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Veeam backup and replication with vSAN datastores (2149874)

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This article provides information about Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5.

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Use Cases
  • To backup virtual machines or virtual disk data residing on a VMware vSAN datastore. 
  • To resume operation of a production virtual machine and failback on a virtul machine replica residing on a VMware vSAN datastore.


Solution Architecture

Veeam Backup & Replication is a modular solution that lets you build a scalable backup infrastructure for environments of different sizes and configuration. The installation package of Veeam Backup & Replication includes a set of components that you can use to configure the backup infrastructure. Some components are mandatory and provide core functionality; some components are optional and is installed to provide additional functionality for your business and deployment needs. You can co-install Veeam Backup & Replication components on the same machine, physical or virtual, or you can set them up separately for a more scalable approach.
The Veeam backup infrastructure comprises a set of components. Some components are deployed using the setup file. Other components are deployed using the Veeam Backup & Replication console.
The backup server is a Windows-based physical or virtual machine on which Veeam Backup & Replication is installed. It is the core component in the backup infrastructure that fills the role of the configuration and control center. The backup server performs all types of administrative activities:
  • Coordinates backup, replication, recovery verification and restore tasks
  • Controls job scheduling and resource allocation
  • Set up and manage backup infrastructure components as well as specify global settings for the backup infrastructure
In addition to its primary functions, a newly deployed backup server also performs the roles of the default backup proxy and the backup repository (it manages data handling and data storing tasks).  For more information regarding the services and components for the backup server, see
The Veeam Backup & Replication console is a separate client-side component that provides access to the backup server. The console is installed locally on the backup server by default. You can also use it in a standalone mode — install the console on a dedicated machine and access Veeam Backup & Replication remotely over the network. The console lets you log in to Veeam Backup & Replication and perform all kind of data protection and disaster recovery operations as if you work on the backup server.  For more information regarding installing and configuring the Veeam Backup & Replication console, see
You can add the following types of servers and hosts to the backup infrastructure:
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware vCloud Director
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Linux Server

You can add physical machines and VMs to the backup infrastructure and assign different roles to them.  For more information on which roles may be assigned to the different types of servers, see

A backup proxy is an architecture component that sits between the backup server and other components of the backup infrastructure. While the backup server administers tasks, the proxy processes jobs and delivers backup traffic.

Basic backup proxy tasks include the following:
  • Retrieving virtual machine data from the production storage
  • Compressing
  • Deduplication
  • Encrypting
  • Sending it to the backup repository (for example, if you run a backup job) or another backup proxy (for example, if you run a replication job).

For more information regarding deploying the proxy, selecting transport modes, and services used by the backup proxy, see

A backup repository is a storage location where you can keep backup files, VM copies and metadata for replicated VMs. For more information regarding configuration and the types of backup repositories in the backup infrastructure, see
For more information pertaining to other backup infrastructure components such as the Guest Interaction Proxy, Mount Server, WAN accelerators, and Backup Enterprise Manager, see

Solution Components

Support Information

Troubleshooting (logs, procedures and techniques): For further information regarding collecting logs, see the following:


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