I had forgotten that the Veeam monitoring tool – ONE – can do Visio diagrams. So when I was reminded of that, and when I was thinking about monitoring tools I realized I should check out ONE as I am very sure it has changed a great deal since I last saw it. So here we go!
Just what can ONE do?
I have mentioned the Visio diagram which in the past was one of the key things it did. But a quick check of the product page I find this:
Veeam® ONE™ is a powerful monitoring, reporting, and capacity planning tool for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and the Veeam backup infrastructure. It helps enable Availability for the Modern Data Center™ by providing complete visibility of the IT environment to detect issues before they have operational impact.
That sounds pretty good right? It also does a lot of different reports including even multi – tenancy type reports. I love the Backup Infrastructure report! It has an attractive web page with a good variety of tiles (or widgets) that highlight important things about your VMware Infrastructure but also does some pretty nice reports.
You can grab the bits via here, and the docs via here. Remember to get a license after you download – Veeam will remind you. We are going to do a typical install for a small customer environment. It is similar to a bigger environment but with a bigger environment you would have a SQL back-end and split components across two machines. We are going to build one machine – virtual of course – and with everything local to it.
We will need a Windows 2012 R2 VM to install too. While Win2K8 R2 will work I have been working only with Win2K12 for a while. This machine should have at least 2x vCPU, a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and at least a 60 GB disk footprint.
In production environments you can use a service account that is domain user with very specific and minor rights to vCenter. In fact read only with some additional permissions. This service account will require local admin access to the VM that is running the ONE software. If you are going to monitor a Veeam Backup & Recovery server you will need to have an account for that which has local (to the B&R server) admin rights.
The vCenter rights for the service account are:
- Host.CIM.CIM Interaction
- Global.Manage custom attributes
- Global.Set custom attribute
- Virtual Machine.Interaction.Console Interaction
- Datastore.Browse datastore
If there is a firewall that is between your ONE server and any of the resources it will talk to like ESXi, vCenter or B&R you can use the port table on page 18 of the ONE Deployment guide to help deal with that.
Once your service account(s) and VM are ready, I suggest you copy the ONE ISO up to your ISO sharing location – soon to be a Content Library, and you will be ready to start.
BTW, while deploying my ONE server, I had an odd issue with the deploy from template you might get a chuckle out of.
Once your virtual machine is running, you should mount the ONE ISO to it and once logged in you may see the Veeam install screen.
- Lets get the ISO connected.
- Once we are back working on our server we will see something in the file explorer like below – unless we are lucky and the Autorun screen starts on it’s own.
- So you can now right click on this item.
- Once you Execute Veeam ONE Autorun you will see a nice splash screen.
- Pretty quick you get asked for a license.
- Next is the typical normal or custom install but for Veeam it is Typical or Advanced.
- Even though a small lab, I will be choosing Advanced in case I get to see more!
- This is where, if this was really an advanced install where we could divide up our components over different servers to spread out load nicely. But for this lab it will be all on the same server.
- I love the next screen. It shows all of the things I did not do in advance – like IIS.
- So easy to install!
- Before you know it – it is done.
- Now a prompt about your service account.
- Important note here – I typed in my service account. It is short so I thought it was quick and easy but look what happened.
- So I selected my account (by searching for it). But now looked what happened.
- So I paused and quickly added the darn service account to the local admin group. I even told you to do that in advance and I forgot to do it myself!
- Now that we have the service account good the next prompt is the database one. I am working in small lab and want to use the included SQL Express edition. Again, if we were building a production instance I would likely use an external SQL server.
- Now we confirm ports. I do in fact always try to use the defaults.
- Now we connect to the various things we need to. I click on VMware in the screen below as that is my thing!
- So as you can imagine you will be prompted for the connection info.
- While vCenter admin account will work, you can do a more selective config of an account but in either case this is where you record the account info.
- As we can see above we now connect to Backup & Replication Server.
- Next up is the Install type info. While I did select Advanced to see more we are doing a Typical. It looks like it knows this too.
- We now see the typical Summary screen.
- And the Install buttons starts things off.
- First we see SQL being installed and before you know it is done.
- But it is not quite done. The Finish button produces this dialog.
- Once logged off, I suggest moving to your own desktop.
Did the Install Work?
To confirm things are working, I suggested logging in.
- Use http://FQDN_of_ONE_server:1239 to start One Reporter.
- Authenticate – I used my own admin account to log in but there are options – BTW use the domain\user_account format as if you don’t it will not work. Update, I was not able to log in as me in v9.0 but was able to log in as the service account. More info below on fixing this.
- Your first look will be something like below.
- I click on the first tile – Backup & Replication.
You can also log into the Veeam One Business View tool at http://FQDN_of_ONE_server:1340.
To access ONE Monitor you will need to install the One client. This is, BTW, the client where you would configure your email server and configure the alert notification. See below for the default view the second time you log in. I say second, as the first time I logged in it asked me to configure the SMTP server info.
So this confirms that I have a working install.
So this was an easy install and right away we saw some interesting information. There is a lot to this application and it is worth exploring it carefully. I spent more time in the ONE Reporter but there is a business version that is very useful and something that should be used if you own it. After all, IT alone is nothing. IT connected to business is a winner and that is what ONE Business View tries to do.
BTW, this all started with me wanting to do a Visio diagram of my lab. I will detail that out in a different article. Once I find Visio.
- 6/23/16 – added the comment about installing the ONE client and added the screenshot of it.
- 5/12/16 – changed the graphics to larger so you (and me) don’t have to click on them to see a bit more. As well, did a few updates of grammar / syntax. Also used this article with ONE 9.0 with no problem. I also updated to U1 with no issues. You still need to log in as domain\user, and I was not able to log in as me, as I was in both the local ONE Admin group, and the local ONE Read-Only group. Once I was out of the read – only I was fine. I like the local groups as a nice way to let people into the app or not.
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