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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Third Time’s a Charm

Quick Tip: If the install procedure for your software requires the shutting down of services on the server, it’s a good idea to turn off any monitoring systems that may auto-restart services it sees shutdown.

So, I was installing Backup Exec 2010 on my backup server, upgrading my in-place Backup Exec 12.5 installation. The first time I ran the install, it failed. Looking at the log, it said that it failed while shutting down the Backup Exec services. I checked and the services were running. So, I shut them down myself and re-ran the install. It failed again, with the same error. I looked again and the services were again running. Slightly confused, I stopped the services again. Then, just to double-check, I refreshed the Services screen. To my momentary amazement, the services were running again!

It didn’t take but a second to realize that the “problem” was What’s Up Gold (WUG). I have WUG monitoring my backup server and it is set to restart the Backup Exec services if they go down. So, I would switch the lights off and WUG, at the other end of the hall, would switch the lights back on! OFF-ON-BACKUP FAIL… repeat!

Putting my backup server into maintenance mode in WUG solved my problem.

Good to see that WUG is doing its job. Now, I just have to remember what jobs I have given it to do.

Two Projects…

One for sure and one a ‘probably’.

First, I will be upgrading our Backup Exec 12.5 system to Backup Exec 2010. I am excited about this, especially the new pass-through granular backup feature for Hyper-V and virtualized workloads. As I understand it, you can do granular restores from virtualized workloads (Exchange, SQL Server, etc.) without having to do  a discreet backup of the VM itself. You just have to do a backup on the VM host of the environment. Of course, you still need the Backup Exec agents everywhere – a Hyper-V agent on the VM Host server as well as Exchange and SQL Server agents on the VMs running those respective workloads. Then, once the agents are in place, you just need to run a backup on the VM host machine, grabbing all of the VMs in the process. Form there, you can then do granular restores (individual mail items, SQL DBs, etc.) I am reading more about it and am excited to try it out.

The second project is a third VM Host server for our environment. We currently have two Dell 2950s running Win2008/Hyper-V. We are looking to add an R710 to the mix. We don’t have everything worked out, but I am hoping that we will be able to explore Hyper-V R2, clustering, CSVs, Live Migration, etc. We will see.

Fun stuff!

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