I've been working on a new backup rotation at work for the same reasons as buzz. Only diff is I have taken over the cto from my brother and we both are owners Our backup routine sucked, until we lost a whole server about a month ago. Server would run but to do anything else would lockup the machine, backups wouldn't run either. Luckily all our data was salvagable, even though we upgraded to Win2k3 server it was still pretty painless.
I'm pretty new to backup software, what's the use in having a media set? If you set to overwrite media doesn't it make zero differnence what the tapes labeled as long as it labels it by date? We are now using the 10 tape rotation as you guys described with the current daily going in the deposit bag each night and the last days is picked up with the last days bag. Occasionally our tapes are rejected (my Sister is in charge of changing tapes since she sits next to the server) and with blanks in reserve this is kinda of a pain. I didn't setup the rotation to start with and am not sure why you would use a "media set" other than to make sure you have the proper tape in roation. I have created a new job (use Veritas) and it names the tape by the date, any problems with that? What kind of naming conventions you guys using? Any advice, or no big deal as long as you know the date of the backup.
I also am trying to setup the email notification, handy feature so I don't have to remember to look at the server each morning.