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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4
User Guide for VMware vSphere

SOBR Offload Job

To collect your data from the extents and transfer it to object storage repositories, Veeam uses the Offload job which is executed automatically every 4 hours.

The complete name of the offload job is built up of a scale-out backup repository name + the Offload prefix. That is, if your scale-out backup repository name is Amazon, then the offload job session name will be Amazon Offload.

The offload job governs the following:

Validation Process

Before your data can safely be offloaded to object storage repositories, Veeam performs the following mandatory verifications and required actions:

For more information, see Backup Chain Legitimacy.

  • Verifies whether source extents are available and have not been put into maintenance mode.

Consider that data will not be offloaded from Linux-based extents that have internet access via HTTP(S) proxy. All Linux-based extents configured in your scale-out backup repository must have direct access to the internet.

  • Verifies whether an object storage repository has not been put into maintenance mode.

For more information, see Switching to Maintenance Mode.

  • Verifies whether policies that define how and when the backup data should be offloaded are met.

Policies are configured, as described in Add Capacity Tier.

  • Builds and maintains indexes to verify whether data that is being transferred is unique and has not been offloaded earlier.

For more information, see Indexes.

  • Synchronizes the backup chain state between the local and object storage repository to maintain retention policies.

For more information, see Retention Policy.

Data Transfer

After the validation process is complete, the SOBR Offload job does the following:

Such verified backup files are collected from all the extents added to a scale-out backup repository.

Such backup files (without data blocks) will remain on the source extents and will also be replicated to the object storage repository.

Having a copy of these files on your extents allows you to:

Having replicated versions of these files in object storage repositories allows you to:

The following figure illustrates an abstract transfer process.

SOBR Offload Job 

The Figure A demonstrates a pool of extents (A, B and C) that are added to a scale-out backup repository (SOBR) and an object storage repository that is added to the same SOBR.

Suppose that the extent A has an inactive backup chain consisting of one .vbk file and three .vib files, that is, four restore points in total. Each of these files comprises metadata (represented as green vertical blocks) and the actual blocks of data (represented as yellow squares). During the offload session, Veeam will collect all the orange squares — that is, actual blocks of data — from all the backup files (.vbk and .vib) and offload these blocks to the object storage repository represented in the Figure B.

Each offloaded block might be of different size, which is defined during configuring storage optimization. The offloaded blocks are placed to the blocks directory of your object storage repository.

Backup files with metadata will also be replicated to the object storage repository and will be placed to the storages directory. As per example, these files are one .vbk file and three .vib files shown in the Figure B.

Such an approach will be applied to all inactive backup chains of all the extents added to SOBR.

Offload Session Statistics

The offload job session results are saved to the configuration database and available for viewing, as described in Viewing Offload Job Session Results.

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