Here's the best solution I've found.

Take five tapes and name them Monday thru Friday.

Write a script that does a full backup of your server every night. Make it
back up every Monday to the Monday tape, every Tuesday to the Tuesday tape,

Write a Backup Server that starts 5 minutes after the full backup every
night, and tell it to back up your workstations  to any of the five tapes.
You can let it run all weekend too.

This way you'll always have a week's worth of full daily backups of your
server, and you'll always be resetting the tape each time it's used.
Workstations will get backed up to the same five backup sets as time and
space permit. Nothing is done incrementally, which makes it easier to keep
track of what data is on which tape.

This makes offsite backup work better too, because if you take home last
night's tape you always know you have a full copy of your server in case of

top of the world,

Luke Jaeger, Technology Coordinator
Disney Magazine Publishing
Northampton, Massachusetts

Any opinions expressed in this message are my own and may not represent the
opinions of Disney Publishing, etc etc etc.


> ----------
> From:         jakob krabbe
> Reply To:     retro-talk
> Sent:         Tuesday, July 11, 2000 8:00 AM
> To:   retro-talk
> Subject:      tape strategy question
> I'm going onvacation next week so I haven't time to try this.
> I have eight tapes named VXA-1, VXA-2 etc.
> My strategy is to make normal backups Tuesday to Friday and Full
> (recykled)
> on Monday.
> If I make these eight scripts can I make them all execute weekley or do I
> need to make them execute every 8:th week?
> My idea was that then there will be a backup every week no matter what
> tape
> that's currentley in the drive.
> What I can't test is, will retrospect deny backing up unless there is the
> right tape in the drive or will it just move on to the next script
> generating loads of errors ofcourse...
> thanx,
> / jakob
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