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Category Archives: Backup

Disk Error on Buffalo TeraStation TS5400R NAS Drive

This NAS Drive works well; but there is no useful support or forum available which can help with any troubleshooting.

I had setup daily email alerts on backup status; for more than a week I had been receiving Disk Error Status 16/17/20

When checking the Web Console all Disk Drives show Normal Status.

The only way to resolve it is to do a Firmware Update. Kindly update the firmware to minimum 2.80-0.02.

How to Update Firmware

  • From Management Tab – Click Update
  • Click Check for Updates and Install updates when found
  • The NAS Drive will restart a couple of times before the firmware update is completed
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Sonicwall CDP Agent Error – HTTP Error Request

I went through the Sonicwall Forums and did not find the correct answer to this problem

SonicwallCDPAgentError

I tried updating Adobe Air and Restarting the System. But still had no luck

  • Open Task Manager
  • Under Services Tab; locate a service named SonicWALLCDPProxy
  • This service is most likely stopped. Start this service and open the Agent once again

SonicwallCDPProxy

Panic!! Bad system health (SYNCSTATE_RESTART); restarting service – Sonicwall CDP Device

If you are getting this error from your Server Event Logs; it is certain that your backup is not secure and urgent action needs to be taken

The high-probability for this error is that you are running on Older CDP Agent Version (possibly 6.0). With CDP Agent Version 6.0 there is an issue of agent resources leaking due to which the agent service has these panic attacks and restarts the service. In order to fix this issue it is advised to update your CDP Agent to latest available version; which as of currently is 6.1.4.78

Backup Exec Alert: Job Completed with Exceptions

If you are planning to install or already installed Symantec Backup Exec for your site data backup, below information will be helpful for you.

If you have already configured the backup software and agents correctly and ran a successful backup for the site; but still you get a notification stating “Backup Exec Alert: Job Completed with Exceptions”. To check the backup data, you may have even tried a data restore and found all the data backup to be intact.

In this case, if you would want to find out and remove the cause for the annoying notification term “exceptions”, try the below steps:

  • When you check details of the notification, you can see specific database logs may be creating the issue with an error number V-79-40960-37914. It can be disabled by, setting the following registry key to (0)
  • Open Registry Editor (regedit)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Symantec\Backup Exec for Windows\Backup Exec\Engine\SQL Server\Number Of Non-Log Backups Before Warning

Now your backup exec will give a perfect notification like “Backup Exec Alert: Job Success”

Sharepoint 2010 Backup – Automated Backup with Powershell

You can run powershell commands directly from the Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell window; but that does not suit the purpose when you require a daily backup

Start - All Programs - Sharepoint 2010 Management Shell

Its’ surprising why Sharepoint themselves could not come out with an easy automated tool. Nevertheless; the below post would guide you through

Firstly, we need to define a backup location.

  • Is your Sharepoint Farm and SQL Server on different Servers? If yes, kindly ensure that the Backup Location that you define is a Share Drive (\\sharedrive\backupfolder) and has full Write Access for both the Sharefoint Farm Admin Account and SQL Server Account

Farm Backup is best done as both a Full and subsequent Incremental Backups

Full Backup

Create a File with the extension ps1 (denotes a powershell command file)

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell
Backup-SPFarm -Directory \\sharedrive\backupfolder -BackupMethod Full

Setting up a Windows Task Schedule for the Farm Backup

Start – All Programs – Administrative Tools – Task Scheduler – Create Task

Give an appropriate name and under Actions tab; click New

Type powershell under Program field and state the ps1 file that you created above under the Add Arguments field

Task_Schedule

Specify an appropriate time under the Trigger tab for your task to run.  Since its a full backup its best to set a time after regular office hours

Incremental Backup (Daily backup of changed data since the last backup)

Create a File with the extension ps1 (denotes a powershell command file)

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell Backup-SPFarm -Directory \\sharedrive\backupfolder -BackupMethod Differential

Use the Task Scheduler as illustrated earlier to define the daily backup

Automated Backup Solution for Individuals and Small Offices

There are many backup Solutions available; both on the Cloud (Dropbox for lite users; Carbonite for heavy users) and Hardware Based (NAS Storage; Sonicwall CDP)

But If you are an individual or a small office and have no more money than an external hard drive to spend on; a simple XCOPY backup solution is what will get you through

  • Open a Notepad and add commands as below
  • XCOPY /e/c/y/v/d <source directory> <target directory>
  • You may add as many XCOPY commands as you would like considering the directories that need to be backed up
  • An effective XCOPY backup command when run should be error free; without user prompt and incremental. You should use the appropriate syntax to achive this. You may refer to URL for syntax details
  • Once done save the text file as <filename>.bat
  • If its one time backup you want; you may run the file just once.
  • If its a scheduled backup; use the default windows Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc) to setup a periodic backup schedule