Please consider this topic
for the hardlinks solution for reverse incremental mode. Also, this one
might be useful in this case.
BTW, why do you backup remotely first and then rsync back to the site A instead of backing up locally and then syncing offsite? This would take much less bandwidth utilizing the link only once for each backup. Do you have any considerable reasons for such strategy?
Thanks for those links, even through searching the forum on rsync I hadn't come across that. I am still quite undecided as to how to handle the situation. I will have to do some testing and see if I can get hard links working on the share(s) on the QNAP NAS I am backing up to from the Veeam server.
Regarding the way I am backing up - well its not decided as a final solution yet. Currently backing up all production to a SAN on the other side of the network, which is enterprise level, and therefore happy the backed up data is safe. However going forward I would like to backup to the cheaper and more abundant storage on the QNAP NAS. However, this isn't very safe if the hardware failed, so therefore have a 2nd NAS that I want the data replicated to. At the moment, I am thinking it is best to have a backup of the VMs offsite ASAP - therefore backing up to remote NAS, then rsync'ing back to the extra NAS at the same location as the originally backed up VMs. I know it is a bit of a waste, and will re-evaluate once I have some other solutions the direction the backups work - you're right though, backing up locally, then rsync'ing across to remote site would save 1 step over the process compared to the method in my last post!
Going back to those links you gave me, it seems that 1 or 2 guys with QNAP NAS devices ended up looking for the hotfix/reg patch to keep filenames the same... I hope I don't need to do that. I would ideally just like to be able to rsync my entire VM backup job set to remote location, working off syncing only changes into the full reverse incremental VBK file, and not having to rsync the entire VBK all over again!