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GroupWise 8 backup and restore using BackupExec 2010

I have a GroupWise 8 deployment (relatively recently patched) on OES2/SLES10 (also relatively newly patched)

We are backing it up with a Windows Server 2008 based install of BE2010. The backup and restore run without error, but the restored files are sparse files.

Symantec technical support is TOTALLY @#&$* USELESS since no one there can even spell GroupWise.

Is anyone out there backing up GroupWise with BE2010? If so, have you successfully tested a restore?

Anybody know anyone at Symantec that has a #@&$* clue?
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Re: GroupWise 8 backup and restore using BackupExec 2010

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Re: GroupWise 8 backup and restore using BackupExec 2010

9555269;2102730 wrote:
Is anyone out there backing up GroupWise with BE2010? If so, have you successfully tested a restore?


I am backing up Groupwise on SLES 10 SP2 with BE2010 on Windows 2003. The backups appear to run fine but to be honest we haven't yet tested a restore. We are scheduled to do that soon. Sorry I can't be of help, but your message has me worried now. I certainly expected to have database inconsistencies occur during the backup, but I figured I could live with them as long as the bulk of the messages were available. (We also have a Retain archive which can be backed up more easily.)

I'm curious though... when you say the restored files are "sparse files", what do you mean exactly? Are you seeing that the backup is backing up as many bytes of data as you would expect but then when you do a restore the files are 0 bytes? Are you backing up the entire domain and post office directories directly? Just FYI, I do not choose the option in BE2010 to back up database files "using a lock".
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Re: GroupWise 8 backup and restore using BackupExec 2010

9555269;2102730 wrote:
I have a GroupWise 8 deployment (relatively recently patched) on OES2/SLES10 (also relatively newly patched)

We are backing it up with a Windows Server 2008 based install of BE2010. The backup and restore run without error, but the restored files are sparse files.

Symantec technical support is TOTALLY @#&$* USELESS since no one there can even spell GroupWise.

Is anyone out there backing up GroupWise with BE2010? If so, have you successfully tested a restore?

Anybody know anyone at Symantec that has a #@&$* clue?


Haven't done the combo BE2010 & OES2... I am wondering if you are doing the backup over TSA or via native Linux backup? We are mostly using Tivoli TSM or HP Dataprotector, and both do a good job running native Linux backups (so no TSA/GWTSA).

Another option could be to add a step utilizing dbcopy to fill a consistent backup volume, then back that up - again using native Linux format.

- Willem
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