CommVault Simpana retain mediasets with extended retention

So, everybody knows CommVault Simpana is a suite with a wide-spread of features and I’m appreciating the suite everyday a bit more…The thing is, the software is written for enterprise environments providing the highest level of flexibility and the approach is a bit different than other backupproducts.

Today, I had to implement an extended retention on a particular set of backupjobs. In normal cases, you look to the jobs and define which tape have been used to store the backupdata. CommVault Simpana has an entirely different approach and to be honest I had to search a bit to find how you need to do it. I tried to look it up on the world wide web and I was a bit astonished of the number of hits explaining how it needs to be done, so I had the idea to write something about it. I have to admit I was using the wrong keywords such as “extend retention” and “retain media”. Once I found the correct terminology, I quickly found this link on CommVault Simpana Documentation. Here there are some references in the “Retain a job in the copy”-section, explaining how it needs to be done.

If you want the procedure with some screenshots, please read on… This procedure is written by using a CommVault Simpana 9 Service Pack 14 environment, but there should be no change when doing it on CommVault Simpana 10.

In the CommVault Simpana 9 Console, navigate to CommCell > Policies > Storage Policies > the used storage policy to protect the client. Select the storage policy and right-click the Storage Policy Copy and choose “view > jobs“.


Once done, a window will popup allowing to define a set of different parameters. First of all, you need to include which systems needs to be included. Additionally, you need to define a time range wherein the system needs to display the jobs. I only backup these systems once a month with a full backup type, so I select the entire month and leave the backup type filter default.


In the list of jobs, you can select one job and choose the option “Retain Job” to extend the retention until a pre-defined date (for example: 16 august 2014). Please note, you can do this operation for more than one job simultaneously.


The reason, I’m implementing this change is to avoid unnecessary media (VTL) operations in the most resource intensive time window of the month. The job is executed the first saturday of each month and it takes approx. 1 week to store everything to tape. So in my scenario I will move the job retention to Sunday the 17th of August.


Once done, you will notice the icon in the column changes and the retention period is altered to the defined date.


If you retry the “Retain Job” action, you will notice the name of the menu-item is changed to “Change Retention”.

Thanks for reading!


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