Evaluations – Veeam ONE v7

A few blog post back I did a evaluation of Veeam Backup and Replication v7 (read it at https://pascalswereld.nl/2013/09/10/eval-veeam-backup-replication-v7/). A logical step from a backup and replication solution is a management solution to manage your back-up and replication and monitor your virtual infrastructure from one solution. Veeam has the Veeam ONE product for that.
Veeam actually has an other solution for management and monitoring of your back-up solution, which is targeted at enterprise customers; Veeam Backup Management Suite. You will miss the monitoring of the virtual infrastructure with the latter (and probably gain some, but that is a vs evaluation and outside this scope). For now I will concentrate on Veeam ONE.

What is Veeam ONE?

Veeam ONE is a single solution for managing virtual infrastructures and Veeam Backup and Replication. This solution enables real-time monitoring, capacity planning, documentation, mapping and reporting for virtual infrastructures based on VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V, and Veeam Backup and Replication.

Veeam ONE comes in a licensed full (per CPU socket of a managed/monitored host) and a free edition. The free edition includes all the core functionality of the full, but is restricted in some of the features (either a lower threshold or not available). These restricted or not available features limit the scale of the monitored infrastructure, amount of historical data and reporting. Thus limiting your capabilities to thoroughly analyse, trend and forecast your environment. But for small deployments this is less of a problem (as there are other means) then bigger environment (those means are not automated or from a single management solution).

Architecture

So we now know the why, now we need the what some Veeam ONE Architecture. The Veeam ONE architecture is composed of the Veaam ONE components and the components of the monitored infrastructures. As stated above, Veeam ONE can monitor virtual infrastructures from VMware vSphere and Hyper-V. Veeam ONE is deployed as either a virtual in these environments (probably in a back-end or infrastructure cluster) or as a physical server outside these infrastructures. The virtual infrastructure nodes can be monitored as hosts or via management such as vCenter or SCVMM.
Secondly Veeam ONE monitors Veeam Backup and Replication so it needs to be able to access the Veaam Backup Server.

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But Veeam ONE of course has it’s one architecture as well. Veeam ONE is a client server architecture and incorporates the following structural components:
– Veeam ONE Server – a virtual or physical server responsible for collecting data from virtual infrastructure components (hosts, vCenter or vCloud Director), Veeam backup and replication and storing this to a SQL Database. Veeam One Server actually is about two parts Veeam ONE Monitoring Server and Veeam ONE Reporting Server.
– Veeam ONE Web UI – the client part that communicates with the SQL database to access data for viewing reports and customizing infrastructure views. The client is composed from the Reporting Client and the Business View Client.
– Veeam ONE Monitor Client – the client part that is used to connect to the Veeam ONE Monitoring server. This is the primary tool for monitoring your environment.
– Veeam ONE Database. Internally MSSQL Express 2008R2 or MSSQL server (2005 on to 2012) outside the environment. For reporting MSSQL 2008 Reporting service could be included.

Deployment of Veeam ONE can be done in a typical setup with all components on one server, or an advanced setup with components separated on several servers.

Evaluating

For the evaluation I’m doing a simple typical deployment with a Server 2012 host as Veeam backup server and repository, Veeam ONE server, and a VMware ESXi 5.5 host managed by a vCenter Server 5.5 Appliance (which are not yet supported but will find out if it works. Do not use this in a production environment).

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The wizard starts when you push the appropriate installer option, in my case the Veeam ONE server. You can input your license file for the full edition or use the free edition when you have got none. I’m using a NFR license for lab/demo purposes.

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Next up I’m selecting the typical setup option. After this prerequisties are checked and your are shown the results. If there are failed in there (my setup wasn’t prepared) you have to option to let the installer install (push that button) for you.

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Wait for those to be installed and a re-check is performed. Continue when status is passed.

I’m using the default for the locations, be sure to change them to your needs. Add a service account. Preferably from the domain. My lab consist of a single Windows 2012 server which I haven’t added the AD DS role, so I’m going for local.
For the database use a existing SQL instance or let the installer add a MS SQL Express 2008R2 one for you. I’m going for an existing database instance, the express I installed with the local Veeam Backup and Replication installation.

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When using an existing one, be sure your service account is granted access and permissions.

Ports can remain the default ones.
You can now connect to your virtual  infrastructure from the installer. Same goes for you Veeam backup and replication. I’m doing it from the installer, connecting to VCSA (as accessing vCenter has not changed from 5.1 to 5.5 Veeam connects to vCSA 5.5) and local Veeam Backup and replication.

You can add or change these connections at a later time, in that case just select the skip options.

And hit the install button to start going for distance….

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To finish the installation you will have to log off.

This gives us the three application icons.

Opening business View icon will open a Internet Explorer (or other preferred browser) with the application URL. For IE you probably have to trust the applications or they will standard be blocked. Veeam ONE monitor gives you insight in your infrastructure, business (after defining), data protection (backup and replication like shown below) and alerting.

Next up are the defining of notifications, rules, categories (for example SLA), groups, etc. to have your environment be monitored with organizational needs. But for now we will stop here.

This concludes the introduction of Veeam ONE and the typical (and basic) installation of Veeam ONE.

– Enjoy Veeam ONE with your environment!

Evaluations – Veeam Backup and Replication version 7- What and Installation.

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.