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Backup from Storage Snapshot

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With Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots, you can create backups of VMware VMs leveraging HP SAN snapshots and restore VMware VM data directly from HP SAN snapshots (this feature requires Enterprise Plus license).

The following HP SAN storage systems are supported:

HP StoreServ (3PAR)

HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand/P4000 series)

HP StoreVirtual VSA (Virtual Storage Appliance)

To use HP SAN snapshots in Veeam Backup & Replication, you should properly configure your backup infrastructure:

1.The Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots plug-in for the corresponding HP SAN storage should be enabled.

2.A VMware backup proxy should be properly configured, as it is required for volume rescan of HP StoreServ storage systems and backup from storage snapshots for HP StoreVirtual and HP StoreServ storage systems.

3.You should add to Veeam Backup & Replication a vCenter Server managing ESX(i) hosts with VMs whose disks are located on the HP SAN storage.

4.(For HP StoreServ only) Check that the HP 3PAR Web Services API server is enabled.

5.You should added the HP SAN storage system on which VM disks are located to the SAN Infrastructure view in Veeam Backup & Replication.


If the Backup from Storage Snapshots technology cannot be used due to incorrect infrastructure setup, Veeam Backup & Replication will not fail over to the regular processing mode and the backup or replication job will be finished with the Failed status. To successfully perform backup or replication in such situation, you will need to properly configure the backup infrastructure or disable the Use storage snapshots option in the job properties.

If important data accidentally gets lost or corrupted, you can use Veeam Backup & Replication to restore VM data from HP SAN snapshots. The restore process is similar to restore from image-level backups of VMs and is performed in the Veeam Backup & Replication interface.

If you perform restore from HP StoreServ storage snapshots, for mounting SAN snapshots you must select an ESX(i) host that meets the following requirements:

The ESX(i) host must have access to HP StoreServ storage over a Fibre Channel connection.

The ESX(i) host must be added to the list of servers having access to the HP StoreServ storage snapshots.

For more information, please refer to Working with HP SAN Storages section of Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

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