I usually do 1 full backup on Friday and then differentials Saturday through Thursday, but lately I've been wondering if it wouldn't be better for me to do incrementals Monday through Thursday. I was under the impression that if I, for example, needed to restore an entire folder that is very frequently edited, I would have to restore the latest full and then every incremental from every day up until the day I needed the restore from. After watching a video on the VMWare infrastructure agent, I've been lead to believe that Backup Exec might automatically pull what it needs from the other incrementals so that you only have to restore the full and the incremental. Do I have this completely wrong? Can someone please explain? Thanks so much!
Backup Exec 12.5 and 2010 (currently in the process of moving from 12.5 to 2010) on Windows Server 2008.
What Tech2 says is correct.
You only need the last full backup and last differencial backup, or all the incremental backups till the date of restore, if you need a full system restore.
If you are looking for a specific file
May be the file you are looking for is in the last backup.
In differencial backups the file is in the last diferential backup, but in Incremental, if the file is not in the last, you have to find it in the day before.
Yes, this has not been changed in BE 2010. Synthetic full backup is a different kind of backup. There is a lot of difference in synthetic full backup and a regular full backup. You may refer to Backup Exec Admin guide for getting more idea about the synthetic backup.