How to: Part Two – Configuring PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

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How to : Part Two – Configuring PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

Last week, I wrote a blog on how to install the PureStorage plugin for Veeam. In this blog post, I will show you how to configure the PureStorage Plugin within Veeam. This quick and easy process is required in order to utilize all of the PureStorage+Veeam awsomeness!

Requirements

Before we proceed any further, please take note of the following requirements. These requirements are necessary if you wish to utilize Storage Array Snapshots for Backups.

  • Veeam Backup and Replication Enterprise Plus licensing
  • Physical Proxy server with FC/iSCSI access to the PureStorage array (This proxy must be physcical and be zoned/have access to all LUNS housing VMs that you wish to backup/protect)
  • PureStorage array (no additional licenses are required to take snapshots on PureStorage. Go team Orange!)
  • Veeam Backup and replication server must have access to the PureStorage array over the network/Firewall. Port 443 must be allowed in order to access to the PureStorage Array

*Important Note: You can still add the PureStorage array without having a Physical Proxy setup; however, you won’t be able to backup VMs without it*

Benefits

According to Veeam’s website, the following benefits are described below (Taken From Veeam’s Website)

  • Reduce impact on performance of production workloads
  • Enable granular recovery from storage snapshots
  • Application consistent storage snapshot orchestration
  • Automated restore verification and on-demand labs: “Put your data to work”

If you would like more information on this, or if you aren’t a Pure customer, reach out to my buddy Brandon @PureStorage via Twitter at @bdwill

Configuring PureStorage Plugin for Veeam

First, login to your Veeam Backup and Replication server and head to Storage Infastructure


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Select Add Storage

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Select the Pure Storage Icon

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Provide the necessary credentials for the Pure Array. The account utilized must be a local Admin. Once you have added the required credentials, select next

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Once the necessary credentials have been provided, select next

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The PureStorage array now begins it’s configuration with the Veeam Backup and replication Server18

Next, select which protocols can be accessed via the Veeam Server. Since mysetup is FC only, so I have selected FC only. Addionally, be Default Volumes to Scan is ALL. If you don’t wish to scan all volumes, select choose and browse to the particular Volume/LUN that you wish for Pure to scan. Select next to continue.

*Important Note: If you select just particular volumes, only VMs within those Volumes will be backed up. Leaving this default ensures all VMs across all LUNs will be protected*

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Review the Summary Page and ensure all settings are correct. Select FINISH to complete the setup process.

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Head back to Storage Infrastructure. You should now see your newly added PureStorage array. From here you can Take snapshots and delete Snapshots. Unfortunately, at this time, there isn’t a way to view snapshots taken through the Pure Protection Groups feature. These Protection Group Snapshots aren’t visible within Veeam. Hopefully, PureStorage will address this issue with future PureStorage Plugin update.

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That’s it for now, in the next blog post, we will test backing up with Storage Snapshots. You have successfully finished configuring this key component. If you would like more information on this, reach out to Brandon at Pure via Twitter at @bdwill