Backup to Disk management question

Posted on 2006-06-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I have several consolidated backup servers in my company. All are running Backup Exec 10.1d. I have over 1.5TB of disk space on each server to run all nightly backup jobs to a central backup to disk repository. Then during the day, these files are archived to tape on a large Ultrium tape backup system. I seem to be having trouble managing the backup to disk media files. I would like to be able to keep 3 days worth of backup to disk files physically located on the backup server. I've created a new media set called "3-Day Rotation", set the overwrite protection period to 3 days, with infinite append. I've created my backup jobs to use this media set. However, what I find is that the files are only keeping 1-2 days worth of media files, most of them have the latest run date on them, and there may only be 1 or a max of 2 days worth of files in the repository. So my question is, what can I do to be able to keep 3 days worth of backup to disk files on my server before they get overwritten? Using a media set does not seem to work in this scenario. Are there any options or tricks I missed?

Question by:MCPJoe
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    Have you tried making 3 backup jobs which each backs up to a different directory, and cycle through these jobs every 3 days?
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    I would like to avoid this, as I won't be the only one working on these backup servers.  I want to keep things as simple as possible.  It must be possible to use media sets, and perhaps the vault to accomplish this.  I'm going to run some tests tonight and see how it works out.  I was just hoping someone out there is doing backup to disk, then backup to tape methods that already had all this worked out.  

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    have you ensure that there is enough media set on the backup to disk folder?
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    I think I got this working finally, its not quite right, as there are more than 3 days worth of media in my B2D folders, but at least its keeping the media rather than overwriting it.  I set overwrite protection to all media in the B2D Media set to 3 day overwrite protection.  Then set the Backup Exec options to Full overwrite protection.  Then I set the append period to 8 hours.  Seems to work, but like I said, I've now for 7 or more days of media listed, so it does not appear to be successfully recycling the media.  Oh well.  

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