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Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by Zek » Jan 16, 2020 12:02 am

The only possible mode of backup OS with ability to bare-metal restore is Veeam Agent volume (or entire) level backup, it automaticaly exclude pagefile, temp and deleted blocks from backup file, but it is not possible to manually add any folder that you don't want to backup from system drive. Please add ability to manually exclude folders from backup file, because, as far as I understand, such mechanism has already been implemented.
For example, OneDrive/Dropbox/GoogleDrive/etc folder, that can takes most of the used space, but already backed up in cloud, or any other large amounts of data that do not require backup.

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by HannesK » Jan 16, 2020 8:14 am

Hello Zek,
just in case you have a standalone / local UI configuration... did you try using file based backup? You can achieve it by checking the volume (important) and then un-checking the folder.

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by jmmarton » Jan 16, 2020 6:19 pm

BMR capability requires using either "entire computer" or volume-level backup of the system drive. File-level backup does not offer BMR. This sounds like a Feature Request--ability to exclude certain folders when performing either entire computer or volume-level backup.

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by Zach123 » Jan 17, 2020 12:29 am

Hi Team

We are running into a similar issue. Cx does not want Veeam to perform the SQL database backups nor .BAK files stored on the SQL server.
They want the backup to happen from a separate server to which these .BAK files are moved once created on the local SQL Server.
I could not find a way to completely exclude the database backups nor a way to exclude .bak files from SQL server backup.

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by Egor Yakovlev » Jan 17, 2020 10:54 am

Thanks for the feature request! Noted for future versions.

Cheers!

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by HannesK » Jan 20, 2020 9:00 am

folder exclusions already work today, if you do it as I mentioned earlier. Please see screenshot below. It also works for managed by VBR jobs, but this would be more complicated. That's why I recommended using the standalone agent.

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For SQL: normally there are separate partitions for log, database, backup etc. So volume level backup should do the job. Just exclude the backup volume. For file type exclusions, you can use the Exclude masks (exclude masks do not work for volume based backup)

Please keep in mind that we are not doing 90s style file backup :-) The product is built for image level block based backup

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by Zek » Jan 20, 2020 11:29 pm

Unfortunately, as can be seen from the screenshot, exceptions can be made only for non-system partitions.

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Re: Feauture request: exclude folder for volume (entire) backup

Post by HannesK » Jan 21, 2020 7:01 am

well, good point - I forgot about that part of your question - sorry

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