Veeam Backup & Replication
for VMware vSphere
Version 9.0
Evaluator's Guide
January, 2016
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CONTENTS
CONTENTS............................................................................................................................................ 3
CONTACTING VEEAM SOFTWARE....................................................................................................... 4
GETTING STARTED............................................................................................................................... 5
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................................................................... 7
BACKUP INFRASTRUCTURE SETUP ..................................................................................................... 8
INSIGHT INTO VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE ................................................................................... 8
INSTALLING VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION...................................................................................................................12
CONNECTING VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE SERVERS .........................................................................................................16
CONFIGURING A BACKUP PROXY ......................................................................................................................................19
CONFIGURING A BACKUP REPOSITORY .............................................................................................................................24
DATA PROTECTION AND DISASTER RECOVERY TASKS .................................................................. 30
PERFORMING BACKUP........................................................................................................................................................31
BACKING UP AND RESTORING MICROSOFT SQL SERVER DATABASES...........................................................................46
PERFORMING FULL VM RESTORE......................................................................................................................................52
RESTORING GUEST OS FILES .............................................................................................................................................56
Scenario 1. Restoring VM Guest OS Files (FAT, NTFS, ReFS).......................................................... 57
Scenario 2. Restoring VM Guest Files (Linux, Unix and so on) ..................................................... 60
RESTORING VM VIRTUAL DISK ..........................................................................................................................................64
RESTORING VM FILES ........................................................................................................................................................68
CREATING BACKUP COPY ..................................................................................................................................................71
PERFORMING REPLICATION ...............................................................................................................................................76
FAILING OVER A VM REPLICA ...........................................................................................................................................89
UNDOING FAILOVER...........................................................................................................................................................92
FAILING BACK TO THE PRIMARY VM.................................................................................................................................94
COMMITTING FAILBACK .....................................................................................................................................................97
DISTRIBUTED BACKUP INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT ............................................................. 99
INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING VEEAM BACKUP ENTERPRISE MANAGER ................................................................. 100
SEARCHING FOR GUEST OS FILES AND PERFORMING 1-CLICK RESTORE ................................................................... 106
PERFORMING SELF-RESTORE OF VM GUEST OS FILES ................................................................................................ 109
CLONING AND EDITING JOBS ......................................................................................................................................... 113
RESTORING DATA FROM ENCRYPTED BACKUP FILE WITHOUT PASSWORD ............................................................... 115
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CONTACTING VEEAM SOFTWARE
At Veeam Software we value the feedback from our customers. It is important not only to help you
quickly with your technical issues, but it is our mission to listen to your input, and build products that
incorporate your suggestions.
Customer Support
Should you have a technical concern, suggestion or question, please visit our Customer Center Portal
at www.veeam.com/support.html to open a case, search our knowledge base, reference
documentation, manage your license or obtain the latest product release.
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www.veeam.com/contacts.html.
Online Support
If you have any questions about Veeam Backup & Replication, you can use the following resources:

Full documentation set: www.veeam.com/documentation-guides-datasheets.html

Community forum at forums.veeam.com
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GETTING STARTED
About Veeam Backup & Replication
Veeam® Backup & Replication™ is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for virtual
environments of any size and complexity. Veeam Backup & Replication provides fast, flexible, and
reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. It unifies backup and replication in a single
solution, increases the value of backup and reinvents data protection for VMware vSphere and
Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments. Veeam Backup & Replication supports your entire virtual
infrastructure with industry leading features such as instant file-level recovery and streamlined VM
recovery, scalability, 2-in-1 backup & replication, built-in de-duplication, centralized management and
many more.
About This Guide
This guide will help you become familiar with Veeam Backup & Replication and evaluate its
capabilities. This guide explains the primary features of Veeam Backup & Replication and will help you
begin using the product, regardless of your previous experience with the product.
Intended Audience
The document is intended for IT professionals who are looking to deploy Veeam Backup & Replication
to protect their VMware virtual environment. This guide will be of interest to novices to the product
and to VMware administrators, consultants and analysts who have used previous versions of Veeam
Backup & Replication and want to evaluate new features.
Document Structure
The guide provides a set of self-guided evaluation exercises that you should follow to familiarize
yourself with Veeam Backup & Replication. Each evaluation exercise provides a short feature overview,
an evaluation case, an evaluation procedure, and guidelines for validation of the exercise results.
The guide is comprised of four major parts:

Reference Environment. This section describes requirements to a test lab that you need to
provision to successfully perform evaluation tasks and outlines a sample test lab used in this
evaluator’s guide.

Backup Infrastructure Setup. This section describes Veeam Backup & Replication installation
and deployment steps that need to be completed before you can start evaluating the
product.

Data Protection and Disaster Recovery. This section describes evaluation cases covering
the most typical data protection and disaster recovery tasks that you can perform with Veeam
Backup & Replication.

Distributed Backup Infrastructure Management. This section describes how you can
manage a distributed backup infrastructure using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
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Help and Support
This guide provides a high-level overview of Veeam Backup & Replication primary features and should
be regarded as a supplement to existing technical documentation. The complete set of
documentation can be found on the Veeam Technical Documentation webpage.
For technical support and assistance, use the following resources:

Veeam Community Forums

Customer Support Portal
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
To learn about system requirements, required ports and permissions, see Release Notes.
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BACKUP INFRASTRUCTURE SETUP
This section describes Veeam Backup & Replication installation and deployment steps that you need
to complete before you can start evaluating the product.
Insight into Veeam Backup & Replication Infrastructure
Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure comprises a set of components needed to perform data
protection and disaster recovery tasks. The backup infrastructure that we will use for evaluation
includes the following components:

Veeam backup server: a physical or virtual machine running Veeam Backup & Replication.
The Veeam backup server performs the role of the main management component: it is the
configuration and control center of the backup infrastructure.

Virtual infrastructure servers: ESX(i) hosts used as the source and the target for backup and
replication.

Backup proxy: a 'data mover' component that retrieves VM data from the source storage,
processes it and transfers to the destination.

Backup repository: a location used to store backup files and auxiliary replica files.
To perform evaluation exercises, you can use a simple deployment scenario or a distributed
deployment scenario (recommended). The choice depends on your test lab environment. If you have
a very small test lab and there is no possibility to allocate dedicated servers that will perform the roles
of a backup proxy and backup repository, you can use a simple deployment scenario to evaluate the
product. However, whenever possible, it is recommended that you use a distributed deployment
scenario. This will help you gain insight into the new architecture of the backup infrastructure,
evaluate its benefits and increase your experience in deploying backup infrastructure components.
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Simple Deployment
In a simple deployment scenario, you will need three components:

Veeam backup server

Source ESX(i) host

Target ESX(i) host (used for a replication scenario)
The Veeam backup server performs three roles:

It is the 'control center' of the backup infrastructure, coordinating job performance and other
administrative activities.

It is the default backup proxy. When you perform backup or replication, VM data is processed
directly on the Veeam backup server and then moved to the target. All services necessary for
backup proxy functioning are installed locally on the Veeam backup server.

It is the default backup repository: all backups and auxiliary replica files are stored on the
Veeam backup server, in the Backup folder on the volume with the greatest amount of free
disk space.
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Distributed Deployment
In the distributed deployment scenario, Veeam backup server, backup proxy and backup repository
roles are assigned to three different servers. This type of deployment enables efficient data transfer
and use of resources in your backup infrastructure because you move the data processing load from
the Veeam backup server to a dedicated backup proxy and store data to a dedicated backup
repository.
Depending on your production environment and the backup and replication scenarios you plan to
use, the distributed backup infrastructure may include a number of dedicated backup proxies and
backup repositories, both onsite and offsite, controlled by a single Veeam backup server. Use of
multiple backup proxies and repositories allows for dynamic assignment of jobs and intelligent load
balancing across the backup infrastructure.
To follow evaluation scenarios in this guide, it is sufficient to deploy one backup proxy and one
backup repository locally in your test lab. The backup infrastructure will include the following
components:

Veeam backup server

Backup proxy

Backup repository

Source and target ESX(i) hosts
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Exercise List
To deploy Veeam backup infrastructure, perform the following exercises:
Exercise
Description
Time Estimates
Install Veeam
Backup &
Replication
Install Veeam Backup & Replication on a physical or virtual
machine.
5-10 minutes
Connect virtual
infrastructure
servers
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect hosts that
you want to use as the source and the target for backup and
replication.
5-7 minutes
Configure a
backup proxy
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect a server
that you want to use as a backup proxy, and assign the role of
the backup proxy to it. This exercise should be performed only if
you decide to follow the distributed deployment scenario.
5-7 minutes
Configure a
backup
repository
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect a server or
that you want to use as a backup repository, and assign the role
of a backup repository to it. This exercise should be performed
only if you decide to follow the distributed deployment
scenario.
5-7 minutes
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Installing Veeam Backup & Replication
Install Veeam Backup & Replication on Windows-based machine, either physical or virtual.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will install Veeam Backup & Replication. By installing Veeam Backup & Replication,
you configure the Veeam backup server — the core component in the backup infrastructure that
controls all other components.
Prerequisites

The machine where you plan to install Veeam Backup & Replication must meet system
requirements to a Veeam backup server.

You must have Local Administrator permissions on the machine where Veeam Backup &
Replication will be installed.

You must have a valid trial license or full paid license for Veeam Backup & Replication.

Veeam Backup & Replication uses a Microsoft SQL Server instance installed locally or remotely
and requires .NET Framework 4.5.2. In case you do not have these, the setup wizard will
automatically install Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express and .NET Framework 4.5.2.
Procedure
To install Veeam Backup & Replication:
1.
Download the latest version of Veeam Backup & Replication from
www.veeam.com/downloads.html.
2.
Mount the installation image using disk image emulation software, or burn the downloaded
ISO image file to a blank CD/DVD or. If you are installing Veeam Backup & Replication on a
virtual machine, use built-in tools of the virtualization management software to mount the
installation image to the virtual machine.
3.
After you mount or insert the disk with Veeam Backup & Replication setup, Autorun will open
a splash screen with installation options. If Autorun is not available or disabled, run the
Setup.exe file from the CD/DVD disk.
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4.
On the splash screen, click the Veeam Backup & Replication tile to launch the Veeam
Backup & Replication setup wizard.
5.
On the Welcome step of the wizard, click Next to start the installation.
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6.
At the License Agreement step of the wizard, select I accept the terms in the license
agreement.
7.
At the Provide License step of the wizard, specify the path to the license file you obtained
after you downloaded the product from the web site.
8.
At the Program Features step of the wizard, leave default settings.
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9.
At the System Configuration Check step of the wizard, install missing software components
and enable missing features, if any.
10. At the Default Configuration step of the wizard, specify if you want to use default
installations settings or specify installation settings on your own. In the latter case, the setup
wizard will include additional steps for configuring the necessary settings.
If you have chosen to specify custom installation settings, pass through the next wizard steps
and specify the required settings manually. If you have chosen to use default installations
settings, click Install to begin installation.
11. When the installation process completes, click Finish to close the wizard.
Validation
Select Programs > Veeam > Veeam Backup & Replication from the Start menu to make sure that
Veeam Backup & Replication has been installed successfully.
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Connecting Virtual Infrastructure Servers
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect virtual infrastructure servers to the backup server.
You can connect ESX(i) hosts that will be used as the source and the target for backup and replication.
If you plan to use an ESX(i) host that is a part of the vCenter Server hierarchy, it is recommended that
you add the vCenter Server instead of separate hosts as this will provide more flexibility at work.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will connect vCenter Server and/or ESX(i) hosts that you plan to use as the source
and the target for backup and replication.
Prerequisites

You must decide which hosts you want to use as source and target for backup and
replication.

The Veeam backup server must have access to all hosts you plan to use for backup and
replication.

