Backing up to the cloud with the new Veeam feature

    Veeam Backup and Replication

    The eighth version of Veeam Backup and Replication introduced such useful functionality as Veeam Cloud Connect. It allows you to place backups not only on your own site, but also send them to remote sites of the cloud provider. In this post, we will examine in detail and with examples how this works.


    Short background and some advertising


    In anticipation of the release of the eight, IT-GRAD received the status of Veeam Cloud Provider gold status , with an eye to use the functionality of backup to the cloud announced in the eighth version of Veeam Backup and Replication. After that, we started working on the organizational side of this issue, and with the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v8, we hastened to deploy a stand and test this miracle together with customers who were especially interested in this issue. We will share the results of this work.

    Scenario


    A client with VMware-based virtualization infrastructure decided to use cloud backup technology with Veeam Cloud Connect. Where to begin?

    First of all , you need to decide on the Veeam cloud service provider, whose site will be used as a reliable storage for virtual machine backups. Such providers have the competency of Veeam Cloud Provider (VCP), which indicates their high degree of professionalism and emphasizes the achieved expert level. At the same time, any customer who has opted for backup to the cloud will need a subscription to services from the selected cloud provider. To find the appropriate provider, you can use the search engine on the official Veeam website using the linkwww.veeam.com/en/find-a-veeam-cloud-provider.html (Note: now, at the time of publication, the search in Russia for technical reasons does not work).

    Next step : Deploying the Veeam Backup & Replication v8 product on the client side, as Veeam Cloud Connect is only available starting with the eighth version of Veeam Backup & Replication.

    Connect to virtual infrastructure servers


    Before you can perform backup and recovery tasks with Veeam Backup & Replication v8, you must plan and configure your infrastructure. Of course, a lot depends on your virtual environment and the backup strategy itself.

    • We launch Veeam Backup & Replication v8 for the first time and get into the Backup Infrastructure window.

    Initial launch of Veeam Backup & Replication

    In the Managed Servers panel, you must select the infrastructure whose resources will be involved in the backup procedure. Several options are possible:

    • VMware vSphere - Connect to the vSphere infrastructure by adding vCenter Server (4.x and later) or the "standalone" of the vSphere hypervisor (ESX / ESXi 4 or later).
    • VMware vCloud Director - connect to the vCloud infrastructure by adding VMware vCloud Director Server (5.x). Registering vCloud Director servers allows you to create tasks that can back up vCloud Director metadata, including vApp settings in addition to the virtual machines themselves.
    • Microsoft Hyper-V — Connect to the Hyper-V infrastructure by adding System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), a Hyper-V cluster, and a stand-alone host (Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 or later).
    • Microsoft SMB3 Storage - Adding an SMB3 server cluster or an independent SMB3 server allows you to enable tracking changes to blocks running on SMB3 virtual machines.
    • Microsoft Windows Sever - the ability to connect to Windows Server (Windows Server 2003 and later).
    • Linux Server - the ability to add Linux servers, can only be used as a backup site.

    Consider one of the options in practice: connect to vCenter Server. To do this, click on the VMware vSphere icon, after which the New VMware Server wizard starts.

    Connect to vCenter Server

    In the Credentials window, enter a user account with administrative privileges on vCenter Sever.

    Entering credentials in the wizard window

    After a successful connection , additional functionality appears in the Veeam Backup & Replication main console , including Veeam Cloud Connect with the ability to select and connect to remote sites of Veeam cloud providers.

    An example of the choice of a cloud provider in the Veeam Backup & Replication console

    • Please note that through the Veeam Backup & Replication console, you can search for a cloud solution provider. If you have already decided on the provider, you must click the Add service Provider button.

    Since IT GRAD has the status of a Veeam Cloud Provider Gold, this enables customers to use our company's remote site for cloud backup , replication, and fast data recovery. We offer to see how the connection to the cloud platform takes place using the example of IT-GRAD.

    • Click the Add service Provider button and in the wizard that opens, specify the IP address or DNS name of the remote site. In our case, this is veeamcc.it-grad.ru, port 6180, used by default.

    The note! The value of the IP address, DNS name of the remote site, and the connection port number are reported by the cloud provider. The port number may differ from the default value. If you plan to connect to several different providers, it is advisable to specify an additional description for each connection in the Description field.


    An example of connecting to the cloud platform of IT-GRADA

    • The next step is to provide credentials (login, password), which are usually communicated to the client by the cloud solution provider. At this stage, the certificate is also validated.

    Verify certificate validity and enter user credentials

    • After clicking the Next button , a connection is established to the site of the service provider.
    • The Resources window displays the available cloud repository with the specified volume.
    • The Summary window displays summary information. When you click Finish, we complete the wizard.

    Thus, in the Service providers field, the connected cloud platform is displayed. Using the Edit Service Provider button, you can make changes to an existing connection or delete using the Remove Service Provider button .

    Example of a created connection to a service provider site

    Working with the Backup & Replication Panel


    In the Backup & Replication panel, you can create tasks that will schedule to back up selected data, replicate, back up existing copies, copy virtual machines, copy files, restore, import data from an existing backup, and create a fault tolerance plan.

    Example of possible functions in the Backup & Replication panel

    Creating a Backup Job


    Returning to the previously announced scenario, we need to back up the virtual machines with the placement of copies on the connected platform of the cloud service provider. To create a task, you must run the Backup Job wizard.

    Creating a task for backing up virtual machines

    • In the wizard window, set the name (in our case, Backup VMs). It is advisable to set semantic names, by which it will be clear what this task performs, and for a larger addition, specify a description. For example: why the task is intended, what exactly it will perform.
    • Then, in the wizard window, it is proposed to select virtual machines for backup. Click the Add button to add the required object. It looks like this:

    Example of adding backup objects

    • In the wizard, you can also specify in which order the virtual machines will be backed up. This order can be changed by changing the location of the selected objects.
    • An important point is the choice of Storage (Repository), where the backup takes place. By default, the wizard suggests using the local Veeam repository, which is created during the product deployment process. In our case, it is worth choosing the cloud platform of the service provider, it will be displayed as Cloud repository (Cloud repository).

    Example of choosing a cloud repository for virtual machine backup

    • In the wizard window, the Advanced settings button is available where you can set the type of backup, compression and deduplication parameters, block size, notification parameters, as well as enable encryption, integrity checking and other settings.
    • In particular, you can set a schedule for backing up.

    The created task can be started manually, as well as stopped, disabled, cloned, deleted, edited. With a given schedule, the task starts according to the time conditions specified in the settings.

    An example of a created task for backing up virtual machines to the cloud

    Summing up, I note that it feels like Veeam Backup & Restore with built-in Cloud Connect functionality is a fairly understandable tool that allows you to connect reliable cloud providers to remote sites and perform backups to the cloud. We will write about other products that support work with corporate clouds in the first blog about corporate IaaS . On our website, you can order the connection of the backup service of virtual machines to the cloud .

    In this post, we looked at the configuration of the backup infrastructure, connecting to the remote site of the service provider, and creating backup tasks to the cloud. If you would like us to elaborate on some points in this topic, write!

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