I'm totally screwed. I was responsible for this huge file server and it's backups. I noticed that the full backup was backing up redundant information so I configured it differently. Then scheduled it to run each month. however something went wrong and it didn't run every month. only weekly incrementals and daily differentials. 5 months went by!!!!! Then about 3 weeks ago it completely crashed. RAID5 container got corrupted! So there was not hope of salvaging the container. I try to restore from tape as much as I could but there is a lot of important, irreplacable data missing. Now I have to tell the proffessor that his data is gone and I can't get it back. I've got hell to pay!
Wish me luck.
[me=Mountainman]bows head in a moment of silence for blaqbox. [/me]
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[me=Schotty]takes off his fedora in honor of the great man once known as blaqbox[/me]
#1 thing that people don't do when backing up data. Testing the backup.
Seriously. I'm sorry to hear about it, and I hope all goes well. I'll cross my fingers for ya.
Dude, its funny you say that. We just had that argument with the computer operators at work. They "ASSumed" that they did it correctly and it worked. We tried to reinstall from their "backup" and it floundered like a politician on a lie detector. ALWAYS test it.
The proff wasn't as pissed as I thought but, that still leaves the problem of getting the data back. It turns out that one DLT IV tape was bad in the batch.
Does anyone know of a good company that can restore the data that is on the tape? Or any suggestions on how to read the tape if possible. It was made using Veritas backup exec 7.6
thanx for the help and concern from everyone.