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When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by dreic » Aug 19, 2012 5:53 pm

Probably it's not even good idea in 1st place to have a veeam installed on VM that is on the host you are protecting with it, but lets say i do this and i attach iSCSI to that Windows VM where Veeam is and backups are stored on the iSCSI partition. In case of host disaster i loose veeam installation. Now i get the new server, install ESXi, install veeam add iSCSI partition to it and is it possible to import backup to veeam and restore all VMs to new ESXi host?

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by Vitaliy S. » Aug 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Yes, absolutely. Just import your backup files to the new backup console and then perform a full restore of your production VMs.

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by dellock6 » Aug 20, 2012 7:22 am

You can also add an additional protection layer by replicating Veeam server itself towards another datastore in another ESXi server, using a replication job.

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by dreic » Aug 20, 2012 9:39 am

So if i restore all production VMs, including the one on which is Veeam installed, i can continue using veeam for backups from that old VM correct?

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by foggy » Aug 20, 2012 10:59 am

Correct.

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by lobo519 » Aug 20, 2012 4:02 pm

dreic wrote:Probably it's not even good idea in 1st place to have a veeam installed on VM that is on the host you are protecting with it, but lets say i do this and i attach iSCSI to that Windows VM where Veeam is and backups are stored on the iSCSI partition. In case of host disaster i loose veeam installation. Now i get the new server, install ESXi, install veeam add iSCSI partition to it and is it possible to import backup to veeam and restore all VMs to new ESXi host?
I am considering this situation as well. I currently run Veeam in a VM and use Virtual appliance mode to backup my VMs. I am in the process of moving to a virtual SQL server as well which really brought this issue to my attention. I know I can just rebuild the Veeam server but this is my plan to streamline DR.

I am going to install Veeam on the physical server that is attached to my Tape drive (still have a few physical servers going to tape) and move the Veeam SQL database to the same server. Then add the physical server to the iSCSI network so I have access to my backup files on secondary SAN. I am going to continue to use my original Veeam VM as a Hot Add proxy so my backups should run exactly the same.

I think this is a pretty good solution to the Veeam VM concerns. What do you guys think?

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by Gostev » Aug 20, 2012 9:15 pm

Sounds like a good plan to me!

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Re: When veeam is on VM on host which faced disaster

Post by dellock6 » Aug 21, 2012 7:55 am

I would personally switch the design: physical Veeam proxy and repository, and virtual Veeam central server. The first two roles can be destroyed and rebuild at any time without loosing data (apart having backup files in a safe place) or having to save them, and the Veeam server is easier to backup or replicate if it's a virtual machine rather than physical. IMHO obviously...

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