GFS restore points are all full backups. Synthetic full on the disk doesn`t change the tape fulls so you will have all weekly backups of December in January if you set a proper retention.
By the way, I would suggest to use Surebackup
for recoverability checks.
Shestakov - with GFS restore points I thought that the backups would only be a full copy on tape. This wouldn't be what I'm looking for if so. Can you confirm?
I would prefer to keep backups as such on disk:
30 days with restores throughout the full 30 days. Currently I'm using reversed incremental, so that works for me. (But obviously this will need to change based on offsite tape requirements)
1) A weekly full tape run at the beginning of the week, daily incremental to tape the rest. (I'd ideally like to rotate the daily incremental tapes back into circulation for the next week...we only care about recovering from tape for the night before if needed in a disaster.)
2) A Monthly full tape that includes the 30 days of incremental. (Audit requirements)
3) A Yearly tape job that can just be a full.
I believe GFS would break down on the 2nd line item since I would only capture the full backup on the month end. Additionally I'd like to reuse the Monday-Saturday tapes if we ran a full on Sunday. Is there any better way to do this?