How do I use Veeam Standalone Agent for Windows (v6) with Wasabi?

Wasabi is a member of Veeam's cloud partner ecosystem. We have worked with Veeam closely to offer both a seamless implementation, and a smooth transition to cloud storage. Veeam with Wasabi Solution Overview provides more information on the Wasabi-Veeam partnership and solutions

Wasabi has been validated to work with Veeam Agent for Windows (6) in standalone mode to protect data on Windows computers and backup directly to Wasabi's Object storage. Veeam Agent for Windows version 6 introduces support for Backup directly to cloud object storage as well as support for immutable backups.

Note: The data restoration process is handled by your specific backup software application. As there are many potential variables that will affect your unique environment, it is strongly recommended that you seek the guidance of your backup software's technical support team in the event that you encounter difficulty, or have application-specific inquiries.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites 
  2. Architecture Diagram
  3. Create a Backup Job
  4. Manually Run the Backup Job
  5. Restore a Backup
  6. Enabling Immutability

 

1. Prerequisites

  • Active Wasabi Storage account
  • Veeam Agent for Windows version 6 installed and licensed. 
  • A valid Veeam license that supports capabilities for object storage.

2. Architecture Diagram

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3. Create a Backup Job

3.1 Open Veeam Agent for Windows and click on Menu and then click on "Add New Job".

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3.2 Input the name for the backup job click "Next".

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3.3 Select the backup mode and click "Next". 

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  • Entire computer- select this option if you want to create a backup of the entire computer image. With this option selected, you will pass to the Destination step of the wizard.
  • Volume level backup- select this option if you want to create a backup of specific computer volumes. With this option selected, you will pass to the Volumes step of the wizard to select specific volumes to backup.
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  • File level backup- select this option if you want to create a backup of individual folders on your computer. With this option selected, you will pass to the Files step of the wizard.
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3.4 On the Destination page, select "Object storage" and click "Next".

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3.5 On the Object Storage page, select "S3 Compatible" and click "Next". 

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3.6 Input the Wasabi account details and click "Next"-

Note: In this example we are using us-east-1 region. To get a list of Wasabi regions, refer to service URLs for Wasabi's different storage regions

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3.7 Click "Browse" to select the Wasabi bucket to be used. Click "Browse" under Folder to to select an existing folder in the bucket or create a new folder. Click "Next" to continue.

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3.8 Select the "Enable backup cache" check box and click "Browse" to browse to the folder to store the backup files locally. Specify the maximum size for the Backup cache

Note: For the backup cache you can use a dedicated removable storage device to avoid using disk space on the local drive of the Veeam Agent computer.

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3.9 Configure the Guest OS Processing options if your application needs custom handling options. Click "Next" to continue. Please review details on these settings in the Veeam Help Center.

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3.10 On the Schedule page, optionally check "Run the job automatically" and configure the schedule settings. Click "Apply".

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3.11 Review the summary and check "Run the job when I click Finish" to run the backup job immediately. Click "Finish"

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3.12 The Backup job is created and starts running. 

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4. Manually Run the Backup Job

4.1 Open Veeam Agent for Windows and click on menu, then hover over the backup job you want to run and click "Backup Now".

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4.2 Click on "Yes" if Windows asks for permission to make changes to the device.

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5. Restore a Backup

5.1 Open Veeam Agent for Windows and click on menu, then hover over the backup job you want to restore from and click "Restore Volume".

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5.2 Click on "Yes" if Windows asks for permission to make changes to the device.

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5.3 Select a restore point and click "Next".

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5.4 Select the Volume Disk to to restore and click "Next".

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5.5 Click "Yes on the confirmation box to continue.

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5.6 Review the Summary and click "Restore" start the restore process.

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5.7 While the restore is running, review the log. Click "Finish" after the restore is completed.

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6. Enabling Immutability

In version 6 of Veeam Agent for Windows, Veeam introduced immutability support for backup jobs. When you store your backup data in Wasabi, Veeam Agent allows you to protect backup data from deletion or modification by making that data temporarily immutable using the Object lock feature on Wasabi bucket.

This section details the procedure to create immutable backups using a backup job for your Windows computer. 

6.1 Create an Object Lock enabled bucket.

Follow the Wasabi guide to creating an Object Lock enabled bucket.

Note: Do not enable "Bucket-Level Object Retention" settings on the "Object Lock" tab for your bucket. The screenshot below illustrates the correct way to have Object Lock configured.

6.2 Enable immutability while creating the backup job. Follow the steps in Section 3 of this article to create a backup job. In step 3.7 on the Bucket page, once you browse the bucket and create a new folder, enable immutability by checking the "Make recent backups immutable" box and then specify the number of days to keep the backup immutable. Click "Next", you will get a confirmation box regarding increase in costs due to immutability. Press "OK" to continue.

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6.3 Complete the remaining steps to create the backup job. Once a successful backup is written to Wasabi, you can confirm immutability is enabled by viewing file properties on Wasabi console. 

Note: To view object lock properties of files on Wasabi console, check the checkbox beside "Show versions" on Wasabi console.

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