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VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers 

Version 10.0  

Last Updated: November 2, 2004

This document contains release notes for Backup Exec and contains information that may not be in the Administrator's Guide. The information in this document is more current than information in the Administrator's Guide. If information in this file conflicts with the Administrator's Guide, the information in this file is correct.

The Administrator's Guide Addendum contains additions and changes to text in the Administrator's Guide. You can access the Addendum from the Backup Exec Information Desk. On the navigation bar, click Overview. From the Overview pane, click Information Desk. In the Documentation section, click View VERITAS Backup Exec Administrator's Guide Addendum (PDF).

For the most current information on VERITAS Software products and services, please visit our website at http://www.veritas.com/.


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What's New in This Release

  • Policies

    Policies provide a method for managing backup jobs and strategies. Policies contain job templates, which are job attributes that define how and when Backup Exec processes a job. Templates specify the devices, settings, and schedule for a job, but do not include the selections to be backed up. To create jobs, combine a policy with a selection list. Backup Exec offers four types of templates: backup, duplicate backup data, export media, and synthetic backup (the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option is required to create synthetic backup templates). For more information on policies, click Overview on the navigation bar and select How to use policies from the Getting Started section of the Information Desk. Backup Exec provides a policy wizard for grandfather/father/son media rotation.

  • Availability windows for selection lists

    You can set a time range for when resources in a selection list will be available for backup. You can set a default availability window for all resources, or set the availability window for each individual selection list you create.

  • Custom filters

    Create and edit custom filters for the current jobs view, the job history view, the active alerts view, and the alert history view to display only the information that you specify. These are filters that you name and save for later use, so that you can sort large lists of objects depending on your specific criteria. Using filters to specify criteria for the data you want to view makes Backup Exec data more manageable when you have a large database.

Using filters, whether standard or custom, will also shorten loading times and prevent server timeouts that can happen when a very large number of items are loading. Filters can be applied while Backup Exec is loading the records. For example, you can apply a filter to job histories while Backup Exec is loading the histories, and only the histories that meet the criteria you selected will appear.

  • Set thresholds for recovering stalled jobs

    If the Backup Exec services become unresponsive, you can enter the number of seconds before active jobs are considered stalled and the number of seconds that jobs can be stalled before they are recovered. After this number of seconds is exceeded, the jobs are recovered by Backup Exec. Any error-handling rules that have been enabled will apply to the recovered jobs.

  • Vault rules

    You can specify dates for media sets to send media to and return media from vaults. This feature enables you to update the vault with the media location, and generates a report so that you can physically collect the media and take it to or return it from a vault.

  • Backup Exec for Windows Server Environment Check

    You can select from the installation program to run this utility before Backup Exec is installed. This utility checks if the media server has the proper system environment (operating system version, service packs, etc.), checks 3rd party application versions (Internet Explorer, ODBC, MDAC, etc.), and removes incomplete uninstalls of previous VERITAS products. The Environment Check utility does not remove old installations of Backup Exec or any other VERITAS products.

    VERITAS recommends running the Environment Check utility on the media server and all remote computers that are to be protected. The Environment Check utility must be run locally; it can be run from the installation CD's pre-install checker on remote computers that meet operating system requirements for the media server.

  • Audit logs

    Use audit logs to examine and review information about operations that have been performed in Backup Exec. The audit log displays the date and time of the activity, who performed it, what the activity was, and a description of the activity. You can save audit logs as files, and groom audit logs as part of the Backup Exec database maintenance.

  • Custom error-handling rules

    In addition to applying a default error-handling rule to a group of similar errors, or an error category, you can create a custom error-handling rule for one or more specific error codes in an error category. You can also create an error-handling rule directly from a history record by right-clicking on a history record in the job history list.

  • EFI system partition backup and restore

    The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is required to boot Windows on all Intel Itanium 64-bit computers. You can back up and restore EFI system partition data using Backup Exec on Intel Itanium 64-bit computers. EFI system partition data can be backed up only on remote computers using the Backup Exec Remote Agent.

  • Job deletion for run once jobs

The options for deletion of run once jobs after they have completed successfully can help manage your job lists. These options, which can be set by selecting Tools, Options, and then Schedule, allow you to have Backup Exec automatically delete run once jobs after they run or after they run successfully. The default setting is Do not delete jobs.  

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New Features for Backup Exec Agents and Options

This release of Backup Exec includes the following new features and capabilities in the agents and options:

  • Central Admin Server Option

    The new Backup Exec for Windows Servers Central Admin Server Option (CASO) enables you to maximize your Backup Exec for Windows Servers investment by providing centralized administration and delegated job processing functionality for existing or newly configured Backup Exec for Windows Servers media servers in your storage environment.

    The Central Admin Server Option transforms your stand-alone Backup Exec media server-based environment into a centrally managed data protection enterprise, built on the following concepts:

Use of a Backup Exec for Windows Servers media server as a central administration server.

Use of the Backup Exec Administration Console to monitor and manage distributed backup environments, which consist of the central administration server and managed media servers. Through the Backup Exec Administration Console, you can:

  • Monitor active, scheduled, and completed jobs.

  • Cancel jobs and start scheduled jobs.

  • Pause and resume media servers and devices.

  • Respond to alerts.

  • View CPU, OS, and memory statistics of a Backup Exec server.

  • Run the server diagnostics utility and view output.

  • Determine the version of Backup Exec installed on a server.

  • Report on data across media servers.

  • Push install media servers.

Use of the central administration server to store catalogs, device and media information, jobs, and selection lists. Job log information generated by the various Backup Exec media servers can also be stored on this central server.

Use of your existing storage hardware using media server pools and job delegation concepts, which enable you to delegate the processing of backup and restore jobs to various Backup Exec media servers on your network.

Use of a scalable architecture to handle the future growth of data on your network.

  • Remote Agent for Linux/Unix Servers

    The new VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Remote Agent for Linux/Unix Servers (RALUS) is installed as a separate, add-on component that enables Windows Server network administrators to perform backup and restore operations on Linux and Solaris hosts that are connected to the network. This agent must be running on these computers before backup or restore operations can be performed.  The following versions are supported:

Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES, WS 3.0
SuSE Linux 8.0, 8.1, 8.2
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
Solaris (SPARC) 8,9
United Linux LSB 1.0 (Includes SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8)

  • Intelligent Disaster Recovery

    The following new features are available for IDR:

64-bit IDR. IDR is now available for computers that use Intel 64-bit Itanium processors. With 64-bit IDR, you can only create bootable CDs and perform only remote restores.

Alternate operating system media path. When you create bootable tape or CDs, you must provide the Windows operating system files. In previous releases of Backup Exec, IDR only accepted the Windows operating system installation CD. In this release, you can enter a path to the Windows operating system files locally or on the network or to existing .iso image files. In addition, you can use MSDN-style CDs.

Offline protection. If a computer crashes before you create disaster recovery media, IDR can still recover the computer if a full backup that includes information needed to restore the system was made prior to the crash.


