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Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby Treeeman » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:00 pm

Hi,

i have a question ragarding Tape Data Retention.
I want to acchive that my Backups are offloaded on Tape and protected for MINIMAL two Weeks.
If there are more Tapes available to store a longer Period of time than my Protection TIme, Veeam should use that Tapes first.
Right now it seems for me that Veeam only cares about protecting two Weeks. The other (much older Tapes) are not used.

I realized this after looking at my Restore Points on Tape for a VM.
There where about 500 Restore Points available. The first 22 RP where for the last 22 Days (1 RP on each Day). I think this are my "2 Weeks ProtectioN". But then there was a huge Cap and there where much more RP starting with "166 days ago".
This Restore Points are on Tapes within my library (maybe created by another retired Backup to Tape Job). But Veeam don't overwrite this Backups.

Is this by Design?
Is this because the Tapes with the old Backups were created with another (meanwhile deleted) Backup to Tape Job?

Thanks.

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Re: Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:28 pm

Can you tell us how those tapes are marked in GUI (take a look at location and expires in columns)?
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Re: Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby Treeeman » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:16 am

Tapes are marked as "Expired".
Location is different, because it's a Tape Library. But all Tapes on "online".
The oldest Backup on Tape is over 260 Days old. But Veeam seems not touching this old Backups and only cares for the "2 Weeks Protection" using always the same Tapes.
Maybe adding this extreme old Tapes to "Free Media Pool" get Veeam using this Tapes again?
What do you think?

Thanks.
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Re: Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:59 am

Yep, by moving those tapes to "Free" Media Pool you will basically mark them as free, and they will be leveraged whenever need for new medias comes. That's what I'd suggest you as a first step.

If the issue re-occurs and expired tapes don't get automatically re-used, kindly, open a ticket with our support team.

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Re: Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby Treeeman » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:51 am

Ok. Thanks. I will give it a try.
But basicly i am correct informed that Veeam first using the Tape with the oldest Backups. The Protection Period is only for guarantee the desired (minimal) keeping-period for my Backups.

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Re: Veeam Tape - Data Retention - Overwrite oldest Backups

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:07 pm

This is correct, priority is given to expired media rather than to free one.
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