Veeam Agent for Windows - Hacking Multiple Jobs

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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)

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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.
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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?
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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.
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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:

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Any chance this could be part of the next release?

Thanks,

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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.
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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?

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