Make sure that all necessary ports are open.
Procedure
To add vCenter Server or ESX(i) hosts:
1.
Run Veeam Backup & Replication: from the Start menu, select Programs > Veeam > Veeam
Backup & Replication.
2.
In the authentication window, click Connect.
3.
In the inventory pane of the Backup Infrastructure view, right-click the Managed servers
node and select Add Server.
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4.
In the Add Server window, click VMware vSphere to launch the New VMware Server
wizard.
5.
At the Name step of the wizard, specify a DNS name or IP address of the server.
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6.
At the Credentials step of the wizard, enter credentials for the user account with
administrator permissions to the added server: click Add on the right of the Credentials field
and specify the user name and password to connect to the added server. Credentials must be
specified in the DOMAIN\USERNAME format for domain accounts or HOST\USER format for
local accounts. Click OK.
7.
Click Next, then click Finish.
8.
Repeat the procedure for all servers that you want to add.
Validation
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
In the inventory pane, click the Managed servers node.
3.
Make sure that the added server is available in the working area.
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Configuring a Backup Proxy
In the backup infrastructure, a backup proxy is a 'data mover' component responsible retrieving and
transferring VM data. During backup or replication activities, the backup proxy retrieves VM data from
the source datastore, processes it and transfers to the destination storage. The backup proxy is also
used to write data back to the source datastore during full VM restore and VM disk restore.
The role of a backup proxy should be assigned to a Microsoft Windows machine (physical or virtual)
that meets system requirements.
To retrieve VM data from the source datastore and write it back to the datastore during restore, the
backup proxy can use one of the following modes:

Direct Storage Access — in this mode, the backup proxy copies VM data directly from the
shared storage, without impacting source hosts.

Virtual Appliance — in this mode, the backup proxy retrieves VM data directly from storage
through the ESX(i) I/O stack, instead of transporting it over the network.

Network — in this mode, the backup proxy retrieves VM data from the ESX(i) host through
the LAN.
You can explicitly select the transport mode that a backup proxy will use or let Veeam Backup &
Replication automatically choose the most appropriate mode.
The backup proxy should provide an optimal route for VM data traffic. When configuring a backup
proxy, you need to analyze the connection between the source datastore and a backup proxy.
Consider the following recommendations:

If you use FC SAN, assign the role of a backup proxy to a physical server with direct FC access
to the SAN to enable LAN-free data retrieval.

Otherwise, assign the role of a backup proxy to a VM on an ESX(i) host connected the source
storage. This type of a backup proxy enables LAN-free data retrieval during backup and
replication and LAN-free writing of data back to the storage during full VM restore. Moreover,
it does not require you to provision a dedicated physical server.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will configure a backup proxy. Configuration of a backup proxy is performed in
two stages:
1.
In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, add a server that will perform the role of a
backup proxy.
2.
Assign the role of a backup proxy to the added server.
Prerequisites

You should have a dedicated Microsoft Windows physical or virtual machine that will perform
the role of a backup proxy.

The machine must have access to the Veeam backup server, source datastore and backup
repository (for the backup and restore scenarios) and additionally access to the target ESX(i)
host (for the replication scenario).

Make sure that all necessary ports are open.
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Procedure
To configure a backup proxy:
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
In the inventory pane, right-click the Managed servers node and select Add Server.
3.
In the Add Server window, click Microsoft Windows to launch the New Windows Server
wizard.
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4.
At the Name step of the wizard, specify a DNS name or IP address of a Microsoft Windows
server.
5.
At the Credentials step of the wizard, enter credentials for the user account with
administrator access permissions to the added server: click Add on the right of the
Credentials field and specify the user name and password to connect to the added server.
Credentials must be specified in the DOMAIN\USERNAME format for domain accounts or
HOST\USER format for local accounts. Click OK.
If you have specified credentials before, you can simply select them from the Credentials list.
6.
Follow the next steps of the wizard. At the last step of the wizard, click Finish to add the
server.
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Next, assign the role of a backup proxy to the added server.
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
In the inventory pane, right-click the Backup Proxies node and select Add VMware Backup
Proxy to launch the New VMware Proxy wizard..
3.
At the Server step of the wizard, in the Choose server list select the Microsoft Windows
server that you have added.
4.
In the Transport mode field, leave the Automatic selection option selected. Veeam Backup
& Replication will analyze the backup proxy configuration, define to which datastores it has
access and automatically select the best transport mode depending on the type of
connection between the backup proxy and the source datastore.
5.
In the Connected datastores field, leave the Automatic detection option selected. If you
use SAN storage, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically detect all datastores that the
backup proxy can access via the Direct SAN Access mode.
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6.
Go through the next steps of the wizard without changing default settings. At the last step of
the wizard, click Finish to finalize configuration of the backup proxy.
Validation
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
In the inventory pane, click the Backup Proxies node.
3.
Make sure that the added backup proxy is available in the working area.
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Configuring a Backup Repository
Backup repository is a location to which created backup files and auxiliary replica files are stored. You
can use the following types of backup repositories:

Microsoft Windows-based server with local or directly attached storage

Linux-based server with local, directly attached or mounted NFS storage

CIFS share

Deduplication storage appliance*
* This guide describes backup repository configuration on Microsoft Windows, Linux servers and SMB
shares. To learn about using deduplication storage appliances with Veeam Backup & Replication, see
Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide at www.veeam.com/documentation-guides-datasheets.html.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will configure a backup repository in which backup files and auxiliary replica files
will be stored.
Prerequisites

You should have a Microsoft Windows server with a local or directly attached storage, Linuxbased server with a local, directly attached or mounted NFS storage, CIFS share or
deduplicating storage appliance that will perform the role of a backup repository.

If a Microsoft Windows- or Linux-based server is used as a backup repository, these servers
must have access to the Veeam backup server and the server that will perform a role of the
backup proxy. In case of a CIFS share, make sure that you have an account with the Full
Control permissions on the share to be able to connect to it.

Make sure that all necessary ports are open.
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Procedure
To configure a backup repository:
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
If you plan to use a CIFS share as a backup repository, you do not need to add a server. Go to
the procedure describing how to assign the backup repository role.
If you plan to use a Microsoft Windows-based or Linux-based server as a backup repository,
right-click the Managed servers node in the inventory pane and select Add Server.
3.
In the Add Server window, select the server type: Microsoft Windows or Linux.
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4.
At the Name step of the wizard, specify a DNS name or IP address of the Microsoft Windowsor Linux-based server that you want to use as a backup repository.
5.
At the Credentials step of the wizard, enter credentials for the user account with
administrator access permissions to the added server: click Add on the right of the
Credentials field and specify the user name and password to connect to the added server.
If you have specified credentials before, you can simply select them from the Credentials list.
6.
Follow the next steps of the wizard. At the last step of the wizard, click Finish to add the
server.
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Next, assign the role of a backup repository:
1.
Right-click the Backup Repositories node in the inventory pane and select Add Backup
Repository to launch the New Backup Repository wizard.
2.
At the Name step of the wizard, specify a name for the added backup repository.
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3.
At the Type step of the wizard, select the type of backup repository: Microsoft Windows
server, Linux server or Shared folder.
4.
For a Microsoft Windows- or Linux-based repository, select the server that you have added.
For a CIFS share, specify a UNC path to the shared folder that will be used as a backup
repository and enter credentials of an account with administrative privileges on the share
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5.
At the Repository step of the wizard, specify a path to the folder to which backups and
auxiliary replica files will be stored.
Click Populate to see how much space is available on your backup repository.
6.
Go through the next steps of the wizard without changing default settings. At the last step of
the wizard, click Finish.
Validation
1.
Open the Backup Infrastructure view.
2.
In the inventory pane, click the Backup Repositories node.
3.
Make sure that the added backup repository is available in the working area.
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DATA PROTECTION AND
DISASTER RECOVERY TASKS
This section describes a set of exercises that you can perform to get to know the product functionality.
Each exercise covers one of the most typical data protection or disaster recovery tasks and enables
you to evaluate primary features of Veeam Backup & Replication.
Exercise List
To evaluate the key possibilities of Veeam Backup & Replication, perform the following exercises:
Exercise
Description
Time Estimates
Configure a backup job.
5-10 minutes
Run the backup job to create a full image-level backup.
Varies*
Run the backup job again to create an incremental backup.
Varies*
Backing up and
restoring
Microsoft SQL
Server databases
Back up a virtualized Microsoft SQL Server and restore a
database to a specific transaction.
Varies*
Restoring a full
VM
Restore a full VM from the image-level backup.
Varies*
Restoring guest
OS files
Restore specific guest OS files from the created image-level
backup.
5-7 minutes
Restoring VM
disks
Restore a VM drive from the image-level backup, and attach it to
another VM.
Varies*
Restoring VM files
Restore a VM configuration file (VMX) from the image-level
backup.
5-7 minutes
Creating a
backup copy
Create a copy of a backup file and store it on the secondary
backup repository.
Varies*
Configure a replication job.
5-10 minutes
Run the replication job to create a VM replica on the target host.
Varies*
Run the replication job once again to create a restore point for a
VM replica.
Varies*
Failing over a VM
replica
Fail over to the VM replica from the original VM.
3-5 minutes
Failing back to a
primary VM
Fail back to the original VM from the VM replica.
Varies*
Performing
backup
Performing
replication
* The actual time required to perform this exercise depends on your test lab configuration, the hardware and
software being used and the size of processed VMs.
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Performing Backup
Veeam Backup & Replication backs up VMs at the image level. Unlike traditional backup tools that
process guest OS files, it copies VM data at a block level. Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves VM
data from the source storage, compresses and deduplicates it and writes to the backup repository in
Veeam’s proprietary format. You can use the image-level backup for all types of data restore scenarios:
perform Instant VM Recovery*, restore a full VM, separate guest OS files, VM files and VM virtual disks
from the same backup file.
To produce a backup, Veeam Backup & Replication leverages VMware snapshot capabilities. When you
need to perform backup, Veeam Backup & Replication instructs VMware vSphere to create a snapshot
— a cohesive point-in-time copy of a VM that Veeam Backup & Replication can access to retrieve VM
data. The VMware snapshot technology lets you back up VMs without suspending them: this is also
knows as online hot backup.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, backup is job-driven: to perform backup, you need to configure a
backup job. A backup job defines when, what, how and where to back up. One backup job can be
used to process one or several VMs.
Veeam Backup & Replication conducts both full and incremental backup. During the first run of a
backup job, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a full VM backup (VBK). All subsequent job cycles
produce incremental backups:

VIB if forward incremental or forever forward incremental backup is used.

VRB if reversed incremental backup is used.
The number of increments kept on disk depends on retention policy settings.
The backup technology is a great choice for VMs with lower RTOs: typically, these are VMs running tier
2 applications. When the primary VM fails, you need some time to restore VM data from a compressed
and deduplicated backup file. With Veeam’s Instant VM Recovery*, however, this time is reduced to
the minimum. At the same time, due to compression and deduplication, backup files require less disk
space and can be saved to inexpensive storage.
* To learn about the Instant VM Recovery scenario, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will create backup of VM(s). You will configure a backup job and run it twice to
create full and incremental backups.
It is recommended that you create a backup job for at least two VMs: one Microsoft Windows-based
VM and one running OS other than Microsoft Windows, for example, Linux, Unix, BSD or MacOS. This
will let you follow the two guest OS recovery scenarios afterwards: restoring guest OS files from a
Windows-based VM and restoring guest OS files with multi-OS restore wizard.
Prerequisites

All backup infrastructure components that will take part in the backup process should be
added to the Veeam Backup & Replication console. These include an ESX(i)host on which
VM(s) reside or vCenter Server to which this ESX(i) host is connected. If you plan to use a
distributed architecture scenario, you should also have a backup proxy and a backup
repository.

[Optional] To receive an email notification when a backup job completes, specify global email
notification settings. To do that, select Options from the main menu of Veeam Backup &
Replication and specify necessary settings on the Email Settings tab.

