Retrieving Archived Snapshots
Snapshot archiving allows jobs to manage the offload of long-term snapshots to a 3rd party storage solution supported by a storage vendor (for example, Amazon S3 storage or NFS target). Snapshot archiving is helpful when you need to save rarely accessed data. For information on which storage systems support snapshot archiving, see VMware Integration. To archive (offload) snapshots, create a snapshot-only job or a backup from storage snapshot job with the archiving feature enabled. For more information, see Configuring Backup from Snapshots on Secondary Storage Arrays or Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs. Archived snapshots are shown under the icon.
To access data from archived snapshots, it must be retrieved. During the snapshot retrieval process, a copy of the archived snapshot is created on the storage system from which the snapshot was archived (offloaded). This copy is stored on the storage system until you delete the copy manually as described in section Deleting Snapshots.
Data retrieval can be required if you want to restore workloads from archived snapshots. In Veeam Backup & Replication version 12 (build 18.104.22.1680), you must retrieve data manually as described in this section. Starting from version 12.1 (build 22.214.171.1241), Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves data automatically when you launch restore. However, you can still retrieve data manually. Also, manual retrieve is required if a snapshot is created during the rescan (storage discovery) process.
To retrieve an archived snapshot manually:
- Open the Storage Infrastructure view.
- In the inventory pane, expand the storage system tree.
- Right-click the necessary snapshot and select Restore snapshot from archive. Alternatively, you can click Restore from Archive on the ribbon.
- In the Veeam Backup & Replication window, click Yes.
After the retrieval finishes, Veeam Backup & Replication will show the retrieved snapshots under the icon.
Consider the following: