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NDMP Differential vs Incremental

Created: 06 Oct 2011 • Updated: 24 Aug 2015 | 2 comments
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I’m trying to configure NDMP backups to run a Full backup of a NetApp filer every Friday, and then differentials on Monday – Thursday.  However, despite having the full job configured at level 0, and the differential task configured at level 1, the backups appear to be incremental.  How can you configure NDMP to perform differential rather than incremental backups?

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teiva-boy's picture

Level 1's are incrementals.  As are all the other L1-L9.

1 is an incremental from 0.  2 is an incremental to 1, 3 is an incremental to 2.

I do not believe there is such a thing that you want?

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."

pkh's picture

The first incremental backup of the full backup is the same as a differential backup.  The definition of a differential backup is backup files changed since the last full backup.  The definition of an incremental backup is backup files changed since the last full or incremental backup.

Although you cannot do differential backups with NDMP, if you just keep doing level-1 backups, it is the same as doing differential backups because you would be backing up all the files changed since the level-0 (full) backup.

Also, see Colin Weaver's comment below