Backing up VMware vSphere virtual machines using Veeam® Backup & Replication™

Introduction


Veeam® Backup & Replication™ is an effective backup solution that can be used for backup VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V VMs. This solution helps backup restore and replication for VMs based on the above hypervisors chosen.
In this guide we talk about how to configure Veeam® Backup & Replication™ to backup Virtual Machines running on VMware vSphere hosts.
We recommend you also refer the official Veeam guide for any additional information required which is accessible from here

 

Ordering Note


Veeam® Backup & Replication™ can be ordered on SoftLayer Virtual Machines or Baremetal servers with Windows OS on it as Add on. This makes Veeam provisioning much easier for the users.
Please make sure that Minimum Core required for VMs is 4 Cores and RAM meets 8GB .You can select just about any Baremetal server with 8GB RAM in it. The NIC speeds required is 1Gbps.

For this guide we had also ordered a VMware vSphere host with VMs on it which needs to be backed up.

 

Adding VMware vSphere Host to Veeam® Backup & Replication™


Launch the Veeam® Backup & Replication™application on your server. To start the New Hyper-V Server wizard, Open the BACKUP INFRASTRUCTURE view, in the inventory pane select the Managed Servers node and click Add Server on the ribbon. You can also right-click the Managed servers node and select Add server. In the Add Server window, select VMWARE VSPHERE.

          

Specify Server Name or Address of the VMware vSphere server you are backing up and click Next to enter the server credentials.

Enter the server credentials by clicking on Add and entering the Username and Password.

 

On clicking OK user is presented with a screen to view server certificate and Connect. Click on Connect to complete the server addition which is confirmed with the server addition completed in the Summary screen.

By clicking Finish the VMware vSphere host is added successfully to Veeam® Backup & Replication™.

 

Creating a Backup Job

 

To create a Backup Job for your virtual machines launch the new backup job wizard by going to the Home tab, click Backup Job, provide a name to it and click Next.



This will bring you to the Virtual Machine selection page. Click the Add button, choose the appropriate VMware vSphere host and then highlight the VM's you would like to backup. Once you have selected all the virtual machines you would like to backup click Add.

You should now see a list of the VM's you are going to backup as well as a total size of the VM backed up. Click on Next bring up the screen for backup proxy and backup repository.

You select any Backup repository or Backup Proxy which were already configured. You can also add them at the later stage. You can refer the official Veeam guide to find the procedure for adding the same. In this case a linux server was added for Backup repository. By default a “Default Backup Repository” will exists which can be selected. Select the appropriate ones and click Next.

In the following screens you can choose OS processing options and Backup Scheduling and click on Save.

Finally the job summary is shown with an option to start the first backup immediately on pressing the Finish  button.

To see the status of the backup jobs completed and those running one can go to the BACKUP & REPLICATION pane and click on Running under the Last 24 Hours drop down. This should bring backup job currently running with details as shown below.

Conclusion


The steps mentioned above can be quickly be used to backup Virtual Machines installed on a VMware vSphere hosts using the Veeam® Backup & Replication™.