    Plug-and-play tape driver support is now available.

  • SharePoint Agent

    The updated Agent for Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server includes support for all of the components of Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003. These components include portal sites, Windows SharePoint Services sites, web storage system-based document libraries, Single Sign-on, and the configuration database in single-server, server farm, and shared service deployments.

  • Advanced Disk-based Backup Option

    The VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers - Advanced Disk-based Backup Option (ADBO) is installed as a separate, add-on component of Backup Exec for Windows Servers. The Advanced Disk-based Backup Option provides the following features:

    Synthetic backup. This policy-driven feature enables a backup to be assembled, or synthesized, from baseline backups and subsequent incremental backups. This feature eliminates the need to run full backups, and because the synthesis is performed on the Backup Exec media server without accessing the remote computer, the overall backup window and the network bandwidth requirements are reduced.

    Offhost backup. This feature enables the backup operation to be moved away from the remote computer, or host computer, to a Backup Exec media server, reducing network bandwidth requirements. Moving the backup from the remote computer to a media server enables better backup performance and reduces the load on the remote computer as well.

    The Offhost backup option requires that both the media and remote servers have the Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition or Data Center Edition installed.

The Full - Back up files - Archive the files (delete files after successful copy) Backup Method is not supported when using the Offhost backup feature; the backup job will fail with the error ''0xe000848c - Unable to attach to a resource." 

  • Remote Agent Monitor

    Use the Remote Agent Monitor to check if a backup or restore job is running on the computer. The Remote Agent Monitor is installed when the Remote Agent is installed on a remote computer. You can set how often the Remote Agent Monitor checks for activity on the remote computer, and you can set an option to start the Remote Agent Monitor whenever you log on. Enables you to activate debug logging for a variety of Backup Exec services.

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Backup Exec Installation Notes

System Requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements for the Backup Exec media server and CASO server (following installation of Backup Exec or certain Backup Exec options, a reboot may be required):

  • Operating system

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, or Windows 2000 Datacenter

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 or later

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family

The following operating systems are supported, but not required:

  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003

  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2000, and 2003

  • Internet browser

Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.

  • Processor

Pentium class system and later compatible processors

  • Memory

    Backup Exec Media Server

    • Required: 256 MB RAM. 

    • Recommended: 512 MB (or more for better performance)

    Backup Exec CASO Server (depends on number of media servers being supported)

    • Required: 512 MB RAM. 

    • Recommended: 1 GB

    Note: RAM requirements may vary depending on operations performed, the options installed, and the specific system configuration.

  • Virtual Memory Recommendations

20 MB above the Windows recommended size for total paging file size (total for all disk volumes) 

To view or set the paging file size:

On Windows 2000, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click System, click the Advanced tab, and then click Performance Options. Click Change to reset the paging file size for all drives.

On Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, go to Control Panel, double-click System, click the Advanced tab, and then in Performance, click Settings. Click the Advanced tab, and then in Virtual memory, click Change to reset the paging file size for all drives.

  • Disk space

Backup Exec media server

550 MB hard disk space required after Windows is installed (typical installation)

  • Other hardware

 Network interface card or a virtual network adapter device

CD-ROM drive

(Optional) Printer supported by Microsoft Windows

(Recommended) A mouse

(Optional for pager notification) Modem supported by Microsoft Windows

  • Storage hardware

Backup Exec requires at least one storage media drive and/or robotic library. Removable storage devices and non-removable hard drives can also be targeted for backups. Refer to the Backup Exec hardware compatibility list for a complete list of devices that are supported. Support for multi-drive robotic libraries is available separately. Refer to the Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility list for a complete list of supported SCSI controllers.

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Installation Messages and Tips

  • The following message might be displayed during installation:

"Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client."

Do one of the following:

  • If Microsoft Outlook is not installed, run the installation program and set up a profile. When prompted to set Outlook as the default, respond Yes.

  • If Microsoft Outlook is installed, set Outlook as the default mail client. Open Internet Explorer, click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. Click the Programs tab, and in the E-mail field, choose Microsoft Outlook, and then click OK.

  • If you are installing Backup Exec into an existing Microsoft SQL Server 2000 instance, first make sure that SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3a or later is installed. 

  • You cannot install multiple Backup Exec databases on the same SQL Server instance.
  • During a remote, or push, installation of Backup Exec, when prompted to enter an account for Backup Exec to use as its service account, enter an existing account or specify a new account (if you are creating a local account). If you specify a domain, you must enter an existing account. New accounts are not granted proper rights.

  • A second attempt at a remote Backup Exec installation due to a reboot request or remote installation failure may result in one of the following error messages if a different set of connection credentials is used within the same remote installation session: "The credentials supplied conflict with an existing set of credentials" or "Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again." 

If this occurs, use the original set of connection credentials when retrying the remote installation, disconnect all previous connections to the remote computer and try the installation again, or exit the current remote installation session and launch a new one.

  • If you encounter the following error when performing a remote installation:

"Attempting to connect to server <server name> failed with the following error:

Unable to connect through Remote Install object.
Will not check remote credentials"

Perform the following steps:

  1. Cancel out of the current remote installation session.

  2. Navigate to directory path "%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\VERITAS Shared"

  3. Remove the Read-Only file attribute from the following files:

And retry the remote installation.

  • If your computer has the Multilingual User Interface installed, you might receive the following error message when installing Backup Exec:

"The Windows Installer service cannot update the system file mfc42u.dll because the file is protected by Windows. You might need to update your operating system for this program to work correctly."

The mfc42u.dll file is language-specific. Backup Exec attempts to update the file because of language differences. The existing mfc42u.dll file on the computer is the correct file needed by the Backup Exec installation. There is no need to update the operating system. Click OK to continue with the installation.

  • After installing Backup Exec on a computer running Windows Server 2003, you might receive an error message that the Network Load Balancing Service failed to start. Microsoft reports the cause as: "Although Network Load Balancing (NLB) is not currently installed, some NLB registry keys might be present in the registry". Although Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 268437 describes the problem as applying to Windows 2000 Advanced Server, the fix also works for Windows Server 2003. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 268437 can be found at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;268437

  • After installing Backup Exec on a computer running Windows Server 2003, a message displays during driver installation that indicates the drivers about to be installed have not gone through the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) program. The VERITAS drivers go through a similar qualification process. VERITAS recommends that you install the VERITAS drivers. Use the following steps to make the necessary policy setting change: 

    • Incorporate the driver installation into Setup by using the DriverSigningPolicy=ignore setting. (See related articles.) 

    • Implement a driver signing policy in a Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 Domain by using Group Policy: 

      1. Under Administrator Tools, in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, right-click the domain root, click Properties, and then click the Group Policy tab.

      2. Click the default domain policy, and then click Edit

      3. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Security Settings. Expand Local Policies, expand Security Options, and then modify Device: Unsigned driver installation Behavior to the setting that you want to use. Select "silently succeed". 

