Backup Copy GFS Cycles

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    When you configure the GFS schedule in the backup copy job settings, you specify for how long archive backups must be stored and on which day certain GFS backup must be created.

    Veeam Backup & Replication creates archive full backups exactly on the day specified in the GFS schedule settings. There are separate schedules for weekly, monthly and yearly full cycles.

    You can configure the GFS schedule in the settings of a backup copy job. For details, see Backup Copy Job: Define Backup Copy Target.

    Backup Copy GFS Cycles

    GFS Backup Option

    Description

    Weekly GFS cycle

    If you want to create weekly full backups, select the Keep weekly full backups for check box. Then, specify the number of weeks during which the weekly backup must be stored on the target repository. During this period the weekly backup cannot be deleted or modified.

    Veeam Backup & Replication creates a weekly full backup on the specified day of the week. On this day, creation of a weekly full backup starts as soon as the backup copy interval starts.

    A week equals to 7 calendar days; for example, the first week of May is days 1–7, and the last week of May is days 25–31.

    Monthly GFS cycle

    To create monthly restore points, you can select the Keep monthly full backups for check box. Then, specify the number of months during which the monthly backup must be stored on the target repository. During this period the monthly backup cannot be deleted or modified.

    Veeam Backup & Replication creates monthly full backups according to a schedule that depends on whether the weekly cycle is enabled or disabled:

    • If weekly backups are enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the weekly backup schedule and adds a monthly flag to the weekly backup.
    • If weekly backups are disabled, Veeam Backup & Replication creates monthly full backups on the first day of the selected week (first day of the first week of the month, or the first day of the last week of the month). A week equals to 7 calendar days; for example, the first week of May is days 1–7, and the last week of May is days 25–31. You can choose to create the monthly backup on the first or the last week of the month.

    If the first day of the current week has already passed and you select the first week for the monthly full backup cycle, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a monthly full backup even if it is not the first day of the current week.

    If you enable the monthly GFS cycle and select the first week that has already passed, Veeam Backup & Replication will create a monthly full backup only in the next month. Monthly full backup for the current month will not be created.

    Yearly GFS cycle

    If you want to create yearly restore points, select the Keep yearly full backups for check box. Then, specify the number of years during which the yearly backup must be stored on the target repository. During this period the yearly backup cannot be deleted or modified.

    Veeam Backup & Replication creates yearly full backups according to a schedule that depends on whether the monthly cycle is enabled or disabled:

    • If monthly backups are enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the monthly backup schedule and adds a yearly flag to the monthly backup.
    • If monthly backups are disabled, Veeam Backup & Replication creates yearly full backups on the first day of the selected month.

    If the first day of the current month has already passed and you select the current month for the yearly full backup cycle, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a yearly full backup even if it is not the first day of the current month.

    If you enable the yearly GFS cycle and select the month that has already passed, Veeam Backup & Replication will create a yearly full backup only in the next year. Yearly full backup for the current year will not be created.

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