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Veeam Backup Server

Veeam Backup & Replication is a modular solution that lets you build a scalable availability infrastructure for environments of different sizes and configurations. The Backup Server is the core component. Features & component requirements will affect your decision how you install the backup server e.g. one datacenter or multiple locations.

Placement

Backup only scenario

When planning to use Veeam Backup & Replication for backup jobs only, the backup server should be placed in the main datacenter alongside the virtual infrastructure to be protected to leverage quick response times and local management traffic.

When replication is in use

When replication is used the backup server should be deployed in the DR site to allow failover plans to work seamlessly and without any manual complex operations. The primary infrastructure can be managed with the same backup server that will manage the backup proxies deployed in the main site.

Deployment Method

You may deploy the Veeam Backup & Replication server as either a physical or virtual server. It will run on any server with Windows Server OS installed (check System requirements for more details). Install Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on dedicated machines. Backup infrastructure component roles can be co-installed. The following guidelines may help in deciding which deployment type is the best fit for your environment.

Virtual deployment

For most cases, virtual is the recommended deployment. As it provides high availability for the backup server component via features like vSphere High Availability, vSphere Fault Tolerance or Hyper-V Failover Clustering. It also provides great flexibility in sizing and scaling as the environment grows.

The VM can also be replicated to a secondary location such as a DR site. If the virtual machine itself should fail or in the event of a datacenter/infrastructure failure, the replicated VM can be powered on. Best practice in a two-site environment is to install the Backup server in the DR site, in the event of a disaster it is already available to start the recovery.

Physical deployment

In small-medium environments (up to 500 VMs) it is common to see an all-in-one physical server running the Backup & Replication server, backup proxy and backup repository components. This is also referred to as an “Appliance Model” deployment.

An advantage of running the Veeam Backup & Replication server on a physical server is that it runs independently from the virtual platform. This might be an ideal situation when recovering the virtual platform from a disaster.

References

For backup server sizing and configuration refer to the Build - Backup Server section of this guide.


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