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VBK's to tape

Post by andy70 » Aug 09, 2014 11:49 pm

Hi

I'm new to Veeam and so far everything works great - we're very pleased to finally get rid of Symantec Backup Exec.
My question to you guys is about my approach to get a monthly backup to tape.

My jobs are running a daily reversed incremental to disk with 30 restore points with no active full backups. Then, once a month, I want to copy the latest full to tape. I don't want the 30 restore points copied to tape - just the latest full.
As far as I've read documentation, a reversed incremental only creates one vbk file which is always the latest full. I've created a "file to tape job" which I point to repository and then masked it to only copy *.vbk files.
It seems to work and I can import back to disk and restore files/VM's/applications, etc.

Is this a valid method to get latest full to tape? How do you guys do it?

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by Andreas Neufert » Aug 10, 2014 7:51 pm

Hi..
if you have Standard Version this is a good solution.
If you have Enterprise or Enterprise Plus, check out "Backup to Tape" job.
B&R is then aware if the restore points on tape... no import needed then.

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by v.eremin » Aug 11, 2014 7:22 am

Is this a valid method to get latest full to tape? How do you guys do it?
Be aware that you will still need to perform a full backup from time to time. So, there will be situations when a tape job (either files to tape or backup to tape) will copy two or more .vbk files - the latest one and one created in accordance with full backup schedule.

If you want to copy only the latest full backup no matter what, then you might want to try this workaround, which includes deleting backups from backup console and running new full.

Thanks.

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by andy70 » Aug 11, 2014 10:32 am

Hi

Thanks for quick response.

I forgot about best practise to make an active full backup from time to time in reversed inc chain.

Until Veeam implements a "backup only latest full to tape"-option (please do in V8, it would be a really nice feature - seems like I'm not the only one who'd apprecitate this feature), I'll try to fidde with the scheduling/restore points/actve full backup.

I want to avoid manual opertations before monthly backup to tape, so for now I guees I'll have to live with two or more vbk's on tape....anyway, the "worst" impact is unnecessary waste of tape.

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by Dima P. » Aug 11, 2014 10:48 am

Patrick,
Until Veeam implements a "backup only latest full to tape"-option (please do in V8, it would be a really nice feature - seems like I'm not the only one who'd apprecitate this feature)
Currently the plan is to provide such functionality in v8.

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by andy70 » Aug 11, 2014 1:35 pm

Currently the plan is to provide such functionality in v8.
Brilliant :D

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Re: VBK's to tape

Post by v.eremin » Aug 11, 2014 1:41 pm

Yep, stay tuned. For now, as you’ve pointed out rightly, the only you will have is one additional backup copied to tape mediums once in two or three months. Thanks.

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