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Following the line of some of my topics, in Veeambp.com we can find a very useful unofficial tool This tool is not Veeam supportedIt was developed externally and is not linked with Veeam Software or ServiceNow in anyway, No support is offerred or inferred from Veeam Software on this tool. vSnow App is an application to integrate Veeam Backup Enterpriser Manager with ServiceNow vSnowApp for ServiceNow:The application offers integration with Veeam Enterprise Manager.vSnowApp provides following capabilities:Performance Dashboard Incidents Management Manage Backup Jobs. Failover Plans Agent Jobs Backup Servers Management How vSnowApp Works: vSnowApp function as an intermediary between Veeam Enterprise Manager and ServiceNow, after you deploy the vSnowApp, you can manage reporting and management of backup infrastructure from ServiceNow. Pre-requisites:ServiceNow MID Server Veeam Enterprise ManagerSupported ServiceNow Instances:New York Orl
HiIn the 2 days during VEEAMON 2021, there was often the question from new members why to choose Veeam over other competitors…Therefore my own top-15. There will be more reasons, but I think it will cover a lot of the reasons and I don’t think someone has to hesitate anymore ;-) PortabilitySomething I like very hard! All necessary information is built into the backup-file.You are not dependent of your backup-server to restore something. In case of emergency of disaster it’s just sufficient to install VBR Community Edition (free), import your backup-file and restore. You can even extract your backup-file (without VBR) to the .VMDK or .VHDX files.Next to that : the format is interchangeable : you can for example restore a VM (backup taken from vSphere on-premises) to Azure or to HyperV, or restore a backup taken with a Veeam Agent to Amazon EC2 or HyperV, … and so on, the list is very long! Not always possible with other backup vendors in my experience. Universal licensesIf you use univ
Greetings everyone, for years we all have been configuring our SMTP notifications on Veeam Backup and Replication to start receiving emails about the jobs, etc. Probably is the second or third thing we do after installing VBR.Now, that is great, but at the same time is true that Veeam Backup for AWS/Azure/Office 365 SMTP Notifications are not the same as what we are used in VBR, until today!I am pleased to share here with you, some Community work I have built using the comprehensive, feature-rich, RESTful API these products include, keen to hear your feedback. The how-to of every script it is something similar to this:We have our products which exposes RESTful API We have a bash shell script to collect data from the API The bash shell script sends the data to the specified address, or addressesThis post might be a bit long, so keep scrolling to the HTML Report you need.Enhanced HTML Report for Veeam Backup for AWSThis Script will query the Veeam Backup for AWS API and save the job sess
Afternoon everyone! I just found out that Veeam have released the VMCA 2022 course and exam. We’ve had a few discussions around this exam within the community as originally Veeam were intending for everyone to take the VMCA 2022 course prior to sitting the exam, however between then and now they’ve changed it. I checked my portal this morning and it showed the “Step 1. Attend a training course” as ticked. I checked with my account manager that this was intentional and they confirmed it’s no longer mandatory to redo the course if you’ve already got a VMCA v1.To find out more simply go to: Get Veeam Certified Now! and then click on the “Veeam Certified Architect” tab. FAQs:I took the VMCA v1 training course but never took the exam, what should I do? The VMCA v1 is expected to retire on 31st December 2021, either sit the exam or take the VMCA 2022 training course and work on that instead. Should I take the training course? Of course, it’s not always cost-effective for some people to take
"Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication 10" was released earlier this year in February 2021. The book can be seen at the following link and ordered:Version 10 Book is here - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication 10I have since been approached to write an update to the book for Version 11 and have accepted the challenge. The current book will get updates, some things removed and definitely all the new goodies that are in the latest release of @Veeam. Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v11 -- Coming Soon I will update my blog as my journey progresses with the new version. I hope to create an updated book that was as good as the first one which everyone enjoyed that gave me feedback. It will be fun writing about the newest features of Veeam v11 and updating existing stuff to make it current.Keep an eye out for further updates and other blog posts.
SPOILER Warning if you’re awaiting your swag, don’t watch the video!I was lucky enough to be selected as a Veeam Legend this year and luckier still to be one of the first to receive the swag by the amazing @Kseniya & @Rick Vanover (and of course Alfred).Check out my unboxing video below to see all the goodies If you’re still on the fence about the Veeam Legend programme, it’s been an amazing experience so far, I whole heartedly recommend it!
