VEEAM Protected VM's

  • 28 April 2021
  • 2 replies

I have a question about the “protected VM’s” in VEEAM for Nutanix. In the beginning, we had a problem with a Exchange Server logs. when the backup was complete with VEEAM for Nutanix the Logs from exchange are not truncated.

The workaround was to create a new job directly on the VEEAM Server and configure the VSS to truncate the logs. It’s working fine! But the problem now is : the exchange server is in the Group of protected VM. When we try to delete from the protected VM group , the VM comes automatically in the group after 15min. Anyone have an Idea? Because the problem is now we have 2 different backups of the same VM.

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We need to install Nutanix Guest Tools on the VM to support application consistent backup. Once NGT installed on the VM Log truncation should be fine. so can rely on VM Level backup only.

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When we try to delete from the protected VM group , the VM comes automatically in the group after 15min. 

Hello @Aurelius

What do you mean by deleted it from Protected VM group, from Veeam or from Nutanix?

If you selected Back job type: PD Snapshot job, then it will dynamically backup all the VMs in this particular PD automatically, so you will need to remove the VM from Nutanix PD via nCli » protection-domain {} name="name" ="vm_names"


Another thing to leverage Nutanix application consistent snapshot please consider the following:

  • Configure one consistency group for each VM. That is, each consistency group must consist of one VM. If the consistency group includes more than one VM, the system ignores the application-consistent snapshot feature.
  • enable Microsoft VSS services
  • Guest VMs with delta, SATA, and IDE disks do not support Nutanix VSS recovery points.
  • Guest VMs with iSCSI attachments (LUNs) do not support Nutanix VSS recovery points
  • Application-consistent Snapshots requires NGT to be installed on the guest OS.
  • Only the following applications support application-consistent snapshots without pre-freeze and post_thaw scripts:

    • Microsoft Exchange 2010
    • Microsoft Exchange 2013
    • Microsoft Exchange 2016
  • If you need fully featured application consistency (for example, log truncation for SQL), deploy Veeam agents instead of or in addition to agentless AHV backups. If your license is VUL, then you won’t need extra license.