Long Term Backup Retention

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Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby TshepoM » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:14 pm

Hi All

I have a requirement according to my company to create a backup job that will with the follwing requirements.

1. daily full file backup (this means backup of only a specific directory on the server eg. /root/backup
2. All files in this directory gets deleted every night and get recreated with totaly new files meaning a encremental will mean everything being backed up.
3. Keep all the daily restore points for 5 years meaning they will require a restore of a specific date and specific file
4. The company does not do monthly files as we delete the files everyday.
5. We deployed veeam 9.5 and lots of dell disk storage. we dont have tape backup

What is the best and safest way to backup this kind of a job.

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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:31 pm

Hi Tshepo and welcome to the community!
Are we talking about physical or virtual machines?
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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby TshepoM » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:08 pm

Hi Shestakof

at the moment it's physical and virtual machines
but our strategy is all virtual machines in a couple of months to come. can you provide best practice for both.
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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:12 pm

Thanks for the clarification.
The best practices depend on your goals a lot.
I would recommend starting from this article.
Feel free to ask additional questions.
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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby TshepoM » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:47 am

Hi Shestakov

My Company has decided to get rid of tapes and run backup only on disk we do have a tape solution that we planning to
let go of as we want to go disk only

What is your take on keeping 5 year retention on disk.

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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:53 am

If you want to achieve long term retention on disk repository, GFS retention is the way to go for you.
As for absence of tape storage in context of the above-mentioned article, cloud repository is one of the best alternatives.
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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby ChuckS42 » Thu May 18, 2017 4:00 pm

So, how about converting existing long-term retention backups from another product to VAW? I can easily restore the backups from the old product then back them up with VAW, but they will be one-off backups that will never expire on their own. Is there any way to "trick" VAW to treat them as long-term retention backups from the original server (which will have a VAW job using GFS copies), so they'll expire normally? Or am I stuck deleting them manually (for the next seven years...)?
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Re: Long Term Backup Retention

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed May 31, 2017 10:27 pm

Hi Chuck,

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to map the backup copy produced backup files to the VAW backup job, so that wont work.
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