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Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition and Essentials

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Hello,

Is it possible to install Veaam Backup Essentials edition on the same virtual appliance as Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition?
I would like to use Veeam Backup for Azure to backup Azure virtual machines and use Backup Essentials to protect physical servers on premise.

Second question:

I have Microsoft SQL server running on Azure VM, does it Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition allows SQL differential backup?

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Hi Irek,

No, these two cannot be combined on the same machine, as Veeam Backup for Azure is running Linux OS and Veeam Backup Essentials can only be deployed in the Windows box.

With Veeam Backup for Azure you can do incremental runs after creating a full backup > Backup Chains

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For MSSQL on Azure VM, you can create application-aware processing snapshots and backups by enabling this feature within the policy wizard.
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Thank you both.

Does it Veaam Backup Essentials is a good choice if we want to protect MS Windows VMs in Azure and MS Windows physical servers on premise?

I would like to to backup physical servers to local NAS and then to the cloud.
Azure VMs backups would go to Azure Blob storage in two regions.

Can I install just one Veeam Server (as part of Veaam Backup Essentials) in Azure and manage all backups from there or I need something on premise?

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Irek wrote:Does it Veaam Backup Essentials is a good choice if we want to protect MS Windows VMs in Azure and MS Windows physical servers on premise?
To protect VMs in Azure you need to use Veeam Backup for Azure since it is using native (agent-less) APIs for protecting data. For on-premises backup (such as servers), you need to use Veeam Backup Essentials, as it includes agents to protect physical servers.
Irek wrote:Can I install just one Veeam Server (as part of Veeam Backup Essentials) in Azure and manage all backups from there or I need something on premise?
I would answer no, because using Veeam Backup for Azure is the preferred solution for backing up Azure workloads. Additionally, you would need a network connection between Azure and your physical servers, otherwise, deploying Veeam Backup Essentials locally would be the suggested option. In short, two servers: one in the cloud and one deployed on-premises.

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nielsengelen wrote: Feb 16, 2021 3:30 pm For MSSQL on Azure VM, you can create application-aware processing snapshots and backups by enabling this feature within the policy wizard.
That's great. Can I restore a single MS SQL database using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition?

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Vitaliy S. wrote: Feb 16, 2021 4:44 pm To protect VMs in Azure you need to use Veeam Backup for Azure since it is using native (agent-less) APIs for protecting data. For on-premises backup (such as servers), you need to use Veeam Backup Essentials, as it includes agents to protect physical servers.


I would answer no, because using Veeam Backup for Azure is the preferred solution for backing up Azure workloads. Additionally, you would need a network connection between Azure and your physical servers, otherwise, deploying Veeam Backup Essentials locally would be the suggested option. In short, two servers: one in the cloud and one deployed on-premises.
Thanks Vitaliy,

We have site-to-site connection with Azure. Looks like Veeam Backup for Azure is is the way forward to protect our Azure infrastructure.

I would like to avoid setting-up Veeam server on premise to protect physical machines, with the Azure site-to-site connection I can set-up VM in the cloud and join to local domain - my question is, does it backup data goes first to the backup server and then to destination storage, or it goes straight from the protected device to destination storage? I would like to avoid sending a lot of GB from machines on premise to Veeam server in cloud and back to the local NAS.

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Can I restore a single MS SQL database using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition?
This is not possible now. This would require integration with VBR.


On backing up over the site-to-site connection. We will require a scale-out backup repository (https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=100). We leverage a performance and capacity tier (which can be azure blob - https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=100). This means data from your physical servers will land on the performance tier and then move /copy to the capacity tier.
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If restoring a single database is not an option then is there anything wrong with using VBR to protect all Azure Windows VMs instead of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure?

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There is nothing wrong with it but it will require additional storage before you can send it to Azure Blob. Deeper integration with databases is on the roadmap for VBA but no ETA for now.
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In terms of features, does it Veeam Backup Essentials refers to Standard Edition in the following document https://www.veeam.com/veeam_vbr_one_10_ ... son_ds.pdf ?

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For licensing and pricing, I suggest you work with your local Veeam team. Essentials is aimed at SMB so depending on your size, it will be enough. Essentials is as far as I remember available in the 3 editions.
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Vitaliy S. wrote: Feb 16, 2021 4:44 pm To protect VMs in Azure you need to use Veeam Backup for Azure since it is using native (agent-less) APIs for protecting data. For on-premises backup (such as servers), you need to use Veeam Backup Essentials, as it includes agents to protect physical servers.


I would answer no, because using Veeam Backup for Azure is the preferred solution for backing up Azure workloads. Additionally, you would need a network connection between Azure and your physical servers, otherwise, deploying Veeam Backup Essentials locally would be the suggested option. In short, two servers: one in the cloud and one deployed on-premises.
Is there any diagram or document for how the VBA architecture works?
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You can find all the information in the user guide.

If there is maybe something unclear, please let us know so we can improve it where needed.
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There is also the guide for integration with VBR.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=110

Give it a glance if you are interested in the plug-in.
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that's great, thanks everyone for the quick response.
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dalbertson wrote: Feb 25, 2021 11:30 pm There is also the guide for integration with VBR.

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backu ... ml?ver=110

Give it a glance if you are interested in the plug-in.
Hi Mr. Albertson,

Even when the Azure to OnPremise is connected with the ExpressRoute circuit, when we store the backup from Azure to OnPremise Repository or Tape Drive, do we get charged for the Egress traffic?
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Hi, there is still egress costs. You can find pricing on the official Microsoft website: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/prici ... ressroute/
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