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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs

You can use snapshot-only jobs to create a chain of storage snapshots on the primary storage array and, optionally, on the secondary storage array.

To configure a snapshot-only backup job:

  1. Open the Backup & Replication view.
  2. Click Backup Job > VMware or vCloud on the ribbon. Veeam Backup & Replication will launch the New Backup Job wizard.
  3. At the Name step of the wizard, specify a name and description for the backup job.
  4. At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Add and select VMs whose disks are hosted on the storage system.
  5. At the Storage step of the wizard, select NetApp SnapShot or Nimble SnapShot from the Backup repository list.
  6. In the Retention policy section, specify the number of storage snapshots that you want to maintain in the snapshot chain on the primary storage array. When this number is exceeded, Veeam Backup & Replication will trigger the storage system to remove the earliest snapshot from the snapshot chain.

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs Note:

The number of snapshots in the snapshot chain on the primary storage array cannot fewer than 1. Even if you set the Number of snapshot copies to retain value to 0, Veeam Backup & Replication will keep 1 snapshot in the snapshot chain.

  1. If you want to additionally create storage snapshots on the secondary storage array, select the Configure secondary destinations for this job check box.

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs 

  1. If you have enabled a secondary destination for the job, at the Secondary Target step of the wizard, click Add > NetApp SnapMirror or NetApp SnapVault or Nimble Snapshot Replicated Copy to add a secondary location.
  2. [For NetApp SnapVault and Nimble Snapshot Replicated Copy] In the Number of snapshot copies to retain field, specify the number of storage snapshots that you want to maintain in the snapshot chain on the secondary storage array. When this number is exceeded, Veeam Backup & Replication will trigger the storage system to remove the earliest snapshot from the chain.

This option is not applicable to NetApp SnapMirror. On NetApp SnapMirror, Veeam Backup & Replication maintains the same number of storage snapshots as on the primary storage system.

If you use SnapMirror relationships between QTrees, you can define different retention policy settings for the primary NetApp storage system and NetApp SnapMirror. For example, you can configure the backup job to maintain 14 snapshots on the primary NetApp storage system and 10 snapshots of QTree directories on NetApp SnapMirror.

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs 

  1. To create application-consistent storage snapshots, you can enable VMware Tools quiescence or application-aware processing. If you do not enable either of these options, Veeam Backup & Replication will produce a crash-consistent storage snapshot.
  • To enable VMware Tools quiescence, in the advanced settings of the backup job select the Enable VMware Tools quiescence check box. Veeam Backup & Replication will use VMware Tools to create VMware vSphere snapshots for VMs whose disks are hosted on the storage system. After VMware vSphere snapshots are created, Veeam Backup & Replication will trigger a storage snapshot. For more information, see VMware Tools Quiescence.

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs 

  • To enable application-aware processing, at the Guest Processing step of the wizard select the Enable application-aware processing check box and specify necessary settings for application-aware image processing.

During the backup job session, Veeam Backup & Replication will quiesce applications running inside VMs using application-aware processing. After applications inside the VM are quiesced, Veeam Backup & Replication will trigger a storage snapshot. For more information, see Application-Aware Processing.

Configuring Snapshot-Only Jobs 

  1. At the Schedule step of the wizard, select the Run the job automatically check box and specify the schedule by which storage snapshots must be created. For more information, see Define Job Schedule.
  2. Click Next, then click Finish to save the backup job settings.

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