If you fail back from a VM replica to the original VM in the original location, you can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to perform quick rollback. Quick rollback significantly reduces the failback time and has little impact on the production environment.
During failback with the quick rollback option enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication does not calculate digests for entire VM replica disks to get the difference between the original VM and VM replica. Instead, it queries CBT to get information about disk sectors that have changed, and calculates digests only for these disk sectors. As a result, digest calculation is performed much faster. After that, Veeam Backup & Replication performs failback in a regular way: transport changed blocks to the original VM, powers off the VM replica and synchronizes the original VM with the VM replica once again.
It is recommended that you use quick rollback if you fail back to the original VM after a problem that has occurred at the level of the guest OS of the VM replica — for example, there has been an application error or a user has accidentally deleted a file on the VM replica guest OS. Do not use quick rollback if the problem has occurred at the VM hardware level, storage level or due to a power loss.
Requirements for Quick Rollback
To perform quick rollback, make sure that the following requirements are met:
- You must perform failback to the original VM in the original location.
- CBT must be enabled for the original VM.
- The VM replica must be created with the Use changed block tracking data option enabled.
Limitations for Quick Rollback
The following limitations apply to quick rollback:
- Due to changes in VMware vSphere 7.0 and newer, the replica failback operation forces digest recalculation for both source and target VMs. That is why the Quick rollback option is ignored for ESXi hosts starting from version 7.0.
- During the first replication job session after failback with quick rollback, CBT on the original VM is reset. Due to that Veeam Backup & Replication will read data of the entire VM.
- Quick rollback can be performed in the Direct NFS access, Virtual appliance, Network transport mode. The Direct SAN access transport mode cannot be used for quick rollback due to VMware limitations.