Veeam Agent for Windows Workstation – Backup Direct to Cloud Connect

Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0 is currently available for public beta, with general release just round the corner. If you have been using Veeam, you will be familiar with the strategy change Veeam have been working on in the last 18 months; providing the ability to backup physical devices. Starting with Endpoint Backup, Veeam have been working on delivering agent based backups for both Windows and Linux devices.

Today i am going to be talking about the Veeam Agent for Windows(VAW), more specifically the ability to backup direct to Veeam Cloud Connect. Veeam Cloud Connect is a great feature which allows customer backup direct to service providers over the net. (For more information take a look at:THIS)

Veeam Agent for Windows will come in three license editions, for the purpose of this exercise i will be working with the ‘Workstation’ variant. For reference, here’s is the edition matrix alongside the respective features.

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Installing VAW is pretty simple, after some Next > Next > Finish we have the product installed, and the control panel available.

If you’ve been using Veeam Endpoint Backup, the VAW control panel will look familiar. Here we will ‘Configure Backup’

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From the Configure Backup pane, we have three options. Entire computer will take a bare-metal backup the machine entirely. Volume level backup will allow you to take block based back up individual volumes, and finally file level backup will give you an explorer view of your machine.

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For the purpose of this article, we will go ahead and use file level backup and identify a folder structure to backup. In this case my downloads folder within my profile (for reference i’m not using roaming profiles and carting around 42GB of downloads within my profile)

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Next up we choose a destination. Local storage will allow you to backup to a locally attached device, for example external USB drive. Shared folder will allow you to connect to a remote share. Veeam backup repository will connect to your internal VBR and store backups in the same locations as your production virtual machines. Veeam Cloud Connect Repository will connect direct to our service provider

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We’re going to go ahead and chose the Veeam Cloud Connect Repository. Now insert the URL and port to connect to your preferred service provider. In this instance I am using our own Cloud Connect infrastructure

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Next verify this will verify the service providers SSL certificate, and now we can insert credentials that have been provided

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Your repository name, quota and free space will now populate. We also have the ability to choose how many retention points we require

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For the purpose of this article, local backup cache will remain disabled. This feature will create a cache on your local device in case the connection to your service provide fails. Once the connection has been re-established, the contents of the cache will be copied to your service provider.

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Schedule, pretty self explanatory. I will be backing up after I lock my machine

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Confirm, and run now. My backup is now in progress

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