[Optional] To evaluate the application-aware image processing feature and the file indexing
feature, make sure that at least one of backed up VMs runs the following OS’es:
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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
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Microsoft Windows Server 2008
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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
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Microsoft Windows 7
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Microsoft Windows 8
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Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Microsoft Windows 2012 Server
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Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server
Procedure
To perform backup of VMs, perform the following steps.
Step 1. Create a backup job
1.
On the Home tab, click the Backup Job button.
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2.
At the Name step of the New Backup Job wizard, specify a name for the created backup job.
Step 2. Add VMs to the backup job
You can back up individual VMs or VM containers: folders, resource pools, clusters, vApps, datastores
and so on. Jobs with VM containers are dynamic in nature: if a new VM is added to the container after
the backup job is created, the job is automatically updated to include the new VM.
If you have connected vCenter Server rather than a standalone ESX(i) host to the Veeam backup
server, VMs added to the job will be backed up even if they are vMotioned to another host.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Add.
2.
To quickly find a VM or VM container, enter the name of the object that you want to find in
the search field and click the Start search button on the right. Select a VM or VM container in
the displayed list and click Add.
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Step 3. Exclude VMs and VM disks
If you create a backup job for a VM container, you can exclude specific VMs or VM containers from the
backup job. You can also select which VM disks to back up.
Note that Veeam Backup & Replication automatically excludes VM log files from backups to make the
backup process faster and reduce the size of the backup file.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Exclusions.
2.
Use the VMs tab to exclude VMs or VM container from a backup job. Click Add and select VMs
and VM containers that must be excluded. To quickly find a VM or container, enter the name
of the object you want to find in the search field and click the Start search button on the
right.
3.
Click the Disks tab. Select a VM and click Edit to select disks that must be backed up. This
functionality is useful, for example, if you want to back up only VM system drives.
4.
To exclude disks of a VM added as part of a container, click Add on the right to include the
VM in the list as a standalone instance.
5.
If you exclude some VM disks from the backup, select the Remove excluded disks from VM
configuration check box to automatically modify the VMX file with regard to the selected VM
disks. With this option selected, you will be able to power on a restored VM without having to
edit its configuration.
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6.
Click OK.
7.
Click Recalculate to see the total size of selected objects.
Step 4. Define the VM backup order
If you have included a number of VMs or VM containers to the backup job, you can specify the order in
which VMs should be processed. This will help you make sure that the most important VMs in the job
are processed first — for example, if you must fit into the backup window and you are unsure how
much time VM processing will take.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, select the added VM in the list.
2.
Use the Up and Down buttons on the right to move the VM higher or lower in the list. The
higher is VM in the list, the higher its priority. If you added a VM container as a single instance,
VMs inside the container will be processed at random.
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Step 5. Select a backup proxy and backup repository
If you use a distributed deployment scenario, you must point the created job to the backup proxy that
will process VM data and to the backup repository to which VM backups must be stored.
1.
At the Storage step of the wizard, check the Backup proxy field and make sure that
Automatic selection is specified there. Veeam Backup & Replication will check the settings of
available backup proxies and select the most appropriate one for the job: the backup proxy
that will enable the most efficient data retrieval from the source datastore. Veeam Backup &
Replication first attempts to choose a backup proxy that uses the Direct SAN Access mode,
then the backup proxy that uses the Virtual Appliance mode. If such backup proxies are not
available, Veeam Backup & Replication selects the least loaded backup proxy that uses the
Network mode.
2.
From the Backup repository list, select the backup repository that you have configured.
Backup files created by the job will be written to this backup repository.
3.
Define the number of restore points that should be kept. By default, Veeam Backup &
Replication keeps 14 restore points.
Step 6. Specify advanced backup settings
At the Storage step of the wizard, click Advanced to specify additional backup settings.
1.
On the Backup tab, you can select the mode in which you want to perform backup: forever
forward incremental, forward incremental or reverse incremental.

The forever forward incremental backup method produces a backup chain that
consists of the first full backup and a set of forward incremental backups following
it. To use this backup method, select Incremental and do not enable active full
and/or synthetic full backup.

The forward incremental backup method produces a backup chain that consists of
the first full backup and a set of forward incremental backups following it.
Additionally, the forward incremental backup chain contains synthetic full and/or
active full backups that 'split' the backup chain into shorter series. To use this
backup method, select Incremental and enable active full and/or synthetic full
backup.
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
The reverse incremental backup method produces a backup chain that consists of
the last full backup and a set of reverse incremental backups preceding it. To use
this backup method, select Reverse incremental.
2.
If you have selected to use forward incremental backup, select Enable synthetic fulls and
specify a day on which a new full backup file should be created. This option is very useful if
your corporate policies require you to periodically create full backups. To create a synthetic
full backup, Veeam Backup & Replication uses full and incremental backup files that already
reside on the backup repository (instead of retrieving VM data from the production storage).
Synthetic full backups do not impact your virtual infrastructure or primary storage.
3.
With synthetic backup scheduled, you will have a number of full backups on disk — a full
backup created at the first run of the backup job and those create according to the synthetic
backup schedule. To save the disk space, you can select the Transform previous full backup
chains into rollbacks check box. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will transform all
previous full backup chains to a reversed incremental backup sequence. This option allows
you to keep only one full backup image on disk and so reduce the amount of space required
to store backups.
4.
Click the Storage tab. Leave the Enable inline data deduplication check box selected.
Veeam Backup & Replication deduplicates identical blocks of data when backing up multiple
VMs in one job and eliminates empty space on logical disks of VMs. Use of deduplication
dramatically reduces storage costs: you can reduce the backup size up to 90% when backing
up VMs created from the same template.
5.
Make sure the Exclude swap file blocks check box is selected. Swap files are dynamic and
change intensively between runs of a backup job. Veeam Backup & Replication will identify
data blocks of the Microsoft Windows pagefile in the VM guest OS and exclude them from
processing, which will result in increased performance and smaller increments.
6.
To reduce the size of a backup file, Veeam Backup & Replication offers 5 compression levels:
None, Dedupe-friendly, Optimal, High and Extreme, that provide different compression ratios to
meet the needs of your environment. For this evaluation exercise, make sure that the
Optimal compression level is selected.
7.
Veeam Backup & Replication lets you encrypt backup files and restore data from encrypted
backups even if you have lost a password. To enable backup file encryption, select the Enable
backup file encryption check box and click Add on the right to choose the necessary
password.
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Veeam Backup & Replication lets you decrypt backup files even if you have lost or forgotten
the password. To learn more, see the Restoring Data from Encrypted Backup File Without
Password scenario.
8.
Note:
Click the Notifications tab. Select the Send email notifications to the following recipients
check box. When the job completes, you will receive a notification with details on the job
performance. You will be able to receive email notifications only if you specify global email
settings. To specify email settings, select Options from the main menu.
Make sure that you specify your email address once: either in the To field in general notification
settings or in job notification settings. If you specify both, you will receive two identical notifications
when the job is completed.
9.
Click the vSphere tab.
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10. If you back up a VM that is not VSS-aware, for example, a Linux-based VM, make sure that the
Enable VMware tools quiescence check box is selected. This option helps create
transactionally consistent backups of such VMs.
11. Make sure that the Use changed block tracking data check box is selected. For VMware VMs
with hardware version 7 or later, Veeam Backup & Replication employs VMware vSphere
Changed Block Tracking (CBT). Instead of scanning VMFS to know which data blocks have
changed since the previous job run, Veeam Backup & Replication queries the CBT module to
get the list of changed blocks. Use of CBT increases the speed and efficiency of block-level
incremental backups. For example, if only 5% of a VM changed since the last backup,
incremental backup will be performed 20 times faster.
12. Make sure that the Enable CBT for all protected VMs automatically check box is selected.
This option forces use of CBT even in case it is switched off at the level of the ESX(i) host.
Step 7. Specify additional guest OS processing options
At the Guest Processing step of the wizard, you can enable additional options for VM guest OS
processing:

Application-aware image processing, which will ensure proper restore of VSS-aware
applications. To back up running VMs with VSS-aware applications, Veeam Backup &
Replication uses application-aware image processing based on Microsoft VSS. Jobs with
application-aware image processing produce transactionally consistent backups, that, unlike
crash consistent backups, ensure proper recovery of virtualized applications without any data
loss.

Guest OS file indexing, which will enable you to search for guest OS files in backed up VMs
and restore files in 1 click. With this option selected, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a
catalog (or index) of VM guest OS files. To learn about the 1-click restore scenario, see the
Searching for Guest OS Files and Performing 1-Click Restore section.
To enable application-aware image processing and indexing:
1.
At the Guest Processing step of the wizard, select the Enable application-aware
processing check box.
2.
Select the Enable guest file system indexing check box.
3.
Specify credentials for the user account with Local Administrator privileges on all VMs
included into the job: click Add on the right of the Credentials field and specify the user
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name and password. If you have specified credentials before, you can simply select them
from the Credentials list. OS credentials are required to install, start and remove Veeam's
runtime process that coordinates indexing and VSS activities inside the VM.
By default, the specified guest OS credentials are used for all VMs processed by the backup
job. If you back up several VMs that use different guest OS credentials, click Credentials.
Select a VM in the list and click Set User > Standard credentials/Linux credentials. Then
enter guest OS credentials with Local Administrator privileges for this specific VM. Repeat the
procedure for all VMs in the job.
4.
To specify advanced options for VSS processing, click Applications. Select a VM in the list and
click Edit.
5.
On the General tab, select the Try application processing, but ignore failures option to
continue the backup job even if VSS errors occur. If application-aware image processing fails
during the job, Veeam Backup & Replication will try to create a transactionally consistent
backup with VMware Tools quiescence.
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6.
Note:
Make sure that the Process transaction logs with this job option is selected to correctly
handle transaction logs after the backup job is completed. In this case, if the backup job
finishes successfully, Veeam Backup & Replication will truncate transaction logs so that they
do not overflow storage space. If together with Veeam Backup & Replication you use a thirdparty backup tool that maintains consistency of transaction logs, select the Perform copy
only option to prevent possible conflicts.
If you add a virtualized Microsoft SQL Server to the backup job, you can configure the job to copy
transaction logs. To learn more, see Backing up and Restoring Microsoft SQL Server Databases.
7.
Click Indexing, select the necessary VM in the list and click Edit > Windows indexing or
Linux indexing. Select Index everything to perform indexing of the entire guest file system.
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Step 8. Specify job scheduling settings
A backup job can be scheduled or run manually. To schedule a backup job:
1.
At the Schedule step of the wizard, select the Run the job automatically check box. If you
do not select this check box, the job will be saved and you will have to run it manually.
2.
Select the schedule type: daily, monthly, periodically or continuously. You can also chain the
jobs so that they run one after another.
3.
Make sure the Retry failed VM processing check box is selected. During the retry cycle, only
VMs that failed during the main backup cycle will be processed.
4.
Select the Terminate job if it exceeds allowed backup window check box and click
Window. Define the backup window for your environment. In case the created job overlaps
the specified window, it will be automatically terminated not to produce additional overhead
on your virtual environment.
5.
Click Create.
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Step 9. Review job settings and start the job
1.
Review the summary of backup job settings.
2.
Select the Run the job when I click Finish check box and click Finish. The job will start.
Step 10. Monitor job performance in real time
When the job is running, you can view job statistics in the real-time mode. Job statistics provide
detailed data on the job: job progress, duration, processing rate, performance bottlenecks, the
amount of data processed, read and transferred and other details of the job performance. Beside
general job statistics, you can view detailed data for each VM or VM container processed by the job.
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Jobs node in the inventory pane.
3.
Double-click the job in the working area and click Show Details. Now you can track the job
performance as the job runs.
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4.
Select the name of a specific VM or a VM container to view detailed statistics for this specific
object only. Note that Veeam Backup & Replication processes all VMs and VM containers in
the job in parallel.
5.
Wait for the job to complete. Note that the job must complete with the Success or at least the
Warning status. If the job completes with the Failed status, the backup file will not be created
and you will not be able to perform restore operations.
Step 11. Perform incremental backup
To perform incremental backup of a VM, do the following:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Jobs node in the inventory pane.
3.
Right-click the job in the working area and select Start. Wait for the job to complete. Note
that the job must complete with the Success or at least the Warning status.
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Validation
After a backup job completes, the resulting backup file is stored to the backup repository that you
have selected as a backup target. Veeam Backup & Replication creates a full backup file, VBK, during
the first run of a backup job. During every next job run, it copies changes that were made to the VM
since the last backup, whether full or incremental.
Depending on the backup mode you selected, Veeam Backup & Replication handles incremental
changes differently:

If you use the incremental backup mode (forever forward incremental or forward
incremental), Veeam Backup & Replication saves incremental changes to the VIB file next to
the VBK file on the backup repository.

