How to back up a physical Linux machine with Veeam.

Written by Robert -

Veeam is known as an excellent enterprise backup system that can backup entire datacenters. It handles tapes, offsite backups to cloud and many more features that are perfect for almost any company. It’s not using agents like some of the competitors so there is one less thing that can go wrong. There is a drawback though. You aren’t able to create and restore backups with Veeam directly if you are using physical machines. Even when it can’t do that, there is no reason not to use Veeam, even if you still have one or two physical machines left. It’s actually pretty easy to use Veeam with physical Linux machines. It won’t be exactly the same as using it directly, but it does work.

There are two ways to do this. One is writing the backup to a tar file on the Veeam Backup & Replication server and use file backup within the backup software. This works, unless you want to use a Veeam cloud provider for offsite backups. If you want to use that, I suggest to create a virtual machine, either in Hyper-V or ESX, and save the tar to that server. Then you can use Veeam to put that virtual machine offsite on a cloud, on tape or anywhere you want it. When you want to recover a server from a backup, you can install the required OS and put the tar file back to the / drive. Personally, even if you don't wish to use the Cloud Connect right now, it might be wise to do this right away. Requirements can change and changing the backup procedure can be quite some work. If you start using Veeam you might as well start using it in a way you can use this feature in the near future.

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