Switching to Seal Mode
Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to put any of the scale-out backup repository extents into the Seal mode.
Sealing up scale-out backup repository extents allows you to gradually remove data located on these extents by applying a retention policy. You can use this feature to gracefully stop using some of your extents and exclude them from the scale-out backup repository configuration.
After the extent is sealed, no further data is saved to the extent, and only read operations such as restore, merge and remove are allowed.
Backup jobs that are targeted to a scale-out backup repository with the sealed extents that store active backup chains will be forced to create a new active full backup on the next run. However, if backup jobs targeted at such scale-out backup repository were created outside of Veeam Backup & Replication, you must trigger active full backup job manually. The new active full will be saved to another available extent in the scale-out backup repository scope, thereby forming a new active backup chain. The extent to which the new active full is going to be saved is chosen automatically by Veeam Backup & Replication, depending on the available resources.
All restore points that exceed the specified retention period will be continuously removed from the sealed extents on each subsequent backup session.
Consider the following:
- An extent can be put into both the maintenance and the seal modes at the same time.
When both modes are applied, the maintenance mode overrides seal mode.
- When you put an extent into the seal mode, you will still be able to restore, merge and remove data without exiting this mode.
To put an extent into the seal mode:
- Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
- In the inventory pane, select the scale-out backup repository under the Scale-out Repositories node.
- In the working area, select the extent and click Seal extent on the ribbon or right-click the extent and select Seal extent.
To remove the extent from the seal mode, select the extent and click Sealed on the ribbon or right-click the extent and select Sealed.