Here we are in this final article about the HPE StoreVirtual VSA. In this step we’ll see how to configure Veeam Backup and Replication to work with HPE StoreVirtual integration. To be fair the Veeam VBR already includes the native APIs from HPE which make this integration a lot easier to configure and use. So to the question why would I need to take a look at this integration there are multiple answers:
- VMs can be stored on HPE StoreVirtual Volumes
- HPE StoreVirtual offers Storage Snapshots feautures that can copy data also on Remote Volumes
- HPE StoreVirtual provides built-in high availability mechanism to protect data
- Storage Snapshots on HPE StoreVirtual volumes can be orchestrated by Veeam Backup & Replication suite
- Veeam Backup & Replication can Backup and Restore directly from new and existing Storage Snapshots
- HPE StoreVirtual VSA ships with a Free 1TB license for 3 years
- Do I need to add more? 🙂
Let’s see how to quickly add HPE StoreVirtual integration to the Veeam Storage Infrastructure.
HPE StoreVirtual integration with Veeam
Let’s open the Veeam Backup & Replication console and from the Storage Infrastructure we select add storage which brings to the wizard below. Let’s select HPE StoreVirtual and continue.
In this step we need to provide the VIP cluster name chosen in the previous steps when configuring the HPE StoreVirtual VSA. Once again let’s make sure the FQDN names resolution are working both ways.
We can use an existing user or create a new one on the fly. Of course the same user credentials exist on the HPE CMC.
If provided credentials are correct the next screen shows the SSH fingerprint to connect to the VSA Appliance.
In my home lab I’m using iSCSI connection hence this is the only option available. In this phase we can leave the default settings or dictate which Volumes and Backup Proxies to use to Backup and Restore operations. Since I have created a single Volume at the moment will leave the default settings.
In case we want to select a different or multiple Volumes we can do so as per screenshot below.
In the next screen we can review the main settings and amend them by hitting the Finish button.
It couldn’t get any easier than this. We now can see a new entry in the Storage Infrastructure which relates, to the HPE StoreVirtual VSA. By clicking on this one we can view the available clusters and associated Volumes. With a simple right click on the Volumes we can also create new Storage Snapshots. In case Storage Snapshots already exist they will be equally visible. Browsing the Volumes and the Snapshots we find the Virtual Machines. Veeam can Backup and Restore Virtual Machines from both Volumes and pertinent Snapshots.
It’s now time to create few VMs sitting on the HPE StoreVirtual Volumes and run some Backup and Restore operations. For my home lab I’m planning to a mix of Linux and Windows VMs. Another aspect I would like to cover is the application consistent Backup for such VMs. This and more will be covered in the next articles.
Comments and feedback are always welcome!