v11: NEW GFS retention just around the corner!

Among the first features put into Veeam Back-up & Replication was back-up copy jobs, sufficient reason for backup copy tasks, we added GFS.

GFS means Grandfather, Farther, Son. It’s the term useful for archival retention points in only backup copy jobs initially, but it comes in traditional backup work in newer versions. These archival factors allowed clients to save lots of a point-in-time complete copies of their information in intervals of days, months, years and quarters. There are many known reasons for these archival points, like monitoring configuration data and changes retention compliance.

Starting in Veeam Back-up & Replication v11, you will have some modifications to how GFS will be handled in back-up copy jobs plus some new best exercise configurations.

How retention functions before version 11

Very first, let’s look at how GFS within backup copy jobs function in versions before 11. Focusing on how GFS functions in earlier versions of Veeam Back-up & Replication shall help clarify how exactly to plan the update.

When making a backup copy job, there will be a permanently ahead incremental chain in line with the configured retention policy. This chain would contain one full backup stage with some incrementals before it. This chain appears much like Ms. Pac-Man eating the closing chain of dots or incrementals never. Every time the chain forwards moved, the oldest incremental has been merged in to the full backup point.

When GFS was enabled, day through the job run, which was said to be a GFS point, the backup file will be marked to save lots of that true time. The backup stage in this scenario will be an incremental, but when the entire backup stage within the permanently incremental chain attained this marked point forward, it could leave behind a full backup duplicate point.

The downfalls to the method are that the retention policy will be applied in line with the quantity of backup points in the chain, not age these points to honor GFS necessarily, and the forward backup chain would increase space for storage requirements forever. In addition, it could delay the opportunity to offload GFS factors tiered to cloud item storage. This elevated the complexity to knowing the process.

How retention functions in version 11

In edition 11, Veeam has simplified the backup retention of backup duplicate jobs offering GFS points. When there is no GFS on a back-up copy job, it’ll function as the forward incremental chain forever; this right part have not changed.

If GFS is enabled, the forever forward chain will undoubtedly be replaced by a forward incremental chain in line with the GFS construction. The ahead incremental chain indicates a full point will undoubtedly be created on the times planned for GFS with incremental factors that proceed on the next days. In this situation, you will see no day-to-day merges within the chain. For this good cause, it is suggested to possess weekly GFS factors scheduled in order to avoid long chains between man made full points.

In Veeam Back-up & Replication v11, GFS will take away the quarterly choice for backup points furthermore, leaving weekly, yearly and monthly.

Version 11 may also keep an eye on retention time and energy to delete GFS factors even though the backup copy work has been removed.

Version 11 GFS backup duplicate retention example

With the brand new retention in version 11, the simplified backup chain for GFS shall not need a lot more full backups than configured in GFS, and GFS fulls will be created on the specified times.

For illustration, if the work is configured for every day intervals with the retention policy of 7 and GFS of just one 1 yearly and 4 regular, then the backups through to the repository could have 5 complete backups and 30 incremental factors in a chain. In the beginning of each monthly GFS routine, a synthetic complete would have to be developed from the final full stage and the 30 incrementals that proceed. This technique could cause a big pressure on the repository, which explains why it is suggested to configure additional every week GFS retention points.

In a situation where retention plan is configured for daily intervals with 7 and GFS for 1 annual, 4 monthly and 1 weekly, there will be 6 full backups and 7 incrementals in a chain. Each yearly, regular and weekly synthetic complete that’s created would just need to merge at most 6 incremental factors, which creates less pressure on the repository resources far.

V10 to v11 retention configurations checklist for existing clients

These noticeable changes will need immediate impact after upgrading to Veeam Backup & Replication v11, so it’s recommended to check out all of the configured backup copy careers before updating.

  • If GFS is configured on the backup duplicate job, be sure that weeklies are configured in order to avoid long backup chains furthermore.
  • If you can find quarterly backups configured, the upgrade will transfer those to 3 month to month backups for every quarterly and add that to the prevailing total of regular monthly GFS points.
    • For example, if a work is configured with 1 yearly, 3 quarterly, 3 regular and 4 weekly, you will have 1 yearly, 12 month to month and 4 weekly following the upgrade.

It is recommended to create these changes prior to the upgrade if achievable, but it shall not really quit the upgrade from finishing. The update is total once, it’s recommended to return in to the backup copy work opportunities to make sure that the retention adjustments are correct.


In Veeam Back-up & Replication v11, backup duplicate GFS had been simplified to create it easier to arrange for static retention. Present customers should appear at their back-up copy jobs ahead of upgrading to guarantee the retention changes won’t affect business retention compliance or stress the repository without weekly GFS factors. Veeam Back-up & Replication v11 is packed filled with new features just like the fresh hardened Linux repository with immutability that assists protect your GFS restore factors while on web site and pairs nicely having an all-brand-new archive to the cloud tier for a straightforward off-site GFS strong archive holds. You can find optimizations to create backup management easier than previously also.

For more information, join our live launch event to ready for the Veeam Backup & Replication v11 trial.

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