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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby johntnavi » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:21 pm

I have a suggestion for doing the Physical to Virtual, I have tried it and it does work though I have not commited it to production as of yet. Using Backup Exec 2012 you schedule your Physical on a daily basis to VM then using Veeam replicate to DR Site.
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby murdocmk » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:38 am

Johntnavi,

Are those physical to VM backups always full backups, or do they address only what has changed? I'm not very familiar with the BE 2012 product. Many of the physical to VM backup products I've seen lack a decent approach to incremental/differential backups.
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby rrnworks » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:06 pm

I don't believe BE 2012 will do a physical incremental / sync conversion to vm? I did find Acronis supports this. It seems to be the only product besides storagecraft head start restore and ca arcserve d2d virtual standby that seems to do this?
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby johntnavi » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:12 am

I think it does I am going to upgrade my Backup Exec Server this week to 2012 and will let you know. time permitting of course.
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[MERGED] Backup physical servers and PC

Veeam Logoby m.novelli » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:02 pm

Would be really nice to me to backup the most important PC of my customers, I now it's contrary to Veeam philosophy but... could I ask to develop an agent to inject at run time on the PC clients and save them? I'm not talking about "bare metal backup/restore", just backup the raw content of the PC

Most of my customers now run Veeam Backup for their virtualized server, using the dedupe function would result in a manageable backup file of the most important computers (CEO, CFO, production machines, etc)

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Re: Backup physical servers and PC

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:21 pm

Marco, I'm really doubtful this request would be ever satisfied by Veeam.
Right now we are looking at different solutions like for example VMware Mirage, more focused to desktop management and it can do way more tasks than barely backup files from computers. In this solution, we only need to backup the central Mirage server via Veeam since it's installed in a VM.

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Re: Backup physical servers and PC

Veeam Logoby m.novelli » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:25 pm

My colleagues also are looking at Vmware Mirage and Dell Kace, but I'm in love with Veeam simpleness and robustness :-)

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Re: Backup physical servers and PC

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:41 pm

m.novelli wrote:I'm in love with Veeam simpleness and robustness :-)

With the main reason for this simpleness and robustness being that we are built specifically for the virtual world ;)
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby JoshRountree » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:01 pm

This is a kind of a "duh" moment, and it might have been discussed previously, but the direction I'm going towards now if I must have a physical server is to have Hyper-V run on the server and host only 1 guest OS, whatever I want to virtualize. It's not the best use of resources, but in my case for the price of virtualizing an Oracle workload this makes sense money-wise. I can then use Veeam to back up the VM, still stay compliant licensing wise, and get all the benefits of virtualizing (VM mobility, DR, etc).

I'll probably start pricing this out and make my case to management soon. Getting away from physical backups is the end goal for me, backup-exec didn't have a good story around WAN backups, and Veeam is sooo simple, love it!
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby JeWe » Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:30 am 2 people like this post

I just started with Veeam and I will try backing up the HyperV host with Windows Backup. Haven't done it yet but I don't know why this shouldn't work.
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[MERGED] : Veeam + what?

Veeam Logoby baatch » Tue May 21, 2013 1:42 pm

Hi all

Just wondering what everybody else is using in combination with Veeam to backup your Physical servers?

I'm sure there must be some people who still have to manage physical servers?
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Tue May 21, 2013 3:15 pm

Forgive me for kidding, but my best protection tool for physical servers is VMware converter :)

Beeing serious, I always try to virtualize as much as I can, removing or doind workaround for physical limits like faxes, hardware protection keys and the like. Really, there is no more excuse apart those legacy limits to stay on physical...

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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby baatch » Tue May 21, 2013 4:51 pm

Ok.. until we can get everything virtualized, what is the next best option in terms of protecting the physical servers?
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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Tue May 21, 2013 10:02 pm

Now you make me think about it, really I'm not dealing with physical servers (apart ESXi...) from years!
From what I read, it depends what you need to do. If you simply need to save files from a physical server, Veeam v7 will have this feature too:

http://www.veeam.com/blog/it/the-countd ... on-v7.html

read in this article "Files to tape gives you an easy-to-use wizard that allows you to add specific files from Windows or Linux servers (virtual or physical) to tape.".

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Re: Physical Server Backup

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Wed May 22, 2013 6:26 am

Hi Alexander, I would consider using built-in Windows backup to protect your physical servers.
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