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Weekly backup to tape confusion

Veeam Logoby mmierzwa » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:26 pm

I have a backup to disk job setup with 365 restore points (incremental w/ monthly active fulls). Now I would like to setup a tape job that would be run every Monday and would allow me to store the latest full backup (including all incrementals). I figured that virtual fulls would take care of this but it turns out that you can't have virtual fulls with periodic active fulls.


I know I can switch to forever forward incremental and that should take care of the issue but I feel more comfortable with having a periodic active full. I'm fine with switching to forever forward incremental as long as there is some other way of running a monthly active full (maybe a separate job?, but would that interfere with the creation of virtual fulls?)

How can I accomplish what I'm trying to do?

Thank you !
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Re: Weekly backup to tape confusion

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:12 pm

Hi,

There is an option to backup only the latest chain to tape (starting from latest full backup). You can find in in backup to tape job properties, option step > advanced settings

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Re: Weekly backup to tape confusion

Veeam Logoby mmierzwa » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:36 pm

I do have that option checked but since I'm doing monthly fulls this will only copy that one monthly. I need to write a full backup to tape every week. What I did in the past, is I did weekly full backups but that ended up taking too much space, so I'm trying to do monthly active full backups to disk while being able to somehow write a full backup to tape weekly.
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Re: Weekly backup to tape confusion

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:11 pm

Yes, it will keep the monthly full only. Another option might be to switch you disk job to forever incremental backup job and schedule a synthesized full to tape (it creates a full backup on tape from incremental backup on disk).
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