Here is a simple guide how to setup Veeam Backup & Replication and the NETGEAR ReadyNAS (2100, 3100, 3200, 4200 and PRO-desktop series) as backend storage (Veeam Repository) for VMware.

There are two ways to setup the NETGEAR ReadyNAS as a backup target device (Veeam Repository)

  1. the first one is by using CIFS where Veeam Backup & Replication v6 would write to a network mapped path (UNC)
  2. Or (the Veeam recommended way) you can provision on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS one or more iSCSI target/LUN for Veeam backup data. The Microsoft Windows iSCSI initiator can be used on the Windows OS where you want the Veeam Repository installed on, to directly connect to the NETGEAR ReadyNAS.

note: it is very hard to show performance specs, but iSCSI is also preferred over CIFS/UNC connections because iSCSI will perform normally faster than CIFS/UNC.

 

For both (CIFS/UNC or iSCSI) ways start by setting up the NETGEAR ReadyNAS with the RAIDar utility.

RAIDar.exeRAIDar_screen01
Here I configured initially just a few things: (check the NETGEAR installation guide) change the NETGEAR ReadyNAS from leasing a IP address from a DHCP Server to a static IP address.
note: personally I prefer a DHCP Server option called IP/MAC Binding this make sure that pre-defined IP clients (based on their MAC address) always get the same pre-defined IP address.
what ever way you choose, make sure the IP address for this NETGEAR ReadyNAS is always the same Smile 

And also check if the firmware on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS is the latest (also for the RAIDar utility) and change the default password (username: admin password: netgear1

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for this post I’m not going to over the username and share creation piece, (check the NETGEAR installation guide for this) I will use the NETGEAR ReadyNAS default admin credentials (the one to log in on the NAS) and I will use the default share “Backup” for CIFS connection.


below are the steps for a CIFS share, and after that are also the steps for connection throug iSCSI…
(Scroll down and see “Setting up the NETGEAR ReadyNAS with iSCSI for Veeam Backup & Replication v6.” after step 11…

 

  1. First in Veeam Backup & Replication v6 create a new repository, by selecting the repository tab on the right, and Right Mouse Click in the repository screen and select Add Backup Repository…

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2. now create a name for the Repository…

create_rep_name

3. and select next.

4. select Shared folder

Repository_Shared folder

and select next.

5. now select (in this case the backup share) the NETGEAR readyNAS (by IP or DNS name)

Share

and select next.

6. Set the Repository setting… (in my case default)

Repository_settings

and select next

7. Set the vPower settings (in my case default again)

vPower

and select next

8. Accept the review

review

by clicking on Next…

9. The log on the next wizard screen should be all green…

Log

and Select Finish and you are done!

your new CIFS repository is now there

new_repository

10. Right Mouse Click on this created Backup Repository…

rescan

and select Rescan repository.

11. The process should finish successfully like the window below.

rescan_output 

if you get a warning window “Backup repository is not accessible.” (like below)

Warning

Delete this failed repository and restart from step 1. but double check in step 5. if your DNS settings are working correct! A very easy fix is to use the IP address of the NETGEAR ReadyNAS (like below) and not the DNS name…

ip_adres 

Now all you need to do is create a backup job,
and make sure you select your just created Backup repository (like shown below)
and your backup target is the ReadyNAS!

job


Setting up the NETGEAR ReadyNAS with iSCSI for Veeam Backup & Replication v6.

 

  1. first connect your internetbrouwser to your NETGEAR ReadyNAS device (like https://192.168.102.47/admin/)
    Create an iSCSI target by going under Volumes –> Volume Settings (on the left) and select the iSCSI tab (as shown on the picture below)

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2. secondly enable the checkbutton “Enable iSCSI support” as shown below and click Apply

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3. Back in this window you are now able to create an iSCSI Target, by clicking on this button (like below)

Create_iSCSI_Target

4. Fill in the information and select “Create” (like below)

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5. Accept the “are you sure notice” if you dare Winking smile (like below)

Sure

6. and accept this “process might take a while…” notice below… (like below) if you like Winking smileWarning0

7.the creation process has started (see below)

Warning1

and…

Warning3

we are good to go! (excellent info on these steps are also available on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS website here)

7. Now in this case I have a small environment, so I will have the repository service running on the same machine as my backup server VM…

Lets mount this iSCSI target (that we have created in the earlier steps) as a drive letter on this windows backup server VM (In my case this VM is running on Windows Server 2008 R2)

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator enables connection of a Windows host to an external iSCSI storage array using Ethernet NICs. This download can be installed on Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. For Vista and Windows Server 2008, the iSCSI initiator is included inbox. The Microsoft iSCSI software initiator makes it possible for businesses to take advantage of existing network infrastructure to enable block-based Storage Area Networks without having to invest in additional hardware.

If you are running an older OS on this server, you might have to install the Microsoft iSCSI initator which can be found here

Select the iSCSI Initator (in the Administrative Tools tab in start menu) (as shown below)

win_iSCSI_select

8. Fill in your DNS or IP of your above configured NETGEAR ReadyNAS iSCSI target and click on Quick Connect… (like below)

iSCSI Initiator properties 

Your status Quick Connect status should be Connected and your iSCSI target(s) should be discovered with a Succeeded Login. (like the picture below) and you can select Done

connected

9. run from the command prompt diskmgmt.msc , bring the volume online (Right Mouse Click on the info before the volume, and select Online) (see picture below)

online

10. Right Mouse Click on the volume and create the disk volume (in my case a Simple Volume)

Simple volume

11. Run trough the windows “Volume format” wizard to format the disk and give the volume a driveletter (in my case V: )

(excellent info on this is also available on the NETGEAR ReadyNAS website here)

 

12. Now setup Veeam Backup & Replication v6 by creating a new repository, Selecting the repository tab on the right, and Right Mouse Click in the repository screen and select Add Backup Repository… (see below)

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13. now create a name for the Repository… (see below)

iSCSI_name

14. and select next. Select Microsoft Windows server

iSCSI_MWS

and select next.

15. now select populate and

iSCSI_Populate

select the iSCSI driveletter you have created in step 11.

iSCSI_select

and select next

16. Set the Repository setting… (in my case default)

iSCSI_Rep_settings

and select next

17. Set the vPower settings (in my case default again)

iSCSI_vPower

19. Accept the review

iSCSI_review

by clicking on Next…

20. The log on the next wizard screen should be all green…

iSCSI_log

and Select Finish and you are done!

your new iSCSI repository is now there

iSCSI_rep

Right Mouse Click on this created Backup Repository…

rescan

and select Rescan repository.

21. The process should finish successfully like the window below.

iSCSI_OK

Now all you need to do is create a backup job,
and make sure you select your just created Backup repository (like shown below)
and your backup target is the iSCSI ReadyNAS!

job_iSCSI

that’s it!