When you restore a full VM or VM hard disk to the original location, you can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to perform quick rollback — incremental data restore. Instead of restoring an entire VM or VM disk from a backup file, Veeam Backup & Replication will recover only those data blocks that are necessary to revert the VM or VM disk to an earlier point in time. Quick rollback significantly reduces the recovery time and has little impact on the production environment.
For quick rollback, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the Changed Block Tracking technology. Veeam Backup & Replication gets information about the current VM state and compares it with the CBT information in the backup file. This way, Veeam Backup & Replication detects what data blocks must be transported back to the production datastore to rebuild the VM or VM disk to the necessary point in time.
It is recommended that you use quick rollback if you restore a VM or VM disk after a problem that has occurred at the level of the VM guest OS — for example, there has been an application error or a user has accidentally deleted a file on the VM 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:
- VM or VM disk must be restored to its original location.
- CBT must be enabled for the VM disk or all disks of a VM that you plan to restore.
- The backup file from which you plan to restore a VM or a VM disk must be created with the Use changed block tracking data option enabled.
Limitations for Quick Rollback