Many years ago we discovered the hard way that if a VM has a VMware snapshot on it, the NetApp snapshot for the datastore that VM resides on will not include that VM in the backup. This state will persist until the VMware snapshot is removed.
We are now in a situation where someone unfortunately left a VMware snapshot in place during the entirety of our NetApp snapshot retention period, and needed to revert to the VMware snapshot. And worse, the VMware snapshot revert didn't go well. We ended up finding a way to clean up the restored VM but this all got me to thinking.
Maybe things have changed? I noticed the SnapCenter wizard actually includes the VM in it's restore options, just like any other VM. Has the limitation been removed? Can restores be done with any VM, regardless of whether there's a VMware snapshot attached or not? Can anyone provide insight on this topic? Thanks in advance!