SMVI Jobs partially successful

if the mail notification looks like this:

Backup backup_Daily Prod_20120419200002 completed with status partial success.
Following VMs were not backed up : [myvm, myothervm]

and the Log in \\vcenter\c$\Program Files\NetApp\Virtual Storage Console\smvi\server\repository\logs\jobid\jobname_timestamp.xml says:

VMware Task "CreateSnapshot_Task" for entity "myvm" failed with the following error: Operation timed out (Zeitüberschreitung beim Vorgang)

then most likely the ESX host or vCenter is too busy creating all snapshots.
SMVI creates 6 concurrent VMware snapshots per datastore.



  • make backup jobs with less VMs (one job per datastore)
  • limit the concurrent VMware snapshots. this can be done in the file:
\\vcenter\c$\Program Files\NetApp\Virtual Storage Console\smvi\server\etc\smvi.override

change the line




and restart the service:

net stop smvi
net start smvi
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