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Backup folder hierarchy

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I am backing up multiple servers using Vstorage API SAN only. I setup a backup job and selected a destination folder on a DAS device. Is there a way to separate server backup files so that the destination folder isn't storing all server backups in one place? Normally, it wouldn't be a problem until i access this folder and see multiple files per individual server. What we end up with is a huge folder with a ton of files. It would be great if each server can get segregated into its own folder without needing to create multiple jobs. Is this possible?

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Re: Backup folder hierarchy

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I don't think what your asking about is currently possible, and you could almost say it runs contrary to the ideas Veeam is built on. Veeam uses a de-dupe engine to eliminate redundant blocks between VM's. This is a big win, especially if you're VM's are deployed from a template, however, that "de-duping" only has maximum advantage if your store multiple servers within the same VBK file as "de-dupe" is limited to removing blocks within a single VBK file. If you split your backups to an individual file per server most of the advantages of de-dupe are removed.

Basically, think of the VBK file as a big pool of disk storage where blocks are saved, not as a backup file for a single VM, similar to the way tape was a big pool of storage that stored backups from many servers. Generally you did not create one tape per server.

Still, I can understand certain cases with this would be useful. Right now I think if you want this you'll have to make separate jobs. We actually started out with many small jobs writing to different directories, some with only a single server, some with a small handful of related servers, but we've slowly switched to a setup with fewer and fewer jobs with more servers per job (some have 20-25 servers).

Also, you say you see "multiple file per individual server" but you really should only see multiple files per individual job, unless you're creating jobs with only one server. Perhaps I misunderstood your question.

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Re: Backup folder hierarchy

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Michael, I do not understand the issue and question either.

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Re: Backup folder hierarchy

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Tsightler answered my question. All I was looking for was whether or not a job, which includes backing up multiple servers, can automatically create subfolders in the destination folder for every server that it backs up.

thank you,

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