You can use Linux agent for backup and protect linux physical server. After that deployed Veeam Linux agent, the Following components are deployed :
Veean Agent for Linux Servce : this service permit to manage all tasks and ressources in Veeam Agent for Linux. This components are Registered as a daemon in the Linux OS. Service has started automatically when OS start. Veeam Agent for Linux Job Manager : This process is started by Veeam Agent for Linux Service for backup job session. The Veeam agent is started by Veeal Agent for Linux Manager, he permit data transfer operations (from the backup location to the target volume, …). Veeam Agent for Linux driver : Veeam driver for Linux, he permit to create volume snapshots in the Linux server. SQLite is used for store configuration data.
Standalone and Managed Operation Modes
Veeam Agent for Linux can used by two modes. The Stansalone mode Veeam Agent operates as a standalone product. With this mode, you need install manually the product on the computer that want you protect. If you use the Standalone mode with Veeam Backup & Réplication, you can use a veeam Backup repository as a target location.
With the managed mode, Veeam Agent for Linux operates Under control of Veeam Backup & Réplication. The deployment has operated remotely from Veeam Backup & Réplication console. All operation as Data protection, disaster recovery, … are performed by backup administrator in Veeam Backup & Réplication console.
The Veeam Agent for Linux permit to create multiple backup (individual backup scope, backup in different locations, …). The backup created in the Veeam Agent for Linux can used the Following locations
- Removable storage device
- Local computer drive
- NFS or SMB (CIFS) network shared folder
- Backup repository managed by a Veeam backup server
- Veeam Cloud Connect repository
Create protected backup
The protected group permit to organized all physical computers/servers that you want to backup. You can use protected group for computer on the same os (linux or Windows) or the same type (laptop, desktop, …).
On the Veeam Backup & Réplication console, click on Inventory tab.
Select Physical Infrastructure and click on Add Group on the rubbon.
A wizard appear, enter the name of the group and click on Next.
Select Individual computers and click on Next.
With Add button select the desired computer. In my example i want backup my Debian server.
Enter the name and IP of the Debian Server and select or add credential.
Configure option as you want and click on Next.
Validate the different Windows and click on Apply for lauch the creation of the group. Click on Next and Finish. The Agents discovery session begin.
Veeam Agent has been installed on Linux server.
Backup Job can be now created. On the Home tab, click on Backup and on Backup Job in the ribbon. Select Linux Computer.
On the Job Mode windows, select Server and Managed by Backup Server option. Click on Next for validate the choice.
Enter the name of the job and click on Next.
With Add button, select the desired protected groups previously created.
Select the Backup Mode that you want. I choose to backup completely my server, so i choose Entire computer option.
Select the repository and click on Next. COnfigure other option (Schedule, …) and click on Finish. The backup is now been created and can start.
After few minutes, backup has finished. You can now restore the physical linux server/computer if you want.
Restore Linux computer
Before restoring Linux computers/server with Veeam Agent, you need download the Veeam Linux Recovery Media. You can use this link : Download Veeam Linux Recovery Media. When download is finish, boot on the Veeam Linux Recovery Media. Accept the terms of the licence and click on Continue.
Select the restoration type. I want to restore the operating systems and all file. I leave the default choice.
The backup is managed by my Veeam Backup & Réplication server. I select the option Add VBR Server for the Backup location.
Enter the different information abour the server (IP Address, …).
Select the backup job and the restore point.
In the column In Backup select the volume that you want restore. On the keybord use the key “s” and “Enter” for start restore.
The restore job start … WHen is finish, you can reboot the server.