Creating the new snapshot set

Create the new snapshot set from the VEA console or from the command line.

To create the snapshot set from the VEA console

  1. From the VEA console, navigate to the system where the production volumes and snapshots mirrors are located.
  2. Expand the system node, the Storage Agent node, and the Applications node.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Right-click Exchange and click VSS Exchange Snapshot.

    • Optionally, if replication is enabled in an Exchange 2010 DAG and you want to create a snapshot on the replication node, right-click Exchange Replica and click VSS Exchange Snapshot.

  4. In the wizard, review the Welcome page and click Next.
  5. Specify the snapshot set parameters as follows and then click Next:

    Select Component for snapshot operation

    Select the component for the snapshot set.

    For Exchange 2010, the component is a mailbox database.


    Enter a directory location for the XML file or accept the default. The XML file is stored by default in the directory shown on the screen.


    The XML file for the snapshot must be stored separately from the volumes that are included in the snapshots, otherwise a restore will fail.

    In a clustered server environment, the XML file must be saved on shared storage to be available from all nodes in the cluster. To accomplish this, either edit the directory path in the Directory field for this wizard screen or use a text editor to create a text file named "redirect.txt." This text file should contain a single text line specifying the full path to the location of the metadata file, for example, G:\BackupSets. Save the redirect.txt file in the default directory C:\Program Files\Veritas\Veritas Volume Manager\VSSXML on each node of the cluster.


    You must not use the volume name or volume path in the redirect.txt file that is involved in the snapshot. If the volume name or path for the snapshot is used, then a restore will fail.

    Note that if your Exchange 2010 mailbox database is configured under a VCS cluster, then you can store the snapshot set metadata file in a file share path by configuring a file share resource. This is to avoid configuring extra shared volumes to store the snapshot set file, which is available once the mailbox database fails over. You can also specify the file share path in the redirect.txt file.

    Snapshot set

    Enter a name for the snapshot set. The snapshot set metadata XML file is stored under this name.

    Select snapshot type

    Select the snapshot type.

    Full Backup is typically used for backup to tape or other storage media. It does the following:

    • Creates a copy of the selected component

    • Runs Eseutil to check for consistency before truncating the logs

    • Truncates the transaction logs

    Copy is typically used for Quick Recovery. It creates a copy of the storage group, but does not truncate the transaction logs. Optionally check Run Eseutil with the Copy option to check the snapshot for consistency.

  6. In the Change Attributes panel, optionally change the attributes for the snapshot volumes as follows and click Next:

    Snapshot Volume Label

    Displays the read-only label for the snapshot volume.

    Drive Letter

    Optionally, click a drive letter and select a new choice from the drop-down menu.


    Optionally, click a plex and select a new choice from the drop-down menu.

  7. Optionally, in the Synchronized Snapshot panel, select the secondary hosts for which you want to create synchronized snapshots. Either double-click on the host name or click the Add option to move the host into the Selected Secondary Hosts pane. To select all the available hosts, click the Add All option. The VSS wizard creates synchronized snapshots on all the selected secondary hosts.

    This panel is displayed only in an environment using Volume Replicator. Otherwise, you will be directly taken to the Schedule Information panel.

  8. Review the specifications of the snapshot set and click Finish.

To create the new snapshot set from the command line