I’ve had pre-release versions of Veeam Backup & Replication version 7 running in my lab for some time. I decided to make some videos on some of the key features of the product, so you can get an idea how they really work. In this three-part blog post, I will take you through some of the new features of the product. In this second post, we focus on the new storage integration using SAN Snapshots. I’ve written about this topic previously: The awesome 9th feature of Veeam B&R v7: ‘SAN Snapshots’.

SAN Snapshots

In this video, I will demonstrate how to add a HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand / P4000) Management Group to the backup infrastructure.
As a little side note, I will show you how the credentials manager works. This is one of those little additions that will make the administrators’ life more bearable.

On adding the StoreVirtual management group to the backup infrastructure, Veeam will scan the group to detect any VMFS volumes. It will report out any SAN volumes that are not VMFS volumes.
You can access vital storage information from with the Veeam console, such as total group capacity, free space, and volumes count.
For each volume, the IQN, reported size, consumed space, provisioning type (including saved space) and snapshots count are displayed.

You can create a SAN snapshot (including application-managed snapshots) from within the Veeam console.

I demonstrate how a regular backup job integrates with SAN snapshots, although it’s really simple: there is only one check box to tick to enable the use of storage snapshots. The option somewhat incorrectly states that VMware (or VM-based) snapshots won’t be used. In fact, a VMware snapshot is created just before the SAN snapshot is created. The VMware snapshot is committed directly after the SAN snapshot has been created, reducing the time the snapshot exists to a bare minimum.

Finally, I’ll show a running job to demonstrate all that is happening in your environment using the vSphere Client and the StoreVirtual Centralized Management Console. You’ll clearly see the VMware and SAN snapshots being created and deleted.

Native Tape Support

In the third and final post, I will take a look at native tape support.