Instance Consumption for NAS Backup Jobs

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    For file share backup, there are the following peculiarities in calculating the number of license instances to consume:

    • Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount of data for each file share down to 500 GB.
    • One license instance covers 500 GB of the protected amount of data.
    • If different file shares are protected by different backup jobs, Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount to 500 GB separately for each file share and calculates the number of instances required to protect each of them. After that, it sums up the total number of license instances to consume for NAS backup support.
    • Veeam Backup & Replication calculates the protected amount of data for each NAS during every run of the file share backup job that protects file shares on this NAS and keeps the result for 30 days. To calculate the number of license instances to consume for the file share protection, Veeam Backup & Replication takes the largest protected amount of data on file shares within the last 30 days.

    If the size of the file share reduces and does not increase or the file share is removed from the file share backup job, after 30 days Veeam Backup & Replication recalculates the protected amount of data and automatically revokes the excessively consumed license instances.You can manually revoke the licenses without waiting for 30 days, as described in Revoking License. During the next NAS backup job run, Veeam Backup & Replication will recalculate the license instance consumption as of the current date.

    • If the same file share is protected by more than one backup job, to calculate the size of the protected amount of data Veeam Backup & Replication first sums the size of the file share data protected by all the jobs. After that, it rounds the overall protected amount of data down to 500 GB and calculates the number of license instances to consume for NAS backup support.
    • If a file share backup job protects several file shares residing on the same NAS device (the same share root or NAS filer), the approach to calculating license consumption depends on how the file shares are added to the infrastructure:
    • If you have added the whole share root (\\root\) to the infrastructure and the file share backup job protects shares \\root\share1 and \\root\share2, Veeam Backup & Replication first sums the protected amount of both file shares, rounds it down to 500 GB, and then calculates the number of license instances to consume for NAS backup support.
    • If you have separately added shares \\root\share1 and \\root\share2 to the infrastructure and the file share backup job protects both of them, Veeam Backup & Replication first rounds the protected amount for each file share down to 500 GB, separately calculates the number of license instances to consume for each file share, and then sums the license instances to calculate the total number of license instances to consume for NAS backup support.

    Examples

    Case 1

    If the protected amount of data for the file share is 499 GB or less, Veeam Backup & Replication rounds it down to 0 GB. In this case, protection of this file share will not consume license instances.

    If the protected amount of data for the file share is 590 GB or 990 GB, Veeam Backup & Replication rounds it down to 500 GB. In this case, protection of this file share will consume 1 license instance.

    Case 2

    If the protected amount of data for the file share is 1000 GB after rounding, Veeam Backup & Replication divides this amount by 500 GB to calculate the number of instances to consume:

    1000 GB / 500 GB = 2 license instances

    Case 3

    You have 2 file shares File Share 1 (990 GB) and File Share 2 (890 GB) each protected by a separate file share backup job. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount of each file share down to 500 GB, calculates the number of license instances required to protect each of the file shares. After that, it sums the calculated number of license instances required to protect the shares:

    990 GB ~ 500 GB = 1 license instance

    890 GB ~ 500 GB = 1 license instance

    1 + 1 = 2 protection of 2 file shares with separate file share backup jobs consumes 2 license instances.

    Case 4

    You have a file share with the protected amount of data 1490 GB. Veeam Backup & Replication runs the file share backup job and after rounding down the amount, it calculates that it will consume 2 license instances for protecting this file share:

    1490 GB ~ 1000 GB = 2 license instances

    Two days later, the size of the file share increases to 1510 GB. Veeam Backup & Replication runs the file share backup job and recalculates the number of license instances to consume based on the increased size of the NAS share:

    1510 GB ~ 1500 GB = 3 license instances

    Two days later, the size of the file share decreases back to 1490 GB and does not increase any more. Although the protected amount of data decreases, for the next 30 days Veeam Backup & Replication uses value 1510 GB as a basis to calculate the consumption of license instances.

    30 days later, Veeam Backup & Replication runs the file share backup job and recalculates the number of instances to consume taking into account that the largest protected amount of data within the last 30 days is 1490 GB. After that, protection of the file share starts consuming 2 instances again.

    Case 5

    You have a file share (100 GB) protected by 2 file share backup jobs (1 and 2). During the 1st run of job 1, Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount down to 500 GB (0 GB) and calculates that the protection of this file share with job 1 does not consume license instances. After that the file share size increases to 270 GB. During the 1st run of job 2 which is scheduled after the increase of the file share, Veeam Backup & Replication calculates amount of data protected by all file share backup jobs protecting this file share:

    100 GB (run 1 of job 1) + 270 GB (run 1 of job 2) = 370 GB

    Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount down to 500 GB (0 GB) and calculates that the protection of this file share with backup job 1 and 2 does not consume license instances. After that the file share size remains 270 GB. During the 2nd run of job 1, Veeam Backup & Replication calculates amount of data protected by all file share backup jobs protecting this file share:

    270 GB (run 2 of job 1) + 270 GB (run 1 of job 2) = 540 GB

    Veeam Backup & Replication rounds the protected amount down to 500 GB (500 GB) and calculates that the protection of this file share with backup job 1 and 2 now consumes 1 license instance.

    Case 6

    You have a single NAS device with 2 NFS file shares residing on it: \\root\share1 (490 GB) and \\root\share2 (600 GB). You have added the root server folder (\\root\) of this NAS device as an NFS file share to the infrastructure. The file shares \\root\share1 and \\root\share2 are added to one file share backup job. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication sums the protected amount of both file shares, rounds it down to 500 GB, and then calculates the number of license instances:

    490 GB + 600 GB = 1090 GB ~ 1000 GB = 2 protection of 2 file shares in this case consumes 2 license instances.

    Case 7

    You have a single NAS device, but you have added 2 of its shared folders \\root\share1 (490 GB) and \\root\share2 (600 GB) as separate file shares to the inventory. The file shares \\root\share1 and \\root\share2 are added to one file share backup job. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication first rounds the protected amount for each file share down to 500 GB, separately calculates the number of license instances to consume for each file share, and then sums the license instances:

    490 GB ~ 0 GB = 0 license instances

    600 GB ~ 500 GB = 1 license instance

    0 + 1 = 1 protection of 2 file shares in this case consumes 1 license instance.