Hey there, so Windows Server 2016 is out now for a while. This is a good reason to ugrade your Veeam Backup server to the new Windows Edition. Why should we do this? Because Win Srv 2016 brings a lot of new and cool features with it. Especially the new ReFS 3.1 forces many customers to do an upgrade. Today I want to show you guys step by step how easy it is to migrate your existing VBR server to a new Hardware/ OS or whatever. Lets kick it off.

1. Before you start

Make sure that you disable all available Veeam jobs. You can easily mark all of them and click the Disable ribbon.

Fig 1. Config Backup menu

After that jump into the config backup menu inside the Veeam shell. Please ensure that your configuration backup is encrypted. This is an important point because without config backup encryption you will loose all your account passwords after the migration. So if necessery define a password and document it well. After the password is set run a last final configuration backup by clicking “Backup Now”.

Now copy the newly created config backup file to a safe place that is accessible from the new insatace.

This is everything we need for the preperation.

2. Install a fresh Veeam Backup and Replication Instance

Depending on how your migration looks like (new Hardware, just a new OS on the old hardware etc.) we have to install a new backup an replication instance. So you have to download the most recent installation iso from www.veeam.com

When the download is finisch you just have run through the installation wizzard by clicking next, next … finish.

Fig 2.just a single capture from the installation wizzard

After die installation completes run the VBR console

3. Migration

At this point we are ready to start the migration wizzard. Please use the main menu to jump into the configration backup menu.

Fig 3.configuration backup menu

From here click the restore button

Fig 4. Restore or Migration?

Select the radio button Migrate, because we ran a last final config backup with all Veeam jobs disabled.

Fig 5. Select .bco file

Now select the .bco file we created and evacuated at step 1 and click next

Fig 6. backup content

Veeam is now analyzing the content of the file. Pleace click next

Fig 7. password

Please type in your password that is used for config backup file encryption

Fig 8. target database

Veeam is now looking for a target database. Per default it is the SQL Express database that was created during the fresh install at step 2. If you want to choose a seperate database on remote or full SQL Server feel free. Click next to continue.

Fig 9. Warning

May you receive this warning. If yes click yes :-)

Fig 10. Restore Options

Usually you can leave every option here as default and click next.

Fig 11. Warning

If you get prompted with this warning click yes. Veeam just wants to close the open user interface.

Fig 12. restore in progress

The restore is in progress. Depending on your database size it could take several minutes.

Fig 13. restore completed

Now you can see that every object was restored sucessfully. Click next to go ahead.

Fig 14. credentials

In this step you have the chance to edit your existing credentials. Usually there is no need to. If you have been migrated to a new hardware you may have to update your local administrator accoutn passwords. Click next.

Fig 15. component upgrade

In my migration scenario I directly moved from Veeam 9.0 U2 to 9.5 so there are some outdated components in my environment which Veeam tries to update immediately after the migration. Click next

Fig 16. component upgrade

If every component is green click start.

Fig 17. Summary

Thats it! Click finish and you will get forwarded to the VBR user interface.

Consider: If you moved to a new hardware you may have to adjust the existing repository paths.

4. Conclusion

I hope this step by step guide will help you to migrate your backup server by your own.

Thank you Veeam for making things so easy!!!!!!

Cheers Florian