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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by david.matthewson » Nov 27, 2018 1:48 pm

Hi - not so much an answer as a request for help with running PS scripts to manage the Free version.

I've been using one of Vladimar's sample scripts to backup a few VMs on a dev system and it works well. I have now copied the script and and trying to use it on a home lab, but it fails. The versions of B&R seem to be the same - 9.5.0..1922.

The script returns these errors:

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PS C:\Scripts\Veeam> C:\Scripts\Veeam\WM-WM-DC01.ps1
Find-VBRViEntity : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Server'. The argument is null. Provide a valid value 
for the argument, and then try running the command again.
At C:\Scripts\Veeam\WM-WM-DC01.ps1:76 char:48
+   $VM = Find-VBRViEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
+                                                ~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Find-VBRViEntity], ParameterBindingValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Veeam.Backup.PowerShell.Cmdlets.FindVBRViEntity
 
Start-VBRZip : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Entity'. The argument is null. Provide a valid value for 
the argument, and then try running the command again.
At C:\Scripts\Veeam\WM-WM-DC01.ps1:86 char:40
+     $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compre ...
+                                        ~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Start-VBRZip], ParameterBindingValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Veeam.Backup.PowerShell.Cmdlets.StartVBRZip
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and the script looks like this - which is, I think, 'standard' apart from the variable values.

# Author: Vladimir Eremin
# Created Date: 3/24/2015
# http://forums.veeam.com/member31097.html
# 

##################################################################
#                   User Defined Variables
##################################################################

# Names of VMs to backup separated by comma (Mandatory). For instance, $VMNames = “VM1”,”VM2”
$VMNames = "WM-DC01"

# Name of vCenter or standalone host VMs to backup reside on (Mandatory)
$HostName = "LL-ESX01.IMCUK.net"

# Directory that VM backups should go to (Mandatory; for instance, C:\Backup)
$Directory = "\\NAS-02\DiskImages\imcuk\Veeam\WM-DC01"

# Desired compression level (Optional; Possible values: 0 - None, 4 - Dedupe-friendly, 5 - Optimal, 6 - High, 9 - Extreme) 
$CompressionLevel = "5"

# Quiesce VM when taking snapshot (Optional; VMware Tools are required; Possible values: $True/$False)
$EnableQuiescence = $False

# Protect resulting backup with encryption key (Optional; $True/$False)
$EnableEncryption = $False

# Encryption Key (Optional; path to a secure string)
$EncryptionKey = ""

# Retention settings (Optional; By default, VeeamZIP files are not removed and kept in the specified location for an indefinite period of time. 
# Possible values: Never , Tonight, TomorrowNight, In3days, In1Week, In2Weeks, In1Month)
$Retention = "TomorrowNight"

##################################################################
#                   Notification Settings
##################################################################

# Enable notification (Optional)
$EnableNotification = $False

# Email SMTP server
$SMTPServer = "wm-ap01.imcuk.net"

# Email FROM
$EmailFrom = "alerts@IMCUK.net" 

# Email TO
$EmailTo = "alerts@IMCUK.net"

# Email subject
$EmailSubject = "WM Veeam Backup"

##################################################################
#                   Email formatting 
##################################################################

$style = "<style>BODY{font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;}"
$style = $style + "TABLE{border: 1px solid black; border-collapse: collapse;}"
$style = $style + "TH{border: 1px solid black; background: #dddddd; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "TD{border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "</style>"

##################################################################
#                   End User Defined Variables
##################################################################

#################### DO NOT MODIFY PAST THIS LINE ################
Asnp VeeamPSSnapin

$Server = Get-VBRServer -name $HostName
$MesssagyBody = @()

foreach ($VMName in $VMNames)
{
  $VM = Find-VBRViEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
  
  If ($EnableEncryption)
  {
    $EncryptionKey = Add-VBREncryptionKey -Password (cat $EncryptionKey | ConvertTo-SecureString)
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention -EncryptionKey $EncryptionKey
  }
  
  Else 
  {
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention
  }
  
  If ($EnableNotification) 
  {
    $TaskSessions = $ZIPSession.GetTaskSessions().logger.getlog().updatedrecords
    $FailedSessions =  $TaskSessions | where {$_.status -eq "EWarning" -or $_.Status -eq "EFailed"}
  
  if ($FailedSessions -ne $Null)
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={$FailedSessions.Title}})
  }
   
  Else
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={($TaskSessions | sort creationtime -Descending | select -first 1).Title}})
  }
  
  }   
}
If ($EnableNotification)
{
$Message = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage $EmailFrom, $EmailTo
$Message.Subject = $EmailSubject
$Message.IsBodyHTML = $True
$message.Body = $MesssagyBody | ConvertTo-Html -head $style | Out-String
$SMTP = New-Object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPServer)
$SMTP.Send($Message)
}

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esx is S 5.5, names are 'pingable' and the jobs run fine 'by hand' via the B&R GUI, but fail under PS.

