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backup exec v12 job pool - huge data set, small time window

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I have about 12 terabytes of data I have to back up to tape using Symantec Backup Exec, with an Overland tape library and two HP LTO-3 tape drives. The problem is that these backups must run over a a period of time but only in a certain time window - between about 10 pm and 5:30 am. The jobs have to pause somehow at that time and continue where it left off the next night. I don't see any mechanisms in BEX to pause a job or to create this kind of job pool. Is what I'm asking for possible using Backup Exec? How would I go about setting this up?
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I'd go about this differently. Make different, smaller backup jobs that first backup to disk, you should be able to schedule multiple jobs at the same time (make sure they back up to different disks so the jobs don't interfere with the other jobs for the same resources). Plan these jobs so they finish within your time frame. You then have time to backup these backups to tape the rest of the day and they shouldn't interfere with your normal day's work.
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That's basically what I'm doing right now. The problem is that I'm dealing with relatively large data sets that are organized in a very granular folder structure (DICOM), which makes it very time consuming to create selection lists that are small enough to be able to finish in a reasonable amount of time. I was just wondering if there is a better way.
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