Following on from the excellent advice on what kind of storage server (and direct attached storage within) to use for a hardened Linux repository, may I push my luck to ask for some more advise or where to go next.
Presuming I can get my hands on a suitable storage server and storage (as recommended) could anyone shed some light on how we’d need to set this up so that Veeam is able to back up the data on our Infortrend SAN.
Here’s some further details of our config.
We have a Windows server in our (remote) data centre that is running Veeam B&R v11. It is currently just making some physical backups of critical Windows and Linux hosts. These hosts are physically located in our office and there is a decent enough secure connection to make these backups over the line to the Veeam server in the data centre.
However, I want to expand our use of Veeam to make regular backups of the TB’s of data on our Infortrend SAN which is also based in our office and this is where my lack of experience/knowledge of Veeam is hurting.
The amount of data on our SAN is too great to be dragged across the line by the Veeam server in the data centre.
What would I need in our office location (apart from the hardened Linux storage server) so that our Veeam server is able to backup the SAN data without having to drag it to the data centre? Is there some kind of Veeam agent/server required between the primary Veeam server and the Linux storage server. If so, should this run on the Linux storage server or should it run on a separate server Veeam “middle-man” server?
That kind of leads on to how Veeam is able to see and backup the data from the SAN. We’d like to be doing file/directory level backups and I’m not sure what the best approach to take is.
We currently expose the SAN data on a number of Linux servers as either iscsi volumes or NFS shares.
Should we mount the SAN storage on the new Linux storage server as NFS shares where the Veeam server/agent can access it to be able to back it up or is there a better option such as iscsi, samba etc?
Of course, I could be going down the completely wrong road and if so, are there better options to backing up this SAN data using Veeam?
Apologies for all the questions and any dumbassery on my part.
Best answer by DChiavariView original