First of all, such approach has not been ever tested as we have GFS media pools designed specifically for a long-term full backup retention. Although this might work well we cannot guarantee that everything will go smooth during restore. Another possible solution would be to use Backup Copy job with GFS scheduling, however that won't place fulls to tape.With work I mean, will the following incrementals have the 6-month-full as parent or will it use the last normal full?
But I want to keep the first full backup of every month (that would be the first saturday) for 6 month retention.
But since it can't handle incrementals
Yep, full backup runs about 20 hours. And I would have two backups of the same day, which would be a waste of tapes.
I made a workaround now. The weekly fulls of the first backup in a month are now auto protected in a post-job script.
A weekly script will release the protected tapes that are: in vault, expired, protected and older than six months (just to be sure).
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