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Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:41 pm

Currently I have a few backup jobs that are duplicated to tape once they complete. The source jobs are using the forever incremental method and the tape job is set to create a synthetic full on Fridays. This has been working ok for a few weeks now, but now I have unexpected behavior. Typically, my main tape job finishes and around 1.8TB has been transferred. As of now, this tape job is still running (ran out of tape space), and it only about 54% complete and has transferred 2.5TB already. I dont know what is going on, but it appears to be processing more backup files than usual and is running extremely slow. Any ideas on what is going or why this has happened? Just let me know if any more information is needed. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:10 pm

What do session details show for this job?
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:41 pm

Well, the first three lines have "Modified storage **** added to backup list." Then it says "Synthesized VBK file will be added instead of storage 2015-06-05**.vib. Then there are four more "Modified storage added" messages, then "New Storage ***.vbk added," and then another Modified Storage added entry. Typically, these entries are not listed during a job; it usually just says Synthesized vbk will be added" and "Creating synthesized vbk." Not sure what caused all this modified storage entries and the entry for the new vbk. Hope this makes sense...
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:44 pm

Hello krogerss,

Could you please clarify are you up-to-date with the latest build 8.0.0.2029 - Update 2a? Thanks
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:55 pm

I'm actually on version 8.0.0.2021.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:18 pm

This tape job ran again last night as scheduled, however, it created another synthetic full. This time it wasn't as problematic and was about the normal size. I don't know why it did another full backup though...
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:51 pm

Regarding this post, I'm just going to open a case. In the meantime, I'm going to change my jobs so that synthetic fulls are not created on tape as I have no confidence in this method right now.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:48 pm

Thank you for the heads up! Can you please clarify its creating additional virtual full backup on tape or the size of the backup file itself is unpredictably large? In addition please post here the case ID for tracking purposes.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:28 pm

Yeah, it shows a vbk on tape. Case # is 00937841. Thanks.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby Meyercord » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:48 pm

Have you made any progress on your case? I am having a similar issue where writing 4.5 TB of data is using around 8TB when copied to tape
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby krogerss » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:56 pm

No, unfortunately not. They never did figure out why it happened. I've had a similar issue since then as well, opened a case, still no explanation. Thanks.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby namiko78 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:08 pm

I have this happening too, but i'm being told it's normal behavior. Still waiting for an answer as to why it needs to backup 2 VBK's when i only have 1 in the repository.
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Re: Synthetic Full tape job

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:52 pm

Hi folks,
I've just started to write up an update when found this thread. Does this explanation make sense? Thanks
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