Creating Snapshots Manually

Veeam Backup for Google Cloud allows you to manually create snapshots of VM instances. Each snapshot is saved to the multi-regional location closest to the region in which the original VM instance resides.


Veeam Backup for Google Cloud does not include snapshots created manually in the snapshot chain and does not apply the configured retention policy settings to these snapshots. This means that the snapshots are kept in Google Cloud Storage unless you remove them manually, as described in section Removing Backups and Snapshots.

To manually create a cloud-native snapshot of a VM instance, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Resources > VM.
  2. Select the necessary instance and click Take Snapshot Now.

For a VM instance to be displayed in the list of available instances, it must reside in any of the regions added to a backup policy as described in section Creating Backup Policies.

  1. In the Take Snapshot Now window:
  1. Specify a service account whose permissions Veeam Backup for Google Cloud will use to create the snapshot.

For a service account to be displayed in the list of available accounts, it must be added to Veeam Backup for Google Cloud as described in section Adding Service Accounts, and must be assigned the VM Instances Snapshot operational role as described in section Adding Projects and Folders.

  1. Choose whether you want to assign labels to the created snapshot:
  • To assign already existing labels from the source persistent disk attached to the selected VM instance, select the Copy labels from source disks check box.
  • To assign your own custom labels, select the Add custom labels check box and specify the labels explicitly. To do that, use the Name and Value fields to specify a key and a value for the new custom label, and then click Add.
  1. Click Take Snapshot.

Creating Snapshot Manually