Veeam Backup & Replication in a home lab
August 24, 2021

Veeam Backup & Replication in a home lab

Steven Bruinen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Community Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Data Platform Foundation

I use Veeam Backup & Replication to back up my test virtual machines in my home lab. It's easy to use and doesn't require much effort to maintain.
It's just a home lab, but as it's used to test new things sometimes a fast restore is required as I break things. When using Veeam Backup & Replication, it's just a couple of minutes to restore all my VM's.
  • Virtualized workloads
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  • With just one backup job all my current and newly created VM's are safe without any hassle.
  • Quick rollback makes restoring a VM lightning fast.
  • Backups don't take up a lot of storaspace due to the deduplication.
  • I would like to have some more monitoring on backup jobs, e.g. unusual growth of changed data due to ransomware. I know it's available in Veeam ONE but it would like to have it in Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Startup time of the management console could be a bit faster.

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I have about 8 virtual machines in my home lab and all are kept safe with Veeam Backup & Replication. I don't have any other (physical) systems I would like to backup so this setup is all I need. I would like to have an additional backup to tape but that's not available in the Community edition.
  • As the community version is free to use there was no investment.
  • Due to the quick rollback restore it takes less time to try new software if it breaks things.
I didn't have any backup before as there are only test systems in my environment. Sometimes it took me a lot of time to rebuild everything after I messed things up. So I was looking for an easy solution to backup my systems and learned about Veeam Backup & Replication, and it was perfect for my needs.
I don't use any cloud systems in my setup.
I do have a NAS system, but I don't make backups of it with Veeam Backup & Replication yet. Perhaps it would be a good idea to look into that as well. If it's just as easy as the VM backup, it would be great to have those files kept safe without any hassle.
I think it's perfect for all virtualized environments large or small. It's easy to set up and maintain so even small companies without many IT employees can rely on good backups. If you don't require any fancy backup things, you just want to have a reliable backup of your VM's, installation and configuration won't take more than one hour.