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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V

Guest Processing

If you back up or replicate running VMs, you can enable guest processing options. Guest processing options are advanced tasks that require Veeam Backup & Replication to communicate with the VM guest OS. Veeam Backup & Replication offers the following guest processing options:

  • Application-aware processing. You can create transactionally consistent backups and replicas of VMs running applications that support Microsoft VSS. Application-aware processing guarantees that you can restore VMs without data loss.
  • Pre-freeze and post-thaw scripts. You can use pre-freeze and post-thaw scripts to quiesce VMs running applications that do not support Microsoft VSS.
  • Transaction log truncation. You can set the backup or replication job to truncate transaction logs on the VM guest OS after the VM is successfully processed.
  • Transaction logs backup for Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. You can set up the backup job to back up transaction logs from Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle VMs.
  • VM guest file system indexing. You can set up the backup job to create a catalog of files and folders on the VM guest OS. The catalog lets you search for VM guest OS files and 1-click restore in Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

VM guest file system indexing is optional. If you do not enable this option in the backup job settings, you will still be able to perform 1-click restore from the backup created with such backup job. For more information, see https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/em/preparing_for_file_browsing.html.

User Account for Guest Processing

General Requirements

A user account for application-aware image processing must have administrator privileges on the VM guest OS. Credentials for Microsoft Windows VMs must be specified in the following format:

  • For Active Directory accounts — DOMAIN\Username
  • For local accounts — Username or HOST\Username

Guest Processing Important!

For Veeam Backup & Replication version 9.5 Update 3a and later, the account used for guest OS processing must have the following user rights assigned:

  • Logon as a batch job granted
  • Deny logon as a batch job not set

Domain Controllers

Transaction Log Backup

If you add a Microsoft SQL Server VM or Oracle VM to the job, make sure that you specify a user account that has enough permissions on the database.

  • If you back up a Microsoft SQL VM and want Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server to automatically identify Microsoft SQL Server databases in the created backup, the user account must have the sysadmin privileges on the Microsoft SQL Server.
  • If you back up an Oracle VM, the user account must have SYSDBA privileges on the database.

You can grant access rights to the VM guest OS and SYSDBA role to one user account and specify credentials of this user account in the job settings. If the account that you plan to use to connect to the VM guest OS does not have the SYSDBA role (for example, for security reasons), you will have to specify another account that has SYSDBA rights on the Oracle tab of the VM Processing Settings window. This account will be used to access the Oracle database. For more information, see Transaction Log Settings: Oracle.

Supported Applications

With Veeam Backup & Replication you can create transactionally consistent backups or replicas of VMs that run the following applications:

  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle

To create consistent backups for such VMs, make sure you enable application-aware processing in the job settings.

To view and recover backed up application items, you can use the capabilities of Veeam Backup Explorers. For more information, see Veeam Backup Explorers User Guide.

System requirements for applications are listed below.

Application

Requirement

Microsoft Active Directory

Veeam Backup & Replication supports domain controller backups for the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (including versions 1709, 1803)
  • 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.

Microsoft Exchange

The following versions of Microsoft Exchange are supported:

  • Microsoft Exchange 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange 2013 SP1
  • Microsoft Exchange 2013
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1, SP2, or SP3

Microsoft SharePoint

The following versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server (virtualized either on VMware or Hyper-V platform) are supported:

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2016
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010

All editions are supported (Foundation, Standard, Enterprise).

Microsoft SQL Server

The following versions of Microsoft SQL Server are supported:

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 for Windows
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP4

All editions of Microsoft SQL Server are supported.

Oracle on Windows OS

Veeam Backup & Replication supports Oracle Database 11g and 12c backups for the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2

Oracle on Linux OS

Veeam Backup & Replication supports Oracle Database 11g Release 2 backups for the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2 or later
  • CentOS 5 Update 2 or later
  • Oracle Linux 5 Update 2 (with the Red Hat Compatible Kernel) or later
  • Oracle Linux 5 Update 5 (with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 or later

For details, see https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E11882_01/install.112/e47689/pre_install.htm#LADBI1106.

Veeam Backup & Replication supports Oracle Database 12c Release 1 backups for the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Update 6 or later
  • CentOS 5 Update 6 or later
  • Oracle Linux 5 Update 6 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 or later

For details, see https://docs.oracle.com/database/121/LADBI/pre_install.htm#LADBI7533.

Veeam Backup & Replication supports Oracle Database 12c Release 2 backups for the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 4 or later
  • CentOS 6 Update 4 or later
  • Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 or later
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 or later

For details, see https://docs.oracle.com/database/122/LADBI/operating-system-checklist-for-oracle-database-installation-on-linux.htm#LADBI-GUID-E5C0A90E-7750-45D9-A8BC-C7319ED934F0.

Oracle Database configuration

Automatic Storage Management (ASM) is supported for Oracle 11g and later; requires ASMlib present.

Important notes:

  • Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) are not supported.
  • Oracle Database Express Edition is supported for Windows-based machines only.
  • Oracle servers using Data Guard are partially supported - backup and full VM restore are supported, database restore via Veeam Explorer is not supported in the current version.
  • Current version does not support creating transactionally-consistent backups of a standby database in case you are using Oracle Active Data Guard; only crash-consistent backups can be created in this case. However, a primary database can be backed up in a transactionally-consistent way.
  • Configurations with different versions of Oracle Database deployed on the same server are not supported.

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