VMware Cloud on AWS Support. Considerations and Limitations

KB ID: 2414
Product: Veeam Availability for AWS
Version:
Published:
Last Modified: 2018-01-18

Challenge

Some of VMware features and permissions are not granted by default at the start of VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC). Thus, some depending Veeam Backup & Replication features will be limited or not operating. Depending on VMware update releases for VMware Cloud on AWS, the situation may change and the features from the table below may become available. Please contact your VMware administrator for timely update.

Solution

Affected Veeam FeatureLimitationWorkaround

Instant VM Recovery

Currently, VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) does not allow for NFS usage

Use IVMR from a backup copy on-premises.
Use a combination of a Veeam backup job and replication job for proactive restore capabilities

Other OS File Level Recovery

Currently, VMC does not allow for NFS

Start Linux File-Level Recovery from a backup copy on-premises

Quick Migration               

Quick Migration cannot migrate VMs to VMC if they are running

Use Veeam Replication and permanent failover to achieve similar functionality
For Free Edition, shutdown the VM before migration

SureBackup, Sure Replica, OnDemand Labs, Virtual Lab

Currently, VMC  does not allow NFS and network manipulation

As for SureReplica, you can perform it if the replication target is a non-VMC vSphere environment (e.g., replicate VM from VMC to on-premises)

VM Guest Interaction and Windows File Restore by VIX or WebService API

Currently, VMC does not allow usage of VMware Webservice API

If you want to perform Veeam Guest processing or Windows File-Level Recovery, then connect to a VM over the network from Veeam Backup & Replication

VM Replication ReIP

ReIP is not available on VMC

 

Windows Dynamic disks are not supported

Currently, VMC does not allow to process dynamic disks at Hot-Add (Virtual Appliance mode) backup

VMware will provide a hotfix for this soon

Non-Unicode VM names

Currently, VMC does not allow non-Unicode characters for VM names within their APIs used ad VMC

 

VM Replication based File Level Recovery

 

Use file restore from backups or use a VM replica on a non VMC environment to start the File recovery


Problem

Impossible to add the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter server to the managed server, or VMs within this vCenter are not visible in the list of VMs.

Solution

  1. Create a vCenter User with required rights (Active Directory linked mode) described here, or use the cloudadmin@vmc.local user.
  2. When adding a vCenter server, specify the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) that ends with vmc.vmware.com.

 

Problem

When working with Restore or VM Replication wizard, users may face some issues accessing VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter server.

Cause

By design, VMware does not provide customers access to the background infrastructure and used datastores.

Solution

For proper operation, you can select the specific areas marked as “Workload” or “Compute”. Avoid using the non-accessible areas, for example:

  • vsanDatastore datastore
  • Management VMs folder
  • Mgmt-ResourcePool resource pool

    More Information

      VMware Cloud on AWS Firewall Configuration

      The Veeam Backup and Replication Server and Veeam proxy server should be connnected to the VMware vCenter using HTTPS through TCP port 443. At VMware Cloud on AWS there is no need to open ports to the ESXi hosts itself.
      User-added image
      User-added image

      All Veeam servers residing within VMware Cloud on AWS need to communicate with the Linux Repository Server on AWS via ports TCP 22 and TCP 2500-5000 open for VMware Cloud (this will be a transport ports in both directions).
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