This is a feature I've been waiting a very long time for.
We have a large XenServer infrastructure, with hosted VMs for multiple tenants. This has made managed backup options a real difficulty for us.
After hearing about Update 3 to Veeam B&R 9.5, allowing centralised management for Agents, I was very excited to give this a go.
I've deployed an agent on a Windows VM running under XenServer, and I'm happy to say that the backup works great.
However, when it comes to Bare metal restore, I'm sad to say that Veeam have fallen victim to the same problem that all the leading backup vendors have in this area, NIC drivers on WinRE..
When you boot the BMR ISO, there is no network connectivity. If you get to a command prompt, you can find that it does detect a NIC, but uses the default Realtek driver, instead of the XenServer PV Network driver. The Realtek driver either doesn't work at all, or works but limits throughput to 100Mbps, which is way too slow for recovering an entire machine in a disaster scenario. The BMR ISO was created from the VM with the driver installed, so it should have been included in the media, but this doesn't seem to work.
I'm going to have a play to see if there's any way of getting the driver loaded, but previous attempts at this have always proven unsuccessful.
This is such a shame, as Veeam is our favourite backup product, but this is a major roadblock for us and stops us from using it entirely, for our XenServer backup solution.
I'd be very keen to work with anyone on this who has experience with the WinRE, NIC drivers and Citrix, to see if there's a solution..