Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

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Veeam has a backup and restore solution for Microsoft Windows devices. Veeam agent for Microsoft Windows can be used to take backups of servers, desktops, and laptops. Previously, this solution was known as “Veeam Endpoint Backup”. In this post, we will see Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam.

Following are the 3 posts which will cover the Windows endpoint backup solution from Veeam.

  1. Windows 10 backup and recovery Software from Veeam
  2. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam
  3. Video Guide Windows Server 2016 File & Volume Recovery Solution from Veeam

In this video guide, we will see:-

Installation of Veeam Agent on Microsoft Windows server 2016
Create Recovery Media
Taking Backup of Server 2016 as per schedule

Download the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows here

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

Install Veeam Agent for Windows on Server 2016

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for physical and virtual machines. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can be used to protect different types of computers and devices: desktops, laptops, and tablets. The solution can be installed on any computer that runs the following OSes:

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later
Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 or later

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

 

The installation of the Veeam Agent for Windows is straightforward. It will automatically take care of the installation of prerequisites like SQL express etc. After the installation, you would be able to see :-

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Service 
Veeam Agent Tray
SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB

How to Create Recovery Media for Server 2016

Once Veeam agent for Windows is installed then, the first step is to create a Veeam Recovery media. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows lets us create a Veeam Recovery Media. The recovery media is nothing but a recovery image of your computer.

You can boot your computer/server with recovery media and to fix the OS system errors on your server 2016 or restore data from the backup. Microsoft Windows RE (Recovery Environment) automatically reboots after 72 hours of continuous use. All data that has not been saved before reboot will be lost.

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

You can launch the recovery media creation wizard from Veeam agent for Windows home page. The media creation is a straight forward process as you can see in the video tutorial here.

It took near about 9 minutes to create a recovery media on my server 2016. The wizard will prompt to format the USB during the media creation process. On high level following are the tasks:-

Mounting Recovery Environment Image
Copy Veeam Recovery Environment files
Adding .NET framework
Adding system drivers
Copying boot files
Unmounting Recovery Image
Preparing USB disk
Copying data to USB disk
Recovery media has been created

Take Full Backup of Server 2016 using Veeam Agent for Windows

Veeam Agent for Windows 3 types of backup modes are available. And those backup modes are “Entire computer”, “Volume-level backup”, and “File-Level backup”. Veeam agent for Windows servers supports five backup options. And those options are listed down:-

Removable storage device
Local computer drive
Network shared folder
Backup repository managed by a Veeam backup server
Cloud repository managed by a Veeam Cloud Connect service provider

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

“Configure backup” is the option on Veeam agent to start to configure and schedule the backup for Windows server. Back up your entire server is the recommended option in Veeam agent for Windows. This helps with fast recovery on any level.

I selected Entire Computer backup option for my server 2016. I used the external hard disk (local storage) to take the backup of server 2016. This is my Hyper-V server in my lab. More details are available in the video tutorial here Following are the tasks which I could see:-

Initializing
Preparing for backup
Creating VSS snapshot
Calculating digests
Getting list of local users
System Reserved (disk 0) (500.0 MB) 42.0 MB read at 42 MB/s
(C:)(49.0 GB)42.4 GB read at 74 MB/s
Local Disk (E:) (188.5 GB) 37.4 GB read at 84 MB/s
Saving GuestMembers.xml
Finalizing
Truncating transaction logs
Truncating SQL server transaction logs
Processing finished

Windows Server 2016 Backup Solution from Veeam

Resources:-

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows – User Guide – Here

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