Storage Requirements

Secondary Copies

To enable restores from a secondary copy, ensure that the secondary copy includes all application-aware backup jobs for VMs and applications.

You can restore from a secondary copy that was created using a selective copy operation. If a selective copy is configured for a VM, the first application-aware backup of the VM is always a full backup, even if you requested a different backup type.

Storage Policy

Create a server plan to be used with the VM group. For the server plan, under Snapshot options, specify a value of 1 or more for the Number of snap recovery points option. For more information, see Creating a Server Plan.

You can create auxiliary copies for a server plan, and restore data from any copy.


Both the VSA job and the associated application job must be available when you restore data for an application. The point-in-time software snapshot that is created by the application backup operation is part of the data that is stored for the VSA backup job. Ensure that both the VSA job and the application job are retained in the same copy that is used for restore operations.