Considerations and Limitations

This section lists considerations and known limitations of Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL.

General

  • High availability cluster configurations and replication setups of PostgreSQL servers are not supported.
  • Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL does not support recovery operations over VIX API or vSphere Automation API.
  • Recovery of databases that reside in an encrypted file system on the source machine is not supported. In particular, encrypted LVM volumes are not supported.
  • You can recover PostgreSQL data over SSH only, restore using Linux Management Agent is not supported.
  • With Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL, you can only recover PostgreSQL data from backups of powered-on machines and from instances that were running at the time of backup.
  • Restore, publishing, instant recovery, and export operations of PostgreSQL instances or databases to a point-in-time state require backups of PostgreSQL write ahead log (WAL) files. To allow Veeam Backup & Replication to create PostgreSQL WAL file backups, PostgreSQL instances must have the replica wal_level setting or higher. The minimal wal_level setting does not write information about database transactions and it allows you to create a crash-consistent backup only.
  • Restore, publishing, instant recovery, and export operations of PostgreSQL data from replicas can only recover your data to the latest state of the selected restore point. Replication jobs do not copy PostgreSQL write ahead log (WAL) files so data recovery to a point-in-time state is not supported.
  • Starting from Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1, Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL supports data recovery from CDP replicas. Consider the following limitations:
  • Restore, publishing, instant recovery, and export operations of PostgreSQL data from CDP replicas can only recover your data to the latest state of the selected long-term restore point. CDP policies do not copy PostgreSQL write ahead log (WAL) files so data recovery to a point-in-time state is not supported.
  • When you recover your data from CDP replicas, you can only use long-term (both application-consistent and crash-consistent) restore points. Short-term restore points are not supported.
  • You can recover your data from a CDP replica if its CDP policy is currently running. During recovery, the CDP policy does not create new long-term restore points and does not delete existing ones. Short-term restore points are still created.
  • You cannot restore application items from a CDP replica in parallel with guest OS file restore, SureReplica, and failover.
  • Starting from Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1, Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL supports SSH fingerprint validation of Linux machines used as target and staging servers. For more information on how to configure this feature, see the Linux Hosts Authentication section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

If you have selected the more secure, manual validation in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, consider the following:

  • If the target server is unknown or its fingerprint cannot be recognized, you will be able to proceed with the recovery operation after you manually validate the fingerprint in the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
  • The validation process matches the fingerprint only with the network identifier of the Linux machine (its IPv4 address, IPv6 address, FQDN, or hostname) used in the respective Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL session. If you use two different network identifiers of the same unverified server in two recovery sessions (for example, its IPv4 address in one recovery session and its hostname in another), you will need to perform two separate fingerprint validations. No further validations are necessary if you reuse a validated network identifier in another recovery session.
  • In PostgreSQL 15 and earlier, Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL does not support configuration sub-files that are specified in the include, include_dir and include_if_exist options in the postgresql.conf file. All PostgreSQL configurations, instance ports in particular, must be specified in a single postgresql.conf file.

Starting from PostgreSQL 16, the pg_hba.conf and pg_ident.conf files can also have configuration sub-files, specified in the include, include_dir and include_if_exist options. Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL does not support these configuration sub-files either, so make sure that in PostgreSQL 16 all configurations are specified only in the postgresql.conf, pg_hba.conf and pg_ident.conf files.

  • The en_US.utf8 locale must be installed on the target server. The locale is also required on the staging server for export operations.
  • Interactive login scripts configured on the target server (and staging server for export operations) may interrupt the recovery process. To prevent data recovery from failure, disable the scripts.
  • [For Veeam Backup & Replication 12.1 or later] If the pg_ctl utility is located in a custom directory on the target server (and staging server for export operations), Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL may not find the utility. In this case, go to the %ProgramData%\Veeam\Backup\ExplorerStandByService\ directory on the mount server. If a configuration file named Config.xml does not exist in this directory, create this file.

In the configuration file, enter the following XML code:

<Veeam>

   <PostgreSqlExplorer>

       <PostgreSQL PostgreSqlBinariesDirectory="<path>" />

   </PostgreSqlExplorer>

</Veeam>

where <path> is the path to the directory that contains the pg_ctl utility. For example, the path can be /usr/pgsql/bin/.

Restore, Publishing and Instant Recovery

  • Mount of Btrfs disks will fail if you perform instant recovery, data restore or data publish operations to the original server. The issue occurs due to restriction for mounting 2 Btrfs disks with identical IDs to the same machine.
  • With Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL, you can restore, instantly recover and publish entire PostgreSQL instances; restore, instant recovery and publishing of individual databases is not supported.
  • PostgreSQL on the target machine and on the backed-up machine must be of the same major version. For example, you can restore a PostgreSQL instance based on PostgreSQL 15.1 to a machine with PostgreSQL 15.3.
  • Before you restore, instantly recover, or publish an PostgreSQL instance to another server, make sure PostgreSQL is installed on the target machine.
  • [For restore and instant recovery] If you specify another data directory for the recovered PostgreSQL instance, services will not be created automatically (including systemd).
  • [For restore and instant recovery on Debian and Ubuntu] When you restore a PostgreSQL instance to a new data directory, Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL saves PostgreSQL configuration files to the specified data directory (not to the /etc/postgresql directory). In this case, you will not be able to discover the recovered PostgreSQL instance with the pg_lsclusters utility.
  • [For publishing and instant recovery] Make sure that the volume with the write cache has enough free disk space to store the changes of the published database. The write cache is stored in the /var/tmp folder on the target server.

Export

  • Exporting multiple databases one by one may cause performance issues — do so only if you need to restore each database to a different point-in-time state. To export up to a 1000 databases in parallel, start the export sessions from a published PostgreSQL instance (the only option if you use PowerShell), a backed-up PostgreSQL instance, or from the backed-up PostgreSQL server.
  • You cannot export databases whose pg_database system catalog has the datallowconn parameter set to false. This setting prevents all connections to the database and causes export operations to fail. For example, this is the case for the template0 database, that is used to create new databases — as a template database, it must remain unchanged.
  • PostgreSQL on the staging server and on the backed-up machine must be of the same major version. For example, if PostgreSQL 15.1 is installed on the backed-up machine, the staging server can have PostgreSQL 15.3.
  • You can use pg_restore to reconstruct a database from a DUMP file exported with Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL. If a new database is created in the process and the database in the DUMP file has tablespaces, you must manually create tablespaces with the same names as the ones in the DUMP file. Note that the --no-tablespace argument of the pg_restore utility, which places the reconstructed database in the default tablespace, is not supported for DUMP files exported with Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL. For more information, see Restoring Exported Database.