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Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby auser42 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:19 pm

I have backup copy jobs running offsite with 30 restore points each. I want to get the latest backups from the last day of the month, and start running them to tape on the 1st.

I upgraded to v9 set a tape job:
full backup: Schedule > Monthly on This day > Last.
Schedule(Run this job) Monthly > This day > 1.

What I got were tapes with restore points all over the place starting back from the begging of last month. I assume these are actually the dates with the actual first full backup.

What did I do wrong?
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Re: Controller what date Veeam backs up

Veeam Logoby PTide » Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:51 pm

Hi,

I just want to make sure that I got it right:

I want to get the latest backups from the last day of the month, and start running them to tape on the 1st.
Last day of the month (January for example):

29th increment is produced by backup copy on the 31st of January. Now you have Full backup from the 2nd of January + 29 increments.

First day of February:

Tape Job kicks off and places full backup containing VMs' state from the 31st of January and that's it - just one full goes to the tape once in 30 days.

Is that what you want to achieve? Please elaborate.

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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby auser42 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:12 pm

That is all correct. Two things:
I want 30 days of backup copy on disk.
I want the 31st (or last day of the month) to go to tape.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby PTide » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:57 am

Then you need to setup full backup as Monthly on This day > Last (you've already done it). Also you need to uncheck "Archive incremental backups to tape" so only last month's full goes to tape. Unfortunately there is a known bug in that part of configuration so in order to make it work you need to contact our support team so they can provide you with a private fix (will be included in Patch 1).

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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:24 am

By the way, there is a Tape Backups report in Veeam ONE which shows what restore points are written on each tape.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby McClane » Tue May 03, 2016 7:00 am

Also in the free version? At the moment that's the only thing that interests me in Veeam One, since B&R is missing the "feature" that tells me what is on the tapes, but that alone does not justify the investment.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue May 03, 2016 10:57 am

Veeam ONE Free does not feature this report.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby McClane » Tue May 03, 2016 10:59 am

Sadly. I am still finding a way to get the information via powershell, but I think some essentials are not (yet) implemented. I will try to get it out of the database directly.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue May 03, 2016 11:02 am

You can ask for help with your PowerShell finding in the corresponding subforum.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby McClane » Tue May 03, 2016 11:42 am

Already did, but no resolution so far. I dug through the SQL Database and found all relevant information I need. But putting that together for a nice report will take some time. I few commands to get all tapes that contain the latest full backup and all incrementals to a specific date for a specfic tape jop would be awesome.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby PTide » Tue May 03, 2016 12:16 pm

Hi,

A few commands to get all tapes that contain the latest full backup and all incrementals to a specific date for a specfic tape jop would be awesome
I believe that this thread might be useful, please take a look.

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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby McClane » Tue May 03, 2016 12:18 pm

It was till version 8, since Find-VBRTapeCatalog is not obsolete and no substitute is there (yet I hope).
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Wed May 04, 2016 9:09 am

McClane wrote:Sadly. I am still finding a way to get the information via powershell, but I think some essentials are not (yet) implemented. I will try to get it out of the database directly.

There are lots of useful features both in Monitor and Reporter. You may want to check trial version.
Thanks!
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby McClane » Wed May 04, 2016 9:45 am

can I use the reports for powershell scripting? if not, I don't need the software. also, we have reporting and monitoring tools already. makes no sense to pay for an additional product to get information that is essential for a backup program. I really hate these aggressive marketing and product announcements and that will drive me away from an quite useful tool. I tried veeam one already and decided that it's not needed form us. and we don't pay a few
thousand euros per year for just backup reports.
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Re: Controll what date is backed up to tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Wed May 04, 2016 9:54 am

I`m neither salesman nor marketing guy, just suggested you a workaround.
Surely nothing stops you from using scripts instead of hardcoded reports.
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