Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly Backups & Tapes Pooling RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are running number of servers, and have recently migrated from HP Data Protector to System Center DPM 2012 SP1. I am facing two issues here in which the potential solution is requested. I have created one Protection Group with 1 week retention for Daily Backup. Different selections or sources are part of this protection group from different servers.

    1. The issue # 1, is that when I wanted to create more Protection Groups for Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Tape Backups, then I could not select those volumes which are already part of Protection Group that I created for the Daily Backup (probably due to the reason that same data source can't be part of multiple protection groups). The data source selection will repeat in all protection groups, so please advise how can I achieve daily, weekly, monthly and yearly backups?

    2. Can I restrict some specific tapes (by allocating through bar codes) to each protection group so that only specific tapes will be used for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly backup? This way the offsite tape movement will also be achieved.

    Need solution on both issues. Please help.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:16 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    For item 1. use following PG settings. 

    1) In the protection group, select short term tape and long term protection.

    2) Select daily, only full backup, or Full plus incremental based on your needs.

    3) For the long term goals, select weekly, monthly, and yearly.

    For item 2. - there is no provision in DPM to specify certain tapes for each goal, but if you create a colocation PGset, you can specify how long to write to a tape and control if different goals use the same tapes or not by adjusting expiry tolerance.

    See Colocate data from different protection groups on tape

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    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:23 PM