Veeam Cloud-Only Guide

This guide is for customers, who already have a local Veeam installation, but would like to benefit from the cloud management and cloud backup possibilities of Veeam.

Virtualized Environment

Virtual machines running on Hyper-V, VMware, etc. hypervisors need to be backed up using Veeam Backup and Replication.

Virtualized Environment

Service Provider Configuration in VBR

Prerequisites

This article assumes that you already have a working Veeam Backup and Replication installation in your infrastructure activated by your own license. If you need further information about the configuration, please, consult the Veeam knowledge base: for Hyper-V and for vSphere deployments.

Add Service Provider

On the local VBR install of the customer, give the public DNS name of the Veeam Cloud Connect server and specify the port. 

You may give the Service provider permission to manage your installation remotely (run and enable/disable jobs, download logs, etc.) To give this permission, tick in the “Allow this Veeam Backup installation to be managed by the SP” option. This is optional for faster troubleshooting in case of an issue.

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The certificate is checked.

If the check fails, the port is not open on the firewall. Turn to the network administrator to have the ports TCP 6180 and UDP 6180 opened.

To simply test this, use Telnet or the Test-NetConnection PowerShell cmdlet.

If the check is successful, go on to provide your credentials.

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Click Apply and run through the rest of the wizard.

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Veeam will run an automatic scan to see if in its cache everything is up to date.

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Virtualized Environment

Configuring jobs in VBR

Prerequisites

Job types

There are two ways to configure cloud backups. You can define:

or

How to choose?

Mostly, you'll use cloud copy jobs, but there are cases where you will rather go with stand-alone cloud jobs.

All VMs are included in one job Do you want a cloud backup of all VMs? Job type
YES YES Cloud copy - based on the one local job
YES NO Cloud job - of the VM(s) you want to backup to the cloud
NO YES Cloud copy - based on each of the local job(s) of the VM(s) you want to backup to the cloud
NO NO Cloud copy - based on each of the local job(s) of the VM(s) you want to backup to the cloud

Option A: Configure a cloud job

To configure a cloud job in VBR, go to the Home section and choose Backup Job. Here you can choose the type of backup you’d like to create. In our example, we’ll backup a Virtual Machine.

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Give the job a name, it can be anything, but it’s practical to choose something meaningful e.g. the name of the VM you’ll backup.

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To choose the machine(s) you want to backup, click on Add and browse the servers that are available on your hypervisor. Select the server(s) you need, click on Add again, then on Next to go on with the wizard.

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Choose the Cloud Repository that was automatically created when you added the service provider.

If you click the Advanced button, you can choose special settings, e.g. if you want to create incremental or reverse incremental backups, or how often you want to create an active full backup. More about this can be read in the Veeam knowledgebase. https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/backup_methods.html?ver=100

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Our recommendation is that if you specify less than 15 restore points, create synthetic full backups periodically to shorten the restore times. If you need to specify more than 15 restore points, there's a chance full backups will fill up your repository, so it's more advisable to go with forever forward incrementals (remove the tick from the checkbox Create synthetic full backups). (More about the different job types here.)

Caution: The reverse incremental backup method is not recommended for backup jobs targeted at the cloud repository. The process of a full backup file rebuild requires higher I/O load. This may impact the backup job performance, especially in case of low bandwidth or high latency network connection between the tenant side and SP side. 

Choose the method appropriate to your scenario.

To use synthetic full backups: Click Advanced > Backup tab > Create synthetic full backups periodically > Choose the days

To go with the Forever forward incrementals method, simply remove the tick from Create synthetic full backups periodically.

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On the Maintenance tab, tick in Perform backup files health check - this will help in preventing the backup files to be corrupted.

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On the Storage tab, you can choose the compression level. The higher the compression level, the greater load is on the source computer's CPUs BUT the backup sizes become smaller. Choose the one appropriate to your scenario. We recommend using the Extreme settings unless your machine is short on CPU power AND you run your backups during the day.

Under storage optimization, choose the WAN storage, because the cloud repository target is accessed through the WAN.

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Enable encryption (recommended) if it is required by your security policy. 

Caution: store the password securely because it will be needed in case of a restore. If you lose it, we cannot recover it.