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How to backup a string of Windows directories

OpsAnalyst
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I'm running Netbackup 7 to tape and I have a filesystem save that has over 2000 directories totaling 1.5TB and it backs up in 19 hours. I would like to break down the backup selections to speed it up.  Say I wanted to backup everything E:\a-E:\b as one stream and then everything E:\c-E:\d as another stream and so on.  Is there a way to get it to do that?  Right now it backs up All Local drives in multiple data streams, the C drive is fine but the E drive is the one I want broken down further.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Marianne
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We have done this for various customers with great success.

Key is to know and understand folder structure, see what the result is of initial break-down, and only make changes when another full backup is due (to prevent incrementals from running as full when streams get changed.)

Also extremely important for system owners to notify of directory changes as soon as they happen.

Example of breakdown:

NEW_STREAM
E:\users\a*
E:\users\b*
E:\users\c*
E:\users\d*
E:\users\e*
....
...
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\h*
E:\users\i*
E:\users\j*
E:\users\k*
....
...
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\o*
E:\users\p*
E:\users\q*
E:\users\r*
....
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\v*
E:\users\w*
E:\users\x*
E:\users\y*
 

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Marianne
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We have done this for various customers with great success.

Key is to know and understand folder structure, see what the result is of initial break-down, and only make changes when another full backup is due (to prevent incrementals from running as full when streams get changed.)

Also extremely important for system owners to notify of directory changes as soon as they happen.

Example of breakdown:

NEW_STREAM
E:\users\a*
E:\users\b*
E:\users\c*
E:\users\d*
E:\users\e*
....
...
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\h*
E:\users\i*
E:\users\j*
E:\users\k*
....
...
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\o*
E:\users\p*
E:\users\q*
E:\users\r*
....
NEW_STREAM
E:\users\v*
E:\users\w*
E:\users\x*
E:\users\y*
 

J_H_Is_gone
Level 6

in your backup selection

New Stream

E:\a*

E:\b*

E:\c*

New Stream

E:\d*

E:\f*

and so on

you can also do groupings

E:\ [a-c]  kind of stuff and some do it that way.

I prefer the first option, makes it easier for me to move the dirs around from on stream to another to try to even them out in size.

be sure to also include 1* 2* 3*...... in case they make new dirs.

then you will get one job for each New Stream you have in your backup selection.

You can search this forum for examples.

 

 

Nicolai
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Addition to above:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO34548

Kiran_Bandi
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You can use NEW_STREAM to specify a stream for a directory manually.

But i think you cannot use ALL_LOCAL_DRIVES and NEW_STREAM in the selections together.

Have a look at this TN: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH31512

OpsAnalyst
Level 4

Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions!  I used the New Stream feature and that was exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the help!!!