Veeam use host name or display name within vsphere?

Hi all,

does Veeam use the computers DNS name for backups or the vSphere display name?

The reason for asking. I have just cloned a server and the clone is now live. Th ehost name is clearly the same but the vSphere display name has changed and the backup has failed. Before i start looking at the backup i want to make sure it isn't simply the display name change that caused the backup to fail.

Thank you
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Jason ThomasAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You should ensure, that you have valid working DNS, forward and reserve working with your VMware Infrastructure.

The names in the inventory, are friendly names for us to understand, each VM has a unique - vmid.
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew.

DNS is all working fine. So, If i rename a virtual machine name within vSphere would I need to amend the Veeam backup job to reflect the new name or does it depend on how Veeam has been setup?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Inventory Names should not matter, because the VM has a unique VMID.
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Alessandro ScafariaInfrastructure Premier Field AdministratorCommented:
Veeam "understands" only the UNIQUE ID of a VM.....so basically my guess you deleted/moved or removed from the inventory the old VM, because when Veeam tries to backup it....it simply fails.

Now, if you want to backup your "brand new cloned" VM, you have to edit your Backup Job and put it inside while you are going to remove the old VM (otherwise Veeam continues to fail....).

If you want also to save space in your backup disk, you may also change your VM retention policy for deleted VMs (if you don't want to save backups of this deleted VM)...
This article will help you with....

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/index.html?retention_deleted_vms.html

Let me know your thoughts.....
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Thank you. It was the clarification I was looking for. Thanks again.
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