Deploy Veeam Agent for Windows to backup a physical server

Posted by Romain Serre on August 10, 2017
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Veeam Backup & Replication was mainly a backup product for the virtual environment until this year. Recently, Veeam has released Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux 2.0 that enable to backup physical machines such as workstation and server. In this topic, I’ll talk only about Veeam Agent for Windows on a server the environment.

Veeam Agent for Windows supports almost same features that Veeam Backup & Replication. It can be deployed in a physical server or in public cloud workloads such as Azure VM. Thanks to Veeam Agent for Windows you can backup workstation or server on:

  • local storage devices (such as USB stick, hard drive)
  • network shared folder
  • Veeam Backup & Replication backup repository
  • Veeam Cloud Connect

Veeam Agent - Workstation - Server - Cloud Connect - Scheme

Currently, Veeam Agent is not manageable from Veeam Backup & Replication but it should come with the next release.

In this topic, I’ll deploy Veeam Agent for Windows in a Windows Server 2016 and I’ll store the data on a Veeam Backup & Replication Backup Repository (Update 2).

Install Veeam Agent for Windows

First, download Veeam Agent for Windows from the Veeam portal. Then you can run the setup in your physical server or your public cloud workloads.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Agreement Window

When the installation is finished, Veeam asked me to create a recovery media. I choose no. The recovery media enables you to create a media to restore your machine in Bare-Metal.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Installation Window

Configure the backup repository

In this topic, I’ll store the backup data in a Veeam Backup & Replication backup repository. We need to give permissions to write within the backup repository. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication console and navigate to backup infrastructure. Then right click on the backup repository and select agent permissions:

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Backup Repository - Configure

Then allow a user(s) or a group(s) to access the repository.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Backup Repository - Agents Backup Permissions

Configure Veeam Agent for Windows

When you have opened the Veeam Agent console, you can click on settings to edit some parameters:

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Settings - General - Notification

For example, you can disable scheduled backup or backup over metered connection, you can disable notification and email notifications. Don’t forget this is the same tool that works with workstation and server.

Configure a backup

In the status tab, click on configure backup.

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Status

Then choose the backup mode. You can backup the entire computer, backup a volume or just individual files and folders.

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Backup Mode

Then choose a backup destination. For my example, I use Veeam backup repository.

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Destination

Then specify information about your Veeam Backup & Replication and credentials to access to the backup repository:

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Backup Server

Then you should access to the backup repository. Choose how long you want to keep backups.

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Backup Repository

Then you can change advanced settings such as the compression, the encryption and if you want to make active full backup periodically:

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Advanced Settings - Backup - Storage

Next, you can schedule the backup. You can run the backup when the session is locked, on log off or when the backup target is connected (e.g: when the USB key is plugged).

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Shedule

The last window provides you a review of the settings you applied.

Veeam Agent - Configure Backup - Summary

When the job is running, you should have something like the following screenshot:

Veeam Agent - Status - Backup is in progress

Then in Veeam Backup & Replication, you should get a new job called Agents.

Veeam Agent - New Job - Agents

Restore your physical machine with Veeam Agent

Now that your backup is taken, you may want to restore your machine. You can do it by opening the Volume Level Restore console:

Veeam Agent - Volume Level Restore - Restore Point

You can also make a file level restore:

Veeam Agent - File Level Restore - Restore Point

You can create also a recovery media to run a bare-metal restore:

Veeam Agent - Create Recovery Media - Recovery Media

Conclusion

Veeam Backup & Replication is an efficient solution to protect your On-Premises virtual infrastructure. Now with Veeam Agent for Windows (and Linux) you can protect your public cloud workloads, your workstation, and your servers. I’m looking forward to the central management of Veeam Agent. When Veeam Agent will be manageable from Veeam Backup & Replication console, Veeam will be a complete solution to backup almost all workloads anywhere.

 

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Romain Serre
Romain Serre works in Lyon as a Senior Consultant. He is focused on Microsoft Technology, especially on Hyper-V, System Center, Storage, networking and Cloud OS technology as Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack. He is a MVP and he is certified Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE Server Infrastructure & Private Cloud), on Hyper-V and on Microsoft Azure (Implementing a Microsoft Azure Solution).

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