I’m having trouble designing my backup scheme (well, I seem to have gone down a dead-end) and am hoping somebody can help.
My network comprises a mixture of HP-UX Unix boxes and an Intel box running Hyper-V with 3 VMs on it – 2 x Windows server 2012 R2 and 1 x SLES. For this discussion, ignore the HP-UX boxes.
In preparation for sorting out the backup scheme, we purchased an HP StoreEasy 1440 with ~7.0 TB of usable disk and also an LTO-5 tape drive hanging off it.
So what I want to be able to do is…
a)Backup my VMs to the StoreEasy device, probably at different periods, so that I can do both file restores and bare-‘metal’ recovery of the VMs
b)Backup my Hyper-V host to the StoreEasy device so that I can do bare-metal recovery (and maybe file restores?) of the Hyper-V host
c)Backup the data on my StoreEasy to tape, so that I can do both file restores and bare-‘metal’ recovery of the StoreEasy device
Having spoken to Veeam at the outset, they suggested that I need VB&R for backing up the VMs and Veeam Endpoint Backup to backup the StoreEasy 1440.
Let me just say at this stage, all of my VMs are actually hosted on Citrix XenServer, not Hyper-V, although we are planning to migrate to Hyper-V imminently and so at this stage, I’m mainly concerned with backing up and recovering the StoreEasy Device.
The issue that I’ve had, is that since the StoreEasy (which has 4 volumes, B:, C:, S: & V:) holds all of the Veeam components (VB&R, VEB, Tape Server), I’ve had to create a separate volume on the StoreEasy for the (StoreEasy) Veeam Repository (V:) so that when it creates a backup of itself (B:, C: & S: -> V:) it doesn’t go ‘recursive’.
The issue that I have now is – how do I do a bare-metal recovery on the StoreEasy device? If I go to the latest backup job and try to do a volume level restore of all volumes, it (understandably) says…
System volumes cannot be restored to the original location on a live system. Do you want to restore them to a different disk?
I did make a Recovery disk of the StoreEasy device early on, but that is now way out of date, and making a new recovery disk isn’t the answer since I’d then be replacing the backup process with one utilising recovery disks.
With the old Backup Exec that I used quite some time ago, the bare-metal recovery comprised creating bootable media that could then be used to restore the full system from Tape. I guess what I thought I could do here is the same, but that clearly doesn’t work.
Also, issue 2 – how do achieve a bare metal recovery on my Hyper-V host (when it’s up and running)?