Tech Tips

If you're running Exchange 2010 and use BackupExec 12.5 or older, you'll need to upgrade…

One of the biggest issues that has prevented many people putting Exchange 2010 into production until now has been backup. Many of my clients use Symantec BackupExec only supports Exchange 2010 with BackupExec 2010 (R3). Upgrading BackupExec from 12.5 to 2010 is required before Exchange 2010 can be backed up.  The process is pretty straight forward thankfully.  We've implemented R3 at a few of our clients now without incident. (more…)

By kconway, ago
Tech Tips

What is Shadow Copy?

Shadow Copy (Volume Snapshot Service or Volume Shadow Copy Service or VSS), is a technology included in Microsoft Windows that allows taking manual or automatic backup copies or snapshots of data, even if it has a lock, on a specific volume at a specific point in time over regular intervals. It is implemented as a Windows service called the Volume Shadow Copyservice. A software VSS provider service is also included as part of Windows to be used by Windows applications. Shadow Copy technology requires the file system to be NTFS to be able to create and store shadow copies. Shadow Copies can be created on local and external (removable or network) volumes by any Windows component that uses this technology, such as when creating a scheduled Windows Backup or automatic System Restore point. (more…)

By kconway, ago
HP

Problems using HP SmartStart CD to install Windows 2008 Std x64 R2

Recently in our office we began the installation of Windows 2008 x64 R2 on a new HP DL380 G7 server.  As HP recommends, we attempted to use the HP SmartStart DVD (8.40) to configure the RAID array for the hard drives in the server and install Windows Server 2008 x64 R2.  We were not able to instal the OS using the supplied DVDs, nor do does downloading the software directly from HP help.  Upon contacting HP, I was informed that there is a known issue using the HP SmartStart DVD media while and installing Windows Serever 2008 x64 R2 (doesn't work).  And unfortunately, there isn't a resolution date or timeframe that is available.  Installing the OS the old fashioned way seems to work just fine though. (more…)

By kconway, ago
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