Backup from Storage Snapshots
To create a backup from a storage snapshot, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Agent do the following:
- Veeam Backup & Replication checks that the hardware VSS provider is installed on the Veeam Agent computer.
If the hardware VSS provider is not installed, Veeam Backup & Replication rescans the Veeam Agent computer and installs the hardware VSS provider.
- Veeam Backup & Replication starts a backup job session and sends a request to the storage system to create a native snapshot as a new LUN.
If storage system fails to create a native snapshot within the time period allowed by VSS, Veeam Backup & Replication will behave according to the storage integration settings. Veeam Backup & Replication will complete the backup job with the Failed status or fail over to the regular backup scenario that uses software VSS provider.
To learn more about VSS and its limitations, see this Microsoft article.
- After a snapshot LUN is created, this LUN connects to Veeam Agent computer to finish VSS operations and record storage metadata.
- Veeam Backup & Replication moves the snapshot LUN to the backup proxy.
- Veeam Backup & Replication reads the snapshot LUN and transfers data from the backup proxy to the target repository.
Keep in mind that if the snapshot LUN contains a dynamic volume, Veeam Backup & Replication reads all extents of this volume.
- Veeam Backup & Replication completes the backup job session and deletes snapshot metadata from the storage and backup proxy.
After that, you can use backups created from storage snapshots for restore and administration tasks. For such Veeam Agent backups, Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to perform the same set of operations as for backups created with regular backup scenario that uses software VSS provider. To learn more, see Restoring Data from Veeam Agent Backups and Managing Veeam Agent Backups.