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Hallo Forum,

I have the community Edition of Backup and Replication 10.

I dont understand how the backup to rotating usb drives works in my case.

I backup no VM - just backup a single folder on the computer where "Backup and Replication 10" is installed. I backup this folder just on a test computer to a single usb stick.

I did the following:
-"Add repository" and checked "This Repostiory is backed by rotated hard drives"
-Under Backup job I selected "Active full" from Monday until Sunday
-Under Backup job I selected the Repository (my USB Sticks Repo)
-Under Backup job and Storage I set: "Keep Backups for 1 days"

Now I expect that a backup is made. Next day the backup from the previous day should be overwritten/deleted and the new backup should be on the stick.

But in my case the stick runs full and there is no space left on the stick. The backup from the previous day is not erased.

I want to buy for production computer 14 Sticks an let them rotate daily. On each Stick only 1 full backup should be stored. The old full backup on each stick should be erased and be replaced with the actual backup.

How can I achieve this?

Thank you and regards
HT

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Re: Rotating Usb drives

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Backup from previous day is removed as soon a new restore point is written.

If veeam is removing the the active full before a second was run successfully, there is no backup. Your Retention setting is configured to always have one restore Point.

Restore Point (backup data) removal is always at the end of the backup session, after all backups are successful.
I don’t think, that this process is different from fixed disk to rotating disk.

You have to buy usb sticks which can store two times of your expected full backup size. There should be some gigabytes left also for maintenance tasks.


Here is the proccess described:

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=100

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It seems not to work.

What I have done now:
first: created a fullbackup on my usb stick
second: changed the system time to the next day (same time)
third: started an "Active full" backup" manually

The result is a new vbk file. The old one is not erased.

What I have done then:
first: changed the time to the next day (same time)
second: started another "Active full" backup

Then the result was that a third vbk was created and the usb stick ran full.

Thanks and with kind regards
HT

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The please open a support request.
I dońt have the logs from your veeam server to analyze further. :)
In my understanding, restore points should get be deleted after the second Full Backup, if you have configured only single restore Point Retention.

And I think, it´s veeam policy to add a case number to problems here in the community forums.

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Re: Rotating Usb drives

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Hi,
I backup no VM - just backup a single folder on the computer where "Backup and Replication 10" is installed. I backup this folder just on a test computer to a single usb stick.
Which backup job type do you use to backup a single folder?

Just a quick suggestion in case you backup this folder using windows agent job type with file level backup mode -
have you tried setting retention to 1 restore point instead of 1 day?

If the computer you test it on is the member of any AD domain, could it be that
its time setting is being controlled by GPO?

Thanks,
Oleg

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Hallo,

thanks for answering. No AD is in use.
Yes, I use file backup mode - how can I change from "1 day" to "1 restore point"?

Thanks and with kind regards
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If I understood your setup correctly, check point 3 of this page.
But might it also be that you already have that retention policy in place, just treat it as days?
Thanks!

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Hallo again,

depending on what settings I choose on the first page of the wizard i get different available options on the following pages of the wizard.
I tried different settings and it seems that "managed by Agent" and "Type: Server" and "Restore points 1" does what I need.

Thanks and regards
HT

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