Using Veeam for office relocations

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Here is a great scenario for using Veeam Backup and Replication when relocating a branch office. Say you have a remote office that contains a rather large file and print server. All office users have been relocated out of state to another office location but they are still accessing their shared files across the WAN. To add even more complexity, the office your users have moved to is also being relocated to another office building within a few months. The initial thought was to move those users’ data to the interim location by using robocopy to an existing File and Print server in the interim location. Well as you can see this can be overly complex and confusing. This is where Veeam could play a major role. Using Veeam you can create a replication job to replicate the file and print server at your remote site back to your datacenter. Depending on how long the replication takes you can then plan a scheduled cutover to the vm back in your datacenter. This will allow us to bring up the same instance, name and all, but with of course a different IP address. Now your users drive mappings will be the same as they already were and you will not have to make those changes twice if need be. So once your replication job has synced up and your scheduled outage has been agreed upon you can then initiate a manual failover to the instance in your datacenter and then make the change permanent. So you are wondering, what if it doesn’t work? Well just power off the instance in your datacenter and power the instance back up at your remote office and you are back to where you started. Sounds too simple right? Well it is that simple. Now you have the luxury of moving the data out of your datacenter to the new office location if your needs are for the data to be local to the site. This is just one great example of a use case for using Veeam Backup and Replication. Below is a screenshot of what that scenario might look like on paper.

Remote office move



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