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Is it possible to exclude 1st saturday of every month from backup and perform a monthly backup?

Created: 15 Aug 2014 • Updated: 18 Aug 2014 | 8 comments
Symctec's picture
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Hello all,

Is it possible to exclude 1st saturday of every month from backup and perform a monthly backup? Is there an option for calendar based scheduling in backup exec 2014?


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pkh's picture

If you have 2 jobs within the same scheduled job which starts at EXACTLY the same time, the job with the least frequent schedule will superceed the job with the more frequent schedule. For example, you have a daily/weekly job which starts at 9 p.m. and a monthly job which runs on the first of the month and it starts at 9 p.m. then the monthly job will supercede the daily/weekly job.

Symctec's picture

Thanks pkh, it implies that we just need to make sure the start timings match, less frequent job automatically takes precedence?

Symctec's picture

Thanks pkh, have put an attachment here which shows the scheduling done. Basically had to create two jobs for the server as they have different retention. Am new to BE, would be great if you could have a look and confirm. 


pkh's picture

For superceding, both jobs must be in the same scheduled job. What you have done will not work. See my article below

Although it is written for BE 2012, it is still valid for BE 2014

Symctec's picture

I dont have access to BE at the moment, but I belieive I may not be able to do this as I have to maintain different retention levels for weekly and monthly backups.Am I correct? 


LegAEI's picture

To answer the original question, yes, you can create a backup by day of the month and disinclude the first day. Under scheduling for your backup job, choose days of the month, select all the days for your full backup except the day you wish to exclude.

Then you can either create a new backup, or create a new backup job and, using the same days of the month option, select the single day you want to back up on.

Using this method, you can vary your backup time window.