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Requirements

There is no need to deploy Veeam Agent before using this new feature. If you have already deployed Veeam Agent for Windows / Linux on several servers, you can use them in Veeam Backup & Replication without uninstalling.

If you deploy Veeam Agent from Veeam Backup & Replication, you need an account which is a local administrator of the physical machine/cloud instance.

Create the protection group

The protection group is a set of physical machines/cloud instances which are protected by an agent. In this example, I create a protection group and I populate it by browsing the Active Directory.

To create the protection group, navigate to Inventory | Physical & Cloud Infrastructure. Then click on create the protection group.

Veeam backup and replicalion - create protection group

Then specify a protection group name and provide a description.

Veeam backup and replicalion - create protection group - name and description

In the next window, I choose to populate the protection group from Active Directory. You can also specify an individual computer or computers from a CSV file.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Microsoft Active Directory objects

Then I click on Add to browse the Active Directory and add an object such an OU or a computer.

Veeam backup and replicalion - adding an object Computer

You can specify excluded objects such as virtual machines (they don’t need an agent), offline computers or objects.

PS: I unchecked All virtual machines because, for this example, I have installed the agent on a VM. It is exactly the same process for physical machine or cloud instance.

Veeam backup and replicalion - New Protection Group

Then configure the discovery schedule and the installation/update of the agent automatically. For example, if you have chosen an organizational unit as an included object when you add the computer in this OU, Veeam is able to discover and install agent automatically on this machine.

Veeam backup and replicalion - New protection group - Options

Then review settings and click on apply to install the agent and create the protection group.

Veeam backup and replicalion - New protection group - Inslall Agent

Veeam backup and replicalion - New protection group - Apply

Veeam backup and replicalion - New protection group - Summary

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Backup the physical machine

When the protection group is created, you can browse the Inventory | Physical & Cloud Infrastructure. You should see the computers where the agent has been installed. Right-click on a machine and select Add to backup job | New job.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - New job

Next, choose the job type and click on Next.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - Job Mode

Next, choose the backup mode. You can backup at the file level, at volume level or the entire computer.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - Beckup Mode

In the next window, select the backup repository and the number of restore points to keep on disk.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - Storage

As other Veeam backup job, you can enable application-aware processing and guest file system indexing. These settings depend on the application deployed on the machine. For example, if you have installed SQL Server on the physical machine, I recommend you to enable application-aware processing.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - Guest Processing

To finish, you can schedule the backup job as other Veeam backup job.

Veeam backup and replicalion - Add to backup job - Scedule

Agent management

In addition, to create a backup job, you can also manage the computer agent. In Inventory | Physical & Cloud Infrastructure, right click on a computer and select Agent.

You can uninstall agent, reboot the machine create a recovery media and so on.

Veeam Agent Management

Conclusion

Veeam has filled a huge gap with Update 3 of Veeam Backup & Replication: the backup of the physical server. Since several years, I heard clients complain about the lack of physical server backup in Veeam Backup & Replication. Now Veeam Backup & Replication is able to manage the backup of the physical server and it is also able to backup VM in public Cloud. As usual, Veeam has implemented an easy to use the feature.

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Romain Serre
Romain Serre
Senior consultant at Exakis
Romain Serre works in Lyon as a Senior Consultant. He is focused on Microsoft Technology, especially on Hyper-V, System Center, Storage, networking and Cloud OS technology as Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack. He is a MVP and he is certified Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE Server Infrastructure & Private Cloud), on Hyper-V and on Microsoft Azure (Implementing a Microsoft Azure Solution).