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Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by Harleyboy » Dec 18, 2012 7:14 pm

We have been using Veeam BR for nearly a year now to backup 18 servers and it works perfectly. We also have a file server which is over a TB in size and was wondering if it was possible to backup the server but exclude the data using Veeam? Is this possible.

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by Gostev » Dec 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Harleyboy wrote:backup the server but exclude the data
Hi, what exactly do you mean by that?

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by averylarry » Dec 18, 2012 8:40 pm

You can exclude virtual disks. You cannot exclude certain files/folders (other than the pagefile) in the actual guest. If you exclude all the virtual disks, you'll backup the configuration but not the data. If you never want to backup a specific virtual disk, I recommend making it independent so it doesn't mess with snapshots.

If you mean something else, you'll have to help us understand.

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by eysfilm » Dec 18, 2012 9:29 pm

I'm presuming that your wanting to not backup specific file types (ie: MOV, JPEG, etc.).

If that's the case then, NO. Veeam backups up the entire virtual disk and not at the file level. It's basically taking a vm snapshot and backing up the disk from there.

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by Harleyboy » Dec 26, 2012 4:16 pm

Hi Guys,
Sorry for slow reply but for some reason I did not receive any emails notifying me of your reply's.
Its a file server that has a virtual disk that has over a TB of data which I do not need to backup. I simply need to backup the VM to restore it into a test lab to make changes to the registry which may break the OS. Not sure how to exclude the virtual disk using Veeam BR.

Many thanks :D

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by veremin » Dec 26, 2012 6:30 pm

To exclude the disk from being processed:
(In the GUI): Go the Backup Job Configuration -> Exclusions -> Disks and select neccessary VM disks.

For clear understanding take a look at the User Guide (p.116).

Hope this helps.
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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by merc123 » Dec 27, 2012 8:40 pm

Going off memory from a previous job, one thing we did with our file server (1.5TB) was we used a RDM (assuming VMware). We then used the exclusions that v.Eremin stated and clicked "Selected disks" and chose the correct SCSI (x:x) disk.

If the files are on the same disk as the OS then I do not believe there is a method to just back up the OS related files.

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Re: Backup a1TB file server but exclude the data?

Post by dellock6 » Dec 27, 2012 11:19 pm 1 person likes this post

Guys, always remember, Veeam is "disk" based backup, so the smallest element you can backup is a single virtual disks. You cannot backup specific files inside the disks. Dealing with files would mean having some agent inside the VM, and is something Veeam has always stated clearly they do not want to do.

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