There has been some great new functionality announced with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 and for this post I wanted to check out the Capacity Tier options for Scale-Out Backup Repositories.
I will be walking you through setting up an Amazon S3 Repository along with a new Scale-Out Repository on your Veeam Backup & Replication Server. Then we will go through configuring the Capacity Tier options.
To begin you will need to login to your AWS account or create one if you haven’t already. Then create yourself an S3 bucket to use as your object store. I have already created an S3 bucket on my AWS account, there are plenty of guides on how to do this and what security you implement is up to you.
So first off we need to create a backup repository using our Amazon S3 Bucket.
From your Veeam Console click on Backup Infrastructure and select Add Repository
Select Object Storage from the add repository window
From the Object Storage window you can take your pick from the list. If you have access to an E-Series backed NetApp Storage Grid you could select option one and connect to that or if you prefer AWS S3, Azure or IBM those options are also available.
For this example we are going to use an S3 bucket in AWS so select Amazon S3
Enter a Name for the Object Store and click Next
Click Add and enter your AWS Credentials, you will be prompted to enter your Access Key and Secret Key.
Then click Next.
The connection will now be made to AWS and the Specify S3 Bucket screen will appear. Click on the drop down menu next to bucket and select the S3 bucket you would like to use. Then click Browse to select or create a folder to store the data in and click OK.
You can also set an object storage limit here and by default the Use infrequent access storage class checked is selected.
Then click Next
The configuration will now be saved and the Summary screen will appear.
Our shiny new S3 Backup Repository will now be displayed
The next step is to click on Scale-Out Repositories, then select Add Scale-Out Repository
Give your Scale-Out Repository a creative name and click Next
Then on the Select Backup Repositories screen click Add. Then select the backup repositories you would like to use and click OK
Then click Next
For this example I am just going to select Data Locality as I only have the one backup repository currently connected.
If you were to select Performance you can then click Customize and modify the placement policy for your incremental and full backup files.
The following image shows the options available.
On the Capacity Tier window select the Extend scale-out backup repository capacity with object storage checkbox.
Then from the drop down menu select your Amazon S3 bucket.
On the same screen click on the Window button, here you can define the time window for uploading data to object storage.
Next we want to specify how many days old our data is before we start to move it out to object storage.
There is also an Override option available to allow you to move the oldest backup files sooner if your scale-out repository is reaching capacity.
Lastly you are also able to encrypt the data that is transferred up to object storage.
Click Finish to complete the setup
If you select the Scale-Out Repository you will see the both the Local Repository and the Amazon S3 bucket listed.
That’s it your new Backup Repository has been configured to tier data older than 30 days out to Amazon S3
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