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Full Name: Michael Berger

Creating veeam backup without snapshots

Post by geordi »

Hi there

We have an environment with activeated VMDirectPath and my backup job on one of the machine fails due to the consequence that snapshots are not longer possible on the machine where I forwarded the external devices to.
Error is:
Freezing guest operating system
CreateSnapshot failed, vmRef "vm-33", timeout "1800000", snName "VEEAM BACKUP TEMPORARY SNAPSHOT", snDescription "Please do not delete this snapshot. It is being used by Veeam Backup.", memory "False", quiesce "False"
Der Vorgang ist im aktuellen Status nicht zulässig.

Any idea how I can make backups of that machine? VSS is disabled in the target machine, I tried network backup mode without any additional options like application awareness and so on ... but it is still not possible to create backups :-(

Any hint what I can try next?

Regards and thanks in advance,

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Full Name: Alexander Fogelson

Re: CreateSnapshot failed, vmRef "48"

Post by foggy »

Michael, it is not possible to backup a VM without snapshotting it and in your case the snapshot for this VM cannot be created due to vmDirectPath. You can use script to power VM off before backing it up.

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Full Name: David Marti

Stop a virtual machine before backup job starts

Post by dmarti »



I'm using Veeam Backup 5 to backup all my virtual machines. One of them is using vmDirectPath, so I know I can't backup this machine while is powered on.

The question is, how can I stop the virtual machine before the backup job starts? (and start the vm after ...)

Thanks in advance.

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Full Name: Vitaliy Safarov

Re: Stop a virtual machine before backup job starts

Post by Vitaliy S. »

Hello David,

You can create two scripts and use them to power off virtual machine and then start the backup job. These scrips might be used with a Windows Task Scheduler. Once your backup job is finished, I would recommend using post backup job script option to start a VM.

Here you go some script examples that should help: ... power-offs

P.S. to know more about triggering a backup job via scripts, please search these forums.

Hope this helps.

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