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4 or more 4GB Files (Backup to Disk Folders)

Created: 11 Nov 2012 | 3 comments

BE 2010 R3 on Windows Server 2008 R2. I wonder if this is config issue. On all our server backups, there are 4 or more (sometimes 7) 4.1GB files.Our backup scheme is full with incrementals every other day. We use to use 20/40 DLT and could fit a server backup on 1 DLT (3 servers x 20GB = ~60GB). The same 3 servers with their full, incremental backups has ballooned to ~1TB. I know the size will vary some due to the software running on said 3 servers, i still suspect total size to be ~500GB. These backups are server software only (SLES11 and Windows 2008), no user personal data on these backups. our total drive size = 196GB. Maybe we should be using a different scheme like full/differential or maybe i have some bad config on the current full/incremental which results is almost 1 TB of backups? I would be happy to provide any config info if needed. How do i cut down on the size of these backups?

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FORGIVEN's picture

On the best practice:

Guidelines:

  • All Backup to Disk jobs should be overwrite operations

In the properties of the backup job, device and media, when this job begins append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is present. Does the above mean this should be overwrite media?

AmolZeroCool's picture

In the properties of the backup job, device and media, when this job begins append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is present. Does the above mean this should be overwrite media?

NO. For overwrite operation you need to select the 1st option, i.e Overwrite Media.

Amol

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