Veritas™ Information Map
- Appendix A. Backup Exec Agent for Windows
- About the Backup Exec Agent Utility for Windows
- Appendix B. Backup Exec Deduplication Feature
- Creating or importing deduplication disk storage
- Selecting storage devices for direct access sharing
- Appendix C. Backup Exec Agent for VMware
- About establishing trust for a vCenter/ESX(i) server
- Backing up VMware virtual machines
- About instant recovery of a VMware virtual machine
- About Recovery Ready for VMware virtual machines
- Appendix D. Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Hyper-V
- Backing up Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines
- About instant recovery of a Hyper-V virtual machine
- About Recovery Ready for Hyper-V virtual machines
- Appendix E. Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft SQL Server
- Backing up SQL databases and transaction logs
- Restoring SQL databases and transaction logs
- Disaster recovery of a SQL Server
- Appendix F. Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server
- Backing up Exchange data
- Appendix G. Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft SharePoint
- Backing up Microsoft SharePoint data
- Appendix H. Backup Exec Agent for Oracle on Windows or Linux Servers
- Configuring the Oracle Agent on Windows computers and Linux servers
- Configuring an Oracle instance on Windows computers
- Viewing an Oracle instance on Windows computers
- About authentication credentials on the Backup Exec server
- About backing up Oracle databases
- About restoring Oracle resources
- Appendix I. Backup Exec Agent for Enterprise Vault
- About backup methods for Enterprise Vault backup jobs
- Restoring Enterprise Vault
- About the Backup Exec Migrator for Enterprise Vault
- Configuring the Backup Exec Migrator
- Configuring Enterprise Vault collections
- Configuring the Backup Exec Migrator to communicate with Enterprise Vault
- About retrieving migrated Enterprise Vault data
- About the Partition Recovery Utility
- Appendix J. Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Active Directory
- About backing up Active Directory and ADAM/AD LDS
- Appendix K. Backup Exec Central Admin Server Feature
- About installing the Central Admin Server feature
- What happens when CAS communication thresholds are reached
- About job delegation in CAS
- How to use Backup Exec server pools in CAS
- How centralized restore works in CAS
- Appendix L. Backup Exec Advanced Disk-based Backup Feature
- Appendix M. Backup Exec NDMP Feature
- About restoring and redirecting restore data for NDMP servers
- Viewing the properties of an NDMP server
- Viewing storage properties for an NDMP server
- Appendix N. Backup Exec Agent for Linux
- About installing the Agent for Linux
- About establishing trust for a remote Linux computer in the Backup Exec list of servers
- Editing configuration options for Linux computers
- About backing up a Linux computer by using the Agent for Linux
- About restoring data to Linux computers
- Editing the default backup job options for Linux computers
- Uninstalling the Agent for Linux
- Appendix O. Backup Exec Remote Media Agent for Linux
- About installing the Remote Media Agent for Linux
- About establishing trust for a Remote Media Agent for Linux computer in the Backup Exec list of servers
- About the Backup Exec operators (beoper) group for the Remote Media Agent for Linux
- About adding a Linux server as a Remote Media Agent for Linux
- Editing properties for the Remote Media Agent for Linux
- Creating a simulated tape library
- Viewing simulated tape libraries properties
- Appendix P. Accessibility and Backup Exec
- About keyboard shortcuts in Backup Exec
- Backup and Restore tab keyboard shortcuts
- Storage tab keyboard shortcuts
Using Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) with the Agent for Hyper-V
Backup Exec Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) lets you restore individual files and folders without having to restore the entire virtual machine. It also lets you restore individual items from the following VSS-aware applications that are installed on virtual machines.
Backup Exec performs a single-pass backup to protect the host configuration data, all virtual machines, and VSS-aware applications that are installed on the virtual machines. Backup Exec's file/folder-level Granular Recovery Technology (GRT) is enabled by default for backup jobs. You can use a GRT-enabled backup to restore individual files and folders from a Windows virtual machine without restoring the entire virtual machine. In addition, you can restore individual items from Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and Active Directory applications that reside on virtual machines. You can also restore individual databases from Microsoft SQL when it resides on virtual machines.
