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Hi Everyone, Vulnerabilities wait for no-one, so whilst some are enjoying a weekend off, others are patching to protect against the latest risk. Log4j. This post has two objectives. Firstly I’m sharing my write up regarding the issues I’m aware DO have an impact to VMware, secondly what does this mean to the Veeam products… First up: VMwareI don’t often dedicate a blog post to a particular security vulnerability, but since it has scored a perfect 10 CVE rating, it’s important to be aware ASAP.VMware have identified multiple products that utilise the Apache technology that are vulnerable to the Log4j vulnerability. What is this “Log4j” vulnerability?A Remote Code Execution (RCE) has been discovered in Apache’s Log4j Java Library. It is possible to insert maliciously crafted strings into fields that will be logged, which then leverages the “message lookup substitution” function of Log4j to execute code. This can be used to deploy and execute payloads, or execute commands at a heightened
Hi, I don’t know if anyone else was aware but @haslund highlighted to me today that the new VMCE 2021 exam is now available for everyone looking to take/upgrade! Information on the training course is available hereInformation on the certification is available here FAQs:Do I need to attend the training course before taking the exam?If you don’t hold a valid VMCE 2020 certification, it is mandatory.If you do have a VMCE 2020 certification, it is recommended but not required.The one exception is if you took the VMCE 2020 class within the last year but have not passed the exam, you can take the VMCE 2021 exam until your class was sat one year ago. Can I still take the VMCE 2020 exam?Whilst Veeam continue to offer it, but it will be discontinued. Do I need to take the VMCE to do the VMCA?No, but it is recommended!Full FAQs from Veeam available here Planning on doing your VMCE/VMCA, or already taken it? Let me know your thoughts!
Yesterday I found a strange behavior in the Veeam PowerShell cmdlet Remove-VBRSureBackupJob. What happens: when you use this cmdlet to remove a certain SureBackup-Job using the parameter -Job, ALL SureBackup-Jobs will be deleted!. In my environment version 188.8.131.527 P20210525 was used. It seems the be a bug. [update] In the meantime Veeam confirmed that it is a bug. Also in v11a!https://forums.veeam.com/powershell-f26/remove-vbrsurebackupjob-deletes-all-surebackup-jobs-t78189.htmlSo when you test or plan to using scripted SureBackups, do not use Remove-VBRSureBackupJob currently!
The VMCA2022 exam is officially available since August 2nd 2021. So time to refresh my good old VMCAv1 certification as of 2016 which I did today. In the following I will give you an overview of what to expect and how to prepare.I registered with PearsonVUE through the VMCE certification website. Make sure to read the VMCA 2022 Exam Specification Guide provided there. There were significant changes to the requirements for the VMCA exam. It is not just the new version of the VMCAv1 exam. You will be entitled to sit the exam if you either:attend the Veeam Backup & Replication v11: Architecture and Design training course through a Veeam Authorized Educational Center (VMAEC) attended the “old” Veeam Certified Architect v1 course without sitting the exam within the last 12 months hold the Veeam Certified Architect v1 certification alreadySo there’s no need to be VMCE certified any more which is a major change in comparison to VMCAv1. I’ll come back to that point in my preparation hints
Let's take a look at the new restore endpoints in the Veeam Backup and Replication API - For clarity, I am not talking about the Enterprise Manager API but the new api attached directly to your VBR install - This is future of automating VBR and I could not be more excited about having this decouple from Enterprise Manager. So, what is a first class disk? Essentially its bunch of capabilities that VMware have opened up in the vSphere API allowing for vendors (or you..) to create block devices independently of a virtual machine. Veeam have hooked into this allowing for you to restore individual disks from a restore point, they create a new datastore over their vPower NFS magic and make this disk available for consumption. High level steps we need to take programatically to make this work Perform the FCD restore using the Veeam B&R API Find the attached/restored file via the vSphere API (vStorageObjectManager) Reconfigure our target VM to attach the restored VMDK file sitting mounte
Another bug in vSphere 7 U3, I just read about. The backup function in the VCSA does not work in U3 any more when DB health check is enabled. Then each backup fails! Fortunately there is a simple solution for this: run /usr/bin/dbcc -fbss embedded in a shell-session in VCSA.More information:official VMware KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/86084 Blog post by Andrew Mauro: https://vinfrastructure.it/2021/10/file-level-backup-issue-with-vcenter-7-0-3/This is important because you normally do not see failed backup. So when you never checks them, you would not find out the broken functionality.
