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Best Backup Practices

MatthewPrieto
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have 5 tapes that I use for my DLT160 Drive  I only need 1 tape per day because I don't exceed the limit.  I'm currently only backing up about 40 GB.  I perform a Full backup every night using the native backup of Windows 2003 Server (ntbackup).

I'm confused on the "Backup Set" and "Media Label".  Can someone please explaing to me what they are?

Does it even pertain to me since I'm performing a Full backup everynight?

Right now I have aach tape with a different "backup Set" and "Media Label"

Example:
(Monday)
Backup Set = Monday
Media Label = Monday

(Tuesday)
Backup Set = Tuesday
Media Label = Tuesday

(Wednesday)
Backup Set = Wednesday
Media Label = Wednesday

etc....

Is that correct? Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks
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So let me see if I understand.

Keep doing what I am doing by changing the tape Monday through Thursday on a daily basis.  Then instead of having a Friday tape, make those tapes a Week1, Week2 etc....Then on the last day of the month have a Monthly tape "Grandfather".  The Grandfather tape will be stored for an entire year where the Week1, Week2 (Father) are reused every week and Monday through Thrusday (Son) tapes are reused every Day.

Is that correct?

Yes that is exactly correct.

For example in the case of a virus it is not so unusual for it to sit dormant for more than a week. In such a case with the current backup it would not be possible to bring the system back to a pre-infected state. Again this is not your 100% total protection, but what is an acceptable level of protection for most users. In your case for less than a $150 investment you would have the extra tapes to do the weeklies, and it is safe to say the data is worth a whole lot more than that.
actually, the "Daily" tapes are re-used once a week,
the weekly tapes are re-used once a month,
and the monthly tapes are re-used once a year

just want to make sure that's clear.
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