Need advice on the best way to sett opp my VEEAM solution.

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Need advice on the best way to sett opp my VEEAM solution.

Veeam Logoby rene@aksessikt.no » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:59 pm

Hi You'll
I'm setting up an HP DL380Gen8 with 2 TB disk space internal in a Raid 6 config.
I run W2012 datacenter and Hyper-V. I vertuallize 5 servers on this box.
I plan on using Veeam in it's latest version and the plan was to install that on a virtuall machine (W8 X64) on the same host.
I have a Qnap box with disk in a Raid 6 config to store my backups. The plan is to bond the 2 NIC's on this box an connect them through ISCSI.

On The Host i got 4 NIC's 1 is used for management the other 3 I plan on teaming.
Is it a good idea to let VEEAm use this teamed set and ISCSI to do the backup's?
is it a better option to put VEEAM on the HOST?

Hoping for some suggestions because I would like to see your specialist input.
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Re: Need advice on the best way to sett opp my VEEAM solutio

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:44 pm

Hello Rene,

1. Yes, presenting your QNAP box through iSCSI to the backup server via teamed NICs should give you good job performance rates.

2. Installing Veeam backup server on the Hyper-V host (either as a VM or on the physical machine itself) is one of the approaches you can use. If your production storage has VSS hardware provider, then I would suggest using installation with an off-host backup proxy.

See our User Guide for further details: http://www.veeam.com/veeam_backup_6_userguide_hv_pg.pdf (page 37)

Thank you!
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Re: Need advice on the best way to sett opp my VEEAM solutio

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:30 am

Additionally, please be aware it’s always advisable to have RAID 10 for backup repository, instead of 5 or 6, since the latter has a certain IOP penalty, which really matters if reversed backup mode is being utilized.

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Re: Need advice on the best way to sett opp my VEEAM solutio

Veeam Logoby yizhar » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:33 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi.

Your plan looks ok to me, here are some things to consider:

* If possible, I would aim to have another physical host, that can be used as restore target if the primary fails.
This host doesn't need to be as powerful as the production host, but needs enough storage and RAM to allow restoring and launching at least the most important VMs to it, in case you need to restore in a timely manner and not only to backup.
This host can optionally be used as replica target in addition to regular backup jobs to qnap.
Sample config:
single cpu with 4 cores.
16gb ram (or more if possible)
single or several SATA disks.
OS = same as production.


* Regarding networking, I suggest the following:
Veeam management (sql and GUI) can be either on VM or the host, or if you have another physical server then on it.
However the backup process itself should better be executed by the source host (on-host mode), for best performance in your case.
You can use the management NIC on the host for that purpose.
On the QNAP side you won't get special benefit from teaming both NICs, so you can provide different IP address to each NIC and then target specific NIC on QNAP from the source host. The other NIC will be idle from Veeam point of view, but available for other tasks.
For example, you can dedicate NIC1 on QNAP for management and CIFS traffic, while the other NIC2 dedicated for ISCSI.

Above is not a bottom line solution - just an optional config to consider with both PROs and CONs vs your plan.

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