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Veeam Backup over RDM/NFS

Post by jcronin » Sep 30, 2011 6:11 pm

I'm having trouble with architecture for configuring back-up jobs with Veeam. I'm looking to do the following but can't find much documentation on how it would work; any insight would be appreciated.

I'm creating Veeam 5.0.2 backup jobs for my ESXi 4.1 VM's, saving these backups to a NFS share attached to a Linux VM as a RDM.

If I understand correctly, this would prevent replication/backup for the Linux VM due to this attached RDM, but as it stands I want to backup these VM's to a separate SAN/LUN than that which is hosting my ESXi servers. I'm basically using the Linux server VM specifically to mount the NFS share to, just so Veeam can view it as a backup location.

Am I digging myself into a hole with this? The thought is that if i somehow lose the ESXi SAN entirely, I have a separate SAN with these backup jobs available on.

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Re: Veeam Backup over RDM/NFS

Post by Vitaliy S. » Oct 02, 2011 8:23 pm

Hello Josh,

If you want to enable VMotion for this Linux VM, I would suggest using VMDK disks instead, however, for NFS I would rather recommend mounting NFS share to a Linux server, and use this Linux as a target in Veeam.

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Re: Veeam Backup over RDM/NFS

Post by jcronin » Oct 03, 2011 3:34 pm

Thank you for clearing that up. I don't believe the VM will need to be VMotion enabled. If I expose this NFS diskspace via an RDM and create/mount it on the Linux VM and use it as a target, will that cause any issues? I'm fairly new to NFS/RDM and appreciate the help!

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Re: Veeam Backup over RDM/NFS

Post by Gostev » Oct 03, 2011 4:24 pm

No issues, this is going to be a perfect target.

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