Veeam

Veeam works by creating a backup of your virtual machines which you have created on a server. As mentioned previously backing up is very important as it ensures that there is an copy of your data else where. In this topic we will look at Veeam. It enables you to backup ESXi VM easily and allows the ability to also restore it back to the server.

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Currently my server has ESXi on it and a number of VM’s. I wish to back up my VM as a safety precaution. I will be using the Veeam software which I would download into my computer.

Once the software has been installed, we would look to add the server credential information into Veeam, so it can detect the VM and the size of each VM within the server.

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This is what the veeam interface looks like, as we can see here I have a small number of VM’s within my server. In this situation, I would only look to backup one VM, though normally I would backup all my VM.

I will create a complete full backup on one of my VM. The backup will be stored locally to my computer. The backup will take some depending on the size of the VM and the bandwidth. This would involve the bandwidth of the ESXi server and my local computer.

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This is the backup which I have successfully completed. The file has an .vbk file extension which is used in conjunction with the Veeam software.

I can upload my backup to a different ESXi server of my choice as I now have the backups. The backup is a complete full backup of everything within my VM, this includes the OS, settings, preferences and files. As an end user, you wouldn’t even notice the difference, as far as you was concerned, everything is the same.

For Veeam Cloud Connect, you can backup to 3rd party repositories, you can locate this at Veeam Cloud Connect.