Managing Veeam Agents in Backup & Replication 9.5U3

Veeam’s Backup and Replication product over the years has set the bar for what backup products could and should be in the virtualization space, whether it be VMware or Microsoft. But as Veeam was a hard act to follow in the pure virtualization crowed there was still a need to backup and manage physical servers that existed in one’s environment. Over the years this and tape support where always on the top list of the “must have’s” in future releases of the product. Veeam has worked hard to address those requests over the last major and minor release of the products but one thing stuck out. When the Veeam Agents for Windows/Linux where announced it was a standalone product that didn’t integrate with Veeam Backup and Replication management console. This caused some “one off” management of the agents that was a bit cumbersome. Well that has all been changed with the release of Update 3 for Veeam B & R v9.5, agent management and job creation can now all be handled via the console. This post will give a quick walk through of how to create the needed Protection Group objects as well as create backup job schedule, but for further reading and understanding be sure to give the Veeam Agent Management Guide and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows User Guide a look.

A Few Things First

With the introduction in Veeam 9.5 Update 3 of managing Veeam Agents via the Veeam Backup and Replication Console there are few terms and house cleaning items I want to address first. Systems with the Veeam Agent installed (Windows or Linux) are classified or “grouped” into what is termed a Protection Group. These Protection Groups are logical groupings of objects that will be processed and can be centrally managed with policies. Protection Groups fall into one of three varieties:

  • Individual Computers – Straight forward, add systems to the Protection Group by hostname or IP address (as shown in this blog post).
  • Microsoft Active Directory Objects – Allows for more dynamic endpoint management. Active Directory objects such as Organization Units (OU’s), Groups, or even entire domains can be selected as the “container”. All objects within these containers are included in the Protection Group and any new objects added will be captured as well. This identification and inclusion of additional items is managed by a scheduled Discovery Job that is configured on the Protection Group
  • Computers Listed in a CSV File – Add a list of systems to a Protection Group via importing a CSV file containing a list of the systems IP addresses.

Creating the Protection Group

  • Log into your Veeam Backup and Replication Console and navigate to the Inventory node. Select the Physical & Cloud Infrastructure object and in the right-hand pane Click on Create Protection Group:

  • Provide the newly Protection Group with a Name and brief Description. Click Next to continue:

  • Select the radial for the appropriate for how systems will be added and maintained for the Protection Group. As stated above I used the Individual Computers selection for this post. Click Next to continue:

  • From the Computers window, click the Add button on the right-hand side to begin adding the required systems:

  • Provide the Hostname or IP Address of the given system and from the Credentials dropdown select the appropriate user account. Click OK when finished:

  • Once all systems have been added click Next to continue:

  • From the Options window you can edit the options for the Discovery task(s) or the Deployment of the Veeam Agent. In the example below I left the default settings for the Discovery task and chose to Install changed block trcking driver on Windows Server OS. Click Next to continue:

  • In my lab environment TUK-BKUP01 is the primary Veeam Backup Server and has the needed roles and functionality installed. Click Apply to continue:

  • Veeam will begin creating the configured Protection Group. When completed click Next to continue:

  • With the Protection Group succesfully created click Finish (note the selection for Run Discovery When I Click Finish):

  • The Discovery
    Job will scan the systems added to the Protection Group and install the needed drivers. In the example below the Veeam CBT Driver was installed on the two systems with a system reboot required to complete the installation. Click Close to continue:

  • With the systems rebooted you can see in the Inventory view the Protection Group that was created, Production Domain Controller, and the status and systems listed in the group:

Creating Backup Jobs

  • With the freshly created Protection Group in place we can now begin to schedule backup jobs. Staying in the Physical & Cloud Infrastructure node under Inventory is where we will start. Select the newly created Protection Group and right-click and navigate through Add to backup job -> Windows -> New Job:

  • Select the radial for the job Type (Server) and job Mode (Managed by backup server) and click Next to continue:

  • Provide a Name and brief a Description for the backup job.
    Click Next to continue:

  • With the backup job wizard launched from the Protection Group it will have been added to the Protected Computers listing. Click Next to continue:

  • Select the appropriate radial for the Backup Mode to be used. Click Next to continue:

  • Set the Backup Repository and Retention Period desired for the backup job. Click Next to continue:

  • Select the appropriate options for Guest Processing. This backup job will be used to backup Domain Controllers so I wanted to take advantage fo the Application Aware Processing. Click Next to continue:

  • Set the backup job Schedule details. Click Apply when ready:

  • From the Summary page verify all settings are correct and click Finish to exit the backup job wizard:

  • From the Home node under Jobs -> Backups we can see the newly created backup job listed. Notice in the Type column we see the job listed as Windows Agent Backup

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