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Hi Experts,

we gonna change from Symantec Backup Exec to VEEAM, because we get more an more VMs.
Symantec has a lot of problems with version 15.

I have one backup server with 40TB of diskspace in it and one Tape is connected over SAS.
In the meantime is it possible to install all roles of VEEAM on the same backup server ?
Later on I want to uninstall the BE installation.

In my case, what is the best setup for VEEAM ?
Should I install all roles on my backup server ?
Or should I install some roles on a VM ?
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Hi Eprs_Admin,

First of all, Congratulations, you are in for a treat :-)

It is depending on your network deployment, do you have like the below deployment:

Site 1 - Production Data centre
Site 2 - Head Office

If yes, then you can deploy it as my environment:

Site 1 - Production Data centre
1x Main (Primary) Backup Repository - WIndows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled.
3x Backup Proxy VMs (Running as Windows Server VMware) - can be any version Windows server


Site 2 - Head Office
1x Secondary Backup Repository (Backup Copy) and the Veeam Server role - Windows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled.
1x Tape drive library

after that enable the Backup Copy from Site 1 to Site 2 so that the backup to tape will be taken from the secondary site.

See this for further reading:
https://www.veeam.com/videos/best-practices-for-vmware-backup-1996.html
http://bp.veeam.expert/
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by:Eprs_Admin
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Hi,

our network is simple , we have 4 main locations , all connected via MPLS and minimum 60Mbit sync.
The backup repository must be my backup server with disks inside.
My tape server must be the old backup server of BE becuase the tape is directly connected.

What do you think in this case ?
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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OK does each of those 4 sites has its own backup server or storage to handle the VMs ?
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 41768294
yes all VMs are on our NETAPP storage in the datacenter. The backup server too.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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to start I wanted to install all roles on my backup server.
Maybe later I can extend or change the infrastructure.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Eprs_Admin,

Well for the backup server, yes you can install the role as well as the Backup repository like what I did in my head office above.

But for the VM backup proxy you will need to deploy it on each sites.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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ok, can I install the proxy on a vm ?
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Here's what I will be doing:

Site 1 - Production Data centre 1
1x Backup Repository - Windows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled. – and then make it as Backup Copy source to Site 2 Head Office
3x Backup Proxy VMs (Running as Windows Server VMware) - can be any version Windows server

Site 2 - Head Office
1x Secondary Backup Repository (Backup Copy) and the Veeam Server role - Windows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled.
This is where the backup will be copied over (as a target) from those Site 1, 3 and 4 so that the tape backup can work on it
1x Tape drive library

Site 3 - Production Data centre 2
1x Backup Repository - Windows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled. – and then make it as Backup Copy source to Site 2 Head Office
3x Backup Proxy VMs (Running as Windows Server VMware) - can be any version Windows server

Site 4 - Production Data centre 3
1x Backup Repository - Windows Server 2012 R2 with Deduped role enabled. – and then make it as Backup Copy source to Site 2 Head Office
3x Backup Proxy VMs (Running as Windows Server VMware) - can be any version Windows server
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Yes,

I forgot to mention that all backup proxy servers are all VM.

Because I'm using Hot-Add mode.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 41768315
Ok I understand your environment.

My is different, I just have one datacenter and 3 other locations.

1. Production datacenter
2. office 1 with vSphere Essentails Plus
3. office 2 with vSphere Essentails Plus
4. office 3 with vSphere Essentails Plus

All sites connected via MPLS 1Gbps.

Why do I need a Backup Copy ? I dont want to have two repositories, I dont have so much space , not yet.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Eprs_Admin,

backup Copy is just another layer of protection to copy the older VM backup to another site automatically.

The reason for me because the large Exchange & File server took long time to write to tape, which can disrupt the VM backup window, hecne I write the Backup Copy set to tape rather than the primary ones.
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