Last Updated: 8/28/2022
There are a number of backup choices out there. I recommend looking at more than a few of them. That’s just plain common sense.
What is it?
Veeam Agent for Linux is a tool that backs up physical Linux systems such as a workstation, a server or machines in the public cloud. This tool creates image-based backups that are stored in VBK format,
The Veeam Agent for Linux comes in different editions. You do not need to obtain or install a license to use the free
edition. It comes in Free, Workstation, and Server editions.
Now, and this is just an opinion I hold, Veeam makes it a bit more difficult to install veeam then needs to be. You can go to their web page and then download it and then transfer it. But – I have no idea why they just didn’t offer it as part of the distribution. I ask, would it be so hard? The short version of this is simply to update “sources.list.d” with a suitable reference. Aka:
echo ""deb [arch=amd64] http://repository.veeam.com/backup/linux/agent/dpkg/debian/public stable veeam" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/veeam.list"
You should then bring your repository update up to date with a.
sudo apt update
Now that we are up to date we can install it.
ubuntu@node5:~$ sudo apt install veeam [sudo] password for ubuntu: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: dctrl-tools dkms libfuse2 veeamsnap Suggested packages: debtags menu The following NEW packages will be installed: dctrl-tools dkms libfuse2 veeam veeamsnap 0 upgraded, 5 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 49.6 MB of archives. After this operation, 52.8 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Note the above shows the machine as “node5”. The screenshots below as “vm-s3”. <shrug> I have installed this a few times this year and have updated what was absolutely necessary. Now we can configure veeam. To do that we execute the following:
A quick Note: If you plan on using veeam to backup to a NFS or SAMBA destination … please remember to install the appropriate agents in advance. Don’t worry though if you forget the “veeamconfig /ui” does a right proper job of reminding you if you forget.
root@node5:/home/ubuntu# apt install nfs-common Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: keyutils libnfsidmap1 rpcbind Suggested packages: watchdog The following NEW packages will be installed: keyutils libnfsidmap1 nfs-common rpcbind 0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 381 kB of archives. After this operation, 1,447 kB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n]
You may now configure to your tastes.
Veeam recovery medium for linux can be found at: