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Retention suggestions

Retention suggestions

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We have Simpana 9.0R2SP6a. I have recently taken over and there is no documentation for the policies and I'm looking for suggestions/advice.

It's quite a simple setup. Multiple W2K3/W2K8R2 servers, an SQL server, Exchange 2010 DAG. They all use a single Storage Policy that is configured as follows:

1. Disk-to-Disk 60 days/4 cycles
2. Disk-to-Tape (90 days) 90 days/4 cycles
3. Disk-to-tape (Monthly Fulls) Infinite

Obviously the retention will be based around what are requirements for and legal obligations. But I'm looking for suggestions on the current setup - is this common, is it a good option, are there better options?

My questions:
* Why keep monthly fulls for an infinite amount of time? Why not set it to eg 7 years
* What is a good method for off-site storage? Is it good to take all tapes with anything on them out on a weekly basis, take them off-site, run a weekly report & return tapes that have met retention?

Any suggestions/advice appreciated.

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