After the Installation it is time to configure the Virtual Edition:
I configured the DataPlatform Virtual Edition to fit into my HomeLab environment.
· Domain Name
· SMTP Server
· Cluster Name
· License Key
First you need to create a partition within the system. A partition needs an internal name and a Hostname:
After that a View Box must be created with several options available:
I enabled Deduplication (Inline) together with Compression (Inline)
The third step (optional) is to create a View, that is a share via CIFS and/ or NFS. I created a View for my Veeam Backup Server. This share from the Cohesity Virtual Edition is configured as a backup repository within Veeam Backup and Replication. Cohesity has a very nice whitepaper, where the required steps are described in detail.
Cohesity can use its own DataProtect to protect almost anything. But at the same time Cohesity is able to expose SMB/CIFS shares used for many use cases like: MS SQL dumps, Oracle RMAN, Log dumps or even be used as target storage for another backup application like Veeam. Cohesity is built with Global De-Dupe and Compression so it will save a lot of space for the Veeam backups that are only de-duping on the individual job level.
You can use any of your existing backup solutions together with Cohesity, all benefits from the global deduplication, compression, encryption and replication functions. Cohesity has a pretty nice whitepaper, about the Veeam configuration. For example modify Backup Jobs for best utilization of the DataPlatform features.
I wanted to use the build in DataProtection feature of my new storage/backup solution.
I registered my vCenter Server Appliance running in HA mode.
I wanted to get the best performance out of the system, so I tweaked it in several ways. You can check out my modifications here.