More and more companies are depending totally of their ICT infrastructure (on-premises, private cloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud) …Ransomware and hackers are more popular than ever…Therefore one of the most important things is that the company has a solid backup strategy, so we can fall back at those in case of disaster or being impacted by ransomware or hackers.You can find very often the 3-2-1 rule. I suggest every customer or company to even go a step further : apply the 3-2-1-1-0 rule !3 : Maintain at least 3 copies of your data By three copies, I mean that in addition to your primary data, you should also have at least two more backups.Why?The chance that something is going wrong with 3 devices at the same time is a lot smaller than with 2 devices, especially when the primary backup is often situated close to the primary data. In case of a disaster the primary data and primary backup could be gone. The secondary backup is often situated somewhere else and could be the solution in
This morning I was thinking about various backup solution, and one thing cross my mind.One of great advantage about Veeam over other vendors(BEYOND THE FACT THAT THE BACKUP WORKS. ALWAYS. GOOD. EVERYWHERE.) (If you have used other solutions in the past you know what that means.)is that Veeam release a free Community Edition, an almost full feature version to be tested heavily in our lab so we can fully understand the product, and try on our skin basics about backup and recovery.It is taken for granted, but it is a significant added value to me.So, thank you Veeam.Have you ever thought about it?
Did you know that there is a very useful Veeam tool to validate the integrity of your backups? In some cases, a backup can get corrupted due to accidental changes in the backup file data. For example, the file can be damaged after transfer over the network or from hardware failures on the backup storage side. With Veeam Backup Validator, you can quickly verify the integrity of any backup file, without extracting the VM data from the archive.Veeam Backup Validator is a command-prompt CRC check utility that tests a backup at the file level. For integrity validation, Veeam Backup Validator uses the checksum algorithm. When Veeam Backup & Replication creates a backup of a VM, it calculates a checksum for every data block in the backup file and attaches these checksums to the data blocks. Veeam Backup Validator re-calculates checksums for data blocks and compares them against the initial checksum values. If the results match, the backup file is viable. This works similarly to the backu
VBO Calculator Community Edition V2 First we want to thank you for the great feedback and your input for Version 1 of the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Calculator Community Edition! We already added some new features and bugfixes which we want to share with you.Click here to download the new version:Download(If you missed the first post where you can find all instructions, please follow: https://www.backupbros.com/2020/09/22/veeam-backup-for-microsoft-office-365-calculator/)To keep this short let me introduce the new features:Price ComparisonWe are now able to do a price comparision with on-premise-storage (where the compression is a bit lower) and your preferred object storage. As well as a second object storage vendor.You can enter your on-premise-storage costs (local object storage and local direct storage) in the input sheet:If you want to compare your preferred cloud object storage vendor with another one, just select the second vendor in the dropdown above the chart.VM eg
Veeam launched the veeamazing new v11 last week and with it, some amazing new features. In this blog post I’ll be highlighting the licensing requirements for these new features and a few other pre-requisites to use them. Veeam Continuous Data Protection (CDP)Veeam CDP enables organisations to achieve aggressively low RPO whilst still retaining the flexibility required by organisations for their retention needs. To utilise Veeam CDP your environment needs to be:VMware Environment using vSphere 6.5 or newer. Veeam needs to have either a Veeam Universal License or Enterprise Plus when using a socket-based license. Replication target can’t be a Veeam Cloud Connect Replica. Veeam Hardened RepositoryThe Veeam hardened repository is designed to help keep backups safe and data integrity assured. It’s great to see this feature requires no specific licensing from Veeam, however there are some pre-requisites to be considered:Only Linux repositories currently provide immutability Only certain task
Veeam Backup & Replication is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for virtual, physical, and cloud environments. With Veeam Backup & Replication you can Create crash-consistent and application-consistent backups of virtual and physical machines, quickly restore physical machines, EC2 instances, VMs, VM disks, guest OS files, and application items, perform a backup health check to verify that backups are not corrupted and are ready for restoring, create VM replicas and switch to them in case of a disaster and automate transferring of backups to tapes and other external repositories. Veeam Backup and Replication Configuration Database Settings come with the Veeam.Backup.DBConfig.exe utility that allows you to manage connection settings for Veeam Backup & Replication and/or Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager configuration database. Using this utility, you can:1. Connect to a different Microsoft SQL Server instance. If you specify a database that does not exist yet, i
