Saving a specific restorepoint for retention purposes

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Re: Saving a specific restore point from being deleted

Veeam Logoby dspjones » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:05 pm

ahhh... that makes perfect sense. Running it now. Thanks.
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Re: Saving a specific restore point from being deleted

Veeam Logoby dspjones » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:26 pm 2 people like this post

Took a total of 23 minutes to complete this entire process from recovery to backup completion.... God, I love this product!
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Re: Long Term Legal Hold: Specific Restore Points/Files

Veeam Logoby wirthon » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:48 pm

I was told by Veeam I could not copy a vm from a specific date to a USB Drive.
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Re: Long Term Legal Hold: Specific Restore Points/Files

Veeam Logoby larry » Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:17 pm 1 person likes this post

Open in file level restore, copy drive or folders to USB. This way if/when the data needs to be imaged it can be then read with no special program.
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Re: Long Term Legal Hold: Specific Restore Points/Files

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:01 am

If you need to get a VM state for the specific date into a separate backup file, please review this thread for some hints.
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Re: Long Term Legal Hold: Specific Restore Points/Files

Veeam Logoby alanwilliams » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:37 pm

The issue with just file level restores is that any forensic data such as audit logs NTFS permissions, etc are gone / irrelevant once you copy it to a USB drive. I have been working on a very similar issue for our organization and we currently use USB drives. There are several issues with using these, the above list one be first and foremost. The preferred method would be to restore a copy of the VM containing the files in question for the hold and freezing it... This is the part that stumps me. Would one to a VMDK restore of the OS/Files and the secure that VMDK in a place where it can be turned off and on as needed? Most legal holds want data initially and then forensics of the data if it gets ugly. The trick to restoring a 2 terabyte file server to a point in time and then putting it on "ice" until needed is more so the space and time of retention.
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Re: Long Term Legal Hold: Specific Restore Points/Files

Veeam Logoby tsightler » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:41 pm 3 people like this post

One of my favorite methods, when customers need to save a specific point for a VM from a backup chain, is to perform an instant restore of that VM restore point (powered off, restored with an alternate name, typically using the date as a suffix), and then perform a VeeamZIP of that instant restored VM to a dedicated repository. This way you now have the point in an unchanging, compressed format, and you can recover files, the full VMDK, or even spin up the VM from that point, or just copy it off to removable media or to cloud storage or whatever. You can even script this process if you want.
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[MERGED] Veeam fature request. Export of the recovery points

Veeam Logoby mkelerikh » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:32 pm

Good morning Veeam.
I would like to see if this feature may already be available, and if not then I would like to initiate a feature request.

Request #1:
As a backup specialist for an MSP, from time to time I get requests to export a single recovery point, multiple recovery points, or a whole recovery point chain for litigation, forensics, or retention standpoint.
If I needed to fill that request today I have the following options:
Environment: VMware and hyper-v backups. Individual servers are bundled in to various jobs (usually sorted by OS, 3-7 servers per job), we use reverse incremental backup and store between 30-60 daily recovery points.
1. Restore VM files for each requested VM from each required recovery point - time and disk space consuming.
2. Save the whole recovery point set which includes multiple VMs - won't work for this due disk space and privacy reasons if I have to provide the recovery points to a 3rd party because the set may include foreign VMs.

Request #2:
I could be wrong but I think that current behavior of the "backup copy job" is to copy the latest recovery point each time one is available. Would it be possible to add functionality to enable the backup copy job to pickup older recovery points during the initial run. For example:
We have 30 recovery points in the main repository. We create a second repository and the backup copy job will copy the latest recovery point #30. What if I wanted to keep similar retention to begin with? I would like option that would enable me to set copy existing recovery points by the number of recovery points (for example last 25 recovery points), or by date range (between 05/20/2016 to today) during the initial run.
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Re: Saving a specific restorepoint for retention purposes

Veeam Logoby foggy » Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:16 pm

Hi Max, please review this thread for some hints regarding your request #1. Your second request can be fulfilled by this workaround.
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