Separate Differential/Incremental jobs from Full Backups
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.