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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.0
Evaluator's Guide for Microsoft Hyper-V

Insight into Veeam Backup & Replication Infrastructure

Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure comprises a set of components needed to perform data protection and disaster recovery tasks. The backup infrastructure that we will use for evaluation includes the following components:

  • Veeam backup server: a physical or virtual machine running Veeam Backup & Replication. The Veeam backup server performs the role of the main management component: it is the configuration and control center of the backup infrastructure.
  • Virtual infrastructure servers: Hyper-V hosts used as the source and the target for backup and replication.
  • Backup proxy (onhost or offhost): a 'data mover' component that retrieves VM data from the source storage, processes it and transfers to the destination.
  • Backup repository: a location used to store backup files and auxiliary replica files.

To perform evaluation exercises, you can use a simple deployment scenario or a distributed deployment scenario (recommended). The choice depends on your test lab environment. If you have a very small test lab and there is no possibility to allocate dedicated servers that will perform the roles of an offhost backup proxy and backup repository, you can use a simple deployment scenario to evaluate the product. However, whenever possible, it is recommended that you use a distributed deployment scenario. This will help you gain insight into the new architecture of the backup infrastructure, evaluate its benefits and increase your experience in deploying backup infrastructure components.

Simple Deployment

In a simple deployment scenario, you will need three components:

The Veeam backup server performs two roles:

The source Hyper-V host also performs two roles:

 

Distributed Deployment

In the distributed deployment scenario, roles of backup infrastructure component are assigned to dedicated servers. The backup infrastructure includes the following components:

The distributed deployment scenario enables efficient data transfer and use of resources in your backup infrastructure. During backup and replication, VM data is retrieved from the source storage and processed on a dedicated server, or offhost backup proxy. Processed VM data is then transferred to the dedicated backup repository in the backup scenario or to the target Hyper-V host in the replication scenario.

This type of backup, with VM processing offloaded to the offhost backup proxy, is known as offhost backup. Offhost backup does not impose any load on production Hyper-V hosts: all resource-intensive backup operations are performed on the offhost backup proxy and the source Hyper-V host remains unaffected.

Depending on your production environment and the backup and replication scenarios you plan to use, the distributed backup infrastructure may include a number of dedicated offhost backup proxies and backup repositories controlled by a single Veeam backup server.  However, to evaluate the product, it is sufficient to deploy one offhost backup proxy and one backup repository locally in your test lab.

 

Exercise List

To deploy Veeam backup infrastructure, perform the following exercises:

Exercise

Description

Time Estimates

Install Veeam Backup & Replication

Install Veeam Backup & Replication on a physical or virtual machine.

5-10 minutes

Connect virtual infrastructure servers

In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect hosts that you want to use as the source and the target for backup and replication.

5-7 minutes

Configure a backup proxy

In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect a server that you want to use as a backup proxy, and assign the role of the backup proxy to it. This exercise should be performed only if you decide to follow the distributed deployment scenario.

5-7 minutes

Configure a backup repository

In the Veeam Backup & Replication console, connect a server or that you want to use as a backup repository, and assign the role of a backup repository to it. This exercise should be performed only if you decide to follow the distributed deployment scenario.

5-7 minutes

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