Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data with Veeam Backup O365

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Backup Emails OneDrive SharePoint Data

Office 365(O365) is a SaaS solution by Microsoft. Many organization uses office 365 all around the globe. Veeam has an application to Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data. We will discuss the installation, configuration, and features of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0 version in this post. And Also I have explained the features in a video tutorial.

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Need for Office 365 Backup?

Let’s have a quick look at Office 365 backup requirements. Do we need to have a backup for a SaaS solution like Office 365? I think, yes you do. The Office 365 backup is required for VIP, high priority mailbox users and custom retention policies. Microsoft provides standard retention policies for Email, OneDrive, and SharePoint. However, Veeam backup has full control over the retention policies.

New Features of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V2.0

Following features are new to the V2.0 of Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365.

  • Support for Microsoft SharePoint sites, libraries, items, and documents backup and restore.
  • Support for Microsoft OneDrive documents backup and restore.
  • Support for separate components installation during setup.
  • Support for selecting different color schemes.
  • Support for custom list templates in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Support for comparing items with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange.
  • Support for exporting extended logs for proxy and controller components.

Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data

Video Tutorial – Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data

Install Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V2

Download Veeam backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2 from here. I have installed all the following components on Windows Server 2016 server. It took only 5-7 minutes to install the three(3) application packages. Installation is straightforward and pretty smooth. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 distribution package comprises the following applications:-

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange
Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint

The Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 installation creates three (3) services as you can see in the below picture.

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Configure Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V2 version provides different options to connect to the remote backup server using port 9191. Make sure the ports are opened if you are trying to checkout this app in a corporate environment.

I have installed in a lab environment hence I connected to the local server itself with the default port 9191. You can add new backup proxy servers and backup repository using the Veeam Backup for an O365 solution. More details are available in the resources section of this post.

Other Important Options which you want to setup with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 are:-

Excluding Folders
Configuring Retention for Session Data
Configuring RESTful API Settings
Configuring Notification Settings
Configuring Authentication Settings
Configuring Update Notifications

How to Add Microsoft Office 365 Organizations from Veeam Backup?

Following is the process to add your Office 365 organization to backup Email OneDrive SharePoint data. I have explained this process in the video tutorial above. When you don’t have access to customer tenants, you can also have certificate based authentication.

  1. Specify the Microsoft Azure region your organizations belong to = Default 
  2. Specify valid credentials to connect to the Microsoft Office 365 organization
  3. The user account must be provided in either of the following formats: [email protected] or [email protected]
  4. Select Exchange Server and/or SharePoint Server checkboxes to automatically grant required permissions and assign appropriate roles to the account to access organizations thereof.
  5. Click Next and wait until Veeam verifies connection and organization parameters.
    Click Finish.

Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data

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How to Configure the Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint data?

You have options to create a backup job for the entire organization or specific objects within the organization. The Veeam tool can be used to backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data. Before configuring a backup schedule, you need to understand the four available object types:-

Groups ==> Consists of O365 groups (available only in Office 365 organizations), Security groups, Distribution groups, and Dynamic distribution groups.
Users ==> Consists of Users, Shared mailboxes (available only in Office 365 and Exchange organizations), and Public mailboxes (available only in Office 365 and Exchange organizations).
Sites ==> Consists of organization sites and subsites.
Organizations ==> Contains organization objects and their corresponding processing options.

When you select the option to backup only a few objects from your office 365 organization, you need to go through all the following steps which I explained in the video tutorial.

Step 1. Specify Backup Job Name
Step 2. Select Items to Backup
Step 3. Select Items to Exclude
Step 4. Specify Backup Proxy and Repository
Step 5. Specify Scheduling Options

Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data

Following is one of my favorite scheduling options for Veeam Backup for Office 365. To explicitly Terminate job if it exceeds allowed backup window, select the corresponding checkbox and click Window. In the Time Periods window, specify the allowed and prohibited hours for the backup job.

How to Review Statistical Information on Backup job

Veeam Backup for Office 365 provides statistical information consists of the backup job name, status, details on the latest run, the date and time of the last backup created by this job, time of the next run, and the backup repository used to store the data. I have explained this in the Video tutorial. The Veeam tool can be used to backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data.

At the bottom of the main window, you can examine job session log records. Use the Success, Warnings, or Errors filter check-boxes to display the records you need. On the high-level, the backup job statistical information is available in the following views:-

Organizations View
History View

 Backup Email OneDrive SharePoint Data

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Resources:-

Veeam Product Documentation – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0

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