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Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby mc76 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:20 am

Hi, i have a "forever incremental backup" to NAS with a retention of 28 days.
I need to make a montly backup to tape, on last saturady of month, with the full and all the incremental backup of that month... Can you help me?
Thank you and sorry for my bad english!
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:45 am

Create a backup to tape job, make it process both full and incremental backups, and specify monthly schedule for it (monthy -> Last Saturday). As to media pool settings, setup there retention and media set settings that answer your requirements. Thanks.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:50 am

Hi and welcome to the forums!
If you want to backup VMs to tape, need to schedule Backup to Tape Job to run every day with a Full backup on the last Saturday of each month.
However, if you want to copy backup files to tape, the way to do is File to tape job running Full backup monthly with no increments.
Is your goal to copy backup files to tape or to create VM-to-tape backups? Thanks.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby mc76 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:10 pm

Shestakov wrote:Hi and welcome to the forums!
If you want to backup VMs to tape, need to schedule Backup to Tape Job to run every day with a Full backup on the last Saturday of each month.
However, if you want to copy backup files to tape, the way to do is File to tape job running Full backup monthly with no increments.
Is your goal to copy backup files to tape or to create VM-to-tape backups? Thanks.


thank you, my goal is create vm to tape backup and to preserve the tape on a safe place
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:26 pm

So I would suggest to schedule backup to tape job with both full and incremental backups, pretty much as Vladimir mentioned above in hist post.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby mc76 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:17 am

Shestakov wrote:So I would suggest to schedule backup to tape job with both full and incremental backups, pretty much as Vladimir mentioned above in hist post.
Thanks.


Thanks.
I explain better... My goal is to have monthly 1 .vbk and 27 .vib copied to tape...
I must schedule the backup to tape job everyday or monthly?
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby remko.de.koning » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:03 am

I hope I can jump in as well. I would like to only have the last full of each month to tape. (the grandfather). Unfortunately I am getting all .VBK's that are available that month. How can I specify only the last .VBK?
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:55 am

mc76 wrote:I explain better... My goal is to have monthly 1 .vbk and 27 .vib copied to tape...

Correct, if you schedule the job to run once a month and to copy both increments and Full, all restore points will be copied to the tape.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:53 am

I explain better... My goal is to have monthly 1 .vbk and 27 .vib copied to tape...
I must schedule the backup to tape job everyday or monthly?

It can be either way.

How can I specify only the last .VBK?

There are two ways to achieve that.

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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby remko.de.koning » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:31 pm

How can I specify only the last .VBK?


There are two ways to achieve that.

My apologies, I might be misunderstanding the explanation given in the link. We have reversed incremental backups and every third Monday, Tuesday, etc. we have real fulls of various servers. The last Saturday or Sunday of the month I want to put a full backup to tape. However, I have two full's in the month. One synthetic and one real full.
How does one configure to only backup the latest .vbk to tape? Now it always takes both .vbk files.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:53 pm

Got it. In this case, a files to tape job with a PS script (that sets the latest .vbk as job source) specified as a pre-job command seems like the way to go.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby remko.de.koning » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:38 am

Thanks, but..... how does one go about doing this? What happened to the regular GFS backup schedules?
I've heard that Veeam has made some powerfull Powershell add-ons but I have never played with these.
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Re: Backup to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:15 am

What happened to the regular GFS backup schedules?

GFS retention is currently available for backup copy jobs, but you seem to be using backup job as a source for tape job. So, I'm not sure what GFS you're talking about.

I've heard that Veeam has made some powerfull Powershell add-ons but I have never played with these.

We do have PowerShell snap-in, using which you can automate variety of VB&R activities. Feel free to create a new thread in corresponding subforum in case you need assistance with scripting.

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