We just bought Simpana 9 and still in the testing phase. I'd like to know the best way to backup a physical server that has the Filesystem iDataAgent on it.
When I take a backup of the server, it will exclude almost half of the Win2k8 R2 files. After looking it up, the files are actually excluded because they are part of the system state protected files backup.
This brings up 2 "issues":
- First, there are about 63 000 system protected files which take about 12gb of space. Since system state backups are always full, it isn't really efficient to do a full every time. Thanks to deduplication though, it isn't taking too much space on disk.
- Second and most important: from what I've seen, when browsing backed up data using the folder view, I cannot see the protected files. This means that if I happen to restore a folder that contains normal files and protected files, I will have to do 2 restores. One for the normal files and the other through the system state restores which doesn't have very convenient browsing capabilities. Worst is that if I don't notice that the folder had protected files, I might actually think that I restored the folder completely while it would still be missing many files in it. Is there a way to "merge" both views so that when looking at a folder, I can restore it and it will restore all files in it, protected files and non protected files?
My only workaround for now is to use the image level data agent. That way, I can restore at the file level, browse folders and actually restore both types of files at the same time. Image level backup don't support SRM though so I'd rather use the file DA.
My ultimate goal would actually be to exclude protected files from the system state backup and back them up using the regular file data agent with the VSS option (like we're doing with our current backup solution). This would not only make restores easier but would prevent large full backups of the system state. Hopefully there is a registry key for this!