Friday, 23 March 2012

VBR6: Exchange AIR Single Item Email Recovery Setup and Configure Part 1/2

The following post takes you through a step by step walkthrough for setup and configuring Veeam Backup & Replication 6 for the recovery of emails from Microsoft Exchange using the Veeam Microsoft Exchange AIR utility. The steps involve:

Part 1/2 Setting Up The Lab, Application Group, and SureBackup job
1: Create the Virtual Lab
2: Create the Application Group
3: Create Corresponding SureBackup job for Exchange Server

Part 2/2 Lab Request and Performing the Restore
4: Exchange AIR Lab Request
5: Approving the Lab Request
6: Performing the Restore

+ Veeam Backup server with Enterprise Manager and Exchange AIR installed
+ Veeam Backup Enterprise License
+ A Veeam backup of the Exchange Server
+ A Veeam backup of a Domain Controller (which is also a DNS server and Global Catalog.)
+ A VMware host server to host the Virtual Lab
+ A datastore presented to the VMware host for running the Virtual Lab

Note: The following walkthrough has the Veeam backups configured as a separate job for the Exchange Server, and a separate job for the Domain Controller.

Step by step walkthrough:
Note: The steps below involve the UIs – Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager, Virtual Lab Manager, Exchange Application Item Recovery

1: Create the Virtual Lab
i) Expand the SureBackup node and right-click 'Virtual Labs', and select 'Create virtual lab...'
ii) Give the 'New Virtual Lab' a Name (e.g. vLab) and click Next >
iii) Choose the VMware Host server on which to run the lab, then click Next >
iv) Choose Datastore to host the lab, then click Next >
v) The proxy appliance needs to be configured for Exchange AIR recovery: configure Name, choose Production network connection, and configure IP settings (if not using DHCP,) then click Next >
vi) Configure Virtual Lab Networking as required and click Next >
Note: For the Exchange AIR recovery to work, it is important that the proxy is configured correctly. Later when the full lab is up and running, test ping from the Veeam server to the proxy appliance, and pings to the servers in the lab via the masquerade network address (see in Advanced configuration.) HINT: The “Proxy Appliance IP address in the isolated network is typically the same as the gateway IP address in the corresponding production network.”

vii) Finally, review the settings and if okay then click Next >
viii) Wait for the Virtual Lab configuration to complete, then click Finish >

2: Create the Application Group
i) Expand the SureBackup node and right-click 'Application Groups', and select 'Create application group...'
ii) Give the 'New Application Group' a Name (e.g. Application Group Active Directory) and click Next >
iii) Add the Domain Controller to the 'Application group VMs' using either by 'From VI...' or 'From Backup...', and use the Edit... button to specify the roles – DNS Server, Domain Controller, Global Catalog – which are on the Domain Controller, then click Next >
Note: You may want to skip some of the VM tests as displayed via the Edit... button
iv) Click Finish

3: Create corresponding SureBackup job for Exchange Server
i) Expand the SureBackup node and right-click 'Jobs', and select 'Create SureBackup job...'
ii) Give the 'New SureBackup Job' a Name (e.g. SureBackup Exchange) and click Next >
iii) Specify the 'Virtual lab' created earlier and click Next >
iv) Specify the 'Application group' created earlier and click Next >
v) Tick 'Link backup jobs', and add in the backup job containing the Exchange Server, use the Edit... button to specify the Mail Server role is running on the Exchange Server, then click Next >
Note: You may want to skip some of the VM tests as displayed via the Edit... button
vi) Specify DR verification job settings and click Next >
vii) Specify schedule as desired (i.e. after the Exchange job has run), and click Next >
viii) Review the settings, and if okay check the 'Run the job once I click Finish' box and click Finish
Note: Before running the Exchange AIR Recovery we need at least one successful Exchange SureBackup job to complete before a recovery can be performed.

Continues at:
VBR6: Exchange AIR Single Item Email Recovery Setup and Configure Part 2/2


  1. Great work, cant wait for part2 :)

    1. Thank you for the comment Anonymous. Part 2 is already done and I have now put a link at the bottom of this post to part 2. Cheers!

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