To hands-on backup and recovery solutions, I’ve downloaded Veeam Availability Suite from Veeam’s website, and installed it my home lab. the main aim for this to learn and hands-on world’s leading backup & recovery solution and share with you. For learning and testing this awesome product suite, I’ve already published two posts and this is the 3rd post of this series.
In previous post of this series, we’ve learnt about how to connect VMware vSphere environment with 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:
In this post, we’ll see how to add backup repository to store backup of your VMs. To perform this task, 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.
After adding your infrastructure, you can add your proxies and repositories. After initial setup we performed in previous post, everything is configured as all-in-one solution.
When you configure your Veeam Availability setup, your default backup repository will be installed, but it is not your actual backup repository. For your backup environment, you’ll have to configure a backup repository.
For this purpose, click on Backup Repositories, then click on Add Repository, enter repository name and description and click Next to continue.
After choosing your repository name, Veeam gives you option to choose your backup repository from MS Windows server, Linux server, Shared folder such as NAS devices, and deduplication appliances such as EMC data domain etc. In my environment, I’ll choose Windows server.
Select your repository server. You can enter IP address as well as FQDN name of your repository server and click Next.
Click on Browse to choose destination folder where you’ll keep your backups. Due to limited Lab resources, I’m using C drive of my windows server. But in normal cases, your destination should be other than C drive. After choosing backup location, click OK, then Next to continue.
On next step, you’ll be asked to mount the server. Mount server by default in Windows Server environment will be your repository itself. Mount server feature represents which server will be used for file level restore.
From v9.0 and onwards, vPower NFS service will also be enabled on Mount server. Specify vPower NFS write cache location on Mount server and make sure that there is enough disk space to store changed blocks of instantly recovered VMs.
After enabling vPower NFS service and vPower NFS cache location; click Next to continue.
At this step, it will detect previous installed components and will show previous configurations. Review your configurations and click Apply to accept changes and configurations.
Backup repository is created and saved in configuration. In some cases, reboot is required to complete the requirements. we’ll not reboot server automatically; you’ll have to do it manually. Click Finish to continue.
After configuration of initial repository, Veeam Backup & Replication will ask you change the location of the configuration backup. Click on Yes button to change the repository from default to configured repository.
You can change backup location at any time by clicking on Configuration Backup from menu on top left corner of Veeam Backup & Replication Console window.
Once you added and configured your backup repository, then no need to keep default repository. You can simply remove default backup repository by right click on default repository and select Remove from pop-up window and confirm it by clicking Yes button, and it is pretty good idea to free some disk space specially in a case like me who is using C drive for this purpose.
After configuration of Backup Repository, Backup Proxies configuration is also required. In next post of this series, we’ll see how to configure Backup Proxies and why we need it.
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