Having reviewed the user guide, I believe I've set up jobs to mirror my previous tape solution. Was hoping that someone could confirm that I've set up what I think I have, and not something that I've misunderstood?
Our ultimate goal:
Monthly - Full backups, last Friday of each month, 1 year retention
Weekly - Full Backups, Fridays other than last Friday of the month, 4 week retention
Daily - Incremental-Only backups, retained until one of the two above run.
To that effect, I have 3 media pools within the library... Incremental, Weekly, and Monthly. Each have a number of tapes that will handle their storage load. Tapes are cycled on their retention... so for example I have 12 sets of monthly tapes, 4 sets of weekly tapes, and 1 set of incremental tapes (which are appended to?). Every week before Friday, the tapes are cycled.
The Backup To Disk jobs (one for each VM) are set up to retain 5 restore points, forward incremental, Synthetic Full on Friday, with active full backups on last Friday of the month. Schedule is week-days, in the evening. Each of these jobs (with a few excluded due to a lack of importance) is added to the tape jobs.
There are 2 tape jobs.
Using the Weekly pool, with 'Process incremental backup files' enabled and targeting the Incremental pool. Both eject and export options are also unchecked. Scheduled for 'As new backup files appear'.
Using the Monthly pool, with 'Process incremental backup files' disabled. Both eject and export options are also unchecked. Scheduled for 'Monthly at last Friday'
I am probably going to enable the "Eject Media once the job finishes" option on both jobs, to return the tapes to their respective slots.
I've yet to run these jobs, so I've yet to see the results. Anyone have any thoughts on what might catch me? I mostly just want to make sure that during the week, the only thing getting written to tape is the incrementals, and on Fridays it's a full being written (as if it's doing a full backup to tape each day, that library will fill up quickly). And of course that on the last Friday of the month I'm able to tell it to do monthly instead of weekly?
To me, it means that every night, when the D2D backup finishes, it will trigger the weekly job. The weekly job will then back up the incrementals to the Incremental pool except on full/active full days, which would then target the weekly pool instead (as it would roll up the incrementals?). On the last Friday of the month, it looks like it'll auto-trigger the weekly job, and then schedule-trigger the monthly job?