Information on backups - please

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Gary M. Tamblyn

Jan 3, 2012, 3:31:46 PM1/3/12
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We have a client with IT personnel who have been given a high priority task of gathering a linformation about how other Profitool clients accomplish their backups.  I have suggested that a query be sent out to the PTUG membership soliciting information, but the sense is that information won't come back quickly enough to be helpful.

All of the details of how your organization backs up your Profitool database(s) are not required.  I believe what is needed is a very high level recap of your procedure.  Primarily, I believe the tool(s) being used are of the most interest.  Are you using tar, rsynch, ..., amanda, bacula, ... or perhaps EMC's "On Course", or Arc-Serve?

If you can help me help get info to this client, I would greatly appreciate it.  Also, perhaps this will cultivate a new participant/contributor to the PTUG forums.  It is not a small company that is asking this question.

Thanks in advance for your speedy suggestions.

Gary Tamblyn

Mitchell, Tom

Jan 3, 2012, 3:45:26 PM1/3/12
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We are using CommVault to backup all the servers on our network including the Profitool server. All data is first copied to the disk array and then off to tape. We have been running this for over five years with no major problems. If you need more details please let me know.




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John Bolland

Jan 3, 2012, 3:52:53 PM1/3/12

Mainzeal uses rsync as its back up tool.

Essentially our backups work like this.

We have a remotely attached drive (part of our visualized environment,
but on a separate piece of hardware) that is simply seen as an
additional directory [/backup1] by the Linux OS.

Each night the following processes are run.

An rsync process, via the network and secured SSH connections, copies
all the contents of the WebInterface server into /backup1/webint (with
the exception of a number of OS files/directories - mainly device
drivers etc.

An rsync process all the contents of the Profitool Server into
/backup1/profitool - again with the exception of some OS device drives
etc. This is of course an internal copy as far as Linux is concerned.

Subsequently, later in the day, a copy of the /backup1 path is made by
the virtual environment to a separate piece of hardware, and then a tape
copy is made of this.


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Hook, Brooks

Jan 3, 2012, 4:29:27 PM1/3/12
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Ditto from ZCC on CommVault.

We are in the process of switching to NetBackup .

Bauman, Dan

Jan 3, 2012, 4:43:44 PM1/3/12
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All –

We have a pretty simple (but effective) process…
The Profitool data is backed up nightly by using tar scripts, creating the backup files on an NFS directory.  The zipped files are then backed up by Symantec and written to tape.  Please let me know if you have any questions.




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Phone: (636) 391-4590

Mobile: (314) 413-3868


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Stephen, Eve

Jan 3, 2012, 4:46:08 PM1/3/12
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This is exactly what I’m doing, except that we use BackupExec to backup the zipped files to tape.  (I modified the ptbackup script to backup to an NFS filesystem instead of to tape.)




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Jan 3, 2012, 9:00:16 PM1/3/12
We use emc avamar to backup several times per day.  We used the tar to windows share then backup exec prior to emc.  Both work.

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