I am currently working on getting my bacula situation straighted out and have a bunch of full volumes within a file device. I don't want to just destroy the backups but do want to free up space. What is the proper way to move a volume off of the server, but still have everything retained in that catalog for the normal retention periods?

After I have done this my plan is to create new volumes in the series.


Define a copy job. It will purge catalog entries of the first (backup) job though.

  • This seems kind of off to me... I can't just move the volumes themselves? – Kyle Brandt Dec 3 '10 at 14:41
  • Well you could just move the archives with their bootstrap files to another location. But wouldn't that kind of "corrupt" the catalog? – weeheavy Dec 3 '10 at 14:52
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    Well isn't this just like ejecting a tape? I just want to "eject" it from the backup device and put it over on the shelf :-P – Kyle Brandt Dec 3 '10 at 15:05

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