And now for something completely different… Well different, still has to do with a virtual infrastructure. Evaluating the version 7 of Veeam Backup and Replication.

What is Veeam Backup and replication?

Veeam Backup and replication is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for virtual infrastructures. It supports virtual infrastructures from VMware or Hyper-V.
It brings features such as instant file-level recovery and VM recovery, scalability, backup & replication, built-in de-duplication and bringing centralized back-up and replication management to your infrastructure.

To produce a backup, Veeam Backup leverages VMware snapshot capabilities. When you need to perform backup. The VMware snapshot technology lets you back up VMs without suspending them; also known as online hot backup.

Architecture

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The picture above (picture credits to the Veeam Evaluation guide. Get this guide at  http://veeampdf.s3.amazonaws.com/guide/veeam_backup_evaluators_guide_7_vmware.pdf) shows the components that make up the Veeam Backup and replication infrastructure:

  • Veeam Backup server—a physical or virtual machine. The Veeam Backup server is the core component: responsible for configuration and management.
  • Backup proxy—a “data mover” component used to process VM data and transfers to the datastore targets.
  • Backup repository—a storage location for storing backup files, VM copies and replicas.
  • Virtual infrastructure servers—ESXi or Hyper-V hosts which are sources and targets for backup and replication operations.

Evaluating

For the evaluation I’m doing a simple deployment with a Server 2012 host as backup server and repository, and a VMware ESXi host managed by a vCenter Server Appliance. I’m not using multi core/processors so you will get a warning about data processing times.

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The wizard starts when you push the appropriate installer. You can input your license file or use the free edition when you have got one. I’m using a NFR license for demo purposes.

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I’m doing the complete setup. Not changing the default install, I currently just have one disk connected. Prerequisite software checks are done next. If you are not compliant push the install button to get the required software.

Connect with a local admin (from domain or not) and use a existing SQL instance or let the installer add a MS SQL Express 2008R2 one for you (I’m currently going for the latter). Ports can remain the default ones. Same goes for the locations, be sure to change them to your needs. And hit the install button to start the engines….

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And have a little patience for the installer to finish. And lift off..

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Now let’s add the virtual servers. Go to Backup Infrastructure – Managed Servers and right click to select add server. You can select vSphere, vCloud, Hyper-V and Windows hosts. Add the VCSA via the vSphere option.

Add the VCSA credentials to the Wizard (in my case the standard root vmware combo). It takes a while as my lab has not enough resources…
The Wizard will create a new VMware object in the backup inventory.

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Next up, the backup proxy. As described earlier, this is the data mover and needs access to the source and destination datastore. This is a Windows server with either a physical connection (physical server with LUN’s attached) or a VM. Add it as a managed server (add a windows server at managed servers) and assign the backup proxy role (add at backup Proxies.). I am using the same server for all roles, so it is already added to the server list and to the VMware proxy by the Veeam Wizard.

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Next up: a backup repository. This can be a:
– Windows Server with storage attached.
– Linux server with local or NFS mounted storage.
– a CIFS share.

I have added a vmdk to my server, and am using this as the backup repository. So I add a repository to a Microsoft Windows server, to this server and use populate to find the appropriate disk. For additional features I’m also adding this as a vPower NFS server. image

And boom, your Veeam infrastructure is up and running in minutes. Just know the architecture components and prepare in advance. Surely this test lab is not sufficient for production as I haven’t taken retention, archiving, access and RTO/RPO in mind.

Next up is creating some jobs and fill up the repository. Go to backup & Replication pane, and add a backup job.

The add backup job is straightforward  Select the source machine and th what. Select the destination and which proxy to use.

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One of the important screens is the Advanced Settings.

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here the mode can be selected, storage and methods (use vSphere CBT).

And viola start you engines, a test job can be run.

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This concludes the Veeam Backup and Replication introduction and basic installation.

– Enjoy Veeaming across your virtual infrastructure.

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