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How to Uninstall Veeam CDP VAIO Filter Driver Manually

KB ID: 4151
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication | 11 | 12 | 12.1
Published: 2021-04-22
Last Modified: 2024-05-06
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Article Applicability

This article documents the manual filter driver removal process.

If Veeam Backup & Replication is available, the recommended method for uninstalling the I/O Filter is documented in the user guide.

Veeam Backup & Replication - Updating and Uninstalling I/O Filter

Objective

This article documents how to manually uninstall the Veeam CDP VAIO filter driver if Veeam Backup & Replication is unavailable for any reason and the Veeam CDP filter driver needs to be removed from VCenter and the ESXi hosts.

Solution

Before You Begin

  • Prerequisite 1: Change the VM storage policy for all VMs that were protected by Veeam CDP from ‘Veeam CDP Replication’ to ‘Datastore Default’ or another appropriate policy (see screenshot below). 

    This change only needs to be done to the source virtual machines; the replica virtual machines should be deleted manually.
    After deleting the CDP Replica(s), there may be files that VCenter couldn’t automatically delete that will need to be cleaned up manually (i.e., the folder on the datastore which contained the Replica VM).
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  • Prerequisite 2: The ESXi host(s) must be in maintenance mode to uninstall the CDP filter driver.  VMware DRS can help mitigate the impact of this process.

Filter Removal

Use VMware power-cli to uninstall the filter driver with the following PowerShell script.

  1. Open VMware PowerCLI
  2. Connect to the vCenter
Connect-VIServer -Server <vcenter-servername>
  1. Run the following command to confirm that the Veeam CDP filter is installed:
Get-VAIOFilter -name veecdp -cluster "<cluster name>"
  1. To remove the Veeam CDP VAIO Filter if present, run the following command:
Get-VAIOFilter -name veecdp -cluster "<cluster name>" | Remove-VAIOFilter

Confirm Filter Removal

Once the filter drivers are removed, exit the ESXi hosts from maintenance mode. You can check the status of the filter driver directly on the ESXi hosts by connecting to them via SSH and running this command:

esxcli software vib list | grep -i vee 

Remove Storage Policy

The last step is to remove the “Veeam CDP Replication” storage policy from VCenter.

Go to Menu -> Policy and Profiles -> VM Storage Policies -> select the “Veeam CDP Replication” policy and click delete.

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