Proper Setup for BackupExec
Posted on 2011-10-28
I'm relatively new to BackupExec, so I wanted to put this question out there to make sure I have BackupExec setup and optimized properly.For our work environment, we have 4 servers we are backing up.........which I will refer to as Server A, Server B, Server C, and Server D. This is BackupExec 2010 R3. I am performing a differential backup Monday - Friday, with a Full Backup on Saturday. Under job setup, this is the way I currently have the jobs setup and named:
Disk - Monday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER A
Tape - Monday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER A (duplicate)
Disk - Monday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER B
Tape - Monday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER B (duplicate)
Disk - Tuesday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER A
Tape - Tuesday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER A (duplicate)
Disk - Tuesday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER B
Tape - Tuesday Daily Differential Backup - SERVER B (duplicate)
You kinda get the idea. I also do the same exact for the Weekly Full on Saturday. Under the media setup..........I created a new media folder for each day of the week. I also associated each of the tape barcode labels with the corresponding media folder. For example.........on Monday's tape, the barcode is MO10000L2. I associated it with the Monday media folder. Also, under job setup, I pointed each of the Monday TAPE duplicate jobs to the Monday media folder. Does all of this appear to be setup correctly so far?
Also, one of the concerns I have is the B2D folder. For the Backup to Disk, we are actually using a Drobo unit (8 TB) through an ISCSI connection. This is just showing up as the local E: drive on the server. This drive seems to be filling up extremely quickly. I believe I know why, but I'm not sure if I need to change it. I noticed that, by default, the B2D folder is using the Media Set "Keep Data 4 Weeks". I guess it won't start overwriting any of this data until those 4 weeks are up. I know a lot depends on company data retention requirements.......but the company has never set any retention requirements. Is it really necessary to keep it overwrite protected for 4 weeks??? Would you recommend creating a new media folder, naming it maybe "Keep Data 1 Week", and only keep it 1 week? I'm not really sure what I need to do here. Looking for suggestions.
Sorry for the long post. But since this software is new to me..........I just wanted to make sure I have it setup properly (optimized). Looking for suggestions.