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Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by wla » Feb 19, 2011 2:30 pm

Hi,
I found some topics in this forum about backup to removable storage by copy the backup target directory to mobile (USB) disk(s) with explorer or tools like robocopy.
The problem is that the changed full recovery file (.vbk) will change and robocopy or other tools copy a huge file although only a small part of this file changed.

What about this idea: let veeam manage the offline disk(s).
Additional to the periodically scheduled backup jobs with persistent storage target, configure manual backup jobs (incremental synthetic), which will be started manually after plug the mobile disk(s). So veeam know what is to do and it will do this more quickly.

Does this will work? (I never worked before with veeam, but from now I will do :-)

Thank you in advance
Walter

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by joergr » Feb 19, 2011 3:23 pm

Hi,

ok, you are trying to be 101% backup-sure, right ;-)? So, yes, generally spoken it would be possible to let a second job run manually to some external storage.

But a way smarter solution for what you try to accomplish would be to create a second job as a replication job to another esx/i machine, thus you have your vbX backup files created on your backup server and you have the replica ready to start on another esx/i machine.

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by wla » Feb 21, 2011 7:30 am

The reason for this is that we have many customers with only one virtualization server. From performance point of view this is enough, for availability they have 4h inside support - also acceptable.
But the backup infrastructure (e.g. low cost NAS) is installed in the same server room and in case of disaster that is a problem.

So I will recommend to have one or two USB disks which will be connected from time to time and served by a manually job. I prefere to do this directly with Veeam Backup (synthetic) instead of tools like robocopy or explorer (copying the target of Veeam Backup). I hope this will result in quickly incremental backups.

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by Vitaliy S. » Feb 21, 2011 9:22 am

Walter, have you considered using rsync to sync your VBK file with an offsite storage as this would also result in quick incremental runs?

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by wla » Feb 21, 2011 11:14 am

Vitaliy S. wrote:Walter, have you considered using rsync to sync your VBK file with an offsite storage as this would also result in quick incremental runs?
Vitaly, why not Veeam Backup? Is there any issue to configure more than one job with same source and different targets?

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by Vitaliy S. » Feb 21, 2011 11:34 am

No, there are no issues with that. The reason why I suggested rsync is that I didn't want to extend your backup window with another job. If configuring a second backup job works for you then feel free to go with this option. Thanks!

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by hagepat » Aug 22, 2011 12:54 pm

Hi Vitaliy,

Do you have good resources to find more information about rsync. We have same problems at customer sites. Only 1 ESX servers and 1 NAS for backup in the same room.

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by Gostev » Aug 22, 2011 1:16 pm

Good start would be to search this forum for rsync

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Re: Backup to offline/removable storage

Post by Vitaliy S. » Aug 22, 2011 1:20 pm

Here is one of the numerous existing topics: Sync Master Backups to Wan in Block Level

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