Backup Seeding Feature Request

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Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby aaron@ARB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:27 am

After it didn't work with 8, I upgraded my VBR and
I tried it with vbr 9 also same result. Do they want me to re log a request so it can upload the logs that will show it or is there a way to re supply new logs ?

Is there any definitive process documents to achieve this functionality as to ensure that it is being attempted correctly to avoid any confusion?
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:33 am

Not sure re process documents... But I just asked support / QC and yes they would like you to log a new request with the new logs

Sorry about this

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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby aaron@ARB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:37 am

Will re log in 14 hours when back in the office as just got off a plane.

Cheers, Aaron
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:47 am

Cool,

Thanks

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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby aaron@ARB » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:39 pm

Just logged request 01767780 with the latest logs
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby aaron@ARB » Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:44 am 1 person likes this post

Okay... with a lot of too'ing and fro'ing with Konstantin (*high five*) from Veeam support It is now working. A quick summary on how to do this is below for those that need to do it (you will see why you really would have had no hope figuring it out yourself)

Before you start the below, domain authentication is suppose to work but i couldn't work it out. The format is suppose to be %domain%_%username% for the folder you create in step 1 but i couldn't make it work, so i dropped back to using a local user account which does work.

1) Copy backup folder from original server to a VBR 9.0U1 repository. This part is is important, it wont work with any lower version. Now to do this you need to create a folder off the root of VBR repository in the format of %VBRHOSTNAME%_%VEB_TO_VBR_Username%. So, using mine as an example, my VBR host is called ARBBackup and the username that I enter into VEB to connect to the VBR repository is 'ARBComp'. So the folder that I create is called "ARBBackup_ARBComp" In that folder just copy the seeded backup directory. In my case the folder is called "Backup Job SADC1" so if my repository was located in F:\Backup I would have to create the following path "F:\Backup\ARBBackup_ARBComp\Backup Folder SADC1" which would contain the backup VBK and VBM files.
2) Re-scan the repository. The imported backup is now shown in the repository under “Backups -> Disk (imported)”
3) In VEB configure the jobs properties as before. In my case I am backing up the “Entire Computer” to a “Veeam Backup and Replication Repository”.
4) Select the VBR repository and set any other options you wish.
5) Select Save / Finish
6) Now at this point you NEED to see that the backup has moved from the Imported section to the normal Backup (Disk) section with the rest of your backups. If you don't see this then the seed wont work, it has to move.
7) Re-scan the repository. You wont see any changes here... just do it, as it updates the Veeam DB with metadata file, failure to re-scan will throw an error at the VEB end which will result in the backup not running at all.
8) Start the job
9) Checking the VEB job log you can now see that it is running in incremental mode
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[21.04.2016 15:10:00] <01> Info     Job session is running in incremental mode

10) Have a well earned drink.

Depending on how big your backup file is this may take a while the first time as the metadata needs to be checksummed and the changes transferred which depending on the speed of your link.... may take some time.

If anyone has any questions on this please do let me know, i've had a rough ride with this feature but have a handle on it now.
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:28 pm

Aaron,

Additional thanks for sharing well documented solution. The drink is, indeed, well deserved :wink:
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby jhh » Mon May 16, 2016 1:52 pm

Aaron,

Tried your instructions exactly but my backup just won't move from imported to backup. Any suggestions what to try?
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon May 16, 2016 4:58 pm

Johan,

Please open a support case, as the said behavior does not sound like expected. Thanks.
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby aaron@ARB » Mon May 16, 2016 6:34 pm

jhh wrote:Aaron,

Tried your instructions exactly but my backup just won't move from imported to backup. Any suggestions what to try?


The local user account matches the folder name structure you create on the vbr repo? The local account have permissions to move the folder on the underlying datastore?
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby jhh » Tue May 17, 2016 6:12 am

Yes the account matches the folder name structure and it has permissions on datastore.

I will open a support case.
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue May 17, 2016 9:02 pm

Johan,

Please share the case ID. Thank you.
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby jhh » Tue May 24, 2016 8:29 am 1 person likes this post

Just managed to get it to work, case 01800804.

The backup suddenly just moved from imported section and I don't know what was different this time since I've tried som many different folder and account combinations over and over again.

Used a domain account (same account that was used to do the initial backup) and the exact same folder stucture as the initial backup. My initial backup was done to a Veeam repository created on a USB disk attached to the very same server that I backed up with VEB.
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu May 26, 2016 5:22 pm

Johan,

Indeed, the folder structure must be preserved – otherwise you will get a new backup chain. Thanks for getting back to us and sharing the solution!
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Re: Backup Seeding Feature Request

Veeam Logoby bhwong » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:14 am

I'm trying File level backup to a shared folder on local network as seed. When I move the shared folder to remote site and update the destination, it refused to backup into the existing shared folder but create another shared folder with _1 added to the folder name as a new full backup instead. There is no option given for me to map existing backup as seed. What did I do wrong?
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