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Bacula Enterprise is a data center backup, restore, and recovery solution from Swiss, Dracula-themed software company Bacula Systems.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/B7/2c/MU4673THTLJE.jpegArmazem Paraiba Protects Itself with Bacula SystemsI have been using Bacula Enterprise for 3 years throughout an organization. At our headquarters in "Teresina / PI Brasil" I back up ~ 170 daily backup jobs and in the 226 branch offices in more than 7 Brazilian states (4 daily backup jobs per branch). My main challenges for backup were to have centralized and monitoring management of headquarters and all branch offices to VM-level backups, compatibility with multiple operating system platforms (Linux, Windows, AIX, Unix ...) and databases (PSQL, Mysql, Oracle, SQLServer).,Back up a very good and simple package of files, including compression and different levels, differential and incremental. BWEB's html interface is very good and intuitive for the amount of backup and clients I need to monitor and manage. In smaller branch offices, the managers manually trigger the backup "because it varies the time of shutdown of each branch", with tool bconsole I was able to easily customize this drive inside our application, simplifying enough for the end user.,The vsphere plugin works 100%, could have been more intuitive and practical. For example -To specify that you want to restore a backup of a VM, enter the "where" parameter / because the default value "/ tmp / bacula-restore" would restore the .bmdk files in the plugin client. An identification of the name of the virtual machine in the act of restoration and naming for Bacula Systems as "Host Name" would be more intuitive "Guest Name or VM-Name", since Host implies "Host ESXi". After running the datastore from a VM, there is no bacula for the backup to continue. A compression could have been a multi-thread on the client to make faster, when a document was not available on Bacula Systems roadmap.,9,Quite transparently for the applications to allow online backup and guaranteed enough confidence due to its efficient algorithms of verification of media and blocks. The cost of purchasing and updating the annual support is very low compared to other "Veeam and Backup Exec" tools that I analyzed in the pre-project phase.,MikroTik Routers and Switches, VMware ESXi, Puppet Data Center AutomationBacula - An OpenSource Backup Solution That's Growing UpBacula Enterprise is used across our IT organization, but we do have another product being used in the UK. We backup a variety of systems using different backup options. We have Linux servers, Windows servers, and these are a mix of physical and virtual -- both VMware and Hyper-V. The virtual infrastructure is about 95%. We do a BMR backup once each month, full backups daily of VMware virtual servers (both Linux and Windows), a full weekly for any non-virtual server, and incremental daily in-between.,It gets virtual servers snapshotted quickly so they can go back to work. Recovery from virtual server snapshots, while quite a bit unfriendly in the GUI, do work, and work well. Not needing an agent on the server being backed up is a much anticipated strength.,Bacula support personnel have worked with us to address some of our complaints, but I still find the GUI very cumbersome. It sorts wonderfully for a machine, but not for a human being. It's search capability is also very off and on. You have to learn a lot of tricks to get a search to work the way you want. We had a LOT of problems early on with not being able to recover a VMware backup from a BMR job. It took a lot of work and correspondence between our company and Bacula before that was resolved. I find it rather a kluge to have to boot from a PE DVD, reconfigure the system, and then recover, but it does work. We are still experiencing issues off and on with restoring selected files from incremental backups. Sometimes it works, other times it does not.,4,The obvious answer to this question is that it has saved our company a substantial amount of money. We do have a support contract with Bacula, and had to go back and forth with them and our legal department to clear up which county's laws would rule in a dispute, but we finally got that hashed out. It isn't free, but it isn't close to what we were spending for support previously. The downside to the reduced cost of ownership is that it comes with reduced timeliness of support. If something breaks on a Saturday at 2:00 a.m., we aren't going to get support on it until sometime Monday, and even then the problem likely won't be fixed on Monday either.,CommVault,VMware ESXi, Hyper-V,,,Full system recovery - Windows, Linux - Physical servers, VMware servers and Hyper-V servers Disaster Recovery - yet to be tested, but will be this year. Meeting the SLAs for backups. ALL backups must be completed within the SLA windows.,All backups are sent to a ZFS, and critical systems are replicated from there to an offsite DR location.,Hopefully we will obtain the Hyper-V plugin this year to make recoveries of those systems easier to perform. Hot-site disaster recovery. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing we can shut a server or number of servers in our production environment and go live from our DR hot site within minutes.,6,Restarting a failed job is as simple as clicking on a re-run job icon.,Searching for a particular backup job requires the patience of Job because you have to weed through thousands of jobs that appear in the order in which they were run. Try searching for last BMR backup of "server_abc" when there are 800+ servers that are backed up every day, most starting with "vmware-xxxxxx" and you can't filter out all those that you don't want to see. BMR works for recovering a Hyper-V server, but it is a kluge. Recovery should be built into the application rather than requiring an administrator to first build a bare bones server, boot from a customized BRM PE disk, reconfigure from there and the run the recovery.,4
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August 04, 2017

