I know this has been asked before, but I'm trying to understand this better.
I traditionally used Backup exec to backup sql servers, but I now have two sql servers that are off-site and of course I don't want to back them up across the vpn. I have created maintenance plans for each of them. First I did a full backup, then changed the plan to do differential. I do not need to back up transaction logs for these servers because of the nature of the databases, at least not yet.
My question is this, I thought the differential backups would simply append the latest differential. But it's creating new files every night. If some of the databases don't change everyday, then I don't want all of these duplicate backup files.
Do I just need to set expiration of these differential files, will that actually delete the expired files?
Basically I'm just trying to come up with a solution to just have one full backup, and daily backups after that.
I'm reading more and more about it, but not really finding the right answer on google, and waiting for my SQL book to come in.
Am I missing anything?
Thanks to anyone who reads or responds, I appreciate it.
SQL2005, Server 2003, 32bit/64bit