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Full and Differentials on different B2D devices

Created: 18 Dec 2012 • Updated: 19 Dec 2012 | 2 comments
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Hi All - We're currently running Backup Exec 2010.   We do a full backup on Friday nights and differentials Monday through Thursday - all to the same B2D device (different B2D folders for each job on the EHD).   I also have a separate full backup that runs on Saturday nights to a second EHD that I bring offsite.   I have two issues currently.   One is that the main backup drive is no longer big enough to hold both the full backup and all four differentials so I need to do something about that.   The second issue is that I'd like to find a better solution for our offsite backup.   I'd like to be able to rotate two drives for the offsite bacup so I always have one that's out of the office.   Two questions:

1.   Can I move the differentials to a different external hard drive while leaving the full backup on the existing drive?   The over abundance of data is temporary so I only need this to work for a few weeks.   Is it as simple as creating new B2D folders on the second EHD and pointing the differentials to it?   Sorry for so simple a question but I don't normally deal with Backup Exec beyond checking the jobs and doing simple file restores.

2.   Can anyone point me to a good article on rotating backup-to-disk devices for our offsite backup?

Thanks!

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lmosla's picture

Have you upgraded to 2010 R3? 

BE 2010 R3 have a lot of improvements that have added enhancements this process.

It shouldnt be a problem running the fulls to one b2d and the differentials to a different one.

The changes that determine the file has changed or not are identified in the file itself. This link discusses the topic  https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/backupexec-2010-differential-and-full-backup-same-dimension

Take a look at the following documents

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO55855

and this which thoroughly covers the subject (note even though R2 it is reccomended to upgrade to R3).

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-rotate-external-harddisks

 

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kellie bryan's picture

Thank you - exactly what I needed.   I haven't upgraded to R3 yet but will do so soon.   Thank you for your help.