[Samba] Some final notes: Backup Exec & Samba shares

Shawn Wright swright at zuiko.sls.bc.ca
Mon Dec 1 15:50:31 GMT 2003

Sorry if I missed the previous thread, but had you considered using the free BE agent 
for *nix? We've been using it for several years on 3 production samba boxes and 
BE8.6 running on an NT server. Speed is much slower than the Veritas agents on 
NT, and a bit slower than non-agent backups from NT, bit it works. We are currently 
backing up ~50Gb from Samba using the agent.

btw - I agree with your assessment of Veritas - after 6+ years with BE, I suspect our 
next upgrade will be to another vendor. We bought 9.x last summer, and wasted 2 
weeks trying to get it working, and finally gave up and went back to 8.6. All the while, 
Veritas support was hopeless. I don't think they even tested v9 on an NT server, as 3 
of our servers were clean OS installs and they wouldn't even install BE9!

When 8.6 no longer supports our hardware (the only reason we went from v6 to v8), 
then we'll look elsewhere, unless Veritas changes their MS-centric focus. Their 
requirement for IE on the server just to run BE9.x was the last straw!

On 1 Dec 2003 at 6:45, Bruce Lane <kyrrin at bluefeathertech.com> wrote:

> Good day, gang,
>  Chris McKeever was kind enough to write back to me over the weekend regarding
>  the problems I'd experienced in using Backup Exec 8.x and 9.x to connect to
>  Samba shares on a NetBSD system. Between his comments and my direct experience,
>  I've only found ONE combination that will work, and that is: NetBSD 1.6, Samba
>  2.2.8a, and Backup Exec 8.6. If you take NetBSD up to 1.6.1, everything stops
>  working and you can no longer browse the Samba shares.
>  I suspect you could change Backup Exec to 9.x, and Samba to 3.x, since I had
>  the same symptoms in either condition, but I did not try it (ran out of time).
>  With that said: I have discovered that CA's ARCServe package (formerly made by
>  Cheyenne Software) couldn't care less if a network share is sourced by a
>  Windows or *nix type system running Samba. It browses and backs up either one
>  with ease.
>  Chris already posted the same thing he mailed to me to the list. Essentially,
>  Veritas won't do a thing about it, and it does appear to be a design flaw in
>  their software (considering that ARCserve doesn't have a problem with it).
>  Sad, really. Backup Exec used to be a pretty good product. Sounds like Veritas
>  has turned into the Microsoft of the backup software world, just like Adaptec
>  turned into the Microsoft of the SCSI world, and... oh, frell, you get the
>  idea.
>  Later...
> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
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