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Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby bensaida » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:31 am

Hello everyone, I setup a backup copy job that backs up to a remote repository 4 vms.
I noticed the space being eaten fast. After looking at the repository from the windows explorer I saw that I had almost for every day an incremental and a full.
All I want is a full and forever incremental but I don't see an option for this.
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:57 pm 1 person likes this post

Hello Said,
By design it should work just like you want to.
Are all those full backups created by that backup copy job?

By the way, backup copy job doesn`t backup, but just copies existing restore points.
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby jamerson » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:46 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi bensaida,
are you using active full backup on your backup job ?
backup copy does copy only your backup files nothing else.
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:59 am 1 person likes this post

after looking at the repository from the windows explorer I saw that I had almost for every day an incremental and a full.

Can you tell us what retention settings does the backup copy job have? Is GFS enabled?

are you using active full backup on your backup job ?

It shouldn't matter, as backup copy job is using forever incremental mode.
backup copy does copy only your backup files nothing else.

Backup copy job doesn't t copy backup chain as a whole, but rather synthetically creates required restore points in "target" location from VM data in source backup repositories.

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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby bensaida » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:47 pm

Shestakov wrote:Are all those full backups created by that backup copy job?


Yes
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby bensaida » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:49 pm

jamerson wrote:Hi bensaida,
are you using active full backup on your backup job ?
.


No Just Incremental.
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby bensaida » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:54 pm

v.Eremin wrote: Can you tell us what retention settings does the backup copy job have? Is GFS enabled? .


Job: copy every day
Restore points keep 5
Restore points for archival purposes: 4 weekly backups/14 monthly.

Where can I confirm if GFS is enabled?
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:01 pm 1 person likes this post

bensaida wrote:Restore points for archival purposes: 4 weekly backups/14 monthly.

This is GFS retention.

Basically, with these settings you should have a regular backup chain consisting of an initial full (VBK) and four subsequent increments (VIB) and weekly/monthly restore points as separate fulls. If you observe something different, feel free to contact support for a closer look at what happens.
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby bensaida » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:08 pm

I think I understand now what is going on. Your explanation is very clear. Thank you!
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Re: Question about backup copy

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:28 pm

You can get some further explanation in the corresponding user guide section.
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