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Creating a VMware QuickSpin Backup Set

VMware QuickSpin backup sets allow you to back up VMware virtual machines frequently as well as restore in a matter of minutes.  They cannot back up to the cloud, however, so if you want an off-site copy of the virtual machines you plan on protecting, you will need a VMware Standard backup set in addition to a VMware QuickSpin one.  Intronis best practices are to put the QuickSpin backups on a different host than the one housing the virtual machines being backed up, but it is not a requirement for them to work.  You should be able to run a VMware QuickSpin backup from any machine that can access and authenticate with the ESX/EXi host or vCenter machine managing the virtual machines you want to back up.



  1. Log into the management portal and go to the computer account for which you want to add a VMware QuickSpin backup set.

  2. Click on the Backup tab and then hit the button next to VMware QuickSpin under Backup Type.

  3. Edit the name of the backup set by clicking on its name or the button to its right.

  4. Next, select which virtual machines will be included in the backup set.

    If those virtual machines' host is not already recognized, add the IP address of the ESX/ESXi host or vCenter machine managing the virtual machines.  If the Backup Agent needs credentials to authenticate with the server you added, it should prompt you for them.   After the host/vCenter has been added, a list of virtual machines available to be backed up will appear.

    In addition, for a virtual machine to be eligible for backups, it must meet the following requirements:

    • The UUID attribute must be enabled for the virtual machine you intend to back up.

    • The virtual machine must use only SCSI disks.

    • The virtual machine must not use dynamic disks.

      So long as those three conditions are met, there should be no issues backing up the virtual machines.  For clarification, the third point about dynamic disks excludes them from being present at the guest operating system level; if you open Disk Management from within the guest and there are dynamic volumes present, this will not be compatible with backups.

  5. Click Next to continue.

  6. On the second page, choose which host the recovery virtual machines will live on (you may want to add a new server using the Add New Server... button at the bottom).

    The recovery virtual machine is a clone of the original virtual machine; restoring the virtual machine involves either spinning up the clone or "rewinding" the clone and then spinning it up.  You must specify which resource pool, VM folder, and datastore the recovery virtual machines will use or pick "None".

    Hit Next to continue.

    Note:  When choosing where to put the recovery virtual machines, it is best practice to put them on a host different from the one the source virtual machines live on.  This is to avoid a single point of failure.

  7. Set a schedule for the backups by choosing a recurrence interval (minutes, hours, days, or weeks) and either how often the backup will run or on which days the backup will run.  If you want to add more than one Daily or Weekly schedule, click the Add New button.

    Keep in mind that if multiple VMware backup sets (Standard or QuickSpin) run concurrently, all those involved will be slowed down.  Additionally, it is strongly recommended a VMware Standard backup and a VMware QuickSpin backup of the same virtual machine not overlap.

    Hit Next to proceed.

  8. On the Retention tab, choose how many versions you wish to keep.  Under the Notes section, you can see, based on how often the backup runs, how far back in time you will have restorable versions for.

    Click Next to continue.

  9. After creating the schedule, you will arrive at the Advanced page.  Choose a temporary folder location that has at least 1-2 GBs of space free and set the Incremental Version Storage Location.

    Click Next to see a summary of the backup set or hit the Create Backup Set button to finalize the backup set.


Important Note - After you run a QuickSpin backup and the recovery virtual machines are created, you must not start or alter those recovery virtual machines.  Doing so may prevent subsequent backups and restores from working.

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