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OneDrive Windows Backup using Veeam Agents. The easy way

Taking a Backup of both Physical and Virtual workloads is an essential task. It should be enabled and configured in all instances. Veeam is making this process very easy also when it comes down to restore data. In a previous article we have explored the install and configuration of the Veeam Agents for Windows. Since a new version of the Veeam Agents has been released in this article we’ll cover the scenario about creating a OneDrive Windows Backup. In practice the Backup of Windows based machines can be saved directly to the OneDrive storage.

In this particular case we’ll explore the option for OneDrive for Business. It is possible to use a OneDrive for consumer as well.

What’s interesting is that generally speaking agent based backups are used for physical machines. One question at this point might be: can we use this solution to also cover virtual worloads in public clouds running on different types of Hypervisors?

The short answer is: Yes we can.

The longer answer is that we can still install the Veeam Agents on virtual workloads for example running in Azure, Amazon, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and more. Eventually we might want to protect such workloads and backup direclty to OneDrive benefitting from a cross-cloud scenario. Of course requirements might change based on different setups.

Another interesting scenario worth mentioning is for the Sales force working on the field for extensive periods of times rarely touching base either with the headquarters or with a stable connection. In such cases the new version of the Veeam Agent also includes a caching mechanism covering these options as well.

So at this point let’s take a quick look on how to run a OneDrive Windows Backup with Veeam Agents.

 

How to create OneDrive Windows Backup using Veeam Agents

From the tray bar we have the Veeam Icon we can use to configure jobs settings and monitor status as well. So in this case let’s go for the menu Backup > Configure Backup.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup job settings

In the backup mode we can choose which volumes we want to include in the Backup job. Since I have a partition dedicated to Virtual Machines I will choose the second option to exlcude that specific drive as per screenshot below.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup volume level backup

At this point we can select the volumes for the OneDrive Windows Backup job.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup volume selection

In the “Destination” section of the wizard we have multiple options. In particular in this new edition there is the option to send backups to a Veeam Backup Repository, Veeam Cloud Connect and a Microsoft OneDrive both Business and Consumer Editions.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup destination

When selecting the Veeam Backup Server we have to specify the name of the Backup Server and the credentials. Of course these will be provided by the Veeam Administrator. In the next screen we can also select the Backup repository where the data will be stored.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup Veeam Backup Server

Similarly in the case of Service Provide option we need to specify the name of the Veeam Cloud Connect which the Service Provider will host.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup Veeam Service Provider

In the case of Microsoft OneDrive all we to do is to provide the credentials to authenticate and authorize the Veeam Agent App.

So let’s click on the link to sign in to Microsoft OneDrive.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup target

Let’s choose the desired account to use. We can use both OneDrive for Business and Consumer editions.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup Microsoft account

Let’s provide a password. If a backup is not run in 14 days the sign in process needs to be done again.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup account password

The wizard now shows the permissions we need to grant to the Veeam Agent for Windows App to store our Backups into OneDrive.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup account authorization

Back to previous wizard. A message is now informing us to exclude the “VeeamBackup” created from the Veeam App from the folders to sync. As this will duplicate the data stored on OneDrive.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup folder

From the OneDrive client setting let’s make sure the “VeeamBackup” folder is not selected.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup folder configuration

In the advanced settings in the case of OneDrive Windows Backup we can create Synthetic and Active Full Backups and of course set a schedule for these jobs.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup advanced settings

In the Storage section we can choose the compression level and the Storage optimization. There are different profiles and the biggest block size can reach up to 4096 KB.

Depending on network connectivity we can adjust this value as desired.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup storage settings

When configuring OneDrive Windows Backup jobs it is also possible to enable a “Backup cache”. This option will keep the data blocks locally on the computer we are backing up until the connection is available. Once data is transferred to OneDrive will be deleted from local cache.

Ideally we might want to setup this cache on a different drive from the one we are backimg up.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup cache

And finally we also have the option to schedule OneDrive Windows Backup jobs also taking advantage computer hardware events.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup schedule

The wizard now shows a summary of the main settings we can review and finish to commit the Backup job configuration.

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup summary

If we now take a look at the “VeeamBackup” folder created on OneDrive there is a folder structure with:

  • Unique ID of the computer backed up
  • a BlockStore system of sub-folders including data blocks
  • a Metadata folder with Backup job metadata information
  • a CheckPoint folder

domalab.com OneDrive Windows Backup files

And this concludes thisvery quick article on how to store Windows Backup on OneDrive.

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Michele Domanico

Passionate about Virtualization, Storage, Data Availability and Software Defined Data Center technologies. The aim of Domalab.com is sharing with the Community the knowledge and experience gained with customers, industry leaders and like minded peers. Always open to constructive feedback and new challenges.

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  • Hi, thanks for the guide. What upload speed do you get to OneDrive? Looks like about 5 Mbit/s is the maximum? I have enough speed on my internet connection. //Bjarne

    • Hi Bjarne,
      Thanks for your comment. This is in line with the speed I have experienced as well. There are different factors that can affect the upload process. Since the generated files are quite small (4MB max per file depending on storage profile in the advanced options) the effective ISP speed and Microsoft throttling policy determine the rate to ingest data in the cloud. Lesser the files the better. The throttling policy cannot be controlled from the client side and it changes automatically depending on various factors like the number of files, size, number of requests etc..This process is owned by Microsoft.
      I would suggest to contact your ISP and Microsoft to make sure no restrictions are in place. In the case of Microsoft you can specify a OneDrive Client is used to backup content to the Cloud. They might change the throttling policies for your tenant, in particular with OneDrive for Business.
      Hope it helps,
      Michele

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