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Disable Virtual full

Post by bertdhont » Sep 17, 2019 10:41 am

Hello,

Is there a way to disable virtual full when doing tape offload of a forever forward incremental source job?

I have 2 situations where I would like to disable the virtual full:
First is a case where we do a tape offload of a backup copy job (7 restore points, no GFS restore points).
What I want is Veeam to place the whole chain (1 x VBK + 6 x VIB) on tape.

Second case is a forever forward incremental backup job with 5 restore points (1 full, 4 incrementals).
Here also, I want Veeam to copy that current chain (full + incrementals) to tape, as is!

Reason why I don't want Veeam to create a virtual full on tape, is because tape offload is much slower when creating the virtual full...

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by Dima P. » Sep 17, 2019 11:51 am

Hello Bert,

It's not possible to disable virtual full backup when source job is in forever forward backup mode. Mind me asking what would be the desired tape retention for both cases (any chance tape will become expired before the next tape out)? Thanks!

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by bertdhont » Sep 17, 2019 2:58 pm

Hello Dmitry,

Tape retention is in both cases minimum 3 weeks....

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by soncscy » Sep 18, 2019 4:50 pm 1 person likes this post

Hey Bert,

Why not just do a full File to Tape job in your case? You want the weekly chain each week it sounds, the files are there, so just use File to Tape?

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by Dima P. » Sep 18, 2019 5:27 pm

File to tape sounds like a good workaround for such case, just keep in mind that entire backup chain will be placed to tape every job run due to the backup files being modified.

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by bertdhont » Sep 19, 2019 6:51 am

Ok,
File to tape could be an option, but then I have no trace of what VM's are placed on what tape...

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Re: Disable Virtual full

Post by Dima P. » Sep 20, 2019 2:40 pm

You can see what files are on the tape media via Files node of Veeam B&R console. Will that help? Cheers!

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