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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots is a technology in Veeam Backup & Replication that lets you restore VMware VM data directly from storage snapshots. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots automates the process of data recovery for VMs hosted on storage systems, eliminates intermediate restore and manual operations. As a result, you can restore necessary VM data from storage snapshots in seconds.

You can use Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots to perform the following restore operations:

  • Instant VM Recovery
  • VM guest OS files restore (Microsoft Windows and multi-OS restore)
  • Restore of Microsoft Active Directory objects
  • Restore of Microsoft Exchange objects
  • Restore of Microsoft SharePoint objects
  • Restore of Microsoft SQL Server databases
  • Restore of Oracle databases

Limitations for Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots has the following limitations:

  • You cannot perform any kind of restore operation (Instant VM Recovery, VM guest OS files restore and application items restore) if a VMware datastore comprises several LUNs.
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots does not support VMs whose disks are located on VVol datastores.
  • If a VM has several disks that are located on different VMware vSphere datastores, Veeam Backup & Replication will restore the following data:
  • [Instant VM Recovery] The restored VM will have only those VM disks that are hosted on the same datastore as the VMX file.
  • [VM guest OS files restore] You will be able to restore VM guest OS files only from those VM disks that are hosted on the same datastore as the VMX file.
  • [Application items restore] You will be able to restore application items only from those VM disks that are hosted on the same datastore as the VMX file.
  • [Multi-OS file-level restore] You cannot restore files directly to the original location from backups of BSD, Mac and Solaris VMs. You cannot restore files directly to the original location from NSS filesystems. Use the Copy to option instead.
  • [For secondary storage arrays] You cannot perform Instant VM Recovery and restore VM guest OS files to the original location from snapshots on secondary storage arrays — NetApp SnapMirror, SnapVault and Nimble Snapshot Replicated Copy. Secondary storage arrays are not mapped to original VMs and datastores.

The file-level restore limitation applies both to Microsoft Windows and other file systems. Use the Copy to option instead.

  • Multi-OS file-level restore for encrypted VMs is not supported.

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