        Note: This policy is a domain-wide policy.

      Note: To set the policy on the local computer where no Domain policy is applied, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System. On the Hardware tab, click Driver Signing..., and then select a verification setting.  

      Note: Windows XP queries for the policy and ensures that it matches the entry that is stored for it in an alternate location. However, if the operating system determines that the Driver Signing Policy registry key has been tampered with, the operating system automatically resets to the correct values (or the default value, which is Warn and Ignore for non-driver signing policy).

      Note: For silent installations, the /td: option to install VERITAS tape device drivers will be ignored unless your driver signing policy is set for Ignore.

      Reference Microsoft article:



  • You might be required to restart the computer when you install certain options. If you selected the Advanced Open File Option or Enable Robotic Library Support, you must restart the computer when installation is complete. You might need to restart the computer after you install tape device drivers or MDAC.

  • If you are installing Backup Exec for Windows Servers into a Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 or prior Cluster Server (MSCS) environment, underscore characters are not allowed for the Network Name resource (the virtual server name) in the Backup Exec Cluster Configuration Wizard. Underscore characters are allowed if you are running Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or higher.

  • To evaluate the Remote Agent for Linux/UNIX Server (RALUS):
    1. Install Backup Exec for Windows Servers in evaluation mode. 
    2. Using the Remote Agent for Linux/UNIX Server (RALUS) CD, install the RALUS agent on a supported Linux/UNIX system.

  • If you are using RALUS on Linux servers, the following Linux packages are pre-requisites:

    • glibc-2.2.4 

    • libstdc++-2.96

  • When you are connecting to the ExecView server through a browser, if you are prompted to install the latest Java Runtime Environment you must answer Yes in order to view the ExecView Console.

  • During installation of Backup Exec and ExecView on a Windows XP SP1 system, you may see the following message: "Java (TM) update failed to apply changes to your system"

To remedy the situation, download Windows XP Patch <Q814995_WXP_SP2_x86_ENU.exe> from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=340de75d-8566-4277-8ac4-0f4352af33c0

You can also try manually installing Java from either the Backup Exec or  the ExecView installation CD. Use Windows Explorer to navigate to WinNT\Install\JRE and run jresetup.exe. After installing Java, re-run setup for Backup Exec and/or ExecView.

  • If you install the ExecView Communications Module (ECM) on a machine using an ATI, Matrox, Intel, or NeoMagic video adapter, you may receive a fatal exception error message on a blue screen. The error will be similar to the following: 

    *** STOP: 0x00000050 (0XE350D010, 0X00000000, 0XFOEF444C, 0x0000001) PAGEFAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA *** Address F0EF444C base at F0EB8000, DateStamp 3C6C21F - ati3d1ag.dll 

    To resolve this issue on a Microsoft Windows 2003 computer, reduce the hardware acceleration setting by performing the following steps:

    • Click Start, click Control Panel, and the double-click Display

    • On the Settings tab, click Advanced

    • On the Troubleshoot tab, move the Hardware acceleration slider all the way to the left (to the None position), and then click OK

To resolve this issue on a Microsoft Windows 2000 computer, reduce the hardware acceleration setting by performing the following steps: 

  • Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.

  • On the Settings tab, click Advanced

  • On the Troubleshooting tab, move the Hardware Acceleration slider all the way to the left (the None position), and then click OK

Note: If the issue continues to occur, on the Settings tab, reduce the Colors  of the Display Properties to 256 Colors, and then click OK

  • If you are installing Storage Foundation for Windows Servers High Availability Administrative Console (SFWSHAAC) components on the Central Admin Server, you must reboot the Central Admin Server after the installation completes.

  • For information and detailed procedures for installing Backup Exec with the Central Admin Server Option (CASO), setting up managed media servers, and using Backup Exec in a CASO environment, see your VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Administrator's Guide.

  • When remotely installing RALUS over SSH protocol, the following setup steps must be performed to enable temporary SSH trust relationships between machines involved:
  • On the system the agent is being installed from (ssh client), run:
ssh-keygen -b 1042 -t dsa

accepting the defaults, including no passphrase. This will create an ssh key for your system in the file /.ssh/id_dsa.pub

  • On each remote computers where packages will be installed (ssh server), check to see whether a /.ssh/authorized_keys2 file exists. If the file does not exist, copy the /.ssh/id_dsa.pub file on the ssh client to /.ssh/authorized_keys2 on each ssh server system. If the file does exist, create a backup of the /.ssh/authorized_keys2 file and append the contents of the /.ssh/id_dsa.pub file to the original.
  • On each remote computer where packages will be installed (ssh server) check that the sshd_config file (usually found in /etc/ssh or /etc/opt/openssh) on each ssh server contains the uncommented keyword:
PubkeyAuthentication yes
  • If this keyword is not found or is set to no, add the keyword and restart sshd. An ssh start/stop script should be located within /etc/init.d.
  • The client must issue one ssh command to each ssh server so that its key fingerprint is received, and it becomes a known host.
  • At this point, successive ssh issued commands will be answered without prompting for a password, passphrase, or confirmation. You can now successfully run the agent install script using the -usessh option. When the installation is completed, the backup copies of /.ssh/authorized_keys2 can be restored on each server.

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Downloading VERITAS Management Pack for MOM

The VERITAS Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) will provide tight interoperability between VERITAS Backup Exec software and Microsoft Operations Manager, improving operations management and efficiency, while simultaneously maximizing application availability, lowering costs and helping meet business objectives. The VERITAS Management Pack for MOM can be downloaded from http://seer.support.veritas.com/docs/271030.

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Uninstalling Backup Exec

  • When uninstalling Backup Exec, if debug logging has been enabled, the following error message may be displayed: "Error 1306.C:\Program Files\VERITAS\Backup Exec\NT\Logs\Log_MsiExec.txt.  Another application has exclusive access to this file. Please close all other applications and retry the operation. "

To disable debug logging, set the registry key HKLM\VERITAS\Backup Exec\Debug\BEMSDKLog to 0.

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Feature No Longer Supported by Backup Exec

The Template Definition Usage Report job is no longer supported in this release. If you created a scheduled Template Definition Usage Report job from an older version of Backup Exec, upgrade to this version, and then run the scheduled report job, the job fails.


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Settings Not Migrated when Upgrading Backup Exec

  • Settings that are not migrated when Backup Exec is upgraded from version 8.x include:

  • Notifications (email, pager, etc.).

  • MMC User defined filters.

  • Cleaning jobs.

  • Jobs for which the Retry after option was selected are put on hold.

  • Backup Exec password database option. 

Note: User-defined selections must be recreated, and the credentials used to connect to resources must be re-entered, otherwise Backup Exec will attempt to connect to the resource using the System Logon Account.

  • A backup job which includes the Exchange Information Store or SQL databases under Shadow Copy Components will fail after being migrated. Backup Exec now backs up these components through the Exchange and SQL Agents; these resources no longer appear under Shadow Copy Component section. You must recreate the selections for the backup job to complete successfully.

