Feature Request - Maintenance Window

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Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Skyview » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:50 am

Submitting a feature request - Maintenance Window

So many times as a service provider/backup manager for many many environments I get emails like:
"Can you disable the backups for this weekend while we _______"

Which entails me:
-Logging into local veeam environment, usually on a friday night just like tonight, waiting until the backup has finished and then disabling. Either that or logging in in the morning and changing the whole scheduling routine to run once at xxxx
-Setting a reminder in outlook for monday morning
-Logging in Monday morning and re-enabling the backup(s) and/or redoing the schedules.

It would be great if I could set Maintenance windows on individual backups- or even entire Vcenter environments, where the backups would just not run during those maintenance windows. And you could even extend that to individual repositories and all effected backup jobs pointed to those repositories. Or extrapolate that out to any backup infrastructure element, even tape units!

Thanks!
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:06 pm

Hello,
We are working on some related Veeam ONE feature and I would like to clarify the request.
Am I correct saying that main reason to disable backups is some works on the environment and additional load backup processes cause is not desired? Then you are asked not to load some repository/proxy/host etc. and you want to disable backup jobs which use particular object for a predefined period of time?
Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Seve CH » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:04 am 1 person likes this post

Hello,

In my case, it will be interesting to be able to schedule periodic or "one shot" maintenance windows per VM:

Periodic DB reorganization/reindexing. Some applications reindex all DBs once a week/month. That's a lot of I/O and data modified = huge snapshots. It is not a good idea to create or remove a snapshot while reindexing 100GB tables.

Periodic data export/import jobs. For instance, export production DB to a folder, import in test. Again, sometimes it is 800GB or more.

And also, punctual maintenance. Sometimes it is needed to fix DBs, migrate data, update applications, etc. which may involve a lot of modified blocks and/or IO. The SAP team might work during the night, but I prefer to go sleep and not to care about enabling/disabling backups by hand :)

And there is also vmware infrastructure maintenance/patching which might require to disable all activities in a specific vCenter/host server.

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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:42 am

Thanks for the great reply, Steve!
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby glamic26 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:37 pm 1 person likes this post

From our experience, a team will have some upgrade or maintenance work scheduled for out of hours on an application set. They will, therefore, request that the backup for those application servers (which are normally backed up at let's say 10pm) are backed up before the work starts at 7pm instead of the usual backup time. To do this, as Skyview has said, means changing the schedule for the whole job, waiting for it to finish, disable the job and then set the schedule back to the normal 10pm time. Then the next day un-disable the job so that it runs at 10pm that evening as per usual.

Setting a one-off override for this would be useful so that on a scheduled day (or days) the main job schedule is overridden by a temporary schedule. In the example above it would be to change the backup time from 10pm to 7pm for one day only. If we were able to do this it can be set up during working hours and nobody would need to log in outside normal working hours to then make further changes to the schedule and job, and nobody would need to remember to un-disable the job the next day. There would also be a use case for an override to simply run no backup for the set override schedule (for example maybe the application team is running performance testing and don't want backups to affect the figures).
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Skyview » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:49 pm

It's not so much the additional processing load myself and my customers are looking to avoid. It's more about preserving integrity of the backups. Maintenance can mean that in the middle of a backup anything can suddenly go offline- network,storage, vm proxies, vm hosts.

Also keep in mind application-aware processing can meddle with the environment while you're doing some major and delicate modifications. Definitely unwanted.

Add to that the possibility of people having some heavy-duty pre and post processing scripts that could really make things go south if they ran during maintenance.
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby kkuszek » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:53 pm

I think I actually submitted a similar feature request not that long ago.
This could actually be achieved by configuring jobs to have a start date. This way you edit a job before the window to say "start Feb 4th" and it gets passed over until that condition is met.
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby andyg » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:19 pm

+1 good idea
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby andyg » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:53 am

In our case, it would be nice to set a maintenance window on Veeam for when we do work on vSphere or VMware.

So Veeam backups won't run while we are upgrading vSphere or VMware.
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:57 pm 1 person likes this post

Got it, Andy!
Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Feature Request - Maintenance Window

Veeam Logoby kkuszek » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:24 pm

You could probably also configure this (if you go the maintenance window method) to set in the infrastructure host/vcenter/datastore/etc. resource as "maintenance mode" with an option to set a start/finish date if wanted.
You would need a console screen warning thought to prevent people from enabling it and forgetting. Maybe a bright red ribbon button that appears? or a title bar color change?
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