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Our target for backups is a second SAN connected via FC, our backup server is without FC Adapter, so I don't have the possibility to use the storage “directly”.
My Idea was to install Veeam Veeam Backup & Replication in a VM. Is this a supported configuration?
Are there configuration tips to increment the backup performance?
Using VCB makes sense or is better to use the console agent (we use VShpere 4.0 - I know that the console agent has poor performance due the VMware console implementation in ESX4)?
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Yes, you can install Veeam Backup in a VM, this is fully supported configuration.
Best configuration for this scenario is "Virtual Appliance" mode in the upcoming Veeam Backup 4.0 release. Just make sure that your vSphere license allows for "SCSI Hot Add" feature. If you have VMotion (Live Motion) - you have SCSI Hot Add. If your vSphere license does not allow VMotion - then you will not be able to use this mode unfortunately.
If you can access your SAN over network via iSCSI, then the second best mode would be using VCB SAN mode via software Microsoft iSCSI Initiator (comes with Windows). You can do this today, with the current Veeam Backup version.
Incremental backup performance will be great for you in all cases with Veeam Backup 4.0 (even when using network backups) since you are using ESX4 and thus our engine will be able to leverage ESX4 changed block tracking for very fast incrementals.
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