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Veeam at DR site and office, where to create jobs

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Greetings,

If I have Veeam at the office and the DR site, but run replication of critical machines from the office to the DR site, is the Veeam install at DR able to failover and failback the jobs initiated from the office install using Veeam so it is done "right"? Or should I re-create the jobs using the DR install? I would like to set it up so I have the "cleanest / easiest" method of failover / failback possible.

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do you not replicate your Veeam Server?
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by:rpliner
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I don't. I guess I could if I disable CBT?? If I did replicate it, would I just pull up the replica as needed to failover / failback VMs at the data center? I have connections in vCenter between the SAN subnets and the Veeam server, so direct connections to the SAN on dedicated NICs.How would I account for that when firing up the replica at the data center?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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That's correct all the information for Failover and Failback are present, and this is important, for Failover and to Failback correctly (controlled by Veeam, because Veeam changes status of jobs and VMs).

replicas are on local disks at DR site?
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replicas are on a VNXe at the data center. I was thinking of copying daily from the SAN to local storage on one of the hosts just to have another location to run from if needed. I actually posted a question about this and you stated you have clients using local host storage for replicas, so I am doing that for VMs that run in the data center. VMs that run in the office are replicated to the SAN at the data center, and then as stated, I'd like to copy from SAN to local for that extra layer of protection.

Would I just edit the networking settings when I fire it up at the data center to account for losing the direct connection to the SAN in the office? Also, I see several disks in disk manager on the Veeam windows server. Do I need to be concerned about those when turning it on at the data center?

I am wondering if it would be easier to run it from the data center. I could choose a proxy in the office, as well as storage. However, Veeam in the office uses local host storage for backups / replicas, as well as SAN. Local wouldn't be available if I ran Veeam from the data center on a different host. Is there a way for Veeam at the data center to see office local host storage adn use it as a datastore when configuring jobs?

sorry for so many follow-up questions.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Veeam commuinicates with ESXi servers, so Veeam needs to know where the backups are located.

If you have replicated Veeam Server to DR Site, Replica need to be available to the Veeam Server/ESXi servers, to complete Failover/Fallback.

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Is there a way for Veeam at the data center to see office local host storage adn use it as a datastore when configuring jobs?

only if the host is added to Veeam, and sends jobs to that ESXi server.
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ok. thanks. I can see the hosts in the datacenter from the office install, so hopefully it'll work vice-versa. I have proxies in each site so as long as I can see office hosts local storage, it should work just running it from the datacenter. I am going to test replicating it and may just leave it at the datacenter.
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it would seem sensible to test!
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Ha, indeed. I just meant that if testing replication works I may leave it at the datacenter as that'll be better suited to have it ready to perform a failover, and failback.

Have a good one
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looks like it will work. However, I am going to keep one Veeam server in the office and one at the data center. The data center will run replication and local backups and the office will run local backups there. I just need to figure out how to map / seed new jobs using the replicas I already have that were created by the office install.

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No problems.
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