When you deploy a backup solution such as Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5, this tool becomes your body guard. In case of general failure, the backup tool must run to restore your servers and data. In some case, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 can fail with the production and actually the first machine to restore is Veeam. It provides a mechanism to backup and restore Veeam Backup & Replication configuration. The backup configuration works like other backup: with restore points. You just have to schedule the backup configuration and make copy outside the datacenter of this backup.
This backup and restore mechanism can also be used in case of migration. If you have an old Veeam server and you want to migrate to a newer without making again the entire configuration, you can backup and restore the configuration for migration.
Schedule the backup of Veeam Backup & Replication configuration
To manage the configuration backup, open a Veeam Backup & Replication console, click on “hamburger” menu (top left) and select Configuration Backup.
Then you can enable the configuration backup on a backup repository. Scale-Out Repository are not supported for configuration backup. You can choose the number of restore points to keep and you can schedule the backup. To keep credentials you use in Veeam, you have to enable Encrypt configuration backup option.
Specify a password that you’ll never lose, and click on OK.
Restore Veeam Backup and Replication configuration
To restore the Veeam Backup & Replication configuration, open a session on the Veeam server and open Configuration Restore as below:
The wizard asks you if you want to restore or if it is in case of Migration. For this exemple I choose Restore.
Open the backup repository and select the restore point you want.
In the next screen, you get a backup content summary. If you are agree, click on Next.
If you have encrypted your backup, specify the encryption password.
Then specify the target database. If the database already exists, it will be deleted and created again.
Choose what configuration data you want to restore.
If Veeam services are running, the wizard will stop them for you.
Once the restore is running, you should have something as below:
After the restore, the wizard asks you to verify credentials.
When the restore is finished, you get the following screen.
The last step regards the backup job: after a restore they are all disabled. You have to enable them and it is finished 🙂