support id: 01838154
We had our plans setup previously, and they had been satisfying our requirements for the previous 1.5 years. Due to a change in tape behavior from v8 to v9, we now need assistance in setting up our plans.
We have the following tape requirements: each nights tape needs to be taken offsite; both our weekly fulls and daily incrementals must be kept to match our disk plan restore points, currently 23
We have only 1 tape for Mon, 1 for Tue, 1 for Wed, 1 for Thurs. We have 6 weekly tapes for our Friday Full backups.
Support and I discussed this option: 1) disk plan for Fri vbk, and backup to tape plan to copy that vbk to our Weekly Full media pool that contains 6 tapes; this disk plan will be set to run on Friday's only, thus only performing full backups
2) a second disk plan that is set to create an active full backup once/year, or once every 3 or 4 months; that way each daily tape (M-Th) only needs to initially copy the most recent vbk to start the chain when the tape plan is first run, then will copy the successive vibs during the week, and won't need to then copy the latest Friday vbk again, which results in the tape being full and forced to be rewritten (we need to keep the disk restore point number of vibs on these daily tapes)
Support was thinking that this may not work because even if we specifically state when an active full is created, Veeam will want to create a synthetic full before the set time, thus causing an issue.
In summary, we need to have 23 restore points available which is covered by the combination of weekly vbks, and the daily vibs, which are take offsite daily. Thank you very much.