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We know that Veeam Backup & Replication can back up virtual machines. This is one of the main functions of Veeam and it has the most features and options that we can configure. Normally, when we are starting in the backup area and taking the first steps in data protection, one of the features that ends up going unnoticed is Application Aware.So, application Aware is a function that we can configure in our backup jobs. It allows us to consistently create backup. Consistent Backup But after all, what is consistent backup?By default Veeam Backup & Replication does not perform your backups consistently. This occurs because a default configured backup job does not process a server's application logs. We must remember that Veeam backs up servers through snapshots taken in the virtualization environment. As a result, Veeam ends up not communicating directly with the operating system of each of these virtual machines. This causes Veeam to consider and perform these backups inconsistent
A Deeper Look at the Smart-EntityIn my Veeam Amazing Object Storage Tips & Techniques Part 4 I provided a high level introduction of the Smart-Entity feature of the Smart Object Storage API (SOSAPI). In this article, I will explain how our Technical Alliance Partner (TAP) Object First has implemented the Smart-Entity as part of their object storage solution.Let’s start off with a reminder of how the Smart-Entity feature works:Veeam Backup & Replication will tell the object storage platform how much data VBR is about to send it as well as for what object (virtual machines, cloud vms, NAS file share, and Physical machines). The object storage platform can then use this information to determine what node/endpoint will receive the backup data The object storage platform then provides VBR the node name/endpoint address to send the data toBefore I dive into the details of how Smart-Entity works, let me define what an entity is. Veeam Backup & Replication uses backup jobs to pr
We start the day with @kirststoner12, Roman Kuksov, and @jorge.delacruz First up is Jorge talking us through the Veeam ONE Threat centre.Jorge talks us through the data platform scorecard, made up of the following four contributing components:Platform Security Compliance - This is driven by the VBR Security & Compliance Analyser (Formerly known as the best practice analyser) Data Recovery Health - This score looks at backups marked as suspicious/infected, you should hopefully see a 100% health when you first deploy this Data Protection Status - This score is based on the percentage of protected workloads vs unprotected Backup Immutability Status - This score is based on the number of workloads that are not compliant with the immutability target.Within each of these widget sections are call to actions for a related report to provide drilldown information on the appropriate topicsEach of these widgets have options to include/exclude settings for example:Data Recovery Health can cho
Service Providers - Where to Find Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 Licenses Consumed per Organization/Tenant
The Task at Hand, or the problem to solveAs a service provider that is actively growing our BaaS offering, one major source or growth is Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. While it’s relatively easy to understand rental license consumption when backing up VM’s (number of projected workloads * points per license utilized), figuring out how many licenses consumed in VB365 is much more difficult on the surface because, depending on how you’ve selected your objects to be backed up from Microsoft 365 such as selection via groups, you clearly can protect many more objects than you’ve manually selected and consume more licenses. And some objects don’t consume licenses. If you have a dedicated VB365 server for each Organization, perhaps this would be easier. But in my case, we have a single VB365 server orchestrating backups for multiple organizations/tenants. But I need to know how many licenses I’m consuming per Org so that I know how much to bill them, or to make sure they’re within the c
Unable to Create Azure Active Directory Application when setting up Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 Restore Portal
Found a perplexing issue when I was setting up VB365 the other day. I was attempting to set up the Restore Portal in my multitenant environment using Jorge’s guide (for v6 mind you, but close enough) but when I was attempting to create the Azure AD application, I was receiving a pretty non-descript error.Veeam Error: “Failed to create Azure Active Directory application.” A bit of googling didn’t turn up much. After a lot of troubleshooting, I did manage to get an error when attempting to use an existing Application ID that I had renamed/repurposed about an invalid name but wrote it off because it was a strange possible workaround. I thought that perhaps it was a certificate issue, something wrong with the port I was using, REST API settings, etc.So, like any reasonable person, I created a support ticket and gathered logs. Props to support for isolating the issue on first try quickly with the logs provided. And indeed, Azure AD was blocking the application due to an invalid name.
