Note: In this tutorial I will show you how to backup a Virtual Machine or Group of Virtual Machines using Veeam Backup and Replication 5.
1. Once you have installed Veeam Backup and Replication 5 you are ready to begin backing up your virtual machines. Fire up the program and let’s begin.
2. Veeam backs up your virtual machines via VMware vCenter or directly via the host. Veeams recommendations are via vCenter. So one of the first things we need to do is add our vCenter server into Veeam Backup and Replication. Click Add vCenter Server.
3. Type in the DNS name or IP address of your vCenter server and Click Next.
4. Type in a domain account that has admin rights to your vCenter server, save the password and ensure the web service connection port is correct. Click Next.
5. Click Connect when I click Finish, check that the summary is correct and click Finish.
6. In the right hand pane under Servers you can now see my vCenter server vcenter2k8.vmlab.local. As I expand the tree I can then see the Datacenter, Datastores and ESX/ESXi hosts. Your ESXi hosts will no require any further information, however your ESX hosts will require you to Set Credentials in order to utilize the service console for increased performance. Click Set Credentials. Enter in the username and password with service console access and click Ok.
8. 3 options are presented to you in how the virtual machine will be retrieved from the host. Direct SAN access – allows the Veeam server to backup the image directly from the SAN and by passing the host. Virtual Appliance – Your veeam server must be running as a virtual machine. The vm disks are temporarily mounted to the veeam server for faster backups. Network – The virtual machine is backed up across the network. The default is Direct SAN access with failover to Network if SAN access is not detected.
9. Click the advanced button to show that if the primary backup method fails, failover to Network. You also have the option to encrypt the LAN traffic. Click Ok and click Next.
10. This screen will allow us to add in which virtual machines we would like backed up. You can create one backup job per virtual machine however the deduplication ration will not be as big then if you add them all to one job.
11. Click Add and select the Virtual Machine you wish to backup. Click Add.
13. You can store your backups on the veeam server, a network share or ESX server. Here we are storing the backup on my veeam server F:VeeamBackups. Give the backup files a name and select how many restore points you would like to keep on the disk. As you can see i’m storing 7, when the 8th backup runs the oldest backup will be deleted. Click Advanced.
20. Select when you would like the job to run and what do to in the case that the VM’s fail backup processing.
21. Click Days to select which days you want the backup to occur on. Click Ok and then click Create.
22. The backup job is now complete. Click Finish.
23. The backup job is now shown in the right hand window pane when you click on Jobs. To manually start a full backup, right click on the job and select Perform Full Backup.
24. If you right click on an active job and select View Statistics you can see such things as Total Backup Size, Processed Size, Processing Rate, Start time, Time Remaining, Backup Mode and the name of Virtual Machine. Click Ok.
25. Once the backup has complete you can right click and select View Session Report in HTML. It will display a summary of the job.
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