Use PowerShell to randomly stagger Veeam backup schedules

In previous posts “Randomize your Veeam backups via PowerShell” and “Fixing Veeam Backup v8 Periodic Scheduling” I discussed the unwanted and unexpected changes Veeam Backup and Replication 8 made to is Periodic Scheduling. In summary, Periodic Schedules could no longer exceed a 24-hour period (e.g. you could no longer configure jobs to run every 30 […]

Randomize your Veeam backups via PowerShell

I’m about to write about randomly staggering your Veeam backups, which is abnormal. Most backup administrators want each and every backup to occur exactly at the same time on the same day. There are several good reasons to have predictable backups. Backups are scheduled to occur after hours when systems are less busy Backups are […]

Veeam PowerShell inconsistencies

I enjoy using Microsoft Windows PowerShell. I think it is great that more third-parties are creating PowerShell interfaces to their own products. VMware has vSphere PowerCLI and Pure Storage has its PowerShell Toolkit. This week, I began learning and using Veeam PowerShell to manage my Veeam Backup and Replication servers and jobs. Unfortunately, I’m finding […]

Use PowerShell to change all Veeam backup jobs to Forever Forward Incremental Backup

This week I updated all of my employer’s Veeam Backup and Replication servers to version 8 update 1. One of the nice features of Veeam BR 8 is its new Forever Forward Incremental Backup method. The FFIB method produces a backup chain that consists of the first full backup and a set of forward incremental […]

GEDCOM Backups

I’m typically pretty good at backing up my computers. One of my most prized piece of data is the GEDCOM file that contains a decade of genealogy research — more than 18,000 linked relatives. I often upload a copy of my genealogy database once a quarter to sites like,, and about once […]