1-Click Veeam Install on Windows 2012

With v7 there were a lot of improvements. One of those is the ability to do a silent or unattended install of Veeam Backup & Replication. There is actually a good kb article that describe how to install each individual component but it actually requires you to figure out dependencies or how to install SQL express. You can find it here.

One of the interesting scenario's why you could do and automated install is if you want to install a backup server at each branch office to use as a "restore" installation as described in my previous article "after the backup copy job the auto import". For me the trigger was actually a partner that just wanted an installer he could use at a customer to set up a very simple PoC very quickly.

After some considerations, I decided to install everything with powershell. Not only is it the preferred language for Windows 2012 scripting but it is also your primary scripting tool for Veeam Backup & Replication. The target platform is 2012, so I have no idea if my findings will work for 2008 and so on (for example the script will enable dotnet 3.5 on Windows 2012). So feedback is really appreciated.

You can find the automation script here

Now there are some dependencies that you need to fulfill before you can use it:
  • Create a Windows 2012 machine
  • Add it to a domain
  • Create a user srvveeam in your domain (or change the param section at the start of the script)
  • Download the Veeam Backup & Replication ISO. Then extract the following folders in a new empty folder: Backup, Catalog, Explorers and Redistr. Then add the script, bat file and your license (veeam_backup.lic) in the same folder as shown below.
  • Give srvveeam user the required permissions for backup and replication in vCenter. You can find the fined grained permissions in the doc section of Veeam. Also alter the vCenter address in the script.
  • I recommend scrolling through it and fine tweaking it to your environment.
Now installation will be quite easy, just right click runmeasadmin and run the bat file as an administrator.

Installation should start and install all necessary requirements for Windows 2012 including SQL Express. If one of the components is not installed successfully it  should fail. If something is already installed, the script should skip installing the specific item.


Cool thing about using powershell is that you can load the powershell snapin after you install it. So it means you autoconfigure Veeam for example to add proxies or repositories automatically to the new installation. This script will do the following in B&R after installation:
  • Create credentials
  • Create a new repository
  • Add vCenter
  • Create a single job that includes all the VMs (Maybe test and tweak before you use it in your 1000VM environment ;)). It will use the credentials created before to enable Application Aware Image Processing

 But of course your imagination is your only limitation when using Powershell :D.