Book Review – Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere

Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphereThe book author Christian Mohn @h0bbel is a four year VMware vExpert veteran who is active member in the VMware Community  presenting the vSoup Podcast.

Christian tweeted if anyone would be interested in reviewing a copy of his first book ‘Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere‘, I accepted as I’m a firm believer in helping out colleagues who put time and effort into the vCommunity.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the Learning Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere’ for review.  The opinions in this post are mine and the information contained are unbiased

Target Audience

The target audience for the book is for vSphere administrators looking for an introduction to Veeam Backup & Replication v7.  It’s not intended to be a technical deep dive.

Book Flow

When reading a technical book the logical flow from chapter to chapter is one of the key areas that I look for.

The author starts with an introduction to Veeam including the architecture and components that make up the backup application.  This leads onto configuring backups,  restoring data, replicating virtual machines and finally other features.

This logical flow makes the book enjoyable to read, and includes a couple of puns which placed a smile on my face!

Common Sense Advice

Throughout the book, the author gives common sense advice to his target audience, which includes:

  • 3-2-1 backup rule
  • RPO/RTO definitions
  • Backup Repository placement
  • Considerations for installation/service accounts
  • When to use incremental or reversed incremental backup types
  • What happens when you restore a VM Guest file
  • Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager use cases

Final Thoughts

The author has done a great job of delivering what he set out to do, which is an introduction to Veeam.


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