Category Archive: Backup

Any items pertainting to backup and recovery of data.

Sep 11

On Backups…

A friend passed away recently… On going through his computer files, we found years worth of photos with a .ccc suffix… Ransomware… With two teenagers in the house, my biggest fear is some network replicating bug that takes down my entire network. Apparently it hit him a while ago, and he didn’t tell me. (I …

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May 19

Vendor Abuse…

Just a quick question as it’s *WAY* past my bedtime.  Has anyone else ever heard of a customer that a sales-person or tech would quit rather than set foot in? I’m remembering my days back at Disney in California.  (over 7 years ago, so I’m assuming the statute of limitations has expired on that one) …

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Oct 23

On tape…

Ok, I have no problem with tape.  It’s a *GREAT* backup medium when your requirement is portability for massive amounts of data and you’re not replicating said data. If I had to ship 400TB of backups to Iron-Mountain, to protect against the earthquake-to-end-all-earthquakes tape would be my FIRST choice (though maybe, as a GIANT CAVE …

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Sep 15

Backup Vs. Archive

The fundamental difference between BACKUP and ARCHIVE. A backup is there to help you deal with a crisis such as “My datacenter is a smoking hole in the ground now what do I do?” or something not quite as dramatic like “A virus ate my data.”  You recover from the backup to the last known …

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Jul 09

Storage Tiering…

Ok, given the changes to the storage arena I’ve been working on a revised “Tiering system” to incorporate all of the levels of data…importance? My version of Storage Tiering is (or should be) as follows: Tier-1    – Symmetrix/Replicated – High Performance/Criticial Data Tier-2    – Symmetrix/NonReplicated – High Performance/Non-Criticial Data Tier-3   – Symmetrix/SATA/Replicated – High-Medium Performance/Critical …

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Sep 16

101 uses for a Clariion…

You know, it floored me recently when i heard that someone had said that a CX3-20 couldn’t be used as a dumparea for Tivoli. What floored me even more is when they said this would not perform as well as a Symmetrix 8430. 8430. Symm4. Almost 10 year old hardware. Huh? Back when I was …

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Feb 15

VMWare disk problems…

Ok, I’ve been playing more and more with VMware lately.  All of it personal, because the work opportunities just haven’t really presented themselves. In relocating one of my “production” servers to the Fibre array I purchased recently, I ran into a problem.  I realized that I was doing it wrong and tried to cancel out …

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Jul 14

Finding time…

It’s ironic that the process of automating backups can sometimes take longer than running the backups manually. Of course the process is SUPPOSED to pay off in the long run, right? I’m starting the long and tedious process of converting my Veritas network-based backups to TimeFinder split backups.  it’s tedious, boring work, but it’s got …

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Jun 29

A solution for Exchange backup and restore

http://www.ontrackpowercontrols.com/ Some of you who are forced to deal with MS Exchange might want to take a look at this.  For about $1,000 retail, the basic version of Ontrack’s “Power Controls” software is the best investment you could ever make. I ran into the point this week where my Exchange “Brick Level” backs were taking …

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Jun 08

SQL Backups using TimeFinder

The backups work wonderfully, and the restore of a plain backup works as well. What I’m having trouble with is something that’s so simple in Oracle and DB2 that it’s stumping me that I can’t find any documentation on it for SQL. In any real RDBMS, you would restore the datafiles to disk and mount …

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