WOW! Accepted for the sixth year in a row. #VeeamVanguard Veeam Vanguard 2023 I was a part of the Veeam Vanguard program for the past five years in 2018-2022, with the hopes of another renewal for the 2023 year. Applications opened up for the 2023 year, and this time, it was all based on your application, whereas in previous years, you could have others nominate you. I have remained active with the Veeam space promoting the product, blogging, Twitter, Paper.li E-Newspaper, and even wrote a third edition of my book for Packt Publishing - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v12So I filled out the application with examples of all my activities throughout the year in the hopes I would be accepted. After applying, waiting is hard for that email to indicate whether you are in or out.So based on my post as you can imagine, I was accepted for a sixth year into one of the best evangelist programs out there - Veeam Vanguard. Many thanks to @RickVanover @NikolaPejkova and the amazing people
You might or might not know this, but Wasabi does have a minimum storage duration policy in place.What's that?Depending on your pricing model, each uploaded object will be billed for a minimum amount of time.Pay-as-you-go customers have 90 days, reserved capacity customers (pre-paid) will have 30 days.If you delete an object before this minimum duration is over, the remaining time will still be charged.You can find more information on this website:https://wasabi-support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058734492-How-does-Wasabi-s-minimum-storage-duration-policy-work-ExampleYou upload 1TB of objects to Wasabi and have the 90 days minimum storage duration policy in place. After a week you decide to delete the whole 1TB.This means you pay for:7 days timed active storage 83 days timed deleted storageCan I recover deleted objects?You might think, that as you pay for deleted objects, you may be able to recover those. Unfortunately this is not the case, so you can’t use this as a recycle bin.
For this blog series, I will look at M365, which many people use daily, and why it is necessary to have backups using the Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365. Now my approach will be coming not from a typical user perspective but from an MSP (Managed Service Provider) perspective. I will start part one of this series by going through the shared responsibility model for Microsoft 365 and how Veeam plays a key role there. As we progress through the series, I will talk more about the installation of Veeam for Microsoft 365 and other best practices. Shared Responsibility ModelThe shared responsibility model regarding your data relates to what Microsoft is responsible for and what you as the end-user are responsible for in protecting your data. Many thought that Microsoft did backups for your data, and that assumption could not be farther from the truth. When your data resides in Microsoft 365 as the end-user, you are responsible for backing up your data.What is explicitly each party respo
For all those that could not participate in the "VeeamOn2023", share with us your best moments in photos so that all can enjoy them visually.Pour tous ceux qu'il n’a pas pu participer au "VeeamOn2023" , partager-nous vos meilleurs moments en photos afin que tous puis en profiter visuellement.
Hi allAfter working already for more than 2 months with the new version of VBR, I must say it’s great with all new features and changes.But I must being honest, there is a feature that I’m missing that is not available anymore after the upgrade…What am I missing after the upgrade?For a new backup copy-job (not the existing after upgrading) it is not possible to define certain static VMs in a backup copy-job anymore. You have to select an existing primary backup job or repository.I must be honoust, it’s better than before, now we can change between immediately and periodically backup-copy jobs without the need to create a new backup-copy job.All good and even better than before, but…. Why I need this frequently?Normally I always create 1-to-1 backup copy jobs to primary backup jobs, so normally everything is OK and not needed, but there is 1 exception to the rule!Normally we always used periodically backup copy jobs with statically defined VMs in the job for backup copy jobs connected t
Introducing Veeam’s Smart Object Storage API Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) v12 which was launched a month ago, has many great features and new capabilities. One of my favorite features is the Smart Object Storage API (SOSAPI). The purpose of this blog is to introduce you to this new and powerful feature.Let’s that off with explaining what the Smart Object Storage API (SOSAPI) is. It is a new tool which allows Veeam and our on-prem object storage partners to develop tighter integrations between our products. So, the great part about the SOSAPI is that a customer doesn’t need to do any additional work to get the benefits of this great addition to the Veeam portfolio. However, you do need to select an object storage platform that has the SOSAPI implemented within their product. When VBR v12 was launched last month, Scality and Object First were the inaugural launch partners for SOSAPI. Cloudian also released a version of their object storage which was integrated with the Smar
A feature that was already available in Veeam Explorer for Active Directory now finds its way into the Windows File Level Restore: Compare with Production. This gives you the option to view the differences between the files in the restore point and the current files in production.After pressing the button, you will be asked for the user with the required permissions.Then you see state for files and directories. What you not see are new files in production that are not in the selected restore point.You can also show differences in file attributes.At least in tested version, this feature (and the following) does not work for Linux.
