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How to Manually Seed a Replica


This KB provides the steps to manually seed a replica with Veeam Backup & Replication.


For Replica seeding in Veeam Backup & Replication 9 please review:

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For Replica seeding in Veeam Backup & Replication 8 please review:
For replica seeding in Veeam Backup & Replication 7 or older please review the following.

To manually seed a Replica:
Part 1: Restoring the VM to the Destination

1.  Go to Backups and select the job in your target repository(Check the Repository column). Expand the backup set via the chevron to the left of the backup set name. Right click the VM you want to make into a replica and select 'Restore Entire VM'.

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2.  On the Restore Mode tab select ‘Restore to a new location or with different settings’.

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3.  On the same tab click ‘Pick Proxy to Use’.

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4.  Pick the appropriate proxy to process this restore job. Pick the proxy on the TARGET side.

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5.  On the ‘Host’ tab, select the target host you want the replica to reside on.

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6.  On the ‘Resource Pool’ tab, select whichever resource pool, if any, you want the replica to use.

7.  On the ‘Datastore’ tab, by default, original datastore and disktype are selected for each VM. You can change them by selecting desired VM file, and clicking Datastore or Disk Type (at the bottom).

8.  On the ‘Folder’ tab, by default, the original VM folder is selected as restore destination for each VM. You can change folder by selecting the desired VM and clicking Folder (at the bottom). You can also change the VM name by highlighting the VM and then clicking “Name…” at the bottom. It is suggested to add the suffix “_replica”.

9.  On the ‘Network’  tab, if you are restoring to a different location, specify how the original location’s network maps to the new location’s network.

10.  From here you can click through to finish, make sure NOT to check "Power on VM after restoring", and hit [Finish].

Part 2: Mapping to the restored VM

1.  When the restore completes edit the replication job.

2.  Mark the ‘Enable Low Connection Bandwidth’ (fig. 1) in the Name tab.

3.  On the Destination tab make sure the settings match the present location of the restored VM that will become the replica.

4.  On the ‘Seeding’ (fig.2) tab check ‘Map replicas to existing VMs’.

5.  Then highlight your production VM, hit ‘Edit’, and map it to the VM you restored on the TARGET side in Part 1 of this KB. Once you have mapped the restored VM (now replica) to the original VM, next through until you have completed the rest of the job settings and select Finish.

6.  Be sure to run the job and test it.

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