Veeam Backup and Replication is a tool used as a backup and availability solution for VMware, Hyper-V and physical servers with Windows or Linux as the guest OS. It is a flexible and reliable backup and recovery solution for virtualised data and application level like Active Directory and SQL server. Veeam is used as a monitoring tool for the Virtual environment which includes; hosts, Datastores and Virtual machines and their resources.

In this article, step by step instructions of how to add a Backup proxy, Backup repository, add the Virtual infrastructure and how to backup a VM using Veeam backup and replication is covered.

Overview

Veeam Backup and replication has been evolving every day from just a backup tool to an availability tool. You can now have the backup needs of your virtualised environment under one-room.

With its easy graphical interface has taken over the market as a great tool to have for any IT administrator. Among the features provided are:

  • Application-aware backups with applications like SQL server, or Active directory topping the list of the applications.
  • Recovery points objections that are low reducing the turn-around time during data restore.
  • Ability to scale-out the backup repository as the backup needs grow.
  • Better management of storage with in-built deduplication.
  • Secured backups with an end to end encryption.
  • Availability of cloud backup using Veeam Cloud connect.
  • File and image level restore of data.

Veeam Backup and replication can be bundled together with Veeam One monitor and Veeam One reporter that are great tools that complement the robust backup solution. You can monitor your VMware environment and receive alerts as needed and achieving a proactive response to any issue.

Prerequisites

  • Veeam backup and replication 9.0 installed.
  • Backup proxy
  • Backup repository
  • Virtual infrastructure; Vcenter server or ESXi stand-alone hosts

Veeam Backup proxy

A Veeam backup proxy refers to an architectural box that sits between the backup server and the backup components. As the backup server handles tasks, the backup proxy processes all the jobs and directs the backup traffic. The primary function of a backup proxy include;

  • Retrieve data from production storage
  • Compressing the data
  • Deduplicating the data
  • Encrypting the data
  • Send the data to the backup repository

Adding a VMware backup proxy

One or more backup proxies can be configured depending on the user requirements. To add a backup proxy, launch the New Proxy wizard. Login to Veeam backup and replication backup server. Navigate to Backup Infrastructure and highlight Backup proxies. Click Add VMware Backup Proxy.

Add Backup proxy
Fig 1. Add Backup proxy

Select the Server. Enter the description. Leave Transport mode and Connected Datastores. Enter the concurrent tasks that can be running at any given time. Click Next.

Choose Server
Fig 2. Choose Server

Leave default on Traffic rules.

Traffic rules
Fig 3. Traffic rules

Click Finish

VMware proxy summary
Fig 4. VMware proxy summary

Veeam Backup repository

Veeam backup repository refers to the storage where Veeam backup and replication stores the backup files, virtual machines file and metadata of replicated data.

Adding a backup repository

Login to Veeam backup and replication backup server. Navigate to Backup Infrastructure and highlight Backup proxies. Click Add Backup Repository.

Add backup repository
Fig 5. Add backup repository

On the Backup repository wizard, enter the Name and Description of the repository

Backup repository name
Fig 6. Backup Repository Name

Select the Shared folder as Type of backup repository as we are using a shared Network Attached Storage is used.

Type of backup repository
Fig 7. Type of backup repository

Add the shared folder and select credentials that have admin rights to the share. Choose Automatic selection for the Gateway server.

Backup repository share
Fig 8. Backup repository share

Limit concurrent tasks to 8. Click Next

Repository details
Fig 9. Repository details

Select Mount Server. In this case, the Mount server is the backup server. Leave the rest as default. Click Next.

Mount server
Fig 10. Mount server

Review the details and Click Next to create the repository.

Review Backup repository details
Fig 11. Review Backup repository details

Virtual Infrastructure

Virtual infrastructure composes of vCenter, ESXi hosts and virtual machines that are available for backup using Veeam backup and replication.

In this article, vCenter server is added to scan the virtual infrastructure to be backed up.

Adding the VMware server

Launch the New VMware server wizard.

Navigate to Backup infrastructure, on Managed servers, right click and select Add server.

Add VMware infrastructure
Fig 12. Add VMware infrastructure

Select VMware Vsphere

Add Server Type
Fig 13. Add Server Type

Enter the Name or IP of the vCenter server. Click Next

Name and Description
Fig 14. Name and Description

Select the credentials. Leave the port as default. Click Next

VMware credentials
Fig 15. VMware credentials

Configuration summary is shown. Click Finish.

VMware server summary
Fig 16. VMware server summary

To know how to restore using Veeam, read our previous article about VMware restore with Veeam Backup and Replication

Creating a new job in Veeam backup

To launch the New Backup Job wizard, navigate to Backup Infrastructure. Right click on Jobs > Backup. Enter the Name of the backup job and type a Description.

Name and Description of the backup Job
Fig 17. VMware Cloud Services Login Page

Click Add and Add objects window is displayed. Type the Name of VM and click the search button. Select the VM and Click Add.

Add a VM to backup
Fig 18. Add a VM to backup

Click Next.

Virtual Machine selected for backup
Fig 19. Virtual Machine selected for backup

Select the Backup Proxy (Automatic selection is recommended), Backup repository and define the number of restore points to store in your backup repository.

Backup repository details
Fig 20. Backup repository details

On the Advanced settings, leave the settings as default or set them as the business requirements.

Advanced settings
Fig 21. Advanced settings

Guest processing settings allow Veeam to detect and prepare the applications in the guest VM for backup and also makes restore of the application possible.
Ensure that Enable application-aware processing is checked.
Check Enable guest file system indexing
Enter Guest Operating System credentials
Leave Guest Interaction proxy as default.

Guest processing settings
Fig 22. Guest processing settings

Set the schedule for the when the backup jobs will run. Click Create to start the job.

Schedule
Fig 23. Schedule

Below is the summary of backup configurations. Check Run the job when I click finish to run the job immediately.

Summary of the backup Job
Fig 24. Summary of the backup Job

Navigate to Backup infrastructure, click on Jobs, locate the Backup job from the list. Right click on the Name of the job and click statistics to check the progress of the backup job.

Backup progress
Fig 25. Backup progress

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Conclusion

Veeam Backup and replication is a very robust tool that guarantees you a peace of mind for the security of your virtualised data. From image-level backups, to file level and application level restores, it stands out from other backup tools in the market.

The latest release of Veeam backup and replication 9.5 allows backup of physical servers that was a significant headache for any IT administrators as they had to look for a separate solution.

With Veeam One monitor as an additional tool, you are in control of your virtual environment as well as your backups.