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Consolidate Backup Files

Veeam Logoby jacob.estrin » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:52 pm

Hello,

I have a backup job that is full of decomissioned/graveyarded server backups. When I had a look the other day, I realised that the backup chain consists of a single VBK file from ages ago and around 7 VIB files containing full backups of various servers.

Is there any way to consolidate these files to create a single VBK that contains all the single server backup instances?

Thanks for your time?

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Re: Consolidate Backup Files

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:20 pm

Hello Jacob,
jacob.estrin wrote:I realised that the backup chain consists of a single VBK file from ages ago and around 7 VIB files containing full backups of various servers

This looks strange as .VIB stands for Veeam Incremental Backup.
Conceding this VIBs have size of full backup since the job worked rarely, you can run a backup copy job with the chain as a source to get a single .vbk file or you can restore VM(s) from the latest restore point and backup it again.
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Re: Consolidate Backup Files

Veeam Logoby jacob.estrin » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:54 pm

Hi Shestakov.

The Vib's are correct as I have been adding/removing VM's to the job as they die and are no longer used. To elaborate. the first time the job ran, it had VM-01 associated. The second time it was run, VM-01 was removed and VM-02 and VM-03 were added. etc, etc.

I'll give the backup copy job a try now.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Consolidate Backup Files

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:56 am

Thanks for the clarification.
Backup copy job run should do the trick.
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Re: Consolidate Backup Files

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:54 pm

What backup method does this job use? You can wait until the blocks belonging to removed VMs will be marked as free (once deleted VMs retention applies) and then compact the full backup file.
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