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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby chrmol » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:00 am

This is really starting to be annoying - our backup destination ran full this night. We have retention set to 21 - but a couple of jobs now have 6 Full backup and all the incremental in between!
It works on some jobs, and not on others.
I have now done a manually clean-up (deleted the older files) and update to latest version 5.0.2 – ill keep an eye on the files the next couple of days.
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:16 am

Christian, please look through this topic for better understanding retention policy and Forward Incremental backup mode. After that please make changes to your retention pocily, so you do not fill up the destination datastore.
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby chrmol » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:25 pm

I already did - if i have misunderstanded the way retention works please give me some advice.
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:07 pm

Chrisitian,

Basically with Reversed Incremental mode the retention policy is a straight forward thing. If you define 7 restore points to keep, then you'll have 1 VBK and 6 VRB files.

However, with Forward Incremental backup mode it is getting a little bit more complex. Generally speaking you'll have twice more restore points available on the disk compared to the retention policy settings.

Tom has posted a pretty detailed explanation on the previous page of this very topic. In addition to this, please look through these topics more carefully: v5 Restore Point Bug? and Job Set for 14 Mount Points - 46 exist

On top of that, what is your retention policy now (still 21?) and how have you scheduled your backup jobs?

Thanks.
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby chrmol » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:10 am

I believe that the reason is that I have some deleted VMs inside thoose jobs that won't cleanup!
I have updated to latest veeam version which i can se that is able to handle this (deleted VM retension days) - I hope that it is solved for now.
I'm able to conclude this in about a week or so.
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Re: Old Restore Points not Automatically Purging

Veeam Logoby pizzim13 » Mon May 16, 2011 5:58 pm

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I am having the same issue. I have a backup job with a retention policy of 14 but Veeam shows 26 restore points. Running 5.0.2.230
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Limit Restore Points Not Working

Veeam Logoby MattR » Mon May 23, 2011 1:48 pm

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We have Veeam Backup & Replication version 5.0.1.198 (32bit) installed on Windows Server 2008 that is backing up from ESXi 4.1 to a Linux back-end. We have it configured to do Synthetic incremental backups for VMs with a limit on the restore points to keep on disk set at 28. However, we have found that the backups are not being purged as they should be.

Information about the server properties:
Elevate account to root is selected, but 'add account to sudoers file automatically' is not (attempts to add automatically always fail, the account was added manually and is a member of wheel which we have set for not requiring password for now).

Backup files are being created as Root:Root with a mask of 644. The Linux server build is a Gentoo 2.6 Kernel.

Please provide assistance on what else in the configuration there may be to have the old files properly purged.

Thank you,


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restore points settings ignored

Veeam Logoby M70374 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:05 am

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Hello,
we have two VMs running VBR 5.0.2 in site locations where small ESXI 4.1.0 clusters are placed. The setting "restore points to keep on disk" = 7 is being ignored. I.e. one VM backed up has a vbk file of 2011-04-30 and 33 vib files. I modified the setting to 14 days and re-run the job without errors but the amount of restore points was not corrected.
I am really confused since we use VBR in the same version for our big central clusters in our main location without these problems. The only difference is that it is a VM using option Virtual Appliance in the site locations while we have physical servers in our main location using option "Direct SAN Access".
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby Alexey D. » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:23 am

Tobias, most probably you didn't specify the schedule to create synthetic full backup. Since you have only 1 VBK file, older incremental points can not be removed according to retention policy, because they cannot exist without "parental" VBK. Please go through the current topic if more information needed.
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Backup not purging restore points

Veeam Logoby J1mbo » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:17 am

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My backup jobs don't seem to be ever purging any old copies - is there some trick to this? My jobs specify the default 14 restore points, yet the client is showing 20+ on some VMs (basically they've not been purged since job creation, it seems).

Many thanks
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Too many restore points

Veeam Logoby kratos31 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:33 am

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Hi,

Our backup job is set to keep 14 restore points, at the moment we have 20.
Its causing a bit of a problem it terms of disk space.

Should the last backup not be removed once we get to 14?
thanks
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Retention Policy / Period - Disk Space

Veeam Logoby habibalby » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:51 am

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Hi,
I have setup backup jobs with settings:

Restore Points to Keep on Disk: 5 Days
Delete VMs Retention Period: 7 Days

I have noticed that when I run the Backup after 7 Days or even 10 / 15 Days, still the old backup exists and are not being deleted. This causes the Targets become Full and I cannot run Backup anymore..

How can I get rid of the old Backup if the backup expired based on the Retention Period?

Thanks,
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Too much restore points

Veeam Logoby JorisK » Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:02 am

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Hi,

We have a job that should be having max 5 restore points, and a max retention of 7 days. Still, the job has 10 restore points availible for restore. I have a lot of jobs like that. Anyone any idea why this is possible?

I have to mention that we use sequenced jobs and some of the jobs got started manually using the "Start Job" button in the past days.

Regards,
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby pmolenbrugge » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:12 pm

hi all,
had the same situation. Our problem was that the day we chose to compact the incrementals (saterday) was NOT in the schedule for the job (only mon-fri).One we added satuday problem was solved. Kind of strange however that veeam lets you create the job this way. Would be nice to have a check implemented that avoids this kind of errors.
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Re: Rollback points and full backups

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:46 pm

Yes, I believe this is fixed in v6. Thanks!
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