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data lifecycle management and rentention period

Created: 02 Dec 2013 • Updated: 17 Dec 2013 | 1 comment
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I am newer to backup exec 2012
1 what is DLM,
2 I want to take backup to disk folder and i want to take weekly full backup and daily incremental backup with retention period of two weeks.
How do i set the retention period.
(I am running out of disk space , with 2 weeks can i restore my backups please do guide me the best practice)
3. I have file servers,Domain controllers, database servers, Exchange servers to be backed up( Windows Environment)
In Backup options under snapshot configuration which is the option i am suppose to choose.
Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Server--Snapshot provider- 
1. Automatic-- Allow VSS to select the snapshot provider.
2. system -- Use Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider.
3. Hardware--Use Technology provided by Hardware Manufacturer
4. Is it possible to create templates like in BackupExec 2010.
Operating Systems:

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1) See this blog for an explanation of DLM

2) You can set the retention period in your job itself.  It is the same dialog as whether you set the target media.  You should be aware of how DLM affect the retention period that you set.  See my article below

3) This is AOF and you should choose Automatic.  However, AOF should only be enabled if you are backing up files.  If you are backing up databases or Exchange, then you need to disable AOF.  Hence, you need 2 sets of jobs, one with AOF on to backup files, system state, etc and another set with AOF off to backup databases and Exchange.

4) No. You cannot create policies in BE 2012.  The scheduled jobs are like policies.