Setting up Veeam Backup & Replication

Find out how to set up a Veeam Backup & Replication server with Veeam Enterprise

Last updated 6th October 2021


Veeam Backup & Replication is a form of data protection software. It offers its users a wide range of options for backing up, replicating and restoring data.

This guide explains how to set up a Veeam Backup & Replication server, then register it with an OVHcloud Veeam Enterprise licence server.


  • a Veeam Enterprise solution
  • a Windows 2012 or 2016 server

Our Veeam offers are only compatible with the latest version (10) offered by Veeam. Please take this into consideration when configuring Veeam for your services.


Set up Veeam Backup & Replication.

Download the Veeam Backup & Replication solution from the Veeam website. If you do not have an account, you will need to set one up (account setup is free).

The file will appear in ISO disk image format. Once you have transferred it onto your server, select the server’s CD reader, then select the image.

On the server, you can then launch the installation wizard. Select Veeam Backup & Replication (Install).

After you have read the licence agreement, accept the terms and click Next.

Click Next to skip the step of opening a licence file.

In the step where you select components to install, leave everything unchanged. However, depending on your requirements, you can change the destination path. Confirm by clicking Next.

The installation wizard will then carry out a requirement check. If you are working from a clean Windows installation, some components will be missing, but the installation wizard will download and install them automatically. Confirm by clicking Next.

Next, wait for the missing components to be installed.

Once the installations are complete, confirm the Veeam Backup & Replication setup by clicking Next.

During the customisation stage of the setup, confirm the operation by clicking Install.

Next, wait for the installation to complete.

Once it is complete, exit the installation wizard by clicking Finish.

The installation wizard will prompt you to reboot Windows in order to finalise the operation. At this point, click Yes.

Create a Veeam Enterprise service account.

Launch a service account.

You will need to generate a complex password.

Next, create a service account, entering these lines of command as an admin:

New-LocalUser "OVHVeeamEnterprise" -Password (ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText "P@ssword01" -Force) -Description "OVH Service Account for Veeam Enterprise" -PasswordNeverExpires:$true -UserMayNotChangePassword:$true -AccountNeverExpires:$true

Please note that the account name and password shown here are examples, and must be replaced with your own details:

  • Account name: OVHVeeamEnterprise
  • Password: P@ssword01

Define the service account authorisations.

Launch the Veeam console.

Check that it is in Free Edition mode, in the bottom right-hand corner.

Go to the menu, and click Users and Roles.

In the Security window, select Add....

Then, in the Add User window, enter the service account you have created. Select the Veeam Backup Administrator role, then confirm by clicking OK.

If you go back to the Security window, you can check that the account has been defined properly.

Launch and Activation Permissions

The OVHVeeamEnterprise user is only accessible locally, so it is necessary to add permissions in the Windows graphical user interface to enable the remote connection.

Via the graphical user interface:

  1. In your Windows search bar, type Component Services and launch the service.
  2. On the left menu and following the tree structure, click on Component Services, then on Computers, then on My Computer.
  3. On the right, under the Actions tab, click on More Actions, then on Properties.
  4. Go to COM Security, underneath the second section Launch and Activation Permissions, click on Edit Limits.
  5. Select the OVHVeeamEnterprise user and enable all permissions.

Launch and Activation Permissions

  1. Click on OK to confirm and on Apply to validate the changes.

Your OVHVeeamEnterprise user is now accessible locally and remotely.

Register the Veeam Backup & Replication server.

You will need to do this via the OVH API.

First, retrieve your serviceName:

Then register it:

You will need the following information:

  • the public IP address that can be used to contact your Veeam Backup & Replication server
  • your server’s Veeam Backup & Replication port (usually 9392/TCP)
  • the login for the account you have just created
  • the password for your service account

You can retrieve the public IP used by Veeam Enterprise to contact your Veeam Backup & Replication server via:

Check the registration.

Launch the Veeam console.

Go to the menu, then click License.

Check that the information displayed is definitely for your OVH licence.

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