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Need some serious counseling with Data Protector.

Posted by Firedog7881 
Need some serious counseling with Data Protector.
March 04, 2008 01:35PM
Good day all, I appreciate everybody that reads this and give any feedback at all.
I took over a position in a very large company that likes to make its admins use tools that they already have, instead of what they are comfortable with. When I started I was forced to learn and use HP Data Protector. I am used to CommVault Galaxy and Veritas, not Data Protector. I first took a look at Data Protector and litteraly thought "This is a piece of s**t software." I still think it is and my company is not willing to listen to me about anything that I have to say because "we already paid for this".

In the best interest in the company I have tried to figure out the ins and outs of Data Protector with not much luck. I have been trying to get the product to do things that it seems it is unable to do.

I am warning you now, I am no Data Protector expert and I am expecting this post to go on for some time and I appreciate anybody that will stick through it with me because I am totally willing to learn this if it is possible.

I will start off by telling you a little about my environment:
Version 5.5
1 Cell with Cell Manager running on HP-UX
Backing up about 20 HP-UX servers and 250 Windows servers
Using 12 LTO 4 tape drives in an HP ESL library.
I use about 8 tapes a night with incrementals and 20 with Fulls on the weekend (still using LTO3 tapes)

Some of the issues I have are:

I read a report that put Data Protector in second place compared to CommVault Galaxy. I don't see how these two compare because I see so many better features in Galaxy then I do in DP. I am a Windows admin, are most people who use and like Data Protector Unix admins?
Backups do not Queue. I have to figure out how long each backup job will take and massage the times that they start. Otherwise the job will timeout and eventually fail because it hasn't started in a timely fashion because the tape drives are used up.
Need a seperate job for each of our 20 Lotus Domino, Oracle and SQL servers. This is a pain in the you know what because I have to have a seperate job for every server out there that has a special agent.
The documentation for HP DP recommends each cell have about 100 servers in it. Does anybody have more than this and is it a concern?
If you have your cell manager on Windows instead of Unix is the experience with the client any different?
I will start this off small, I have other concerns and will post them after I have gotten somebody's attention.

I would like to know also is: How much better is 6.0 compared to 5.5? Is the upgrade on Unix difficult? I want to upgrade but I think our Unix people are scared that it will be difficult.

Once again, I appreciate anybody and everybody for taking the time to read this and post your comments. I am slowly moving along with Data Protector and I am finally giving it the benefit of the doubt because things that I am reading says it is good, but I have yet to see it and I am hoping it is my ignorance of the product.

Thanks again.
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