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User Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes

In some cases, you may want to change the algorithm of archive full backup creation. You can:

Switching from Synthetic to Active Full Method

After you switch from the synthetic to the active method of archive backup creation, Veeam Backup & Replication does not perform synthetic transform operations for some time. Veeam Backup & Replication works in the following way:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication will add new incremental restore points to the backup chain and keeps existing restore points until a new active full backup is created.

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes 

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication will add a new active full backup to the backup chain.

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes 

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication will keep adding new incremental restore points to the backup chain. When the number of restore points in the new backup chain is equal to the number allowed by retention, Veeam Backup & Replication will remove incremental restore points that precede the new active full backup.

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes 

After this, Veeam Backup & Replication will use the new method to create the backup chain in a regular manner.

Switching from Active Full to Synthetic Method

Scenario 1. The backup chain does not contain archive full backup files.

In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will work by the standard archive full backup scheme. For more information, see Weekly Backup Cycle.

Scenario 2. The backup chain contains full backups (recent  or archive)

After you switch from the active full to the synthetic algorithm of archive backup creation, Veeam Backup & Replication works in the following way:

  1. During the first backup copy interval after the switch, Veeam Backup & Replication will add a new incremental restore point to the recent backup chain.

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes 

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication will keep adding new incremental restore points to the recent backup chain. When the number of restore points in the recent backup chain is equal to the number allowed by retention, Veeam Backup & Replication will build a recent full backup out of the latest archive full and the first incremental restore point in the new backup chain.

After that, Veeam Backup & Replication will remove all incremental restore points from preceding backup chains. If there are any outdated archive full backups, Veeam Backup & Replication will remove them, too.

Switching Between Synthetic and Active Full Modes 

Subsequent backup copy intervals work according to the standard retention scheme for the synthetic full method of archive backups. For more information, see Weekly Backup Cycle.

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