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Nitesh_Turkar
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Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

Hi All,

I am looking for best possible way to deploy backup solution (Networker) for mixed Windows OS environment - 2000/2003/2008/2012.

Have concerned about the backups for 2000 and 2003 servers. where 2003 server will be configured for Filesystem backups and couple of 2000 server which are also running SQL server (Most probably) -  OS are not supported but due to some application dependency we can not upgrade the OS. so we are stuck with this

Have question about the networker server version/ Networker Client/ Networker SQL module (NMSQL/NMM).

What version combination can I use for environment.

Networker server version :

Networker client version for 2000 with 2000 SQL :

Networker client version for 2003 :


any help will be appreciated.


Regards,

Nitesh

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bingo.1
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

I would always use the latest OS for the backup server itself (Windows 2012).

With respect to the client OS, you are stuck with the appropriate NW versions, even if they will not be supported any longer. Here is my recommendation:

NW Server          Windows 2012               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2008               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2003               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2000               NW 7.4 .. 7.6   (NW support knows where to download them)

If you have good SQL admins, my personal opinion would be to export the SQL DBs rather than using the old NMSQL modules. This will take some disk space but it is more convenient for the db admins.

bbeckers1
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

if it's VM's, then you'd also could go for NW8.2 VBA image backup, still also allowing for filelevel restores.

Image backup might also be more future proof as for instance NW8.2 server does not support NW7.6 clients. Nor does NW9:

NetWorker Version Interoperability Report

Server versionStorage Node on host other than Server hostSupportedNotesClient on host other than Storage Node hostSupportedNotes
9.0
9.0Y S01,S02,S03 9.0Y S01,S02,S03
8.2Y S01,S02,S03 8.2Y S01,S02,S03
8.1Y S01,S02,S03 8.1Y S01,S02,S03
8.2
8.2Y S01,S02,S03 8.2Y S01,S02,S03
8.1Y S01,S02,S03 8.1Y S01,S02,S03
8.0Y S01,S02,S03 8.0Y S01,S02,S03
8.1
8.2Y S01,S02,S03 8.2Y S01,S02,S03
8.1Y S01,S02,S03 8.1Y S01,S02,S03
8.0Y S01,S02,S03 8.0Y S01,S02,S03
7.6N S01,S02,S03 7.6Y S01,S02,S03
8.0
8.2Y S01,S02,S03 8.2Y S01,S02,S03
8.1Y S01,S02,S03 8.1Y S01,S02,S03
8.0Y S01,S02,S03 8.2Y S01,S02,S03
7.6N S01,S02,S03 7.6Y S01,S02,S03
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Nitesh_Turkar
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

Hi ,

Thanks for your inputs,

This is a small environment and I am not looking for any VBA configuration in this environment.

Hi Bingo,

I had the same configuration in my mind for SQL DB backup configuration with 2000 Win OS. but I am afraid if I could use  7.6 or lower version of networker for WIN2000 servers. due to EMC networker support..

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Vakil1
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

Hi Nitesh,

Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 client backups have been dropped out of support.

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ble1
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

bingo wrote:

I would always use the latest OS for the backup server itself (Windows 2012).

With respect to the client OS, you are stuck with the appropriate NW versions, even if they will not be supported any longer. Here is my recommendation:

NW Server          Windows 2012               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2008               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2003               NW 8.2.3.#

NW Client           Windows 2000               NW 7.4 .. 7.6   (NW support knows where to download them)

If you have good SQL admins, my personal opinion would be to export the SQL DBs rather than using the old NMSQL modules. This will take some disk space but it is more convenient for the db admins.

My experience with win2k is that it works with 7.5.x version, but not with 7.6.x.  For older SQL version you would need to use either old NMSQL modules (like 3.1SP1) or use dumps.  Bare in mind that I personally tested win2k version 7.5.x against 8.0.4.x server - can't say how this works (and if) with higher server releases.

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bingo.1
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Re: Backup support for Win 2000 and 2003 server backups

Sometimes it is good to keep the old Compatibility Guides ;-)

   Windows 2000 was supported until NW 7.4.x

   EMC dropped W2000 support with NW 7.5.x

However - they dropped support. That does not necessarily mean that it will not work. It just has not been tested and approved any more. I remember I have successfully running NW 7.5.x - not sure about NW 7.6.x

As it is now beyond all supported NW version, just try it. My personal guess would be that all standard filesystem backups/restores will work. System restores could be problematic.

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