What am I doing wrong pls!??

Thanks

David

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Nov 27, 2018 2:26 pm

Kindly, check the answers provided previously. The root cause for the issue experienced has been covered multiple times already. Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by david.matthewson » Nov 27, 2018 5:55 pm

Thanks for the prompt reply. I can't test this out right now as a long GUI test backup is running currently but I tried another (simpler) script of yours ..

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$VMName = "Name of your VM"
$HostName = "Name of ESXi or vCenter server"
$Directory = "Name of target directory"
$Server = Get-VBRServer -name $HostName
$Server
$VM = Find-VBRViEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
$VM
Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory
and that worked fine.

I suspect perhaps that the Veeam snapin was not being loaded - Asnp VeeamPSSnapin.

I'll fully test this later tonight - many thanks.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Nov 28, 2018 12:06 pm

The message above suggests that $Server variable has not been assigned properly. Make sure vCenter or ESXi host VMs reside on is added to a backup console and you refer to it within a code, using the exact same name (as the one under which it's added to a backup console). Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by david.matthewson » Nov 28, 2018 12:23 pm

Doh! Total idiot that I am.. yes, of course you are 100% correct. I had been 'clever' and specified the FQDN as in servername.com instead of EXACTLY what the GUI inventory was showing me - viz: 'servername'

Change that and it all works - thanks again for your help and a brilliant product.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Nov 28, 2018 12:34 pm

You're welcome. Should other help with scripting be needed, don't hesitate to reach me. Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by david.matthewson » Nov 29, 2018 1:23 pm 1 person likes this post

Much appreciated - fantastic support!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Dec 03, 2018 9:33 pm

I have a couple of Hyper-V VMs that were getting skipped over. The email notification was reporting success for them, however.

When I looked closer, I noticed that the VMs being skipped have brackets in their names. Example:

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Windows 7 Test [2015]
Windows 7 Test [2018]
When I manually run Find-VBRHvEntity, nothing is returned. Example:

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Find-VBRHvEntity -Name 'Windows 7 Test [2018]' -Server HYPERVHOST.domain.local
So, it looks like the brackets are indeed causing an issue.

I was able to work-around by changing the line:

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$VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
to

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$VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Server $Server | Where {$_.Name -eq $VMName}

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Dec 04, 2018 11:08 am

You're spot on - name parameter processes incorrectly string that contains brackets. Thank you for updating the topic with the found resolution; appreciated!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Dec 04, 2018 7:48 pm

It really bothered me that the email was showing success for the skipped VMs. I only found this because I reviewed the vhdx files and noticed that the corresponding rct files had never been created. It could have been bad if this had been discovered due to a need to recover.

To resolve, I edited the script to detect additional failure scenarios..

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...
$FailedSessions = $TaskSessions | where {$_.status -eq "EWarning" -or $_.Status -eq "EFailed"}

if ($vm -eq $Null)
  {
    $resultFields = [Ordered]@{
        "Name" = $VMName
        "Start Time" = Get-Date
        "End Time" = Get-Date
        "Result" = "Failed"
        "Details" = "VM not found"}

    $MesssagyBody += New-Object PSObject -Prop $resultFields
  }
  elseif ($TaskSessions -eq $Null)
  {
    $resultFields = [Ordered]@{
        "Name" = $VMName
        "Start Time" = Get-Date
        "End Time" = Get-Date
        "Result" = "Failed"
        "Details" = "Task failure"}

    $MesssagyBody += New-Object PSObject -Prop $resultFields
  }
  elseif ($FailedSessions -ne $Null)
  {
...

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Dec 05, 2018 11:17 am

VMs that literally cannot be processed (unsupported type, invalid disk type, etc.) are skipped from backup and replication jobs.

Such behaviour is not considered exceptional, thus, no excessive errors are generated. The report just takes this information from backup server without applying additional logic.

