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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0
User Guide for VMware vSphere

System Requirements

Make sure that servers that you plan to use as backup infrastructure components meet system requirements listed below.

Limitations and Recommendations

Coexistence with Mission-Critical Production Servers

It is not recommended that you install Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on mission-critical machines in the production environment such as VMware vCenter Server, Domain Controller, Microsoft Exchange Server, Small Business Server/ Windows Server Essentials and so on. If possible, install Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on dedicated machines. Backup infrastructure component roles can be co-installed.

Microsoft Windows Server Core

You cannot install Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager on a machine running Microsoft Windows Server Core. However, you can assign roles of a backup proxy, backup repository, WAN accelerator, Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure components and tape infrastructure components to machines running Microsoft Windows Server Core.

Domain Member

The machine on which you plan to install Veeam Backup & Replication does not necessarily need to be a domain member. However, if you plan to restore Microsoft Exchange items from the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager UI, you must install Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager on the domain member server from the Microsoft Active Directory forest in which Microsoft Exchange mailboxes are located.

All-in-One Installations

For all-in-one installations, you can subtract 2 GB of memory resources from each role. These 2 GB are allotted to the OS itself, assuming each component is installed on the dedicated server.

Backup Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86-64 processor.

Memory: 4 GB RAM plus 500 MB RAM for each concurrent job.

Disk Space: 2 GB for product installation and 4.5 GB for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 installation. 10 GB per 100 VM for guest file system catalog folder (persistent data). Additional free disk space for Instant VM Recovery cache folder (non-persistent data, at least 10 GB recommended).

Network: 1 Gbps or faster for on-site backup and replication, and 1 Mbps or faster for off-site backup and replication. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.

OS

Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Software

During setup, the setup performs system configuration check to determine if all prerequisite software is available on the machine where you plan to install Veeam Backup & Replication. If some of the required software components are missing, the setup wizard will offer you to install missing software automatically. This refers to:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Objects
  • Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 redistributable package

The following software must be installed manually:

  • Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 (required for PowerShell snap-in).
  • Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 or later.

SQL Database

Local or remote installation of the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server (both Full and Express Editions are supported):

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition is included in the setup)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005

System Requirements Important!

  1. If you plan to back up VMs running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Data Deduplication is enabled for some VM volumes, it is recommended that you deploy the Veeam Backup & Replication console and mount server on a machine running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with Data Deduplication feature enabled. Otherwise, some types of restore operations for these VMs (such as Microsoft Windows File Level Recovery) may fail.
  2. Due to its limitations, Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition can only be used for evaluation purposes or in case of a small-scale production environment. For environments with a lot of VMs, it is necessary to install a fully functional commercial version of Microsoft SQL Server.

Veeam Backup & Replication Console

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86-64 processor.

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Disk Space: 500 MB for product installation and 4.5 GB for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 installation.

Network: 1 Mbps connection to the backup server. High latency and low bandwidth impact user interface responsiveness.

OS

Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Software

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 (included in the setup)
  • Windows Installer 4.5 (included in the setup)
  • Microsoft PowerShell 2.0 or later (optional)
  • Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 or later

Backup Proxy Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: modern x86 processor (minimum 2 cores or vCPUs). Using multi-core processors improves data processing performance, and allows for more tasks to be processed concurrently by proxy.

Memory: 2 GB RAM plus 200MB for each concurrent task. Using faster memory (DDR3) improves data processing performance.

Disk Space: 300 MB.

Network: 1 Gbps or faster for on-site backup and replication, and 1 Mbps or faster for off-site backup and replication. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.

OS

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

Software

For VMware vSphere 5.5/6.0 backup proxy server on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or earlier: Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64). Installation package can be downloaded from http://vee.am/runtime.

System Requirements Important!

To protect VMs running on ESXi 5.5 and newer, you must deploy backup proxies on machines running a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows. VDDK 5.5 and newer does not support 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows.

 

Backup Repository Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86 processor (x86-64 recommended).

Memory: 4 GB RAM, plus up to 2 GB RAM (32-bit OS) or up to 4 GB RAM (64-bit OS) for each concurrent job depending on backup chain’s length and backup files sizes.

Network: 1 Gbps or faster for on-site backup and replication, and 1 Mbps or faster for off-site backup and replication. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.

OS

Both 32-bit and 64-bit (recommended) versions of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Linux (bash shell, SSH and Perl are required) Please check the full list of required Perl modules here: www.veeam.com/kb2007.
    64-bit edition of Linux must be able to run 32-bit programs. Pure 64-bit Linux editions are not supported (Perl installation must support 32-bit variables).

System Requirements Note:

If you plan to use a Microsoft Windows backup repository with Data Deduplication, make sure that you set up the Microsoft Windows server correctly. For more information, see https://www.veeam.com/kb1893.