If you use the reversed incremental backup mode, Veeam Backup & Replication injects copied
changes to the full backup file and saves replaced blocks of data as a reversed increment file,
VRB, next to the VBK file on the backup repository.
Additionally, next to backup files, Veeam Backup & Replication creates a backup metadata file, VBM,
that contains information on the backup job, VMs in the backup, number and structure of backup files,
restore points and so on. This metadata file facilitates import of backups and mapping of backup jobs
to existing backups.
To check backup results:
1.
Open the Files view.
2.
In the inventory pane, expand the backup repository file tree.
3.
Open the target folder on the backup repository. In this folder, find the subfolder with the
backup job name and open it. Make sure that it contains a VBK, .VIB/VRB and VBM files.
4.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
5.
Select the Jobs node in the inventory pane. Double-click the backup job in the working area.
Check the job results.
6.
If you have selected to receive an email message once the job is completed, open your email
client and check the Inbox folder. Make sure that you have two incoming emails with job
results: one for the full backup and one for the incremental backup.
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Backing up and Restoring Microsoft SQL Server
Databases
To protect a virtualized Microsoft SQL Server, you can configure a backup job that will create imagelevel VM backups and, in addition, copy database transaction logs. Image-level backups will capture
the VM state at specific points in time. Transaction logs will keep records of all transactions performed
against protected databases since the moment of the last backup. If a Microsoft SQL Server VM fails,
you can recover the VM from the necessary restore point and then apply transaction logs to get
databases on the Microsoft SQL Server to the required state between backups.
To configure a backup job that copies transaction logs, you must create a regular backup job and
specify advanced settings for transaction logs shipping. In these settings, you define:

How often you want to back up transaction logs
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How transaction logs must be shipped to the destination

How long transaction logs must be retained
With these settings enabled, Veeam Backup & Replication actually creates two jobs linked with each
other:

A regular backup job responsible for creating image-level backups

An auxiliary job responsible for shipping database transaction logs
The regular backup job runs by the defined job schedule. It creates image-level backups and saves
them on the backup repository. After the image-level backup has been successfully created, Veeam
Backup & Replication truncates transaction logs on the virtualized Microsoft SQL Server.
The auxiliary backup job runs continuously. The job copies transaction logs accumulated between VM
restore points at scheduled intervals, for example, every 15 minutes. As a result, on the backup
repository you will have a chain of restore points and a set of transaction logs that cover intervals
between these restore points.
Veeam Backup & Replication ships transaction logs to the backup repository and saves them in files of
VBL format next to VM image-level backups. To ship transaction logs from the virtualized Microsoft
SQL Server to the backup repository, Veeam Backup & Replication uses log shipping servers —
Microsoft Windows machines added to the backup infrastructure. You can select explicitly what log
shipping servers you want to use, or let Veeam Backup & Replication assign log shipping servers
automatically.
For restore operations, Veeam Backup & Replication offers a special tool — Veeam Explorer for
Microsoft SQL Server. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server is integrated with Veeam Backup &
Replication. The explorer is installed automatically when you deploy Veeam Backup & Replication.
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server supports a number of restore scenarios:

You can restore a database to a specific point in time or to a specific transaction.

You can restore a database to a specific point in time or transaction and export it to the
necessary location.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will back up a Microsoft SQL VM and restore a database on the Microsoft SQL
Server to a specific transaction using the created backup. To do this, you will perform the following
actions:
1.
Configure a backup job that will create a Microsoft SQL VM backup and copy transaction logs.
2.
Use the created VM image-level backup and transaction logs to recover a database on the
Microsoft SQL Server to a specific transaction with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server.
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It is strongly recommended that you use a non-production Microsoft SQL Server with a sample
database for this exercise.
Prerequisites
Make sure that the Full or Bulk-logged recovery model is enabled for the database on the Microsoft
SQL Server that you plan to back up. If the recovery model is set to Simple, Veeam Backup &
Replication will not detect and process transaction logs.
Procedure
Step 1. Configure the backup job for a Microsoft SQL VM
1.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, configure a backup job that processes a Microsoft SQL Server
VM.
For details, see the Performing Backup exercise.
2.
At the Guest Processing step of the New Backup Job wizard, select the Enable applicationaware processing check box. In the VM Guest OS credentials section, specify a user account
to connect to the VM guest OS. The user account must have the sysadmin privileges on the
Microsoft SQL Server. In the opposite case, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server will fail to
automatically identify Microsoft SQL databases in the created VM backup.
3.
Click Applications.
4.
Select the Microsoft SQL Server VM in the list and click Edit.
5.
In the Transaction logs section, make sure that the Process transaction logs with this job
option is selected.
6.
Click the SQL tab.
7.
Select the Backup logs periodically option.
8.
In the Backup logs every <N> minutes field, specify how often you want to ship transaction
logs from the Microsoft SQL Server VM to the backup repository. By default, Veeam Backup &
Replication ships transaction logs every 15 minutes.
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9.
In the Retain logs section, specify the retention policy for transaction logs. You can store
them for a specific number of days or until a preceding image-level backup is removed from
the backup chain.
10. In the Log shipping servers section, leave the Automatic selection option selected. Veeam
Backup & Replication will automatically identify the least loaded Microsoft Windows server in
your backup infrastructure and use this server to ship transaction logs to the backup
repository.
11. At the Schedule step of the wizard, define scheduling settings for the job. If you do not
specify that the job must run automatically by the defined schedule, the backup job will be
unable to ship transaction logs to the backup repository.
12. Finish working with the wizard and run the job to produce an image-level backup of the
Microsoft SQL Server VM.
13. When you create a backup job that processes a Microsoft SQL Server VM and enable
transaction log shipping, Veeam Backup & Replication creates two jobs: one processing the
Microsoft SQL Server VM and the other one shipping transaction logs. In the inventory pane
of the Backup & Replication view, expand the Last 24 hours node to see the created jobs.
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14. After the image-level backup has been created, perform some transaction on the database on
the Microsoft SQL Server VM that you have backed up. For example, if you use a test
database, you can manually run a simple Microsoft SQL script to insert a record into the
database or drop a record.
15. Wait for the period of time that you have defined in the Backup logs every <N> minutes
field. After this period has expired, Veeam Backup & Replication will ship transaction logs and
store them in a file of VBL format on the target backup repository, next to the image-level
backup of the Microsoft SQL Server VM.
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Step 2. Recover a database to a specific transaction
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
In the inventory pane, click the Backups node.
3.
In the working area, expand the backup job processing the Microsoft SQL Server VM, rightclick the Microsoft SQL Server VM and select Restore application items > Microsoft SQL
Server databases.
4.
Pass through the steps of the Microsoft SQL Server Database Restore wizard: select a
restore point and specify a restore reason. At the last step of the wizard, click Finish to start
the recovery process. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically mount the Microsoft
SQL Server VM file system to the Veeam backup server, locate the Microsoft SQL database and
attach it to a staging Microsoft SQL Server — Microsoft SQL Server on which the Veeam
Backup & Replication database is deployed. After that, Veeam Backup & Replication will
automatically open the database in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server.
5.
In the left pane of Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server, right-click the necessary database
and select Restore point-in-time state to <Microsoft SQL Server\Instance Name>.
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6.
Veeam Backup & Replication will launch the Restore wizard. At the Specify restore point
step of the wizard, select Restore to a point in time. Use the slider below to define the exact
point in time to which you want to restore the database.
7.
Select the Perform restore to the specific transaction check box and click Next.
8.
At the Fine-tune the restore point step of the wizard, select a transaction to which you want
to restore the database and click Restore.
10. Veeam Backup & Replication will start restoring database to the selected transaction. When
the restore process is complete, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server will display a popup
message to notify you of the restore operation results.
Validation
Check the state of the restored database on the Microsoft SQL Server VM and make sure it has been
restored to the necessary state.
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Performing Full VM Restore
If a production VM has failed and you need to recover it from the backup, you can use one of the two
options that Veeam Backup & Replication offers:

Instant VM Recovery*, which uses the vPower technology to start a VM directly from a
compressed and deduplicated backup file. Instant VM Recovery creates a 'temporary spare' of
the original VM and provides the minimum restore time possible (several seconds to several
minutes).

Full VM recovery, which actually recovers a full VM from the backup file and registers it on the
target host. Though full VM recovery takes more time than Instant VM Recovery as you have
to extract the VM image to the production storage, it actually recovers a failed VM on the
production storage and provides full disk I/O performance.
You can restore a single VM or a multiple VMs at once, both to the original location or to a new
location. VM(s) can be recovered to the latest state or any valid point in time.
When Veeam Backup & Replication creates a backup of a VM, it additionally stores information about
the initial VM location to the backup file. As all initial VM settings are available, restore of a VM to the
original location is extremely fast: you can do it basically in one click. Restore to the original location
mitigates the risk of operator's errors: you do not have to provide any VM data during the restore
process, so the chance to specify wrong settings is minimal.
* To learn about the Instant VM Recovery scenario, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will restore a VM from the backup to its original location and power it on on the
ESX(i) host.
Prerequisites
Note:

You can restore a VM from any backup that has been successfully run at least once. Open the
Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane. Then expand
the backup job and verify that there is at least one restore point available for the VM.

