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Deploy and backup configure from scratch Veam backup for Virtual Infrastructure [vmware 5.5] SAN fibre channel and ISCSI

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Hello Experts,

Can someone from the backup/storage/consulting teams provide me with some sort of documentation to deploy and configure Veam backup software?

Our infrastructure is  Vsphere 5.5, SAN fibre channel and also one ISCSI network,  multiple VMs, multiple hosts, 2 clusters, 2 datacenters

 I need to be able to backup, hosts,  and VMs, templates, and so on
Your feedback is highly appreciated
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Question by:Jerry Seinfield
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by:Alessandro Scafaria
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Here is your roadmap:

1. Understand how Veeam Work and how to deploy correctly your Backup infrastructure

See this webinar and follow the slides download link:
http://www.veeam.com/videos/veeam-availability-suite-architecture-deployment-5719.html

In your case I'll suggest to use at least another Windows 2k12 server as a backup proxy server.

2. Install Veeam Backup & Replication Suite in your Main Backup Server (could be virtual or a physical machine)

http://www.veeam.com/system-requirements.html

3. Focus on your Backup Infrastructure TAB

- Add your VMware Vcenter server(s)

Note: I don't know if you have decided to deploy Vcenter Server as a VM or using a physical machine (in your case it’s better to install it on a physical server with direct access to FC SAN).

Just in case you want to restore in the future from a backup a VM without Vcenter Server, you can't perform it "natively" because you previously added only Vcenter Server in your Backup Infrastructure (and not your singol ESXi hosts).
If you try now to add your host in Veeam using their own Management IP, Veeam will tell you that those hosts are already entered….

Here is a trick: modify your Veeam Backup Server file host adding some custom entries to identify your ESXi host.
Eg.
192.168.200.1       dell1.vsphere.local
192.168.200.2      dell2.vpshere.local
Add now your hosts in the Veeam Backup Infrastructure entering those names (instead of IPs) and you we’ll able to perform a restore a VM without Vcenter Server (Vcenter Server VM included) :-)

4. Add and Manage your Backup Repositories

In past slides I suggest to look forward: http://www.veeam.com/architecture-v3-tdewin_slide_5719.pdf
there are some typical examples in various environment.

Your SAN (I hope its NetApp or HP) could be supported natively from Veeam to perfom and use storage snapshots instead of classic VMware snapshots for VMs backups.

What’s the advantage?
Storage snapshots are “SAN related” so they won’t affect CPU/Network performance! And this is very good for your environment!

Here is a very good point for you (basically it’s all explained here):
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup.html

FC SAN is the best, but an iSCSI SAN could also help you to protect you backup from corruption and so on….

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup_copy.html

You may use for example the ISCSI SAN to perform a BACKUP COPY of your backups.

This is very important in defining your 3-2-1 backup strategy (3 different backups in 2 different locations with 1 offline).

5. Start your 1st Backup JOB

DONE :-)

Remember always to TEST your backup performing a RESTORE (not in a PROD environment) frequently. This will help you to sleep during night so well :-)

Bottom line.....remember also to use this great Veeam function: Istant VM Recovery:
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/instant_recovery.html

This will save you a looot of time when you're in a hurry to perform a VM restore without a maintenance window available!!!

I don’t know if your datacenters are in the same location or not…..in that case please tell me if you are interested also in VMs replica on other locations or to  use Veeam WAN Accelerators or Clouds REPOs.
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by:Jerry Seinfield
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yes, I am interested on VMs replica to other locations and also use both products above

Can you share this information with me?
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Alessandro Scafaria earned 500 total points
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There were some mistakes in my guide....

Here is your roadmap:

1. Understand how Veeam works and how to deploy correctly your Backup infrastructure

See this webinar and follow the slides download link:
http://www.veeam.com/videos/veeam-availability-suite-architecture-deployment-5719.html

In your case I'll suggest to use at least another Windows 2k12 server as a backup proxy server (see slides and case studies explained).

2. Install Veeam Backup & Replication Suite in your Main Backup Server (could be virtual or a physical machine)

Note: I don't know if you have decided to deploy Veeam Backup Server as a VM or using a physical machine (in your case it’s better to install it on a physical server with direct access to FC SAN).

http://www.veeam.com/system-requirements.html

3. Focus on your Backup Infrastructure TAB

- Add your VMware Vcenter server(s)

Just in case you want to restore in the future from a backup a VM without Vcenter Server, you can't perform it "natively" because you previously added only Vcenter Server in your Backup Infrastructure (and not your singol ESXi hosts).
If you try now to add your host in Veeam using their own Management IP, Veeam will tell you that those hosts are already entered….

Here is a trick: modify your Veeam Backup Server file host adding some custom entries to identify your ESXi host.
Eg.
192.168.200.1       dell1.vsphere.local
192.168.200.2      dell2.vpshere.local
Add now your hosts in the Veeam Backup Infrastructure entering those names (instead of IPs) and you we’ll able to perform a restore a VM without Vcenter Server (Vcenter Server VM included) :-)

4. Add and Manage your Backup Repositories

In past slides I suggest to look forward: http://www.veeam.com/architecture-v3-tdewin_slide_5719.pdf
there are some typical examples in various environment.

Your SAN (I hope its NetApp or HP) could be supported natively from Veeam to perfom and use storage snapshots instead of classic VMware snapshots for VMs backups.

What’s the advantage?
Storage snapshots are “SAN related” so they won’t affect CPU/Network performance! And this is very good for your environment!

Here is a very good point for you (basically it’s all explained here):
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup.html

FC SAN is the best, but an iSCSI SAN could also help you to protect you backup from corruption and so on….

http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/backup_copy.html

You may use for example the ISCSI SAN to perform a BACKUP COPY of your backups.

This is very important in defining your 3-2-1 backup strategy (3 different backups in 2 different locations with 1 offline).

5. Start your 1st Backup JOB

DONE :-)

Remember always to TEST your backup performing a RESTORE (not in a PROD environment) frequently. This will help you to sleep during night so well :-)

Bottom line.....remember also to use this great Veeam function: Istant VM Recovery:
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/instant_recovery.html

This will save you a looot of time when you're in a hurry to perform a VM restore without a maintenance window available!!!

Up next I will explain you replicas and Clouds REPOs.
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