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Synology NAS Device for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Best Synology NAS devise to use for disaster recovery for a medium-size business. 


Current Backup Solution: Currently using VEEAM with the idea to backup images to NAS device then move offsite to a datacenter. Would like to have the ability to run an image from the NAS device to recover data or as a backup if the primary VM is down. Is this possible?  


Environment: Running 2019 Server hosting two VM's (Hyper V). One VM is a PDC and the other VM is an on-premise exchange server, both running Server 2016 Standard. 


I'm comparing the following models most likely will go with the DS1520+ 


Questions:

1. Can I stop using Veeam for backups and use Synology?

2. Prefer to do imaging with the ability to boot into the image to restore data or temporarily run from the image file if the primary VM is down. This means, "if possible" having the ability to boot the image from the NAS device. 

3.. Virtualization isn't all that clear, Synology claims I can boot a VM from the NAS device, is this from their software, could I do it from VEEAM's software, or from Hyper V? 


Synology Virtualization: 



Disaster RecoveryVeeamVirtualization* SynologyStorage Software

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Philip Elder

8/22/2022 - Mon
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My answers for questions 1-4. Two sets of clients to address, those that have been using Veeam, especially those using it for years it makes better sense not to switch to Synology. Didn’t realize this until discussing, appreciate the feedback. Myself and my staff are familiar with it so we’ve decided it’s best not to switch. For new clients it’s nice to have the option to use Veeam or Synology, it’s good to have options. Definitely makes sense to use Synology as a hardware solution.
 So it’s ideal as a DR solution if your Hyper-V box failed!      
Thanks, good to know.
If you already have a Synology NAS for storing backups it’s all free!
Currently all my clients are using Veeam with WIN Servers acting as the NAS/BDR.. The planning years ago was to have a robust server to allow VM’s to be boot from an image if needed. No downtime was the goal. The issue is we never used this over the years. One reason why I’m leaning towards Synology now. Server seems to be overkill for the clients I support.
Where do you currently store you restores!?
 Windows Server 2012. Running RAID, plenty of drive space and it doesn’t run anything else but Veeam.
 
Phillip
1: agree, see response above.
 2: Veeam does have an instant restore feature. The catch is running that restored .VHDX file from the NAS. I think  it would need to be presented via iSCSI to the VM.” 
I think I’ve used this with Synology before and the key was to configure the RAID/drive format to NTFS. I’ve also configured them using iSCSI. Will have to research more but believe it’s an option and everything worked fine. Although I didn’t boot VM’s I mainly restored files.
 
 3: Probably Synology's backup software.
Decided to go with Veeam, see above. Appears there’s the option though, Synology for Business.
 
 Our strategy is to set up a Scale-Out Backup Repository and have two tiers:
  Local Tier: That's on the NAS.
  Cloud Tier: That's on BackBlaze B2 with two buckets. One that is immutable and the other that is not.
 
We run the same setup, how do you like BackBlaze? We’re contemplating changing to a different datacenter though. Haven’t used BackBlaze. Immutable, this protects against ransomware attacks, correct? What are the costs and do you find they're worth it?
 
The Veeam server should be standalone and have 2FA (like DUO) enabled to keep it safe.
Agree, we’re using DUO and find it's a great product.

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Where is the best place to run Veeam when storing data on a Synology device? It takes some bandwidth, processing power and memory. Not sure I’d like to run it from the main server. Can it be run from the Synology device? I am buying the Synology 300G SSD drive option which I’m hoping is for things like this. Guess it depends if Veeam has a Synology interface, which I’m thinking it doesn't.  
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Appreciate the feedback, much appreciatated. 
Philip Elder

We set up a dedicated VM with two or four vCPUs and 8GB vRAM for Veeam along with DUO.

Once set up we connect the VM to the standalone host(s) and/or cluster nodes.

From there, we tune SQL memory: https://blog.mpecsinc.com/2019/08/06/veeam-manage-the-sql-instance-memory-limit/

10GbE is a good place to be for backup especially if there's a lot of data to back up.

Keep an eye on the SOBR and cloud storage reports to make sure the backups are making it up there.
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