VMs with Virtual Hardware version 8 are supported only by ESX(i) 5.x or later.
When you restore a VM to the original location, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically deletes
the initial VM. For safety's sake, make sure that you use a non-production VM for this exercise.
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Procedure
To restore a full VM to its original location, perform the following steps:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Backups > Disk node in the inventory pane. Expand the backup job in the working
area, right-click the necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and select Restore entire
VM.
3.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, select the VM in the list, click Point on the right
and choose the necessary restore point. If you select an incremental restore point, Veeam
Backup & Replication will automatically restore data blocks from the full backup file and the
chain of incremental backup files.
4.
At the Restore mode step of the wizard, select Restore to the original location.
5.
Click the Pick proxy to use link and make sure that Automatic selection is specified there.
Veeam Backup & Replication will check settings of available proxies and select the most
appropriate one for the job — the backup proxy that will enable the most efficient data
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transport to the source datastore. Veeam Backup & Replication first attempts to choose a
backup proxy that uses the Direct Storage Access mode, then the backup proxy that uses the
Virtual Appliance mode. If such proxies are not available, Veeam Backup & Replication selects
the least loaded backup proxy that uses the Network mode.
6.
Select Quick rollback. Veeam Backup & Replication will perform incremental VM restore —
retrieve from the backup file only those data blocks that have changes since the selected
restore point was created and write these data blocks to the source datastore. This option lets
you significantly speed up the restore process.
7.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for restoring the VM.
8.
At the last step of the wizard, select the Power on VM after restoring check box. Then click
Finish.
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Validation
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that the restored VM is running on on the original host.
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Restoring Guest OS Files
Together with full VM restore, Veeam Backup & Replication offers Instant File-Level Restore (IFLR) that
lets you recover guest OS files and folders from the VM backup. In contrast to competitive solutions,
IFLR does not require a specific file-level backup. Restore of guest OS files, as well as all other restore
options, is available from the same image-level backup. Neither should you extract the VM image from
the backup prior to restore: VM guest OS files can be recovered on-the-fly, directly from a regular
backup or from a VM replica. This makes the restore process extremely fast and does not require you
to provision additional storage resources.
Veeam Backup & Replication provides three options for guest OS files recovery:

Recovery from Windows-based file systems (FAT, NTFS and ReFS)

Recovery from most commonly used file systems (including Linux, Unix, BSD and soon) with
the multi-OS restore wizard

Universal File-Level Recovery* for any OS or file system through leveraging the Instant VM
Recovery technology*
You can recover VM guest OS files to the latest state or any valid point in time.
* To learn about the Instant VM Recovery scenario, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will recover guest OS files and folders from the image-level VM backup and save
them to the C:\backup\restored folder on the Veeam backup server.
The exercise covers two evaluation scenarios:
•
Scenario 1: Recovering guest OS files from the backup of a Windows-based VM
•
Scenario 2: Recovering guest OS files from the backup of a Linux-based VM or other nonWindows VM with the help of the multi-OS recovery wizard
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Scenario 1. Restoring VM Guest OS Files (FAT, NTFS, ReFS)
When you recover guest OS files from Windows-based VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication mounts the
content of a backup file directly to the Veeam backup server and displays the file tree in the built-in
file browser. You can copy the files you need and save them locally or anywhere on the network. You
can even point applications to restored files and work with these files as usual.
Prerequisites

You can restore VM guest OS files from any backup that has been successfully run at least
once. Open the Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane.
Then expand the backup job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the
VM.

Windows file restore mode supports Microsoft Windows file systems only (FAT, NTFS and
ReFS). To restore files from VMs running other file systems, use the multi-OS file restore
wizard.

You cannot restore files from a VM if it is currently being backed up or replicated.
Procedure
To restore guest OS files from a Microsoft Windows VM:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Click the Backups > Disk node in the inventory pane. Expand the backup job in the working
area, right-click a necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and choose Restore guest
files > Microsoft Windows.
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3.
At the Restore Point step of the wizard, select the necessary restore point.
4.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for future reference.
5.
Click Next. Then click Finish.
6.
Veeam Backup & Replication will display a file browser with the file system tree of the VM.
Right-click the necessary file or folder, select Copy To and enter C:\Restored in the Choose
folder field.
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Validation
1.
Open the Files view.
2.
In the inventory pane, expand the file tree under This server.
3.
Select C:\Restored folder and make sure that the restored files or folders are available
there.
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Scenario 2. Restoring VM Guest Files (Linux, Unix and so on)
While most of backup tools offer file-level recovery for a very small number of file systems, typically,
Windows and rarely Linux, Veeam’s multi-OS restore wizard enables you to recover guest OS files from
the most commonly used file systems such as Linux, Unix, BSD, MacOS and many others.
For file-level recovery, Veeam Backup & Replication uses a special FLR helper — a small virtual
appliance based on the stripped-down Linux kernel. Whenever you perform file-level restore, Veeam
Backup & Replication automatically starts the appliance and mounts VM disks to the FLR appliance as
virtual hard drives. Virtual disks are mounted directly from backup files, without prior extraction of the
backup content, which makes the restore process much faster in comparison with competitive
solutions. You can then copy individual files and folders from VM disks to your local machine drive or a
network share.
You can also let the FLR appliance function as an FTP server. In this case, users will be able to access
restored files on the FTP using the IP address of the FLR appliance. Bear in mind that users will be able
to access restored files on the FTP only while the file browser with restored files remains open on the
Veeam backup server. Once the file browser is closed, the FLR appliance will be powered off.
Prerequisites

You can restore VM guest files from any backup that has been successfully run at least once.
Open the Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane. Then
expand the backup job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the VM.

Encrypted LVM volumes are not supported.
Procedure
To restore guest OS files from the backup of a Linux-based VM or other non-Windows VM:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Backups > Disk node in the inventory pane. Expand the backup job in the working
area, right-click the necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and choose Restore
guest files > Linux and other.
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3.
At the Restore Point step of the wizard, select the necessary restore point.
4.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for future reference.
5.
At the last step of the wizard, click Customize to specify settings for the FLR appliance. Select
an ESX(i) host, resource pool and the network on which the FLR appliance will run.
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6.
If you are restoring files from the NSS file system, select the Restore from Novell Storage
Services (NSS) file system check box.
7.
Click Finish. Note that the FLR appliance may take 30–40 seconds to boot.
8.
Veeam Backup & Replication will display a file browser with the file system tree of the VM.
Right-click a file or folder, select Copy To and enter C:\Restored in the Choose folder field.
9.
If you are restoring files to the original Linux host, select the Preserve permissions and
ownership check box so that all user access permissions for the file are preserved in the
restored copy.
10. Click Restore.
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Validation
1.
Open the Files view.
2.
In the inventory pane, expand the file tree under This server.
3.
Select the C:\Restored folder and make sure that the restored files or folders are available
there.
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Restoring VM Virtual Disk
Veeam Backup & Replication enables you to recover individual virtual disks of a VM. Recovered virtual
disks can be attached to the original VM or to any other VM. This recovery option can be helpful if a
VM virtual disk becomes corrupted for some reason, for example, with a virus.
A VM virtual disk can be recovered to the latest state or any valid point in time. You can preserve the
format of a recovered virtual disk, or convert it to thin or thick on the fly.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will recover a corrupted virtual disk of a VM and attach it to another VM as a new
drive.
Prerequisites

You can restore VM virtual disks from any backup that has been successfully run at least once.
Open the Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane. Then
expand the backup job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the VM.

During the virtual disk restore, Veeam Backup & Replication turns off the target VM (the VM to
which you plan to attach the restored virtual disk) to reconfigure its settings and connect
restored disks. For this reason, it is recommended to stop all active processes on the VM for
the restore period.
Procedure
To restore a VM virtual disk:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Backups > Disk node in the inventory pane. Expand the backup job in the working
area, right-click a necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and choose Restore VM
hard disks.
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3.
At the Restore Point step of the wizard, select the necessary restore point. If you select an
incremental restore point, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically restore data blocks
from the full backup file and the chain of incremental backup files.
4.
At the Disk Mapping step of the wizard, click Browse and select the VM to which the
restored hard disk should be attached.
5.
Select a check box next to the virtual hard disk that you want to restore.
6.
To change the disk format, select the required option from the Restore disks list: same as on
the original VM, force thin or force thick.
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7.
Select the VM disk in the list and click Change. From the Virtual device node list, select a
node that is not occupied yet. Click OK.
8.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for future reference.
9.
At the last step of the wizard, select the Power on VM after restoring check box. Then click
Finish.
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Validation
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that the target VM is powered on and a new hard disk is
attached to it.
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Restoring VM Files
Veeam Backup & Replication lets you restore the VM as the whole or restore specific VM files: VMDK,
VMX and others. The latter recovery scenario can be used, for example, if one of your VM files is
missing or is corrupted and you need to bring it back. With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can
restore the required VM file directly from the image-level backup, without prior de-staging of the VM
image from the backup file.
VM files can be recovered to the latest state or to any valid point in time; you can bring them to the
original location or to a new location.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will recover a VM configuration file, VMX, and store to the C:\Restored folder on
the Veeam backup server.
Prerequisites
You can restore VM files from any backup that has been successfully run at least once. Open the
Backup & Replication view, select the Backups node in the inventory pane. Then expand the backup
job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the VM.
Procedure
To restore a VM configuration file, do the following:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Backups > Disk node in the inventory pane. Expand the backup job in the working
area, right-click a necessary VM in the corresponding backup job and choose Restore VM
files.
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3.
At the Restore Point step of the wizard, select the necessary restore point. If you select an
incremental restore point, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically restore data blocks
from the full backup file and the chain of incremental backup files.
4.
At the Restore Destination step of the wizard, select the backup server. Use the Host
Summary button to view information on storage resources.
5.
Specify a path to the folder on the selected host where files should be restored, for example:
C:\Restored.
6.
In the VM files to restore section, select a check box next to the VMX file.
7.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for future reference and click Next.
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8.
Click Finish to restore the VM file.
Validation
1.
Open the Files view.
2.
In the inventory pane, expand the file tree under This server.
3.
Select the C:\Restored folder and make sure that the restored VMX file is available there.
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Creating Backup Copy
According to the 3-2-1 backup rule, you must adhere to the following requirements when building
your backup plan:

You must have at least three copies of data in different locations: production data, backup
and its copy.

You must use two different types of media to store your data, for example, disk storage and
tape.

You must keep at least one copy of your data offsite, for example, in the cloud or in the
remote site.
With the backup copying capability in Veeam Backup & Replication, you can create several instances
of the same backup file and copy them to secondary backup repositories that perform the role of the
long-term storage. Secondary backup repositories can be located in the same site as the source one or
can be created offsite. The backup copy file has the same format as the primary backup so you can
restore necessary data directly from it in case a disaster strikes.
During the backup copying process, Veeam Backup & Replication does not simply copy a backup file
from one backup repository to another. Instead, Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves data blocks
necessary to create a restore point as of the latest point in time and copies this data to the target
backup repository. The backup chain produced on the target backup repository is forever forward
incremental: the first restore point in the chain is a full backup and all subsequent restore points are
incremental backups.
The backup copy process is job-driven. When you create a backup copy job, you define what backup
file you want to copy, the target repository for storing the copy, retention policy and other settings for
the copying process. The backup copy job supports the GFS retention scheme, allowing you to design
a long-term archiving plan.
Unlike the backup job that typically runs on a specific schedule, the backup copy job runs
continuously, in cycles. By default, a new backup copy cycle begins every day; however, you can
specify any time interval needed. At the beginning of every backup copy interval, Veeam Backup &
Replication checks the source backup repository: if a new restore point has been added to the primary
backup chain, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically copies it to the target backup repository.
After that, the backup copy job is put on hold until a new backup copy interval begins and a new
point appears on the source backup repository.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will create a copy of the backup file that has been created in the Performing
Backup exercise with the evaluation backup job. The backup file will be copied from the source
backup repository and written to the target backup repository created onsite.
Prerequisites

The source and target backup repositories that will take part in the backup copy process
should be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication console.

