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Need way to cancel Veeam Backup Automatically

Post by cnaslund » Apr 10, 2013 11:07 pm

Hi;

I have an issue where we have two drives for daily backups of our servers. Both drives are external USB drives which are rotated daily to offsite storage. One external drive is used by Microsoft Shadow Copy for backups of our physical servers, the other drive is used by Veeam to backup our ESXi 5.x servers. We have a PA do our drive rotations daily, but sometimes she can get the two drives (both with large labels on them) in the wrong cradles. When this occurs, the Veeam backup job running that day can corrupt the shadow backup image on the incorrectly inserted drive.

Is there a way to write a pre-run script which will check to see if the correct daily backup drive is inserted and if the script fails, cancelling the daily VEEAM job from running? Any suggestions are requested.

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Re: Need way to cancel Veeam Backup Automatically

Post by foggy » Apr 11, 2013 6:51 am

Chuck, you could probably have a scheduled task that kicks off a script checking whether the correct drive is inserted and then triggering the backup job using PowerShell.

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Post by zoltank » Apr 11, 2013 12:51 pm

It might be easier to buy a physically different cradle for one of the backups, therefore making is physically impossible to insert the wrong drive into the wrong cradle.

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Re: Need way to cancel Veeam Backup Automatically

Post by veremin » Apr 11, 2013 2:11 pm 2 people like this post

Is there a way to write a pre-run script which will check to see if the correct daily backup drive is inserted and if the script fails, cancelling the daily VEEAM job from running?
It depends on your situation solely.

If your devices are mounted with the different names – like, device one is mounted as a “New Volume#1”, while another as “New Volume #2”, you can put into use something like this:

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Asnp VeeamPSSnapin
$Job = Get-VBRJob -name "Name of your Job"
$backupDrive = $null
$VolumeName = "Name of mounted volume" #For instance, New Volume#1
get-wmiobject win32_logicaldisk | % {
    if ($_.VolumeName -eq $VolumeName) {
        $backupDrive = $_.VolumeName
        Write-Output "$VolumeName drive found!"
    }
}
if ($backupDrive -eq $null) {
    Write-Output "$VolumeName drive not found! "$Job.name" will be disabled"
    $Job.DisableScheduler()
} 
Otherwise, if these devices are mounted under different letters – like, device one is mounted as a “K:”, while another as “L:”, you should utilize the following version:

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Asnp VeeamPSSnapin
$Job = Get-VBRJob -name "Name of your Job"
$backupDrive = $null
$VolumeName = "Name of your drive" | #For instance, K:
get-wmiobject win32_logicaldisk | % {
    if ($_.DeviceID -eq $VolumeName) {
        $backupDrive = $_.DeviceID
        Write-Output "$VolumeName drive found!"
    }
}
if ($backupDrive -eq $null) {
    Write-Output "$VolumeName drive not found! "$Job.name" will be disabled"
    $Job.DisableScheduler()
} 
If the corresponding device can’t be found, this script will output a message and disable given job.

As always don’t forget to test it, before implementing.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

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Re: Need way to cancel Veeam Backup Automatically

Post by cnaslund » Apr 13, 2013 2:57 am

Thank You for your replies!

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