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Expiration Date

Level 3


Is it possible to extend an expiration date on a backup tape in Veritas Netbackup 6.0 MP4?

The reason I am asking is because the previous engineer was unsuccessful in doing backups. We only have 3 backups for the year 2006 for this one server. There is only one backup tape that has the data (Folder) we need but it expires May 8, 2008. Is there any way that we can move or change the expiration date to May 8, 2014?

If there isn't any way to do this, what do you suggest we do in order to keep the data that is on the tape until May 8, 2014?

Thank you in advance.

Level 6
This is many times done using the command bpexpdate
# bpexpdate -help
bpexpdate: -m <media id> -d <mm/dd/yyyy HH:MM:SS | 0 | infinity>
             [-host <name>] [-force]
             [-M <master_server,...,master_server>]
bpexpdate: -deassignempty [-m <media id>] [-host <name>] [-force]
             [-M <master_server,...,master_server>]
bpexpdate: -backupid <backup id> -d <mm/dd/yyyy HH:MM:SS | 0 | infinity>
             [-client <name>] [-copy <number>] [-force]
             [-M <master_server,...,master_server>]
bpexpdate: -recalculate [-backupid <backup id>] [-copy <number>]
             [-d <mm/dd/yyyy HH:MM:SS | 0 | infinity>] [-client <name>]
             [-policy <name>] [-ret <retention level>] [-sched <type>]
             [-M <master_server,...,master_server>]
        legal values for sched: 0=full,1=differential incr,2=user,3=arch
                                4=cumulative incr

Level 3
Thanks Stumpr. I forgot about that command. I will try that and let you know how it goes.

Level 6
OK. There is a man page on it. It is in the "commands" admin guide.

Level 3
Partner Accredited Certified
first you can use bpmedialist to check the media stauts
and you can use bpexpdate to update the expire date.

Level 6
once u perform the change with bpexpdate command I will highly recommend you to use the bpimagelist and bpimagemedia commands to verify your images have being extend, because you can extend the expiration date of a media but not the images on it, so in the end you have an active media, without images under your DB which is the same has you dont have a good backup and you will need to import the media to the catalog, so just check this is a good practice.