Hi! Sometimes I receive Twitter Direct Messages asking how I can receive the latest Veeam News that fresh. It is actually very simple, on this quick tip we are going to learn how to keep up to date with everything that happens in the Veeam Knowledge Base, starting with new articles into the KB to updates or revisions of them, following those simple steps, we will be updated of any change or new support for X, or Y.In a perfect world, these steps we would have to make them for all the manufacturers that compose our Datacenter, as good practice, but for today I show you how to add the KB of Veeam How to add the Veeam Knowledge Base to FeedlyThe first thing I want to tell you is how to add it to your Feedly, which is probably your favorite RSS reader, at least mine, from the main Feedly website, we will click on the + icon on the left:We will introduce the URL of the RSS of Veeam Knowledge Base – https://www.veeam.com/services/open/kb/rss-feed and the following will appear:Once we subscr
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Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure is purpose-built for simplicity, scale, savings, and security for your Azure environment. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure is available as a virtual machine (VM) offer exclusively through the Azure Marketplace in both Free and BYOL editions.Here are some guides that may interest you: How to set up Veeam ONE 11 Server, What’s new in Veeam Backup and replication v11?, how to install and configure Veeam Backup and Replication 11 Community Edition with its default SQL Server Express Edition, how to migrate Veeam MsSQL Database to a new MsSQL Server, and how to install Veeam Backup and Replication 11 Community Edition with a dedicated SQL Server.Due to the Shared Responsibility Model by Cloud providers, it is evident that it is still your data and that you retain the responsibility to secure and protect it. You may want to take a look at Veeam Backup & Replication which can also enable you to centrally manage Azure backup with another cloud, virtual, phy
Played around with the new version 5 of Veeam's Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (VDRO). I had some troubles with licenses and wanted to share my outcomes.There are a few components that should be taken into account for licensing:Production VBR server VDRO server Embedded VBR server within VDRO serverSome facts here:Production VBR server Can be added to VDRO server. Which will be normally the case for production installations. For PoC, it is not necessary to do so. When adding to VDRO (an agent will be installed), consider the following: You are not allowed to mix trial and NFR keys! So, when your VDRO server runs a trial (or paid) license, a NFR licensed VBR server cannot be added. https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/vdro/userguide/licensed_objects.html?ver=50#licensing-for-standalone-veeam-backup---replication-servers-with-orchestrator-agents VBR server must have Enterprise or Enterprise PLUS edition licensed. VDRO server There are a few licensing types here: https://helpcent
With version 10 and 11 of the Veeam plugin for Oracle RMAN was a new backup metadata format introduced.But what is the benefit of the new metadata format?In the older versions all metadata was written to one file – the “Veaam backup chain metadata file” (Extension of this file is .vbm).This file gets rather big over time and it takes some time to read and write the metadata for a single backup session from or to this file. Because of this the amount of time needed for a plugin backup session gets longer and longer.The new metadata format writes the metadata of a backup session in an own file (Extension of these files is .vasm). Now you have many small metadata files. If a backup file expires, the metadata has not to be searched in the big file and deleted from it. Now the metadata file can simply be deleted with the backup file. This is much faster than the former procedure. Additionally a new small file is written for the backup chain with some general metadata information (Extension
Requirements and Limitations CDP has a set of requirements and limitations. RequirementsThe following requirements apply to CDP:CDP is included in the Veeam Universal License. When using a legacy socket-based license, the Enterprise Plus edition is required.For supported platforms, see Platform Support. For supported source and target datastores, see Veeam CDP Source and Target. All hosts in a cluster must be of the same major version: 7.x or 6.x (6.5, or 6.7, or a combination of 6.5 and 6.7 is supported). In turn, all clusters managed by the same vCenter Server must also be of the same major version. VMs on the same cluster must be protected with CDP only by one backup server. The machine where the backup server resides must have at least 16 GB RAM. VMs that you plan to protect must not have snapshots at the moment when the CDP policy starts for the first time. Network between infrastructure components required for CDP must be 1 Gbps or faster. For high loaded systems, 10 Gbps and MTU
With Microsoft releasing Windows Server 2022, Veeam have delivered support for this in Veeam B&R and Veeam ONE v11a. This includes support not just for protecting Hyper-V VMs on the OS, or guest OS support, but also running all the relevant Veeam Components and services on Windows Server 2022. This is truly a great milestone that Veeam have achieved so promptly after the release of this operating system.There’s more to this story however, Veeam currently ships with SQL Server 2016 Express edition as its default database if you don’t choose to install your own first. This will leave you in an unsupported state with Microsoft as only SQL Server editions still within mainstream support are supported for Windows Server 2022, for SQL Server 2016, mainstream support ended in July 2021.Now we know the danger, we’ve got two topics to discuss up again, firstly, how do we install a supported version of SQL Server for Veeam? And secondly, what do I do if I’m running SQL Server 2016 on Windows
I had a scenario in the lab where some partitions were not optimal for use but I wanted to keep the installation of Windows. In just 15 minutes, I was able to do a bare metal recovery with the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and resize the partitions. This was best set with a video, enjoy!
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