Feature Request - Prevent Chain Corruption due to Merge Fail

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Feature Request - Prevent Chain Corruption due to Merge Fail

Veeam Logoby yasuda » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:22 pm 1 person likes this post

While I am very pleased with VEB overall, I have seen a fair number of backup chain corruption events, where the fix was to wipe the database and start a new chain. The most recent was Case # 01907423. My feature request is to make the backup chain more resistant to corruption.

The worst thing about chain corruption is, no possibility of restoring a system if it fails before the chain is restarted. The next worst thing is, even after the chain has been restarted, the old data is not recoverable.

I think this could be improved by adding changed blocks to the VBK during the merge process, but not committing the changes and removing the aged out blocks until the merge has completed. So if a merge fails, you're left with a larger VBK, but all the pre-merge data is still there and the VBK is still usable for recovery.
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Re: Feature Request - Prevent Chain Corruption due to Merge

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:32 pm

Hello Peter,

The merge logic and metadata handling will be improved in the upcoming version for sure. Meanwhile, can you clarify what backup target was used in your cases?
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Re: Feature Request - Prevent Chain Corruption due to Merge

Veeam Logoby yasuda » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:03 pm

Backup target is SMB share on Windows Server 2008 x64 server, with storage on iSCSI drives on a Drobo 8 drive system, single gigabit connection.

Not optimal, but it's what we have with a lot of storage. The merge durations are acceptable, when they complete successfully.
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