Thank you, though, for taking time to update the script and posting the modified version here; appreciated!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Dec 05, 2018 8:48 pm

Non-exceptional is one thing. But, in my case the VMs not being backed up were in the email report with a Success status as if they were. The extra logic I added actually handles some cases when the backup server cannot be queried for the status.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Dec 06, 2018 9:44 am

There are three task statuses: success, warning and failure. VM being skipped from processing for obvious reasons such as incompatible type or similar is not considered exceptional behaviour. Thus, neither warning nor error is generated.

Anyway, the script is provided as a courtesy, and is not supported by Veeam Technical Support. So, feel free to modify in accordance with your needs and desires.

Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Dec 06, 2018 2:54 pm 1 person likes this post

Definitely appreciated the script. It was much easier to get going with something to start off with.

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Script fails when multiple vms specified

Post by daystrom » Jan 01, 2019 9:26 pm

I'm creating a new ps script to backup 3 vms. However the script fails. If I use only one vm name it works?

the basics:
$VMNames = "at-dc","at-apps","tenbob"
$HostName = "at-vh"

when I step through the code I get these

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PS C:\Windows\system32> foreach ($VMName in $VMNames)
Missing statement body in foreach loop.
    + CategoryInfo          : ParserError: (:) [], ParentContainsErrorRecordException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : MissingForeachStatement
 

PS C:\Windows\system32>   $VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
Find-VBRHvEntity : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Name'. The argument is null or empty. Provide an argument that is not null or empty, and then try the command again.
At line:1 char:32
+   $VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
+                                ~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Find-VBRHvEntity], ParameterBindingValidationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Veeam.Backup.PowerShell.Cmdlets.FindVBRHvEntity

I can make do with three separate scripts for, one for each vm, but I'd still like to know how to get the multi vm script to work as it should. 

Full script:

# Author: Vladimir Eremin
# Created Date: 3/24/2015
# http://forums.veeam.com/member31097.html
# 

# modified from VeeamZIP (HV).ps1
 
##################################################################
#                   User Defined Variables
##################################################################

# Names of VMs to backup separated by comma (Mandatory). For instance, $VMNames = “VM1”,”VM2”
$VMNames = "at-dc" #,"at-apps","tenbob"

# Name of vCenter or standalone host VMs to backup reside on (Mandatory)
$HostName = "at-vh"

# Directory that VM backups should go to (Mandatory; for instance, C:\Backup)
$Directory = "e:\veeam vm images"

# Desired compression level (Optional; Possible values: 0 - None, 4 - Dedupe-friendly, 5 - Optimal, 6 - High, 9 - Extreme) 
$CompressionLevel = "5"

# Quiesce VM when taking snapshot (Optional; VMware Tools are required; Possible values: $True/$False)
$EnableQuiescence = $False

# Protect resulting backup with encryption key (Optional; $True/$False)
$EnableEncryption = $False

# Encryption Key (Optional; path to a secure string)
$EncryptionKey = ""

# Retention settings (Optional; By default, VeeamZIP files are not removed and kept in the specified location for an indefinite period of time. 
# Possible values: Never , Tonight, TomorrowNight, In3days, In1Week, In2Weeks, In1Month)
$Retention = "In1Week"

##################################################################
#                   Notification Settings
##################################################################

# Enable notification (Optional)
$EnableNotification = $False

# Email SMTP server
$SMTPServer = ""

# Email FROM
$EmailFrom = "" 

# Email TO
$EmailTo = ""

# Email subject
$EmailSubject = ""

##################################################################
#                   Email formatting 
##################################################################

$style = "<style>BODY{font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;}"
$style = $style + "TABLE{border: 1px solid black; border-collapse: collapse;}"
$style = $style + "TH{border: 1px solid black; background: #dddddd; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "TD{border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "</style>"

##################################################################
#                   End User Defined Variables
##################################################################

#################### DO NOT MODIFY PAST THIS LINE ################
Asnp VeeamPSSnapin

$Server = Get-VBRServer -name $HostName
$MesssagyBody = @()

foreach ($VMName in $VMNames)
{
  $VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
  
  If ($EnableEncryption)
  {
    $EncryptionKey = Add-VBREncryptionKey -Password (cat $EncryptionKey | ConvertTo-SecureString)
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention -EncryptionKey $EncryptionKey
  }
  
