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How to seed your backups to Azure Storage

KB ID: 2901
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication 11, Veeam Backup & Replication 10, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
Published: 2019-03-11
Last Modified: 2021-05-07

Challenge


In case you wish to move a large amount of data to Azure, it is reasonable to use Azure Data Box for offline data transfer.
Please note that the process outlined below moves the data from your Veeam repository to the Azure Data Box. If you wish to keep the data in your Veeam repository as well, you need to make a second local copy.

Solution

Do not do anything with the backup chain (for example, do not delete the VM manually or use Forget option) until the process is complete.

  1. Disable checkbox Remove deleted items data after for the jobs you want to run in the object storage repository to avoid a known issue (Active Full request after successful seeding).
  2. Register Azure Data Box in your infrastructure by following the steps described in this article.
  3. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication Console and add the object storage repository as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article.
    Do not forget to select the same Region you specified in C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup\AzureStorageRegions.xml at the previous step, as this object storage repository will be pointing to your offline Azure Data Box.
  4. Open the Edit Scale-out Backup Repository wizard. Proceed to the Capacity Tier step and add the object storage repository created at the previous step. Configure the data transfer policies as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article.
    If you do not have a scale-out backup repository, create it as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article.
  5. Hold down CTRL key and right-click on your scale-out backup repository and select Run Tiering Job Now. Wait for the job to complete successfully. You can check the job status as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article.
  6. Put the object storage repository created at Step 3 into maintenance mode, as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article.
  7. Send your Azure Data Box back to Microsoft.
  8. Await confirmation from Microsoft that the data has been successfully migrated in Azure.
  9. Undo all the changes described in this article:
    • Remove DNS entries
    • Remove the certificate
    • Roll back to the original C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup\AzureStorageRegions.xml file
    • Delete the ObjectStorageCRLCheckMode registry key
    • Restart Veeam Backup Server
  10. Open Veeam Backup & Replication Console and create a new object storage repository as described in this Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide article. Use the same credentials, but this time select the proper Region. 
  11. Open the Edit Scale-out Backup Repository wizard. Proceed to the Capacity Tier step and add the object storage repository created at the previous step. When the dialog window appears, agree to use a different object storage system as your capacity extent.
  12. Wait while Veeam Backup & Replication checks the object storage repository for existing backups and updates the backups.
  13. You may now safely delete the object storage repository created at Step 1. All the data will be transferred directly to Azure Storage.
KB ID: 2901
Product: Veeam Backup & Replication 11, Veeam Backup & Replication 10, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
Published: 2019-03-11
Last Modified: 2021-05-07

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