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NSE Migration Issues

  • If you are upgrading a Backup Exec Network Storage Edition (NSE) computer and the upgrade fails, the system may be left in an inconsistent state. Recover your original NSE configuration and reattempt the install/upgrade/migration. For more information, refer to your NSE Administrator's Guide information on master server recovery. 

  • If you are upgrading from NSE, the Backup Exec v10.0 logon account wizard (which is part of the first time startup wizard), may list the logon account <Default Backup Account> which was the default logon account in NSE. This account will not work with this version of Backup Exec. You must: create a new logon account, use other accounts migrated from NSE, or use the Backup Exec 10.0 System Logon account.


  • When upgrading from NSE in a cluster, the NSE directory on the local drive (i.e. C:\program files\Backup Exec NSE) is not deleted. This directory can be manually deleted provided Backup Exec 10 is not installed in this directory.

  • Prior to upgrading from NSE to Backup Exec, you must manually uninstall the NSE WMI performance counter provider and the NSE WMI SNMP provider. For more information on how to uninstall the providers, refer to the NSE 8.6 Administrator's Guide.

  • If you upgrade your computer from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, you must edit selection lists and replace the System State selection with the Shadow Copy Components selection. Refer to "Protecting Upgraded Windows Server 2003 Resources" in the backup chapter of your VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Administrator's Guide

  • Examine the install logs for details regarding the data migration process. 

  • The following functionality is not fully migrated due to differing implementations of these features from NSE and/or BE 8.6: 
    • Unprotected resources 
    • Disabled resources 
    • Resource types 
    • Global Excludes and Task Level Excludes 
    • Software compression at the resource level 
    • Prevent other simultaneous backups of this resource 
    • Audit Logs 
    • Alert History 
    • Notifications and Recipients

  • Virus scan is no longer supported by Backup Exec.

  • Intelligent Image Option (IIO) is no longer supported by Backup Exec.

  • Remote agent priority at the resource level does not migrate to Backup Exec.

  • Empty Policy does not migrate to Backup Exec.

Hardware and Driver Notes

  • The compatibility list contains the latest information about supported hardware and software and is updated regularly. Before installing or upgrading Backup Exec, review the current compatibility list to confirm the compatibility of your hardware and software. You can find the current compatibility list on the VERITAS Support website at http://support.veritas.com/rd/bews-compatibility.htm. If you don't find your hardware or software listed or if you have questions about the information in the compatibility list, please contact VERITAS Support.

  • You must remove media from all tape drives and reboot after installing VERITAS Device Drivers in order to properly load the drivers. If a reboot is not performed, some devices may be incorrectly discovered and displayed in Backup Exec. If this has occurred, reboot and then delete any offline devices to correct the configuration.

  • HP (previously Compaq) hot swap support using VERITAS tape class drivers requires tapeinst.exe to be run locally after Backup Exec is installed.

  • If you are using an Hitachi 9970 and attempt to protect a Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) resource using the Advanced Disk-based Backup Option (ADBO), you may receive the error message "The job failed with the following error: A failure occurred querying the Writer status." To correct this problem, do the following:

    1. Make sure the RM Shadow Copy Provider for Volume Snapshot Service is present and running.

    2. If the service is not running, run RMVSSPRV.exe from c:\horcm\tool.

    3. If the service is still not running, contact Hitachi for support.


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General Backup Exec Notes

  • For the Japanese version only: There is a known issue with viewing SMTP email notification message. Japanese characters in the Subject line using Microsoft Outlook Client 2000 or 2002 may not appear properly. Workarounds include using Microsoft Outlook Client 2003 or Microsoft Outlook Express for viewing the mail messages.

  • When browsing remote backup or restore selections, you may receive an informational message stating that the Backup Exec Remote Agent must be installed. This message may appear even though the agent is installed. The message can be safely ignored by clicking the OK button and proceeding with the backup or restore job creation.

  • Windows 2003 systems may display a security warning when the Job Summary is displayed after submitting a job. This is caused by the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration option that is installed by default on Windows 2003 systems. On the warning screen, select to add the site to your Trusted sites zone to prevent the warning from being displayed on future jobs.

  • Running Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 2 results in the following:

    • You will not be able to push install to remote Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 2 computers.

    • Performing remote backup and restores may require manual configuration.

    • Running the Remote Agent for Windows or NetWare servers automatically creates an exclusion in the Microsoft firewall.

    • Using ExecView will require manual configuration.

    For more information refer to the following technote:


    Additional information can also be found on the Microsoft website.

  • The Synthetic Backup feature supports all standard file systems that can be backed up using either the Remote Agent for Windows or NetWare Servers or the Remote Agent for Linux and Unix Servers; however, the synthetic backup feature does not support NetWare. System State and EFI partitions are also supported. Databases, such as SQL and Exchange are not supported. 

  • NetBIOS over TCP must be enabled on both the media server and systems running Remote Agent for Windows Servers in order for Backup Exec for Windows Servers to operate correctly. This can be configured by your network administrator via DHCP or you can enable it by following these steps:

  1. Start the Network Connections control panel

  2. Open the properties for the appropriate connection

  3. Open the properties for the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) selection

  4. Select the Advanced button from the General tab on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog

  5. Select Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP from the WINS tab on the Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog

  • The offhost and Storage Foundation for Windows high availability integration features require that you are running version 4.2 of VERITAS Storage Foundation for Windows. If you have an earlier build, please be sure to get the listed build from the web site.

  • Doing incremental/differential backups with Offhost backups using the Windows Change Journal is not supported in this release of Backup Exec. The modified time backup can still be used.

  • This release provides support for the following offhost backup providers:

    VERITAS Volume Snapshot Service Dynamic Provider
    Hitachi RM Shadow Copy Provider

  • When protecting a server running VERITAS Cluster Server version 4.1 and a virtual file share resource is manually failed over or taken offline while backup job preprocessing is occurring, the backup job will hang.

  • Port 3527 is reserved by Backup Exec. If this port is in use by another application, install will complete but one of Backup Exec's services will not start and Backup Exec will not load. Finding the application that is using port 3527 and reassigning that application to another port is preferred; however, you can change the port used by Backup Exec if necessary .

    To change the port Backup Exec uses:

    1. Using RegEdit or RegEdt32, navigate to

    2. Right click Server, select New and then select DWORD Value.

    3. Name the key MQPortID, and enter the value of the new port that Backup Exec should use 
        for communications.

    Note: All MMS and CASO servers should be configured to use the same port you assigned for MQPortID.

    4. Restart Backup Exec's services

  • The Device Summary Report lists Backup-to-Disk devices. However, statistics for Backup-to-Disk devices are not included on the report because Backup Exec does not track statistics for those devices.

  • The ArcServe Tape reader supports generic file system backups, but does not support Exchange, SQL, system state, compression or encryption.

  • If you receive error 1065 "Database specified does not exist", after installing a managed media server and specifying a central administration server, perform the steps listed below.

