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Best practice to save snapshots

Post by Psiloceras » Jun 15, 2017 12:40 pm

Hello,

I am studying Veeam Backup & Replication to be used in a vSphere 6.0 environment.
I see that when saving a VM or a set of VMs, it saves the machines as they are currently (and later adding incremental files). But I do not see how to save automatically at the same time the existing snapshots and their derived files (the delta with the current situation).

My own solution would be to make a job for the VM and another job to copy all the files of the VM on the VMFS datastore. It more than doubles the space and time required and doesn't seem optimal.
What would be the best practice to get the VM and its snapshots, please ?

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Re: Best practice to save snapshots

Post by skrause » Jun 15, 2017 3:00 pm

Best practice with VMware in general (unrelated to if you use Veeam or not) is to not run on snapshots for longer than a few hours, at most a few days. If you are running on snapshots for a long period of time you are going to eat up your datastore space and potentially have serious performance issues.
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Re: Best practice to save snapshots

Post by Psiloceras » Jun 16, 2017 8:33 am

Thank you.
I just read KB 1025279 about best practices with snapshots confirming what you wrote. We'll have to use and transmit these advices.

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