FREE WHITE PAPER: Configuring a VEEAM Off Host Backup Proxy Server for backing up a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster with a DELL Compellent SAN (Fiber Channel)

Whilst I’m attending TechEd North America 2014, being able to learn and network again with the community at large I think this is a good moment to share. So here’s a little contribution to that community: it’s a white paper on How to configure a VEEAM Off Host Backup Proxy server for backing up a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster with a DELL Compellent SAN (Fiber Channel).

VEEAM Back & Replication is currently under and extensive test before we make the decision. So far it is going (very) well. And no, VEEAM or DELL did not sponsor this. It’s sharing with the community. A prosperous, successful community makes my professional live better to!

I have to applaud VEEAM for allowing such easy access to their software for trials, to their engineers for assistance and to their support forum and resources even without yet being a paying customer. This is how it should be: vendors having faith in their products both in quality and ease of use. It’s a refreshing experience as some vendors don’t want you to get your hands on new versions of their products even as a existing paying customer “because due to its complexity we might get the wrong impression”. It’s even near impossible with some to get a test license for the lab of the version you currently use with some of them. Not so with VEEAM and that’s great.

I hope you enjoy it. As you might realize I don’t have this kind of infrastructure in my home lab so some of the screenshots have been edited / blurred. I’m sure you can live with that. Otherwise feel free to provide me with the gear in a paid for data center.

6 thoughts on “FREE WHITE PAPER: Configuring a VEEAM Off Host Backup Proxy Server for backing up a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster with a DELL Compellent SAN (Fiber Channel)

  1. Sirs,

    We have two hyper-v clustered sharing a CSV on starwind. However, we managed to setup veeam for testing.

    Tried to backup an online and offline virtual machine with no luck…

    Error receiving:

    unable to create snapshot (Microsoft Software Shadow copy provider 1.0; Microsoft CSV shadow copy provider) (mode: crash consistent) . details:
    unknown status of async operation.
    the shadow copy provider timed out while flushing data to the volume being shadow copied. this is probably due to excessive activity on the volume.
    try again later when the volume is not being used so heavily. failed to create vss snapshot / failed to perform pre-backup tasks

    Any hint or advice?

    • The best thing to do is reach out via the VEEAM forum http://forums.veeam.com/ & tech support. Their support is very good. Even for customers evaluating the product they provide great assistance and they have a lot more eyes & helping hands than a simple blog can provide.

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