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Month: January 2017

[Veeam] Manually remove restore points

Veeam does not have a built-in function to remove restore points manually, it took me a while but after trying a lot of different ways and scripts I have found a way to do it. (Please note that this is a last resort, Veeam should clean-up old restore points by itself)

  1. Go to Backup & Replication -> Backups.
  2. Right-click the job you want to edit and click ‘Remove from configuration’ (Do not delete from disk!).
  3. Open the Windows Explorer and browse to the job’s folder in the backup repository.
  4. Delete the restore points you want to remove, and delete the .VBM file.
  5. Re-import the most recent .VBK file in the Veeam.
  6. Run the following script using the Veeam Powershell to generate a new .VBM file:
    #[Veeam.Backup.Core.CCredentilasStroreInitializer]::InitLocal() to work with Lin repository
    $backupName = Read-Host "Enter backup name for meta regeneration"
    Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup\Veeam.Backup.Core.dll"
    $backup = [Veeam.Backup.Core.CBackup]::GetAll() | Where { $_.Name.Equals($backupName) } | Select -index 0
        if ($backup -eq $null)
            throw ("There is no backup with specified name : " + $backupName)
    $storageAccessor = [Veeam.Backup.Core.CStorageAccessorFactory]::Create($backup)
    $metaUpdater = New-Object Veeam.Backup.Core.CSimpleBackupMetaUpdater
    $metaEx = new-object Veeam.Backup.Core.CBackupMetaEx -ArgumentList $backup, $storageAccessor, $metaUpdater
    $metaFilePath = $backup.GetMetaFilePath($storageAccessor.FileCommander)
    Write-Host "Successfully saved meta for backup $($backupName) on $($storageAccessor.Name) : $($metaFilePath)"
    Write-Host $_.Exception.Message
    Write-Host $_.Exception.StackTrace
    Write-Host $_.Exception.InnerException.Message
    Write-Host $_.Exception.InnerException.StackTrace
    $Reader = [System.IO.StreamReader] $metaFilePath 
    $MyString = $Reader.ReadToEnd();
    $removeString = 'LinkId="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"';
    $index = $MyString.IndexOf($removeString);
    $lengh = $removeString.Length;
    $start = $MyString.Substring(0, $index);
    $end  = $MyString.Substring($index + $lengh);
    $clean = $start + $end;
    $writer = [System.IO.StreamWriter] $metaFilePath
  7. Remove the imported backup from Veeam
  8. Re-scan the backup repository (Backup Infrastructure -> Backup Repositories)
  9. Go to the associated backup job and re-map the backup. You can do this by editing the job, going to the Storage-tab and click Map backup.

And that’s it! Now you’ve reclaimed the disk space you needed, removed corrupted backups, or whatever reason you had for removing the restore points.

[Certifications] Nutanix Platform Professional

There we go! Nailed the NPP exam last friday.

The exam itself was pretty good, most questions were relevant to real life situations instead of the usual stuff like “Our product is the best, please mark the answer that says we are the best”.

The only downside is that the training for this exam is not nearly enough, you definitely need some experience working with Nutanix to be able to achieve a high enough score to get the certification.

Anyway, onwards to the next couple of certs: Windows Server 2016!

Stefan van Bruggen - 2019