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Shadow Protect Image Manager Consolidation

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Hi EE,

Just a short question for anyone using shadow protect image manager. I am just finding out what other are using or can recommend as the consolidation settings for incremental images? I have been looking through the documentation on their website and cannot find a best practices guide. So I am just asking for a bit of general advice or recommendations that anyone might make using this system?

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The application is so flexible that you could probably find several different scenarios that fit your needs.  And that's the key - what you want to be able to restore.  If you're used to the standard backup rotation schemes, you have to completely change the way you think to understand Storagecraft Shadowprotect.  With Shadowprotect generally what you need to do is balance your available storage requirements against the possible need to restore data from a specific date and time.

Basically, you need to think of each daily incremental file and each consolidated file as a restore point.  How granular do you need to get with being able to restore data?  If you want to be able to restore data from a specific day and time 2 weeks ago, then you need to keep your daily incremental files for 2 weeks before you purge them.  Then you have the daily and weekly consolidated files, so you can go back to that point in time if you need to restore.  Then, if you need to decide how many weeks to keep your weekly consolidated files before you purge them and rely only on the monthly consolidations.

One general scheme I use:  keep daily incremental files for 7 days, daily consolidated files for 14 days, weekly consolidated files for 4-5 weeks, monthly consolidated files forever until you decide to start with a new base image. At that point, I'll often archive off that set of images for a period of time just in case I need to go back, but that usually depends on what extra storage space I might have available.

Does that help?
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by:Josh Rowe
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It does actually. Thanks for the advice
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Hi hypercat

Would it be possible for you to add a snip of your consolidation settings for me?

Thanks
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Here are my consolidation and retention settings from one of my BDRs:

Consolidation settingsRetention settings
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Great, thank you very much
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