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See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby spamkit » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:05 pm

Hey everyone,

is here a way I find out what exactly was backed up during the run? Sometimes my backups get unexpected large and therefore I'm curious what files have changed in there. I couldn't get wiser by reviewing the logs. I've also tried to find it out by looking into recovery but I didn't get any closer to solution. Any advice?

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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:53 pm

Hey spamkit ,

How about running the file level recovery and checking the exact folders and files? Do you have any assumptions why backup size is growing?
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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:20 am

What type of server/endpoint are you backing up?
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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby spamkit » Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:34 am

Sorry for the late answer.

Dima P.: when I do file level recovery I select the restore point and I'm able to see all volumes, directories and files. The only problem is that I can't differentiate between entries backed up with this backup and previous backups. In other words: I always see the whole file tree. I've an idea what brings my backups to gain weight although I would be happy to have the proof.

Vitalyi S.: I backup my Notebook with Windows 8.1 x64.
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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:55 am

It is not possible to get the exact list of what has changed during incremental run, as any scheduled maintenance task (defragmentation), files location change etc. causes data block modifications on the file system. Do you see large incremental files on particular days by any chance?
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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby spamkit » Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:17 am 2 people like this post

Vitaly, thank you! I figured it out: it is caused by my defragmentation software.
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Re: See exact backup contents

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:51 am

Thanks for getting back to us! By the way, if we are talking the non-servers editions of Windows defrag should be automatically scheduled by default to run every week. In case it is scheduled that way (or even more frequently) it should not have a serious impact on your incremental restore point size (of course if you are not moving/deleting lots of file from the disk on a daily basis).
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