[SOLVED] Backup schedule menu PVE7

lDemoNl

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Hi guys! I'm using Proxmox VE6, and there I had very flexible backup schedule. Now I've started using Proxmox VE7 with ceph. And I was surprised when I found awful backup schedule there.
I thought, maybe I can add task manualy by editing /etc/cron.d/vzdump but in PVE7 that file is empty (but I have backup task for VM)
Maybe Am I doing something wrong?
For backups use Proxmox Backup Server 2.1-2
 

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What's wrong with the more flexible and powerful schedules?
https://pve.proxmox.com/pve-docs/pve-admin-guide.html#chapter_calendar_events

The PVE 6.x and earlier ones couldn't do most of that via API, and even manually editing cron files was more limited.

FWIW, you can still create cron jobs calling to vzdump, it's just that Proxmox VE doesn't use that anymore.
In PVE6 I can select days and time free. But in PVE7 I have only preselected variations.
Differents attached in pic
Maybe I don't understand something right
 

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In PVE6 I can select days and time free. But in PVE7 I have only preselected variations.
In PVE 6. you only got a fixed day-of-week with single time selectable, in Proxmox VE 7.1+ you can edit the schedule form with any calendar event format supported (see my link and the schedule simulator available) as the "Editable" empty text suggests..
Those shown are just a few examples to get one easier started, the input box is freely editable.
 

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In PVE 6. you only got a fixed day-of-week with single time selectable, in Proxmox VE 7.1+ you can edit the schedule form with any calendar event format supported (see my link and the schedule simulator available) as the "Editable" empty text suggests..
Those shown are just a few examples to get one easier started, the input box is freely editable.
Yes, thank you. On my first time read I didn't understand correctly. Now it's clear
 

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Whats wrong with the scheduler? Well, inconsistency for once.

Every 2 hours: */2:00

Mon-fri between 7-18 every 15 minuttes:
mon..fri 7..18:00/15

Ok, so mon-fri 7-18 every 2 hours should be
mon..fri 7..18:00/2:00 Nope...
How about
mon..fri 7..18:00/*/2:00 Nope...

So I am considering just entering 1,3,5,7pm etc...

Alright, deducting from the schedule "every day at 2 and 22:30" I get 2,22:30
So, if 2 is 2 Am and 22:30 is 10.30 PM
Then 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,0
is 2am 4 am 6am etc...
NOPE!!!!! and here is where I start going crazy.

So what is the syntax here?
I want to do backup daily from 16PM -> 07AM each 2 hours.
 

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Whats wrong with the scheduler? Well, inconsistency for once.

Every 2 hours: */2:00

Mon-fri between 7-18 every 15 minuttes:
mon..fri 7..18:00/15

Ok, so mon-fri 7-18 every 2 hours should be
mon..fri 7..18:00/2:00 Nope...
How about
mon..fri 7..18:00/*/2:00 Nope...

So I am considering just entering 1,3,5,7pm etc...

Alright, deducting from the schedule "every day at 2 and 22:30" I get 2,22:30
So, if 2 is 2 Am and 22:30 is 10.30 PM
Then 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,0
is 2am 4 am 6am etc...
NOPE!!!!! and here is where I start going crazy.

So what is the syntax here?
I want to do backup daily from 16PM -> 07AM each 2 hours.
Check this link:

https://pbs.proxmox.com/docs/calendarevents.html

There are some special values that have a specific meaning:

ValueSyntax
minutely*-*-* *:*:00
hourly*-*-* *:00:00
daily*-*-* 00:00:00
weeklymon *-*-* 00:00:00
monthly*-*-01 00:00:00
yearly or annually*-01-01 00:00:00
quarterly*-01,04,07,10-01 00:00:00
semiannually or semi-annually*-01,07-01 00:00:00
Here is a table with some useful examples:

ExampleAlternativeExplanation
mon,tue,wed,thu,frimon..friEvery working day at 00:00
sat,sunsat..sunOnly on weekends at 00:00
mon,wed,fri--Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 00:00
12:05--Every day at 12:05 PM
*:00/50/1:0/5Every five minutes
mon..wed *:30/10mon,tue,wed *:30/10Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 30, 40 and 50 minutes after every full hour
mon..fri 8..17,22:0/15--Every working day every 15 minutes between 8 AM and 6 PM and between 10 PM and 11 PM
fri 12..13:5/20fri 12,13:5/20Friday at 12:05, 12:25, 12:45, 13:05, 13:25 and 13:45
12,14,16,18,20,22:512/2:5Every day starting at 12:05 until 22:05, every 2 hours
*:*0/1:0/1Every minute (minimum interval)
*-05--On the 5th day of every Month
Sat *-1..7 15:00--First Saturday each Month at 15:00
2015-10-21--21st October 2015 at 00:00
 
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Hi all, allow me to chime in: I have 7.0 and 7.1 nodes. The 7.0 nodes show the old scheduling way and the 7.1 show the new way, is that correct?

Cheers,
BC
 

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Hey People :)

I am currently thinking about how to choose the second Monday of the month. Is this possible?
The background is that I do my backup to external in the first week and I want the data to remain consistent. Can anyone here support me with this?

Alternatively, it may be the 7th day of the month, then the 14th again, then the 21st and then the 28th day of the month. That would almost be a better solution for me.
However, I think I have to create a new job for each backup. Do I see that right?

Thank you. :)
 
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Hi,
Hey People :)

I am currently thinking about how to choose the second Monday of the month. Is this possible?
should be Mon *-8..14 (matches Monday that's between the eight and fourteenth day of each month).
The background is that I do my backup to external in the first week and I want the data to remain consistent. Can anyone here support me with this?

Alternatively, it may be the 7th day of the month, then the 14th again, then the 21st and then the 28th day of the month. That would almost be a better solution for me.
If I understood correctly, it should be *-7/7.
However, I think I have to create a new job for each backup. Do I see that right?

Thank you. :)
In recent versions, there also is a Schedule Simulator button in the upper right corner of the backup job UI.

EDIT: fixed off-by-one error.
 
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djdonnerwolke

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thank you for your help. I will try it out. Thank you! :)

EDIT:
Thank you, your attitude worked well for me. My server did backups tonight and will do the next backup again in 7 days.
Thanks for your time!
 
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