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Creating a Production Checkpoint in Hyper-V 2016\2019

KB ID: 3137
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: Any
Published: 2020-03-31
Last Modified: 2021-01-21

Challenge

You need to create a production checkpoint for the 2016 Hyper-V VM.

Cause

Veeam uses the production checkpoint as a basis for application-aware processing on Hyper-V 2016. In order to test this functionality, it may be required to create the production checkpoint manually.

Solution

GUI method

  1. Go to the Hyper-V manager on the host where your VM is deployed.
  2. Right-click the VM and select "Settings".
  3. Uncheck the box "Create standard checkpoints if it's not possible to create a production checkpoint" and save settings.User-added image
  4. Right-click the VM and select "Checkpoint".
Snapshot Removal

Make sure to remove the checkpoint after the required tests. Active checkpoints may lead to a lack of free space on production datastores!

You can select the VM and view all checkpoints under "Checkpoints" section. Right-click over the desired checkpoint reveals the "Delete Checkpoint" button.

PowerShell method

  1. Start PowerShell in administrative mode on the host for the necessary machine.
  2. Set the type of checkpoint created to production:
Set-VM %vm_name% -CheckpointType ProductionOnly
  1. Create a checkpoint:
Checkpoint-VM %vm_name%
NOTE: Make sure to remove the checkpoint after the required tests. Active checkpoints may lead to a lack of free space on production datastores!
The following PS command will remove all existing checkpoints from the VM.
Get-VM vm_name | Get-VMSnapshot | Remove-VMSnapshot
KB ID: 3137
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: Any
Published: 2020-03-31
Last Modified: 2021-01-21

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