This is part three of my Home Lab Veeam Blog series. The first two parts were
Now that we have installed Veeam 9.5 Backup and Replication, and integrated it with vSphere, we need to create some backup jobs and test some recoveries! I will create a backup job containing a backup of one of my domain controllers.
DISCLAIMER: This is a lab environment with non production data. Please test all processes before running them in production.
Veeam had a nice blog article a couple years ago with some best practices for recovering Active Directory objects. https://www.veeam.com/blog/active-directory-domain-controller-backup-recovery.html
Within the Backup & Replication section of your Veeam Console, there is a button on the upper right-hand section labled “Backup Job”. Click this option.
Often, you will create jobs with multiple VM’s, but this is for a simple test. We will label the backup job and click NEXT
We will browse for the virtual machine we would like to back up
Veeam will show you the size of the backup job. Click NEXT.
We have only set up one Veeam Backup Repository at this time. We will select it and hit NEXT.
We will set the backup to run once per week. You need to select this in the Daily backup job section.
Lastly, we will click FINISH on the job summary screen. We will select “Run the job when I click FINISH so we don’t have to wait for our first backup job.
As the backup job runs, you can view statistics gathered during the job. Before long, the job is complete.
You can see the backup job was successful, as was another job I had run previously. Let’s try performing a restore. To restore a virtual machine, or virtual machine files, you can click
In order to recover something, we will have to delete something. I have chosen to use Veeam’s Active Directory recovery feature. One of my users within my home lab domain is my dog, Bentley. It’s been a while since my dog logged in, so if something gets messed up, I don’t think he’ll be too upset. 🙂
OK, for the first time ever in a blog, someone talked about deleting their dog. You heard it here first.
You can see that my dog is now gone. 🙁
Fear not! Let’s recover my dog, Bentley. We will proceed to the restore wizard and restore “application items”. Click NEXT.
Next, choose “Microsoft Active Directory” and click NEXT.
We will then choose a backup job, and the VM within that job. Click NEXT.
Choose the restore point you would like. Even though my job has a maximum of 5 restore points, only one backup has completed, and one is available. Click NEXT.
Enter a reason for the restore, such as “Restore my dog”. Uncheck do not show me this page again if required.
Click FINISH on the summary page.
It will then mount the backup with the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory.
Browse your AD to the OU or CN the object was located inside, and click Restore.
Veeam will tell you whether or not the restore was successful.
As you can see, the restore was successful, and a group the Bentley belonged to contains him once again.
You can also see the modification date for the group has changed to the time the restore was run.
The restore job will not officially complete until you close the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory.
This is the end of part three. Part four will show how Veeam can do backups and recoveries using a storage snapshot from certain vendors. You can also create a backup job that creates a storage snapshot for you.