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Hi All,
   I have Server 2008 running backup Exec 2012 with the latest Service pack. We have a number of jobs running in the following configuration,

File Server: Server 2008 > Backup Exec > Qnap SAN storage > USB Drive

So the backup Exec server drops the .bkf on a local QNAP storage device. We then have a scheduled task to copy the files from the QNAP to a USB using the local software with the Qnap device, This in its self works fine.

The issue i have is on the restore process.
If we take the USB from the QNAP (~2 weeks old) and connect direct in to the Backup Server we can add the storage in, move the files to a default BE folder then inventory and Catalogue. This shows the backup (YAY)

IF the backup retention is ~1 week (as such now out of the retention period) BE decides to delete the backups....

Is this correct?
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That's pretty much expected behaviour.

The solution is to use the backup application (i.e., not the file system) to make a copy of the backup job.
Then your backup program knows you have two copies, and you can have the copy in one location expire without affecting the other copy (i.e., think of a business that does a backup to disk, but then copies off to tape for long-term storage.  The on-disk copies will need to have a relatively short retention value (to manage space effectively) while the copy on tape may need to be kept for decades..
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Accepted theory as i thought on the issues with retention policy
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