How to move the Veeam Backup & Replication software to another server

KB ID: 1889
Products: Veeam Backup & Replication
Version: 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x
Published:
Last Modified: 2016-03-30

Challenge

You need to move Veeam Backup & Replication software and database to a new server.

Solution

Note: This section will refer to the server where Veeam Backup & Replication is installed prior to the move as the “old server”, and the location after the move as the “new server”.

Performing migration using Configuration Backup:
 
Perform the following steps on the old server:
1. Stop and disable all jobs.
2. Perform configuration backup:
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/index.html?vbr_config_manually.html
3. Close Veeam GUI and stop all Veeam Services.


 
Perform the following steps on the new server:
 
1. Install Veeam Backup & Replication with a brand new DB.
2. Apply the latest patch to Veeam Backup & Replication: http://www.veeam.com/patches.html
3.  Make sure all local drives that were being used as repositories on the old server are now attached with the same drive letters on the new server.
4. Perform configuration backup restore:
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/index.html?vbr_config_restore.html  
Note: It will be necessary to re-enter the password for every account during restore of non-encrypted configuration backups.
5. Run a test job to make sure everything moved correctly.
 

Performing migration if Configuration Backup is not available:
Note: Use this option only if Configuration Backup is not available. If encryption was used on the previous installation, a newly installed backup server will not be able to decrypt such information if attached to the existing database, so any encrypted information will have to be supplied manually – existing encrypted backups have to be re-imported to provide the password.
 
Perform the following steps on the old server:

1. Stop and disable all jobs.
2. Close Veeam GUI and stop all Veeam Services.
3. Create backup of the SQL database. (
http://www.veeam.com/kb1471)

To find out where the VeeamBackup database is located, open regedit on the old server and navigate to:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication
 
There you will find 3 dword values:

- SqlServerName
- SqlInstanceName
- SqlDatabaseName

 
Perform the following steps on the new server:

1. Install Veeam Backup & Replication with a brand new DB.

2. Apply the latest patch to Veeam. http://www.veeam.com/patches.html
3. Make sure all local drives that were being used as repositories on the old server are now attached with the same drive letters on the new server.
4. Restore the Veeam database to the instance on the new server or on a SQL server which will host Veeam DB. (link)
5. Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication and specify new values for the restored DB:
- SqlServerName
- SqlInstanceName
- SqlDatabaseName

6. Restart Veeam Services to apply the changes.
7. Open the Veeam console and using the “Manage Credentials” wizard from the main menu re-enter the password for every account.
8. Run a test job to make sure everything moved correctly.
 

More Information

Performing configuration backup on v.7: http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/70/vsphere/index.html?vbr_config_manually.html
Performing configuration restore on v.7: http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/70/vsphere/index.html?vbr_config_restore.html
Configuration backups created with version 7 are supported for restore on version 8.

In situations where physical local storage is used please see the following KB that details how to relocate Veeam Backup and Replication backup file locations: https://www.veeam.com/kb1729

 
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