BackupExec10d Job setup with Media sets and Tape Library

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
We are currently running BackupExec 10d and have recently implemented a Dell Power Vault 132t Tape Library with 2 tape units. Currently backups are running over 4 LTO tapes. I have setup 2 separate jobs to utilise both units at the same time. Full backups are being run every night. To provide uniformity and the ability to restore any data for the period of 1 month, I was planning on creating media sets for each daily backup (ie..week1mon, Week1Tues, Week2Mon, Week2Tues ect..). This of course would mean that with 2 tape units and 23 media sets, I would have to setup 46 individual jobs for the daily backups alone. (To utilise 2 tape units and a different media set everyday)

The reason behind wanting to have set tapes on set days of the month was to simplify the process of the tapes being sent off site and the service provider easily knowing what tapes were to come and go each day.

Is this the correct way of setting this up, or is there a better process to achieve the same result?
Question by:Workpac
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    "Is this the correct way of setting this up"
    Yes under the plan that you have outlined.
    "is there a better process to achieve the same result?"
    Yes probably.

    Separate what you need to recover the server completely -- all open files, all running DB files, whatever it is that wont be backed up with data backup.  This you should do every week.  A server backup doesnt change much from week to week, so if you recovered last weeks setup in an emergency, that would be fine, yes?

    Then distinguish the data backups, which change every day.  You will want to back these up every day, yes?
    But the profile for the daily backups needs to be refreshed each month.  i.e. a FULL backup of data once per month, but diffs or incrementals each day after that.

    So now you have a WEEKLY AND monthly backup strategy.  Each month, a full backup of system.  Each week, a backup of the server OS files, to recover the server setup.  And each day, a diffs or incremental data change from the last months backup.

    This may seem complex, but it is the logical way you use the server, change files, and update the OS.
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    It is not the correct way to set it up, if you wanted to change a job's property you would have to do it 23 times!

    Setup a single media set called daily (most people have weekly and monthly sets as well with longer retention times) and use vaulting rules to create a list of what media to return from the off-site vault. You can even schedule a 'retrieve media from vault report' and get Backup Exec to email this to the offsite provider. Obviously you will have to set appropriate overwrite and append periods since this is what vaulting rules depend on.

    Assuming you have barcode labels all they have to do is scan your tapes when they arrive and their database keeps track of them so they can probably process the PDF that BE emails them electronically to create a shelf location for their picker to retrieve your tapes whether it is mechanical or human. Even if you want to get the tapes for last Tuesday you would simply setup a restore job and run a retrieve media from vault job and it will have last Tuesday's tapes in the report.

    Editing 23 jobs is slightly mitigated by using policies but you would have to have 23 individual policies and most people just have one policy with 3 or 4 templates in it.

    You should also talk to your service provider about this, they can tell you how their other customers do it; also there's a web based training course for $149 that tells you all about policies, retention periods and such -

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