The following tip(s) should help reduce the amount of time that it would normally take to perform an ADMS Console backup.
By default, when a Windows Scheduled task is created, it is given a relatively low Priority. Although it is not possibile to define the Priority in the User Interface in Windows 2008, you can elevate the priority, making the process run faster, by exporting the Task, editing the file exported, then importing it.
1. Go to Start - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Task Scheduler
2. Find the task which is executing the Vault Server backup
3. On Action Menu go to Export... Save the file as *.xml
4. Open the XML file via Notepad
5. Find the line <Priority>7</Priority>
6. Change the value of the Priority from 7 to a higher Value like 4 or 5
7. Save the XML file
8. Delete the Scheduled task about the Vault Server Backup
9. In the Actions Menu go to "Import Task" and choose your XML File
The next time the Scheduled Task is run it should complete in a shorter time.
This tip is especially helpful on machines where the ONLY applications installed are IIS and Vault Server.
Another tip, is to avoid backup up over the network. Assuming that SQL, Vault Server(IIS) and the filestore are on the same machine, if the backup has to be copied over to another network location at some point, do the copy as the last command. Do not make the backup destination as a non local drive.
Connectivity.ADMSConsole.exe" -Obackup -BC:\TEMPVAULTBU
XCOPY C:\TEMPVAULTBU \\BUServer\TEMPVAULTBU
Connectivity.ADMSConsole.exe" -Obackup -B\\BUServer\TEMPVAULTBU
I have personal experience where the above two tips reduced the backup time from over 12 hours down to 4 hours.
Consider a more agressive purging policy, reducing the number of files in the filestore.
Upgrade to Vault Server 2013 or later. Filestore optimisation improvements in 2013 can result in lower numbers of files in the filestore.
Tip #5 Invest
Upgrade Server Hardware.
Performance Bottlenecks during a Backup include CPU, RAM, but most importantly Disk Read\Write. RAIDed Spindle drives can improve BU times significantly but not as much as RAID arrays of Solid State Drives (SSD).
Upgrade to a licenced version of Vault
Vault Professional has Incremental Backups and "HotBackup" backup functionality. Vault Basic does not. So if the above 2 tips are still not allowing you to create a Daily backup in time for your users in the morning, it is time to consider upgrading.