Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Install – Back to Basics.

Sometimes it is good to go back to basics, somethings change between different versions of software and the installation process isn’t always the same. Sometimes, you may have never installed that piece of software before, but the only installation guide is 3 versions in the past and they have since introduced the need for IIS for a new web portal or something. So here we go in the first post of my new Veeam series “How to install Veeam Backup and Replication” 

  1. Download the latest Veeam VBR ISO from the support download page. 
  2. Depending on version downloaded, you may need to extract the ISOs from the ZIP
  3. Mount the “VeeamBackup&Replication” ISO and open the setup.exe
  4. Click the install icon for Veeam Backup & Replication.
  • Read and Accept the EULA (You can’t proceed if you don’t agree) 
  • If you have a license file, attach it. Otherwise, you will get 30 days free trial
  • Choose your components to install. 
    • Veeam Backup & Replication– This is the main application for configuring and running backup & replication tasks.
    • Veeam Backup Catalog– Used to index the files into a GuestOS backup file for easy restoration. 
    • Veeam Backup & Replication Console– The console is the GUI used to perform tasks and configure Veeam Backup & Replication. 
  • The System Configuration check is used to ensure the correct components are available and installed ready for Veeam B&R to install and configure.
    If there are components showing as Failed, click on the “Install” button to get them installed.  
  • One installed, re-run the check and ensure each component passes. Click “next”. 
  1. Review the default configuration, this includes directory locations, ports and SQL instances. You can select “Let me specify different settings” if you need to make any changes. Click Install to continue. 
  • Wait until installation completes. The installation will take approx. 10 minutes, and if there is an update as part of the install, you will see this occur towards the end of the process. 
  • You will be notified once completed. 
  • Double click on the Veeam icon on the desktop to open the console and put in your Username and password and click connect.
  • By default, the Component update will open up and require you to run the update on any components that require it. They will be listed. Select and apply the updates.
  • Under “Inventory” > “Virtual Infrastructure” > select “ADD SERVER” > Select type of server (in this case, VMware vSphere). NB:You will need to run this process before you can set up your proxies.
  • Input your vCenter (or host) details for Veeam to connect to. 
  • Add your server credentials into the credential manager. 
  • Trust the certificate if it is Self-signed. Please see KB2806 regarding 9.5U3 self-signed Cert bug. 
  • Confirm settings are all correct and click “finish”. 
  • Confirm under “Virtual Infrastructure” > VMware vSphere” that you can see your vCenter hierarchy. 
  • Under “Backup Infrastructure” > “select Backup Proxies”

  • Add in your proxy server’s IP/hostname and a description
  • Add your credentials for the proxy server, or reuse pre-configured.
  • Wait for components to all install. 
  • Confirm the Proxy service details
  • Once you click “finish”, you will return back to the VMware Proxy screen, here you will be able to set your Transport Mode and Datastores. 
  • Select “Choose” for Transport Mode. This will show you a number of options with descriptions to help you choose the correct transport mode to meet your infrastructure requirements. If unsure, select Automatic Selection.
  • Once you continue on, you will have the opportunity to set up traffic rules where you can create bandwidth restrictions. Here you can get granular and create policies for certain IPs. 
  • Once you have finished setting up your proxy, you will then need to set up your repository for storing your backups and/or replications. Select “Backup Repositories” and Set up a new repository. Start off by giving your repo a name. 
  • Veeam offers support for a number of different types of repositories. Select the best option for your infrastructure. (This tutorial will just be a Windows Server.) 
  • Under “Server” choose the repository server from the list or click  “Add New…” server. Once added click the “Populate” button to see the capacities and free space available. Once identified, select the disk you want to use. 
  • In your Repository settings, you can setup the path for which you want your backups to go to. Once set, click the “Populate” button again. Veeam also offers Load Control to assist with your bandwidth and disk performance for your backups, use and adjust as required. 
  • With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft introduced ReFS, their new volume format that allows for greater capabilities. Veeam acknowledges these abilities and advises you of the benefits of using ReFS over NTFS.  *Proceeding will not prevent you from using the Datastore. NB: ReFS is reasonably resources heavy.
  • Under Mount Server, you can set which server will take the load when mounting a restore point with Instant VM Recovery, SureBackup or On-Demand Sandbox. If you have the ability to provide write caching for the mount server, you can enable vPower NFS Service to assist with those mount points.
  • Once all configured, the review stage will confirm if any of the additional components will need to be installed on the new Backup Repository. Once confirmed, you can apply and let Veeam set up the repository. 
  • During the apply process, you will be able to confirm all steps completion. 
  • Once your infrastructure is configured, it is down to business and time to test and create your first Backup job. Under “Backups”, Right click and Select “New Backup Job.” Set a Name and then select your Virtual Machines you would like to backup.  
  • Click recalculate to ensure the total size is updated to reflect the size of the disks to backup. You can also exclude objects from being backed up. 
  • Select your proxy, if you have a Proxy server setup, then choose that one. Otherwise, if you did not setup a proxy earlier, you can use VMware as the Backup Proxy, however this will be a slower process. 

