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How To Stop All Veeam Backup & Replication Activities

KB ID: 2991
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication | 9.5 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 12.1
Published: 2019-08-26
Last Modified: 2023-03-13
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Purpose

This article documents the procedure for halting all Veeam Backup & Replication activities.

 

Solution

Stopping Veeam Activity on Veeam Backup Server
  1. Disable all Jobs
    Take note of which jobs were already disabled so you know which ones may not need to be enabled later.
  2. Stop all running tasks. Review the "Running" section under Last 24 Hours.
    Optionaly, switch the History view and review each of the Nodes for running tasks.
Running tasks
Pressing F5 while viewing the list of Running tasks will refresh the view.
History view
By default, the History view is minimized to this small button.
History Nodes
Your history section may have more or fewer nodes. Review each node, sorting the lists by "End Time" to find tasks that may still be running.
  1. Close the Veeam Backup & Replication Console
  2. Stop all Veeam services on the Veeam Backup Server.
Stop-Service -Name Veeam*
This PowerShell command will stop all services that start with Veeam in their name. If other Veeam products are installed (e.g., Veeam ONE, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, or Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows), this command will stop their service as well.

Stopping Veeam activity on other Backup Infrastructure Component Servers

Note: Stopping Veeam services on a component server will terminate tasks that the server is involved in. Therefore, we advise that the actions in this section should only be performed after either:

  • Ensuring no tasks within Veeam Backup & Replication are currently utilizing the component server.

    or
  • Stopping all Veeam activity on the Veeam Backup Server.
     
Procedure

(e.g., Backup Proxies, Backup Repositories, WAN Accelerators, Hyper-V hosts)

  • For Windows-based Component Servers:
Stop-Service -Name Veeam*
This PowerShell command will stop all services that start with Veeam in their name. If other Veeam products are installed (e.g., Veeam ONE, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, or Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows), this command will stop their service as well.
  • For Linux-based Component Servers:
sudo systemctl stop veeam* --all

(Optional) Stopping the Veeam Backup & Replication Configuration Database

This step is optional, and there are very few scenarios where the configuration database needs to be taken offline.

Important Notes:

  • This section is only relevant to Veeam Backup & Replication deployments using Microsoft SQL, and not PostgreSQL.
  • Some Veeam Backup & Replication services require a connection to the configuration database. If the database is offline, those services will fail to start.
  • When upgrading Veeam Backup & Replication, do not take the database offline. The upgrade installer must have access to the configuration database to perform upgrades. Also, after the upgrade completes, the installer will attempt to start the Veeam services, and if the configuration database is offline, the services will not be able to start, and the upgrade will fail.

 

Procedure
  1. Identify the location of the Configuration Database by opening the Configuration Database Connection Settings utility.
    While the tool is usually used to change which database is used, initially, it will show you the currently configured database connection details.
  2. Modify and execute the following SqlCmd script:
SqlCmd -E -S ServerName\InstanceName -Q "ALTER DATABASE database-name SET OFFLINE"
SQLCMD Example
Starting all Veeam Backup & Replication Activity

Reverse the above steps to get everything back into a running state.

Remember:

  • If the Configuration Database was taken offline, it must be brought online before any other steps.
  • All the CLI commands used to stop the services can be reused by replacing the word "stop" with "start"
  • Alternatively, instead of manually starting all the Veeam services, you may reboot the Veeam Backup Server and any related component servers where you stopped services.
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