Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 overview

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Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is a new product of Veeam family that allows the administrators to save 365 mailboxes to local storage devices.

Currently available in beta version only, the new product offers a better capability to backup and restore mailboxes and is very similar to Veeam Explorer for Exchange available in Veeam Backup and Replication suite.

 

Features

Two packages are required to manage the backups: Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and Veeam Explorer for Exchange.

Two versions are available:

  • integrated in the existing Veeam infrastructure – standard repository are used to store the backups
  • as stand-alone – local folders are used to store the backups

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The backup can protect every object in the mailbox (attachments, calendars, contacts, etc) and shared mailboxes as well.

A Veeam Proxy is not required because it connects directly to the Microsoft tenant and after the first full backup, next backups copy only the changes in the mailboxes since the forever incremental mode is used. Currently encryption is not supported.

 

Install Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Download the beta from Veeam website and run the installer. Click Next to start the wizard.

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Accept the EULA and click Next.

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Leave default location and click Next.

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Click Install to begin the installation.

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Veeam backup is being installed.

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When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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Install Veeam Explorer for Exchange

To browse objects and manage restores the Veeam Explorer for Exchange package has to be installed.

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Run the installer and click Next to start the installation wizard.

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Accept the EULA and click Next.

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Leave default location and click Next.

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Click Install to begin the installation.

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Veeam Explorer is being installed.

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When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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Configure the Organization

Open Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 console and click on Add Org button to add your Organization.

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Enter Username and Password of the 365 Administrator account and click Next.

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Veeam verify the connection and organization parameters. Click Finish when done.

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When your organization has been created successfully, it appears under Organizations.

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Configure the Backup Job

From the Veeam Backup console, select the organization just configured and click the Backup icon.

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Enter a Name and a Description for the Backup Job and click Next.

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Select Backup the following mailboxes option to specify the mailboxes to backup and click Select button.

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Select the mailboxes to backup and click OK to confirm.

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When the mailboxes have been selected, click Next.

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Specify the schedule options and click Finish.

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The Backup Job is now configured and the first backup is being performed.

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When the backup completes, select the processed Backup Job to display the statistics.

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Restore Office 365 objects

Open a 365 mailbox and delete an email.

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The email with the subject Office 365 configuration has been deleted.

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To restore the deleted item, right click the configured Backup Job and select Explore point-in-time state option to specify the desired RPO.

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Select Use the following point in time option and specify the restore point. Click Finish.

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Expand the mailbox to restore and select the object to recover.

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Right click the item to recover and select the desired restore mode from the available options.

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Enter the 365 administrative credentials and click OK.

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The item is being restored to the specified location.

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When the restore has been completed, click OK.

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In the user’s mailbox, the restored item is now available again.

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Currently pricing is unavailable but the stand-alone version should have a monthly fee per mailbox while it will be included in Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 beta is available to download for testing purposes.

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