How VAO Selects Backup Files

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    Generally, when performing a restore operation, VAO looks through the list of all restore points created for a VM to choose a restore point that meets the date requirement specified in the Run Plan wizard. The backup file that contains the chosen restore point is used to recover the VM.

    However, when you use backup copy capabilities offered by Veeam Backup & Replication, you have multiple instances of the same backup data existing in different locations. This situation may influence the way VAO chooses backup files to recover VMs.

    In case VAO detects 2 backup files containing the chosen restore point — one file created by a backup job and the other file created by a backup copy job — the solution uses one of these files based on the following logic:

    • If you select the Original VM Location while launching the plan, VAO uses the backup file produced by the backup job.
    • If you select a new recovery location, VAO uses the backup file produced by the backup copy job.