Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

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Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Wed May 10, 2017 1:28 pm

Hi All,

I've got my main Veeam Backup server (as VM) in my head office server room.

In my two remote Data Center (PROD & DR) I have ESXi servers running and all of the VMs on top of iSCSI SAN (Lefthand and 3PAR) while the Veeam Backup Repository is on QNAP NAS presented as iSCSI LUN.

So what's the best practice to utilize Storage Array Snapshot since I'm about to deploy physical box into each Data Center to make sure VM backup going to this physical box iSCSI LUNs on the QNAP on each site ?
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed May 10, 2017 2:09 pm

Please follow these prerequisites for the backup from storage snapshots. Thanks.
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Wed May 10, 2017 10:50 pm

Hi Alex,

I assume the VM backup when using Storage array snapshot will be much quicker and doesn't have the problem/risk with open VMware snapshot ?
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu May 11, 2017 10:49 am 1 person likes this post

Correct, backup from storage snapshots allows to eliminate VMware snapshot commit issues, since the time VM runs on the snapshot is significantly shorter.
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Thu May 11, 2017 1:10 pm

Great, in that case, I can now be sure to backup all of my big Tier-1 VMs like Exchange Server, SQL Server, File Server, SharePoint Server which is larger than 2.6 TB up to 12 TB.

I guess Storage Array snapshot is the best way to move forward to backup those VMs even during the business hours :D
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Mon May 15, 2017 7:19 pm 2 people like this post

At least for VMFS based datastore, yes. Otherwise you may look at different solutions that have different snapshot technologies, VVOLS and VSAN specifically. Those two do not use redolog snapshots, so commit times are really really shorter (many minutes vs a few seconds).
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Re: Best Practice to build Physical Veeam backup proxy ?

Veeam Logoby albertwt » Mon May 15, 2017 10:57 pm

Thanks, Luca for the explanation,
Since I do not have VVOL and vSAN license, I can only continue with Storage Array Snapshot.
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