  Else 
  {
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention
  }
  
  If ($EnableNotification) 
  {
    $TaskSessions = $ZIPSession.GetTaskSessions().logger.getlog().updatedrecords
    $FailedSessions =  $TaskSessions | where {$_.status -eq "EWarning" -or $_.Status -eq "EFailed"}
  
  if ($FailedSessions -ne $Null)
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={$FailedSessions.Title}})
  }
   
  Else
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={($TaskSessions | sort creationtime -Descending | select -first 1).Title}})
  }
  
  }   
}
If ($EnableNotification)
{
$Message = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage $EmailFrom, $EmailTo
$Message.Subject = $EmailSubject
$Message.IsBodyHTML = $True
$message.Body = $MesssagyBody | ConvertTo-Html -head $style | Out-String
$SMTP = New-Object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPServer)
$SMTP.Send($Message)
}

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Re: Script fails when multiple vms specified

Post by jhoughes » Jan 01, 2019 9:33 pm

Delete the line return at the end of your foreach statements.

You have this:

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foreach ($VMName in $VMNames)
{
Change it to this instead:

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foreach ($VMName in $VMNames){
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Re: Script fails when multiple vms specified

Post by daystrom » Jan 01, 2019 9:54 pm

Thanks that did it. The error seems to be in the original script, I just checked?

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Jan 02, 2019 5:08 pm

For me it works even with the original structure. And if it didn't work, I would have got numerous complains already (given the number of downloads). Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Jan 02, 2019 6:45 pm

Try this alternate way of specifying the VMs:

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$VMNames = @()
$VMNames += "at-dc"
$VMNames += "at-apps"
$VMNames += "tenbob"

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by Sebastian M » Jan 07, 2019 8:07 am

can someone pls help me i have been struggling on this problem for some time and i cant figure out what the problem is? im using this script

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# Author: Vladimir Eremin
# Created Date: 3/24/2015
# http://forums.veeam.com/member31097.html
# 

##################################################################
#                   User Defined Variables
##################################################################

# Names of VMs to backup separated by comma (Mandatory). For instance, $VMNames = “VM1”,”VM2”
$VMNames = "Win_2016_test_backup"

# Name of vCenter or standalone host VMs to backup reside on (Mandatory)
$HostName = "192.168.17.128"

# Directory that VM backups should go to (Mandatory; for instance, C:\Backup)
$Directory = "C:/backup"

# Desired compression level (Optional; Possible values: 0 - None, 4 - Dedupe-friendly, 5 - Optimal, 6 - High, 9 - Extreme) 
$CompressionLevel = "5"

# Quiesce VM when taking snapshot (Optional; VMware Tools are required; Possible values: $True/$False)
$EnableQuiescence = $false

# Protect resulting backup with encryption key (Optional; $True/$False)
$EnableEncryption = $false

# Encryption Key (Optional; path to a secure string)
$EncryptionKey = ""

# Retention settings (Optional; By default, VeeamZIP files are not removed and kept in the specified location for an indefinite period of time. 
# Possible values: Never , Tonight, TomorrowNight, In3days, In1Week, In2Weeks, In1Month)
$Retention = "In1Week"

##################################################################
#                   Notification Settings
##################################################################

# Enable notification (Optional)
$EnableNotification = $False

# Email SMTP server
$SMTPServer = ""

# Email FROM
$EmailFrom = "" 

# Email TO
$EmailTo = ""

# Email subject
$EmailSubject = ""

##################################################################
#                   Email formatting 
##################################################################

$style = "<style>BODY{font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;}"
$style = $style + "TABLE{border: 1px solid black; border-collapse: collapse;}"
$style = $style + "TH{border: 1px solid black; background: #dddddd; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "TD{border: 1px solid black; padding: 5px; }"
$style = $style + "</style>"

##################################################################
#                   End User Defined Variables
##################################################################

#################### DO NOT MODIFY PAST THIS LINE ################
Asnp VeeamPSSnapin

$Server = Get-VBRServer -name $HostName
$MesssagyBody = @()

foreach ($VMName in $VMNames)
{
  $VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
  
  If ($EnableEncryption)
  {
    $EncryptionKey = Add-VBREncryptionKey -Password (cat $EncryptionKey | ConvertTo-SecureString)
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention -EncryptionKey $EncryptionKey
  }
  
