[Samba] BackupExec Agent on Samba

Kevin Bramblett kbramblett at dssresearch.com
Fri Jun 18 17:52:44 GMT 2004

That is what I have found.  We are able to backup using our Samba shares
using BackupExec For Windows version 9.0.  I have been looking for a faster
way to backup our data as the samba side is very slow.

1) To setup this in BackupExec 9.0 for Windows, click on Edit, Edit
Selection List, choose a job type, then with Selections (under Source in the
Properties window) and View Format being Graphical, in the box with the
network tree, choose Remote Selections, Microsoft Windows Network, the
domain where the Linux box with Samba is, the Linux Box itself (this will
take lots of time), and finally the shares will show up.  Choose what you
wish here.

2) Next, go to User-defined Selections, and find your choices you just
selected above.  If they do not show, add a new User-defined Selection using
UNC format.  Note: you need to do both 1) and 2) to get this to work.

This works for us, but it is very slow.  I was hoping to find some tweaks to
speed it up.  For those who are wondering, we are using Samba 2.2.7-3.7.2 on
a RedHat Linux 7.2 Server.

Hope this helps.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Whitmore [mailto:tonywhitmore at users.sourceforge.net] 
Sent: Friday, June 18, 2004 11:37 AM
To: Kevin Bramblett
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] BackupExec Agent on Samba

Kevin Bramblett wrote:
> Is there an improved BackupExec Unix agent available that works with 
> Samba? If not, can someone tell me how to work around the lack of the 
> archive bit that Linux has?  In particular, RedHat Linux 7.2 is the 
> system I'm looking for help on.

I have recently set up a Samba 3 server and have still not found a way 
to backup data using BackupExec on a Windows server to connect to a 
Samba share. (We are using an older version of BackupExec; perhaps newer 
versions have solved the problem.)

The Unix Agent for BackupExec (available from Veritas' FTP server) is 
really independant of Samba. By installing the BackupExec Agent for Unix 
(binary only, sadly) on our Linux system (running Debian Stable with a 
2.6.6 kernel) the server then appeared in the list of BackupExec Agents 
in the program on the NT server. Testing showed that Unix permissions 
were saved and restored correctly using the BackupExec Agent - something 
that I did not think would happen had the files been restored using Samba.

The documentation on Vertias' website suggests that it is still not 
possible to do differential backups from a Unix system (presumably 
because of the lack of an archive bit.

To get around this limitation, in the longer term I am looking at using 
rsync to backup to either a co-located server or removable hard-drives.



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