The following guide was created for the sole purpose of documenting my first attempt at installing Veeam Backup and Replication in my home lab environment. Veeam has provided NFR licenses for vExperts and more information about the NFR license including the license agreement can be found here. Once the license key has been obtained, the software can be downloaded from here. Once the setup.exe has been kicked off (see below), you’ll have to accept the license agreement.
In order to take full advantage of the application without any restrictions, the NFR license key must be applied (license key in the background in the image below). As noted, the software can operate in Free Edition mode w\o the NFR license key but will have its limitations.
Please accept the defaults below and proceed.
You may be required to install additional features (see below), please click Install to proceed. Upon installing these features successfully (see 2nd image), please click Next:
Below is a summary of the default configuration but if you’d prefer to manually change them, you have the option to do so by checking the box for ‘Let me specify different things’:
If you decide to check the box, the wizard will continue:
By default, Veeam uses the local system account but you do have the option to use a service account that may have been previously created. Veeam will grant Log On as a Service rights for this account.
Veeam installs a local install of Microsoft SQL Express by default and is adequate for most installations. If you would prefer to install an external SQL server, it may provide better performance for larger environments. Veeam uses the Windows Service account from the previous screen.
Port configuration can remain as seen below.
The vPowerNFS Write Cache folder seen below is used for instant VM recovery. The backup file is read-only but the VM itself needs the support rights. The default location is the C drive, but it’s recommended to choose a location with additional space and higher performance.
The Guest File System catalog is used for Veeam file indexing. For the purposes of this guide, please accept the defaults and click Next.
A summary of the settings that have been selected prior to the installation is listed below. Please click Install to proceed with the installation and then click Finish to complete the wizard. A restart may not be required but it’s suggested you do so.
The console can then be accessed by double clicking the Veeam Backup and Replication Console shortcut found on the desktop.
Click Connect to connect to the local install of the Veeam Backup and Replication.
You may be prompted to update the components below and it should not take longer than 1 minute.
Up next is the Managed Servers window. At this point, you can select your preferred choice. For this demo, we will select VMware vSphere. Then enter the DNS name or IP address of your vCenter and provide the necessary credentials. Veeam will verify the connection settings\etc. and they will be stored for you automatically.
Veeam will then verify the certificate of your server, click Connect to proceed. Once the verification is complete, the connection is established.
Veeam will then return to the menu.
For this demo, my default backup repository (see below) is adequate.
In order to setup a backup repository, a server must be added. To begin, select Add Repository (from the window above), provide a name, click Next, select the Type of Repository.
If I have missed anything or if you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Also – I’d like to thank Melissa Palmer (@vmiss33) for providing the guidance and most importantly, the support needed to encourage me to put this together. She’s a wonderful mentor and huge supporter of the vCommunity. Please give her a follow, check out her website and IT Architect Series: The Journey .