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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Storage Snapshots in Secondary Destination Jobs

You can configure a backup job to create regular backup files on the backup repository and, additionally, maintain a snapshot chain on the storage system. Veeam Backup & Replication lets you create storage snapshots in the following destinations:

  • Primary storage array where VM disks are hosted
  • Secondary storage arrays (NetApp and Nimble)

Depending on the backup job settings, the created storage snapshots can be application-consistent or crash-consistent.

The backup job of this type is performed in the following way:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication triggers VMware vCenter Server to create a VMware vSphere snapshot for a VM.
  2. Veeam Backup & Replication instructs the storage system to create a temporary snapshot of a volume or LUN capturing VM disks and VMware vSphere snapshot. The VMware vSphere snapshot on the primary storage array is deleted.
  3. Veeam Backup & Replication uses the temporary storage snapshot as a data source for backup and replication.
  4. After the backup or replication job is finished, the temporary volume snapshot is copied to the storage system and published as a new snapshot in the snapshot chain.
  5. After snapshot transport, Veeam Backup & Replication performs cleanup operations and removes the temporary snapshot on the primary storage array.

Storage Snapshots in Secondary Destination Jobs 

Related Topics

Configuring Jobs Creating Snapshots in Secondary Destination

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