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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon May 04, 2015 9:16 pm

Steen,
In the described solution you will have one spare backup in the weekly media pool, but since it will be overwritten, I guess, that should not cause a huge tape overrun.
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[MERGED] Backup to tape: retention

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:57 pm

Hi,

I'm asked to backup (full) to tape a repository with this backup policy:


- weekly backup has to be kept one month
- monthly backup has to be kept 2 years
- the January and June backups have to be kept indefinitely

I don't know where to start.
Will I have to create multiple media pools, different jobs ?
How to deal with "retention"/externalization especially for the January and June backups ?
How to proceed if I'm asked to restore the backup of January 2017 for instance ?

Thanks !!!
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:59 pm

Hi Eric,

I would recommended to create 3 media pools and 3 backup to tape jobs writing backups there as described above in the topic:
Create a media pool called “Weekly” with retention period equal to 4 or 5 weeks.
Create a backup to tape job called “Weekly” and point to the “Weekly” media pool and schedule it to run on weekly basis.

Create a media pool called “Monthly” with retention period equal to 24 months.
Create a backup to tape job called “Monthly” and point to the “Monthly” media pool and schedule it to run on monthly basis.

Create a media pool called “Infinite” with retention period with "Never overwrite data" option.
Create a backup to tape job called “Infinite” and point to the “Infinite” media pool and schedule it to run only in January and June.

EBoucq wrote:How to proceed if I'm asked to restore the backup of January 2017 for instance ?

Depending what kind of restore you need. In general just follow the tape restore wizard.

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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:04 pm

Hi Nikita,

Thanks A LOT for your answer !


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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:18 pm

You are very welcome Eric.
Once you have a question don`t hesitate asking!
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:51 pm

Hi Nikita,

Since you nicely offered your help if I had another question... :-)

I'm trying to setup my first backup to tape job.
I just want to run it once a month (first monday for instance) with a 24 months retention.
I'm confused because I feel like there's 2 schedules to set in the job wizard: the full backup schedule and the job schedule itself.

What am I supposed to do ?
Thank you.

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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:23 pm

Hi Eric,

If you want the job to make only fulls once a month, choose not to process incremental backups and schedule the job to run when desired in the "Schedule" step.

"Retention" for tapes is a tapes` protection period. Set it equal to 24 months to protect tapes from overwriting. Thanks!
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:53 pm

So the "full backup schedule" option doesn't count ?
Ok !

Thanks again for your quick answer Nikita !
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:31 pm

It counts if you need a virtual full backup on exact day. If you schedule the source job to run on the same days, you don`t need that tape schedule, however, if source and tape jobs schedules are different and you need a full backup on tape on that exact day, you can set virtual full the option to get the full backup.

Saying it in 20 words: in "Full" schedule you choose full of what day you need, on the "schedule" step you choose when to run the job.
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:52 am

Thanks !!
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:17 am

You are welcome once again, Eric :)
Keep in mind that you need to plan backup job and back-to-tape jobs` scheduling properly to avoid excessive backups on the tapes.
If you need help, let me know
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:37 am 1 person likes this post

Hi guys,
Native GFS is coming in v9. Stay tuned and check the blogpost for more details Enterprise Enhancements in v9: ROBO and Tape
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:13 pm

Hi guys,

Me again :-)
I'm trying to set up a backup to tape monthly job with a 24 month retention policy. Of course, I won't have enough tapes in my library for that so I'm wondering how Veeam will deal with that when I'll be running out of free tapes before the 24 months since it won't be able to overwrite the tapes.
Do I have to eject the tapes manually and put new free ones or Veeam will tell me what to do ? I'm lost...
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:46 pm

Hi Eric,
If all tapes will be protected from overwriting when backup-to-tape job starts, it will give you an alert that no tapes are available for writing. So you need to load more tapes.
What is your main concern on it?
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Re: GFS to Tape

Veeam Logoby EBoucq » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:54 pm

Nikita,

I realize this was some kind of dumb question :-)
My concerns are:

1°) When and how will I know to insert back the tapes after the 24th month since they won't be protected anymore ?
2°) If I need to restore a backup to disk and I need one of the tapes that I had to take out of the tape robot, will Veeam tell him what tapes to insert ?

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