Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

Posted by Romain Serre on March 21, 2017
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Veeam Backup Entreprise Manager is an optional component that enables to consolidate several Veeam Backup & Replication server through a single pane of glass. Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager provides a web-based interface to centrally control and manage all jobs. You can edit job, monitor them and have a consolidated view of the reporting of all Veeam Backup & Replication server. In this topic, we’ll see how to configure Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

License information

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is available from the Standard to the Enterprise Plus license of Veeam Backup & Replication. Enterprise Manager has limited functionality in Standard edition. For example, in Standard edition, you can’t restore from Enterprise Manager. You can get further information on Veeam website.

Lab overview

My lab is composed of two 2-node Cluster based on Hyper-V 2016 and ESXi 6.5. Each cluster hosts two domain controllers of the forest The Hyper-V cluster hosts a Veeam Backup & Replication Server (VMBCK01) and the Enterprise Manager (VMBCK02). The ESXi cluster hosts a Veeam Backup & Replication (VMBCK04) and the vCenter which is reachable from admin.vsphere.lab. I can connect to Enterprise Manager from “”.

2-node Cluster based on Hyper-V 2016 and ESXi 6.5

Configure account in Veeam Backup & Replication

To enable Enterprise Manager to connect to Veeam Backup & Replication, I have created an Active Directory user called sa-bck-emcnt. Then I have added this user to a group called GG-VeeamAdmins.

GG-VeeamAdmins propertries members

Next, navigate to the “hamburger” menu in Veeam Backup & Replication and click on Users and Roles.


Veeam Backup and Replication and click on Users and Roles

Add the GG-VeamAdmins group as Veeam Backup Administrators.

GG-VeamAdmins group as Veeam Backup Administrators

Add a backup server to Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

When Enterprise Manager is installed, you can connect to the product through a web browser. To start the configuration, click on … configuration 🙂

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Dashboard backup Servers

Navigate to Backup Servers and click on Add.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Backup Servers

Specify the FQDN of the Veeam Backup Server and provide credentials. These credentials must be added in Veeam Backup Server as Veeam Backup Administrators.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Backup Servers settings

Once the server is added, you can click on Start Collecting.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Backup Servers start collecting

You can repeat these steps for each Veeam Backup Server you have.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager backup servers

Manage license

From the configuration menu, you can navigate to Licensing. In this page, you have an overview of the license state. If you want to install a new license, you can click on Install license. In settings, you can set the automatic license upgrade.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager licensing

Add vCenter server to Enterprise Manager

If you add a Veeam Backup Server connected to a vCenter, you should have information about vCenter as below. I waited a while to get this information. Be patient 🙂 Next Select the vCenter server and click on Check version. Credentials will be asked. Provide credentials with administrative privilege on vCenter.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager vCenter servers

Next select again the vCenter server and click on Install.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager install vCenter servers

Once the plugin is installed, you should have something as below.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager vCenter Servers view

On the vCenter side, you should have a client plug-ins called Veeam Backup.

vmware vsphere web client plug-ins

If you try to connect to the Veeam plugin without an account with privilege on Enterprise Manager, you will have this error:

vmware vsphere web client Veeam Backup and replication server error

So, I reconnect to vCenter with an account that has privileges on Enterprise Manager and I get Veeam information:

vmware vsphere web client veeam backup and replication summary

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

Enterprise Manager provides a central point to manage backup & restore. As you can see in the below screenshot, you have a dashboard with the summary of backup jobs.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager dashboard view

You can get also the report of backup jobs. By clicking on each backup server, you have the history of backup jobs.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager reports

In jobs tab, you have a list of all backup jobs. You can start, stop and retry jobs from this view.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager jobs

In VMs tab, you can get information about protected VM such as the number of restore point or the backup location. You can also restore or make a quick backup from this view.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager VMs

In files tab, you can restore or download files located in the backup. You can browse a protected VM.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager files

In items tab, you can restore the mailbox, SQL or Oracle databases. In the below screenshot, this is an example of SQL database restore.

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager items sql databases


Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager provides a central point to manage Veeam Backup & Replication server. Moreover, thanks to Enterprise Manager, a plugin can be installed in vCenter to get backup information directly in the web client. Enterprise Manager enables to make backup or restoration from a single point. It can be a powerful tool if you have several of Veeam Backup & Replication Server.

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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).