Using Veeam Backup and Replication Free version

Hi Everybody

I am having to use the free version of Veeam Backup & Replication to backup our critical servers due to a number of commercial reasons.

I have not used it before, but when I try to VeeamZip a running VM I get the following error message :

19/10/2015 15:47:28 :: Processing xxx-xxx Error: An error occurred while saving the snapshot: Failed to quiesce the virtual machine.

I seem to be able to VeeamZip OK when the VM is turned off, but this isn't always possible.

At the moment, I need to backup a handful of our most critical servers such as Exchange, SQL and Fileserver, to a separate storage unit that separate to our VSphere Datastores.

Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAsked:
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Kash2nd Line EngineerCommented:
Why not use Altaro.
It is free for 2 VMs and unlike Veeam it lets you schedule it.
It is free for 2 VMs but you can backup 2 of your choice and then backup some other 2. Works for me.

Veeam Free is a bit of hit and miss for me.
Most probably it is failing due to the fact that the VSS Snapshot for VMs is enabled and conflicting or there is active VM level backup running (if it is configured).
IvanSystem EngineerCommented:

have you installed latest VM integration tools? Is this on Hyper-V or VMware?
Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAuthor Commented:

I'm going to have a look at Altaro, so thanks for the tip

This is in Vmware, and all the guests have vmtools installed.

Kash2nd Line EngineerCommented:
altaro has recently launched, VMWare backup so worth a try. Their support even for free version is awesome.

Do you run VM level backup of some kind i.e: windows server backup which could be causing conflicts
Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAuthor Commented:
I got everything installed and started to back up an SQL vm running Windows Server 2008r2, and left it running.  When I came in I got in this morning I got a similar error message:  Failed to quiesce the virtual machine.

I have checked on the VM and it is running Shadow Copy, could that be causing an issue ?

I have managed to run a snapshot of the VM from vSphere successfully.

Vitaliy S.Product ManagerCommented:
To clarify one of the Kash's comments - you do have a way to schedule backup jobs using Veeam Backup FREE edition > Veeam Backup Free Edition: Now with PowerShell!

Did you enable quiescence option while taking VM snapshot manually? For more info on why it fails, check out Windows Event logs (application), there should be some errors.

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Matthew HinchliffeIT EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hi again

I am still on with this project but I haven't been able to look at it over Christmas.  I will be having another look at this over the course of the next few days.  I am also interested in the Poweshell option as well.

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