Step by step guide - Veeam for Nutanix AHV

Written by: Sanjith Mohan

If you are a Veeam Backup and Replication user and considering to move to Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), here’s great news. Veeam has announced AHV support and released a beta version with full version release expected soon.

How does it work?

Veeam Backup and Replication does not directly backup from an AHV cluster; instead Veeam runs a Backup proxy appliance on AHV. It is this proxy VM that is responsible for backup and restoring VM’s hosted in Nutanix AHV. The proxy VM comes with a web interface to perform backup and restore with integration to Veeam Backup and Replication server. The proxy VM transports backup and restores data to and from the Veeam repository to a container in Nutanix.

How do you do it?

I’d like to provide you with a step by step guide on how you configure Veeam backup for Nutanix AHV and a step by step guide on how to perform Veeam restore on Nutanix AHV.

Step by step guide 1 - How to configure Veeam backup for Nutanix AHV

Please bear in mind that this guide was prepared using the beta version of Veeam Proxy for AHV and might look different to the final version.

Step 1: Download the image file from Veeam and using the file, create an image in Nutanix.

Step 2: Create a new VM using the previously created image. Make sure that the VM is placed in a network where it can receive an IP address, so you can do initial configuration. This can be changed later.

Step 3: Power on the VM and login (admin/admin) to the web console.

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Step 4: Go through the initial configuration. Change the IP address to static under the network settings.

Step 5: Wait till the configured settings apply, type in the IP address on a browser, enter credentials and there you have the dashboard. Let’s start the configuration!

Step 6: Click on the gear icon and enter the Nutanix AHV cluster information.

Step 7: Click on the gear icon and enter the Veeam backup and replication server details.

Step 8: Go to ‘Backup Jobs’ tab and click ‘Add’. Enter a job name, select the virtual machines.

Step 9: Select the Veeam backup repository as destination and then configure the schedule. Remember to set appropriate access permissions to the Veeam repository.

Step 10: Notice that the Backup Job progress in the proxy web console as well as the Veeam B&R console.

Step 11: Notice that Veeam creates a temporary Volume Group in Nutanix during backup/restore process.

All done! You can see successful backup from the dashboard or from the Veeam Backup and Replication console.

Step by step guide 2 – How to perform Veeam restore on Nutanix AHV

Let’s start with a file-level restore from the Veeam backup and replication console. This operation is similar to Veeam file level restore on Vmware or Hyper-V.

Step 1: Click on Restore and select Guest Files.

Step 2: Select the Virtual Machine and the Restore Point.

Step 3: Select the file to restore and the location to restore the files to.

Below is the process to restore a Virtual Machine. 

Step 1:  For the purpose of demonstration we start by deleting a virtual machine from the Nutanix Prism interface.

Step 2: To restore the VM, open the Nutanix AHV Veeam backup proxy web console and click on ‘Protected VM’ tab. Click the Restore button.

Step 3: Select the Virtual machine to restore and select ‘Restore to original location’.

Step 4: Confirm that the restore has been started.

Step 5: Once the restore is completed, the VM will appear in Prism.

That’s it! That’s how easy the whole process is!

My Thoughts

Being the first and number one partner of Nutanix and Veeam for ANZ, BEarena evaluates and understands pre-general release new and exciting features to these product sets. Since the earlier days of Nutanix we have been seeing tremendous growth in adoption of Nutanix AHV. A number of our Veeam clients using Nutanix have been asking about Veeam support of Nutanix AHV. We have evaluated and tested the implementation of the Veeam AHV proxy in our lab, and it’s amazing how easy the process is. Best part; no change required to the existing Veeam environment as the AHV proxy uses the Veeam repository for backup and replication.