Clearly Symantec is NOT open source. The solution to a common data backup problem can be found with open source tools however.
Issue: Backup2Tape provided long backup windows and an unreliable media. Soloution must use open source tools and existing hardware.
Solution: Ubuntu 9.04 (64-bit) NFS share running on Dell 2950 with six Seagate 1.5TB SATA drives in RAID5 configuration. Windows Services for Unix installed on Windows 2003 Server with Symantec Backup Exec 12.5.
NOTE: This will not work without this Symantec command: (verified in BE 11d and 12.5)
bemcmd -o116 -v -f”Name of your backup to disk folder” -e0 -m1 -d\\NFS-Server-Name\export-name
While the backup2disk is running fine, backups of Exchange Storage Groups are currently failing. All other data writes to the NFS share with no errors. Research continues…
Visit Righteous Hack Blog for a complete recap of the project: http://www.righteoushack.net/?p=384