Saturday, December 12, 2009

Backup software for Domino R8.5 servers

Yesterday I started working with a customer is having all sorts of troubles getting his integrated backup s/w to work with newly upgraded (R8.02 to R8.5) virtualized Domino servers. Now I'm not going to mention the backup s/w name at this point since negotiations are still underway with the vendor about what his documentation meant when he said it " ... supports Domino R8.x ", but I am interested in what experience other people have with backing up R8.5 Domino servers.

What software do you recommend and what do you curse?
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9 comments:

René Winkelmeyer said...

We are using Veritas Backup Exec since R 6.x - and it works like a charm.

Darren Duke said...

Ditto, internally we use BackupExec.

Jim Casale said...

TSM/TDP at the last 3 places I worked. Not GUI friendly but works like a charm and hands off once it's set up.

Charles Robinson said...

On an AS/400 I wrote my own script that would stop Domino, back it up, then start it. It worked flawlessly but obviously the server had to go down. I had nothing but problems with BackupExec way back when we were running R5. It would back up everything just fine, I just couldn't recover anything. I switched over to Tivoli Storage Manager and it worked perfectly.

Lonzo said...

We are using EMC Legato Networker with Domino 8.5.1.
See http://www.emc.com/products/detail/software/networker-module-ibm-lotus-notes-domino.htm
In the near future, we will use TSM (for political reasons). Legato still does a good job. It's not a a solution on it's own: You need a EMC legato backup server to integrate the Domino backup solution as a module with the central backup system.

IdoNotes said...

We are using Commonstore, ok I am so kidding. We use Galaxy ComVault as the enterprise backup including Domino agents

dkvello said...

You said You've virtualized Tour environment, so.
Go for "Veeam Backup & Replication 4.x"
http://www.veeam.com

It's the best thing to use in a virtual environment (VMware at least).

Since Domino doesn't support VSS (very sadly) I've created a few quick pre-freeze, post-thaw scripts that stop/start the Domino-services for a minute.

It will do mail/document-level restore (I can tell You how) on all Domino database/applications as well as full DB/App restore.

As many generations as you like.

And, You'll experience backup-speeds You've never dreamed of..

guttedgeek said...

Backup Exec 12.5 + Domino agents. Works well once we got revision 2213 on there (before that, the BE services would crash a couple of times a week).

Gavin Bollard said...

I've been using ArcServe for years. The only time I've ever had trouble was when I used the domino agent (which backed everything up as one big chunky file).

Throw away the Domino agent and it works like a charm.