We run Arcserve r12. We backup multiple file servers and a SQL servers using GFS.
We use a Primary server with disk staging and the staging policy is enabled to consolidate when migrating the data to tape. The tape drive is a Dell 16 tape LTO3 autoloader.
What is happening is the Daily Full SQL backup isn't being consolidated to the same tape as the file system backups. So every day this 200MB database backup is consuming an entire 400/800GB tape.
I've contacted CA Support and the first day they looked, they said what's happening for for the Weekly Full backup was normal. He said the next day, our incremental backup, it would consolidate fine. The following day it didn't consolidate so CA looked again and told me to check the Append option where I specified the consolidation policy. I told him the manual said that option would consolidate all the dailies onto a single tape instead of using a new tape for each day. He said in a GFS setup it wouldn't, so we tried it. The manual was correct and all my dailies started appending on Monday's tape.
Is anyone successfully getting SQL and file system backups to consolidate to a single tape?