You must have the appropriate Backup Exec agent for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, or Active Directory on the virtual machine to perform GRT.
Table: Types of data that Backup Exec protects for VSS-aware applications on virtual machines
Types of data that Backup Exec protects
Mailboxes, individual messages, calendar items, tasks, journal entries, and public folder data (disk-backups only)
Microsoft Active Directory
Individual user accounts, printer objects, sites, and organizational units
GRT is not intended to be used for system recovery. However, you can perform a complete system recovery by selecting the entire virtual machine as a restore selection in a restore job.
When you create a backup job, Backup Exec automatically locates VSS-aware applications on virtual machines. During the backup job, Backup Exec backs up the data from the VSS-aware applications by using GRT. By default, Backup Exec enables GRT using the same credentials that were used to connect to the virtual machine. You can disable GRT for any of the VSS-aware application types.
To use GRT, you must select the individual files and folders that you want to restore from the list that appears when you expand the Netbios name or the computer name of the virtual machine. You cannot select individual folders and files from the virtual machines that appear when you expand the Virtual Machines node.
Backup Exec supports the granular recovery of individual Exchange and SQL items only in non-clustered and non-distributed configurations.
During the backup job, Backup Exec collects metadata for the applications. If Backup Exec is unable to collect the metadata, then you cannot restore individual items for the applications. However, the backup job may otherwise complete successfully.
Backup Exec cannot collect metadata in the following situations:
GRT is disabled for an application.
Backup Exec cannot connect to the virtual machine.
Incorrect credentials were entered for the virtual machine.
Backup Exec uses the Microsoft Hyper-V writer during backups of VSS-aware applications on virtual machines. The Microsoft Hyper-V writer truncates application logs before data is moved to the storage device. Therefore, the application logs for the applications on the virtual machines are truncated if you use Microsoft Hyper-V.
The following items are required to protect data for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Active Directory, and SharePoint on virtual machines:
The virtual machine must be turned on.
You must enter the appropriate credentials for the virtual machine. Ensure that the credentials for the virtual machine allow access to the VSS-aware applications.
The Backup Exec server must be able to connect to the virtual machine using the network name or IP address.
The Backup Exec Agent for Windows must be installed on the virtual machine.
The correct number of licenses must be entered for the applications that you want to protect on the virtual machines.
The operating system on the virtual machine must support VSS.
The virtual machine cannot use dynamic disks, such as spanned, mirrored, striped, or RAID 5.
Table: Unsupported configurations for GRT
Restores of full and incremental backup sets from different storage devices
Backup Exec does not support restores from mixed media if GRT was enabled in the backup job. For example, if the full backup is on tape and the incremental backup is on a disk storage device, the restore job will fail. Restores from mixed media types are supported if GRT is not enabled.
Virtual machines that have dynamic disks (with MBR or GPT partition style)
Backup Exec does not support granular recovery of files, folders, and applications on virtual machines that have dynamic disks (with GPT or MBR partition style).
Virtual machines that have ReFS and Deduplicated volumes
Backup Exec supports file/folder GRT for ReFS and Deduplicated volumes or application-level GRT for a virtual machine only if the Backup Exec server runs the same or higher version of the operating system than the virtual machine. For Deduplicated volumes, the Backup Exec server must have the Deduplication feature installed.
For example, if the virtual machine runs on Windows 2016 and has REFS/Deduplicated volumes, then the Backup Exec server should also run on Windows 2016 or later. For Deduplicated volumes, the Backup Exec server must have the Deduplication feature installed.
VHDX format of virtual disks that are larger than 2 TB
File/folder-level and application level-GRT for a virtual machine that contains one or more VHDX files larger than 2 TB is not supported if the Backup Exec server is not running on Windows 2012 or later.