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Transaction Log Truncation

If you back up or replicate virtualized database systems that use transaction logs, for example, Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft SQL Server, you can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to truncate transaction logs so that logs do not overflow the storage space on the VM. Veeam Backup & Replication provides the following options of transaction logs handling:

Transaction Log Truncation 

Truncate Logs

You can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to truncate logs after a backup or VM replica is successfully created. With this option selected, Veeam Backup & Replication behaves in the following way:

In this scenario, you can recover a database to the point in time when the backup file or replica was created. As transaction logs on the VM are truncated, you cannot use them to get the restored database to some point in time between job sessions.

Do not Truncate Logs

You can choose not to truncate transaction logs on the VM. This option is recommended if together with Veeam Backup & Replication you use another backup tool.

For example, you can use Veeam Backup & Replication to create a VM image backup and instruct the native Microsoft SQL Server log backup job to back up transaction logs. If you truncate transaction logs with Veeam Backup & Replication, the chain of transaction logs will be broken, and the Microsoft SQL Server log backup job will not be able to produce a consistent log backup.

With this option selected, Veeam Backup & Replication produces a backup file or VM replica and does not trigger transaction log truncation. As a result, you have a backup file or VM replica that contains a VM image captured at a specific point in time, and transaction logs on the VM. You can use transaction logs to restore the VM to any point in time between job sessions. To do this, you must recover the VM from the backup file or perform replica failover and use database system tools to apply transaction logs and get the database system to the necessary point in time.

Back Up Logs Periodically

This option can be used if you back up Microsoft SQL Server VMs and Oracle VMs.

You can choose to back up logs with Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, see Microsoft SQL Server Logs Backup and Oracle Logs Backup.

Support for Database Availability Groups (DAG)

Veeam Backup & Replication supports any configuration of DAGs, in particular, with all databases active on one node, or with active databases on every node. Transaction logs will be truncated on all DAG members, no matter whether Veeam Backup & Replication backs up an active or passive database.

For more information and recommendations on Microsoft Exchange Server backup, you can also refer to the following:

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