In this article, I will teach you. How to configure Veeam Backup Office 365 Community Edition (v5). As the name suggests, it is a backup software dedicated to Microsoft Office 365 tenants (Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.).
The Community Edition is a free edition of the Veeam Backup Office 365 which allows you to back up 10 users and 1TB of SharePoint data.
The implementation of a backup solution for Microsoft 365 Cloud services allows you to restore items that may have been lost, the provider is responsible for providing access to the service, the user is responsible for the backup of the data.
Complete Installation Veeam Backup Office 365 Community Edition (v5)
I’m going to take a concrete example, one of the users has his account hacked, the hacker deletes the contents of his mailbox, Microsoft won’t restore the data, that’s the responsibility of the customer. Veeam Backup Office 365 will allow you to back up and restore data as required.
- Complete Installation Veeam Backup Office 365 Community Edition (v5)
- Download Veeam Backup Office 365
- Install Veeam Backup Office 365
- Configuration of Veeam Backup Office 365
Download Veeam Backup Office 365
The first step is to directly download Veeam Backup Office 365 from the Veeam website. It is necessary to create an account.
After signing in, go to the download page and browse the Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition Products section of the Free Veeam Backup.
To access the product file, click on the Download icon.
You can click on the Download button, On the product page.
Install Veeam Backup Office 365
That you’ve downloaded the Veeam Backup Office 365 archive, unzip it, and go to the new folder. Normally, there are 4 executables. There is one that contains backup software, and the other 3 are add-ons for exploring backup and restoring files.
Run a file called Veeam.Backup365 X.X.Y.Y.Y.Y.msi.
When the wizard starts, click on Next.
Accept the terms and conditions of the different licenses and click on Next.
Install all the components and, if needed, change the installation path and click on Next.
Confirm installation of Veeam Backup Office 365 by clicking on the Install button.
Confirm the execution of the MSI file and wait for the installation
If the installation is complete, close the wizard by clicking on Finish.
Install different catering consoles, depending on your needs.
Configuration of Veeam Backup Office 365
Launch the Veeam Backup for the Microsoft Office 365 console, which can be found as a desktop shortcut.
Allow the application to open by clicking on Yes.
Comments for Veeam Backup & Replication, click Connect to open the console.
From the first connection, Veeam offers to install a license if you have one, click on No to close the message, and use the Community Edition version free of charge for 10 users.
But if you are using Veeam Backup & Replication, the Veeam Backup Office 365 console is similar.
Add Your Tenant / Organization / Microsoft Office 365 Account
The first step is to configure the organization/account that needs to be saved.
Click the Add Org button on the console.
When the wizard is launched, exit the Microsoft Office 365 Type, configure the services to be backed up and click Next.
Choose the Office 365 authentication method, in the Basic Authentication tutorial and click on Next.
Enter the Identify of an Administrator Account of the tenant and click on the Next button.
Wait when signing into your MS 365 account.
If the tests have been validated, click on Finish to close the wizard and add the account.
In the console, we can see that the account is added to the Organizations section.
Configure the Repository
The registry configuration is a “critical” element of Microsoft Office 365 backup because it will determine the backup form (Item-level/snapshot) and the data retention period.
At the time of configuration, I clarify the difference between the two.
Click on Backup Infrastructure on the console.
Go to the Repository Backup
Right-click in the central area and click on Add Backup repository (or go through the banner).
Name the repository and click on the Next button.
Indicate the location of the repository and click on Next.
Pass the Object backup repository configuration by clicking Next.
You can save on Cloud Storage type Amazon S3 / Azure Blob Storage.
Configure the retention period (days/years/always) and the type of backup, then click Finish to create the repository.
The retention period is how long the file has remained in the backup since it was last edited.
For Example, I configure 2-year retention, I have a Word file on my OneDrive whose last modification date is 2 years 1 day, it won’t be saved anymore, this parameter is very important.
The repository has two types of retention:
- Retention of item level: Backs up data only on the based of retention (recommended).
- Snapshot-Based Retention: create restore points for each backup (day).
Choosing one of the modes does not prevent you from browsing your backup on a particular date.
The registry is added.
Right-click the Office 365 account from the console and click Add to Backup Job.
Name the job, then click on the Next button.
Now we have to configure the backup elements, for a tutorial, we’ll choose the backup accounts, choose Backup of the following objects, and click on Add.
Choose the object you want to save (Users).
Select the object(s) by checking the boxes and click on Add.
After the items to be saved have been selected, click on Next.
It can be possible to exclude elements from the backup, it works the same way as adding an element, and then click on Next.
You can select the repository and click on Next.
Then configure the backup schedule and click on Create.
The backup job added.
You just have to wait for the backup to start according to the schedule…
You can force the start of the backup by right-clicking on the job-> Start
The first backup can take a long time depending on the volume to back up.
Now that we’ve got a backup, we’re going to see how to restore an email and an OneDrive file.
Right-click the Office 365 organization and click Explore the new Exchange.
So You can wait while the Explorer Exchange opens and the backup changed…
Once the backup is loaded, navigate to it and find the item you want to restore. When a message is found, right-click it and choose the restore method.
As for Exchange, right-click the organization and click Explore OneDrive point-in-time state.
For OneDrive, I’m going to show you how to choose a date to restore.
Select the following point in time, click on the calendar, and then easily select the date.
To load the save, simply click the Finish button on the selected date.
If the backup is loaded, navigate to OneDrive to find the file and right-click it to access the various restore options.
You can also access the different available versions of the file. Which can allow you to find the “correct” file without having to reload the backup.
Personally, I don’t think it’s important to save all the mailboxes in an organization with several hundred mailboxes but to focus on critical accounts like management.
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