Veeam Enterprise Manager – Part 1

As part of a discussion with a potential client I went through some of the benefits of using Veeam Enterprise Manager across their environment.  After that discussion I thought it would be interesting to get some background on where EM can be used and why, and then go through the initial installation process.  For Part 2 I’ll run through the configuration and administration sections.

The clients environment consists of a couple of main sites running corporate applications, and 30+ remote sites running some SCADA systems, and each site needs to be run independently from all of the others, but with a central point of management.  How can this be achieved? Enter Veeam Enterprise Manager.

For each site a full instance of Veeam Backup and Replication will be deployed, with roles split out as required in the corporate sites and an all-in-one deployment for the remote SCADA sites.  Every site is then connected to Enterprise Manager.

EM Architecture
Veeam Enterprise Manager Architecture

Some of the benefits of EM include:

  • Centrally manage and update licenses to ensure compliance
  • Manage jobs across a number of Veeam backup servers
  • View on-going reporting data for all jobs running on these servers, set up e-mail notifications to get informed on status of all jobs
  • Search for machines and guest files in backups and replicas
  • Perform recovery operations for VMs and physical machines, including 1-Click restore, 1-Click guest OS file restore and application items restore (for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, Microsoft SQL server databases and Oracle databases)
  • Delegate permissions for restore operations to personnel in charge
  • Manage VMware vCloud Director organizations and support their administrators with self-service restore portal
  • Install Veeam plug-in for vSphere web client to vCenter server(s)
  • Implement data encryption and decryption processes for Veeam solution
  • Support operations automation, providing access to Veeam RESTful API

A full user guide for Enterprise Manager can be found at: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/em/introduction.html?ver=95

As a point of contrast though let’s look at setting it up in my home lab.

  1. After initial download of the software you need to accept the License Agreement
  2.  After agreeing to the EULA a license key is required, if a valid license is already present it is automatically detected
  3. After selecting the components to install a check is made to see if all prerequisites are met, and if not you can automatically select to have these installed
  4. Once the prerequisites are set it’s simply a matter of waiting for the installation to complete before moving on to configuration and administration
EM EULA
Enterprise Manager License Agreement
EM License
Provide License to Enterprise Manager
EM Red Cross
Enterprise Manager Prerequisites
EM Green Ticks
Enterprise Manager Prerequisites Met
EM Installation Bar
Installing Enterprise Manager

Finally here is a list of the ports that are required to be open for EM

EM Port List
Required Ports for Veeam Enterprise Manager

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will cover the initial configuration of Veeam Enterprise Manager

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