How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another drive ?

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How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another drive ?

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:19 am

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Hi All,

Can anyone here assist me with how to change the temporary .VMDK location used by veasm to use separate drive other than the C: drive ?

Because at the moment when I tried to restore some files that is just 100 MB in size, the whole VMDK disk from my NAS server (File Server) was left out in my C:\Users\service-Veeam directory thus consuming the disk space of the Veeam server until it reach 500 MB free

How can I repoint / reconfigure Veeam so that during FLR it use another drive letter instead of C:

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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:52 am

If my memory serves me well, it's configurable via registry (FLRMountFolder). However, can I ask what type of restore you're using?
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:48 pm

v.Eremin wrote:If my memory serves me well, it's configurable via registry (FLRMountFolder). However, can I ask what type of restore you're using?


Hi Vladimir, Where exactly is this located in the registry?

The temporary VMDK files are located in temp directory (C:\Users\<account for Veeam Backup service>\AppData\Local\Temp\) for current user by default.
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:00 am 1 person likes this post

You should create it in the standard HKLM\SOFTWARE\VeeaM\Veeam Backup and Replication hive. It's still interesting to hear what type of restore is being used.
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Sun Jun 28, 2015 2:46 pm

v.Eremin wrote:You should create it in the standard HKLM\SOFTWARE\VeeaM\Veeam Backup and Replication hive. It's still interesting to hear what type of restore is being used.


From the Veeam console it was FLR of a Windows Server VMDK.
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:12 am

Just so we're on the same page - "Restore VM hard disks..." is meant here, right?
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:16 am

v.Eremin wrote:Just so we're on the same page - "Restore VM hard disks..." is meant here, right?


Not really, it was for restoring a file inside a Windows Server VM.
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:59 am

Hmm, usage of Win FLR should not result in full vmdk being restored inside AppData\Local\Temp directory. Can you tell us whether the given key has made any difference (as I doubt it really has)?

Since the behaviour doesn't look normal, can you open a ticket with our support team and let them confirm your environment?

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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby rereduck » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:00 am

Hi,

Same problem for me.

Did you resolve it ?

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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:03 am

Could you please describe your problem in a bit more detail?
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby rereduck » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:09 am

Yes of course.

After a Win FLR on an exchange server 2013 I get this folder in TMP (C:\users\Appdata\TMP\) :

Image

I have to delete it manually.

Is it normal that this folder is used to store vmdk ?

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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:42 am

Those are not actual VMDK files, just stubs required to present disks during FLR (so do not consume space). However the fact that they were not removed after FLR session means that something went wrong (session was not completed correctly).
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby rereduck » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:25 pm

I don't understand because as you can see It consumed 25go on my Hard Disk ! So my C disk was full.
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Re: How to changethe VMDK temporary location to another driv

Veeam Logoby PTide » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:17 pm

Hi,

It's hard to say why it happened so because the overall job behaviour is unexpected. Kindly open a ticket with support and post your case ID here.

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