The primary backup job must be completed with the Success or Warning status and the
resulting backup file that you plan to copy must reside on the source backup repository.
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Procedure
To create a copy of the backup file:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
On the Home tab, click the Backup Copy button.
3.
At the Job step of the New Backup Copy Job wizard, specify a name for the created backup
copy job.
4.
In the Copy every field, specify a synchronization time interval, or the length for the backup
copy cycle.
At the beginning of every synchronization interval, Veeam Backup & Replication checks the
source backup repository. If a new restore point has appeared, Veeam Backup & Replication
copies this restore point to the target backup repository.
5.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Add and select From jobs.
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In the list of jobs, select the backup job that is used to create the backup you want to copy.
Veeam Backup & Replication will monitor the source backup repository on which the backup
job stores the resulting backup file. If Veeam Backup & Replication detects a new restore
point on the source backup repository at the beginning of a new synchronization interval,
Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically trigger a new backup copy cycle and copy a
new restore point to the target backup repository.
6.
At the Target step of the wizard, select the target backup repository from the Backup
repository list.
7.
In the Restore points to keep field, specify the number of restore points you want to retain.
By default, Veeam Backup & Replication keeps 7 restore points on the target backup
repository.
8.
During the backup copying process, backup data can be transferred directly, from the source
backup repository to the target backup repository, or via a pair of WAN accelerators. The
latter scenario is recommended for copying backups offsite or over slow network
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connections. To learn more about WAN acceleration, see Veeam Backup & Replication User
Guide.
In this exercise, both backup repositories are located onsite: for this reason, you will use the
direct data transfer path. Leave the Direct option selected.
9.
At the Schedule step of the wizard, define the period of time when the backup copy job is
allowed to transport data over the network. The backup copy window can be helpful if you
do not want the backup copy job to produce unwanted overhead for the production
environment or do not want the job to overlap the production hours.
10. Click Create.
11. At the last step of the wizard, select the Enable the job when I click Finish check box and
click Finish. The job will start running in the continuous mode.
12. To monitor the job performance, click the Backup Copy node under Jobs in the inventory
pane. Double-click the created backup copy job in the working area: now you can monitor
the job performance in the real-time mode.
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Validation
1.
Open the Files view.
2.
Expand the file tree of the target backup repository.
3.
Find a subfolder with the backup copy job name and make sure a full backup file is available
in it.
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Performing Replication
With Veeam, you can not only back up, but also replicate your VMs. When you replicate a VM, Veeam
Backup & Replication creates an exact copy of a production VM in the native VMware format on a
spare ESX(i) host and maintains this copy in sync with the original VM.
Replication provides the best RTOs as you actually have a copy of your VM in a ready-to-start state. If
the primary VM goes down for some reason, you can immediately fail over to the VM replica and
restore critical services with minimum downtime. Subsequently, replication is most commonly used
for VMs running tier 1 applications.
Replication is a job-driven process. During the first run of a replication job, Veeam Backup &
Replication copies the whole VM image and registers a replicated VM on the target ESX(i) host. During
next cycles of a job, Veeam Backup & Replication copies only incremental changes and creates restore
points for a VM replica so you can recover your VM to the necessary state. Every restore point is in fact
a usual VMware snapshot. When you perform incremental replication, data blocks that have changed
since the last replication cycle are written to the snapshot delta file next to a full VM replica. The
number of restore points in the chain depends on your retention policy settings.
To provide extremely fast incremental replication, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the vSphere
functionality, ESX Changed Block Tracking (or CBT). With CBT, you can replicate much faster and can
schedule replication jobs as often as every few minutes. So you get near-CDP at only a fraction of the
cost of traditional CDP solutions.
With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can perform both onsite replication for HA and offsite
replication for DR scenarios. For replication over WAN or slow links, Veeam Backup & Replication
provides a number of means to optimize data transmission: it performs inline deduplication and
compresses replica traffic. You can also configure network throttling rules to prevent replication jobs
from consuming the entire bandwidth of your environment and perform replica seeding.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will create a replica of a VM on the target host, and create one restore point next
to a full VM replica.
Please note that this guide describes replication to a local target host located in the same network. To
learn about replicating offsite, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
Prerequisites

All backup infrastructure components that will take part in the replication process should be
added to the Veeam Backup & Replication console. These include a source and target ESX(i)
hosts, a backup proxy (used as a data mover) and a backup repository (used for storing
auxiliary replica files). The latter two components are required for a distributed architecture
scenario only.

[Optional] To receive an email notification when a replication job completes, specify global
email notification settings. To do that, select Options from the main menu of Veeam Backup
& Replication and specify necessary settings on the Email Settings tab.

[Optional] To evaluate the application-aware image processing feature, make sure that at
least one of replicated VM runs the following OSes:
–
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
–
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
–
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
–
Microsoft Windows 7
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–
Microsoft Windows 8
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Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Microsoft Windows 2012 Server
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Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server
Procedure
To replicate a VM:
Step 1. Create a replication job
1.
On the Home tab, click the Replication Job button.
2.
At the Name step of the New Replication Job wizard, specify a name for the created
replication job.
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Step 2. Add VMs to the replication job
You can replicate individual VMs or VM containers: folders, resource pools, clusters, vApps, datastores
and so on. Jobs with VM containers are dynamic in nature: if a new VM is added to the container after
the replication job is created, the job is automatically updated to include the new VM.
If you have connected vCenter Server rather than a standalone ESX(i) host to the Veeam backup
server, VMs added to the job will be replicated even if they are vMotioned to another host.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Add.
2.
To quickly find a VM or VM container, enter the name of the object that you want to find in
the search field and click the Start search button on the right. Select a VM or VM container in
the displayed list and click Add.
The object will appear in the Virtual machines to replicate list.
Step 3. Exclude VMs and VM disks
If you create a replication job for a VM container, you can exclude specific VMs or VM containers from
the replication job. You can also select which VM disks to replicate.
Veeam Backup & Replication automatically excludes VM log files from replicas to make the replication
process faster and reduce the size of the replica.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click Exclusions.
2.
On the VMs tab, click Add. Select VMs that must be excluded. To quickly find a VM or VM
container, enter the name of the object you want to find in the search field and click the Start
search button on the right.
3.
On the Disks tab, select a VM and click Edit to select disks that should be replicated. This
functionality is useful, for example, if you only want to replicate VM system drives.
If you want to exclude disks of a VM added as part of a container, click Add on the right to
include the VM in the list as a standalone instance.
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4.
Click OK.
5.
Click Recalculate to see the total size of replicated objects.
Step 4. Define the VM replication order
If you have included a number of VMs or VM containers in the replication job, you can specify the
order in which VMs should be processed. This will help you make sure that the most important VMs in
the job are processed first, for example, if you must fit into the backup window and you are not sure
how much time VM processing will take.
1.
At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard, click the added VM in the list.
2.
Use the Up and Down buttons on the right to move the VM higher or lower in the list. The
higher is the VM in the list, the higher its priority. If you added a VM container as a single
instance, VMs inside the container will be processed at random.
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Step 5. Select replica destination
At the Destination step of the wizard, specify the target for a replicated VM.
1.
Click Choose next to the Host or Cluster field and select a host on which the VM replica
should be registered.
2.
Click Choose next to the Resource pool field and select the destination resource pool.
3.
Click Choose next to the VM folder field and select a folder to which a replicated VM should
be placed.
4.
Click Choose next to the Datastore field and select a datastore where VM replica files should
be stored.
Step 6. Specify general settings for the replication job
You must point the replication job to a backup repository. The backup repository stores replica
metadata (checksums of read data blocks) required to streamline incremental passes of the job.
1.
At the Job Settings step of the wizard, from the Repository for replica metadata list, select
the backup repository that you have configured. A metadata file created by the job will be
stored to this backup repository.
2.
In the Replica name suffix field, enter a suffix to append to the name of the replica. Veeam
Backup & Replication will use the name of the primary VM with the suffix appended to
register a VM replica on the target host.
3.
Select the maximum number of restore points that you want to keep on disk. By default,
Veeam Backup & Replication keeps 14 restore points.
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Step 7. Specify advanced replica settings
At the Job Settings step of the wizard, click Advanced to specify additional settings for the
replication job.
1.
Make sure the Exclude swap file blocks from processing check box is selected.
Swap files are dynamic and change intensively between runs of a replication job. With this
option selected, Veeam Backup & Replication will identify data blocks of the Microsoft
Windows pagefile in the guest OS and exclude them from processing, which will result in
increased performance and a smaller size of increments.
2.
When VM data is transferred between two backup proxies, Veeam Backup & Replication
compresses VM data to reduce load on the network. Veeam Backup & Replication offers 5
compression levels that provide different compression ratios to meet the needs of your
environment: None, Dedupe-friendly, Optimal, High and Extreme.
3.
Click the Notifications tab. Select the Send email notifications to the following recipients
check box and specify the email address. When the job completes, you will receive an email
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notification with details on job performance. Note that you will be able to receive an email
notification only if you specify global email settings. To specify email settings, select Options
from the main menu.
Note:
Make sure that you specify your email address once: either in the To field in general notification
settings, or in job notification settings. If you specify both, you will receive two identical notifications
when the job is completed.
1.
Click the vSphere tab.
2.
If you replicate a non VSS-aware VM, for example, Linux-based VMs, make sure that the
Enable VMware tools quiescence check box is selected. This option helps create
transactionally consistent replicas of such VMs.
3.
Make sure the Use changed block tracking data check box is selected. For VMware VMs
with hardware version 7 or later, Veeam Backup & Replication employs VMware vSphere
Changed Block Tracking (or CBT).Instead of scanning VMFS to know which data blocks have
changed since the previous job run, Veeam Backup & Replication queries the CBT module to
get the list of changed blocks. Use of CBT increases the speed and efficiency of block-level
incremental replication. For example, if only 5% of a VM changed since the last replication,
incremental replication will be performed 20 times faster.
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4.
Make sure the Enable CBT for all processed VMs automatically check box is selected, too.
This option forces use of CBT even in case it is switched off at the level of the ESX host.
Step 8. Specify replication data path
You must select backup infrastructure components that must be used for the replication process and
choose a path for VM data transfer.
1.
In the Source proxy and Target proxy fields, select the backup proxy that must be used for
VM replication. You can assign backup proxies explicitly or leave the Automatic option
selected. In the latter case, Veeam Backup & Replication checks settings of available backup
proxies and select the most appropriate one for the job — the backup proxy that will enable
the most efficient data retrieval from the source datastore. Veeam Backup & Replication first
attempts to choose a backup proxy that uses the Direct storage access mode, then the backup
proxy that uses the Virtual appliance mode. If such proxies are not available, Veeam Backup &
Replication selects the least loaded backup proxy that uses the Network mode.
2.
During the replication process, VM data can be transferred directly via backup proxy(ies) to
the target datastore or via a pair of WAN accelerators. The latter scenario is recommended for
replicating VM offsite or over slow network connections. To learn more about WAN
acceleration, see Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.
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In this exercise, source and target hosts are located onsite. For this reason, leave the Direct
option selected.
Step 9. Specify additional guest OS processing options
To replicate VMs running VSS-aware applications, Veeam Backup & Replication uses application-aware
image processing based on Microsoft VSS. Jobs with application-aware image processing produce
transactionally consistent replicas, that, unlike crash consistent replicas, ensure proper recovery of
virtualized applications without any data loss.
To enable application-aware image processing:
1.
At the Guest Processing step of the wizard, select the Enable application-aware
processing check box.
2.
Specify guest OS credentials (username and password) with Local Administrator privileges on
all VMs included in the job. OS credentials are required to install, start and remove a runtime
process that coordinates VSS activities inside the VM.
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3.
By default, the specified guest OS credentials are used for all VMs processed by the
replication job. If you replicate several VMs that use different guest OS credentials, click
Advanced. Select a VM in the list and click Set User. Then enter guest OS credentials with
Local Administrator privileges for this specific VM. Repeat the procedure for all VMs in the job.
4.
To specify advanced options for VSS processing, click Applications. Select a VM in the list and
click Edit.
5.
On the General tab, select Try application processing, but ignore failures to continue the
replication job even if VSS errors occur. If VSS processing fails during the job, Veeam Backup &
Replication will use VMware Tools quiescence to create a transactionally consistent VM
replica.
6.
Make sure that the Process transaction logs with this job option is selected to correctly
handle transaction logs after the replication job is complete. In this case, if the replication job
finishes successfully, Veeam Backup & Replication will truncate transaction logs so that they
do not overflow storage space. If you use a third-party backup tool that maintains the
consistency of transaction logs, select the Perform copy only option to prevent possible
conflicts.
Step 10. Specify job scheduling settings
A replication job can be scheduled or run manually. To schedule a replication job:
1.
At the Schedule step of the wizard, select the Run the job automatically check box. If you
do not select this check box, the job will be saved and you will have to run it manually.
2.
Select the schedule type: daily, monthly, periodically or continuously. You can also chain the
jobs so that they run one after another.
3.
Select the Retry failed VM processing check box. During the retry cycle, only VMs that have
failed during the main replication cycle will be processed.
4.
Select the Terminate job if it exceeds allowed backup window check box and click
Window. Define the backup window for your environment. In case the created job overlaps
the specified window, it will be automatically terminated not to produce additional overhead
on your virtual environment.
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5.
Click Create.
Step 11. Review job settings and start the job
1.
Review the summary of replication job settings.
2.
Select the Run the job when I click Finish check box and click Finish. The job will start.
Step 12. Monitor job performance in real time
When a replication job is running, you can view job statistics in the real-time mode. Job statistics
provide detailed data on the job: job progress, duration, processing rate, performance bottlenecks,
the amount of data processed, read and transferred, and other details of the job performance.
Beside general job statistics, you can view detailed data for each VM or VM container processed by the
job.
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
In the inventory pane, select Jobs > Replication.
3.
Double-click the job in the working area and click Show Details. Now you can track the job
performance as the job runs.
4.
Select the name of a specific VM or a VM container to view detailed statistics for this specific
object only.
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5.
Wait for the job to complete. Note that the job must complete with the Success or at least the
Warning status. If the job completes with the Failed status, the VM replica will not be created,
and you will not be able to perform failover and failback operations.
Step 13. Perform incremental replication
To perform incremental replication of a VM, do the following:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
In the inventory pane, select Jobs > Replication.
3.
Right-click the job in the list and select Start. Wait for the job to complete. Note that the job
must complete with the Success or at least the Warning status.
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Validation
During replication cycles, Veeam Backup & Replication creates the following files for a VM replica:

A full VM replica (a set of VM configuration files and virtual disks). During the first replication
cycle, Veeam Backup & Replication puts these files to the selected datastore to the
ReplicaName folder and registers a VM replica on the target host.

