In this series of posts, I’m going to drilled down Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 as how it installs and configures, and how you can take backups of Virtual Machines and restore and replicate them on backup repository.
In previous post of this series, we’ve learnt about how to install Backup Enterprise Manager and how to connect it with a Backup Server by using Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. if you’re interested to learn working mechanism of Veeam Availability Suite and missed previous posts of this series, you can find them here:
- How to Install Veeam Availability Suite v9.5
- How to Connect VMware vSphere Environment with Veeam Availability Suite v9.5
- How to Add Backup Repository
- How to Add Backup Proxy
- Installation of Backup Enterprise Manager
In this post, we’ll learn about backup and creating backup jobs. In Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication is responsible for taking and managing backups, and scheduling backup jobs.
The backup technology is typically used for VMs with lower RTOs. When the primary VM fails, you need some time to restore VM data from a compressed and deduplicated backup file. Veeam Backup & Replication produces image-level backups of VMs. It treats VMs as objects, not as a set of files. When you back up VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication copies a VM image as a whole, at a block level. Image-level backups can be used for different types of restore, including Instant VM Recovery, entire VM restore, VM file recovery, file-level recovery and so on.
Veeam Backup & Replication is built for virtual environments. It operates at the virtualization layer and uses an image-based approach for VM backup. Veeam Backup & Replication does not install agent software inside the VM guest OS to retrieve VM data. To back up VMs, it leverages VMware vSphere snapshot capabilities. When you back up a VM, Veeam Backup & Replication requests VMware vSphere to create a VM snapshot.
Veeam Backup & Replication copies VM data from the source datastore at a block level. It retrieves VM data, compresses and deduplicates it, and stores in backup files on the backup repository in Veeam’s proprietary format.
To perform backup, you need to configure backup jobs. A backup job is a configuration unit of the backup activity. The backup job defines when, what, how and where to back up. One backup job can be used to process one or several VMs. You can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to run jobs automatically by schedule or start them manually.
Creating a Backup Job
To back up VMs, you must configure a backup job. The backup job defines how, where and when to back up VM data. One job can be used to process one or more VMs. You can configure a backup job and start it immediately or save the job and run it later. Jobs can be started manually or scheduled to run automatically at specific time.
Before you create a backup job, check the following prerequisites:
- Backup infrastructure components that will take part in the backup process must be added to the backup infrastructure and properly configured. These include ESX(i) hosts on which VMs are registered, backup proxy and backup repository.
- The backup repository must have enough free space to store created backup files. To receive alerts about low space on the backup repository, configure global notification settings.
To create a backup for a specific VM, double click on Veeam Backup & Replication Console Icon from your Desktop. Enter your credentials and click on Connect Button.
Note: Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 by default use your login credentials to login.
Select HOME, Backup & Replication, click on Backup Job, New Backup job window will open. Enter your backed-up VM name and description and click on Next.
Select VM(s) that you want to take backup and click Add button.
At this point, you can set the VM backup order by clicking Up or Down button as per your requirements. Click Next to continue.
At next window, specify backup storage settings and click Next. Then, specify advanced backup settings, select incremental (recommended) and click OK.
Then, specify Secondary Target. At this step, you can link the backup job to a backup to tape or backup copy job. For this, click Add button and select a backup to tape or backup copy job that must be linked to the backup job and click OK.
Now, schedule the backup job as per your infrastructure requirements and click Apply.
Review the summary of your configuration and click Finish to complete the backup job.
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Source: Veeam Help Center