Discussions specific to the VMware vSphere hypervisor
Post Reply
cxwsrei
Enthusiast
Posts: 41
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Contact:

Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup chain

Post by cxwsrei » Aug 15, 2018 8:58 am

HI all
I have a backup job that contains 20 VMs, it runs daily.
Restore points to keep is set to 60 (equivalent to 2 month).
Now I like to keep 2 restore points (respectively 2 full backups and its corresponding increment backups) of ONE server only for a longer period.
How to do that ? Any recommendations/ideas ?

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1683
Liked: 211 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by DGrinev » Aug 15, 2018 10:47 am

Hi,

Can you provide a bit more details.
You can use the existing backup chain as source for backup copy job to create a separate backup chain with the only one server, if that is what you're after.

cxwsrei
Enthusiast
Posts: 41
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by cxwsrei » Aug 15, 2018 11:59 am

I was already thinking abou tthat approach - but I don´t see that this is what I like.
We have 60 restore points - for example june 17 - until August 15.
These will expire soon.
There are 2 restore points - endof of june/jun3 30 and end of july/july 30 that we like to keep for a longer period.

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1683
Liked: 211 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by DGrinev » Aug 15, 2018 2:10 pm

Do you want to keep the existing two full backups, but with the data of the one particular server?
Or just keep both backup chains (60RPs) for a longer period of time?
Please provide more details about the backup job.
If you have periodic monthly fulls enabled, then you will get another full backup file followed by the 29 increments, only after that the earliest 30 RPs will be deleted by the retention rule. Thanks!

Tnjus
Service Provider
Posts: 24
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 28, 2015 7:05 pm
Full Name: Thomas M Njus

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by Tnjus » Aug 15, 2018 2:14 pm

If you have space on your host, you could do an Instant VM Recovery to restore the server at each point in time (rename them obviously), then back up the restored VMs.

cxwsrei
Enthusiast
Posts: 41
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by cxwsrei » Aug 16, 2018 7:44 am

Hi Dmitry
thank you for the instant response.
The job runs daily, as already mentioned, and full backups are processed weekly (saturday).
Yes - you´got it - we "only" like just to keep both backup chains (60RPs) for a longer period of time.

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1683
Liked: 211 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by DGrinev » Aug 16, 2018 11:53 am

You can achieve this simply by increasing the retention value, but it takes you additional storage space for obvious reasons. Thanks!

cxwsrei
Enthusiast
Posts: 41
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by cxwsrei » Aug 16, 2018 12:32 pm

Dmitry
that´s the reason why I opened this thread.
We intend to keep it for 1 year or longer.
I don´t like to (simply) increase the retention value (and wasting a lot of disc space - the other question is -> do we have so much disc space).
Is there no other way /approach ?

skrause
Expert
Posts: 431
Liked: 90 times
Joined: Dec 08, 2014 2:58 pm
Full Name: Steve Krause
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by skrause » Aug 16, 2018 1:17 pm

So you are wanting to keep 365 restore points rather than 60?

A backup copy job is going to be your most flexible and likely easiest to implement solution.

Also, if you have one server with a different retention policy than the other servers, it makes sense to have it processed in a different job.
Steve Krause
Veeam Certified Architect

DGrinev
Veeam Software
Posts: 1683
Liked: 211 times
Joined: Dec 01, 2016 3:49 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Grinev
Location: St.Petersburg
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by DGrinev » Aug 16, 2018 2:37 pm

I'd say that is the most efficient way to handle this.
You can leave the primary backup job with the retention of 60 RPs and use it as source for backup copy job for the ONE server you want to retain 365 days. Thanks!

cxwsrei
Enthusiast
Posts: 41
Liked: 2 times
Joined: May 22, 2017 1:18 pm
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by cxwsrei » Aug 17, 2018 8:49 am

OK. I see. Thank you all.

Gostev
SVP, Product Management
Posts: 24431
Liked: 3405 times
Joined: Jan 01, 2006 1:01 am
Location: Baar, Switzerland
Contact:

Re: Like to keep backups of ONE server only out of backup ch

Post by Gostev » Aug 19, 2018 11:39 pm 7 people like this post

Just wanted to add that the upcoming Update 4 brings the new functionality that may help in cases such as this. I am talking about the ability to export the selected restore point of the specific VM as a full backup file (and keep one on VeeamZIP-style retention, if required). We've had lots of requests for this functionality over past years!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 29 guests