Object Storage Integration – Wasabi

Object Storage is probably the main Backup & Replication feature used by Veeam Customers since his release (9.5 u4)

Today I’m going to cover the improvment now available with version 10 and I’ll show you how it works when it is coupled with Wasabi Object Storage.

Why Wasabi?
The reason is quite easy.
Any Veeam SE has 1 TB of available data to work with and this is a very appreciated gift because I can test VBR features in my personal lab.

So thank you in advance Wasabi guys.

This is the first of three articles where I’m going to show how to implement the Object Storage integration with VBR

  1. Configuring Wasabi Bucket
  2. Implementing Backup and Replication
  3. Performing test of backup and Restore

Let’s start with the first point !!!

After registering to wasabi site (https://wasabi.com/), sign-in and discover the main menu. What surprised me immediately is how easily you can work with the platform.

From “Users” just create a user following the wizard where you need to type name (Picture 1), optionally create a group (Picture 2)  and in the select the right permission in page three  (Picture 3) 

Picture 1

 

Picture 2

 

Picture 3

Now move on the Access key menu and create the two keys. One good suggestion is to save keys on your PC downloading it. (Picture 4) 

Picture 4

Now it’s time to work with Bucket menu and see how easy it is to create a new container (Picture 5).

Picture 5

Now we are ready to use it with VBR (Veeam Backup & Replication)

See you soon

XFS – Performace

Last article about XFS.

In the previous two paragraphs I explained how to configure and set-up the XFS repository on Veeam Backup & Replication v.10 (VBR)

Today let’s see how perfectly the XFS linked-clone technology helps VBR to transform the backup chain. 

Particularly let’s see what happens with Synthetic Full.

What is Synthetic full?

It’s a smart way to help VBR to create a Full Restore point downloading just an incremental backup from production.

To be very short the process is composed of two phases.

Firstly it creates a normal incremental backup data, secondly it creates a full backup file stacking all previous backups (full and incremental).

This process normally needs a lot of work because it is necessary to copy, paste and delete the unnecessary blocks to create the synthetic full.

With XFS integration, we do not move any block because the filesystem will re-point his metadata creating a full Backup in one shot .

The result is super fast  Full Backup creation.

Let’s see with an example:

Full Backup has lasted 7 mins (Picture 1)

Picture 1

Incremental Backup has lasted 2 mins and 30 sec (Picture 2)

Picture 2

What about a Synthetic Full? 

Picture 3 shows that it needs less than 30 seconds!!!

So Amazing technology  and Veeamzing integration!!!

 

How to add an XFS Repository to Veeam

This is the second article talking about how to set the Veeam Repository up with XFS

In my last article I wrote about how to create an XFS volume.

Now let’s see how to integrate it!

Numbers of step are quite easy

  1. Add a new Linux Server.
  2. Create Repository  with XFS add on.

The first step seems to be very easy and …  it is … if you have already set up correctly your linux firewall.

Why? 

Because when you add a new server you can select which ports will be used to communicate from and to Backup Server to the new Repository

Let’s configure the firewall on my centos Linux server (firewallD)

The most important commands are:

  • sudo firewall-cmd –get-active-zones

The output shows you if the firewall is running and where it’s enabled

In the case you need to change the ethernet interface just launch:

  • sudo firewall-cmd –zone=home –change-interface=eth0

Probably the most used command is:

sudo firewall-cmd –zone=public –list-all

where you can see the status of opening ports

What we need now is opening the right ports as shown from Veeam user guide:

Let’s open the ports we need:

sudo firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-port=22/tcp –permanent

sudo firewall-cmd –zone=public –add-port=2500-3300/tcp –permanent 

and check if the output of the command

sudo firewall-cmd –zone=public –list-all 

shows

ports: 2500-3300/tcp 22/tcp

Now it’s time to create the new XFS repository following these easy steps:

  • Adding New Server

Select Linux Server and click on the Advanced button.

Check if the ports we have previous configurated are present.

Now select the server (in my case is cento01),  Browse the XFS folder and then select the XFS option (in Yellow)

Just some more next click and finally you have finally configurated your new XFS repository.

If you want to have more details about how to set up the firewall please have a look at the following site:

Centos-Firewall

The next article will talk about performances so … see you soon