It’s that time again to remind everyone that all good things run out of support eventually. The 2023 calendar year has the following products reaching end of support status for the following products.February 2023Veeam Backup & Replication v10 Veeam ONE v10 Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows v4 Veeam Agent for Linux v4March 2023Veeam Backup for Nutanix AHV v2 Veeam Service Provider Console v4June 2023Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris v2July 2023Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator v3 (Formerly known as ‘Veeam Availability Orchestrator’)September 2023Veeam Agent for IBM AIXDates To Be Defined:Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v5 (Formerly known as Veeam Backup for Office 365) Veeam Backup for AWS v4 Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure v3 Veeam Backup for Google Cloud v2As a footnote to this section, why do I say ‘dates to be defined’? This is because Veeam’s support for these products is based on ‘Next GA Date + 1 Version’ for the cloud protection products (AWS/Azure/GCP), and ‘Next GA date +
I hope, this post safes you the time I spent to figure this out.Normally I do not install Veeam Enterprise Manager (EM) unless there is a use case - like indexed file search. With it, EM can search a index - created at backup time. So no mount of restore-points is necessary to find files in backups. For more information see here:https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/em/understanding_search.html?ver=110According to my knowledge, index search is able to lists all file-versions in selected time range. For this you have to filter your search:ProblemIn multiple VBR v11 + EM environments I had the situation that index search results shows just latest file version in result. I spent some time to troubleshoot, ask colleagues, recherche. Finally I get an answer in R&D forum:https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-backup-replication-f2/search-not-behaving-like-i-would-expect-t72642.htmlShort answerIndexed search should show all file versions. This feature is broken in v11 and will be fixed.
Monitoring with Backup Eagle I was recently introduced to a product requiring me to do a PoC to determine if it was a viable monitoring option for my company. I was granted an NFR license to test within my HomeLab for a product named - Backup Eagle by Schmitz RZ Consult GmbH.I was curious about how the Backup Eagle product works compared to other monitoring software. It was a straightforward install for the software based on Java, including the database used to store the data.Backup Eagle is used for Backup Monitoring, Reporting, and Audit & Compliance.Backup Eagle Chart - What you can use it forInstalling the software is very simple after downloading and extracting the zip file. The latest release as of this writing is - 126.96.36.199. Begin the installation using the EXE file and click through the screens.Running the EXE to start the installation processAfter the initial screen, you can install either the BE Server or the Admin Client, a component that can be installed on other system
In part I of this series we have seen how to move a tape library with all data to another VBR server which has already data on it.https://community.veeam.com/blogs-and-podcasts-57/veeam-and-tape-i-moving-a-tape-library-with-data-from-one-vbr-server-to-another-1654 The open question was, how do I get my tapes with data to the correct media pools without losing my data…When you select to move a tape to a media pool the following message appears:So, the tapes are marked free, and the data is lost when a tape is moved? A quick check of the helpcenter and the forums says exactly this…https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/moving_tapes_to_custom_pool.html?ver=110But is this correct?Fortunately, it is not. The tape is marked free when it is moved, but the data on the tape is not lost. Its metadata is deleted from the Veeam database – and this can be recreated. All the tapes from the new library are assigned to the pool “Imported” Move the tapes to their corresponding media pools.
Sizing for NAS/file share backup can appear difficult initially, but with the help of the unofficial NAS Calculator by Hal Yaman it definitely will be a bit easier.As you can see from the screenshot below you need to know roughly how much source data in TB your file share(s) contain, how many files and directories. In case you are wondering what is primary vs secondary repository? Primary is for your short term retention (newest version) and secondary is for long term retention (older versions than newest).The user guide has some good info on the secondary copy settings.Once you have filled all out, just click the Calculate button to get full sizing for all components:Cache repository File Proxy Primary repository Secondary RepositoryHope this was useful and please do post any questions or comments.
