Veeam Backup & Replication tool is now certified by VMware to work with vSAN and also vSphere ESXi.
We can use Veeam to backup from vSAN and supported by Veeam since 2014, but now VMware recognizes and certified Veeam to use on their vSAN product.
I think this is great news for Veeam and pretty sure this is a start of a great Share Support and work that this two companies will do in the future.
As a certified product, there are some advantages for Veeam and of course for Veeam and VMware customers. One example is that you can open a support case to both companies and will handle by support their support without any issues or you get answers like “This product is not supported, so please contact your supplier or use a supported product”.
In a technical perspective, there is also now some advantages. We can now use a Veeam proxy VM on the same host that we are backup. It means that we can backup a host (VMs inside) while the Veeam Proxy is located on the same host. No more need to have the Veeam Proxy on a different host.
Using Veeam Proxy on the same host as a VM means faster backups since Backup will generate less network traffic. When a Veeam Proxy VM runs on a different ESXi host, it will, of course, generate more network traffic.
Veeam will also now supports Backup and Restore the storage policy that is associated in your VMs. When we restore a VM the default Storage Policy is connect by default, but now you can change and select a different Storage Policy.
When restoring a VM, we need to make sure that we restore the right Storage Policy that is applied to the VM and also to change that policy if needed.
How to Enable VM Storage Policies?
Verify that a single host or all the hosts in a cluster, where you want to enable the policies, include the Storage Policies license.
- From the vSphere Web Client Home, click Rules and Profiles > VM Storage Policies.
- Click the Enable VM Storage Policies icon (Enable VM Storage Policies icon.).
- Select the vCenter Server instance.
All clusters and hosts available for the selected server appear. You can see the server licensing status and whether storage policies are enabled.
- To enable storage policies, select a host or a cluster whose status is Disabled or Unknown and click Enable.
The status of the host or cluster changes to Enabled.
You can apply storage policies to virtual machines that run on the enabled host or cluster.
To check VMware KB regarding Veeam and Backup from vSAN please check HERE the knowledge base from VMware.
You can you also check the HCL from VMware regarding Veeam and vSAN Hardware Compatibility List.
When I finish my home lab Nested vSAN, plan to do some tests with Veeam and vSAN and write something about it.
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