SLPs with custom long term retention
This doesn't seem to have been flagged up very much even though it is in the Late Breaking News section but I felt it important enough to pop it in the firums here as it could affect a lot of users and you potentially only have 9 days now to do anything about it!
The tech note is here : http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH200501
In effect if you are using a custom long term retention period in NetBackup (it does say only SLPs but I dont see exactly why it should only affect them) then it the date a backup is due to expire falls after 03:14 on 19th January 2038 (the end of time!! - or at least epoch time) then without error you backup expires immediately.
The tech note says that this relates to duplicates and the fear is that if you backup to disk using an SLP and then duplicate to tape using the "expire after duplication" option then the disk expires after duplication and so does the tape - so you end up with nothing!
What this means is that if you use a 25 year retention period in SLPs then this will affect you in 9 days time.
If you use a 30 year retention I assume it is already happening.
So for long term retentions use the "infinity" option instead
Should be fixed in 220.127.116.11 / 7.6 but for now I just wanted to bring it to everyones attention just on case you had missed the section in the late breaking news
Hope this helps and saves any lost backups