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Backup Exec 2010 - Overwrite every 30 days

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Hello All,

We have Symantec Exec 2010.  I am not too familiar with this tool, but the customer already has it in place with a scheduled backup everyday (15 hours apart).  

I am looking at the status, and everything checks out to be a clean backup..

Two questions I have, is..

M-Sat. all looks to me as the same backup each day, but on Sunday the scheduled backup has "3 squares" not sure what this mean.. Does this mean this is a full image backup of the system of some sort?

It looks like the backups are kept for about 30 days, and anything after 30days are overwritten.. Is there a way to edit this backup schedule to keep the backup for a minimum of six months, at least?

Thank you!
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You'd do that in the Media Set, configure the media set to not allow overwrite for 6 months.  The backup media that you want to use and retain for 6 months you'd make a member of that Media Set.  Then it would not allow your tapes/disk/media to be overwritten until 6 months.  The problem with that is that you have to have a lot of media if you're doing daily backups.  You can split them up into multiple jobs, have a monthly full job go to the "6 month overwrite" media set then a daily incremental or differential job write to media in a "30 day overwrite" media set.  Something like that.  If you have any questions please let us know.
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Thank you bigbig..

So attached is a screenshot of what I am looking at.. if you could kindly point me in the correct direction of where to go and edit the settings to allow for only 6 month overwrite.

Side Note : The day I have outlined in a red-rectangle what does that backup correspond to?  It looks different than all other days?

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Ohhhh, you're not using Backup Exec.  I don't have any experience with Symantec System Recovery but I do know it's a totally different product than Backup Exec.  SSR creates images of whole servers for disaster recovery purposes, and is not a file level backup product like Backup Exec is.  I don't know about media retention in SSR, sorry.  I suppose you could rotate your destination media so that retention is longer.  So if it's a USB HDD throw a few more into the rotation so they don't fill up as quickly.  Usually for DR purposes though you're not looking to go back to 6 months ago like you would if you simply lost/overwrote some files.  But again, that's what Backup Exec is for, not System Restore.

To answer your icon question, it represents 2 or more jobs scheduled on that day.  This is from the SSR 2010 manual.

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Ahh.. Thank you much!
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