Replica restore points (snapshot delta files). During incremental replication, Veeam Backup &
Replication creates a snapshot delta file in the same folder, next to a full VM replica.

Replica metadata (VBK) used to store replica checksums. Veeam Backup & Replication uses
this file to quickly detect changed blocks of data between two replica states. A metadata file
is written to the backup repository.
To check replication results:
1.
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that a VM replica has been created.
2.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, open the Files view.
3.
In the inventory pane, expand the datastore to which the replica has been stored. Browse to
the ReplicaName folder and make sure that files of the VM replica are available there.
4.
Open the History view and select the Jobs node in the inventory pane. Double-click the
replication job in the list. Check the properties of the created replica.
5.
If you have configured to receive an email message once the job completes, open your email
client and check the Inbox folder. Make sure that you have two incoming emails with job
results — one for the full replication, and another one for the incremental replication.
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Failing Over a VM Replica
If a primary VM in the production site becomes unavailable, you can quickly restore services by failing
over to its replica. When you perform failover, the VM replica takes over the role of the original VM:
you switch from the production VM to its replica and shift your I\O and processes from the production
host to a secondary host. As a result, you have your VM up and running within a couple of minutes,
and your users can access services and applications they need with minimal disruption.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, you can fail over to the latest state of a replica or to any of its valid
restore points.
Failover itself is an intermediate step that needs to be finalized. Depending on a disaster recovery
scenario, you can do one of the following:

Perform permanent failover. When you perform permanent failover, you 'commit failover'.
That is, you permanently switch from the original VM to a VM replica and use this replica as
the original VM. This scenario is acceptable if your original VM and a VM replica are located in
the same site and are nearly equal in terms of resources. In this case, your users will not
experience any latency in ongoing operations.

Perform failback. When you perform failback, you 'return' from a VM replica to the original
VM after the problem in the production site is eliminated. All changes that took place while
the VM replica was running are transferred to the original VM. You can follow this scenario if
your VM replica is located in a DR site and is running on a lower tier host and storage: that is,
it is not intended for continuous operations.

Undo failover. When you undo failover, you switch back to the original VM and work with it
in the normal operation mode. All changes made to the VM replica are discarded. You can
follow this scenario if you plan to perform some testing and troubleshooting of your VM
replica and do not want to affect your production environment in any way.
Veeam Backup & Replication supports failover and failback operations for one VM and for a number of
VMs. This way, if you have a problem with an ESX(i) host, you can restore its work with minimum
downtime.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will fail over from the original VM to the VM replica you created in the previous
exercise, and undo failover to get back to the production VM.
When you fail over from a running original VM to a VM replica, Veeam Backup & Replication does not
power off the original VM, it simply powers on the VM replica. If the original VM is running when you
perform failover, you will see a notification warning.
Prerequisites
The failover option can be used with any VM replica that was successfully created at least once. Open
the Backup & Replication view, click the Replicas node in the inventory pane. Then expand the
replication job and check if there is at least one restore point available for the replicated VM.
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Procedure
To fail over to a VM replica:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Right-click the replicated VM and select Failover Now.
4.
If you want to fail over to a specific restore point, at the Virtual Machines step of the
VMware Failover Wizard, select the VM in the list, click Point and choose the restore point
to which you want to fail over.
5.
At the Reason step of the wizard, specify the reason for future reference and click Next.
6.
Click Finish to fail over to a VM replica.
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Validation
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the replicated VM is put in the Failover state.
4.
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that the VM replica is powered on.
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Undoing Failover
When you undo failover, Veeam Backup & Replication reverts the VM replica to its pre-failover state,
powers it off, and deletes all changes that have taken place since the VM replica was powered on. You
can use the production VM and perform its replication as usual.
Procedure
To undo failover:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Right-click the VM and select Undo failover.
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Validation
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the replicated VM is put in the Ready state.
4.
Open the vSphere Client and make sure that the VM replica is powered off and the
production VM is powered on.
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Failing Back to the Primary VM
If you want to resume operation of a production VM, you can fail back to it from a VM replica. When
you perform failback, you get back from the VM replica to the original VM, shift your I\O and processes
from the secondary host to the production host and return to the normal operation mode.
When you perform failback, Veeam Backup & Replication triggers a failback protective snapshot of a
VM replica. This snapshot acts as a restore point and saves the pre-failback state of a replica to which
you can return afterwards. Veeam Backup & Replication synchronizes the original VM with the VM
replica to make sure you get back to the most recent state of a VM. The original VM is then powered
on; all replication activities are put on hold.
You can fail back to the VM in the original location or in the new location:

If you have managed to restore operation of the source host, you can fail back to the original
VM on the source host.

If the source host is not available, you can restore the original VM to a new location and fail
back to it. You can also fail back to an entirely new location without restoring the original VM
beforehand: in this case, VM replica files will be simply transferred to the necessary
destination.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, failback itself is an intermediate action that needs to be finalized.
Depending on a disaster recovery scenario, you can do one of the following:

Commit failback. When you commit failback, you finalize recovery of the original VM in the
production site. The original VM in the production site or at a new location becomes the
primary VM, a VM replica is returned to the normal state and Veeam Backup & Replication
resumes replication activities.

Undo failback. If the production VM is not working as expected, you can undo failback and
get back to a VM replica. In this case, the VM replica returns to the Failover state.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will fail back from a VM replica to the primary VM on the source host, and then
commit failback.
Prerequisites
You can perform failback for a VM replica in the Failover state. To put the VM replica to this state, make
sure you have performed the Failing Over VM Replica exercise. If you have already undone failover,
repeat the Failing Over VM Replica exercise for your VM.
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Procedure
To fail back to the production VM:
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Right-click the VM and select Failback to production.
4.
At the Destination step of the Failback Wizard, select Failback to the original VM.
5.
At the summary step of the wizard, select the Power on VM after restoring check box and
click Finish.
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Validation
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the replicated VM is put in the Failback state.
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Committing Failback
When you commit failback, you confirm that you want to get back to the production VM. Veeam
Backup & Replication resumes replication activities for the VM to which you failed back.
The failback protective snapshot that saves the pre-failback state of a VM replica is not deleted —
Veeam Backup & Replication uses this snapshot as an additional restore point for VM replica. With the
pre-failback snapshot, Veeam Backup & Replication needs to transfer less changes and therefore puts
less load on the network when replication activities are resumed.
Procedure
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Right-click the VM and select Commit Failback.
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Validation
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Replicas node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the replicated VM is put in the Ready state.
4.
Open the vSphere Client and make sure the VM replica is powered off and the production VM
is powered on.
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DISTRIBUTED BACKUP INFRASTRUCTURE
MANAGEMENT
For large geographically dispersed virtual environments with multiple Veeam backup servers, it is
recommended to use Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is an optional component in the backup infrastructure that
federates Veeam backup servers and offers a consolidated view of these servers through a web
console. You can centrally control and manage jobs configured on different Veeam backup servers
through a single pane of glass, edit and clone jobs, monitor jobs state and get reporting data across all
backup servers. Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager also enables you to search for Windows guest OS
files in all current and archived backups across your backup infrastructure and restore these files in 1
click.
This section describes a set of exercises that you should perform to learn how to manage a distributed
backup infrastructure using Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
Exercise List
To evaluate the key features of Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, perform the following exercises:
Exercise
Description
Installing and
configuring
Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manag
er
Install Veeam Backup & Replication on a physical or virtual
machine.
Add the Veeam backup server to Veeam Backup Enterprise
Manager and collect data from the added Veeam backup server.
Time Estimates
5-7 minutes
Searching for
guest OS files and
restoring them in
1 click
Find a guest OS file in a backup of a Windows-based VM and
restore this file directly from Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager
to the original VM in 1 click.
1-2 minutes
Configuring selfservice restore
Delegate the file-level restore task to another team member.
2-5 minutes.
Cloning and
editing jobs
Clone a created backup job, save it under a new name and edit
its settings directly in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
3-5 minutes
Restoring data
from encrypted
backups without
a password
Create an encrypted backup file and unlock it without a
password.
5-7 minutes
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Installing and Configuring Veeam Backup Enterprise
Manager
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will install Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, connect the Veeam backup server
to it and collect data from the connected Veeam backup server. In the production environment,
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager typically federates a number of Veeam backup servers. For
evaluation purposes, however, you can connect one Veeam backup server to Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manager.
Prerequisites

The machine on which you plan to install Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager must meet the
system requirements.

You must have at least one instance of the Veeam backup server installed. On the Veeam
backup server, you must have at least one backup or replication job that has been
successfully performed.

If you plan to install Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager on the same machine where the
Veeam backup server runs, you must disable all backup and replication jobs in the Veeam
Backup & Replication console.

