How Orchestrator Selects Backup Files

Generally, when performing restore to a recovery location, Orchestrator looks through the list of all restore points created for a machine to choose a restore point that meets the date requirement specified in the Run Plan wizard. The backup file that contains the chosen restore point is used to recover the machine.

However, when you use backup copy capabilities offered by Veeam Backup & Replication, you have multiple instances of the same backup data existing in different locations. This situation may influence the way Orchestrator chooses backup files to recover machines.

In case Orchestrator detects 2 backup files containing the chosen restore point — one file created by a backup job and the other file created by a backup copy job — it uses one of these files depending on the backup copy preference settings configured for the recovery location:

  • With backup copy preference disabled, Orchestrator uses the backup file produced by the backup job.
  • With backup copy preference enabled, Orchestrator uses the backup file produced by the backup copy job.


When you move backup files of a backup copy job to another repository in the Veeam Backup & Replication console, Orchestrator becomes unable to use the restore points of the moved backup files for restore because of incorrect timestamps. That is why make sure to run both the backup job and the backup copy job to create new restore points after you perform the move operation.