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Created: 08 Jan 2013 • Updated: 23 Jan 2013 | 7 comments
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I would  like to take my monthly back up tapes and copy them into a consolidated tape(s) and keep the consolidated tape(s) for an extended period of time as my Yearly backup. Basically i want to have a tape, or tapes, that have the data from 12 tapes on them. 

 

Is this possible with backup exec 2012 in either the GUI or Command line and how would i go about doing it if it is.

 

Thanks

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CraigV's picture

Hi,

 

Check the TN below on how to do this for multiple backup sets:

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

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prytzen's picture

So i do this for each one of my "Monthly" tapes. How do i make sure that the data goes to the same tape so as to condense the data, instead of just duplicating each tape?

CraigV's picture

...you duplicate from a source to a destination. It doesn't just choose randomly, so you specify the target tape.

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prytzen's picture

If i do that, i dont see an option for a specific tape

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CraigV's picture

Check below

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/be-2...

 

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prytzen's picture

Thats exactly the picture i sent over. I just dont get how it picks the tapes. If i let it pick by itself it has the ability to pick a tape that i dont want it to. 

pkh's picture

Since you are duplicating from one tape to another, unless you have 2 tape drives, you would have to duplicate the backup from the source tape to disk and then duplicate this disk backup set to your destination tape.

Assuming that you have to duplicate to disk and you have sufficient disk space, you would duplicate all the backup sets from your source (monthly) tapes to disk.  You then duplicate all of them at one go to the destination (yearly) tape.  Since you are duplicating all yourr monthly backup sets at one go, they will go on the same tape.  Before all these, you would have to set up a media set with the appropriate OPP for your yearly tape.

If you don't have sufficient disk space or have 2 tape drives, then your first duplicate job to your yearly tape will target your yearly media set and set it to overwrite.  For the subsequent duplicate jobs, you should target the yearly media set and set it to append.  Your yearly media set must have an AP long enough for you to append to the tape, maybe 1 day.  This will ensure that all the backup sets end up on one tape.