Using Veeam Backup & Replication with Object Storage

Veeam Overview

Veeam Backup & Replication is a proprietary backup application, developed by Veeam for virtual environments built on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.

The solution provides backup, restore and replication functionality for virtual machines, physical servers and workstations as well as cloud-based workloads.

A native S3 interface for Veeam Backup & Replication is part of the Release 9.5 update 4, available in General Availability since January 22nd 2019. It allows to push backups to a S3 compatible service to maximize backup capacity.

The following schema represents the functionality of Veeam Backup and Restore which acts as an intermediate agent to manage primary data storage and secondary and archival storage:

Veeam Backup schema

Requirements

Configuring Veeam Backup & Replication

Important: A Veeam “Enterprise” or “Enterprise Plus” license is required in order to configure the Scale out Repository feature which is required for Object Storage. Contact your Veeam Account Manager in case you need a license upgrade. More information on Veeam Backup & Replication licensing.

Configuring an Object Storage Repository

1 . Once the Veeam Application is installed on your intermediate backup machine, start the Veeam Console by double clicking on the corresponding icon:

Veeam Backup - Icon

2 . Enter the appropriate credits (normally these values are pre-filled) and click on Connect:

Veeam Backup - Logon

3 . Once logged into the Veeam console, click on Backup Infrastructure:

Veeam Backup - Infrastructure

4 . Click on Backup Repositories to enter the backup repository settings:

Veeam Backup - Backup Rpositories

5 . Click on Add Repository to add the Object Storage bucket as repository:

Veeam Backup - Add Repository

6 . Choose Object Storage:

Veeam Backup - Object Storage

7 . Click on S3 Compatible:

Veeam Backup - S3 Compatible

8 . The setup wizard for the repository appears, provide a name and additional information for it, then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Repository Name

9 . Click on Add (1) to enter the API Token (2) related to the bucket. Optionally a description can be provided:

Veeam Backup - API Token

10 . Provide the Service Point and the Region of your bucket, before clicking on Next:

Veeam Backup - Service Point

For a bucket, located in the Amsterdam region, the service point is s3.nl-ams.scw.cloud and the region is nl-ams.

11 . Veeam will connect to the S3 infrastructure and download the list of Object Storage Buckets. Choose the bucket to be used with Veeam from the drop-down list, click on Browse and create and select the folder for storing backups. Then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Buckets

Veeam Backup - Folder

12 . Verify all settings in the summary before clicking on Finish:

Veeam Backup - Summary

Configuring a Local Backup Repository

1 . As Veeam cannot currently push backups directly to S3, a local backup repository is required which will be configured as Storage Tier with Object Storage in a later step. Click on Add Repository:

Veeam Backup - Add Repository

2 . Choose Direct Attached Storage from the provided options:

Veeam Backup - Direct Attached Storage

3 . Click on Microsoft Windows:

Veeam Backup - Microsoft Windows

4 . Enter a Name and an optional Description for the repository before clicking on Next:

Veeam Backup - Description

5 . The local machine is pre-configured in this step. Click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Local Machine

6 . Click on Browse to select a folder for local backups, then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Choose Folder

7 . Keep these settings with the default values and click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Advanced Settings

8 . A summary of the configuration is shown, click on Apply to apply the configuration to the repository:

Veeam Backup - Summary

9 . Veeam applies the configuration and runs some checks. Once they have completed, exit the wizard by clicking on Finish:

Veeam Backup - Finished

Configuring a Scale-out Repository

1 . Enter the Scale-out Repositories section:

Veeam Backup - Scale-out Repository

2 . Enter a Name and an optional Description for the Scale-out repository, then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Description

3 . Click on Add and choose the local Backup repository from the list. Confirm and click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Local repository

4 . Choose the Placement Policy for the repository. The default settings can be used, click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Placement policy

5 . Click on Extend Scale-out capacity with Object Storage and choose your Object Storage repository from the drop-down list. It is also possible to define a time-frame in which backups are uploaded to Object Storage and after how many days backups are transferred automatically. If required data can also be encrypted by activating the option. Once the Object Storage settings are configured, click on Apply:

Veeam Backup - Scale-out

6 . Once the Scale-out bucket is configured, exit the wizard by clicking on Finish.

Veeam Backup - Summary

Adding a vSphere Hypervisor in Veeam

1 . Click on Managed Servers in the Backup Infrastructure tab of the Veeam console:

Veeam Backup - Managed Servers

2 . Click on Add Server in the menu bar:

Veeam Backup - Add Server

3 . Choose VMware vSphere from the list of virtualization technologies:

Veeam Backup - VMware vSphere

4 . Click on vSphere to launch the configuration wizard:

Veeam Backup - vSphere

5 . Enter the DNS Name or IP of the Hypervisor and an optional description of the server, then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - DNS Name

6 . Click on Add (1) and enter the connection credentials for the hypervisor (2). Validate by clicking on OK. If the Hypervisor listens on a non-standard port, edit it. Click on Next to go to the next step:

Veeam Backup - Credentials

7 . A summary of the connection is shown. Click on Finish to exit the wizard.

Configuring a Backup Job

1 . On the Home page of the Veeam console, click on New Backup, then on Virtual Machine in the drop-down menu:

Veeam Backup - New Backup

Veeam Backup - Virtual Machine

2 . Enter a Name and an optional Description for the backup job. Then click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Description

3 . Click on Add (1) and choose the virtual machines or hypervisors (2) to be backed up. Once finished, click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Virtual Machines

4 . Choose the previously configured Scale-out repository from the drop-down menu and choose the restore points to keep on disk for the backup. Click on Next once this is done:

Veeam Backup - Scale-out repository

5 . Configure guest OS processing options for virtual machines. The default settings should be fine. Validate it by clicking on Next:

Veeam Backup - Guest OS Options

6 . Configure a schedule to execute the backup job automatically. If no schedule is configured, the job must be started manually for each backup. Once the schedule is set, click on Next:

Veeam Backup - Schedule

7 . A summary of the configured job is shown. Tick the box Run the job when I click Finish to execute the job immediately. If the box is not ticket, the first backup will be created according to the schedule. Click on Finish to exit the wizard:

Veeam Backup - Summary

Veeam proceeds with the backup and stores data on Object Storage. To verify it, log yourself into the Scaleway console, enter the Object Storage section and choose the Bucket used for Veeam. Several files and folders created by the application are visible:

Veeam Backup - Files

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