Standalone backup agent for Linux servers and workstations on-premises or in the public cloud
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Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Feb 01, 2019 4:50 pm

Hi Folks,

Has anybody setup an automated daily restore (script). I want to have a folder containing certain files to be restored every day to another test Linux server that I have. So the idea would be nightly automated file level backup direct to cloud connect of the folder on one server. Then the next morning automated restore from cloud connect to there other server.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by nielsengelen » Feb 02, 2019 9:57 am

I’m sure this can be scripted via bash by leveraging veeamconfig. Quickly thinking about it the workflow would be:
- list/get latest restore point
- mount it to a folder
- perform the copy to the original folder / other server (use rsync/scp)
- unmount the backup
- optional: send a mail?

Put this in a crontab and you should be good to go.
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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Feb 02, 2019 12:15 pm

Thanks Niels

That was very helpful. I will give it a try and send feedback if I see anything interesting.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 05, 2019 12:35 am

Hi Niels,

I am working on this but am stuck. Is there a way use veeamconfig to simply restore the latest available backup on a new server? Or is there a way to query the backup id in order to then pipe into a restore command?
I might have this wrong but it seems that to do a restore in a script or command line using veeamconfig you have to know the backup id but I could not find any way of getting that apart from running veeam (i.e. going through the UI) to list the ID's?

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by P.Tide » Jun 05, 2019 12:51 pm

Right, to restore disks to the most recent state you need to use

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veeamconfig backup restore --id <value> --targetDev <value> --backupDev <value>
If you just want to mount the backup in order to work with the files use

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veeamconfig backup mount --id <value> --mountDir <value>
To get backup ids you should use

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veeamconfig backup list
It will give you something similar to this:

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node1 FLB3_folder_imported   {e7e9acd2-6940-438a-8d74-cfe59290f38c}                                          2019-05-20 20:31
node1 FLB3_test              {9b01faed-1a67-4a45-b201-89b28a8f2e86}   Repository_1                           2019-05-20 20:28
node1 FLB3_PoC               {1fcab1f5-44a0-4fb9-b4d1-c82b55836cda}   [Win2016] ReFS 2019-05-20              2019-05-20 20:39
After that you awk/sed/grep things out of it and pipe them to the script.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 05, 2019 4:49 pm

Hi PTyde,

I tried those but it does not show anything. This is on the other server. My setup is that I want to test setting up automatic restores on the "DR" Server. In case the original server is no longer available we can always use the UI of course to get the backup ID's but I was trying to automate this a bit.
When I run veeamconfig backup list on the new server it does not show any backups, even though I have just gone into the UI and seen them.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by P.Tide » Jun 05, 2019 4:53 pm

Did you add the "DR" server and performed rescan of the repos after that?

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veeamconfig vbrserver add --name <name> --address <address> --login

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veeamconfig repository rescan --all
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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 05, 2019 5:46 pm

Hi P.Tide,

This is a linux agent direct to cloud and a linux agent retrieving direct from the cloud. I added the service provider.

So no local vbr server is present.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 11, 2019 4:21 pm

Hi Folks,

I have put in a case about this since I can't figure this out Case # 03609534

Will update once done.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 11, 2019 5:07 pm

Support is saying that you need to import the vbm from the other machine but what if this is a disaster and the other machine is no longer. I will make this a feature request, i.e. the ability to import the backups from the cloud using veeamconfig in order to automate restore.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by P.Tide » Jun 11, 2019 5:31 pm

Ok, makes sense. We'll add a more straightforward way of importing backups into VAL via CLI.

Thank you!

P.S. You can also do the following

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veeamconfig cloud add --address <IP> --login <tenant>
<at this point it will prompt you for tenant's password>
veeamconfig cloud resync
veeamconfig backup mount --id <backup id>
That's for FLR. A similar approach can be used for device restore as well (veeamconfig backup restore --id <backup id> --targetDev <enum> --backupDev <enum>).

Please note, that although cloud repo will show up after you add cloud server, backup list won't show you backups stored in CC. That is, you have to know backup id from other sources (e.g. the other machine)

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jun 11, 2019 8:05 pm

Hi Ptide,

Ok thanks I will give that a try. In fact right now I need to restore a folder so that should work.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by P.Tide » Jul 19, 2019 5:31 pm

So, how is it going? Btw, is the other server operating in a standalone mode, or in managed mode?

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jul 22, 2019 11:36 am

Hi P.Tide,

It is in standalone mode. Right now got busy with some S3 stuff for tiering but will be going back to this project soon. My thought was to have a script grab the vbm from the cloud repository and download to the local new server, then import that so that the backup id's are present then restore. If I have these in managedmode maybe this will be easier?

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by ober72 » Jul 22, 2019 4:48 pm

Also forgot to mention this is for a cloud direct linux agent. I don't believe you can manage a linux agent from the VAC.

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Re: Automated Restore

Post by P.Tide » Jul 22, 2019 6:21 pm

I don't believe you can manage a linux agent from the VAC.
Right, that feature is not available yet.
If I have these in managed mode maybe this will be easier?
Not really, since managed mode does not allow users to perform restores in CLI.

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