This problem is usually caused when UDP traffic is blocked on the network somewhere between the CAS and the MMS.

To determine the TCP/IP port for the Backup Exec central administration server database:

  1. On the server where the Backup Exec central administration server database is installed, open a command prompt and enter the following:

cd /d "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn" 


  1. In the SQL Server Network Utility, choose the SQL instance where the Backup Exec central administration server database is installed (BKUPEXEC by default).

  2. Under 'Enabled Protocols:', highlight TCP/IP, then click 'Properties...'. Record the port number displayed in 'Default Port:'. This is the port that the SQL instance is listening on. Close the SQL Server Network Utility.

To set the TCP/IP port on the managed media server (needs to be performed on every MMS that is exhibiting the error)

  1. On the Backup Exec managed media server, open a command prompt and enter the following: 

cd /d "%SystemRoot%\system32" 


  1. In the SQL Server Client Network Utility, ensure that TCP/IP is listed under Enabled protocols by order. If it is not, highlight it under Disabled protocols and click Enable.

  2. Switch to the Alias tab, and click Add.

  3. Under Network libraries, choose TCP/IP.

  4. In the Server name box, type the SQL Server and instance name where the Backup Exec Central Administration Server database is installed, in the format SERVERNAME\INSTANCENAME.

  5. Click to clear the Dynamically determine port checkbox.

  6. In the Port number box, type the port number that was recorded previously for the Backup Exec Central Administration Server.

  7. Click OK to close the Add Network Library Configuration dialog, and OK again to close the SQL Server Client Network Utility.

For more information about using Backup Exec across firewalls, refer to your VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Administrator's Guide.

  • Mount points are not supported for replication by VERITAS Replication Execwhen VERITAS Volume Manager volumes are mounted in file servers, Microsoft SQL servers, and Microsoft Exchange servers.

  • If VERITAS Volume Replicator (VVR) is used for replication and mount points are used to mount 
    different volumes, assign the same drive letters at both the primary and secondary sites otherwise databases cannot be mounted at the secondary site.

  • There is a known issue with ExecView not being accessible from the main Backup Exec user interface after being launched. If you are on the Overview tab after launching ExecView successfully and change to either the Information Desk or System Summary views, the ExecView console will shut down. After this occurs, you will be unable to launch the ExecView Console until the main Backup Exec user interface is closed and reopened.

  • When running a catalog or restore job that requires media be inserted in a library, you will be prompted to create an import job. After creating the import job, select Options from the Import Job Properties, and then select Auto-inventory after import is completed

  • Backup-to-Disk (B2D) folders must be created on volumes that are not snapped using Advanced Open File Option (AOFO) Copy-on-Write providers. Failure to do this could cause the backup job to use up 100% CPU and ultimately may run out of disk space on the B2D volume. You should backup B2D folders without using AOFO Copy-on-Write providers. Backup Exec supports two Copy-on-Write snapshot providers: VERITAS Volume Snapshot Provider (VSP) and Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (which is the default provider when using VSS).

  • If a NAS device is emulating Windows, and is not truly a Windows operating system, please confer with the NAS manufacturer for assistance before creating B2D folders on the NAS device. VERITAS does not certify NAS devices, and if the operating system is not a true Windows operating system, VERITAS cannot properly troubleshoot the issue, because the operating system is a proprietary operating system.

  • NetWare servers cannot be used as a B2D target because of file system rights issues.

  • BEWSCommandLine_en.pdf, which documents the use of the Backup Exec Command Line Applet, erroneously states that the  -op: and -ap: switches are required for the  -o101 Operation.  Only the -m switch is required this operation.

  • When Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is installed and the WINS data directory (%SystemRoot%\system32\wins) is backed up, non-snapshot backups will result in a job status of "Completed with Exceptions". For Windows 2000, this is caused by the wins.mdb (WINS database), winstmp.mdb (temporary), and J50*.log (transaction logs) files being in-use. For Windows 2003, this is caused by the winstmp.mdb (temporary) file being in-use. For Windows 2000, since WINS cannot be directly protected by a volume backup, continue to use the WINS management console in conjuction with a volume backup to protect WINS as documented by Microsoft. For Windows 2003, WINS is protected by the WINS VSS Writer via the Backup Exec Shadow Copy Components resource so the backup error is benign and can be ignored.

  • Not all resource types and methods are protected with OBB; for example, SPPS is not protected with OBB and the Offhost option is not supported by OBB.

  • When selection lists contain resources that no longer exist or are offline, you must use the Text view of the selection list, find the selection, and delete it. The Graphical view may show a partial selection, but deselecting it will not remove the now obsolete selection.

  • Global Excludes based on criteria that does not exist for the selected filesystem will result in an exclude for that filesystem. For example, a global exclude based on date for a SQL database will result in a exclude since the SQL database does not have a date attribute.


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Backup Exec Web Administration Console (BEWAC) Notes

  • The grid control used throughout the BEWAC application has been updated. Some browsers may not properly detect that the files used by the grid control have been updated and may attempt to use the outdated files located in the browser’s cache. If this occurs, you may see some incompletely rendered pages in the BEWAC application.

To fix this problem, do the following:

a) Close all browser windows on the client machine.

b) Delete the browser’s cache (for instructions, see your browser’s documentation). 

After these steps have been followed, the grid control should work properly.

  • The selection control’s revision has been updated. You will be prompted to install and run the control when you first access the backup or restore features.

Click Yes when prompted to allow the client’s browser to update and properly initialize the new component. 

If you click No,  the control is not updated, yet it will still be initialized. BEWAC features may not work properly.

  • BEWAC can be installed only on systems running Windows Powered Server Appliance Kit 2.0 or later and Windows Storage Server 2003.

  • Windows Powered Server Appliance Kit 2.0 only supports English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish; therefore, this release of BEWAC only supports those languages.

  • BEWAC is hosted by the Administration web site under the Microsoft Web Server (IIS: Internet Information Services). Certain directory security settings might inhibit the caching of server variables that contain logon information, causing BEWAC to prompt frequently for credentials in pages that use the selections control.

  • For Japanese versions: You cannot perform Backup, Test Run, or other jobs containing the web scheduler using BEWAC if the Japanese Locale W2K3 default is changed to Japanese Traditional Era.

  • When accessing Backup Exec Help from the Help tab, a message may appear stating that a page contains both secure and non-secure items.  This message is a result of icons used in the body of the Help documents and is of no threat to system security.  By selecting Yes, the document will display normally and the icon will appear; if No is selected, the document will display normally but the icon will be missing. 

You can avoid this prompt by changing Internet Explorer settings. From the browser tool bar, select Tools, then Internet Options.  Click the Security tab, and then click Custom Level and scroll to Display Mixed Content.  Select Enable to display the icon automatically.

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Backup Exec Utility (BEutility.exe) Notes

  • Do not place Backup Exec cluster nodes in the same Media Server Group as the virtual Backup Exec server. If a function is run on the Media Server Group that contains cluster nodes and the virtual Backup Exec server, Backup Exec Utility will have problems modifying the virtual Backup Exec server.

