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Grandfather, Father, Son backups with hard drive

Created: 26 Apr 2013 | 3 comments

Is it possible to use SSR to do grandfather, father, son backups with hard drives? We are looking at using one of the system from to back up to. I'm used to using a tape autoloader to do the GFS and I'm not even sure if it's possible to do it any other way. Anyone have suggestions?

I don't necessarely need a full GFS backup. Maybe just a yearly, 1 recycled monthly and 1 recycled weekly.

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Markus Koestler's picture

Have you already had a look at SSR User guide ? I think you could do this by scheduling independent recovery points at the various points in time.

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Dave_H's picture

Yes it can do that, Symantec uses the term "incremental" backps.

Grandfather would be a full independant image, left alone and untouched.

Father would be a monthly "base image" that it kept updated by a weekly "Son" incremental.  The schedule can be set to recycle the space by deleting the monthly father and 4 sons as soon as the next base image is created. You can keep as many of those backup sets as space provides.  Unlike doing a tape restore you only need to do one restore, you choose the image to restore and SSR will put together the father and all the sons for you.


Markus Koestler's picture

Would you please mark this post as solved ?

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