Veritas Backup Exec 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 Veritas 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
- Using Backup Exec with firewalls
- Deleting DBA-initiated job templates
- Backup Exec logon accounts
- Creating a custom report
- List of Backup Exec standard reports
- 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
- Integration with Veritas™ Information Map
- Appendix A. Veritas Backup Exec Agent for Windows
- About the Backup Exec Agent Utility for Windows
- Appendix B. Veritas Backup Exec Deduplication Option
- Creating or importing deduplication disk storage
- Selecting storage devices for direct access sharing
- Appendix C. Veritas Backup Exec Agent for VMware
- Backing up VMware virtual machines
- About instant recovery of a VMware virtual machine
- About Recovery Ready for VMware virtual machines
- Appendix D. Veritas 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. Veritas 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. Veritas Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server
- Backing up Exchange data
- Appendix G. Veritas Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft SharePoint
- Backing up Microsoft SharePoint data
- Appendix H. Veritas 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. Veritas 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. Veritas Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Active Directory
- About backing up Active Directory and ADAM/AD LDS
- Appendix K. Veritas Backup Exec Central Admin Server Option
- 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. Veritas Backup Exec Advanced Disk-based Backup Option
- Appendix M. Veritas Backup Exec NDMP Option
- 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. Veritas 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. Veritas 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
- ADAMM (Advanced Device and Media Management)
A Backup Exec database that automates the tracking of tape cartridge media. ADAMM expires the backup sets that are stored on tape cartridge media according to the associated media set.
- administration console
The user interface that allows you to run Backup Exec operations. The user interface can be run from the Backup Exec server or from a remote computer.
A component that allows computers such as Microsoft SQL Server to interact with the Backup Exec server.
- Agent for Windows
A Backup Exec system service that runs on Microsoft Windows computers and allows remote backup and restore of those computers.
An event in Backup Exec that usually requires some form of user interaction or acknowledgment.
- alert category
A group of one or more events that occur in Backup Exec and that can generate an alert. Examples of alert categories include Job Success, Install Warning, and Database Maintenance Failure.
- alert source
A source that can generate an alert. Alert sources include jobs, media, storage devices, and computers.
- alert type
The classification of an alert that lets you determine the severity of the alert. Alert types include Error, Warning, Information, and Attention Required.
- allocated media
The tape cartridge media that are associated with a media set and that have current append and overwrite protection periods.
- append period
The length of time that data can be added to tape cartridge media. The append period starts when the first backup job is written to the media.
- audit log
A running history of all actions that are performed in Backup Exec. An entry into the log is created each time an action occurs that is configured to display in the audit log.
- backup definition
A container for any backup selections, job templates, and stages that you specify. Backup Exec combines the job templates with the backup selections to create backup jobs. If you specify a stage, then that additional task is also run.
- Backup Exec server
The computer on which Backup Exec is installed and where the Backup Exec services are running.
- Backup Exec server pool
A feature of the Backup Exec Central Admin Server Option that lets you group managed Backup Exec servers in a pool to which you can restrict backup jobs.
- Backup Exec service account
A user account that is configured for the Backup Exec system services. It contains a user name and password and provides the rights to log on as a service and to act as a Backup Exec administrator.
- backup method
An option that you select when you run a backup job to specify a full, differential, or incremental backup.
- backup set
A collection of data that is backed up from a single source of content. For example, a single source of content can be a server or it can be a Microsoft Exchange dataset. If you select multple sources of contents, Backup Exec creates multiple backup sets.
- backup strategy
The procedures that you implement for backing up your network. Backup strategies include what methods of backup are performed and when backups are performed.
The first backup job to run in a synthetic backup. The baseline backup runs one time only and backs up all of the files on the selected computer. A full backup is assembled, or synthesized, from a baseline backup and the subsequent incremental backups.
A database that Backup Exec creates during a backup operation. When you select data to restore, Backup Exec uses the catalog information to find the restore selections and the storage devices on which they reside.
- central administration server
A Backup Exec server on which the Central Admin Server Option (CASO) is installed. In a CASO environment, the central administration server provides centralized administration, delegated job processing, and load balancing functionality for managed Backup Exec servers.
- centralized catalog
A catalog location in the Central Admin Server Option. All of the files in the catalog are kept on the central administration server.
