Veeam Backup and Replication is a comprehensive data protection and disaster recovery solution that is capable of creating image-level backups of virtual, and physical servers, cloud machines, and restoration as well. In this guide, we shall discuss how to install Veeam Backup and Replication 11 Community Edition with a dedicated SQL Server. Here are some related articles: How to migrate Veeam MsSQL Database to a new MsSQL Server, Cloud Protection Manager:How to recover backup via N2WS Veeam CPM, Advantage of using a 3rd party software for Backup (N2WS by Veeam) over AMI, and how to recover backup via N2WS Veeam CPM.
The technology used in the product optimizes data transfer and resource consumption, which helps to minimize storage costs and recovery time in case of a disaster. Veeam Backup and Replication provides a centralized console for administering backup, restore, and replication operations in all supported platforms (virtual, physical, and cloud environments).
Also, the console allows you to automate and schedule routine data protection operations and integrate with solutions for alerting and generating compliance reports. You may want to see these excellent guides: How to implement N2WS Veeam Cloud Protection Manager (CPM 2.3.0d), and Wbadmin:How to stop Windows backup job via the Windows Server Backup utility.
Prerequisite For setting up a VBR Server
The prerequisite requires you to have an SQL Server already running in your environment.
Things you can back up with the Veeam Backup And Replication
With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can back up and restore the following objects.
- Virtual machines (VMware vSphere VMs, Microsoft Hyper-V VMs, and Nutanix AHV VMs (requires an additional plug-in).
- Cloud VMs (AWS EC2 instances, and Microsoft Azure VMs)
- NAS Share – Veeam Backup and Replication supports backup of file shares from the following sources (Microsoft Windows, Linux-managed server, Enterprise NAS systems such as NetApp Data ONTAP, Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, Dell EMC Isilon, NFS file shares, and SMB file shares.
- Physical machines. To back up machines running Windows, Linux, or macOS operating systems, Veeam Backup and Replication uses backup agents installed on each computer.
The agents can also be downloaded from the following link. Veeam Backup and Replication operates as a centralized control centre for deploying and managing Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, Veeam Agent for Linux, and Veeam Agent for Mac.
Install the VBR
Once you have the .iso file downloaded, you can either mount it on your server or extract it to a folder. Next, you can run the setup as shown below.
Accept the User Account Control. You may want to read more about this from this link.
This will open the Veeam Backup and Replication window as shown below. I will recommend installing the entire suite.
Because if you install just a single component, you will have to run the setup.exe file again to install the backup and replication console.
I will be installing the Veeam Backup and Replication as shown below. Click on Install under Veeam Backup and Replication.
This is currently initialising the setup, please wait for it to complete. Please see how to setup Windows server backup and create backup jobs, and how to create a HyperV checkpoint.
Accept the agreement
Check the two boxes in the image below and click on the Next button.
As I am installing the Community edition, I will click on “Next” to operate in Community Edition mode. If you have a license, you can specific the path to the license key.
The following window below should be left as default without making any changes.
I am not entirely ok with the default settings. Therefore, I will click on “let me specify different settings”. If you wish to use the custom database, please visit this link.
If you select the Local System account, you may not be able to install the database due to privilege issues. This is a lab environment, I will be using my account for this.
– Click on Next to continue.
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Select your desired SQL Server
I am okay with the Veeam Backup and Replication database name. Click on next to proceed.
On the Port Configuration Window, click on Next.
On the Data Locations window, click on Next to proceed.
Click on “Install” to install Veeam Backup and Replication onto your Server.
Below are just the installation process. You can ignore these steps!
As you can see, the installation did not take time to succeed. Click on finish to complete the installation.
Start the Veeam Backup and Replication Console
In the Windows Start menu, select Apps > Veeam > Veeam Backup & Replication Console.
Alternatively, to access the Backup and Replication console, open Veeam using the Veeam Backup and Replication Console shortcut created on your desktop and click on connect as shown below.
If you wish to configure the Veeam Backup and Replication, Please refer to this guide. I have written on the primary steps you need to configure your Veeam Backup and Replication Tool in your environment.
If you wish to view the database created, you will have to laucnch Management Studio as shown below and connect to it.
As you can see, below is the database created that Veeam Backup and Replication will consume.
Please ensure you apply the available components update as shown below. If you are promoted to apply updates, please apply these updates and when complete. Now the Veeam Backup & Replication is completely installed and patched with the latest update
Next, click on Finish to complete the update process.
You can now start your configuration. Refer to this guide for more information. Please refer to this guide. I have written on the primary steps you need to configure your Veeam Backup and Replication Tool in your environment.
If you wish to uninstall Veeam Backup and Replication from your server, please follow the steps discussed in this link.
I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to Install Veeam Backup and Replication Community Edition with a dedicated SQL Server. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.