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Full Backup to Tape from most recent Backup job

Post by elvbr » Sep 03, 2019 9:02 am

Hi.
I am using VBR 9.5 U4a.
My current backup jobs are configured to retain 14 points forward incremental on disk, with 1 weekly synthetic full, and 1 monthly active full.
Each Friday morning, I am running a Backup to Tape job which is supposed to pickup the *latest* backup files from each job.
I've noticed that if, for example, Synthetic Full took place on Monday, and then the following Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday were incremental backups, then the Backup to Tape job would take the backup from Monday, which is very bad.
I would like to know:
1. is this the situation for both Synthetic and Active full backups?
2. how can I set VBR so that I'm always 100% sure that Backup to Tape takes the most recent backup file into the tape? do I need to give up the concept of Full backups entirely? and then rely on a forever forward Incremental, thus leveraging the "Virtual Full" backup to tape feature?

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Re: Full Backup to Tape from most recent Backup job

Post by Shestakov » Sep 03, 2019 10:07 am

Hi elvbr,
Does the tape backup job copy only Monday backup in your case?
Does the job targeted to GFS or Regular Media Pool?
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Re: Full Backup to Tape from most recent Backup job

Post by elvbr » Sep 03, 2019 10:34 am

Hi Shestakov.
The tape backup job only copies the Monday backup, in the example I gave.
I am not using GFS. I am only using a Regular Media Pool.

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Re: Full Backup to Tape from most recent Backup job

Post by Shestakov » Sep 03, 2019 2:33 pm

When the tape job backs up the forward incremental chain to tape, it creates a copy of the disk backup chain.
If in your case the tape job doesn't copy incremental backups, it's not an expected behavior and I would recommend to contact Veeam support.
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