After completing my PowerShell script to upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication environments to v10, I wanted to take the next step and automate the full lifecycle process. I’ve had Ansible in my sights for a while to do this as it can natively use PowerShell.

Markus Kraus, a Veeam VanGaurd, started work along this same train of thought last year and recently updated the code to support Veeam Backup & Replication v10. As this was my first Ansible role to write, it was very helpful to use Markus’s code as a base for my project.

Capabilities of this release

  • Automated Install/Patch/Upgrade operations for all products in the Veeam Availability Suite
  • Versions supported for Install/Patch:
    • 9.5 Update 4
    • 10
  • Versions supported for Upgrade:
    • Upgrading to v10 from supported source versions
  • Pre-requisite software is installed prior to Install/Upgrade
  • Central location for all Install/Patch/Upgrade logs
  • Automated patching for Install/Upgrade
    • Checks for Updates folder in ISO and installs patches found
  • Veeam Backup & Replication
    • Configuration Backup is performed prior to Patch/Upgrade
    • Cloud Connect environments are supported
    • Disables jobs prior to Patch/Upgrade
    • Enables jobs after Patch/Upgrade
  • Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager
    • SQL DB Backup is performed prior to Patch/Upgrade
    • Cloud Connect environments are supported
  • Veeam ONE

The source code for this project can be found in VeeamHub. Downloading & using the code is super easy with the use of Ansible Galaxy.

If you’ve never used Ansible previously, I recommend getting your feet wet with the Ansible Getting Started Guide. It does a really good job of explaining what Ansible is and how it works. The part I like most about Ansible is it doesn’t require an agent to be installed on managed systems as it uses remote connection methods like SSH & WinRM instead.

Ansible playbooks are used to execute complex instructions in a simplistic manner. Below is a sample playbook to install Veeam Backup & Replication v10:

- name: Veeam Backup & Replication v10 Install
  hosts: veeam
    - include_role:
        name: veeamhub.veeam.veeam_vas
        tasks_from: vbr_install
        iso_download: true
        license: true
        source_license: "/root/ansible/license.lic"
        sql_install_username: "sql_install" #used to install SQL Express (admin)
        sql_install_password: "ChangeM3!"
        sql_service_username: "svc_sql" #used to run SQL Express (non-admin)
        sql_service_password: "ChangeM3!"
        sql_username: "sa" #used by Veeam to connect to SQL Express
        sql_password: "ChangeM3!"

Included with the documentation on VeeamHub, I’ve provided plenty of sample playbooks.

Ansible VBR 10 Install


If you’d like to support this community project, I welcome contributions from the community. For more information, feel free to reference the project contributing guide.

Next Steps

I’m currently working on feature enhancements for this Ansible collection. Currently, I have in mind to add support for performing basic Veeam Backup & Replication configuration tasks:

  • Configuration Backup settings
  • Add/Remove Veeam Managed Servers
  • Add/Remove Veeam Backup Proxy
  • Add/Remove Veeam Backup Repository
  • Add/Remove VMware vCenter
  • Add/Remove VMware vCloud Director
  • More to come!

If you have any questions/problems/feature requests about this Ansible collection, please use the projects GitHub Issue Tracker.