Veeam Backup für Nutanix konfigurieren (EN)

Installing Veeam Backup on a Nutanix cluster

Last updated 31st May 2022

Objective

Veeam Backup is a backup software available for Nutanix.

Find out how to install, configure and use Veeam on a Nutanix cluster

OVHcloud provides services for which you are responsible, with regard to their configuration and management. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that they work properly.

This guide is designed to assist you as much as possible with common tasks. Nevertheless, we recommend contacting a specialist provider if you experience any difficulties or doubts when it comes to managing, using or setting up a service on a server.

Requirements

  • A Nutanix cluster in your OVHcloud account.
  • Access to the OVHcloud Control Panel.
  • You must be connected to the cluster via Prism Central.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication installed on a virtual machine in your Nutanix cluster via this procedure: Setting up Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Knowing the public IP address used by Veeam Backup to access the internet.
  • You must have 4 GB of RAM, 60 GB of storage and 4 vCPUs to add an additional virtual machine when configuring extensions for Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • You must have remote storage outside of the cluster, such as OVHcloud Enterprise File Storage.

Instructions

We will customise Veeam Backup & Replication for use on a Nutanix cluster, with a remote repository for this cluster at OVHcloud, using the OVHcloud Enterprise File Storage solution.

Add a user in Prism Element for Veeam Backup

First, you need to create a specific user in Prism Element to use Veeam Backup.

Through Prism Central, connect to Prism Element by clicking on the cluster under Cluster Quick Access.

Create User VEEAM PE 01

Once in the Prism Element, go to the settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top right.

Create User VEEAM PE 02

Scroll down the menu on the left using the scroll bar.

Create User VEEAM PE 03

Click Local User Management.

Create User VEEAM PE 04

Click the New User button.

Create User VEEAM PE 05

Enter the information:

  • Username: svc_veeam
  • First Name: Veeam
  • Last Name: Backup
  • Email: veeam@example.com
  • Password: password

This data is provided as an example. The email address is mandatory but is not used.

Select the Cluster Admin checkbox and click Save

Create User VEEAM PE 06

This user account is created and added to the Prism Element user list.

Create User VEEAM PE 07

Download and install the extension for a Nutanix cluster under AHV

Log in to the virtual machine where Veeam Backup is located.

From a web browser, download the latest version of the AHV extension for Veeam. You must have a user account on the Veeam website, you can create it freely and free of charge.

Start the installation of the extension.

Before starting the installation, make sure that the Veeam Backup & replication console is closed.

Open the "NutanixAHPlugin" installer.

Addon Installation 01

Accept the General Terms and Conditions of Use and click Next.

Addon Installation 02

Click Next.

Addon Installation 03

Click Install.

Addon Installation 04

Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

Addon Installation 06

Integrate Nutanix cluster in Veeam Backup configuration

When Configuring Veeam Backup for Nutanix, a new virtual machine is added to the cluster, which serves as the interface between the Veeam Backup software and the cluster.

Launch the Veeam Backup console and click Connect.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 01

Go to Backup Infrastructure in the menu at the bottom right, choose Managed Servers and click Add Server.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 02

Click Nutanix AHV.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 03

Enter the private IP address of Prism Element in DNS name or IP address and click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 04

Click Add to add the Prism Element user account

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 05

Enter the information for the account created earlier in Prism Element:

  • Username: svc_veeam
  • Password: Password

Click OK.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 06

Check that the account you have created has been selected in the "Credentials" field, then click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 07

Click Continue to validate the certificate warning message.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 08

Check Use the following IP address and choose an unused private IP address (this address is used when backing up and restoring files), then click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 09

Click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 10

Click Finish.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 11

Click Yes.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 12

Select Deploy a new proxy and click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 13

Name the VM in the “Name” field, then click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 14

Click Configure.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 15

Choose an unused IP address on the LAN for the virtual machine and click OK.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 16

Click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 17

Click on Add to add and create the NUTANIX-PROXY VM login account. This VM is added when a Nutanix cluster is added to the Veeam Backup and replication console.

Take note of the user account and password created. These credentials allow you to connect to the new virtual machine via the web browser, without going through the Veeam backup software. The URL will be similar to https://privateipaddress:8100.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 18

Enter the information for the account you created earlier in Prism Element:

  • Username: proxy_user
  • Password: password

Click OK.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 19

Check the user account in the "Credentials" field and click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 20

Check the box Allow access to all backup repositories and click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 21

Wait a few minutes.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 22

The installation ends with a warning message. Please ignore this, as it is the public DNS server that cannot resolve the Veeam server name.
Click Next.