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Cluster-aware Backup Exec Notes

  • Customers wishing to use a SQL server with Backup Exec for Windows Server 10.0 in a clustered environment will need to uncluster their previous product. Then, on one node of the cluster, select to use a remote SQL server. On all other nodes, select to use a local MSDE instance. After all nodes have been upgraded, re-run the cluster wizard from the node that uses the SQL instance to re-create the cluster.

  • When Exchange 2000 or 2003 servers are clustered in an active/active configuration, if the same node controls both virtual Exchange servers, all individual mailboxes from both servers are displayed under the mailbox icon for each virtual server. If both mailbox icons are selected for backup, each mailbox is backed up twice. To display the mailboxes for each server correctly and prevent a redundant mailbox backup, make both virtual Exchange servers active on separate nodes.

  • If a failover occurs during a backup that is using the Incremental - Changed Files - Reset Archive Bit backup method, Backup Exec skips the data that was backed up prior to the failover when the job is restarted on the failover node. In addition, catalog files are not generated for the data that was backed up prior to the failover.

To prevent possible loss of data in failover situations, VERITAS recommends that you use the Incremental - Using modified time backup method instead of the Incremental - Changed Files - Reset Archive Bit method. 

  • When browsing servers, icons for both virtual and non-virtual servers appear identical until an icon for the virtual server is expanded.

  • Shutting down a media server with an active Backup Exec cluster node could prevent other SAN servers from accessing SAN libraries and drives. Use the cluster manager to either take the active node offline or move the active node to another node in the cluster before shutting down the media server.

  • To use CASO in a VERITAS Cluster Server environment, you must install VERITAS Cluster Server Client, and then manually copy the vcsapi_mt.dll file from "cluster server\bin" on one of the VCS nodes to "cluster manager\vssapi" on the central administration server.


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Notes for Backup Exec Agents and Options

Exchange Agent Notes

  • Checkpoint restart is not supported for Exchange mailboxes and public folder backups if the option Enable Single instance backup for message attachment is enabled on the Backup Job Properties dialog box for Exchange.

  • When performing an Exchange snapshot backup with the Exchange option Perform consistency check before backup when using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot provider enabled and the dependent option Continue with backup if consistency check fails disabled, then data for specific Exchange objects that are determined to be corrupt will not backed up. All other non-corrupt Exchange objects will be backed up.

    For example, if any transaction log file for a Storage Group is corrupt, then none of the transaction log files will be backed up for that Storage Group when the Continue with backup if consistency check fails option is disabled, however, the Exchange database files will be backed up if Backup Exec determines they are not corrupt. Likewise, if a specific Exchange database file is corrupt, then only that specific database file is not backed up while all other non-corrupt database files and transaction log files will be backed up.

    Note: When Continue with backup if consistency check fails is enabled all Exchange data will be backed up regardless of whether or not if corrupt exists.

  • When restoring an individual Exchange database from a snapshot, all of the databases in the storage group must be taken offline.

  • When restoring an Exchange database from a snapshot, the “No loss restore”, “Temporary location for log and patch files”, and “Commit after restore completes” options are not applicable. Exchange will use the soft-recovery process when the restored databases are mounted.

  • Remote Agent for Windows or NetWare Servers is required to discover resources on remote computers. However, installing a MAPI client on the media server enables Exchange resources to be discovered on remote resources on which the Remote Agent is not installed. If the Exchange resources are in another domain, the logon account used for the media server must also be valid for the Exchange resources.

  • Snapshot backups of the Site Replication Service (SRS) are not supported by the Exchange 2003 VSS Writer; the backup job will fail.

  • Snapshot considerations when circular logging is enabled include the following:

    • Incremental and differential snapshots backups cannot be performed, the backup job will fail.

    • Only point-in-time, loss restores are possible. Roll-forward, no-loss restores cannot be performed.

    • Individual database restores cannot be performed, the restore job will fail.

  • Snapshot backups of Exchange are only supported for Exchange Server 2003 on Windows 2003. Therefore when a migrated or new snapshot backup job is performed for Exchange Server 2000 or Exchange Server 2003 on Windows 2000, the backup job will fail. The job will not fallback to a non-snapshot backup because Exchange snapshot and non-snapshot backups are not interoperable. 

    If other resources are included in the snapshot backup job of Exchange Server 2000 or Exchange Server 2003 on Windows 2000, these other resources will fallback to a non-snapshot backup. When creating backups of both Exchange and non-Exchange resources in these configurations, select the option Process logical volumes for backup one at a time to allow all other resources to continue to perform a snapshot backup. The job, however, will still fail due to the Exchange snapshot failure. To prevent having a failed job when using these configurations, you should create a separate backup job for the Exchange resource and not use snapshot technology for the backup. For more information, refer to your VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers Administrator's Guide.

  • On Windows Small Business Server 2003 the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 VSS Writer is disabled, which will cause snapshot backups for Exchange 2003 to fail. To successfully perform an Exchange 2003 snapshot backup, review the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q838183. This issue must be resolved in order to successfully perform a restore using the Intelligent Disaster Recovery option.

  • For Exchange Server 2003 installations on Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003, circular logging is enabled by default to prevent transaction logs from using too much disk space when regular backups are not performed. Full backups of Exchange truncate the transaction logs and prevent them from using too much disk space. VERITAS recommends that you clear the circular logging option and perform regular full backups of Exchange.

To clear the circular logging option:

  1. From the Microsoft Exchange program group, open the System Manager utility.

  2. Expand the Servers node, and then select the Exchange server.

  3. In the right pane, right-click First Storage Group, and then select Properties.

  4. Clear the Enable circular logging checkbox.

  5. Close the System Manager, and then restart the Exchange server.


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Central Admin Server Option (CASO) Notes

  • The Central Admin Server option is not supported in a workgroup. The central administration server and all managed media servers must be part of a domain. 
  • One-Button Backup (OBB) is not available on a CASO server or a cluster server. 
  • If you change the system time on either the managed media server or the central administration server, you must restart the Backup Exec services on the system in order for the application to properly take into account the time change.
  • When a standalone media server is configured as a managed media server, the device and media database is configured centrally to use the Backup Exec database on the central administration server. Any device and media data from a previous operation of the local media server is lost at this point. When the ADAMM service restarts, the standard device discovery process is executed to rediscover the physical devices attached to the server. However, there is no facility for discovering Backup-to-Disk folders, so the original Backup-to-Disk specifications cannot be recovered. You must create the Backup-to-Disk folder again at the managed media server and point it to the original location. After that, you must run an inventory job to discover the Backup-to-Disk media; then, each media must be cataloged before data can be restored from it.


