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Surebackup as testing lab

Post by chri5 » Jan 20, 2015 11:50 am

I'd like to use surebackup to run some tests on a vm over a period of days. I am aware I can reboot and shutdown a vm in a surebackup job without loosing changes but as soon as the surebackup job ends all changes are lost. I suppose I could just keep the job running until I have finished but if anything happens to the veeam server the session could potentially end.

I was just wondering if there was a way to use surebackup and keep any changes to a vm after the job ends?

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Re: Surebackup as testing lab

Post by Shestakov » Jan 20, 2015 2:57 pm

Chris,
By design Surebackup is made to guarantee recoverability of your data. Surebackup boots VMs from backup file and discards changes after shutdown to revert back.
To leave VMs from the application group running after the SureBackup job completes, select the "Keep the application group running once the job completes" check box in the job`s properties. With this option enabled, the lab will not be powered off when the SureBackup job completes and you will be able to perform application item-level restore (U-AIR) and manually test VMs started in the virtual lab.
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Re: Surebackup as testing lab

Post by nefes » Jan 20, 2015 3:32 pm

You could also back up VMs running in SureBackup and restore that VMs any time.
Please note, that is possible only on VMware (I believe, it is your case, but may be important for future readers).

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Re: Surebackup as testing lab

Post by chri5 » Jan 20, 2015 5:44 pm

Hi, thanks for the advice. Backing up the surebackup vm is a good solution and will suit my requirement well. Why didn't I think of that :roll:

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Re: Surebackup as testing lab

Post by veremin » Jan 21, 2015 9:41 am

On a side note, if you want to play with VMs in isolated environment without loosing changes made, you can restore VM and connect it to VB&R VLab appliance. Thanks.

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Re: Surebackup as testing lab

Post by dellock6 » Jan 21, 2015 3:42 pm

Or you can directy clone the production VM from vCenter at this point...
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