Make sure that all necessary ports are open.
Procedure
To install Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, do the following:
1.
Download the latest version of Veeam Backup & Replication from
www.veeam.com/downloads.html.
2.
Mount the installation image using disk image emulation software, or burn the downloaded
ISO image file to a blank CD/DVD or. If you are installing Veeam Backup & Replication on a
virtual machine, use built-in tools of the virtualization management software to mount the
installation image to the virtual machine.
3.
After you mount or insert the disk with Veeam Backup & Replication setup, Autorun will open
a splash screen with installation options. If Autorun is not available or disabled, run the
Setup.exe file from the CD/DVD disk.
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4.
On the splash screen, click the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager tile to launch the Veeam
Backup Enterprise Manager Setup wizard.
5.
On the Welcome step of the wizard, click Next to start the installation.
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6.
At the License Agreement step of the wizard, select I accept the terms in the license
agreement.
7.
At the Provide License step of the wizard, specify the path to the license file you obtained
after you downloaded the product from the web site.
8.
At the Program Features step of the wizard, leave default settings.
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9.
At the System Configuration Check step of the wizard, install missing software components
and enable missing features, if any.
10. At the Default Configuration step of the wizard, specify if you want to use default
installations settings or specify installation settings on your own. In the latter case, the setup
wizard will include additional steps for configuring the necessary settings.
If you have chosen to specify custom installation settings, pass through the next wizard steps
and specify the required settings manually. If you have chosen to use default installations
settings, click Install to begin installation.
11. When the installation process completes, click Finish to close the wizard.
Once the installation process completes, add the Veeam backup server(s) to Veeam Backup Enterprise
Manager.
1.
Start Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager by choosing Programs > Veeam > Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manager from the Start menu. If you plan to use the web UI remotely, to access
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, use the following HTTPS address:
https://enterprise_manager_server_name:9443
2.
Enter credentials of a user with Local Administrator rights or the user who installed Veeam
Backup Enterprise Manager and click Login.
3.
Click Configuration at the top right corner of the window.
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4.
In the Backup Servers configuration section, click Add.
5.
In the Backup Server Settings window, specify a DNS name or the IP address of the Veeam
backup server you want to add.
6.
Provide a name and password of the user account with administrative rights on the added
Veeam backup server.
Make sure that this user is included in the Veeam Backup Administrators group on the Veeam
backup server.
7.
Click OK to add the Veeam backup server.
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager will automatically start collecting data about all backup
and replication jobs from added Veeam backup server.
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8.
To receive consolidated email notifications about the status and summary of all jobs
performed in your backup infrastructure, in the configuration menu click Notifications and
specify email notification settings.
Validation
1.
Click Home at the top left corner of the window to get back to the main view of Veeam
Backup Enterprise Manager.
2.
Click the Last 24 hours and Last 7 days tabs in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager and make
sure that these tabs provide information about backup and replication jobs performed on the
Veeam backup server you have just added.
3.
If you have configured email notification settings, open your email client and check the Inbox
folder. Make sure that you have an incoming email about all performed jobs.
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Searching for Guest OS Files and Performing 1-Click
Restore
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager allows you to search for Microsoft Windows and Linux guest files in
backed up VMs. This can be useful, for example, if you need a file that has been deleted on the VM and
you want to restore it from a backup. Once you find the file, you can immediately restore the file
directly from Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager with 1 click. The file can be restored to its original
location or saved to a local machine.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will delete a file on the original VM, search for it in the backed up VM image and
restore it to its original location.
Prerequisites

Make sure that you have successfully created a backup of a Microsoft Windows or Linux VM
with the guest file indexing option enabled.

Make sure that you have successfully connected the Veeam backup server to Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manager and collected data from it.
Procedure
To find a restore a guest OS file, do the following:
1.
Delete a file you want to restore on the original VM.
2.
In the main view of Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, click the Files tab.
3.
In the Type in VM name field, enter the name of a backed up VM whose file system you want
to browse.
4.
In the Restore point field, select a restore point from which you want to restore the deleted
file.
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5.
Click the Mount Backup link and wait for Veeam Backup & Replication to mount the content
of the backup file to the Veeam backup server.
After the backup is mounted, you can browse guest OS files from the backup.
6.
In the Search field on the right, type in the name of the necessary file or a part of it and click
the search icon on the right.
7.
Right-click the file in the list and select Restore > Overwrite.
8.
Click Yes to confirm the operation.
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Validation
Open the original VM and make sure that the found file has been successfully restored.
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Performing Self-Restore of VM Guest OS Files
You can delegate a task of restoring guest OS files of Windows-based VMs to users having
administrator rights on these VMs, for example, to application owners. Delegated file-level restore
simplifies the data restore process. Users do not have to wait for backup administrators to recover
deleted or modified files and folders.
For delegated file-level restore, Veeam Backup & Replication offers the Veeam Self Service Restore
portal. Authorized users can log on to the portal, browse the content of VM backups and restore the
necessary VM guest OS files and folders to the original location or download restored files to the local
computer drive. The restore process does not require any intervention from the backup administrator
side: users can perform search and restore operations on their own, just like the administrator working
with Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
Only authorized users can browse and restore files in the Veeam Self Service Restore portal. To be able
to see the content of VM backups, the user must be added to the Local Administrators group in the
VM guest OS. When the user logs on to the portal, the portal displays only those VMs and restore
points that the user is permitted to access. Other VMs are not visible to the user.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will perform self-service restore of VM guest OS files from the backup file using the
Veeam Self Service File Restore portal.
Prerequisites

Make sure that the Veeam backup server is connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

Make sure that the Enterprise Plus license is installed on the Veeam Backup Enterprise
Manager server. You can use a valid trial license or paid license.

Make sure that the user account under which you plan to perform self-service restore belongs
to a trusted domain or the same domain as the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server.
Users from untrusted domains cannot use the Veeam Self Service File Restore portal.
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Procedure
To restore VM guest OS files using the Veeam Self Service File Restore portal:
1.
Log on to the VM whose guest OS files you plan to restore. Make sure that the user account
user which you plan to perform self-service restore is added to the local Administrators group
on this VM.
2.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, configure a backup job that processes this VM. At the Guest
Processing step of the New Backup Job wizard, select the Enable gust file system
indexing check box and specify a user account for file indexing.
For details, see the Performing Backup exercise.
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3.
Run the backup job to produce a backup file.
4.
Log on to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager using the Administrator account.
5.
Open the Configuration view.
6.
In the Backup Servers section, click Start Collecting to collect the latest data about the
performed backup job from the Veeam backup server. To check if data has been collected,
click Sessions on the left and make sure that the data collection session has completed with
the Success status.
7.
Sign out from Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
8.
Together with Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, the Veeam Backup & Replication setup
deploys the Veeam Self Service File Restore portal. Open the portal web console using the
following link:
https://enterprise_manager_server:9443/selfrestore
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9.
Log on to the Veeam Self Service File Restore portal under the user account that you plan to
use to restore VM guest OS files.
10. The portal will display only one tab — Files, with the file tree of the VM guest OS file system.
You can choose the necessary VM and a restore point from which you want to restore data.
11. Find the necessary file or folder using the Browse or Search tab on the left, right-click it and
select the necessary restore option from the list.
Validation
Open the file or folder restore location and make sure that the file or folder has been successfully
restored.
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Cloning and Editing Jobs
Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager lets you clone jobs configured on Veeam backup servers. When
you clone a job, you create an exact copy of any backup or replication job available in the job list.
Configuration details of a created job copy are written to the same SQL database where details of the
original job are stored. You can work with the created job both via Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager
and via the Veeam Backup & Replication console on a corresponding Veeam backup server.
The recommended practice is to configure a set of job templates in advance, using the Veeam Backup
& Replication console on every managed Veeam backup server. Administrators working Veeam
Backup Enterprise Manager can then use these templates for cloning and further editing.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will create a copy of the backup job and edit its settings.
Prerequisites

Make sure that you have at least one backup job that has been successfully performed on the
Veeam backup server.

Make sure that you have successfully connected the Veeam backup server to Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manager and collected data from it.
Procedure
To clone a job, do the following:
1.
In Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, click the Jobs tab.
2.
Select the necessary job in the list, click Job actions at the top of the list and choose Clone
job.
3.
Select the cloned job in the list.
The job has the same name as the original job, and has the _cloneN suffix.
4.
On the toolbar, click Job actions and select Edit job.
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5.
Go through the steps of the wizard and edit the job settings as required.
Validation
1.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Jobs node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the cloned job is available in the working area.
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Restoring Data from Encrypted Backup File Without
Password
You can create encrypted backups that are protected with a password.
When you restore data from an encrypted backup on the same backup server, you do not have to
specify a password. When you import an encrypted backup on another backup server and restore VM
data from it, Veeam Backup & Replication requires a password to unlock the backup content.
In most backup products, if you do not have a password, the backup content will remain locked, and
the backup will be of no use. Veeam Backup & Replication lets you decrypt encrypted backups even if
you do not have a password, for example:

The password is lost.

The user who knows the password has left your organization or does not want to provide the
password.

A third-party organization requires you to decrypt the backup, for example, by a court decree.
To restore data without a password, you must make sure that the backup infrastructure meets the
following requirements:

The backup server that was used for backup encryption and the backup server that will be
used for backup decryption must be connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

The backup server and Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server must have an Enterprise or
higher license installed.
In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will engage an additional master key — Enterprise Manager
key, in the encryption process. The Enterprise Manager key consists of two components: public key
and private key. The public key is passed to all backup servers that are connected to Veeam Backup
Enterprise Manager. The private key is kept only on the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server; it is
used to decrypt a backup when the password is not available.
To decrypt a backup, you can enter the password or create a request to Veeam Backup Enterprise
Manager. An administrator working with Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager will process the request
with the Password Recovery wizard – the wizard will apply the private key matching the public key
that was used for backup encryption. As a result, you will be able to access backup data in the Veeam
Backup & Replication console.
Evaluation Case
In this exercise, you will create an encrypted backup and restore data from it without a password. To
do this, you will perform the following steps:
1.
Create an encrypted backup with a backup job.
2.
To emulate a situation of data decryption on another Veeam backup server, remove the
created backup from the Veeam Backup & Replication console and re-import the created
backup back to the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
3.
Decrypt the backup file without a password.
Prerequisites

Make sure that the Veeam backup server is connected to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

Make sure that Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license is installed on the Veeam backup server.
You can use a valid trial license or paid license.
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Procedure
To create an encrypted backup and restore data from it without a password, perform the following
steps.
Step 1. Create an encrypted backup
1.
Open properties of a backup job that you have configured in the Performing Backup exercise.
2.
Pass to the Storage step of the wizard and click Advanced.
3.
In the Advanced Settings window, click the Storage tab.
4.
In the Encryption section, select the Enable backup file encryption check box and click
Add on the right.
5.
In the Password field, enter a password that you want to use for the backup file encryption.
To view the entered password, click and hold the eye icon on the right of the field.
6.
In the Description field, enter a hint for the password.
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7.
Make sure that the Loss protection enabled label is displayed under the Password field. In
the opposite case, you will not be able to restore data from the encrypted backup without a
password.
8.
Save the new job settings and run the backup job once again to produce an encrypted
backup file.
9.
When you enable encryption for an already existing backup job, Veeam Backup & Replication
restarts the backup chain — it produces a new full backup. To make sure that the encrypted
backup has been created, open the target folder on the backup repository, find a subfolder
with the backup job name and make sure that a new VBK file is added to the backup chain.
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Step 2. Remove the backup from configuration and re-import it
1.
In Veeam Backup & Replication, open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
In the inventory pane, select Backups > Disk.
3.
In the working area, right-click the backup job and select Remove from configuration.
Veeam Backup & Replication will remove records about the created backup and encryption
keys from the Veeam Backup & Replication database. The actual backup files will remain on
the backup repository.
4.
On the Home tab of the ribbon, click Import Backup.
5.
From the Computer list in the Import Backup window, select a backup repository where
backup files are located.
6.
In the Backup file field, specify a path to the VBM backup file on the backup repository.
7.
Click OK. Veeam Backup & Replication will import the backup and place it under the Backups
> Encrypted node.
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8.
Additionally, Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning that the backup file you
import is encrypted. Click OK in the message window to close it.
Step 3. Decrypt the backup file without a password
1.
In the inventory pane, click the Encrypted node under Backups.
2.
In the working area, right-click the imported job and select Specify password.
3.
In the Specify Password window, click the I have lost the password link.
Veeam Backup & Replication will launch the Encryption Key Restore wizard.
4.
In the Encryption Key Restore wizard, click Copy to clipboard to copy the displayed request
for data decryption.
5.
Open Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.
6.
In the top right corner of the window, click Configuration.
7.
Click Key Management on the left.
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8.
Click Password Recovery at the top of the view.
9.
In the Challenge Request window, enter the copied text of the request.
10. Pass through the next steps of the wizard. At the Response step of the wizard, copy the
displayed text to the clipboard.
11. Get back to the Veeam Backup & Replication console; in the Encryption Key Restore wizard,
click Next.
12. At the Response step of the wizard, enter the copied response to the text field, click Next
and click Finish. Veeam Backup & Replication will decrypt the backup file and move the
imported backup to the Backups > Disk (imported) node.
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Validation
1.
Open the Backup & Replication view.
2.
Select the Disk (imported) node in the inventory pane.
3.
Make sure that the imported backup is available in the working area.
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