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Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Software

Veeam Logoby intekular » Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:49 pm

Hi,

I store my Veeam backup repositories on external Exagrid units and then use another product to back that up to tape. Due to the large amount of data (nearly 20tb) the backup to tape job runs for several days and my nightly Veeam jobs make changes to these data volumes meaning the tape job runs even longer.

Is there a recommended set of required files that can be backed up rather than the full+incremental chains? I currently keep 25 copies, weekly full, and incrementals on all other days. The backup to tape job is only for archival purposes.

Thanks.
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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:52 pm

Am I understanding right, you copy the entire chain (full + all the increments) each time? Why not copy just the newly created backup files each day?
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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:52 pm

Also, if you want to copy just the latest full backup, instead of full chain, the following workarounds might be useful: first, second. Thanks.
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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby intekular » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:36 pm

Hi,

I am only wanting to copy the last full backup to tape at the end of each month. It looks like I just need the other backup software to look for the latest .vbk file and send that to tape.

Would that be a correct statement?

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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:58 pm

You can try to use Veeam B&R (with one of the workarounds suggested by Vladimir) for tape backups.
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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby intekular » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:35 pm

Thank you. I found a work around that works for me. Just requires some scripting with the other backup software.
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Re: Optimizing Tape Backup Jobs with External Backup Softwar

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:44 am

Just out of curiosity - the abovementioned workarounds didn't answer your requirements for some reason and you decided to stick to different tape backup software? Thanks.
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