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Quarterly backup to USB setup suggestions


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Hi, team

 

I need some advice. We have a client that we need to do a quarterly full backup for. We would like to run an active full to a USB attached drive that will be rotated out each quarter. Each USB drive will be designated for a specific quarter (i.e. USB Quarter 1, Quarter 2, etc).

 

This job will only run once per quarter and we would like each run to be a full backup. What is the best way to accomplish this in VBR 11a?

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Best answer by Chris.Childerhose 11 May 2022, 17:28

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My only comment @bp4JC  is please tell me this is not the *only* backup job in place.

I only ask because, in my 12 years at Veeam; I’ve “SEEN THINGS”….

Oh, no. Not at all. This is more of an archival solution for them in addition to their normal backup jobs.

My only comment @bp4JC  is please tell me this is not the *only* backup job in place.

I only ask because, in my 12 years at Veeam; I’ve “SEEN THINGS”….

OMG! @Rick Vanover 
When are you going to write a book about the things you've seen?

Sound scary but funny at the same time.


Great answer @Chris.Childerhose 

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My only comment @bp4JC  is please tell me this is not the *only* backup job in place.

I only ask because, in my 12 years at Veeam; I’ve “SEEN THINGS”….

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Fantastic! Thanks, everyone. I was on the right track, and this confirms it. I really appreciate it. I have the new job setup. You are all super awesome!

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Hey @bp4JC!

 

You want to create a repository with the setting “backed by rotated drives”: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/backup_repository_rotated.html?zoom_highlight=rotated&ver=110

 

To run it quarterly, create the job with a schedule of monthly, with specific months:

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/replica_schedule_vm.html?zoom_highlight=schedule&ver=110

 

Then for your job itself, make sure whatever day you have set to backup on, you set that as your active full day 😀

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I would set up the job to run quarterly for the schedule and then send it to a repo that is backed by rotating drives as per here - Backup Repositories with Rotated Drives - User Guide for VMware vSphere (veeam.com)

This should accomplish what you need.

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