Synthetic full backups -- licensing requirements?
I've had a heck of a time getting information about what features require what licenses. Eg., synthetic fulls. I understand the difference between plain synthetic fulls and optimized synthetic fulls. The VAR that Symantec wants us to use only will talk to me about optimized synthetic fulls, which appear to require a dedup license and the hassle of using mulitple tiny dedup pools for storage. If I wanted to do just plain synthetic fulls so that my clients could do one traditional full then incrementals forever, would I still need the "data optimization" or any other extra-cost license? I understand this means more work on the server side, but on a 40-core system that really isn't a problem. The VAR won't talk to me about this and is really pushing the dedup license.