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Post by Eric Loh » Sep 30, 2019 6:29 am

HI All,

Who knows how to migrate the Veeam backup and replication to new server? Please send me a guide of migration.

I have a server 2012R2 and I want to migrate all configurations and licenses to the new server 2019.

Thanks in advance!! :D

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Re: Server Migration

Post by Vitaliy S. » Sep 30, 2019 11:26 am

Hi Eric,

Please use the instructions from this page > Migrating Configuration Database

Thanks!

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Re: Server Migration

Post by foggy » Sep 30, 2019 4:46 pm

Hi Eric, does your Veeam B&R also contain a repository? If yes, then use this procedure to migrate backup files to the new one. This KB might also be useful.

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Post by Amit2728 » Oct 11, 2019 4:49 am

Hi all,

I am in the process of migrating my client's VBR to a new server with local repository. The current backup infrastructure looks as follows -

1. VBR is installed on a physical server - version is 9.5.0.1536
2. Physical server is connected to a SAN for all backup jobs and a tape library for tape jobs.
3. There are also replication jobs to DR site.

The client wants to migrate everything (backup jobs, tape jobs, replication jobs, backup files, etc) to the new server and then phase out the current server and SAN. The tape library will be connected to the new server for tape

I want to ensure that this migration is done with minimal/without impact. The said client is a bank and their data + backups matters most. We are talking of TBs of data.

The client has a major concern - if something goes wrong during the migration, is there a way to move back to their previous working environment?

Thank you guys for sharing your views on this.

Best regards,

Amit

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Re: Server Migration

Post by foggy » Oct 11, 2019 11:01 am

Hi Amit, please see above for the hints. Migration procedure with the help of Veeam B&R configuration backup functionality is pretty straightforward and allows to get back if something goes wrong. Thanks!

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Re: Server Migration

Post by Amit2728 » Oct 14, 2019 10:35 am

Hi Alexander,

Thanks for the reply. I've gone through the KBs, pretty straightforward as you say.

However since i will have large data to transfer, can I have the 2 systems up at the same time? What i mean is that I was planning to perform a gradual migration on a 3-days intervention as per below:

1. Install VBR on new server and perform update required.
2. Disable all jobs on existing server and manually backup config.
3. Create new repository on server
4. Restore (migrate option) config on new server.

5. Migrating replication jobs
5.1. Keep disable replication jobs on existing server. Other jobs are re-enable.
5.2. Go through the replications jobs settings on the new server.
5.3. Test the replications, and if ok = all replication jobs migrated successfully

6. Migrating tape jobs.
6.1. Disable tape jobs on the existing server (only backup jobs running now)
6.2. Add the new tape infrastructure on the new VBR server.
6.3. Go through the settings of the tape jobs.
6.4. Test the tape jobs, and if ok = all tape jobs migrated successfully.

7. Last, migrating backup jobs.
7.1. Disable backup jobs on the existing server.
7.2. Depending on the existing physical connection of the SAN (survey yet to be done), I will be able to either connect the SAN to the new server or add the repository of the new server to the existing server.
7.3. File copy backup files to the new repository of the new server.
7.4. Go through the settings of the backup jobs.
7.5 Test the backup jobs, and if ok = all backup jobs migrated successfully.

8. Power off old server and SAN. Monitor new VBR server for a couple of days.

9. Decommission old system.

Thanks.

Amit

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Re: Server Migration

Post by foggy » Oct 15, 2019 4:51 pm

A few things to keep in mind then off the top of my head:

1. Both Veeam B&R instances should be at the same patch level since looks like some of the servers in your environment will be temporarily shared between old and new Veeam B&R.
2. Be very careful and avoid possible overlaps with jobs from different instances trying to process the same VMs at the same time - this might result in issues.
3. Follow the procedure for repository migration mentioned above.

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Re: Server Migration

Post by Amit2728 » Oct 16, 2019 5:12 am

Hi Alexander,

Thanks again for your advice.

I will feedback after the migration.

Regards

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