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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by cffit » Nov 17, 2015 10:34 pm

I assume that changing from CBT to non-CBT backups you aren't really covered until you have done a full backup without CBT enabled correct? Having a full backup that was done with CBT enabled and then incrementals without CBT enabled doesn't eliminate the risk given the full backup is always going to impact every incremental after it?

And if that's the case, how does this affect backup copies since they never really do a full backup after the first backup?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by Gostev » Nov 17, 2015 11:36 pm

Your assumption is incorrect, moreover I have already answered this question on the second page ;)

Anyway, here is the extended version of my answer from this week's forum digest for your convenience:
Gostev wrote:Disabling CBT is sufficient to both prevent and remediate the issue, because this will make jobs physically compare latest state of disk in backup or replica with its actual state, and transfer any non-matching blocks over as a part of incremental backup (along with actually changed blocks), thus fixing any corruption that may already be in place.

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by alex1002 » Nov 18, 2015 3:20 am

Today I tried veeam in my lab and tried to restart it with cbt off. The cpu usage on the esxi servers went so high causing VMware to halt vms. The Alarms were saying high
Cpu usage. Everything make to a complete halt while backups were running. Is this normal behaviour?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by Gostev » Nov 18, 2015 1:19 pm 1 person likes this post

No, this is not normal, as calculating hashes requires little to no CPU resources. And this is the only extra operation that proxy does when CBT is disabled, comparing to incremental runs with CBT enabled.

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by cffit » Nov 18, 2015 7:24 pm

If I wanted to check our backups by booting up a SureBackup job and then running chkdsk, do I need to run the full chkdsk (which will take forever) or for this purpose can a more limited chkdsk scan be done with some of the command switches?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by Gostev » Nov 18, 2015 7:44 pm

I don't believe you need a full scan, because it is designed for finding physical disk issues (specifically, bad sectors). Regular CHKDSK run, which checks if actual file allocation on disk matches NTFS MFT expectations, is usually enough to pick up major inconsistencies and corruptions. Thanks!

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by alex1002 » Nov 19, 2015 6:59 pm

Gostev wrote:No, this is not normal, as calculating hashes requires little to no CPU resources. And this is the only extra operation that proxy does when CBT is disabled, comparing to incremental runs with CBT enabled.
What do you suggest?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by Gostev » Nov 19, 2015 7:14 pm 3 people like this post

To open a support case for troubleshooting, of course :)

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by BLWL » Nov 23, 2015 10:57 am

For you that disabled CBT, how have that affected your source storage?

We run a NetApp MetroCluster storage on two sites. Veeam using storage snapshots. Before I disabled CBT, we could see some 100% max disk utilization during backups for shorter periods. No complaints though from users.

After disabling CBT, we now see much longer periods, 2-6 hours of 100% disk util. Both sites affected. Some VM's having problems. Moving jobs have helped a bit, but I still need to adjust in Veeam I belive.

Would decrease of concurrent tasks be the most suitable thing to adjust?


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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by foggy » Nov 23, 2015 12:52 pm

Yes, you can play with reducing concurrent tasks limit to decrease the load on primary storage.
But a far better instrument to control storage load is our Backup I/O Control functionality.

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by sphilp » Nov 25, 2015 4:17 pm 3 people like this post

VMware appears to have issued a patch for this, it came through Update Manager an hour or so ago for us.

Patch ID: ESXi600-201511401-BG
KB Article: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2137546

I'm curious about what the "recovery" process for our backups and replication should be. Is the suggestion that we run an Active Full against each job to get a "known good" set of backups after the VMware patch has been applied?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by sthorpe » Nov 25, 2015 4:46 pm

Even though VMware have posted a patch, our backups would still be 'inconsistent' (synthetic full) as if we were hit by the bug then we wouldn't know we have have missed any blocks.
We will still need to perform a full backup - Does this reset the CBT at that point?

FYI turning off CBT on one of our 'real life servers' increased the backup time from 13mins to 3hours 7mins it also meant rather than reading 40Gb of 'changed data' it read the whole 2.1Tb disk increasing I/O on the backend SAN. Turn off CBT in the real world is not a workable solution.

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by ar2015 » Nov 25, 2015 5:35 pm

Hi,

Will CBT need to be reset to continue with good backups once the patch has been applied?? Gostevs post "Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:41 pm" suggests there may be an issue with full backups as they utilise CBT, therefore if there are potentially missing blocks in existing CBT will a new Full Backup be susceptible to the same issue. Alternatively does CBT get reset at the point a full is made ??

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by cerberus » Nov 25, 2015 5:49 pm

sphilp wrote:VMware appears to have issued a patch for this, it came through Update Manager an hour or so ago for us.

Patch ID: ESXi600-201511401-BG
KB Article: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2137546

I'm curious about what the "recovery" process for our backups and replication should be. Is the suggestion that we run an Active Full against each job to get a "known good" set of backups after the VMware patch has been applied?
I see the patch now too, wohoo :)

Off-topic but does anyone on here know if using a non-VMware ESXi 6.0 image (in my case, I am using Dell-ESXi-6.0U1-3073146-A01 for my ESXi hosts), can we still apply this patch release by VMware or do we have to wait for Dell?

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Re: [KB2136854] There's a new CBT bug in ESXi 6

Post by neuvoja » Nov 25, 2015 5:54 pm

You do not have to wait for Dell, they usually only update the custom iso with major updates. Just use VUM to patch it to your hosts.

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