2016 Nano Server - Proxies

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2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby ekisner » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:59 pm

It would be handy to run the proxies on a Nano Server install. I fully recognize that Nano was never intended to be an application server, but to me it makes perfect sense. Veeam manages the proxies entirely. I don't think I've even logged into my proxies in the better part of a year, I just right-click the VMs and do a guest reboot once a week. The reduced OS footprint would be nice. The reduced updates would be even better so.

The way I see it, the only limitation would be 32 bit binaries with the removal of WoW64.... and of course the lack of an MSI installer would require porting the installs to Windows Server App Installer.

Thoughts?
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby nefes » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:05 pm

Please don't consider my answer as official, it is just my personal thoughts.
Nano server lacks most of windows APIs, so to make any windows program work on Nano, especially the one that intensively interacts with low-level OS layer, will require huge re-working of that program.
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:29 am 4 people like this post

I believe you can gain comparable savings in regards of footprint using Core installations, many of our customers use Windows Core as proxies and it's also something we suggest usually for the same reasons you listed. And there's no new code needed, it works right now with both Windows 2012 and 2008.
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:59 pm

Re: backup proxy on Nano - we've done the research last year and this is quite doable from Veeam perspective, however it requires that VMware rewrites VDDK first because the latter is currently based on the deprecated VDS API that did not make it into Nano.
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby damadhatter » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:51 am

Would you put this OS on the same host as your VM's?
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby yasuda » Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:46 pm

Gostev wrote:Re: backup proxy on Nano - we've done the research last year and this is quite doable from Veeam perspective, however it requires that VMware rewrites VDDK first because the latter is currently based on the deprecated VDS API that did not make it into Nano.

Anton, what about a pure Hyper-V environment? Are there any blockers there?
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:11 pm

Absolutely not, which is why in 9.5 we will fully support Hyper-V hosts running on Nano with our existing "on-host" backup mode (when backup proxy runs on the actual host) ;)
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby paoloatuniurb » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:46 pm

Gostev wrote:Re: backup proxy on Nano - we've done the research last year and this is quite doable from Veeam perspective, however it requires that VMware rewrites VDDK first because the latter is currently based on the deprecated VDS API that did not make it into Nano.

News? I'll setup a new infrastructure in 2017 feb. and nano may be an option. TYL. Paolo Cecchini
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Re: 2016 Nano Server - Proxies

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:05 pm

It's not possible to install VMware proxy role on Nano server, if that's what you're asking for. Thanks.
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