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Created: 20 Jan 2013 | 5 comments


Is there any white papers available about best practice in backup, like how we do backup, full backup daily or weekly and incremental or differencial etc.

and what will be retention time, how many days daily backup we can kept, how many week weekly backup kept etc.


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Ashish-Sharma's picture


Check this

NetBackup 7.5 Best Practice - Using Storage Lifecycle Policies
Article:HOWTO73205  |  Created: 2012-03-01  |  Updated: 2012-03-01  |  Article URL

Thanks In Advance

Ashish Sharma

Marianne's picture

There is no Best Practice document as far as Retention level are concerned. (Well, I have never seen such a document...)

Retention levels are dictated by Business and Legal requirements for each individual company..

Retention levels should NEVER be at the discretion of backup admins. This should be documented as company policy document and signed off by management.

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sazz.'s picture

Hi Golani,

It seems you are very new to this domain and to know the basic information you might need to read lot of things or you better take a training session for 2-3 days to know the basics.

and what will be retention time, how many days daily backup we can kept, how many week weekly backup kept etc

This is totally depend on the the service level agrement that you have with your client. Different business have different requirement to retain the data so please check with them. There won't be any white paper for this as it totally depends on the business needs as how long you want to retain the data.

Nicolai's picture

+1 to both Marianne and sazz.

Good Place to start :

Symantec NetBackup™  Backup Planning and Performance Tuning Guide

As far as retention goes I would as minimum go for 1 month for daily backup. But I would also fight again undocumented claims to save everything for X number of years. If they till step up on this requirement, ask them for a risk assesment.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Thiago Pereira's picture

In my experience with the backup over 7 years now, these definitions are to be the responsibility of the manager's information. It is he who will ask you to perform a backup and will tell how long this information should be kept, what time you can run the backup and how it should be run.

It's up to you, backup administrator, just tell which way possible execution and what options he owned as a data storage and retention, also depending on the way you will store all this information.

Andnot do not get hung up on the documents, they only guide you, this information is very specified for your environment and what the manager needs information.

You can define, together with his superiors and related areas, patterns backup for servers and the like, but are just standards in order to maintain the security of information, case manager no makes a request for backup. So you keep your environment a little safer.

I hope I helped.

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