Many of us love to get our hands on new technology and kick the tires on it. The question we usually ask ourselves is “How do I get started?”. How easy (or hard) the answer is to this question usually determines if we investigate further. We all lead busy lives, and time can be hard to come by.
I want to answer that question for you, so you can kick the tires on Veeam. I will assume, however, if you’re interested in using Veeam, you already have a lab of some sort you’re looking to install it in. If not, I encourage you to check out AutoLab.
Now, let’s start with how to actually figure out how Veeam works. Lucky for you, Veeam’s documentation some of the best I’ve seen. For our purposes, I’m going to talk about using Veeam and VMware vSphere in conjunction with eachohter. Your one stop shop for everything you could possibly need is the Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 User Guide for VMware vSphere web based documentation.
This documentation is going to walk you through everything you could possibly need to do with Veeam and VMware vSphere step by step, just like this:
Then, when you want to get more advanced, you’ll find step by step documentation on how to setup your backup jobs. Again, with screen shots.
This guide will cover everything you could possibly want to do with Veeam and VMware vSphere, backup, recovery, replication, you name it. It’s also incredibly easy to navigate. The Veeam Help Center has you covered beyond this document as well, including information on integration with Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, as well as evaluation guides for both Hyper-V and vSphere.
After you’re reviewed some documentation, or before if you like to live dangerously, Veeam offers free NFR licenses for vExperts, MVPs, as well as VCPs and other professionals. If you don’t fit into that bucket, don’t worry. You can contact Veeam directly by following the instructions on their NFR request site linked above.
It really couldn’t easier to get started with Veeam. The real key to getting up and running quickly is their excellent documentation. Have fun kicking the tires, and don’t forget about all of the great Veeam Help Center resources!