I come in this morning to see if my GFS tape job set to run on the first Monday of the month is running happily and I find that it has decided to bypass 4 weeks of full VBK files on one of the VMs to create a virtual full from a VIB over a month old. This source job runs an active full every Friday night and yet Veeam has decided to ignore it.
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11/7/2016 12:00:28 AM :: Full backup from FILE012016-10-03T220122.vib (10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM) restore point will be placed to monthly media set
11/7/2016 12:00:28 AM :: No GFS candidate for Monthly media set was found for today, waiting
11/7/2016 12:00:28 AM :: Backup file J:\Backups\FILE01\FILE012016-10-03T220122.vib will be excluded from the list of files to backup, because it is unavailable. Virtual full backup creation will be skipped
11/7/2016 12:00:28 AM :: Source backup files detected. VBK: 0, VBK map: 0, VIB: 0
11/7/2016 6:05:24 AM :: Source backup files detected. VBK: 0, VBK map: 1, VIB: 0
11/7/2016 6:05:25 AM :: Creating full backup map for J:\Backups\FFILE01\FILE012016-10-03T220122.vib
11/7/2016 6:06:36 AM :: Queued for processing at 11/7/2016 6:06:44 AM
11/7/2016 6:06:36 AM :: Required backup infrastructure resources have been assigned
11/7/2016 6:06:36 AM :: Backup to media set monthly started at 11/07/2016 00:00:10
11/7/2016 6:06:39 AM :: Drive 1 (Server: VR01, Library: IBM 3573-TL C.50, Drive ID: Tape1) locked successfully
11/7/2016 6:07:16 AM :: New tape backup session started, encryption: hardware
11/7/2016 6:07:26 AM :: Processing FILE012016-10-03T220122.vbk
Every time I have opened a ticket about tape issues it has been a constant case of effectively telling me "you're doing it wrong". I am starting to lose my faith in this product as I promised my boss that it could do what we wanted easily and more effectively than our old solution of just grabbing the weekly full tape and sending it away but it appears not.
I have not opened a ticket about this yet, since the job is still running "pending" its wait on source backup copy jobs to have a restore point it will deign to use.