As probably everyone at this awesome community knows : instant recovery of Veeam is great!!! This is one of the many reasons why Veeam has to be chosen over the competitors : you can read this in a previous sticky post of mine : Recap : 15 reasons to choose Veeam over competitors | Veeam Community Resource Hub Well I have a true time story showing that this functionality can save a company big time!!! At the service-desk of my company (an MSP), a priority 1 incident case came in of one of our customers, so SD First Line created an P1 incident case.By chance that day I was planned at third line of SD and was not planned for projects at customers...Regarding the urgency and the fact that our companies Veeam backup-expert was present that day at SD, the case came directly to me...Who is the customer : the customer is a secondary school Used infrastructure : they are using standalone Hyper-V hosts with local storage (don’t ask me why they are not using shared storage, but that’s another
The virtual machines I use for the deployment are generated from a Template (Golden Image) through a configuration file unattend.xml Answer files (unattend.xml)https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/update-windows-settings-and-scripts-create-your-own-answer-file-sxs What is Windows System Image Manager?https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-vista/cc766347(v=ws.10) Useful links for sizingVeeam Architects Site https://www.veeambp.com/ Veeam Size Estimation Tool (VSE)https://vse.veeambp.com/#/ The Restore Point Simulatorhttp://rps.dewin.me/ Veeam Ports Calculatorhttps://www.veeambp.com/ports/ REFS Calculatorhttp://dewin.me/calculator/ Bandwidth Calculatorhttp://rps.dewin.me/bandwidth/ Pricing calculator for small businesshttps://www.veeam.com/pricing-calculator NAS Calculatorhttps://cloudoasis.com.au/nas-calculator/ Veeam Clikable Demoshttps://veeamclick.be/ Prerequisite: System Requirements - Veeam Backup Guide for vSphere
BR v.11 - Step by step Install & Configure (Best Practice) | Veeam Community Resource Hub######################################################### CREATE NEW JOB add multiple VM 15 restore point Incr Weekly sinth full Saturday ######################################################### #Create new Job:$test2 = Find-VBRViEntity -Name "spc*"$repository = Get-VBRBackupRepository -ScaleOut -Name *****-SOBRAdd-VBRViBackupJob -Name "D002-TEST2" -Entity $test2 -BackupRepository $repository #Set 15 restore point:$retention = New-VBRJobOptions -ForBackupJob$retention.BackupStorageOptions.RetainCycles = 15$job = Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2"Set-VBRJobOptions -Job $job -Options $retention#Configure job schedule and enable it:Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2" | Set-VBRJobSchedule -Daily -At "23:30" -DailyKind Everyday | Enable-VBRJobSchedule#Set Forever Incremental:Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2" | Set-VBRJobAdvancedBackupOptions -Algorithm Incremental -TransformFullToSyntethic $true -TransformIn
I see one more change in VBR V11 Beta - the handling of exported backups and of backups with no associated backup job. Exported Backups:Up to V10 exported (disk) backups were put in the section “Disk (imported)”In V11 the exported backups are put in another section - “Disk (VeeamZIP)”. Up to V10 I have seen this section when creating a VeeamZip archive intentionally only. Backups from deleted backup jobs:Backups which were created from deleted backup jobs were put in the section “Disk (Imported)”, too. In V11 there is a new section: “Disk (Orphaned)” I think this describes the status of these backups much better than before.
Everyday is a school day, and today I found out something really cool that Veeam was doing, that I never knew about because “It Just Works”.I had an alert generated from a customer system today that I had never seen before. Now I’ve seen plenty of alerts for different backup issues, whether they’re caused by networks, BSODs, disk space constraints etc, but I got surprised by this completely new one. A Tape Drive Alert, but of an unexpected variety Warning: “TapeDrive alert: The voltage supply to the tape drive is outside the specified range.”As I said above, I’d never seen this warning before! I didn’t know that Veeam was tracking such attributes of the tape drives it uses. So I set about looking up the root cause of the problem and busted out some “Google-Fu” to find who else had these issues in the past and I found this page of Veeam Documentation:Tape Drive Alerts – Veeam Backup Guide for vSphereThis web page has all of the alert codes, the severity of the issue, a description about
Because backup of a vSphere VM almost always involves taking a vSphere snapshot, this VMware blog post will be interesting for every backup administrator. https://blogs.vmware.com/performance/2021/06/performance-best-practices-for-vmware-snapshots.htmlVMware has tested the performance impact of snapshots. Baseline performance is a VM without a snapshot. After that, performance testing is done with 1, 2 and more snapshots. Tested was default IO-tests and java application performance (SPECjbb). Tests included: vVOL, VMFS and vSAN.Test Results:Impact on vVOL depends on the storage system, because snapshots are taken there. VMs on VMFS have a huge performance penalty even with one snapshot. To be more exact: the first snapshot has the greatest impact! vSAN does not suffer much from snapshot with sequential workload. To be honest I think this is interesting to know but has no meaning in reality. SPECjbb does not show worse performance at all.Recommendations:Let snapshots exist as short as p
