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How can I make fast snapshots?

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One of the selling points of VMWare was the ability to quickly revert to a prior VM snapshot. Because the VMWare snapshot is not supported by Microsoft for SQL servers (it doesn't use VSS), I cannot use this great feature. Does Veeam provide a method for quickly getting a snapshot that uses VSS (and thus supported by Microsoft)?

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Re: How can I make fast snapshots?

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No, we do not. Unless you consider our backup to be such a "snapshot". Thanks.

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Re: How can I make fast snapshots?

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You can most definitely snapshot your vm and have it quiesce the file system using VSS and the calls are made all the way down through SQL. That is supported and there are plenty of documents out there that speak to that process.

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Re: How can I make fast snapshots?

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If you are referring to using VMware VSS integration, then it is important to note that application-level quiescence is only supported on Windows 2008 and has some additional requirements/limitations on actual virtual machine configuration. In addition, officially VMware snapshots are not supported by Microsoft whether or not you have created them with VMware VSS integration enabled.

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