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Backup Copy (target files at site-B)

Post by Jim » Jan 25, 2014 2:11 am

Quick questions: we're testing Backup-Copy jobs from site-A to site-B via WAN Accelerators. Can we then use the files in GlobalCache (VeeamWAN) at site-B to test ESX VMs? Are there import settings if we want to re-create all VMs from these Backup-Copy files at site-B including new Veeam servers in the event everything at site-A is gone? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Backup Copy (target files at site-B)

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jan 25, 2014 1:28 pm

Hello James,

Do you mean that you want to use global cache files to restore/re-create the VMs? Why not to use the backup files produced by the backup copy jobs? You can restore any VM that is in the backup file.

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Re: Backup Copy (target files at site-B)

Post by Jim » Jan 25, 2014 2:12 pm

Thanks for your quick reply. Maybe i'm missing something here. For some reason, i don't see backup files in site-B Veeam server (only in GlobalCache) after the Backup Copy job finishes (configured on site-A Veeam server). Here are some options i tried to test total site-A failure including site-A Veeam server crash,

1) import Backup jobs from site-A Veeam to site-B Veeam --> doesn't work if site-A Veeam is not available
2) copy all Backup Job files from site-A Veeam to site-B Veeam via Windows CIFS and Riverbed WAN Accelerator (from NY to Asia); then rescan on site-B Veeam to see all Backup Jobs --> works but not ideal for incremental.
3) create Backup Jobs from site-B Veeam to back up site-A VMs via Riverbed --> works but would rather use Veeam WAN Accelerator :) for cost effectiveness among many sites

Maybe you could recommend other better options. Thank you again.

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Re: Backup Copy (target files at site-B)

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jan 25, 2014 2:35 pm

If you have two standalone Veeam backup servers running on the both sites, then you will only see backup files on Site A within the backup console (where the backup copy job was configured).

OK, let's imagine that your site A goes down, then to restore all the VMs you would need to install new backup console (takes minutes) on site B, create a repository where backup files are stored, run a rescan procedure to populate you backup console with these files and then restore the VMs. This is one of the approaches our customers are currently using.

Alternatively you could go with your 3rd variant and still use WAN accelerators to transfer all the data. Just create backup and backup copy jobs within the backup console on site B, use repositories on site A to store backup files and WAN accelerators to optimize the backup traffic between the sites for the backup copy jobs.
Jim wrote:3) create Backup Jobs from site-B Veeam to back up site-A VMs via Riverbed --> works but would rather use Veeam WAN Accelerator :) for cost effectiveness among many sites

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