- cloud storage
An online storage location on multiple virtual servers to which you can back up data.
- common encryption key
A type of encryption key that anyone can use to back up data using encryption and to restore encrypted data.
- custom error-handling rule
An error-handling rule that you can define for a specific error code in an error category. When a job fails with the error code that is associated with the custom error-handling rule, the retry options and the final job disposition are applied to the job.
- data discovery
A Backup Exec feature that allows the detection of new backup content within a Windows domain.
- data lifecycle management (DLM)
An automated disk reclamation process that Backup Exec uses to delete expired backup sets that are on disk-based storage. The disk space is then free for use by new backup sets. DLM deletes backup sets from disk-based storage after the amount of time expires that you specified when you created the backup job. By default, Backup Exec keeps the most recent backup sets that are necessary to restore any backed-component of a server, even if the backup sets are expired.
A backup method that includes all files that have changed since the last full backup.
- disk storage
A location on a locallly attached internal hard drive, a USB device, a FireWire device, or a network-attached storage device to which you can back up data.
- distributed catalog
A catalog location in the Central Admin Server Option. Image files in the catalog are distributed to the central administration server from every managed Backup Exec server. These distributed files are small because they do not contain the entire catalog. They contain only information about the backup set. The history files, which contain detailed information about the backup set, remain on the managed Backup Exec server.
- error-handling rule
A default or custom rule that sets retry options and the final job disposition for failed or canceled jobs. Retry options let you specify how often to retry a job if it fails and the time to wait between retry attempts. The final job disposition lets you place the job on hold until you can fix the error.
An action that occurs during a Backup Exec operation, such as a job cancellation.
A backup method that includes all of the files that you select for backup.
- granular restore
A restore of individual items from a backup for which you enable the Granular Recovery Technology option.
- GRT (Granular Recovery Technology)
A backup option that is available with some Backup Exec agents. Granular Recovery Technology lets you restore individual items from database backups. A separate backup of the individual items is not required for you to recover one item.
- imported media
The media that are created by a product other than this installation of Backup Exec, but are in storage devices in the Backup Exec environment.
A backup method that backs up only the files that have changed since the last full or incremental backup.
- job delegation
A process by which jobs are distributed by a central administration server to available storage devices on managed Backup Exec servers. Job delegation is only available with the Central Admin Server Option.
An operation that has been scheduled for processing by the Backup Exec server. Jobs contain source or destination information, settings, and a schedule. Types of jobs include backup, restore, data discovery, reports, test run, and storage operations.
- job history
A list of completed and failed backup, restore, and storage operation jobs.
- job log
A log that contains the results of a job. It is created when the job runs. You can review the job log for job errors and job details.
- job template
A collection of settings that Backup Exec uses to create jobs. For example, backup job settings can include encryption, scheduling options, or notifications. When a backup job is run, Backup Exec combines the job template with the backup selections to create a backup job.
- legacy backup-to-disk folder
A storage device used in versions prior to Backup Exec 2012 that you could create to back up data to a folder on a hard disk. For later versions, these legacy backup-to-disk folders are read-only. Veritas recommends that you use disk storage devices instead.
- load balancing
A feature in Backup Exec that automatically distributes jobs among any available storage devices in a storage device pool.
Also a feature of the Backup Exec Central Admin Server Option in which jobs are automatically distributed from a central administration server to multiple managed Backup Exec servers for processing among the various storage devices.
- logon account
An account that stores the credentials of a Windows user account and that enables Backup Exec to manage user names and passwords. It can be used to browse data sources or to process jobs.
- managed Backup Exec server
A Backup Exec server that is managed by a central administration server. Managed Backup Exec servers are responsible for the actual processing of backup and restore jobs in a Central Admin Server Option environment. Managed Backup Exec servers are only available with the Backup Exec Central Admin Server Option.
- media ID
A unique internal label that Backup Exec assigns to each media used in Backup Exec. The ID keeps statistics for each media. The media ID cannot be erased or changed.
- media label
A label used to identify media. Backup Exec can assign the label automatically, but you can rename it. If the media was first used in a library with a barcode reader, the media label will already have a barcode label.
- media overwrite protection level
A global setting in Backup Exec that lets you specify whether to overwrite scratch, imported, or allocated tape cartridge media regardless of the media's overwrite protection period.
