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

Off-Host Backup Proxy

An off-host backup proxy is component required for off-host backup mode. You can deploy an off-host backup proxy to remove unwanted overhead on the production Hyper-V host. In this case, the off-host backup proxy will retrieve VM data from the source datastore, process it and transfer to the destination. For more information, see Off-Host Backup.

Off-Host Backup Proxy Deployment

When you assign the role of an off-host backup proxy to the selected machine, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically installs on it light-weight components and services required for backup proxy functioning. Unlike the backup server, backup proxies do not require a dedicated SQL database — all settings are stored centrally, within the configuration database used by Veeam Backup & Replication.

Off-Host Backup Proxy Services

To enable a Hyper-V host or a Windows machine to act as an off-host backup proxy, Veeam Backup & Replication installs the following services on it:

  • Veeam Installer Service is an auxiliary service that is installed and started on any Windows (or Hyper-V) server once it is added to the list of managed servers in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. This service analyzes the system, installs and upgrades necessary components and services.
  • Veeam Data Mover is a component that performs data processing tasks on behalf of Veeam Backup & Replication, such as retrieving source VM data, performing data deduplication and compression, and storing backed up data on the target storage.
  • Veeam Hyper-V Integration Service is responsible for communicating with the VSS framework during backup, replication and other jobs, and performing recovery tasks. The service also deploys a driver that handles changed block tracking for Hyper-V.

Requirements for Off-Host Backup Proxy

A machine performing the role of an off-host backup proxy must meet the following requirements:

  • The machine must meet the system requirements. For more information, see System Requirements.
  • The role of an off-host backup proxy can be assigned only to a physical machine.

For evaluation and testing purposes, you can assign the off-host backup proxy role to a VM. To do this, you must enable the Hyper-V role on this VM (use nested virtualization). For more information, see https://www.veeam.com/blog/nesting-hyper-v-with-vmware-workstation-8-and-esxi-5.html or http://blogs.technet.com/b/gbanin/archive/2013/06/26/how-to-install-hyper-v-on-a-virtual-machine-in-hyper-v.aspx. However, it is not recommended that you use virtualized off-host backup proxies in the production environment.

  • You must add the machine to the Veeam Backup & Replication console as a managed server.
  • The source Microsoft Hyper-V host and the off-host backup proxy must be connected to the shared storage through a SAN configuration.
  • To create and manage volume shadow copies on the shared storage, you must install and properly configure a VSS hardware provider that supports transportable shadow copies on the off-host proxy and the Microsoft Hyper-V host. Typically, when configuring a VSS hardware provider, you need to specify a server controlling the LUN and disk array credentials to provide access to the array.

The VSS hardware provider is usually distributed as a part of client components supplied by the storage vendor. Any VSS hardware provider certified by Microsoft is supported. Some storage vendors may require additional software and licensing to work with transportable shadow copies.

  • If you back up or replicate VMs whose disks reside on a CSV with Data Deduplication enabled, make sure that you use a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2016 machine as an off-host backup proxy and enable the Data Deduplication option on this off-host backup proxy. Otherwise, off-host backup will fail.

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