Setting up Veeam Backup & Replication

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

Last updated 4th October 2021

Objective

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

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

Requirements

  • a Veeam Enterprise solution
  • Windows Server 2012 or newer

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.

Instructions

Setting 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).

installation Veeam

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

terms conditions

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

licence

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.

installation path

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.

validation

Next, wait for the missing components to be installed.

installation

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

system check

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

customisation

Next, wait for the installation to complete.

progress bar

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

finish install

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

reboot

Creating a Veeam Enterprise service account

Step 1: 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 "OVHcloud 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

Step 2: Define the service account authorisations

Launch the Veeam console.

veeam console

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

free edition

Go to the menu, and click Users and Roles.

users and roles

In the Security window, select Add....

security

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

add admin user

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

user added

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.

Step 3: Register the Veeam Backup & Replication server

Using the OVHcloud Control Panel

In your OVHcloud Control Panel, open the Hosted Private Cloud section, then select your service labelled backupserverenterprise under Platforms and services in the left-hand navigation bar. On this page, click on Activate licence in the Shortcuts box.

control panel register

In the new window, enter the following information:

  • The public IP address through which your Veeam Backup & Replication server can be reached.
  • The port of your Veeam Backup & Replication server (usually 9392/TCP).
  • The login credentials you have created previously (user name and password).

Validate by clicking OK.

activation licence

Once the activation is complete, you will find the main information on the service page.

licence activated

Using the OVHcloud 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:

Step 4: Verify the registration

Launch the Veeam console.

console veeam

Go to the menu, then click License.

open menu

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

licence OVHcloud

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