Downloading and Installing VMware Veeam on a Windows Client
This is going to be a side blog, that I will be referencing in my main VMware series. Veeam Fast SCP is a great product that everyone who is using VMware should be using. The company has many other products that provide more advanced features, and I would recommend looking at them as possible solutions to some common VMware tasks.
As a prerequisite for this I would recommend creating a Veeam service account on your domain, if your machine is part of a domain, or a local account on your PC if it is not. I would highly recommend when creating this account you set it up with the password never expiring. If the password does expire you will need to go to each place that this is installed and change the password. Unless you have something along the lines of script logic which can automate this task. In our example we will be installing Veeam on a 32 bit version of Windows XP.
The first thing that we will need is to download Veeam Fast SCP 3.0 in order to transfer files to and from storage on our ESXi host. The good people at Veeam provide this software for free here. They do require that you sign in before you download it. Once you have it downloaded Double click on the Veeam Fast SCP installer
You may be prompted with an open file Security Warning depending upon your system. If you are click on Run. This will cause the files to extract and eventually you will get to the Veeam Backup and FastSCP Welcome screen. Click on Next.
The EULA comes next. Read through it all and then select the radio button for I agree and Click Next.
The Program Features Screen is next. Accept the defaults and Click on Next.
This brings us to the Select Installation Folder You can change the default install directory or keep the standard. There is also an option if you want this program to be available for everyone or Just the person who is currently logged in. The default is Everyone. Make your adjustments accordingly and click Next.
Now we are at the Service Credentials screen. Warning, by default it tries to install this as your account. You do not want to do this, especially if you are part of a domain or have a password expiration policy. If you do you will have to go in and update the service each time and change the password. It is a real PITA. This is why one of the prerequisites was to have a service account created.
Click on Browse and Search for the service account
This will take you to the standard Windows Select User Dialogue Box. You many need to change the location that you system is looking for the account by clicking on the Locations... button. Make sure that in the From this location field has the proper location where your account it. Ex. If you are in a domain that it has your domain. If you are using a local account that it has the computer name. We are using a domain so the example shows internal.orinoco-sysetms.com.
In the enter the object name to select, type in the name of the account. Click on Check Names. You will notice that windows looks up the account and changes the display. This is a verified account. Click on OK
This will take you back to the Service Credentials Screen, now the user name is filled in for you. Type in the password. Click Next.
Finally you are at the Confirm Installation Screen. There is really not much here, so just click on the Install button.
You will see several screens pop by. The first one is checking for .net2.0 or greater. After that the install is running to completion. That is all there is to it. I hope you found this blog interesting and useful.