Add Second Vcenter Server

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Add Second Vcenter Server

Veeam Logoby UBC » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:03 pm

Currently we have one vcenter server that controls the main site and DR site. We have a Veeam backup server at the main site that backup only the VM's at the main site and has a backup copy job that copy's the backups to the DR site. There is also a second Veeam server at the DR site that does just replication of the VM's located at main site, to the DR site. We are changing the VMWare licensing at the DR site to essentials plus and adding a VCenter server at the DR site to control those hosts.

Do I just need to add the new vcenter to the Veeam consoles and everything will be good? What is the proper way to accomplish this? Will this do anything to our current backups or replicated VM's that we will need to change?

Any input would be great
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Re: Add Second Vcenter Server

Veeam Logoby Vitaliy S. » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:21 pm


Before you proceed you should be aware about a couple of things to consider:

1. The way VMs are searched and identified in vCenter Server/ESXi host/Other vCenter Server are different, meaning that every object will have its own unique IDs.
2. If you change source for VM data backup (from vCenter Server to ESXi host, etc), you will need to run full backup/replication cycle.
3. Full backup/replication cycle means that you will need to re-create your backup/replication jobs and map VMs registered in the second vCenter Server to their existing backup copies via advanced backup job settings.
4. Once you do this, old restore point will age out according to your retention policy settings and will be removed from the backup chain. For replication jobs, all existing restore points will be removed and replication jobs will start from scratch.

Let me know if you have any further questions.
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