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Frequency vs. Calendar

Created: 10 May 2013 • Updated: 21 May 2013 | 4 comments
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As part of my recent troublehshooting efforts I heard several comments on Frequency being better than calendar based scheduling. I would like to hear your opinions on this as I'm still on the fence as to whether or not to convert to frequency. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Stumpr2's picture

I use both. Do whichever one you prefer. One is not necessarily better than the other. I wouldn't bother changing existing schedules. It used to be that you couldn't use both types in the same policy but that is no longer the case.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH129503

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Nicolai's picture

I am a big fan of frequency scheduling. We have some really large environments where "full backup during the weekend" will never have a change of succeeding and individual calender scheduling will be a nightmare.

That said I think you need to make a choice. For consistency you need to select a default and stick to that selection. If calender based is right for you - go and do that. But if you select frequency - fine, good choice.

In the end, I think is a question of strategy and what work best for you.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Marianne's picture

Most of us 'old school' users still prefer Frequency based backups for Daily and Weekly schedules and Calendar for Monthly and Yearly schedules.

I still don't like Calendar schedules for daily backups because we still see too many issues with windows crossing midnight.

Have a look at David Chapa's excellent article about Frequency based schedules:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/netbackup-frequency-based-scheduling-1

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
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Dan Giberson's picture

Thanks everyone. I will review the articles you sent as well.

NBU 7.01 on Windows 2003 with LTO2 Library