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Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Option Notes

  • On Windows 2000 and XP, to avoid issues when using Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) to recover dynamic disks managed by VERITAS Volume Manager (VM) or Microsoft's Logical Disk Manager (LDM), create two IDR diskettes using the procedure "Creating the Intelligent Disaster Recovery Diskettes Only" in the Intelligent Disaster Recovery chapter of the Administrator's Guide. Then, reinstall the operating system and install Volume Manager if it was on the computer when the backup for IDR was created. Insert the first IDR diskette. Run the copyidr.cmd from the first IDR diskette and follow the prompts in the IDR Wizard to complete the recovery. This two-floppy method of recovery is not supported with Windows 2003. Windows 2003 incorporates the Storage Foundation for Windows installation.

    "When creating IDR CD's and Tape Images, you can also give the path to an existing ISO image file for the operating system that you are protecting. 

    To select an ISO image: 

    • On the  IDR Preparation Wizard,'s Select Path to Windows Operating System Installation Files screen, browse to the directory that contains the ISO image. 

    Note: Only the directory and not the ISO image can be selected.

    • Manually enter the name of the ISO file. For example, if an operating system ISO file (WinXP.ISO) is present in directory C:\Directory1, browse to Directory1 and manually add the ISO file name. In this case, the path would be: C:\Directory1\WinXP.ISO."


  • When the Intelligent Disaster Recovery Preparation wizard is used on a Windows 2003 media server to create a bootable CD image, the VERITAS IDR CD writing feature cannot be used to burn the created iso image. You should use the third party software that comes with the CD-writer to burn the iso image."

  • If the SQL database used for Backup Exec resides on a remote SQL server, then the system database files used by IDR will also reside on the remote SQL server. When performing a full IDR backup, you must include IDR files, such as master$4idr, Model$4idr, and MSDB$4idr,  from the remote SQL server otherwise the files will not be available for recovery. You must also back up the bedb.bak file in order to restore your Backup Exec database.

  • The IDR process on a cluster node does not restore the quorum data to the quorum drive. In order to restore the quorum data, run clrest.exe from the command line. This command will move the data from the default location to the quorum drive. The clrest.exe utility can be found in the  Backup Exec installation directory. Use the format:

    clrest [-f] path [drive letter]

  • For computers running Windows 2000, IDR does not restore Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Terminal Licensing Services (TLS). To use Backup Exec to restore WMI and TLS  to a Windows 2000 computer, use the following procedures.

Restoring WMI:

  1. Create a restore job using the appropriate backup set that contains valid WMI data.

  2. From the Restore Job Properties dialog box, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Selections, and select the default location "%SystemRoot%\system32\wbem" of the identified backup set.

  3. On the Properties pane, under Settings, click Advanced, and select the option Restore Windows Management Instrumentation repository.

  4. Run the job.

Restoring TLS:

  1. Create a restore job using the appropriate backup set that contains valid TLS data.

  2. From the Restore Job Properties dialog box, on the Properties pane, under Source, click Selections, and then select the default location "%SystemRoot%\system32\Lserver" of the identified backup set. Note: The installation location of this feature is configurable.

  3. On the Properties pane, under Settings, click Advanced, and select the option Restore Terminal Services database.

  4. Run the job.


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Oracle Agent Notes

  • If you upgraded from Oracle Version 7 to Version 8, it is possible that the Oracle installation program did not update the OCIW32.DLL in the %ORACLE_HOME%\BIN directory. When the Oracle Agent is installed on an Oracle 8 server, it requires the Oracle 8 version of OCIW32.DLL to function properly. 

To check the version of OCIW32.DLL, use Windows Explorer to locate the file in the %ORACLE_HOME%\BIN directory. Right-click to determine the file's version. If it is an earlier version (1.005, 7), copy the Oracle Version 8 OCIW32.DLL from the  \WIN32\V8\rsf80\OCIW32.dll directory on your Oracle installation media to the %ORACLE_HOME%\BIN directory. 

  • The Backup Exec Agent for Oracle Server supports a new configuration parameter that can be set in the registry. The parameter enables the agent to support incremental/differential backups of the Oracle archived redo logfile directory. By default the Backup Exec Agent for Oracle Server backs up ALL files in the Oracle archived redo logfile directory, regardless of the backup job type (normal, incremental, differential, etc). However, if you set this configuration option, you can submit incremental/differential backup jobs, and the agent will back up only the archived logfiles that have been created since the previous backup. This configuration option affects only the backup of files in the archived redo logfile directory.

To enable this feature, use REGEDIT or REGEDT32 to add the DWORD value "AllowIncrementalLogfileBackup" to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VERITAS\Backup Exec Oracle Agent" registry key. Set the value of this new DWORD entry to any non-zero value (for instance 1). After setting this value in the registry, you must stop and then restart the "Backup Exec Oracle Agent" system service using the Windows Server System Service control panel.

  • The Backup Exec Agent for Oracle Server does not support concurrent backup and/or restore operations. Attempting to back up or restore an Oracle database from more than one media server at a time will cause the operation to fail.

  • If you run a backup job that is created to protect individual tablespaces, and a specified tablespace within the job is dropped from the database before the job runs, the dropped tablespace is not backed up. In this situation, Backup Exec does not provide notification of this condition.

  • Oracle 10g creates archive log files in a Flash Recovery Directory and creates a new subdirectory each day. The Backup Exec Oracle agent supports protecting archived redo logs in a single directory. Oracle Enterprise Manager can be used to create a single directory for the archived log files. The Backup Exec Oracle Agent should be configured to use this directory during installation and configuration.

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Advanced Open File Option Notes

When the VERITAS Volume Manager FlashSnap Option is used for Advanced Open File Option backups, the SnapBack of the volume is done asynchronously since SnapBack can take a long time (depending on the size of the volume snapped and the changes that may have happened during the backup). Rather than hold the job completion for the length of time this operation may take, the job will instead Complete with Success (if no other error occurs). Use the VERITAS Enterprise Administrator (Volume Manager GUI) to verify that the resynchronization completed.

In rare cases, it is possible that the SnapBack fails and a broken mirror results. In such a case, the next VM FlashSnap job submitted (for the same volume) may fail with the error " Volume cannot be snapped" or "Volume has not been Snap-started or is not a dynamic volume". The job itself will be logged as "Complete with Exceptions". Use the VERITAS Enterprise Administrator to verify why the SnapBack did not complete, and then correct the error.


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ServerFree Option Notes

  • For a list of supported devices with the ServerFree Option, go to http://support.veritas.com/rd/bews-compatibility.htm. Select the document titled "VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers ServerFree Option - Device Support List for Windows 2000 HP ServerFree Solutions v1.0."

  • To back up an NTFS volume that is part of a secondary VERITAS Volume Replicator (VVR) Replicated Volume Group (RVG), you must do one of the following:

    • Use the VERITAS FlashSnap Option to create a snapshot of the target volume via the VERITAS Enterprise Administrator (VEA). If there is no existing snapshot for the volume, select Snap Start from VEA to establish a snapshot mirror of the volume, and then select Snap Shot to create a point-in-time copy of the volume that can be accessed. After the volume is snapped, use Backup Exec to back up the snapshot. This is the recommended method. By using this method, you still maintain a replica of your data. Remember that using this method creates a point-in-time snapshot of the data. Therefore, any information that is replicated after the snapshot is not backed up until the next time a backup is run. Refer to the Volume Manager User's Guide for information about FlashSnap. 

