Veeam has been advertising some of their Veeam Backup and Replication V7 features for a while now, but I finally got access to the beta and was allowed to bring you a preview of some of the new technology. This post is about how you can use Veeam V7 to protect a vCloud Director environment, and I figured what better test lab environment to protect than the Hands on Lab cloud!
From my initial testing it looks like Veeam will need to be installed locally to the vCloud Director install. By that I mean that if you are using a public vCloud you will not be able to use V7 to backup those VM’s in your public vCloud…. Instead your provider could use Veeam to do it for you though. The reason for this is because Veeam still needs to talk to vCenter server for backing up vCloud VM’s, therefore if you do not have access to the vCenter server you wont be able to do backups.
Disclaimer: Remember the information and screenshots are from a BETA release of V7 and some features may change, so this is strictly for a high level overview so that you can get a first look at how it will work. I make no guarantee that they wont change all of these before the GA release.
Setting up V7 for vCloud Protection
Just as in previous releases of Backup and Replication the first thing we must do is tell Veeam about our vCloud Director install and our vCenter server.
Step 1. Start by navigating to the “Backup Infrastructure” section on the left and then click on “Managed Servers”. From there right click on manage servers and select “vCloud Director” from the list of servers to add.
Step 2. Now fill out the Name form so that Veeam knows the URL of your vCloud Director server.
Step 3. Next we need to give Veeam the credentials to login to vCloud Director. Veeam has a new credential manager that helps to organize all of your passwords and usernames which makes it much quicker to setup things.
Step 4. Next up Veeam will detect the vCenter server that is connected to vCloud Director and ask for vCenter Credentials
Step 5. Veeam will automatically connect to the vCenter server that is needed to do backups of your vCloud Director infrastructure. After it has completed view the summary page and then click finish. Next we will create a backup job.
Creating a backup job for vCloud Director objects
Step 1. Navigate back to the “Backup and Replication” section of Veeam. Then right click in the right pane (or select backup from the top ribbon), this will start the backup job wizard. On the first page give the job a name.
Step 2. Select the objects you want to protect. This part is pretty cool, you can select an entire vCloud Director environment, or drill down as granular as you want… all the way down to an individual VM in a vApp. (or anything in between)
Step 3. Here we will need to specify which backup repository to put this data in as well as any of the advanced settings that you might want to change if using a Data Domain or other deduplication box.
Step 4. If you need to have application consistency then you will want to fill in the credentials to do that on this typical Veeam slide.
Step 5. Finally setup the proper job schedule for the protection you need. (Again a typical Veeam Backup step you are already used to). Then click Create and finish…
Restoring vCloud Director Objects
Step 1. Select the “Restore” button from the top ribbon and then select “vCloud” to start the wizard.
Step 2. Pick whether to restore an entire vApp or a single VM
Step 3. Select the vApps you want to restore
Step 3. Next you can select which restore point you want to restore.
Step 4. Restore to a new location or to the original location?
Step 5. Enter a reason for restoring if needed
Step 6. Review the restore settings.
Step 7. Monitor the restore process.
Stay tuned for an article on the new Tape device support… i just need to find a decent tape drive first 🙂