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Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Stone_Deaf » Apr 21, 2011 11:22 am 2 people like this post

Hi, I want to be able to exclude certain dates for backup jobs. I can do this in Backup Exec but can't see an option in Veeam Backup & Replication, any ideas as to workarounds? or if not, is this being considered for future releases? Thanks.

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Alexey D. » Apr 21, 2011 12:30 pm

Hello Nick,

Thanks for your feature request, maybe we will incorporate this functionality in the product, but not in the upcoming release.

As per workaround - just an idea - maybe you could write a poweshell script which would check whether current day is public holiday. If so, do nothing, otherwise - start jobs. Or, as another option, I would try Windows Task Scheduler and set days when to run the script starting the jobs. Hope it helps!

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Stone_Deaf » Apr 21, 2011 12:38 pm

ok thanks, would be a useful feature though!

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Post by jasonboche » Apr 22, 2011 1:17 am 1 person likes this post

I submitted a feature request for a much more granular job scheduler well over a year ago and referenced Symantec Backup Exec for a perfect/best case example. Veeam, if you want to be the king of backups, robust scheduler functionality is one of the keys. More flexibility is needed.

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Gostev » Apr 22, 2011 9:30 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi Jason, if you are implying that we ignored your feature request, then it is definitely not so. It is logged and we agree with it. However, when there are hunderds of features pending, it all comes done to priorities... some features get to wait. We are in the very competitive business with a very late start, and we need to make smart business decisions.

Let me put it the other way. Believe or not, but one of the reason we are beating Symantec today is because we do NOT have robust scheduler functionality. Of course, people are not naturally preferring us to Symantec because our scheduler is weak - the connection is more complex. Long explanation, but we can talk about this in person at VMworld in Vegas later this year. Maybe during traditional Veeam Vodka Party ;)

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by jamieorth » Apr 25, 2011 1:08 am

Now that sounds like a conversation I would like to be in on....... :)

I can see both sides here (not that there are two sides). We use Symantec today for all our physical servers (yes, we still have them) and for dumping our Veeam backups to tape (yes, we havent got rid of it all just yet). The scheduling would be a nice feature but when looking at Veeam vs. Symantec and the virtual options it now has (in BE2010) it was the options that Veeam 5 brings to the table. Being a financial institution it is really nice to verify our backups and be able to prove to auditors that we do so on a regular basis. Veeam gives us that option and makes it easy to do so. I will gladly trade better scheduling just for that - and when they do improve the scheduling that will just make the product better.

On another note - this will be my first VMworld - year after year, waiting, job changes, kids, no conferences outside of Florida, finally going - and I can't wait!! See you guys there!
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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Gostev » Apr 25, 2011 9:56 am

Sounds good Jamie ;) VMworld is great! If you shoot me a private message few weeks before VMworld, I will get you the Veeam Party invite!

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Giacomo_N » Jul 25, 2013 10:11 am 1 person likes this post

Stone_Deaf wrote:Hi, I want to be able to exclude certain dates for backup jobs. I can do this in Backup Exec but can't see an option in Veeam Backup & Replication, any ideas as to workarounds? or if not, is this being considered for future releases? Thanks.
Hi, any update ? I need to stop some Veeam jobs during the company holidays, but i've found only manual mode by disable signle jobs..


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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by v.Eremin » Jul 25, 2013 10:18 am 1 person likes this post

but i've found only manual mode by disable signle jobs
Hi, Giacomo. Instead of doing it manually, you can put into use PS. You can disable all backup/replication jobs using the following one-liner:

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(Get-VBRJob).disablescheduler()  
This one will enable everything back:

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(Get-VBRJob).enablescheduler()  
Hope this helps.
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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Giacomo_N » Jul 25, 2013 10:23 am

Hi Vladimir,

thank you for the fast reply, one more question, if i apply that PS is it for all jobs? I need to stop only 3 jobs..

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by v.Eremin » Jul 25, 2013 10:39 am 1 person likes this post

Yep, the script provided above will disable every backup/replication job you have. If you’re willing to disable/enable only three of them, please explicitly specify their names in $names variable:

Disable

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Asnp VeeamPSSnapin 
$Names = "Backup job 1", "Backup Job 2","Backup Job 3"
Foreach ($Name in $Names)
{$Job = Get-VBRJob | ? {$_.name -eq $Name}
$Job.DisableScheduler()
} 
Enable

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Asnp VeeamPSSnapin 
$Names = "Backup job 1", "Backup Job 2","Backup Job 3"
Foreach ($Name in $Names)
{$Job = Get-VBRJob | ? {$_.name -eq $Name}
$Job.EnableScheduler()
}
Hope this helps.
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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Giacomo_N » Jul 25, 2013 10:47 am

Vladimir u are the one!

I hope for the future a better integration inside the scheduler..

Thank u again and have a nice holydays:-)

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by v.Eremin » Jul 25, 2013 10:51 am

And don’t forget that the aforesaid scripts can be scheduled via Windows Scheduler to run on a given holidays, etc; might do the trick you’re after. Thanks.

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by yizhar » Jul 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Hi.

Just a small question:

Why at all do you want/need to disable the backup during holiday? Why not let it run?

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Re: Public Holiday Date Exceptions

Post by Giacomo_N » Jul 26, 2013 2:45 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi Yizhar,

Our company close for 3 weeks during August and only few people can connect from external.
Usually and until last year, with B.E. i need to stop the jobs because the tape library is 16 slots.
Now with Veeam and D2D architecture is different, but why lose 21 restoration points of my retention during company holydays?

Giacomo

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