To use the MaxBack VSS Writer you have to perform the following steps:
Install the writer binaries each database host
Install the license file
Connect the writer to the database
optional: Enable configuration sets
1. Install binaries
You can install the MaxBack VSS Writer binaries with the setup package provided by dbosoft:
2. Install the license file
First copy the activation license file that you have received from our sales team to the host. You could also use a network drive.
To install the license call the commandline client from a elevated command prompt:
Use the command option -f to set the path the license file. To activate a evaluation license you also have to add the option –temp to the command.
If the command fails or you don’t have received an activation license file please activate manually, see also Offline License Installation Procedure.
3. Connect to the database
To create the writer instance you again have to use the writer commandline client from a elevated command prompt:
The commandline client will now create a writer service for the database instance. It will also create a user named vsswriter with a random password. This user is used for all communication with the database.
The command will also ask for a log media name. The log medium must already be created.
Please see Simple Log Management for log media configuration recommendations.
4. Enable configuration sets
To enable the veeam best practices configuration set use the following command from a elevated command prompt:
maxback.vssclient enableconfigset -s Veeam
To enable the Azure Backup best practices configuration set use the following command:
maxback.vssclient enableconfigset -s AzureBackup
More options can be used on the maxback.vssclient command (for example the database name). For a description of these options see Commandline Client.