Backup Exec - store multiple night backups to a single tape

Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
Hello all,

I'm trying to setup a job that will backup several days to tape.  I have a 40 gig drive.  I backup 5 gigs a day.  I was hoping to be able to backup 5 days to a single tape before I swapped them out.  Yet, each night the job runs it replaces the previous nights backup.  However, if I run the job manually, things work like they're supposed to.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:joshuaemory
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    What version of Backup Exec are you using?

    I assume you are setting the job properties to append and if you select run now it appends however if you select schedule it overwrites?

    Are you using a custom rotation scheme or a built in one?

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    I'm using version 9.1 for windows servers.  Yes, the append/overwrite settings are - Overwrite protection period: infinite; Append period: Infinite.  Yes, if I select run now, it will append, but if I schedule it, it overwrites.  I believe that I'm using a custom rotation scheme.

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    Simple solution?

    If you use a hard drive, you may use any compression utility to run the backup procedure using a simple batch file that will create the folders for each day automatically. Create another batch file that will run a full delete procedure on the hard drive. Now, set the backup to run once on each of the five days and run the deletion batch file after backup takes place.

    There you go...

    If you need more info, just say so...



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    Sorry... the overwrite protection period is set to 14 hours.
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    In the Job Setup I'm presuming you've got 'Append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is available' selected?

    if so, change it to the next one, 'Append to media, terminate job if no appendable media is available'. That way you won't overwite your last backup and you'll know it failed because it saw the tape as not being appendable.

    If it fails because the tape isn't appendable let me know and we can investigate from there.


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    Actually, I had already resolved this issue, but you're absolutely correct, the tape wasn't appendable.  Thanks for the help though.

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