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Historical Backups to tape

Post by PapaJim10 » Mar 06, 2019 4:57 pm

I currently have several backup jobs running to repositories. I now have several months of backups. Now I need to take several End of Month backups and put to tape. I only need one Full Backup per month to tape for archival backups. How best to take historical backups to tape. I considered a file to tape job for the .vbk file but this does not catalog the the VM that's is in the vbk file. Any suggestion is welcome including PowerShell scripting. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Historical Backups to tape

Post by veremin » Mar 06, 2019 5:24 pm

Using file to tape job seems to be the only option here. Thanks!

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Re: Historical Backups to tape

Post by PapaJim10 » Mar 06, 2019 7:09 pm

Below is a partial list of a directory contents. The job that created these files is set for recommended incremental backups. In order to capture the 12/31/2018 state of these machines and put to tape, I will need to capture the 12/29 vbk file and 12/30, 12/31 vib files. Is that correct. Is there any need or advantage to capture the vbm file to tape? As stated in the previous comment, this will have to be done using the copy file to tape feature.

-a---- 12/29/2018 9:13 PM 1367719608320 Production ServersD2018-12-29T190135.vbk
-a---- 12/30/2018 6:28 PM 161484374016 Production ServersD2018-12-30T180056.vib
-a---- 12/31/2018 6:20 PM 65827438592 Production ServersD2018-12-31T180053.vib
-a---- 1/1/2019 6:31 PM 184822857728 Production ServersD2019-01-01T180053.vib
-a---- 1/2/2019 6:21 PM 63442518016 Production ServersD2019-01-02T180055.vib
-a---- 1/3/2019 6:33 PM 176175185920 Production ServersD2019-01-03T180059.vib
-a---- 1/4/2019 6:23 PM 77349978112 Production ServersD2019-01-04T180050.vib
-a---- 1/5/2019 8:26 PM 1323396038656 Production ServersD2019-01-05T184747.vbk

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Re: Historical Backups to tape

Post by veremin » Mar 07, 2019 5:21 pm

Correct, you will need to archive previous .vib and .vbk files the 12/31/2018 file depends on.

As your .vbm file describes not only previous part of the chain (that you want to have on tapes), but also the part of the chain that won't be copied to tapes, it doesn't make a lot of sense to get it archived.

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Re: Historical Backups to tape

Post by kentsu » Mar 14, 2019 3:59 pm

I was about to open a new thread about the same issue I am facing. I have two VBR servers which both had its own tape library. For reasons I not opening here one VBR server was relocated toa nother site without the tape library, without thinking any further I have now piled up about 7 months of monthlies, weeklies and dailies of multiple jobs imagining it would be a trivial task to generate Full monthlies to tape out of this set of restore points.
On this help it is described the question being asked when I create a new tape job. I was expecting this to produce help me in this situation. "Should the latest or all existing chains be copied on first run?" I answered All. Still only the latest backup restore point is copied.
I was expecting the tape job to produce monthlies based on the tape job schedule options or based on the media pool settings on first run after such a question. Could someone please explain what the different end result is based on what you answer on this question?
https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... l?ver=95u4

This particular example I am working on is a backup copy of 7 Agent backups to another site. Oldest full is on 2nd of November. The copy job then has weekly incrementals to this date.
Of this set of restore points I want Monthly fulls copied to tape.
I could export individual restore points of each agent from the backup copy but the export will become an imported backup which cannot be chosen as a source on tape job. Should I create an own repo for these exported restore points and then choose the repo as source? Would this produce the wanted result?

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