Before You Begin
Before you add Microsoft Azure Data Box to the Veeam Backup & Replication backup infrastructure, complete the following steps:
To resolve a DNS name of your Azure Data Box device, make sure to add the following DNS addresses to the HOST file that is located on both the Veeam Backup & Replication server and the gateway server (if any additional gateway server is used):
- <ip_address> <mydataboxno>.microsoftdatabox.com
- <ip_address> <storageaccountname>.blob.<mydataboxno>.microsoftdatabox.com
For more information on how to learn the values for <ip_address>, <mydataboxno> and <storageaccountname>, see this Microsoft article.
As an <ip_address>, use any of the IP-addresses listed under the Data N section. You can also use the address specified under the MGMT section, but due to its slow connection rate (limited to 1 GbE), using such an address is not recommended.
The following is an example of the HOST file.
Consider the following:
To establish a secure connection to the Azure Data Box device, make sure to download and import an SSL certificate and install it on both the Veeam Backup & Replication server and the gateway server (if any additional gateway server is used).
For more information on how to download an SSL certificate, see this Microsoft article.
When installing a certificate, do the following:
- In the Certificate Import Wizard dialog, select Local Machine.
- In the Certificate Store step, select Place all certificates in the following store and click Browse.
- Select Trusted Root Certification Authorities.
Configuring registry settings
For information how to configure registry settings for Microsoft Azure Data Box device, see this Veeam KB article.
Sizing Gateway Server
Consider that Veeam Backup & Replication supports Azure Data Box devices that are capable of reading/writing data using REST API only; the Azure Data Box Disk type is not supported.
As with any other object storage, REST API performance depends on scale. As Azure Data Box is a single endpoint, the individual throughput of this REST API may be limited. The block size used in Veeam Backup & Replication capacity tier for object storage offload matches that of the source job. The default object size would be a compressed 1MB block, resulting in objects of around 512KB in size.
The speed of data offload to Azure Data Box devices may reach about 300 MB/s. To achieve this speed, we recommend using a separate gateway server with 8 CPU cores.