Sampling device performance

Data Protection Advisor is an excellent tool for producing information about your backup environment, but not everyone has it in their environment. So if you’re needing to go back to basics to

Recovery survey

Back in 2012, I ran a survey to gauge some basic details about recovery practices within organisations. (The report from that survey can be downloaded here.) It’s been a few years and

The lazy admin

Are you an industriously busy backup administrator, or are you lazy? When I started in IT in 1996, it wasn’t long before I joined a Unix system administration team that had

Understanding NetWorker licensing options

There are now three types of licensing options you can consider with NetWorker, and it’s helpful to understand the difference between them – particularly if you’re approaching your maintenance/support renewal time. The

Celebrating 25 years of NetWorker

25 years ago, a post was made onto Usenet to announce the immediate availability of a new backup product called NetWorker. Thanks to Google’s archive of Usenet, you can still read

Tales from the trenches – Tape

I’m back in a position where I’m having a lot of conversations with customers who are looking at infrastructure change. What I’m finding remarkable in every single one of these conversations

Basics – Configuring a reports-only user

Something that’s come up a few times in the last year for me has been a situation where a NetWorker user has wanted to allow someone to access NetWorker Management Console

Pool size and deduplication

When you start looking into deduplication, one of the things that becomes immediately apparent is … size matters. In particular, the size of your deduplication pool matters. In this respect, what I’m referring

NetWorker to the Cloud

Introduced alongside NetWorker 8.2 SP1 is integration with a new EMC product, CloudBoost. The purpose of CloudBoost is to allow a NetWorker server to write deduplicated backups from its datazone out to

One target to rule them all

Introduction It’s true there are some data types that broadly aren’t suitable to sending to Data Domain – any more than they’re suitable for sending to any other deduplication appliance or system within any environment. Large