Backup Exec Job runs longer than 24 hours causing the other jobs to be missed

Posted on 2009-06-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I am using BE 12.5 and have modified the standard Grandfather Rotation policy to create the jobs.  I have 5 selection lists to add clarity on what is being backed up and where any errors are occurring.  This problem is that when I do the weekly full backup then the first job it takes is to back up our network storage area which typically takes 35 hours, once it has finished that job then it is outside the scheduled time-window for the other 4 jobs to run.  

Is there a way to make the time-window greater than 24 hours, or any other work-around?
Question by:ictdoulos
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by:Iamthecreator OM
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Setting the time window for a scheduled job                            

How to configure a job to run within a specified time frame                            

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Thank you for those guides, that tells me that the time-window cannot be greater than 23 hours 59 minutes.  So if I am using a Policy and 5 Selection lists to create the jobs, the policy is where I set the time-window but then the same time window is given to all the jobs created with that policy.

So in order to solve my problem I either need a way to have all 5 jobs run sequentially regardless of time and taking priority over other scheduled jobs, or I need a way to have policy-created jobs running with different time-windows.

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by:Tony Giangreco
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My first question is why it takes so long to perform a backup/. I would look into replacing the drive used for backups and look for increased speed and hardware compression.

Second, can you run the backups with less services and resources being used? If so, this might sped up the process and get you back into your backup window. I changed one of my backups so it was directed to a hard drive on one of my extra servers. The backup time was reduced by 75%. You might want to something like that to reduce the elapsed time of the backups.
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It is backing up 1.3Tb directly to Tape from our disk array (at 765Mb/min).  I am using the AFO option (this might have be a reason?), hardware compression, Full-backup using archive bit, verify after completion, no encryption...

The media server is the same as the file server and the server is also running AD, WSUS, DNS, DHCP, Antivirus update mirror, SQL 2005.

I could potentially create a backup to disk folder on another server or NAS and then duplicate it to tape, but apart from that I can't really play around with the server configurations.

What would you recommend for speeding it up?

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How about having the BE server retry the job if it errors out because it's out of the backup window?

Tools / Error handling rules

Add a new rule
Checkmark the error code (E000E020)
Tell it to retry the job 24 times every 60 minutes (maybe?  Not sure on this)

I believe this will effectively give you longer than the 23:59:59 that backup exec normally gives you.

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We have changed our backup strategy so that we are no longer using so many different backup jobs for our full montly backup. Now when our one full monthly backup job runs it backs up all the files we need it to backup so when the job runs 48 hours we don't need to worry about the other monthly full backup jobs giving us issues since we don't have them any more.

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