Hi Veeam Community.
I recently fell in love with VMWare which also means I recently fell in love with Veeam Backup & Replication.
We have the usual limitations with rackspace & budget, and I "think" I have a decently safe configuration, but it doesn't match a lot of the configs I see online, so I'm wondering if I'm asking for trouble in the future?
- 2 Identical Dell Servers, each with SSD RAID 10's on Dell PERC H710's, running ESXI 6.0.
- Each have 6 VM's that are set to replicate to the other server, so 6 native VMs, and 6 _replicas (one server can handle all 12 VMs, but figured why not spread the load until something bad happens instead of one server just sitting idle with all replicas).
- Each ESXI's datastore sits on that local server's build in RAID, we have no iSCSI or SAN setup.
- I have Vcenter & Veeam B&R running on the same Windows 2012 VM, with no proxies.
- I have the Vcenter & Veeam B&R server replicate on a different schedule to avoid conflicts.
- Replication jobs are pretty fast, takes about 2 minutes and doesn't seem to slow down anything during the process, so I guess my 2 concerns are..
1) Do I really need Proxies for Veeam B&R? (I've tested planned failovers, but if the stuff hits the fan and I need to do "failover now", am I going to hit a brick wall or errors?
2) Is it ok to use the servers own RAID's for datastores in this setup? I considered setting up an iSCSI box, but to me it seems like going backwards in redundancy by relying on one point of failure and having all VM's depend on it. (Unless I went with two iSCSI's and then I'm doubling costs & space I don't have).
Any opinions are much appreciated!