I think I am over-thinking my problem, so lets see if anyone has any ideas for this one....
I am currently backing up some servers to tape, some to disk first (using the temporary staging area option to send to tape later).
All full backups have a 1 month retention assigned to them. We have instituted a backup strategy that includes keeping weekly fulls off site for 1 month, end-of-month fulls off site for 1 year, and end-of-year fulls offsite for 7 years. Since instituting this policy, we have manually changed the Iron Mountain stored tapes with the different delivery time. Obviously we also lose the ability to search these archives because they are expired out of the Netbackup database.
My desired result is to have Netbackup set the appropriate retention period, and also be able to search the backups that are off-site past 1 month.
We are running 188.8.131.52, with one master and two media servers, one handling differentials, one handling fulls. Each media server has one 110-tape library with 4 LTO4 drives each. We are licensed for netbackup vault as well, and currently only use that to eject tapes on Monday mornings for our weekly pickup.
Any help would be appreciated.