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Hyper-V Amigos Show Cast – Episode 21 – Bare Metal Recovery of an S2D node with Veeam Agent for Windows Integrated in Veeam Backup & Replication

Hello everyone! Carsten Rachfahl and Didier Van Hoye, aka “The Hyper-V Amigos” created another Hyper-V Amigos show cast just before X-Mas 2020. In episode 21 we are diving into leveraging the Veeam Agent for Windows integrated with Veeam Backup & Replication (v10 RC1) to protect our physical S2D nodes. For shops that don’t have an automated cluster node build processes set up or rely on external help to come in and do it this can be a huge time saver.

We walk through the entire process and end up doing a bare metal recovery of one of the S2D nodes. The steps include:

  • Setting up an Active Directory protection group for our S2D cluster.
  • Creating a backup job for a Windows Server, where we select failover cluster as type (Which has only the “Managed by Backup Server” as the mode).
  • We run a backup
  • We create the Veeam Agent Recovery Media (the most finicky part)
  • We restore one of the S2D hosts completely using the bare metal recovery option

Now we had some issues in the lab one of them suffering to a BSOD on the laptop used to make the recording and being a bit too impatient when booting from the ISO over a BMC virtual CD/DVD. Hence we had to glue some parts together and fast forward through the boring bits. We do appreciate that watching a system bot for 10 minutes doesn’t make for good infotainment. Other than that, it went fine and we were able to demonstrate the process from the beginning to the end.

As is the case with any process you should test and experiment to make sure you are familiar with the process. That makes it all a little easier and hurt a little less when the day comes you have to do it for real.

This is probably our last show cast for 2019 and we hope it helps you look into some of the capabilities and options you have with Veeam in regards to protecting any workloads. Long gone are the days that Veeam was only about protecting virtual Machines. Veeam is about protecting data where ever it lives. In VMs, physical servers, workstations, PCs, laptop, on-prem, in the cloud and Office 365. On top of that, you can restore it where ever you want to avoid lock-in and costly migration projects and tools. Check it out.

The Hyper-V Amigos wish you a very happy New Year in 2020!