Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

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Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby warotes » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:54 am

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as I test in last topic. I have another question about snapshot.

1. After take a backup, The vdk file (Veeam Backup result file ) still contain Snapshots or not ? if yes, after restoration I will get full VM with all snapshot the same as before backup. won't I ?

2. from question1.) How about the source VM which contain snapshots. is it loss all snapshots ?
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Re: Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:34 am

warotes wrote:1. After take a backup, The vdk file (Veeam Backup result file ) still contain Snapshots or not ? if yes, after restoration I will get full VM with all snapshot the same as before backup. won't I ?

Existing source VM snapshots get consolidated into a single flat file (containing actual VM state) that is backed up during backup job. So you will not be able to restore those snapshots.

warotes wrote:2. from question1.) How about the source VM which contain snapshots. is it loss all snapshots ?

Source VM snapshots themselves are not touched. However, prior to v7, CBT could not be enabled on the VM with snapshots.
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Re: Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:13 am

If you want to preserve VM snaphshots, you should use File Copy functionality in order to copy all VM files, including snapshots. Thanks.
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[MERGED] Backup with serveral snapshots

Veeam Logoby albertit » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:41 am

Hello,

it is possible to backup and restore VMware VMs with snapshots?
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Re: Backup with serveral snapshots

Veeam Logoby Shestakov » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:33 am

Hello Thomas,

No, it`s not, as all snapshots are merged to the parent virtual disk when using vStorage API for Data Protection. If you want to preserve snapshot tree of your VMs, you can follow Vladimir's advice above.

Thank you.
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Re: Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby albertit » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Thank you. I hope it will come in later versions auf vmware / veeam.
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Re: Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:34 pm

Thomas,

On a side note, can you please tell me why do you use VM snapshots for VMs that you want to backup?

Thanks!
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[MERGED] Migration while keeping snapshots..

Veeam Logoby dfs9gfs789gd » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:11 am

There has been some older discussion around migration of vm's with snapshots. While i'm aware keeping snapshots long term isn't the solution, in this scenario I can't change that thinking. Has anything been improved in version 9 to solve this? All I see is references to file copy method, which I tried and isn't ideal for obvious reasons. The cold migration is an option in this environment. But we're looking to move a bunch of vm's from one vsphere to another newer environment.

There is talk of vmware p2v also which seems to preserve snap shots, or so people say.

So whats the newest story here, just choose file copy in veeam and live with the pain of having to register it again on the new vSphere?
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Re: Backup-Restore VMs with Snapshot

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:53 am

Hello John, nothing has changed in this regard. You need to use file copy jobs to perform this task.
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