Creating Incremental VM Backup with Quick Backup

You can use Veeam Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client to create a quick backup for the selected VM. For more information on quick backup, see the Quick Backup section of the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

You can perform quick backup for any VM that meets the following requirements:

  • A backup job processing the VM exists on the backup server that is added to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
  • There is a full backup file for this VM in the backup repository.

To perform quick backup, do the following:

  1. In VMware vSphere Client, open the vCenter Server inventory.
  2. In the inventory tree, select a VM.
  3. Right-click the VM and select Veeam Plug-in for VMware vSphere Client > Quick Backup.

This will trigger a backup job processing the selected VM to create a new incremental restore point (VIB file) for the latest full backup found in the repository for this VM. Details of a running quick backup task can be seen in the Recent Tasks pane on the right.


A quick backup job fails to start if the Location property of the VM and backup repository do not match — for example, if you try to use a repository with location set to Sydney to back up a VM with location set to Helsinki. To read more about location settings, refer to the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

Creating Incremental VM Backup with Quick Backup

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