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Veeam 8 – Wan Acceleration : Role Installation and Setup

 

Veeam Wan Acceleration is a neat technology.

 

“Built-in WAN Acceleration dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for transferring backups and replicas over the WAN. This eliminates the need to acquire additional network bandwidth or deploy a general-purpose WAN accelerator appliance for fast off site backup and replication.

Built-in WAN Acceleration is available in Veeam® Backup & Replication™ Enterprise Plus Edition

Get your VMs off site up to 50x faster

Built-in WAN Acceleration utilizes global caching, variable block length data fingerprinting and traffic compression to reduce bandwidth requirements by an order of magnitude, while multiple WAN optimization ensures that your available bandwidth is leveraged to its fullest potential. Best of all, there are no appliances to deploy, virtual machine (VM)- or host-based agents to install, or network infrastructure changes to make. Veeam’s Built-in WAN Acceleration:

  • Helps get VMs off site up to 50 times faster than transferring raw data
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption when copying backups and making replicas over the WAN
  • Supports unreliable and high latency network connections
  • Requires no changes to the existing network infrastructure

What is a WAN accelerator?

A WAN accelerator reduces the amount of data that needs to flow back and forth across the WAN by using caching and data compression techniques. Basically, a WAN accelerator works by caching duplicate files (or parts of files) so they can be referenced in global cache instead of having to be sent across the WAN again. WAN accelerators effectively trade off network I/O for disk I/O, thus significantly improving the performance of data transfers over the network in situations when bandwidth is the primary bottleneck.”

Source http://www.veeam.com/backup-wan-acceleration.html

This is part of the Veeam Availability Suite v8

As a requirement , you need to install veeam 8.

Ideen has a nice write up on Installing Veeam 8. Veeam 8: Step-by-Step New Install

 

thus I am going to bypass that.

I have not had a chance to do a write up on how to set it up, and it’s been up my list a while. So here it is.

 

 

lets rock!

 

Open Veeam Backup

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator start

Click on Backup Infrastructure

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure

Click on WAN Accelerators

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup select backup infrastructure then wan accelerator

Right click and select Add WANAcceleratorr

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server

Type in the DNS Name or IP Address.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server type in name

 

Select account, or create account if needed.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server select account

 

Review, and click Next.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server status installed

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Now on to installing the WAN Accelerator.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator add new server install cache

Click Next.

 

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space

 

Select the local drive, and change the Cache size. This have to be enough to fit the VM’s your caching.

veeam 8 wan acceleration setup add new WAN Accelerator set cache drive and space install

 

Click Next.

 

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Click Next

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Repeat these steps for a VM on the wan side.

To enable WAN acceleration, you need to deploy a pair of WAN accelerators in your backup infrastructure.

Source http://www.veeam.com/backup-wan-acceleration.html

 

On the next article, I will follow up with a separate post with setting up and testing a Job.

 

 

Roger Lund

Re Post : Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

Derek Seaman has a nice write up on Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

I’m a fan of Veeam, and use in production today. Thus, I wanted to share the write up.

“The goal of the joint whitepaper between Veeam and Nutanix is to help customers deploy Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on Nutanix, when used with VMware vSphere 5.x. This post will highlight some of the major points and how customers can head off some potential issues. The whitepaper covers all the applicable technologies such as VMware’s VADP, CBT, and Microsoft VSS. It also includes and easy to follow checklist of all the recommendations.”

The official whitepaper can be downloaded here.


Veeam is modern data protection for virtual environments, and are also a great sponsor of my blog. The web-scale Nutanix solution and its data locality technology are complimented by the distributed and scale-out architecture of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The combined Veeam and Nutanix solutions leverage the strengths of both products to provide network efficient backups to enable meeting recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.
The architecture is flexible enough to enable the use of either 100% virtualized Veeam components or a combination of virtual and physical components, depending on customer requirements and available hardware. You could also use existing dedicated backup appliances. In short, our joint solution is flexible enough to meet your requirements and efficiently use your physical assets. For example, if you have requirements for tape-out, then you will need at least one physical server in the mix to connect your library to since tape Fibre Channel/SAS pass-thru is not available in ESXi 5.x.

“When virtualizing solution the last thing you want is your backup data stored in the same location as the data you are trying to protect. So the first best practice for a 100% virtualized solution is to use a secondary Nutanix cluster. The cluster would be comprised of at least three Nutanix nodes. This is where the virtualized Veeam Backup & Replication server (along with the data repository), would reside. Should you have a problem with the production Nutanix cluster, your secondary cluster is unaffected. Depending on the amount of data you are backing up and your retention policies, you may or may not want the same Nutanix hardware models as your production cluster. For example, you may want to consider the 6000 series hardware which are ‘storage heavy’ for your secondary cluster. The following figure depicts a virtualized Veeam backup solution.”

Read the full post.

http://www.derekseaman.com/2014/04/veeam-best-practices-vmware-nutanix.html

Thanks to Derek Seaman for the write up.