Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

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Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby gocyclist » Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:46 pm

I currently have 2 VM's where I excluded the data disk from replication/backup. These vhdx's are over 5TB each which leaves less then 6GB free on the actual physical disks.
Roughly once a week or so one or both the VM's will be paused with Critical-Low Disk space because the data disk doesn't have enough free space for the snapshot file (AVHDX). Is there a way to prevent the excluded disk from having a snaphsot taken? When this occurs I have to turn off the VM so that the file can merge and then re-start the VM.
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Re: Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:18 pm

No, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this, snapshot is created for the entire VM regardless of the exclusions. Anyway, I don't think that having such a little free space on a datastore is recommended.
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Re: Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby gocyclist » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:31 pm

Thanks, I wasn't able to find much myself either in that regards.
I'll see if I can't shrink the VHD's about 15-20GB.
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Re: Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:37 pm

If those disks are stored on a CSV volume, you can try to make them shared, they will not be included in a backup checkpoint.
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Re: Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby gocyclist » Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:52 pm

These data disks aren't on the shared storage server, but are actually each on the Hyper-V hosts. Will sharing the folder the vhd is on and adding the disk via UNC vs drive letter accomplish the same thing?

Edit:
I shrunk both vhdx's by 20GB leaving approx. 23GB free on each physical disk. Will keep an eye on it to see if that helps.
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Re: Prevent snapshot of excluded VM Disk

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:13 pm

No, this will not allow to achieve the same thing.
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