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Linux Agent file backup is slow and makes too large backups?

Post by szabkel » Jan 12, 2020 9:53 am

I tried out Veeam backup linux agent (free license). My goal is to backup files on an ubuntu server, which acts a simple file storage.
Source: I have a Windows 10 Pro acting as a home server. I installed vmware workstation on it and it is running a Ubuntu server 18.04 as a shared virtual machiene, partitioned using LVM with encryption (Samba and webmin). I only used the defaults when installing ubuntu, I mean with the "server" installer (and not the "live-server" installer) I selected LVM with encryption and set a password.
Destination: Synology NAS, SMB share.

First, I wanted to make a full machine backup with veeam, but I had no idea how to restore the created backup (I just can't restore the partitions with the iso, tried v3 and v2, it can't recreate all of the partitions). As I want the restore procedure to be painless, I shifted towards the file based backup. The job only backs up a single folder (/home/<..>/share). I tried it with snapshots on and off too. When testing, the share folder only had ~800MB of data, yet the job ran for ~1 hour and the resulted backup file was ~13GB. It seems like something went really wrong.

I installed veeam using:

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	sudo apt-get install cifs-utils nfs-common genisoimage
	sudo dpkg -i ./veeam-release*
	sudo apt-get update
	sudo apt-get install veeam -y

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Re: Linux Agent file backup is slow and makes too large backups?

Post by HannesK » Jan 13, 2020 9:53 am

Hello,
and welcome to the forums. Unfortunately, there are some known performance issues with file based backup. They will be fixed with the next version.
but I had no idea how to restore the created backup
for file based restore, it's no difference. Same for snapshot based or file based backup https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/agent ... tml?ver=30

for volume restore, please see https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/agent ... tml?ver=30 or if you want to go with the recovery media https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/agent ... tml?ver=30

Best regards,
Hannes

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