snorkel Posted May 19, 2008 Report Share Posted May 19, 2008 Hello, I'm in the process of evaluating Retrospect with the hope of replacing our current backup software, NetVault, with it. So far it seems to work really well with our library and is backing up like a champ. My problem is that I'm having a hard time figuring out how to setup my backup jobs to take place the way we want them. Can someone offer some advice, please? What we do in NetVault is a full backup every Friday and incrementals Monday through Thursday. Our media retention rule is to discard the incrementals each week, but to save the last four full backups. I understand that I can do a recycle and then normal backup jobs for my full and incrementals, but I don't see how to tell Retrospect to retain media for old jobs. For that matter, I don't see where I can tell Retrospect to re-use tapes. I know there is grooming for disk based backups, but what about tapes? Also, a question about backup set strategy. Our library has 48 slots and two drives. In NetVault we would put the large bulk of our media in one backup set and tell NetVault to use whatever tape was handy to perform a job. In Retrospect, however, it appears that if all of our media is part of one backup set and two jobs execute that require that backup set they will not run at the same time because the set is in use by the first job even though there are plenty of other tapes available. What I would like is to have all backup jobs go to the same media set except for the offsite backups. Is this possible, or do I need to split my sets to ensure that large backup jobs can run at the same time? I'm definitely willing to be flexible, I just want to make sure I get everything setup correctly the first time. Thanks for any advice you folks can offer! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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