Each time I talk to customers at installation dates or health-checks, I spend some time talking about vSphere transport modes. These are: Direct Storage Access, Storage Integration (I take this as a separate mode), Virtual Appliance and Network mode. This is a topic with a lot of facets still not widely known. Here I will try to compare these transport modes on the basis of some characteristics. Direct Storage AccessSecurity Honestly rather bad. Since production volumes are presented to a Veeam proxy host, a local admin/root can easily delete all volumes within seconds. Much better if the storage system is able to present volumes in read-only mode. Network As the name suggests, backup traffic is kept in storage network. Configuration Effort It is more complex to configure than other modes. This is also because you need to configure different layers like storage switches and arrays. You may have to configure the array with each new volumes for backup too. It could be more tricky to
It is being found that the official app used in installing SteelSeries devices on Windows 10 can be exploited to grant Admin rights as discovered by some security research “Lawrence Amer“. As stated by BleepingComputers, the bug can be leveraged during the device startup process using a link in the License Agreement screen that is opened with SYSTEM privileges. A real SteelSeries device is not necessary to exploit the bug. Also, a bug was discovered in the Razer Synapse software that granted unauthorised admin access. Now, a similar bug was found in SteelSeries software that gives anyone who plugs in a device complete control over a Windows 10 PC with admin rights. Emulating a device also works: This discovery became known after news broke out about the Razer Synapse software as it was able to grant administrative privileges when connecting a Razer mouse or keyboard. This motivated the research from Jorhat, offensive security researcher Lawrence Amer (research team leader at 0xsp) foun
Another video from the quick and nerdy series. This video is half how-to half showcase of the true flexibility of Veeam and cloud data protection. It starts with taking a backup of an EC2 instance with VBAWS, using a VBR server to backup copy job to a SOBR with Wasabi and finally using that Wasabi bucket to Natively restore to Azure. This one had a lot of moving parts so it went a little over the 10-15 minute structure but it’s worth a watch!
Greetings Community,I have been working for a few weeks on parsing all things Veeam Logs, deep stuff that is for sure. On this specific Post I want to cover the Monitoring of the Capacity Tier Jobs and Tasks.This is work in progress, so I am writing this post seeking help from you, to try it on your lab, or on your environments (always remembering it is Community Stuff and not supported)System RequirementsYou should have Telegraf+InfluxDB+Grafana installed Grafana should be the version 8.0.2 - In case you have an inferior version, or superior, please just run this sudo apt-get install grafana=8.0.2 You should have telegraf installed on the VBR, I hope properly configured sending metrics to your InfluxDB. Ping me if need anything. But it is really simple. The telegraf.conf at the end should contain this at the end of the file (this is the fairy dust that makes us fly :))# Offload Job - ID and final status[[inputs.tail]] files = ["C:\\ProgramData\\Veeam\\Backup\\*\\Offload*.log"] from_
Do you actively use Veeam Replication?If so, how long has it been since you’ve implemented it? For me, I don’t currently use it, but am in the process of getting it going again after about an 8yr hiatus. Not too much has changed since then, but there has been some enhancements you might not’ve known about, or some behavior you either didn’t know about or forgot. Below, I will be sharing some tidbits & behaviors I feel you should be aware of when making design decisions when implementing Veeam Replication.Before getting into the “Don’t Know/Forgot” items, let me briefly review how Replication works from a high-level. First, they are a job-driven task. You’ll need to set up a job and configure various settings. Next, depending on the source data you’re wanting to replicate, you can either replicate data directly from your production environment, or from other locations. I’ll touch more on this later. Lastly, the first run of Replication creates a fully functional VM on the target, an
Yet another Windows print spooler zero-day Vulnerability: Mitigate Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution – CVE-2021-36958
Microsoft has issued an advisory for another zero-day Windows print spooler vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-36958 that allows local attackers to gain SYSTEM privileges on a computer. As stated by Microsoft, an attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.I you wish to have more detailed information on the development of this vulnerability, when it was first discovered, its workaround and patches released so far, please visit the following links.Unlike the previous exploits, this vulnerability affects for the Windows print spooler, Windows print drivers, and Windows Point and Print. For a detailed guide, please refer to this link. Here is a link to the video (Twitter trend) as discovered by Benjamin Delpy. How do you mitigate this issue? There isn’t a patch (update) as at the time of this writing. The good thing is, there is always a workaround.– You can disable the Print Spooler service or allow your device to install printers
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