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Veritas Backup Exec 10 backup to external drive on Windows Small Business Server 2003

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I have a client that currently is using Veritas Backup Exec 10 to backup files and SQL databases to a shared folder on another machine using the backup to disk option.

Then, nightly they run ntbackup on the machine that has the folder backup exec backs up to.
The ntbackup job takes all the backup to disk files and puts them into an ntbackup file (.bkf) on an external hard drive. They rotate through these drives daily, taking the latest one offsite when they leave.

I'm not crazy about this method and am considering another option that would include a 2tb external usb drive connected to the server with Backup Exec backup to disk jobs going to that drive, then having them copy the folder containing the current days backups to the external disk to take offsite. I'd like to have more than on backup on the 2TB drive.

Here are my questions
1: Does what I'm proposing sound like a good option?
2: to keep multiple backups on the 2TB drive do I have to create multiple BU2D folders (media or devices or whatever BUEXEC calls it)?
3: Do I have to create a separate job to have it go to different BU2D folders if the answer to question 2 is "yes"
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Using Backup Exec you can run a duplicate job to disk to backup the data for offsite storage once the main backup has run. It will backup the data using the backup sets created by the original job. You do not need to use the NTBACKUP.
You can refer the ADMIN GUIDE for more information.

Backup Exec for Windows Servers 10d Administrator's Guide (English)
http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC2353
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Thanks for the advice and link iam.
I will definitely take advantage of the duplicate job function.
I"ve been looking through the manual in regards to #2 and #3 in my post and from what I see it looks like I can just create one backup to disk folder and run different jobs to that folder. Do you know if that's the case?

I saw that when I create the BU2D folder it defaults to 100 backup sets allowed. I'm guessing that I can run different backups, say 1 for each day of the week, to that folder.

Thanks
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Yes indeed.
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Thanks for you help
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