BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

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BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Robert Schieb » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:26 pm

Hi,

thanks for that great product, i've tested around with Veeam Endpoint Backup and noticed it's excellence software.
Good work, thanks.

Backup and recovery works great, even with BMR - Bare Metal Recovery.
But there is one point that´s important when restoring a machine to different hardware.
If the source machine (500gb hdd, filled up to 250gb) crashes and my destination machine has only a 400 gb hdd Veeam won't restore my backup.
Maybe i've overlooked a setting to adjust this problem?
But as far as i can see the destination drive has to be as big as the old drive or bigger.
It would be a nice feature to let Veeam resize the target partition to its needed size, (some kind of thin provisioning) in this case 250gb could have been enough to restore the lost data.
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Hello Robert,
Thank you for sharing this idea! Volume resize is indeed not available, and if you have only one partition in your OS you would need to restore it to the drive with the same size (or more). However, if you have more than one partition in the backup you can allocate them to different hard drives manually. When you saying auto resize - you mean automatically shrink backed up volume free space?
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Robert Schieb » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:35 pm

Hi,

yes thats correct, or shrink it automatically to the maximum size available on the target drive.
One 500gb source hdd, filled up with 250gb data is backed up.
One 300gb target hdd for BMR, won't fit, restore wizard stops at this point.
So we have 50gb "free" space, Veeam should shrink it to 300gb to fit in an restore the backup.

Thats very important for BMR because the BMR hardware often totally differ from the original hardware.
I think that would be a smart feature for a smart backup an recovery tool.
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:40 pm

Understood. Yes, this feature is in the high priority list and it will be included in the Veeam Endpoint Backup next versions. Again, thank you for the heads up!
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Robert Schieb » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:23 am

Perfect!
Thanks for your feedback.
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Backup to smaller HDD

Veeam Logoby gentry.beck » Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:00 pm

I have used several different types of endpoint backup and one of the best features is the ability to backup a 250 GB SSD and restore to a 128 GB SSD if the total used space is smaller than 128 GB. Are there any plans to integrate this feature into Veeam Endpoint Backup?
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:13 pm

gentry.beck,
Not in the first version, unfortunately.
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Honiix » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:40 pm

In addition to the shrink feature, it would be great to be able to extend or move the position of the partitions

Per exemple, if I've a backup made from a 160Go SSD with these partitions:

|--128Mo MSR--|-----------140Go System ------------|--8Go Recovery--|

If restore this backup as Bare Metal on a 512Go drive :

|--128Mo MSR--|-----------140Go System ------------|--8Go Recovery--|-----------------------Unallocated-----------------------|

And because of the "recovery" partition, I won't be able to extend the System partition in Windows Disk Manager.

A simple solution to that can be to allow us to move the beginning of a partition, like that:

|--128Mo MSR--|-----------140Go System ------------|-----------------------Unallocated-----------------------|--8Go Recovery--|

Then, in Windows Disk Management you can simply extend the System partition.

It's the last feature needed in order to use your software :)
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:38 pm

Honiix,
Thank you. So, you want to relocate, extend and shrink partitions only during bare metal recovery or it’s required for volume level restore functionality?
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Honiix » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:46 pm

I guess, both?
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:49 pm

I thought resizing under the OS is not needed - you could use file level recovery to restore individual files directly to the volume created with windows disk manager.
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby Catsrules » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:38 pm

+1 for me on this feature.

This will be very helpful when we "upgrade" computers from a 1TB-2TB Hard drive to 128-256GB SSD.
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Re: BMR Restore - Auto resize disk

Veeam Logoby adrien.herve » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:04 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi guys,

If you're running Windows, trying to shrink a NTFS partition to be able to restore your BMR on a smaller drive, check my reply and quick workaround: post155264.html#p155264

Hope this helps,
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