Veeam Backup and Recovery 9.5 how to archieve files?


How to use Veeam Backup and Recovery 9.5 for archieving files?

We have one host and apx. 10 VMs (Linux and Windows Servers) and use successfully Veeam for backing up them to OnSite NAS (CIFS) and using copy job to the remote Site over Internet. The vCenter is used too here.

I was wondering how accidently deleted files and files which are seldom used but need to be archieved can be addressed using Veeam? Need to have them at the backup and potentially restore a accidently (or purpoced) deleted file from there after severl years. Even if the repositary is full we don't want that Veem discards/deletes those files.

Any basic steps/thoughts are highly appreciated.

Lastly, we have also Veem One license but won't necessarily use it. Maybe we don't really need it.

Thanks in advantage.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to establish an Archive Policy, which is different from Backup and Restore.

Currently, WHY do you backup, for DR, Restore, and what service SLA do you state to your user base ?

We have an archive policy of 5 - 7 years, and most of our clients do. Which involves running an Archive Job, which is then "sent" to an archive and kept for seven years!
RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks Andrew!

The customer can survive for a day or two without servers but the main concern is to be able to recover data files. Specially since we have only one host the DR recovery may take some time.

1. Any links regarding Archive Policy?
2. Should I create a spesific job for archieving?
3. Is archieving different thing comapring retention policy?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Create your own statements!

2. Yes.

3. Depending upon your software you will need to specify how long you need to retain for... and you may also want to copy that "data backup archive" to cloud, tape ot somewhere rather than having it local on your disk.

BUT, that also depends on how quickly you specify you can get files/folders back...

e.g. 1 week, 24 hours , 1 month etc
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:

To have a proper archiving you should always follow 2 main rules in backups, GFS retention policy and 3-2-1 backup rule.

GFS (Grandfather-father-son) retention policy:

1 Weekly backup cycle
2 Monthly backup cycle
3 Quarterly backup cycle
4 Yearly backup cycle

Use GFS on Veeam:  Veeam GFS

3-2-1 Backup rule:
1 Have at least three copies of your data.
2 Store the copies on two different media.
3 Keep one backup copy offsite.

A simple explanation from Veeam: 3-2-1 rule

Now analyzing above rules and policy, all depends on your Backup Storage where you have your Backups. Space here is always crucial.

Monthly and Yearly Backups is always to be archived (no need a special job) and those are the copies that should be in a 3-2-1 rule.

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