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Windows Cluster Support

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Hi there,

I have just started evaluating Veeam and it looks great.

I can't seem to find if it supports Windows Clusters though, specifically wINDOWS 2008 r2 2 NODE cluster.

Can anyone point me to some literature aroudn this?

Thanks,

Symon

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Re: Windows Cluster Support

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Hello Symon,

Could you please clarify whether you're trying to install to the clustered Windows Server or make a VSS enabled backup of it?

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I want to replicate it for dr purposes.

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Symon,

As long as VMware can do a snapshot of the VM, we will be able to backup/replicate it, no matter which OS is installed in the VM. We process VMs on the image level, and so don't really care what's inside of those VM disks (some OS bits, no OS or even random content).

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THere is more to it than that. A virtual windows cluster will have both nodes having access to the "virtual" disks. Does this mean that the Veeam replicas will duplicate the virtual disks? I.E both nodes will have all disks?

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I believe that Veeam job will not get to actually creating replicas - it will fail much sooner because it won't be able to create snapshot of those nodes. See here: cannot snapshot ms cluster

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Is there any intention to support it going forwards?

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Re: Windows Cluster Support

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Symon,

This is actually VMware's limitation - you cannot make a snapshot of the VM with disks engaged in bus-sharing with VMware. However, all image level backup tools require creating VM snapshot to be able to perform hot backup of the VM.

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