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Building a Veeam Lab – Testing Scenarios

In my previous post, I looked at the architecture you may want to implement to test the various features of Veeam Backup and Replication, including features from v10.

I thought it would be a good idea to break down the architecture into sections, and provide some ideas of what features/configurations can be tested in each section. This of course is not an exhaustive list.

I’ve broken down the original diagram into 5 Sections.

Veeam Lab Architecture in Sections

Section 1 – VMware Cluster

  • Backup Virtual Machines and files
  • Restore Virtual Machines and files
  • Instant VM recovery
  • Storage Integration
    • Orchestrate snapshots
    • Orchestrate snapshots replication
    • Backup from Storage Snapshot
    • Backup from Snapshot replica
    • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
  • Backup Repository
    • Local disk
    • Local disk using ReFS
    • S3 Object Storage
  • Encrypt backups
  • Deploy Linux backup proxy
  • Deploy Windows backup proxy
  • Veeam ONE reporting
  • Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager
    • API access
    • Self-service restores

Section 2 – Hyper-v Host

  • Backup Virtual Machines and files
    • On-host proxy configuration
    • Off-host proxy configuration
  • Restore Virtual Machines and files to Hyper-V host
  • Restore Virtual Machines and files to vSphere host

Section 3 – vSphere host

  • Replicate virtual machines
  • Perform failover and failback
  • Restore files from replica
  • Use WAN Accelerator components

Section 4 – Additional Workloads

  • Application Awareness – Using Veeam Explorers for restore
    • Active Directory explorer
    • SQL Explorer
  • Veeam Agent for Windows
    • Application Awareness (AD, SQL etc)
    • Restore entire machine, file level restores
  • Veeam Agent for Linux
    • Application Awareness
    • Restore entire machine, file level restores
  • NAS Backup – File Shares
    • Deploy File Proxy
    • SMB
    • NFS (windows + linux)
  • Backup Repository
    • NFS Share
    • SMB Share
    • Linux share with XFS (block cloning support)
  • Nutanix CE
    • Backup and restore to/from another hypervisor

Section 5 – AWS and Azure

  • Restore to AWS
  • Restore to Azure
  • Instant recovery from Object storage (Blog post)
  • Veeam Cloud Tier copy mode
  • Scale-out backup repository – offload to object storage
  • Archive Tier of Scale-Out Repository
  • Veeam Backup for AWS
    • Restore VM on-prem
  • Veeam Backup to Azure
    • Restore VM on-prem



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