How to back up multiple servers to a single series of tapes in Backup Exec 2012

Article:TECH189306  |  Created: 2012-05-22  |  Updated: 2013-11-11  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH189306
Article Type
Technical Solution


Subject

Issue



Backup Exec 2012 supports a server-centric model with one backup job per server. Each job will encompass the Full & Incremental/Differential backup methods, for the server. No longer will one server's failed backup cause the entire job to fail, as with previous versions. Therefore, during migration to Backup Exec 2012, jobs that backed up data from more than one server are split into multiple jobs. If the option ‘Overwrite media’ was enabled for the original job, the option ‘Overwrite media’ is also enabled for the new jobs. As a result, each server that is backed up has one job that is written to a single tape or sequence of tapes.


Solution



To back up multiple servers to a single series of tapes in Backup Exec 2012:

  • Edit the jobs that were split so that they use the same media set and the same storage destination.
  • Enable the option ‘Append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is available’ in each job.

[ I ] For full backup jobs


If the job from the previous version of Backup Exec is a full backup, use the following procedure to enable all of the new full backup jobs to back up to single tape or sequence of tapes each day:

  1. Determine the total amount of time it took to run the original full backup in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  2. Create a media set with an appropriate append period:
    1. On the Storage tab, expand Tape/Disk Cartridge Media Sets and Vaults.
    2. Double-click All Media Sets.
    3. Under User created media sets, right-click a media set, and then click Create media set.
    4. Follow the on-screen prompts.
      Note: Ensure that the append period is set to a length of time that is slightly longer than the total amount of time taken to run the full backup job in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  3. Edit the job settings:
    1. On the Backup and Restore tab, use Shift + click or Ctrl + click to multi-select all of the servers that have jobs to write to a single series of tapes, and then right-click one of the selected servers.
    2. Click Edit Backups, and then select all of the full backup jobs that you want to edit.
    3. Click OK.
    4. In the Backup box, click Edit, and then under Backup Options, click Storage.
    5. In the Storage field, specify a single tape drive to which you want run all of the jobs in the series.
      Note: A storage pool cannot be specified. If backing up to a robotic library, a single drive must be specified.
    6. In the Media set field, select the media set that was created earlier in this procedure.
    7. On the same dialog box, select the option ‘Append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is available.’
    8. Click OK until the Backup and Restore tab shows.

[ II ] For full and incremental or differential backup jobs:


This solution is for full and incremental backups to switch out the tapes daily.

If the jobs from the previous version of Backup Exec included a full and an incremental or differential backup, use the following procedure to enable all of the new full backup jobs to back up to a single tape or sequence of tapes each day. Enable the incremental or differential jobs for the rest of the week to back up to a separate single tape or sequence of tapes each day:

  1. Determine the total amount of time it took to run the original full backup in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  2. Determine the total amount of time it took to run the original incremental or differential in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  3. Create a media set for Full backup job with an appropriate append period:
    1. On the Storage tab, expand Tape/Disk Cartridge Media Sets and Vaults.
    2. Double-click All Media Sets.
    3. Under User created media sets, right-click a media set, and then click Create media set.
    4. Follow the on-screen prompts.
      Note: Ensure that the append period is set to a length of time that is slightly longer than the total amount of time it took to run the full backup job in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  4. Create a media set for Incremental/Differential backup job with an appropriate append period:
    1. On the Storage tab, expand Tape/Disk Cartridge Media Sets and Vaults.
    2. Double-click All Media Sets.
    3. Under User created media sets, right-click a media set, and then click Create media set.
    4. Follow the on-screen prompts.
      Note: Make sure the append period is set to a length of time that is slightly longer than the total amount of time it took to run all the incremental or differential backup jobs in the previous version of Backup Exec.

  5. Edit the job settings:
    1. On the Backup and Restore tab, use Shift + click or Ctrl + click to multi-select all of the servers that have jobs to write to a single series of tapes, and then right-click one of the selected servers.
    2. Click Edit Backups, and then select all of the jobs to edit.
    3. Click OK.
    4. In the Backup box, click Edit, and then under Backup Options, click Storage.
      Note: Follow the next steps once for the full backup jobs and once for the incremental or differential backup jobs
    5. In the Storage field, specify a single tape drive to run all of the jobs in the series. A storage pool cannot be specified. If backing up to a robotic library, a single drive must be specified.
    6. Do one of the following:
      · For the full backup job, in the Media set field, select the media set created for the full backup job,
      · For the incremental or differential jobs, select the media set created for the incremental or differential job
    7. On the same dialog box, select the option Append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is available.
    8. Click OK until the Backup and Restore tab shows.



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