  • Select your Repository for the backup job. In this screen, you can also set the amount for restore points you want to keep and any advanced settings such as additional scripts, Email notifications, backup modes (Incremental, Active Full, etc.) etc. 
  • The Guest Processing page is used to configure the backup job to leverage Application Aware processing and also file indexing and exclusions, and much more.
  • The schedule is fairly self-explanatory. Here you can configure how often the job will run and how many retry attempts before failing the job. 
  • Once all settings have been configured, apply the configuration and if appropriate, Run the job once created. 

  • Watch the progress and if there are any errors, adjust your components where required. 

Install and Configure NSX Manager

I’m starting to become a bit of a fan of VMware NSX and getting excited with all the new features that came out of VMworld 2017. I recently rebuilt my lab and one of the parts I need to install is, you guessed it, NSX. So I figured I would write a series of basic “Getting Started” guides.  To start with, we will go through installing the NSX Manager, the brain of the solution. Now for the install, I just attached the NSX Manager Appliance to a vSwitch for the moment, but you will need to ensure that you have a Distributed Virtual Switch configured to utilise NSX as it is a required component. I will be installing NSX Manager 6.3.3 (The latest as of this post)

NSX is more than just networking, it is also part of the endpoint services that was previously vShield in the vCloud Networking and Security Suite (vCNS). Implementing NSX allows you to extend the feature set taking you to the next level of virtual networking.

I will be going over the install and configuration of some of the other components in the next few posts following this one.

Installing NSX Manager:

The NSX Manager OVA can be downloaded from
Once downloaded, ensure the Client Integration tools are installed and then open up the VMware Webclient. (For Client Integration Tools SSL FireFox issue  see this post)

Right click cluster and select “Deploy OVF Template” à Navigate to the NSX Manager OVF file à Accept the configuration

Accept the EULA

Input details for configuration

– IPv4/IPv6 details
– VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program








Accept all and deploy




Once deployed. Open up a web browser and navigate to the IP/hostname that you set for your NSX Manager.

Login with admin and the password you set for deployment.

Navigate to “General” and edit the time settings à set your timezone à Save and log off and back on again for settings to take affect

Navigate down to “NSX Management Service” àSelect Edit on “Lookup Service URL:” and enter your PSC FQDN. (Enter vCenter if using embedded PSC) Enter SSO username and password and click OK

Select edit on “vCenter Server” and enter your vCenter server address followed by vCenter Service account or SSO.

Once all lights are green, log off and log into vCenter with the account used to attached NSX to vCenter.

If you log in as another accout, you will not be able to see the Network and Security tab as you will not have been granted permission to it. (Note that my SSO is vSphere.local for this lab)

Log in as the account that You will see the Networking and Security section available in the Action menu, Home screen and the left hand Navigation menu. Select Network and Security -> click on NSX Managers -> select NSX Manager you wish to adjust -> Manage -> Users.

Click the green Plus sign -> Choose either to add a group or individual user (Suggest making an NSX Group to make control easier) -> Select the Level of Access and click OK.

Log off and log in as the user you jut granted permission to.  (Note that I am using readysetvirtual.local for my lab domain and standard user)