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Server 2008 Windows Backup Multiple Destination Fail

Posted on 2011-03-10
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I am doing a pro bono server install for a non-profit.

B/c of this I have not implented Acronis for their backup which is what I normally do.

I have configured Windows Server Backup to backup to multiple destinations by adding multiple direct disks.

The problem is that each night the backup still is only going to 1 drive.

I have verified that each drive is added to the disk pool.

Any ideas?
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by:pcchiu
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How did you set up the pool and the backup task?  if you only set up one back up job to the pool it may simple fill up the first disk in the pool before it go to the next disk...
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by:GPCNorfolk
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I just used the wizard. It does use only 1 job.

It gives you the option to add more disks for offsiting purposes.

It just never updates the offsite disks.
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by:pcchiu
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on the destination type which option you choice?
Back up to a hard disk that is dedicated for backups

Back up to a volume

Back up to a shared network folder

Also when you mean offsite disks, is that mean attached to the server using USB or it's NAS or iscsi?

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by:GPCNorfolk
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I have tried both volume and dedicated but currently using dedicated.

The main backup device is iscsi and the offsites are usb.

The wizard doesn't seem to suggest adding additional disks are to span backups. It says they are for offsite.

I may just move to moviig to utilize the replication that is built into the NAS if I can't get it.

Thanks for the help.
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pcchiu earned 500 total points
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It won't fill the additional disk until the first device is "full".
So if you have the iscsi then the usb->it won't fill up the usb until the iscsi fill up; you can try to list the usb as the primary device and add the iscsi as the additional device.   Such will fill up the usb before it fill up the iscsi.

You're right you may need to do replication manually if you want both device have the same copy.

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Thx. It seems weird b/c adding addl backup locations seems to be intended for offsite but just doesn't work that way.

Thanks for the help.
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