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Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby WinstonWolf » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:08 pm

Hello ,

I have 4 Repositorys for 4 VM Backup Jobs . In Repository 1 is an File Server Backup with an 6 TB vbk . In Repository 2, 3 and 4 are respectively 1.2 TB vbks

Now i use Tape Parallel Processing . I create two Tape Jobs on wich every Job backup 2 Repositorys to tape . in two Different Media pools .

Now with Version 9 i plan to use GFS .

BUT : I read that GFS dont support Tape parallel processing .

Is than GFS the right decision when big vbk. Files should Backup to Tape ?

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Re: Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:34 pm

Hello Michael,

Indeed, you can`t enable parallel processing for GFS media pools.

Do you want make both media pools as GFS ones? How much time does a single tape job take?
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Re: Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby WinstonWolf » Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:07 pm

A single Tape Job when it creates an virtual Full on Sunday needs 16 Hours . For the Daily vib Backup to Tape it needs 16 till 25 minutes .

What i want is the Following :

-2 Backup Jobs with respectively 2 VM Backups inserted with Daily inkremental Backups to Tape in an Mediapool
-On every Sunday start an new Mediaset
-On every Mediaset should be an Full and the inkrementals from the last Week ( with an virtual Full Backup )

So we can Backup 4 Weeks every VM on every Day , right ?

But further we need 2 monthly Backup to Tape Jobs with only the last vbk File from the VM Backups .
This Media Sets we plan to Long term Storage.
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Re: Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:24 am

If you want to implement tape GFS, you need to create a new media pool with a type "GFS Media Pool". It has 4 media sets (weekly,monthly etc.), so if you use the media pool as a target, you can`t create a new media set each time.
Looks like you need 2 media pools, a regular and GFS one for long term backups.
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Re: Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby WinstonWolf » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:14 pm

Why not two GFS Media Pools ?
For every Tape Job one GFS Media Pool .
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Re: Veeam 9 GFS & Big Tape Jobs - Tape Parallel Processing ?

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:29 pm

Hey WinstonWolf,

Parallel processing for GFS media pools feature is planned as a part of further GFS media pool enhancements, so thanks for posting – it shows we are on the right track.

Current GFS Media Pool implementation allows to backup only full (or virtual full) backups to tape for long term archiving. In order to backup incremetals in conjunction with full backups to tape you may want to use the simple media pool approach. We keep collecting the GFS improvement requests in this thread.

Now, regarding your backup plan
-2 Backup Jobs with respectively 2 VM Backups inserted with Daily inkremental Backups to Tape in an Mediapool
-On every Sunday start an new Mediaset
-On every Mediaset should be an Full and the inkrementals from the last Week ( with an virtual Full Backup )

This looks like a regular media pool. You set up a tape job to create a virtual full backup on Sunday/Monday and backup to tape to run ‘as a new backup file appear’ or at the end of the week. Export should be set prior scheduled virtual full backup creation, so your media set will always keep the first full backup followed by incrementals
2 monthly Backup to Tape Jobs with only the last vbk File from the VM Backups .

Perfect place for the GFS media pool, since you want to keep full backup on tape on long-term basis. GFS media pools has four separate independent media sets to better orchestrate the full backup schedule and overwrite protection periods. If you would like to use one particular media set, let’s say monthly, you can set the overwrite protection period to 0 in GFS media pool settings and disable the unnecessary media set.
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