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Direct Storage Backups still creates a VM Snapshot

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Hi All

Question, I have several jobs backing up servers form VMWare but using direct storage snapshots which run fine however.

On the start of the job it still creates a VM Snapshot and deletes it a few minutes later (normally say 10mins after creation).

Can anybody explain why Veeam does this and what its used for?

The job is set to not fail back to a backup from the compute layer so do not understand why a VM Snapshot is needed?

VBR Version 10.0.1.4854

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Re: Direct Storage Backups still creates a VM Snapshot

Post by Mildur »

Hi Mark

A VM Snapshot is still needed to get the VM in a consistent state before creating the storage snapshot.
The Benefit of using Storage Snapshots is, that the VMware Snapshot will be open only for a short time period compared to normal backup jobs without Backup from Storage Snapshot. This will lead to smaller Delta Files and decreased snapshot commit times.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=110
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Re: Direct Storage Backups still creates a VM Snapshot

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There is a case when VM snapshot might not be required though - freeze-only VMs in snapshot-only jobs.

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