  Else 
  {
    $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compression $CompressionLevel -DisableQuiesce:(!$EnableQuiescence) -AutoDelete $Retention
  }
  
  If ($EnableNotification) 
  {
    $TaskSessions = $ZIPSession.GetTaskSessions().logger.getlog().updatedrecords
    $FailedSessions =  $TaskSessions | where {$_.status -eq "EWarning" -or $_.Status -eq "EFailed"}
  
  if ($FailedSessions -ne $Null)
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={$FailedSessions.Title}})
  }
   
  Else
  {
    $MesssagyBody = $MesssagyBody + ($ZIPSession | Select-Object @{n="Name";e={($_.name).Substring(0, $_.name.LastIndexOf("("))}} ,@{n="Start Time";e={$_.CreationTime}},@{n="End Time";e={$_.EndTime}},Result,@{n="Details";e={($TaskSessions | sort creationtime -Descending | select -first 1).Title}})
  }
  
  }   
}
If ($EnableNotification)
{
$Message = New-Object System.Net.Mail.MailMessage $EmailFrom, $EmailTo
$Message.Subject = $EmailSubject
$Message.IsBodyHTML = $True
$message.Body = $MesssagyBody | ConvertTo-Html -head $style | Out-String
$SMTP = New-Object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($SMTPServer)
$SMTP.Send($Message)
}

And im getting these errors


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Find-VBRHvEntity : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Server'. The argument is null. Provide
a valid value for the argument, and then try running the command again.
At line:3 char:48
+   $VM = Find-VBRHvEntity -Name $VMName -Server $Server
+                                                ~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Find-VBRHvEntity], ParameterBindingValidationExce
   ption
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Veeam.Backup.PowerShell.Cmdlets.Fi
   ndVBRHvEntity

Start-VBRZip : Cannot validate argument on parameter 'Entity'. The argument is null. Provide a
valid value for the argument, and then try running the command again.
At line:13 char:40
+     $ZIPSession = Start-VBRZip -Entity $VM -Folder $Directory -Compre ...
+                                        ~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Start-VBRZip], ParameterBindingValidationExceptio
   n
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationError,Veeam.Backup.PowerShell.Cmdlets.St
   artVBRZip

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by jhoughes » Jan 07, 2019 1:47 pm

PowerShell is saying that you don't have anything in your 'Server' variable to pass into Find-VBRHvEntity.
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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Jan 07, 2019 3:15 pm

And the $Server variable is populated based on the $HostName variable, which contains an IP address. I wonder if IP addresses are not supported and an actual host name is required.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by jhoughes » Jan 07, 2019 3:22 pm

You need to get the server object itself first, as it is registered with Veeam. It's not a direct query against a host, so it needs to match the server name that you used to connect it within Veeam.

This is the cmdlet that is being run to populate the Server variable, you could run it first with no parameters to return all valid results to determine which you are targeting as the value for the -Server parameter:
https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... tml?ver=95
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[MERGED] Exclude several virtual disks from processing

Post by maksim_andreev » Feb 27, 2019 8:33 am

Good afternoon dear experts!
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Help me please I'd appreciate it.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Feb 27, 2019 3:44 pm

You cannot exclude certain disks from VeeamZIP backup. Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Feb 27, 2019 3:56 pm

Maksim,

Your best bet might to be remove the select VMs from the script and try creating a separate backup job through the GUI for them.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Feb 27, 2019 4:05 pm

Should work fine. Just so you know starting from Update 4 instead of Free Edition we provide Community Edition with 10 Standard instances included, which means you can protect up to 10 VMs via backup or replication jobs and continue protecting any number VMs via VeeamZIP. Thanks!

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by maksim_andreev » Mar 04, 2019 12:00 pm

Thanks you! If the script can not be changed, then we will create the task through the graphic interface veeam backup & replication 9.5 update 4.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by veremin » Mar 05, 2019 2:37 pm

It's not about the script being unchangeable, but more about VeeamZIP functionality not being able to exclude certain disks from processing.

To achieve that you should create backup jobs either manually or automatically via PowerShell.

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Re: Start-VBRZip in Veeam Backup Free Edition

Post by mkaec » Mar 05, 2019 10:14 pm 2 people like this post

Before 9.5U4, the answer to the question would have been simple -- "Can't do it."

Now you can thanks to 9.5U4 including limited free full functionality. But the PowerShell script is based on the older free functionality that cannot exclude disks.

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