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Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by johnlockie » Jun 25, 2012 10:12 pm

I have not really looked in to this deeply, although I have read most the docs and not seen this covered....

I know it is possible to move / change target backup repositories, and have done it with success.

I am wondering, what if we set up a bunch of individual jobs for a group of VMs and now want to place all these in to a single job? When we performed full backups (initial fulls) it made more sense to do these 1 at a time rather than groups of VMs in a single job. Now that the full backups are completed it actually makes more sense to have a single job for groups of VMs....

Any idea if this is possible? Knowing what I know about Veeam architecture I am guessing not...?

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jun 25, 2012 10:27 pm

Merging multiple VBK files (full VM backups) into a single consolidated VBK file is not possible, you need to create a new job with all your VMs and schedule a full job pass.

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by johnlockie » Jun 25, 2012 10:30 pm

So when I have multiple VMs in a single job it creates one large VBK file? I was assuming it would still create separate VBK files in a single job folder (on the target repository)

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by Vitaliy S. » Jun 25, 2012 10:41 pm

Yes, one backup job creates only one VBK file for the entire job.

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by Gostev » Jun 26, 2012 9:32 pm

...and that's how you get disk space savings from deduplication.

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by rbrambley » Jun 26, 2012 11:19 pm

When we performed full backups (initial fulls) it made more sense to do these 1 at a time rather than groups of VMs in a single job.
Now you can use the same strategy to consolidate the jobs. Move one (or a few VMs into the consolidated job) each night. This way you only have a small number of new Fulls each night instead of a bunch at one time.

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by johnlockie » Jun 26, 2012 11:25 pm

Hmm....I like your thinking. This might work.

If a backup of a particular VM fails in a group will that entire job fail?

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Re: Marge Multiple Job to 1

Post by Gostev » Jun 26, 2012 11:26 pm

The job will complete fine for all other VMs, then retry failed VMs according to your retry settings.

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