Comprehensive data protection for all workloads
Post Reply
hyphen
Novice
Posts: 3
Liked: never
Joined: Jul 05, 2019 2:07 am
Full Name: AG
Contact:

Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by hyphen » Jul 05, 2019 2:10 am

Hello, I have a couple of questions regarding rotating two usb drives in Veeam.

1- If I swap drives every day, does that mean Veeam will create a full backup every day? If that is the case, how often do you rotate drives?
2- If I need to restore a file from an external drive that I have just plugged in, how can I make Veeam show the restore points in that drive? It's showing the restore points from the previous connected drive.

Thank you for your help.

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1645
Liked: 201 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by DGrinev » Jul 05, 2019 10:40 am

Hello, hyphen and welcome to the Veeam community!

1. That's correct, you will get a full backup every time you're rotating drives. You might consider a backup copy job for the rotated drive repository since it can deliver increments even if you will swap drives daily.
2. You can run the job targeting actual drive to see all the backups performed earlier.
Please review the article in the User Guide for additional information (restore related information at the bottom of the page). Thanks!

hyphen
Novice
Posts: 3
Liked: never
Joined: Jul 05, 2019 2:07 am
Full Name: AG
Contact:

Re: Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by hyphen » Jul 05, 2019 6:21 pm

1. That's correct, you will get a full backup every time you're rotating drives. You might consider a backup copy job for the rotated drive repository since it can deliver increments even if you will swap drives daily.
Do you mean I can use one main external drive only for the main Backup Job and leave it plugged in all the time, and then create a Backup Copy Job that will have two rotating drives as the backup repository, therefore always having an exact copy of the main drive in both rotating drives?
You can run the job targeting actual drive to see all the backups performed earlier.
Does this mean I would have to run a backup job to get it to display the restore points?

Thank you for all your help!

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1645
Liked: 201 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by DGrinev » Jul 09, 2019 4:20 pm

1. Yes, you can have the source backup on the separate external device or at the local datastore with the backup copy job targeting rotated drive repository.
It's important that the copy job isn't making an exact copy, but independent backup chain.

2. That's correct.

Thanks!

hyphen
Novice
Posts: 3
Liked: never
Joined: Jul 05, 2019 2:07 am
Full Name: AG
Contact:

Re: Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by hyphen » Jul 11, 2019 1:51 am

Thank you for your answers.
It's important that the copy job isn't making an exact copy, but independent backup chain.
I'm not sure I understand the above. If we are making a Backup Copy to a repository with rotating external drives for redundancy, shouldn't the goal be to have an exact copy of the backups on all the drives involved?

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1645
Liked: 201 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Rotating Drives Backup and Restore Questions

Post by DGrinev » Jul 12, 2019 4:39 pm

The goal is to have another backup chain with the same list of VMs, isn't it?
It's not just a copy since we're working with the data blocks, not just copying source backup files.

Thanks!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 101 guests