Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Backup agent for Microsoft Windows servers and workstations (formerly Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE)

Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby mattbrown80 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:12 pm 1 person likes this post

Since multiple jobs are not a feature in Veeam Agent for Windows (why?) - we are using the workaround posted here:
https://www.virtualtothecore.com/en/sen ... d-connect/

All of the jobs are targeting a Veeam Server (and not cloud connect directly)

This allows us to schedule the jobs in Windows task scheduler, and use a batch file to import the correct job configuration (which we previously exported as XML) and then run the jobs.

Each job is configured to target a different repository (folder) to avoid the chains getting corrupted.
This all works fairly well, but there is 1 major problem I am trying to overcome.

The Veeam server will only see a single backup job from each agent - which will always be the last one that ran. The chains for the other jobs show in Disk (Imported). This is an inconvenience, but since the data can be restored and the jobs work as expected it isn't a showstopper.

Now we'd like to create Backup Copy jobs to send these backups to a Cloud Connect target. When we configure the Backup Copy jobs we only see the last job that ran as a source (since the other backup sets are 'Imported')

Is there a way to perform a backup copy of a 'Imported' backup set? This would be the ideal scenario. Alternatively we'd have to target Cloud Connect directly from the agent which we'd rather not do since it impacts the production server (vs a copy job that would only impact the Veeam server/Repository/WAN)

Thanks
mattbrown80
Service Provider
 
Posts: 9
Liked: 3 times
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:34 pm
Full Name: Matt Brown

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:43 pm

Hi Matt,

Unfortunately, can’t imagine the way to fool the backup copy job logic. Maybe to kick it with the script after the primary job succeeds, then perform config swap at the agent side.
Dima P.
Veeam Software
 
Posts: 6739
Liked: 482 times
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:07 pm
Location: SPb
Full Name: Dmitry Popov

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby mattbrown80 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:36 pm

Thanks - this is unfortunate news. I may look at the idea of swapping out a cloud connect job to run right after the job targeting the Veeam repository.

If I go this route - is there a way to seed the data to the Cloud Connect repository? The full backup size is over 20TB, but the incrementals are small.

Also - is there an ETA on when multiple jobs will be available in the product?
mattbrown80
Service Provider
 
Posts: 9
Liked: 3 times
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:34 pm
Full Name: Matt Brown

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:42 am

If I go this route - is there a way to seed the data to the Cloud Connect repository? The full backup size is over 20TB, but the incrementals are small.

You can map the full backup to the VAW jobs.
is there an ETA on when multiple jobs will be available in the product?

We plan to provide this functionality soon.
Dima P.
Veeam Software
 
Posts: 6739
Liked: 482 times
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:07 pm
Location: SPb
Full Name: Dmitry Popov

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby tranquilnet » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:02 pm 1 person likes this post

We are a cloud connect parter and having a multiple job option in the VAW agent would be highly useful and arguably mandatory.

For example, lets say we have a device with no VBR available or we simply want to backup a device to USB instead.

The ideal/common setup for such a client is this:

Backup to local USB and backup copy to cloud connect.

Could you offer a check box to "send a copy to a cloud connect provider" or similar option to copy a backup job (even if only one backup job can be configured) to a cloud connect repository?

For example:

Image

Any chance this could be part of the next release?

Thanks,

-Will
tranquilnet
Service Provider
 
Posts: 17
Liked: 1 time
Joined: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:10 pm
Full Name: Tranquilnet IT Solutions

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:22 am

Will,

Thanks for the detailed explanation! This not going to be a part of next minor release or update, but we plan to include it in the next major version of VAW.
Dima P.
Veeam Software
 
Posts: 6739
Liked: 482 times
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:07 pm
Location: SPb
Full Name: Dmitry Popov

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby tranquilnet » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:44 am

Great!

I know that Veeam's policy on providing dates is more or less not to provide one, however, could you suggest a ROUGH timeline on when the next "major" release will be for VAW?

Thanks,

-Will
tranquilnet
Service Provider
 
Posts: 17
Liked: 1 time
Joined: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:10 pm
Full Name: Tranquilnet IT Solutions

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby audax » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:09 am

@Dima P.

What do you mean by that?
Image
audax
Novice
 
Posts: 4
Liked: never
Joined: Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:07 am

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:58 pm

@Tranquilnet we only do planning for the immediate release, so it's impossible to say... also, the priorities may change as we go anyway, so even if we're planning to include it today - it's not 100% guaranteed, so we don't want to accidentally set false expectations by providing any dates. However, this feature is currently high on our priorities list.

One other thing to note is that we do support multiple *managed* jobs for servers in the upcoming Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 U3. Also, we always supported the use case similar to one you described above (backup to Veeam repository, then copy the backup to another repository or Cloud Connect).

@audax this must be for Veeam Agent for Linux, which had support for multiple jobs since v1.
Gostev
Veeam Software
 
Posts: 21644
Liked: 2426 times
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:01 am
Location: Baar, Switzerland

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby audax » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:24 am

@Gostev
You're correct. I missed additional tab for each Agent.
I was hoping that web page already contains info for next version around the corner :).
audax
Novice
 
Posts: 4
Liked: never
Joined: Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:07 am

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby NetFire-mdh » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:08 pm

Let me throw in my support for getting multiple job support in VAW. We could definitely use this, as it would allow us to back up very critical things very often and less-critical things less often.
NetFire-mdh
Service Provider
 
Posts: 1
Liked: never
Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:33 am
Location: Kansas City, MO
Full Name: Matt Harris

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:14 pm

Hello and welcome to the community forums Matt.

Consider your vote added to this feature request. Thanks for your feedback!
Dima P.
Veeam Software
 
Posts: 6739
Liked: 482 times
Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:07 pm
Location: SPb
Full Name: Dmitry Popov

Re: Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

Veeam Logoby lxk3il » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:32 pm

+1 for this aswell. We have customers with laptops, who want to store backups on the go on their USB-drives and on the VBR server when the are in the office, so multiple jobs (or at least two) would come in really handy.
lxk3il
Veeam ProPartner
 
Posts: 27
Liked: 6 times
Joined: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:23 am
Full Name: Lukas


Return to Veeam Agent for Windows



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest