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Backing up 6 VMs at present, though that will increase as more servers are migrated to vSphere (3 hosts licensed via vSphere Essentials). Veeam runs on a physical Server 2012 R2 box which is also the on-site repository. It has a direct link into the iSCSI LAN to access the SAN.
There is a single job for the VMs, running each night at 21:00 and is set to keep 21 restore points. The report from last night's run says 14.9GB read and 3.3GB transferred.
A single Backup Copy job is set to run at 00:00 each night to copy the changes to another physical Server 2012 R2 box which is off-site (with 10Mbps upload bandwidth). The off-site server is configured as a Veeam repository. That job is set to keep 4 weekly backups, 2 monthly backups, 4 quarterly backups and 1 yearly backup.
One of the VMs is a file server and we want to move some other file shares to it. This will add at least 200 to 300GB to the server.
My concern is that will take days to replicate off-site at 10Mbps, so can I re-seed just that server off-site using a USB disk (whilst keeping the retention points in the off-site repository)? It's something I'd like to repeat as additional VMs are created and added to the main backup job. Could I:
- Suspend the Backup Copy Job
- Copy the whole local repository to a USB drive and take to the off-site server
- Attach the USB drive to the off-site server and add it as a new repository?
- When the Backup Copy Job is enabled, will it use the USB drive as the source rather than dragging everything over the WAN?
- Remove the USB repository in Veeam once done and then go back to replicating over the WAN again