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How to get Tape backups from Several backup jobs without overwriting

Created: 01 Jul 2013 • Updated: 01 Jul 2013 | 13 comments
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I am currently running Backup Exec 2012.  I have approx. 16 backup to desk jobs that run and then it duplicates to tape.  After running  the "Full" backup starting on Friday,  I went to check the tapes before I removed them from the magazine and noticed that only one tape was written to.  I have over 5TB of data that is backed up to disk and then is suppose to backup to tape.  Apparently it "overwrote" the tape for each job instead of "appending". 

How can I get that to tape without the duplicate jobs overwriting the tapes??

Thanks

Cathy

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Jaydeep S's picture

1. Set the job to Append and overwrite if no appendable media available.

2. Set and overwrite protection on the Tape. This can be created by creating media sets. Make sure that they can be appended for at least a day or so as the following jobs would need this to be able to write to the same tape.

3. Use the same media set for all the jobs that you need to use the same tapes.

Cat Adams's picture

Thanks.  I have attached a file that has the screen print from my Duplicate job and the Media Set that all of my "Full" backup jobs use..

Am I missing someting else??  I did have the Media as "append indefinately"  was that the cause??

Thanks again

Cathy

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Tape Settings.docx 150.12 KB
Jaydeep S's picture

These settings look good. Go to Configuration and Settings --> Backup Exec Settings --> Storage and make sure that the overwrite Protection is not set to None.

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Donald Eady's picture

Jaydeep hit it right on the head. 

               I see that you are using Media set 1 for the media set. What is the OPP and APP on the set. I would not set the append perioed to indefinite. You should declare both an overwrite protection and append period for this set. I would increase the overwrite protection period to assure the contents on the tape are protected from accidental overwriting for as long as you need the data to be protected. Please see documentation below 

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO73312

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Cat Adams's picture

Thanks to you both.  I see now what I was doing.  So, Can I rerun the Duplicate for the Full Backup??

Again, thanks much.

Cathy

Jaydeep S's picture

Yes, you may want to run the duplicates which were overwritten.

Cat Adams's picture

How do you just run the Duplicate Job from the Server Backup Job??  I have in one job the Full backup to disk then duplicate to tape and the Incremental to disk and then duplicate 2 to tape.

Thaks

Cathy

Donald Eady's picture

You should be able to just right click on the duplicate stage of the job and then click run now 

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Cat Adams's picture

When I double click the server,  the job shows up.  I then double click the job and this is what I see (see attachment).  If I go to the Duplicate,  I cannot right click on anything.

Sorry.

Cathy

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Duplicate Job.docx 78.61 KB
Donald Eady's picture

ok.. i see where youre at.. your in the job properties... this is not where you need to be give me a moment to put together a few screen shots for you 

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Donald Eady's picture

From the backup and restore tabe you should be able to click on the arrow to the left of the job. this will drop down and show all the stages of the job. then hover over the duplicate stage and right click.. Select Run Now

Runnow1.JPG Runnow2.JPG Runnow3.JPG

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Cat Adams's picture

Ok..  that is it.  Thanks so much Donald..  This new Backup Exec is making me crazy..

I appreciate all of you that assist us ..  Hopefully I will be able to return the favor one day.

Thanks much

Cathy

Jaydeep S's picture

Gald we could be of help. You could contact us here or on Twitter and we will be there for any assiatance.