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Appendix. Reinstalling VAO Using Existing Databases

In some cases, you may need to migrate a VAO server to another machine or reinstall it using existing databases. To do that, follow the instructions provided in this section.

Step 1. Back Up Existing Databases

Before you reinstall VAO, you must create backups of databases used to store data collected from VAO, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE, which were previously installed with the VAO server.

Step 2. Restore Backed Up Databases

Restore the backed up VAO, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE databases to a new local or remote Microsoft SQL Server instance.

Appendix. Reinstalling VAO Using Existing Databases Important!

It is required that the restored databases are located on the same Microsoft SQL Server instance, and have the same names as the previously installed databases.

Step 3. Install Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Run the VAO setup wizard and follow the instructions provided in section Deploying Veeam Availability Orchestrator.

At the SQL Server Database step of the wizard, browse to the restored VAO database and specify names for new Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE databases.

Appendix. Reinstalling VAO Using Existing Databases Note:

VAO reinstallation process does not involve the Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE databases restored at Step 2. Restore Backed Up Databases.

To allow VAO to use the restored databases, you must perform reconfiguration of Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup & Replication servers. For more information, see Step 4. Reinstall Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup & Replication.

Step 4. Reinstall Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup & Replication

As soon as the VAO installation process is complete:

  1. Open the Services snap-in and stop the Veeam Orchestrator Server Service, Veeam Orchestrator ONE Integration Service and Veeam Orchestrator Agent for Backup Service.
  2. Reconfigure Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup & Replication servers to use old databases instead of new ones created during VAO installation.

For more information, see these Veeam KB articles: Moving Veeam ONE database to a different SQL Server and How to move the Veeam Backup & Replication software to another server.

  1. Start the Veeam Orchestrator Server Service, Veeam Orchestrator ONE Integration Service and Veeam Orchestrator Agent for Backup Service.

Step 5. Additional Configuration

Depending on the new database location, you will have to perform a number of additional actions.

Installing VAO on the same machine

If you performed installation on the same machine that was used to run VAO earlier, no additional configuration is required.

Installing VAO on a new machine with the same name

If you performed installation on a new machine with the same name as the machine that was used to run VAO earlier, do the following.

For the DR VAO server

  1. Open the VAO UI and switch to the Configuration tab.
  2. Navigate to VAO Agents.

All VAO agents previously installed on the server will have the Repair Required status.

  1. Select an agent and click Repair.

In the Repair VAO Agent window, enter passwords required for the remote access and service credentials.

Repeat the step for each agent with the Repair Required status.

  1. Navigate to VMware Servers.

All VMware servers previously connected to the server will have the Disconnected status.

  1. Select a VMware server and click Edit.

In the Edit VMware Server window, enter a password required to connect to the server.

Repeat the step for each VMware server with the Disconnected status.

  1. Navigate to Plan Components > Credentials.

All manually added credentials managed by the VAO server must be modified.

All credentials collected from standalone Veeam Backup & Replication servers will be automatically updated as soon as VAO agents installed on the servers connect to the VAO server.

  1. Select a manually added credential and click Edit.

In the Edit VAO Credential window, enter a password for the credential.

Repeat the step for each manually added credential.

  1. [This step applies only if you have previously connected an SMTP server and enabled authorization]

Navigate to Email Settings.

Click Edit.  

In the SMTP Server window, enter a password required for SMTP server authentication.

For each Production VAO server

  1. Open the VAO UI.
  2. Navigate to VAO Agents.

All VAO agents previously installed on the server will have the Repair Required status.

  1. Select an agent and click Repair.

In the Repair VAO Agent window, enter passwords required for the remote access and service credentials.

Repeat the step for each agent with the Repair Required status.

  1. Navigate to VMware Servers.

All VMware servers previously connected to the server will have the Disconnected status.

  1. Select a VMware server and click Edit.

In the Edit VMware Server window, enter a password required to connect to the server.

Repeat the step for each VMware server with the Disconnected status.

Installing VAO on a new machine with a new name

If you performed installation on a new machine with a new name, do the following.

For the DR VAO server

  1. Follow the instructions provided in steps 1-8 above.
  2. Navigate to Sites.

All Production sites previously connected to the DR site will have the Reconnect Required status.

  1. Log in to a Production site, navigate to Sites and click Edit.

In the Edit Production Site window, enter the new DR Site Server name required to connect to the DR VAO server.

Repeat the step for each Production site with the Reconnect Required status.

For each Production VAO server

Follow the instructions provided in steps 1-5 above. No additional actions are required.

Appendix. Reinstalling VAO Using Existing Databases Tip:

To make sure all the configuration changes are correct, after you perform the actions described above, generate the Plan Readiness Check Report for each VAO failover plan. For more information on the report, see the Veeam Availability Orchestrator User Guide, section Running Plan Readiness Check.

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