The Veeam Backup & Replication console is a client-side component that provides access to the backup server. The console lets you log in to Veeam Backup & Replication and perform all kind of data protection and disaster recovery operations as if you work on the backup server.
The console does not have a direct access to the backup infrastructure components and configuration database. Such data as user credentials, passwords, roles and permissions are stored on the backup server side. To access this data, the console needs to connect to the backup server and query this information periodically during the work session.
To make users' work as uninterrupted as possible, the remote console maintains the session for 5 minutes if the connection is lost. If the connection is re-established within this period, you can continue working without re-logging to the console.
Backup & Replication Console Deployment
The console is installed locally on the backup server by default. You can also use it in a standalone mode — install the console on a dedicated machine and access Veeam Backup & Replication remotely over the network.
You can install as many remote consoles as you need so that multiple users can access Veeam Backup & Replication simultaneously. Veeam Backup & Replication prevents concurrent modifications on the backup server. If several users are working with Veeam Backup & Replication at the same time, the user who saves the changes first has the priority. Other users will be prompted to reload the wizard or window to get the most recent information about the changes in the configuration database.
If you have multiple backup servers in the infrastructure, you can connect to any of them from the same console. For convenience, you can save several shortcuts for these connections.
You cannot use the same console to connect to backup servers with different versions of Veeam Backup & Replication. Mind this if you have more than one backup server in your backup environment, and these backup servers run different versions of Veeam Backup & Replication. For example, if one of your backup servers run version 9.0, and another backup server runs version 9.5, you will need to use 2 separate consoles fro connecting to these servers.
The console supports automatic update. Every time you connect to the backup server locally or remotely, the console checks for updates. If the backup server has a patch or updates installed, the console will be updated automatically.
Mind the following:
- Upgrade to another Veeam Backup & Replication major product version is not supported. If you upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication to another major version, you must upgrade the console to the same version manually. Automatic upgrade is not supported for Preview, Beta or RTM versions of Veeam Backup & Replication.
- Downgrade of the console is not supported. If the console is of a higher version than the backup server (for example, you have upgraded the console manually), the connection to the server will fail.
If other Veeam Backup & Replication components, such as Veeam Cloud Connect Portal or Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, are installed on the machine where the console runs, these components will also be upgraded.
Backup & Replication Console Components
When you install a remote console on a machine, Veeam Backup & Replication installs the following components:
- Veeam Backup PowerShell Snap-In
- Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory
- Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange
- Veeam Explorer for Oracle
- Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL
- Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint
- Mount server
Backup & Replication Console User Access Rights
To log in to Veeam Backup & Replication via the console, the user must be added to the Local Users group on the backup server or a group of domain users who have access to the backup server. The user can perform the scope of operations permitted by his or her role in Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, see Assigning Roles to Users.
Requirements for Backup & Replication Console
A machine on which you install the Veeam Backup & Replication console must meet the following requirements:
- The machine must meet the system requirements. For more information, see System Requirements.
- The remote console can be installed on a Microsoft Windows machine (physical or virtual).
- If you install the console remotely, you can deploy it behind NAT. However, the backup server must be outside NAT. The opposite type of deployment is not supported: if the backup server is deployed behind NAT and the remote console is deployed outside NAT, you will not be able to connect to the backup server.
Limitations for Backup & Replication Console
The Veeam Backup & Replication console has the following limitations:
- You cannot perform restore from the configuration backup via the remote console.
- The machines on which the remote console is installed are not added to the list of managed servers automatically. For this reason, you cannot perform some operations, for example, import backup files that reside on the remote console machine or assign roles of backup infrastructure components to this machine. To perform these operations, you must add the remote console machine as a managed server to Veeam Backup & Replication. For more information, see Managing Servers.