WAN Accelerator

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86-64 processor. Using multi-core processors improves data processing performance, and is highly recommended on WAN links faster than 10 Mbps.

Memory: 8 GB RAM. Using faster memory (DDR3/DDR4) improves data processing performance.

Disk Space: Disk space requirements depend on the WAN Accelerator role. For more information, see WAN Accelerator Sizing.

Network: 1 Gbps or faster for on-site backup and replication, and 1 Mbps or faster for off-site backup and replication. High latency and reasonably unstable WAN links are supported.

OS

Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

System Requirements Note:

Global cache is not leveraged by Source WAN Accelerators, and so does not need to be allocated and populated on WAN Accelerators used only as source ones.

Backup Target

Backup can be performed to the following disk-based storage:

Storage Integration

Backup from Storage Snapshots and Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots is supported for the following storage devices:

EMC VNX and VNX2

EMC VNXe

Veeam Backup & Replication does not support EMC VNXe Gen 1 OS (2.x.x). EMC VNXe Gen 2 OS (3.x.x) is supported.

EMC Unity Family

HPE 3PAR StoreServ

HPE StoreVirtual (LeftHand / P4000 series) and StoreVirtual VSA

NetApp FAS, FlexArray (V-Series), Edge VSA and IBM N Series (NetApp FAS OEM)

Veeam Backup & Replication does not support SVM DR (Storage Virtual Machine Disaster Recovery) and Load-Sharing Mirrors on SVM Root Volumes.

Tape

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

LTO3 or later tape libraries (including VTL) and standalone drives are supported. Tape device must be directly attached to the backup server, to a tape server via SAS, FC or iSCSI interface. Note that VMware does not support connecting tape libraries to ESX(i) for VM pass-through.

Software

  • We recommend that you install device-specific, vendor-supplied OEM drivers for Windows. Devices without such drivers installed will appear in Windows Device Manager as Unknown or Generic and require enabling native SCSI commands mode.
  • If multiple driver installation modes are available for your tape device, use the one that allows for multiple open handles from a host to a drive to exist at the same time. For example, if your tape vendor provides “exclusive” and “non-exclusive” drivers, you should install the “non-exclusive” one.
  • No other backup server must be interacting with the tape device.

Tape Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

CPU: x86 processor (x86-64 recommended).

Memory: 2 GB RAM plus 200MB for each concurrent task.

Disk Space: 300 MB.

Network: 1 Gbps or faster.

OS

Both 32-bit and 64-bit (recommended) versions of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

Gateway Server

Specification

Requirement

Platform

Physical or virtual machine

OS

Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the following operating systems are supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

Processor: x86-64 processor.

Memory: 4 GB RAM.

Disk Space: 2 GB for product installation plus sufficient disk space to store guest file system catalog from connected backup servers (according to data retention policy).

Network: 1 Mbps or faster connection to backup servers.

OS

Only 64-bit version of the following operating systems is supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 8.x
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1

Server Software

  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 or later
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 (included in the setup)
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 (included in the setup)

Client Software

  • Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 or later
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 or later (to view Excel reports)

SQL Database

Local or remote installation of the following versions of Microsoft SQL Server (both Full and Express Editions are supported):

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express Edition is included in the setup)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005

System Requirements Important!

It is recommended that you install the same product version on the Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager server and backup servers. If you use different versions of Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager and Veeam Backup & Replication, you may not be able to leverage all features in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

Veeam Backup Search Server

Specification

Requirement

Hardware

Refer to corresponding Microsoft Search Server version system requirements

OS

Refer to corresponding Microsoft Search Server version system requirements

Software

  • Microsoft Search Server 2008 (including Express Edition).
  • Microsoft Search Server 2010 (including Express Edition).

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory

Specification

Requirement

Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2

Minimum supported domain and forest functional level is Windows 2003.

Note: Database files created by domain controller running on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 can be open only if Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory is installed on the machine with the same OS or Microsoft Windows 8.x OS.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange

Specification

Requirement

Microsoft Exchange

  • Microsoft Exchange 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange 2013
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1

Software

Microsoft Outlook 2010 or later (64-bit) for PST exports (optional)

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint

Specification

Requirement

Microsoft SharePoint

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL

Specification

Requirement

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4

Veeam Explorer for Oracle

Specification

Requirement

Oracle system

Both 32-bit and 64-bit version of the following operating systems is supported:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • CentOS 5 or later
  • RedHat 5 or later
  • Oracle Linux 5 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 (Oracle 12 only)

32-bit Oracle application running on 64-bit operating systems is not supported.

Oracle databases

  • Oracle 12
  • Oracle 11

Configuration

Oracle Automatic Storage Management (optional, requires ASMlib present)

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