Uninstalling Veeam Backup for AWS
Veeam Backup for AWS is installed using an AWS CloudFormation stack. In AWS CloudFormation, a stack is a collection of AWS services and resources that you can manage as a single unit. To uninstall Veeam Backup for AWS, you must delete the CloudFormation stack from your AWS infrastructure. For more information on working with stacks, see AWS Documentation.
Note that backed-up data will not be removed automatically after you uninstall the solution. You can keep this data in your AWS environment and import it to a new backup appliance:
- To import cloud-native snapshots, rescan AWS Regions where the snapshots are stored. The snapshots will be automatically imported to the configuration database.
- To import image-level backups, assign the Amazon S3 bucket where the backups are stored to a new S3 repository as described in section Adding S3 Repositories.
When you deploy Veeam Backup for AWS from the Veeam Backup & Replication console, the CloudFormation stack is not created and AWS resources cannot be managed as a single unit. Keep in mind that these resources are not automatically deleted from AWS when you remove the backup appliance from the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure. To learn how to manually delete resources created during Veeam Backup for AWS installation, see the Integration with Veeam Backup for AWS Guide, section Removing Appliances.
To delete the Veeam Backup for AWS CloudFormation stack, do the following:
- Log in to the AWS Management Console using credentials of an AWS account where Veeam Backup for AWS is installed.
- From the list of available AWS Regions in the upper-right corner of the page, select the AWS Region in which the backup appliance resides.
- Navigate to Services > CloudFormation.
- From the Stacks list, select the CloudFormation stack created while installing Veeam Backup for AWS.
- Click Delete.
- In the confirmation window, click Delete stack to acknowledge deletion.
After you acknowledge the operation, the Veeam Backup for AWS CloudFormation stack will acquire the DELETE_IN_PROGRESS state. When all AWS resources included in the stack are successfully deleted, the stack will acquire the DELETE_COMPLETE state. By default, deleted CloudFormation stacks are not displayed in the AWS Management Console. To learn how to view deleted stacks and to troubleshoot deletion issues, see AWS Documentation.
If you no longer need the backed-up data, you can remove it manually from the AWS infrastructure:
- Log in to the AWS Management Console using credentials of an AWS account where the data is stored.
- From the list of available AWS Regions in the upper-right corner of the page, select the AWS Region in which the backed-up data is stored.
- Remove the backed-up data:
- To remove backups, navigate to Services > S3. Select an Amazon S3 bucket where the backups are stored. Navigate to Veeam > Backup, select the S3 repository folder, and click Delete.
- To remove RDS cloud-native snapshots, navigate to Services > RDS > Snapshots, select the necessary Veeam snapshots, and click Delete.
- To remove EC2 cloud-native snapshots, navigate to Services > EC2 > Snapshots, select the necessary Veeam snapshots, and click Delete.