Addon Cluster Nutanix to Veeam 23

Modifying the interface virtual machine host file

This operation is required if you do not use an internal DNS server to resolve VM names. Notably the VM that is used for the Veeam Backup software.

Via Prism Central, connect to the NUTANIX-PROXY virtual machine.

Open the main menu at the top left and choose VMs.

Configure Nutanix PROXY HOST 01

Click on the NUTANIX-PROXY virtual machine.

Configure Nutanix PROXY HOST 02

Click Launch console.

Configure Nutanix PROXY HOST 03

Log in with the user account you created earlier and the password associated with that account.

Configure Nutanix PROXY HOST 04

From the console, edit the /etc/hosts file:

proxy_user@NUTANIX-PROXY~$sudo nano /etc/hosts
[sudo] password for proxy_user:

Add this information, which corresponds to the IP address and name of the virtual machine where Veeam Backup is installed:

192.168.0.245 VEEAM-BACKUP 

Save the file and run this command:

proxy_user@NUTANIX-PROXY~$sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
[sudo] password for proxy_user:

Creating the Enterprise File Storage volume via the OVHcloud Control Panel

Log in to the OVHcloud Control Panel. In the Bare Metal Cloud tab, go to Storage and Backup. Select Enterprise File Storage, then the service that will be used for the Veeam Backup.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 01

In the Volumes tab, click Create a volume.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 02

Choose these options to create a 500 GB volume.

  • Volume name (optional): BACKUP
  • Description (optional): BACKUP
  • Volume size: 500

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 03

Modify the settings of the new volume by clicking on the ... button. Choose Modify Volume.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 04

In the Access Control (ACL) tab, click Add a new access.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 05

In the “Access to” field, enter the public IP address used on the VM Veeam Backup that serves as an internet gateway. In the “Access permissions” field, choose Read and write.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 06

Once validated, a message will appear informing you that the access control has been created.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 07

In the General Information tab, click the Copy icon to copy the "Mount path".

The copied item is the repository that is used by Veeam Backup. The syntax should be similar to: ipaddress://share_name.

Create Enterprise Storage Volume 08

Add Enterprise File Storage repository in Veeam Backup

Via the Veeam Backup console, click on Backup Infrastructure at the bottom right, choose Backup Repositories and click on Add repository.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 01

Choisissez Network attached storage.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 02

Click on NFS share.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 03

Name the repository and click Next.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 04

In the “Shared folder” field, type or paste the name of the shared volume and click Next.

Enter the "Mount path" copied from the OVHcloud Control Panel.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 05

Click Next.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 06

Click Next.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 07

Click Apply.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 08

Click Next.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 09

Click Finish.

Add Enterprise File Storage repository 10

Setting up an automated backup

In Veeam backup, open the Home menu (bottom left), then the Backup Job menu and choose Nutanix AHV.

Create Backup JOB 01

The AHV Proxy web interface opens.

Name the task you want to create, tick the Backup job option, and click Next.

Create Backup JOB 02

Click Add.

Create Backup JOB 03

Select the virtual machines you want to back up and click Add.

Create Backup JOB 04

Click Next.

Create Backup JOB 05

Select the repository in Backup repository and click Next.

Create Backup JOB 06

Select the Run the job automatically check box, set the frequency, and click Next.

Create Backup JOB 07

Click Finish to save the backup job.

Create Backup JOB 08

The backup is visible through the AHV Proxy web interface.

Create Backup JOB 09

Return to the Veeam Backup console via the Home menu (at the bottom left). Click Jobs to view the backup job you created.

Create Backup JOB 10

Restoring a Virtual Machine

To test that backups are working properly, we will run a recovery task.

Click on Home in the bottom left. In the Restore option, select Nutanix AHV.

Restore VM 01

Click Restore from AHV backup.

Restore VM 02

Click Entire VM restore.

Restore VM 03

Click Add.

Restore VM 04

Select a virtual machine and click Add.

Restore VM 05

Click Next.

Restore VM 06

Choose Restore to a new location, or with different settings and click Next.

Restore VM 07

Click Next.

Restore VM 08

Click Next.

Restore VM 09

Rename the VM in New name and click Next.

Restore VM 10

Click Disconnect to isolate the restored VM from the network.

Restore VM 11

Click Next.

Restore VM 12

Click Next.

Restore VM 13

Click Finish.

Restore VM 14

A preview of the status of the restoration is launched, it takes some time depending on the size of the virtual machine.

Restore VM 15

Go further

VEEAM documentation on installing VEEAM Backup for Nutanix AHV

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