Backups taking twice as slong

Hewlett-packard / Proliant
April 30, 2009 at 05:59:36
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 2.8 gig DualCore
On the 15th of April, our backups started taking twice as long. Normally I would think it is the backup unit, or the drivers or the tapes. But here is the twist - the backups are taking longer network wide. We have locations in Florida, NY, and PA, each with a different backup unit (1 slot, or 5 slot, or 8 slot carousel) and different times for the backups to run. They are ALL running at about half the speed and it all started on the same day and hasn't changed since. My boss, thinks it is the backup units, I think it is the thing that ties them all together - a bottleneck on the network somewhere that is affecting the backups. I have checked the event viewers and everything looks fine, the backups don't fail they just take longer. Any ideas. I am supposed to call the vender of each unit and tell them that the unit is broken and I don't believe that they are, but that is what I have to do. Any advice would be helpful in trying to determine what could be causing this. Thanks.

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#1
April 30, 2009 at 06:04:29
Are the backups performed offsite? If so, is a dedicated line in use?

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#2
April 30, 2009 at 11:53:37
The backups are all done on site, using veritas backup software. I have verifyed with Symantec that the veritas software is current with no issues. Each location is responsible to make sure the tapes are in place and the backup is set. There haven't been any errors, it's just weird how it is taking twice as long company wide with this slowdown starting on the same date.

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#3
April 30, 2009 at 14:29:42
Use perfmon to see if other tasks take up resources.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#4
May 1, 2009 at 05:48:05
Found it, thanks!!! It has to do with McAfee Patch 8. Numerous issues and complaints about backups taking twice as long after this was applied. Which in my case was on the day everything started taking twice as long.

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