From near 0% backups to almost 100% backups with Veeam
May 02, 2022

From near 0% backups to almost 100% backups with Veeam

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Veeam Backup & Replication

Overall Satisfaction with Veeam Backup & Replication

We use Veeam Backup & Replication to back up almost all of our virtual machines. Before we were using Veeam, for a lot of the virtual machines there was no backup of we were using Windows Server Backup. This also meant that we hadn't had a good overview of what virtual servers we made backups off and which ones we didn't. To get an overview and backup of almost all of our machines we started to look for a good backup software provider to use for our environment. Personally, I had deployed Veeam at a few other companies I work to add and had a good experience with it. We started a trial and the results were promising. We bought the most basic version at the time of Veeam and have been using it without any problems since that time. The license is converted to another version during our license terms and currently, we're using the Enterprise Plus Edition (Essentials). In a few months, our license is up for renewal and my guess is that we're gonna renew and extend our license to backup even more of our virtual machines.
  • Virtualized workloads
  • Endpoints and physical servers running Windows & Linux
  • Cloud-hosted VMs within AWS or Azure
  • In addition to back up, we also replicate some of these workloads
  • Capacity Tier to store data within object storage for longer term retention
  • Immutable storage to protect against ransomware
  • Application-centric recovery using Veeam Explorers (for Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, etc)
  • Providing a fast and reliable backup
  • Get an simple overview of our backups
  • Making a restore of a server very easy
  • Making it easier to correct an instance license problem with agents

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We started with nine virtual machines and currently, we're using almost double that number. We're also expecting an increase in a few months since there are a few infrastructure changes in the making for our environment. In the beginning, we didn't anticipate that we would back up all of our VMs but at this point, we rotated our opinion 180 degrees and are asking the question of why we wouldn't back up all of our VMs.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication made it possible to restore a crashed virtual server quickly and without problems to another Hyper-V host. With Windows Server Backup it would have taken longer and more effort to get the same result.
  • With Veeam Backup & Replication we're making sure we have a good and functional backup which makes our software developers feel safer that their projects are really getting backupped
We were using Windows Server Backup before Veeam Backup & Replication and even a lot of our virtual machines weren't even made backups off in any way. This has become that way since the previous person managing the servers wasn't a full system administrator but a developer doing system maintenance on the side when needed. When I started my System Administrator job after a while of getting to know the environment and what the servers were being used for, we started to look for a good backup software provider. I had experience with Veeam from other jobs and we started a trial with Veeam. The results were promising and we bought a license for Veeam. Until this day we are still using Veeam and aren't looking or thinking about switching to other software any time soon.
Currently, we are using Veeam Backup & Replication to offload our backups to Wasabi with the immutability option enabled. We use this to get a bigger chance of restoring our environment if we ever get hit with ransomware or other destructive malware. Also if we would lose our on-premise backup storage we still would have a copy in the cloud that we even could download to a new backup storage device if such an event might occur. At the moment we haven't had to deal with such an event but our trust to get the most of our or even all our data back if it would happen has gotten bigger.
We don't use the NAS/File-share functionallity.
A couple of months ago we had one of our older servers getting bad sectors on its disk. We tried to move the VM but it was giving errors during the process that the disk couldn't be read properly. The backups of that machine had failed for a few days too which we didn't notice directly. We tried to replicate the virtual machine and that failed with the same error. Eventually, we were able to make a backup of the VM and got it successfully restored on another server. The VM has been happily running since. In another scenario, I started migrating VMs from Xen to VMware and the initial process we were using wasn't easy. One of my colleagues suggested that we could try Veeam Agent to Veeam B&R backup and restore the VM to a VMware host from there. We tried that and it worked flawlessly. At the moment we've migrated almost all of our Xen VMs to VMware using this process and all are running without a problem on VMware now.