Dude where’s my Veeam Powershell??

You may or may not be aware but during the installation of the Veeam Backup and Replication Console, by default the Veeam Powershell Snap-on is installed as well?

Well there’s a few components installed :


  • Veeam Backup PowerShell Snap-In
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange
  • Veeam Explorer for Oracle
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL
  • Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint
  • Mount server

but for this post we’re dealing with the ‘Veeam Powershell Snap-in‘.

So where is it?

Loading Veeam Powershell Snap-in

There are 2 ways to activate the Snap-in

  1. Via command line :- from a powershell session/conosole type

    Add-PSSnapin VeeamPSSnapin


  2. Directly from the Veeam Backup and Replication console, by clicking on the 3 parallel lines in the top left of the console, and selecting ‘powershell’ from the drop down menu.




**UPDATE** In Veeam Back and Replication 9.5 , the PowerShell option is now located in the section marked ‘Console’ 


The 2nd option will open a powershell session/console and automatically load the Veeam Snap-in for you.



From this session you can connect to and control your Veeam Backup and Replication servers.

Connecting to Veeam server via powershell

To connect to your Veeam B&R server, you would use the command

connect-VBRserver -Server <servername>

If you need to connect to your VBR server different credentials, then

connect-VBRserver -Server <servername> -user <username> -password <password>

Now what?

Well there are numerous options now available to you, as stated in the session header use


to list all available commands (be warned there’s quite a few!!) …. for example



Ok, so give me a real world example?

I had a backup job containing 223 VMs, and I wanted to set the  application-aware processing options for all VMs to  ‘try application processing, but ignore failures’. Changing this individually for 223 VMs would have been very time consuming, so a powershell script was the obvious choice.

A great place for Veeam powershell resources/help is the dedicated Veeam powershell forum https://forums.veeam.com/powershell-f26/ and I managed to find a previous post, giving details and help about setting the VSS response using powershell https://forums.veeam.com/powershell-f26/set-vss-options-for-each-machine-in-a-job-t26492.html

In this case it was a very simple script

$Job = Get-VBRJob -Name “Name of Job”
foreach ($Object in ($Job | Get-VBRJobObject))
$VSSOptions = $Object.VssOptions
$VSSOptions.IgnoreErrors = $True

So for 5 mins of searching etc, I saved about 20-30 or so of manual work 🙂

Dude !! that’s awesome

why thank you very much 🙂



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