Yes, it is no backup topic. But because we discussed a reason for my testing here already:I thought it could be interesting. In this post I investigate what happens when a VMware vSphere ESXi host loses its boot device. This device is meant to be a persistent device. For non-persistent devices like USB- and SD-card, behavior is quite clear: whole ESXi OS runs in memory, no mass-write operations should be directed to the device. When it breaks, ESXi isn’t missing it and keeps running.With a persistent device I was convinced that ESXi would die when it broke. BUT: ESXi survives. Not such a clean behavior like with non-persistent devices, but it survived. Reason for testingThere is a concrete reason for this testing. I want to answer the question, if it is safe to boot a ESXi host from a single disk. No Raid, just a single disk connected to a HBA. This would be an additional option for ESXi boot device. Why? Because VMware and other server vendors do not recommend to use non-persistent bo
The Veeam Vanguard program is one of the best influencer/evangelist programs out there, and one reason you need to nominate yourself or someone else that deserves to be in this program. You will gain access to cutting-edge technology as well as resources. With 2023 just around the corner, now is the time to consider nominating yourself or someone you know who should be considered. Also, at this time, for the existing Veeam Vanguards like myself, it is renewal time to ensure I am selected for another year in this exciting program.Being a Veeam Vanguard means being part of an exclusive community of top IT professionals and thought leaders worldwide. As a member, you’ll have access to a wide range of exclusive resources and opportunities, including:Early access to new Veeam products and features Invitations to Veeam-sponsored events and webinars Opportunities to provide feedback and input on Veeam product development Access to the Veeam Vanguard private community, where you can connect
So I had a unique support case recently, a customer using Veeam Agent for Linux with mixed success, they had one particular server that worked fine during implementation and then after a week the backups had started to immediately fail. The server was unable to load the veeamsnap module.Veeam themselves have a great article dealing with this in general and it helps resolve the majority of the cases, link here.One point I believe this article doesn’t properly discuss though is why this can happen, especially when it previously worked properly. To understand this we need to know a bit about how Veeam works with its Linux Agent.To fully understand how the Veeam Agent for Linux works, the first question we need to answer is, what is “veeamsnap”? veeamsnap is a Linux kernel module used by Veeam to create volume snapshots. Due to the huge variety of Linux systems and updates supported by Veeam, there are some pre-requisites that must be met for veeamsnap to function, these are documented her
New LTO-9 for HPE products are available:LTO-9 is available as of January 10, 2022, for the following entry and mid-range HPE StoreEver solutions:HPE StoreEver LTO-9 45000 internal and external standalone tape drives HPE StoreEver MSL 1/8 autoloader HPE StoreEver MSL 2024 tape library HPE StoreEver MSL3040 tape library HPE StoreEver MSL6480 tape library https://community.hpe.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block/Great-news-for-the-new-year-LTO-9-comes-to-HPE-StoreEver-tape/ba-p/7157794
Alt Text: Header Image with the text “In the Lab With: Veeam”, subheading “Breaking the Consolidaiton/Merge Stalemate For VMware vSphere & Microsoft Hyper-V”Have you ever seen a snapshot/checkpoint fail to merge? Maybe VMware vSphere was telling you that a virtual machine required consolidation, or Microsoft Hyper-V reported that the checkpoint couldn’t be merged. Whatever the reason, it’s a painful situation.Or should I say, it’s a painful situation, ONCE you notice! And IF you don’t, you have a disaster approaching. Why Snapshots/Checkpoints are bad in the long-term If you need bringing up to speed as to why we don’t like snapshots/checkpoints sticking around, here’s the non-exhaustive, good to know key points:Snapshots/Checkpoints make the original virtual disk a read-only file, and all changes from the snapshot/checkpoint creation point forwards are saved to a ‘delta’ virtual disk. This will consume more storage space. Snapshots/Checkpoints cause increased IO penalties, reducin
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