- 2 Hyper V Hosts
Regular Veeam Backup and Replication (Not Enterprise version)
Veeam Backup connected to a MD1400 DAS
I keep on getting inconsistent backup errors that are all over the joint and other fun things with the backups and I'm thinking of just doing a nuke and pave on the backup server and starting from scratch.
1.) If I do a Nuke and pave (I have good offsite backups), will ReFS give me a better chance against the fragmentation on the Backup Storage Drive
2.) Should I go with the recommended path (I have about 30TB of space on the backup drives and right now I'm sitting at 17TB of space used with 12TB left) of incremental with Synthetic Full backups and an active full backup quarterly?
3.) I'm hearing mixed things on whether or not to do the Volume Snapshots. You guys have any opinions on it?
4.) Guest quiescensce... Yes or no?
5.) Secondary Destinations or Backup Copy?
I have my opinions on this, but before I head down this road, I would like to get a few brains that are smarter than I.
My opinions are as follows:
1.) Yes to ReFS due to the Salvage mode and the way it handles the Metadata (Doesn't update in-place, creates copy and once it's happy with the results does it update the metadata). This turns what is usually a server that is brought offline for time consuming disk checking utilities to find and repair the entries, to a volume which is repaired except for the corrupt data files and brought back online in under one second.
2.) Incremental with Synthetic Fulls and Active Fulls once a quarter
3.) On the fence, but I do say yes to the snapshots.
4.) Yes with the exception of SQL and Exchange, there you turn on the Application aware processing.
5.) Either secondary location or backup disk, don't have the disk space for both I don't think.
The environment is solid, I can't add new disk hardware at this time. (1.8 million on a surgical center takes priority)
To all, thanks in advance for your help and opinions! And all of you Veeam Software Gurus (Foggy and Gostev Especially) I'd love to hear from you!