We're planning to implement Veeam backup essentials to replace a constantly failing and frustrating Microsoft DPM install. I have been reading through the user manual and online videos and had a query about the best deployment in this scenario.
We are a large secondary school and looking to backup somewhere around 30 VMs on a 3 Node Failover Cluster of Hyper-V. We have a suitable server with SAS disks which I plan to install the software on and I've been backwards and forwards as to whether I should install it on a VM on said machine or just have it run on the direct hardware.
A little background on our setup;
The 3 Node Failover Cluster will be deployed in our server room (we are doing this over the coming month). These 3 nodes have a dedicated iSCSI connection to a new Dell SAN SCv2020 (this is a private network and not accessible other than via the dedicated iSCSI ports of the Cluster). The Server with SAS disks (that will act as the Veeam Repository and probably all other components) is in a seperate cabinet connected to a via a team of 4 1Gb connections to a L2 switch and a 10Gb fibre backbone from said switch to the server room. The thinking behind this current setup is if we had a fire or disaster in our server room, the backups are safe on the other side of the school and, as the SAN has it's own backup mechanisms (to a degree), this affectively gives us 2 backups a good distance away. To be clear this isn't going to replace our offsite solution which I'm planning to take a full synthetic backup weekly and upload if possible.
I'd like to continue this setup but unsure of best practice with the various components, would I be better served installing an backup proxy on the failover cluster too, moving the physical Veeam server into the server room, installing hyperv on the veeam server and virtualising the whole install, etc?
I would appreciate any feedback and thoughts people may have.