    • Remove the volume from the RVG, which stops the replication for that volume. Refer to the Volume Replicator User's Guide for information about removing a volume from a RVG. 

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SAN Shared Storage Option Notes

  • Whenever a database is updated by a member server in a SAN Shared Storage Option configuration, you must manually refresh the other Backup Exec administration consoles in the configuration to see those changes. To manually refresh the user interface, right-click the proper component and then select Refresh, or press <F5>.

  • If you have a Managed Media Server that is a secondary server in a SAN SSO configuration, and you want this server to be managed by a different Central Administration Server, follow these steps:


    1. Make the MMS a standalone server, effectively removing it from the SSO configuration.
    2. Assign the server to another CAS.

    The MMS must be removed from the SSO configuration prior to changing its CAS, otherwise all of the SAN SSO device configuration data will be migrated to the CAS database to which the server is assigned.


  • When a standalone media server is configured as a SAN SSO secondary server, a new data partition for that server is created in the Backup Exec database on the primary server. This partition is initially empty, so any data from a previous operation of the server is lost at this point. When the ADAMM service restarts, the standard device discovery process is executed to rediscover the physical devices attached to the server. However, there is no facility for discovering Backup-to-Disk folders, so the original Backup-to-Disk specifications cannot be recovered. You must create the Backup-to-Disk folder again and point it to the original location. After that, you must run an inventory job to discover the Backup-to-Disk media; then, each media must be cataloged before data can be restored from it.

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SQL Agent Notes

Advanced Open File Option (AOFO) backups (snapshot backups) are limited to full Microsoft SQL Server database backups. 

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Desktop and Laptop Option Notes

  • If you install the Desktop and Laptop Option (DLO) after Backup Exec has been clustered, you must rerun the cluster configuration wizard. This allows Backup Exec to determine that DLO is present and to reconfigure the Backup Exec group to account for it.

  • When the Backup Exec DLO Administration Console is upgraded from version 9.1 to version 10.0, customized alert configuration settings are not preserved. Specifically, informational alerts for completed backup jobs, queued restore jobs, and completed restore jobs are returned to the default state.

  • If your original files reside on an NTFS volume, the Desktop User Data Folder and the Network User Data Folder should also reside on an NTFS volume. If your original files reside on an NTFS volume and either the Desktop User Data Folder or the Network User Data Folder reside on a FAT or FAT32 volume, the Restore view and the Restore Search view may contain duplicate entries for the same file. If this occurs, you can select either file to restore and receive the same outcome. In addition, when you add, change, or delete a local backup selection or change Desktop Agent or Profile settings, the Pending files list may include files that did not change. You can ignore these files.

  • DLO replicates the selected source directories data structure to a local user data folder, which can cause maximum path length (fully qualified path) limits to be reached.

DLO also adds 20 characters to each backup file name, which contributes to the maximum path length problem above, and can also cause maximum name limits to be reached.

  • The Active Directory naming convention of user principal name (UPN) with the format username@domain is not supported by DLO. DLO only supports the format domain\username.

  • When the Move Network User Data Folder option in the DLO Administration Console is used to move a Network User Data Folder to a UNC location (for example, \\myserver\userdata\username) rather than an existing Storage Location, the permissions on the new location may need to be modified. The local administrator group and the owner of the files must have read and change permissions for the Network User Data Folder, and the Everyone group should be removed.

  • In the Desktop Agent Backup Selection Standard view, files and folders are represented in a tree view where users can select or deselect files and folders for backup. When the check box next to a file or folder is grayed out, the selection was defined by the administrator and can only be changed if the administrator has granted this right in the profile definition. When a red 'X' appears in the check box next to a file or folder, this item has been globally excluded from all backups by the administrator and cannot be selected.


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Remote Agent for Windows or NetWare Servers

Full, differential, and incremental jobs that specify using the modified time will revert to using the archive bit for NetWare servers included in the job.

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Remote Agent for Linux or Unix Servers

  • The Remote Agent for Linux or Unix Servers (RALUS) uses the locale settings encoding to back up and restore multi-byte character representation of files and directories. When the character representation of files and directories does not fall in the locale character set, RALUS might fail to back up or restore those files or directories. To prevent failed backups and restores, the config option for the encoder must be specified with LATIN-1 as in “Software\VERITAS\Backup Exec\Engine\RALUS\Encoder=LATIN-1”. When using LATIN-1 encoding, back up and restore of all files will occur with no loss but the UI display for backup selections and catalogs might not be correct. You should not perform a redirected restore of backups to an agent that is not using the same character encoding or filename characters may be lost. The configuration entry to be edited is located by default in /etc/VRTSralus/ralus.cfg.

  • When installing RALUS using the Backup Exec for Windows Servers installation CD and the push installation technology built into the installer, you can install to multiple remote Unix hosts, provided the remote servers are of the same OS type. For example, from a Linux computer, you can push install RALUS to multiple Solaris servers. You cannot, however, use a remote target list that consists of both Linux and Solaris computers. 

    If you need to remotely install to different operating systems, you must perform multiple push installations. For example, you could run the installation program, installing to all Solaris servers. You could then run the installation program a second time, installing to all Linux servers.

  • If you are using NFS version 3, RALUS will always follow mount points even if the option Follow remote mount points is not selected. You can force the use of version 2 by creating the mount point with the option nfsvers=2.

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Advanced Disk-based Backup Option

When using Hitachi hardware, the following limitations exist for the Offhost backup feature:

  • Hitachi supports only basic disks for Offhost backup. If a computer uses a combination of dynamic and basic disks, a complete system backup using the Offhost backup feature is not possible when the Hitachi provider is used.

  • The Hitachi Raid Manager log cannot be on a volume being snapped. Hitachi executes I/O to its Raid Manager log file during the snapshot commit process, and the VSS coordinator blocks I/O to any drive being snapped. Therefore, if the log directory for Raid Manager is on the volume that is being snapped, then log I/O is blocked and the snap process is deadlocked.  

  • VCS 4.1 is not supported with the Hitachi provider.  Version 4.1 of VCS only supports dynamic disks; the Hitachi provider does not support dynamic disks for Offhost backup.

Backing up VERITAS Storage Foundation for Windows (VSFW) volumes with the Backup Exec Offhost option requires transferring snapshot volumes in shared storage from host to host. VSFW volumes backed up using the Offhost option should reside in VSFW disk groups with either the “private protection” or “cluster disk group” disk group property. Private dynamic disk group protection and cluster disk group property settings use hardware locking techniques to protect a dynamic disk group located on shared storage from access by other hosts connected to the shared storage pool.

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