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Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby bulletlynn » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:47 pm

There has been some back and forth with so I wanted to get a solid answer.

With Veeam 9.5 U2 can you seed a Backup Copy Agent job?

Thanks!
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Technogod » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:59 pm

I found this but it was written for VBR 9.0U1 and VEB. I couldn't find a confirmation that it works for VBR 9.5U2 and VAW. I was going to try it but I transferred my data instead.

aaron@ARB wrote:1) Copy backup folder from original server to a VBR 9.0U1 repository. This part is is important, it wont work with any lower version. Now to do this you need to create a folder off the root of VBR repository in the format of %VBRHOSTNAME%_%VEB_TO_VBR_Username%. So, using mine as an example, my VBR host is called ARBBackup and the username that I enter into VEB to connect to the VBR repository is 'ARBComp'. So the folder that I create is called "ARBBackup_ARBComp" In that folder just copy the seeded backup directory. In my case the folder is called "Backup Job SADC1" so if my repository was located in F:\Backup I would have to create the following path "F:\Backup\ARBBackup_ARBComp\Backup Folder SADC1" which would contain the backup VBK and VBM files.
2) Re-scan the repository. The imported backup is now shown in the repository under “Backups -> Disk (imported)”
3) In VEB configure the jobs properties as before. In my case I am backing up the “Entire Computer” to a “Veeam Backup and Replication Repository”.
4) Select the VBR repository and set any other options you wish.
5) Select Save / Finish
6) Now at this point you NEED to see that the backup has moved from the Imported section to the normal Backup (Disk) section with the rest of your backups. If you don't see this then the seed wont work, it has to move.
7) Re-scan the repository. You wont see any changes here... just do it, as it updates the Veeam DB with metadata file, failure to re-scan will throw an error at the VEB end which will result in the backup not running at all.
8) Start the job
9) Checking the VEB job log you can now see that it is running in incremental mode
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[21.04.2016 15:10:00] <01> Info     Job session is running in incremental mode

10) Have a well earned drink.


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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:00 pm

Hello,

This information is not correct. You can’t map or seed agent backup for backup copy jobs. Described procedure works only with for agent backups and agent jobs.
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby bulletlynn » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:25 pm

I was also doing some addition research after posting and found the answer in the Help Center.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/agent ... tml?ver=20

Backup copy jobs processing Veeam Agent backups have one limitation: you cannot use backup mapping for Veeam Agent backups. As a result, if you have a full Veeam Agent backup on the target repository, you will not be able to use this backup as a "seed" for the backup copy job. The backup copy job will always copy the whole Veeam Agent backup chain to the target repository.


Do you know if this feature will be released in a future update?

Thanks for the reply!
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Technogod » Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:31 am

Thank You! I had forgotten that important piece of information.
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Kellen.Flood » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:55 pm

Will backup seeding of a Veeam Agent available in U3?
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:21 pm

Kellen,

Please explain what you would like to achieve. Map agent backup to backup copy job or you are talking about regular agents jobs without backup copy? Thanks.
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Kellen.Flood » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:27 pm

Dima,

I have a 100TB Physical Windows Server. I would like to back it up locally and then copy it offsite to a different storage target. I know that can be done via copy, but the issue is the size of data traveling across that bandwidth, so i would like to seed it offsite then do the backup copy.

It would be great if we could do multiple jobs as well on a server this large ;)
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:52 pm

Kellen,

Thanks for the clarification. Mapping / seeding agent backups to backup copy job is not currently supported but we plan to add this functionality soon.
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby nilzor » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:38 pm

Hi,

This thread seems a bit old but maybe someone will find this helpful and should probably also work for initial seeding. I was able to move my offsite copy agent job the following way:
1. Make a copy of your backup folder to the new destination.
2. create a new backup repository with your new intended backup target
3. Delete the old and create a new copy job to the new location (use same name for the new backup job).
4. select sync now for the new backup job and If your new backup job matches the old target, Veeam should have automatically renamed the target folder bay appending "_1". That's what we want
5.Now it get's a bit confusing.... open the new *.vmb Veeam just created and look for OriginalId="guid here", JobId="some guid here" as well as FilePath="\\10.10.10.1\backup\servers"

now open the old *.vbm file and replace all values from the OriginalId, JobId as well as the new filepath with the newly generated ones. find and replace is your friend!

6. delete the folder with the appended _1 and rescan the repository in the veeam console
7.Now sync your backup job and it should recognize the backup files
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:19 pm

nilzor,

You are saying that your solution works for backup copy jobs?
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Re: Seed Backup Copy Agent

Veeam Logoby nilzor » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:06 am

Yes, this worked for me
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