Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

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Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby tommls » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:46 pm

We have a 'retired' HP SAN that's not being used any more but it's still connected to vSphere, I have not yet dismounted and cleaned out the old LUNs.
It was used as vmfs storage, I would like to repurpose it...
Can anyone advise me how to make this visible to Veeam so I can backup stuff into it??
It's only 2 TB but some TBs are better than no TBs. :)
Thank you, Tom
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Veeam Logoby foggy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:00 pm

The simplest and recommended way would be to mount it via iSCSI to your backup server and format it with NTFS.
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby dellock6 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:24 pm

As Alexander said, even if I should ask you before, how is it connected now to vsphere, and how is the Veeam server (for an all-in-one deployment) or any dedicated Veeam repository deployed?
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby sofyane.bousalhih » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:45 pm

Hello,
i didnt catch you question , Do you want to connect your storage(luns) to veeam server ? or just restore the data in thses LUNs ?
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:26 am

Tom was asking about recommended way of making a new backup repository from existing SAN currently holding vSphere datastores.
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby sofyane.bousalhih » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:25 pm

thank you foggy.
to make you luns visible to veeam
1-install the drivers of you FC cards
2-configure the zoning between you storage server of veeam server (WWN)
3-export to LUNs to the veeam server (depend on your storage system but in HP 3PAR you specify the LUN and Clic on export to server).
4-if you want to backup VMS from this LUNS with veeam Disable the autoamount on your veeam server (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lib ... 03(v=ws.11).aspx) or you will loose the data if the disk is Initilized by Windows.
5-if you want to use this lun as repository , initiliaze it and format it .
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:12 pm

sofyane.bousalhih wrote:4-if you want to backup VMS from this LUNS with veeam Disable the autoamount on your veeam server (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/lib ... 03(v=ws.11).aspx) or you will loose the data if the disk is Initilized by Windows.

Veeam B&R server automatically sets SAN policy to offline mode/disables automount during installation of its components.
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Re: Repurposing existing SAN for backup repository

Veeam Logoby sofyane.bousalhih » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:33 pm

ah okey thank you foggy for the information .in my case after installing the veeam i checked the status of automount and it's was enable .so to be sure i disabled the autoumount.
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