Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

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Re: Restore from Tape

Veeam Logoby UT2015 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:52 am

In 9.5 you will be able to restore a VM only, see tape-f29/feature-request-easier-restore-from-tape-t37619.html

But it will still be impossible to restore a single file, you must restore the complete VM, *very impractical* indeed.

It took us several days to restore a 10kb file, because we always have to restore ~3TB. If it is not clear which restore point actually does contain the valid file, it takes several days...

With our 10-year-old backup solution (physical server) it took minutes :(

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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:40 am

tommmoe wrote:That sounds like how I would expect it to work, maybe I'm doing it wrong?

In version 9.0 it's impossible to restore a particular VM from a backup file. Version 9.5 (that is just around the corner, by the way) will provide you with an ability to perform full VM restore directly from tape without staging all necessary VM backup files in a repository first.

This enhancement should guarantee better restore time.

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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby agrob » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:47 am

but it does still not give the needed Option to restore a single file right out of the offloaded Image backup to tape. if i have a 2 TB Single fileserver i still have to restore the whole 2TB from tape to disk and then browse this vm to restore the single doc or xls or whatever file i need. are there any plans in the near Feature to solve this?

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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:59 am

but it does still not give the needed Option to restore a single file right out of the offloaded Image backup to tape.

Nope, it does not. The priority has been given to direct VM restore from tapes, instead of direct file restore from tapes, due to the reasons stated in the adjacent thread.

are there any plans in the near Feature to solve this?

Not in 9.5. Further plans are yet to be defined.

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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby agrob » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:40 pm

Thanks Vladimir! as disscused in thread you mentoined, for us it is also an important feature to restore single file inside a vmdk directry from tape. hope this is on veeams feature list in the near future. we have from time to time restore requests for data several months old and this data is only present on tape. with our current file backup solution this is not a Problem. but it would be a step backwards with veeam as it is now. we are using veeam in parallel at the Moment but want to replace the traditional backup sw with veeam. but this could be a show stopper...
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:14 pm

Understood. Consider your voice counted.
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby McClane » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:15 pm

Count mine, too.
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby tommmoe » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:09 pm

Thank you to whoever moved my thread here!

I really need to pull my finger our and use the search function better, really excited for 9.5 now!
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:21 am

You're welcome. Should other help be needed, don't hesitate to let us know. Thanks.
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:26 pm

Hi guys,

New 9.5 is out and it allows to restore a single VM from backup on tape directly to your infrastructure bypassing the staging repository! Feel free to test this functionally and let us know how it works for you.

More information regarding new features - Whats new in 9.5
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:03 pm

Seems like it would have been better to add direct guest file restore from tape since that is what's typically needed. Maybe that's just me though.
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby UT2015 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:37 pm

No it's not just you! Single VM restore is nice but actually not that important. Single guest file restore is that's what really important in times of TB-fileserver-VMs...
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:56 pm

Guys,

We understand that file restore from VM on tape is also a very important functionality. We are looking into this feature request.
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby UT2015 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:45 am

Any news on that? Did you discuss this?

For us this is a really important feature, which we are missing (and which our previous backup solution had). We have 6 weeks backed up on disk, files older than that are only on tape. Very regular there are requests from users to restore files older than 6 weeks.

Is there any workaround to avoid restoring the complete fileserver VM?
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Re: Recovery from Tape - Needs major work

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:02 am

Is there any workaround to avoid restoring the complete fileserver VM?

Nope.

Any news on that? Did you discuss this?

It's tracked internally already, but we're too far from next version to provide any comments regarding feature set.

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