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Create Hyper-V replication for DR

Post by bkpsup » Jun 11, 2018 12:36 pm

Good day to everyone,

I'm new to this forum so I apologize if this case was considered here before. My question's next: even after reading the whole documentation section on Veeam and Hyper-V I still cannot figure out how exactly should I implement VM replication in my Hyper-V environment.

Our current scheme is the following: in main server room we have two-node Hyper-V cluster, which is connected over the LAN in the same subnet to dedicated Win 2012 R2 Server host with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 installed, where we store backups of our virtual machines, which are running on the cluster. Additionaly we write our backups to the tape library once a week. But now we have a new server room in another building, it is also in the same network environment and will be used for disaster recovery in future, so here where the difficulty is, because I don't know what to do for rapid recovery if our cluster will fail someday - should I install another server with Veeam Backup Software in this room, and what is the correct action plan for enabling Replication Job for our VM's?

What type of Veeam software should I install on this new server, if I have Enterprise license and if I'm not mistaking there can be only one main Veeam Backup Server instance, so will it be some kind of Veeam Backup agent or what? I didn't find any clear instructions how to do it. I want to add only one server and don't want to install another cluster (with tho nodes) for Hyper-V backup replica, so will Veeam Replica solution be better for my case? Will it work the same way as if I'd implement Hyper-V Backup Replica for two clusters? Also we don't have full backup of cluster nodes itself yet, I know that we can do it through Veeam Agent for Windows, so should I store these copies on secondary Veeam server or better to provide another backup repository for this purpose? And if I'll enable Hyper-V failover in Veeam, how it will interact with main cluster? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Create Hyper-V replication for DR

Post by Dima P. » Jun 12, 2018 4:12 pm

Hello and welcome to the community bkpsup.
But now we have a new server room in another building, it is also in the same network environment and will be used for disaster recovery in future, so here where the difficulty is, because I don't know what to do for rapid recovery if our cluster will fail someday - should I install another server with Veeam Backup Software in this room, and what is the correct action plan for enabling Replication Job for our VM's?
In general, you can set another Hyper-V server up, add it to existing Veeam B&R console and then configure VM replication from your production Hyper-V host to secondary Hyper-V host with the hand of Veeam B&R. To learn more about replication, kindly, take a look at How Replication Works Help Center chapter and let us know if you still have any questions. Thanks!

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