Seagate ramps up NT Backup

Seagate ramps up NT Backup

The merger with Veritas won't affect Seagate Technology's latest revision of Backup Exec for Windows NT, which expands users' ability to administer backup and recovery processes across NT 4.0 clients, servers and applications.

The revision also adds a centralised management console, integrated virus protection and upgraded agents for Exchange and SQL Servers.

With the new monitoring console shipping in Backup Exec for Windows NT Version 7.2, a network administrator can consolidate administration of backup services running on distributed NT, NetWare, Exchange and SQL Servers as well as all client machines running Seagate's Client Exec.

Backups monitored

The new console sits on an NT Server or Windows 95/98 client. Administrators can use it to monitor all scheduled, active and completed backup operations on multiple machines, ensure compliance with company data protection standards, and identify failed or incomplete backup operations.

This new feature is useful because it will allow users to monitor backup and restoration processes at remote sites over wide-area links, says Todd Ryan, systems engineering manager at Pegasus TransTech, a customised imaging software and service provider for the transportation industry in Florida.

Version 7.2 also includes Seagate's Working Set Backup facility, which first shipped earlier this year with the company's NetWare-based product.

Working Set Backup protects just those files and applications that are used in a normal workday or other user-configurable period of time.

By just backing up the "working set" of data, administrators can bring a downed system online much faster because there is less information to restore, says Mike Ivanoff, Seagate's product line manager.

Also included in the new version is integrated virus protection, a feature that scans NT servers for infected data.

If an infected file is found, Backup Exec for NT cleans the file prior to backing it up.

Additionally, Seagate has beefed up its backup agents for Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange Server, giving network administrators more granular control over how data is backed up and retrieved.

These new agents let an administrator pinpoint specific SQL tables for backup and restore procedures.

On the Exchange side, users can now specify that all Exchange mailbox attributes, such as calendars, contacts, notes and task list, are backed up.

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