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Separate Differential/Incremental jobs from Full Backups

Created: 25 Apr 2014 | 2 comments
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Today I was very upset to discover that Symantec Backup Exec 2012 does not separate differential/incremental jobs from full backups, unlike in Backup Exec 12.5 which I was previously using.  Up until now I have used a 16-slot autoloader, and directed each of my backup jobs to certain partitions so that I would always know where my backups were being written, and only had to change tapes once a week.  My backups looked like this:

Slot 1 : Sunday differential

Slot 2-3 : Monday differential

Slot 4-5 : Tuesday differential

Slot 6-7 : Wednesday differential

Slot 8-9 : Thursday differential

Slot 10-16 : Friday full (rotated weekly)

In 12.5 this was easily accomplished with six jobs, each with multiple servers, targetted to the specific slots, using a common file list.

In 2012 this is apparently impossible.  Not only does each server run as a separate job (which is annoying in the extreme, although can be worked around, it just MASSIVELY expands the job list and hassle), but differential backups to a server are linked to the full backup of that server AND CANNOT BE TARGETTED TO A DIFFERENT PARTITION.  This completely breaks the backup strategy that we have used for over 8 years now AT SYMANTEC'S SUGGESTION (the strategy above was given to me by a Symantec rep).  Typically full backups are rotated off-site, so I'm not sure why Symantec somehow thought I would want to write differentials/incrementals to the same tapes (which it will do unless I change the tapes every day, defeating the purpose of an auto-loader).

I would very much like to see this capability added back into Backup Exec, and I can't for the life of me figure out why it was removed in the first place.

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pkh's picture

You are wrong. For a BE 2012 scheduled job, you must have a full backup, but you can have as many incremental/differential jobs as you like in the scheduled job and each job can target their own media. Want you are trying to do is easily done in BE 2012.

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I actually did discover this was possible later, after spending an hour and a half on the phone with Symantec Support telling me it wasn't possible.  I'm still not impressed with the move to server-centric jobs as it's made my administration time go way up, but at least I've been able to set things up more or less the way it was under 12.5.

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