Site 1 ---VM Replicates---> Site 2
Both sites have good speedy MSA's attached to the ESXi hosts.
Incremental replication goes pretty quick at about 12min for a 2TB VM
I've been doing some experimenting with having a long term inexpensive storage solution. An 8TB USB drive is plugged into one of the ESXi hosts where the Veeam VM is hosted. I've setup a backup job of the _replica to the 8tb drive and noticed something. The backup jobs succeed but I see the following in the action list:
Is this because the _replica is not powered on during backup? If so, should I turn off CBT?"CBT data is invalid, failing over to legacy incremental backup. No action is required, next job run should start using CBT again. If CBT data remains invalid, follow KB1113 to perform CBT reset. Usual cause is power loss. "
I am aware of the "Remote Replica from a Backup" solution. However, since the long term storage I'm trying is a USB 2.0 device, I don't think this is a time reducing solution. Doing the initial full backup from the _replica to the USB drive took 29hrs. Incrementals take almost 3hrs. And this isn't going through a WAN like our current replication job is doing. I am looking into possibly install a USB 3.1 card since the drive is 3.0.