Configuring jobs in VBR

Configure a local job

To configure a job in the customer’s VBR, go to the Home section and choose Backup Job. Here you can choose the type of backup you’d like to create. In our example, we’ll backup a Virtual Machine.

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Give the job a name, it can be anything, but it’s practical to choose something meaningful e.g. the name of the VM you’ll backup.

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To choose the machine(s) you want to backup, click on Add and browse the servers that are available on your hypervisor. Select the server(s) you need, click on Add again, then on Next to go on with the wizard.

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The default repository after a Veeam install is on the computer's C:\ drive, but it is not supported to do backups there. You need to create repositories on system-independent storages e.g. on a NAS or on a separate disk. To see how, click here.

If you click the Advanced button, you can choose special settings, e.g. if you want to create incremental or reverse incremental backups, or how often you want to create an active full backup. More about this can be read in the Veeam knowledgebase. https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/backup_methods.html?ver=100

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Our recommendation is that if you specify less than 15 restore points, create synthetic full backups periodically to shorten the restore times (in case you need one). If you need to specify more than 15 restore points, there's a chance full backups will fill up your repository, so it's more advisable to go with the forever forward incremental method. (More about the different job types here.)

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On the Maintenance tab tick in Perform backup files health check - this will help in preventing the backup files to be corrupted.

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On the Storage tab, you can choose the compression level. The higher the compression level, the greater load is on the source computers CPUs BUT the backup sizes become smaller. Choose the one appropriate to your scenario.

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Under storage optimization choose the appropriate settings depending on the destination of your backups. In this scenario, we are backing up to a local storage, so Local  target is what we need to choose. Review the table here to get more information.

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Enable encryption if it is required by the customer. (Strongly recommended!)

Caution: store the password securely because it will be needed in case of a restore. If you lose it, we cannot recover it.

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Click Apply when all the required configurations are done.

In case you need GFS backup, go back to the Retention policy section of the wizard: tick in Keep some periodic full backups longer for archival purposes.

These backups are created weekly / monthly / yearly - and they have a different retention policy compared to the one you defined (e.g. a GFS yearly backup is kept for a year, while the normal daily backups are kept for 7 days).

Click configure, and choose the settings that the customer needs.

Caution: GFS backups work ONLY with full backups. Because of this, you need to have periodic full backups scheduled in your backup job. (The forever forward incremental method cannot be used!) E.g. under the Advanced tab, choose to have periodic synthetic full backups or active backups scheduled.