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Is it normal additional volumes are created on the storage cluster when taking Veeam backups?

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Applies to

  • NetApp Element Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication version

Answer

Yes - This is expected behaviour. The Veeam user will send API calls to the storage cluster to:

  • Create a clone of the volume
  • Add the clone to a new volume access group (VAG)
  • Take a snapshot from the cloned volume (not visible in Active IQ)
  • Delete the VAG
  • Delete/purge the cloned volume when the snapshot is complete

Additional Information

An example of events noticed from NetApp SolidFire Active IQ during a Veeam backup of volumeID 31 with temporary volumeID 357:

 

EventID

Time

Type

Message

Details

 

371486

2020-05-03 03:45:16

apiEvent

API Call (PurgeDeletedVolume)

{ "success": true, "params": { "volumeID": 357, "requestAPIVersion": "11.5" }, "method": "PurgeDeletedVolume", "context": { "ip": "10.92.50.252", "user": "veeam" } }

 

371485

2020-05-03 03:45:16

apiEvent

API Call (DeleteVolume)

{ "success": true, "params": { "volumeID": 357, "requestAPIVersion": "11.5" }, "method": "DeleteVolume", "context": { "ip": "10.92.50.252", "user": "veeam" } }

 

371484

2020-05-03 03:45:14

apiEvent

API Call (CreateVolumeAccessGroup)

{ "success": true, "params": { "initiators": [ "iqn.<host>" ], "volumes": [ 357 ], "name": "<VeeamInitiator>", "requestAPIVersion": "11.5" }, "method": "CreateVolumeAccessGroup", "context": { "ip": "10.92.50.252", "user": "veeam" } }

 

371480

2020-05-03 03:45:09

cloneEvent

Clone volume succeeded

{ "vvolOperation": null, "virtualVolumeID": null, "srcVolumeID": 31, "volumeID": 357, "cloneID": 314 }

 

371472

2020-05-03 03:45:08

cloneEvent

Clone volume started

{ "vvolOperation": null, "virtualVolumeID": null, "srcVolumeID": 31, "volumeID": 357, "cloneID": 314 }