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How to manually remove restore points from a VMware Replica

KB ID: 1987
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication | 9.5 | 10 | 11
Published: 2015-01-14
Last Modified: 2021-10-19
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Purpose

This article documents how to remove restore points from a Veeam Backup & Replication replica in a vSphere environment.

The replica must be in a state where:

  • the latest run was successful
  • the job is not currently running
  • failover is not currently active.

Solution

Remove old restore points (Manually enforcing retention)

  1. Manage snapshots for the Replica
manage snapshots
  1. Select the oldest snapshot and delete it.

    Repeat this step as needed, always removing the oldest snapshot until you have the number of restore points desired.

    Warning:
    Never remove the last two snapshots above the “You are here”. Doing so resets the replica and forces it to perform “Calculating digests” for each hard disk, which is a lengthy process.
Select oldest and remove
  1. Within Veeam Backup & Replication, right-click Replicas, and select “Rescan replicas.”
Rescan replicas
  1. Run the job as usual.

Remove recent restore points

  1. Manage snapshots for the Replica
manage snapshots
  1. Select the snapshot prior to those you’d like to remove, then click “Revert to.”

Example: Removing all restore points created after 10:15th.

revert to point prior to those you wish to remove
  1. After the revert completes, and the “You are here” moves to below the selected snapshot, select each of the restore points below the “You are here” and delete all of them.
delete all points below the "You are here"
  1. Within Veeam Backup & Replication, right-click Replicas, and select “Rescan replicas.”
Rescan replicas
  1. Run the job as usual.
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