Bacula Enterprise Review: "Armazem Paraiba Protects Itself with Bacula Systems"

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I have been using Bacula Enterprise for 3 years throughout an organization. At our headquarters in "Teresina / PI Brasil" I back up ~ 170 daily backup jobs and in the 226 branch offices in more than 7 Brazilian states (4 daily backup jobs per branch).
My main challenges for backup were to have centralized and monitoring management of headquarters and all branch offices to VM-level backups, compatibility with multiple operating system platforms (Linux, Windows, AIX, Unix ...) and databases (PSQL, Mysql, Oracle, SQLServer).
  • Back up a very good and simple package of files, including compression and different levels, differential and incremental.
  • BWEB's html interface is very good and intuitive for the amount of backup and clients I need to monitor and manage.
  • In smaller branch offices, the managers manually trigger the backup "because it varies the time of shutdown of each branch", with tool bconsole I was able to easily customize this drive inside our application, simplifying enough for the end user.
  • The vsphere plugin works 100%, could have been more intuitive and practical. For example -To specify that you want to restore a backup of a VM, enter the "where" parameter / because the default value "/ tmp / bacula-restore" would restore the .bmdk files in the plugin client.
  • An identification of the name of the virtual machine in the act of restoration and naming for Bacula Systems as "Host Name" would be more intuitive "Guest Name or VM-Name", since Host implies "Host ESXi".
  • After running the datastore from a VM, there is no bacula for the backup to continue.
  • A compression could have been a multi-thread on the client to make faster, when a document was not available on Bacula Systems roadmap.
You really need to spend more time in the Bacula implementation phase and I do not recommend it for sysadmins who do not have Linux experience because of the architectural quirks and they do not run the "DIR Director" server on a Windows platform.

The agent for Linux clients is very stable and of today I have had no problems.
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February 23, 2016

Bacula Enterprise Review: "Bacula - An OpenSource Backup Solution That's Growing Up"

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Bacula Enterprise is used across our IT organization, but we do have another product being used in the UK. We backup a variety of systems using different backup options. We have Linux servers, Windows servers, and these are a mix of physical and virtual -- both VMware and Hyper-V. The virtual infrastructure is about 95%. We do a BMR backup once each month, full backups daily of VMware virtual servers (both Linux and Windows), a full weekly for any non-virtual server, and incremental daily in-between.
  • It gets virtual servers snapshotted quickly so they can go back to work.
  • Recovery from virtual server snapshots, while quite a bit unfriendly in the GUI, do work, and work well.
  • Not needing an agent on the server being backed up is a much anticipated strength.
  • Bacula support personnel have worked with us to address some of our complaints, but I still find the GUI very cumbersome. It sorts wonderfully for a machine, but not for a human being. It's search capability is also very off and on. You have to learn a lot of tricks to get a search to work the way you want.
  • We had a LOT of problems early on with not being able to recover a VMware backup from a BMR job. It took a lot of work and correspondence between our company and Bacula before that was resolved. I find it rather a kluge to have to boot from a PE DVD, reconfigure the system, and then recover, but it does work.
  • We are still experiencing issues off and on with restoring selected files from incremental backups. Sometimes it works, other times it does not.
If all we needed to do was recover a file or server here and there without any time pressure, we'd be doing alright. I keep thinking about what would happen in a true disaster if something went awry with Bacula during the restore process. The time lag of trying to get in contact with someone overseas who probably won't get the message right away, and may or may not respond that day tends to keep me awake at night. I'm used to 24/7 high-priority support from companies like CommVault and EMC. OpenSource does have some advantages, but saving time isn't one of them.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (1)
9.1
Live recovery (2)
7.2
Recovery verification (1)
8.2
Business application protection (2)
8.1
Multiple backup destinations (2)
8.1
Incremental backup identification (2)
8.1
Deduplication and file compression (2)
6.3
Snapshots (2)
8.2
Flexible deployment (1)
3.6
Management dashboard (1)
8.2
Platform support (1)
9.1
Retention options (1)
8.2

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Bacula Enterprise is a data center backup, restore, and recovery solution from Swiss, Dracula-themed software company Bacula Systems.
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