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Manual Incremental/Differential Backup

Created: 16 Jul 2013 | 3 comments


We are using Symantec Backup Exec 2012. We have got our Tape drive connected to media server.

We want to run manual incremental/Differential backup. First job will be full and subsequent incremental/differential jobs, we want to trigger the jobs manually at some times.  Any suggestions would be very helpful.

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Jaydeep S's picture

I am assuming that the Full will run Fridays. You could schedule the Incremental/differential jobs to run at a bit streched time (lets say thursday night) In Backup exec you will see this job as scheduled to run on Thursday at a given time. However, you could select the job and use 'Run Now' feature anytime you want to run the job.

Alternatively, you could use the Backup Exec Power shell to script this and execute it manually. Use this technote to get to the help file.

Jagadeeshp's picture

Thanks for your replay Jaydeep. Here we want to create two similar Jobs for the same server, which will be running in alternative days. Example first job (Full Backup) will be running on Tuesday and differential/Incremental jobs will be running on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. And second job (Full Backup will be running on Wednesday and differential/Incremental jobs will be running on Friday and Sunday. We want to trigger the jobs manually without any schedule.

Jaydeep S's picture

If the resources that you are backing up in the jobs are going to be the same, then there is no point of this as, the Incremental that you run on thur-Fri-Sat-Sun would use the Full that was performed on Wednesday as a baseline.

If you are planning to select different resources for backup in both the jobs then all you need to do is create 2 seperate jobs (both Full / Incremental or differential) and run them with the schedule -

Job 1 Full stage - Tuesday (Scheduled time)

Job 1 Incr/Diff  stage- Thursday, Saturday, Monday (Scheduled time)

Job 2 Full stage - Wednesday (Scheduled time)

Job 2 Incr/Diff stage - Friday. Sunday (Scheduled time)