Scenario - Single Physical Server

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Scenario - Single Physical Server

Veeam Logoby ad5 » Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:06 am

I am looking at how Veeam B&R can be used with a single physical server running Hyper-V (2012 R2) and after some validation that it will work. A 2nd physical server is not feasible to minimize cost.

The plan is to Install Veeam B&R on the Hyper-V host, with the followup setup:
    Enough RAM and CPU to run several Windows VM's
    1 disk array to store config/vhdx for the vm's
    A 2nd disk array (slower cheap disks) to store Veeam Backups of the vm's (this arrray will be twice the size of array 1)

Several external USB hard drives will be used/rotated for a copy job - that is copy Veeam backups daily on 2nd disk array to external USB hard drive for offsite storage.

Is there any obvious flaws with the above or suggestions for improvement?
We would only be using the Backup components but not the replication functionality of Veeam, would Standard edition suffice?
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Re: Scenario - Single Physical Server

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:00 am

As long as the underlying host isn't deprived on physical resource, the described scenario will work good. The only thing you might want to add to it is configuration backup that is supposed to protect VB&R configuration (might come in quite handy, if VB&R server goes down for some reason).

As to edition, the Standard one seems to be sufficient, as the you don't need features shipped outside it.

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Re: Scenario - Single Physical Server

Veeam Logoby sgatke » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:56 am

We do this at several clients.

However, for backup storage (your second disk array) we use a NAS.
Then we attach USB drives to the NAS for the copy jobs.

The advantage with using the NAS is that if your server breaks down, you still have access to your backups.
If the backups are stored on an array that is on the crashed server, you might have problems accessing the data.
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Re: Scenario - Single Physical Server

Veeam Logoby EddyMandemaker » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:46 am

Are there some best Practices where we need to think about, this will be my first Hyper-V single server 2012R2 installation.
I install B&R on-host, the datastore is local RAID config, the backup destination will be Synology NAS.
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Re: Scenario - Single Physical Server

Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:52 am

Eddy, probably this guide will give you some useful thoughts.
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