- media rotation
A strategy that determines when tape cartridge media can be reused, or rotated back into use, by Backup Exec. Common examples of a media rotation strategy are Son, Father/Son, and Grandfather/Father/Son.
- media set
A set of rules that apply to tape cartridge media that are associated with a media set. These rules specify append periods, overwrite protection periods, and vaulting periods.
- media vault
A logical representation of the actual physical location of tape cartridge media, such as a special media room, a scratch bin, or an offsite location.
- mixed backup
A backup definition that contains more than one backup method for mulitple data types.
- offhost backup
A feature of the Backup Exec Advanced Disk-based Backup Option that enables the backup operation to be processed on a Backup Exec server instead of on the remote computer, or host computer. Moving the backup from the remote computer to a Backup Exec server enables better backup performance and frees the remote computer as well.
- Offline Tape Cartridge Media vault
A location on the Storage tab that displays the tape cartridge media that are on-site but are not in tape drives, robotic libraries, or media vaults. Media are automatically moved to the offline vault if you use Backup Exec to remove media from a tape drive or robotic library.
- Online Tape Cartridge Media vault
A location on the Storage tab that displays the tape cartridge media that are available in tape drives or robotic libraries. You cannot add or move media to the online media vault. Backup Exec does that automatically.
- overwrite protection period
The length of time that data is retained on a specific tape cartridge media before being overwritten (unless the media is erased, formatted, moved to scratch media, or if the media overwrite protection level is set to None). The overwrite protection period is measured from the last time data was appended to the media.
- preferred server configuration
A collection of one or more servers and sites that you select as preferred backup sources. Preferred server configurations take priority as backup sources in instances where data is replicated between multiple servers.
- recyclable media
Tape cartridge media that are assigned to a media set but have expired data overwrite protection periods.
- remote administrator
The Backup Exec user interface (Administration Console) that is run on remote computers.
- replicated catalog
A catalog location in the Central Admin Server Option. All of the files in the catalog are replicated from the managed Backup Exec server to the central administration server.
- restricted encryption key
A type of encryption key that anyone can use to back up data using encryption. Only the key owner or a user with knowledge of the pass phrase can restore data that was encrypted with a restricted encryption key.
- retired media
Tape cartridge media that has been taken out of service, usually because of an excessive number of errors. Media that is retired is available for restore jobs but not for backup jobs. Media must be retired before it can be deleted. If you want to use media that has been deleted, Backup Exec recognizes it as imported media. You must catalog retired media before you can restore from it.
- scratch media
Tape cartridge media that are not associated with a media set and that can be overwritten. Scratch media includes new or blank media, erased media, and media moved from another group.
- simulated tape library
A tape library that emulates an Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) media type and has the AIT media type label. A simulated tape library is created by the Tape Library Simulator.
An additional task that you can run with a backup job, such as duplicating a copy of the backup data to disk storage.
- storage device
A disk storage device, disk cartridge, robotic library drive, stand-alone drive, virtual drive, removable storage drive, cloud-based storage device, or other type of data storage that is supported by Backup Exec.
- storage device pool
A group of similar types of storage devices that enables load-balancing of Backup Exec jobs.
- synthetic backup
A feature of the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option that enables a full backup to be assembled, or synthesized, from a baseline and subsequent incremental backups.
- Tape Library Simulator
A utility that lets you create a virtual device on a hard disk or on any mounted volume on a computer on which the Backup Exec Remote Media Agent for Linux is installed. The virtual device that is created is called a simulated tape library.
- true image restore
A feature of the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option that enables Backup Exec to restore the contents of directories to what they were at the time of any full or incremental backup. Restore selections are made from a view of the directories as they existed at the time of the particular backup. Files that were deleted before the time of the backup are not restored. In true image restore, only the correct versions of files are restored from the appropriate full or incremental backups that contain them. Previous versions are not unnecessarily restored and then overwritten.
- UMI (Unique Message Identifier)
A unique code that is associated with an error reported in the job log, or on some alerts. These codes contain hyperlinks that you can click to go to the Veritas Technical Support Web site. You can access technical notes and troubleshooting tips that are related to a specific error.
- virtual disk
A logical disk that you configure on a storage array to provide storage to the Backup Exec server.