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Recipe: Create a CDP Policy without Guest Processing

Expected deliverables:

A CDP Policy to provide Continous Data Protection for mission-critical VMware virtual machines without Guest application-aware processing enabled.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • vSphere infrastructure must have been added to the backup infrastructure and properly configured. That means adding at least 1 vCenter instance, a Source and a Target vSphere Cluster.
  • I/O filters for CDP must have been installed in source and target vSphere Cluster.
  • We recommend you to configure at least two VMware CDP proxies: one (source proxy) in the production site and one (target proxy) in the disaster recovery site.
  • No specific requirement for VMs to be protected with CDP.
  • Network between infrastructure components required for CDP must be minimum 1 Gbps. We recommend to use 10 Gbps or faster and MTU 900

Before you start:

  • The target datastore must have enough free space to store disks of replicated VMs.
  • CDP works only for powered on VMs


It’s assumed that you already have a Veeam Backup Server fully working in your environment.


  1. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication Console.
  2. On the Home view. On the ribbon, click CDP Policy.
  3. At the Name step of the wizard, specify a job name and description. Click Next.
  4. At the Virtual Machines step, select VMs and/or VM containers (hosts, clusters, folders, resource pools, VirtualApps, datastores or tags) that you want to replicate. Click Add, then in the Add Object window select the necessary VMs or VM containers and click Add. Click Next.
  5. At the Destination step, select a target host or cluster, resource pool, folder and datastore for replicas. Click Next.
  6. At the Policy Settings step of the wizard, select VMware CDP proxies (recommended) that must be used for the CDP policy, or leave it in automatic. Also specify which suffix to add to replica names.
    • Click Choose next to the Source proxy field if you want to select VMware CDP proxies in the production site
    • Click Choose next to the Target proxy field if you want to select VMware CDP proxies in the production site.
  7. At the Schedule step of the wizard, configure the schedule and retention policies.
    • Set the required Recovery point objective (RPO) in seconds or minutes.
    • Set the Short-term retention in hour or minutes.
    • Set the Long-term retenteion: Frequency to create restore points in hours, and retention for those restore points in days.
  8. At the Guest Processing step, keep Enable application-aware processing option unchecked. Click Apply.
  9. At the Summary step of the wizard, review details of the replication job. If you want to start the job right after you close the wizard, select the Enable the policy when I click Finish check box, otherwise leave the check box unselected. Then click Finish to close the wizard

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