The latest Veeam Backup & Replication update (9.5u4) provides the ability to create a Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR) with extents located locally and in Cloud. Initially, SOBR enabled to create a “logical’ backup repository composed of several backup repositories. For example, if you have many NAS, you can create a single SOBR with all these NAS to take advantage of all of them through a single backup target. In SOBR, an extent is a backup repository.

In Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5u5a, a SOBR can be created with two tiers: a performance tier (usually a local repository) and a capacity tier such as a storage account in Microsoft Azure. In this topic, we’ll see how to create this kind of SOBR.

Create a Storage Account in Microsoft Azure

First, I create a Microsoft Azure Storage Account to create the cloud repository. I open the Azure Portal and the marketplace. Specify Storage Account. Then I create a general purpose v2 storage account (LRS) and a cool access tier.

Create a Storage Account in Microsoft Azure

Then I create a blob container called veeam.

A blob container

Then navigate in Access Keys tab and copy the primary key.

Access Keys

Add the Storage Account as backup repository in Veeam

Open the Veeam console and navigate in Backup Infrastructure. Right click on Backup Repositories and select Add Backup Repository.

Add the Storage Account as backup repository in Veeam

Next select Object storage.

Object storage

Then select Microsoft Azure blob storage.

Microsoft Azure blob storage

Specify a name and a description for this backup repository.

Specify a name and a description for this backup repository

Click on add credentials and specify the storage account name and the primary key. Then I enable the gateway server in order that the veeam server proxy the access to Azure.

Add credentials and specify the storage account name and the primary key

Next select the blob container and create a folder inside it. You can also limit the storage consumption in this backup repository.

Next select the blob container and create a folder inside it

To create the backup repository, click on Finish.

Summary

Create the Scale-Out Backup Repository

In the Veeam console, right click on Scale-Out Backup Repository then select Add Scale-Out Backup Repository.

Scale-Out Backup Repository

Specify a name and a description for this SOBR and click on Next.

Specify a name and a description for this SOBR

In performance tier, add your On-Premise backup repositories.

On-Premise backup repositories

I choose Data locality as a placement policy.

 Data locality as a placement policy

Next select the Microsoft Azure as object storage. Then choose the file ages to be moved in Microsoft Azure. I recommend you encrypt data uploaded to Microsoft Azure.

Select the Microsoft Azure as object storage

You can also schedule to upload to Microsoft Azure.

Time periods

You can also move files depending on the used space.

Override

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Use SOBR in a backup job

Now you just have to set the backup repository in the backup job. Edit or create a backup job and in storage tab specify the SOBR.

 

Use SOBR in a backup job

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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).