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Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Hi,

can I use veeam to backup our Synology RackStation NAS? (as source)
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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed May 21, 2014 8:49 am

Is it your backup repository or you just want to backup multiple files residing there? Both scenarios are supported: 1st - backup to tape jobs, 2nd - file to tape jobs. However, be aware that in the latter case the processing speed might be seemingly slow. Thanks.
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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Thu May 22, 2014 9:22 am

We use the NAS as a fileserver which we want to back up. I actually Need to redesign our whole backup which with an Environment of that NAS plus several VM Hosts (to keep the explanation simple :-)) running indepemndently from each other.
My idea is:
- use another NAS and do a ToDisk backup from all source
- from that NAS do a tape backup (either some LTO or RDX) once a week.

Feasable?
How does Veeam backup the NAS? Using some kind of agent?
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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu May 22, 2014 9:46 am

Feasable?

Yes, it looks good. So, you want to backup VMs to the given device first and, then, archive resulting backup files to tapes, right?

In this case, you should:

1) Deploy physical backup server.
2) Attach tape library/drive to it.
3) Add NAS device as a repository.
4) Create backup jobs, pointing them to the newly created repository.
5) Create backup to tape job(s), selecting the created backup jobs as the source.

How does Veeam backup the NAS? Using some kind of agent?

We don't use agents. Tape integration is done by special services deployed on management server.

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Thu May 22, 2014 3:13 pm

Hi Vladimir,

Yes, it looks good. So, you want to backup VMs to the given device first and, then, archive resulting backup files to tapes, right?


Yes, but not complete :-) As source there might be a NAS as well.

Maybe I am too simplistic here, but I made a rough sketch that will probably better explain of what I want to achieve (not sure if there is a better solution, though)
I think I can't attache files here so I have put it on dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i362bym8r24j9kf/BackupSketch.jpg

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu May 22, 2014 3:33 pm

The backup management server, not the tape loader, should have access to NAS device. If you chose the file share as a source, you will have to use file to tape job, instead of backup to tape one. With big number of files the performance of file to tape job might slow down, as it wasn't designed with this use case in mind.

I would recommend testing it and seeing whether you're satisfied with the performance rates.

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Fri May 23, 2014 11:49 am

thanks.
Still not clear to me:

- how are the files pulled from the NAS if it is not through an Agent. SMB?
- lets leave the VM Hosts aside for the moment, which veeam version do I need in order to test it? (capable of adding the VMs later)

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri May 23, 2014 12:02 pm

how are the files pulled from the NAS if it is not through an Agent. SMB?

Is the given device configured as a CIFS share? If so, you can connect it to backup server. Once the share is visible in management console, you will be able to select files residing on it as source for files to tape jobs.

- lets leave the VM Hosts aside for the moment, which veeam version do I need in order to test it? (capable of adding the VMs later)

I'd recommend the latest one.

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Fri May 23, 2014 1:14 pm

Hm, is the CIFS support a new feature? Some month ago, I was told by veeam presales that it is not possible to access physical machines/shares outside of a virtual environment.
Sorry not beeing clear with the question about the Version, I meant which product. I give a try with the Essentials..

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri May 23, 2014 1:23 pm

Some month ago, I was told by veeam presales that it is not possible to access physical machines/shares outside of a virtual environment.

There must have been a misunderstanding between you and your sales representative, since it's possible to use file shares as a source for file copy and files to tape jobs. Though, in the later case the performance might be not ideal (see the thread referenced above).

Sorry not beeing clear with the question about the Version, I meant which product. I give a try with the Essentials.

Essentials is just a bundle shipped for the environment with 6 sockets and less. What really determines the feature list is the product edition (Free, Standard, Enterprise, Enterprise Plus). Though, the files to tape functionality are available in all editions.

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Sun May 25, 2014 9:11 am

Hi,

I have now installed the version but I am unable to locate any option to add CIFS.
Where is it hidden?

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon May 26, 2014 8:48 am

Is the share visible from backup management server (the one tape device is attached to)? If so, go to tape job -> files to tape -> Files and folders -> and select the share as a source. Thanks.
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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Mon May 26, 2014 11:46 am

Hi,

this is the GUI I get presented: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vior48m6bu8vadp/2014-05-26_134225.jpg

There is nothing like "Tape Job" (do I need to have a physical tape installed to see the option? There is no tape in my test environment.

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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon May 26, 2014 11:55 am

Yep, the tape device should be added to management server and be visible in the "Backup infrastructure" in order for tape jobs to be shown in the ribbon. Thanks.
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Re: Synology NAS as source, tape/rdx as target

Veeam Logoby nosecam » Mon May 26, 2014 12:05 pm

So this means Veeam does not allow BackupToDisk Jobs?
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