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Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Vyt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:49 am

Hey, got a quick question about backup copy job. Does backup copy interval has any influence for GFS retention?

Lets say my GFS configuration is:

Restore points to keep: 2

Weekly backup: 5
Monthly backup: 12
Quarterly backup: 0
Yearly backup: 3
"Read the entire restore point from source backup instead of synthesizing it from increments" is checked

Copy interval is every 14 days for example.

Does copy interval affect only restore points to keep or also GFS? I mean if I have 14 days copy interval, means I would have problems with my weekly backups, or no?

Thanks for answer!
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:34 am

Hello Vyt and welcome to the community!
In this case the job should run weekly in accordance with the GFS retention option.
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Vyt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:04 am

Ok, thank you for your answer.

Got another question about "Restore points to keep". If I set "Restore points to keep: 2" and if I understand it correctly according to this topic: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... tml?ver=95 after I have 2 restore points, on 3rd day Veeam should "merge" 1st and 2nd restore Point, so that I would keep 2 restore points, but in my case I have a lot more and they not really merging.
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Any tips?
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:17 am

Your understanding is correct, but if you set "Read the entire restore point from source backup instead of synthesizing it from increments" option there will be no merge, what results in 7 restore points in the chain.
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:52 am

Vyt wrote:Does copy interval affect only restore points to keep or also GFS? I mean if I have 14 days copy interval, means I would have problems with my weekly backups, or no?

I'm a bit confused, since with the copy interval set to 14 days, you cannot have weekly GFS fulls, they will be bi-weekly.
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Vyt » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:10 pm

foggy wrote:I'm a bit confused, since with the copy interval set to 14 days, you cannot have weekly GFS fulls, they will be bi-weekly.


Well yes, now I know, but that was my original question because I wasn't sure of relationship between copy interval and GFS. For some time I thought copy intervals are just for "Restore points to keep".

The whole setting up of backup job is a little bit confusing. You have three different settings of "time" in different areas. First copy interval, then under "Target" you got "Schedule" and then also separate tab for "Schedule".

Copy interval and "Target" settings somehow should work together. If I choose that I want weekly GFS backups, it should tell me that I cannot have copy interval of more than 7 days and/or other way around.

But maybe I am just missing something :)
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:15 pm 1 person likes this post

I agree, that backup copy job setup might look confusing, we're working on improving it though.
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Vyt » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:54 am

One more question about backup copy.

I want to copy backups once per month, on last Sunday of the month, and keep 2 months of backups.

What i did now is:
Copy interval: 30 days
Restore points to keep: 2
Monthly backups: 2 on last Sunday of the month
Read the entire restore point... checked

I enabled job on 17th of the month. Right after enabling, it made a first copy. Now it most likely got like 20 days more to wait till it will copy again. What will happen on this sunday, since it is the last Sunday of the month? My guess would be - nothing :D and my backup copy job won't work as I intended. Any tips?
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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby Vyt » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:27 am

Any help on how to set up 2 months backup copy job on last sundays of the month?

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Re: Backup copy interval and GFS question

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:27 pm

If you want them to be put aside exactly on last Sunday of the month, you need the job to run daily (1 day copy interval). Otherwise it will wait for the next job run and mark the current full as a monthly one.
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