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Recently I had to troubleshoot an error in Veeam Backup and Replication. Error appeared at File Level Restore operations. In detail: restore Windows files from a Veeam Hardened Repository.Environment consists of existing and freshly installed proxies and repositories servers. New repository servers were Windows and Linux as hardened repository (LHR). Mount server was a physical Windows server.Problem that occurredWhen we tried to restore files from LHR we get errors like these: We also could see that mounting of the restore point worked for a few moments. Restore Explorer also showed first directories. After a few seconds, mount point was disconnected automatically and browsing in Explorer resulted in an error.After some tests we found out, this only happens when we were using newly installed proxies as mount servers. It worked fine with already running proxies and even with new Windows repository server.That was solved the problemWhen we were checking the configuration of new proxy
When attempting to add a pre-created (provisioned) PC to a domain or reuse an existing computer account, the following error below is encountered.An account with the same name exists in Active Directory. Re-using the account was blocked by the security policy.Microsoft released this update on October 11, 2022, thereby introducing additional protections (hardening) for your environment. This hardening mitigates the following “CVE-2022-38042 (Active Directory Domain Services Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability)”.Legacy behaviourBefore the installation of the October 11, 2022 update, or later cumulative updates, the client computer queries Active Directory for an existing account with the same name. This query occurs during domain join and computer account provisioning. If such an account exists, the client will automatically attempt to reuse it.Note: During this time, the re-use computer account will only fail if the user does not have the appropriate permission to join the device to th
IntroductionOne of the most notable upcoming Veeam Backup and Replication v12 capability is Direct to “Object Storage” backups.I thought it might come in handy to share a small AWS cli cheat sheet with the community. Initial AWS cli configurationThe first step is to run aws configureAll you need to provide are access key and secret key. You specify the --endpoint-url directly in the commands.Next, make sure you are using v4 signature aws configure set default.s3.signature_version s3v4 Creating a simple bucketaws s3api create-bucket --bucket <yourbucketname> --endpoint-url=<yourendpointurl> --no-verify-sslNote: You don’t necessarily need the --no-verify-ssl option except if like me you are lazy with certificates in your lab. Creating a bucket with object lockCheck out this great post from my colleague Steve Firmes where he discusses “How to avoid an Immutability Migraine”.The command is pretty straight forward:aws s3api create-bucket --bucket <yourbucketname> --object-
"Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication 11" was released earlier this year in February 2022. The book can be seen at the following links and ordered: Version 11 Book is here -Packt - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication - Second EditionAmazon - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication - Second Edition I have since been approached to write an update to the book for Version 12 and have accepted the challenge. The current book will get an updated chapter 1, and then everything else will be brand new with all new features in the latest release of Veeam. Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v12 (Third Edition) -- Coming Soon I will update my blog as my journey progresses with the new version. I hope to create an updated book that is as good as the first two, which everyone enjoyed that gave me feedback on. It will be fun writing about the newest features of Veeam v12.Keep an eye out for further updates and other blog posts. My Blog Post itself - https://just-virtualization.tec
Hi! Thinking about Polish M365 users i prepared short article about Veeam Backup for MS365. https://inleo.pl/blog/veeam-backup-for-ms365-czyli-gdzie-zaczyna-sie-twoja-odpowiedzialnosc/Here is English summary. Microsoft’s Shared Responsibility Model, in the simplest words, says “Your data – your matter.”Many people aren’t aware of that and think they are protected against data loss. They are partially right, but only in case of internal Microsoft infrastructure failures. Microsoft replicates its regions between each other to maintain the continuity of the services. But replication and backup are different things. If your file gets damaged, it will be replicated in its current state, and you will not be able to restore it. If you delete a file accidentally, and 93 days are left (the time of MS Data retention), you will not be able to restore it. So how do you cope with it?The solution is Veeam Backup for M365, a great tool that allows you to protect data stored in M365, Hybrid, or On-Pre
How to avoid an Immutability MigraineWith direct to object storage backups coming in Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) v12, we expect to see many more folks using object storage for their backup repositories. This means there will be folks using object storage for the 1st time. If they are like me they will probably use the graphical user interface (GUI) native to the object storage platform to manage their object storage.The native GUI will definately make the management easier, but it can also cause some headaches that you don’t expect. The reason I am writing this is to help you avoid one such migraine when you are using your object storage’s native GUI to configure your object storage bucket to create an immutable object storage repository in VBR.The ScenarioThe 1st thing you need to do to create your immutable object storage repository is to create the bucket which will store your VBR backup data. For this scenario we want to create the bucket with immutability (object loc
Complementing my last post highlighting the Veeam software releases reaching end of support in 2023, I’m once again providing an expanded list of software that Veeam works with, that will be approaching end of life in 2023. Why does this matter when I’m just trying to protect the data? Times change, and software changes with them, until it’s no longer supported. At any point, a patch to an operating system, a .NET framework update, or anything else really, could end up with the software no longer being backed up properly, or not working at all in production. Without valid support there’s no process to get a fix, and whilst your backup software may still be in support with Veeam, if the vendor won’t fix the problem, it’s time to start panicking.With this in mind, let’s explore the software & operating systems being declared end of life in 2023 so we can start planning our upgrades/migrations if necessary. Microsoft We may as well start with one of, or potentially the largest softwar
Hi all In this post I want to describe my personal experience in preparing and taking the VMCE exam.I know that there are some other topics written about the VMCE exam, like a good post of our top legend @MicoolPaul 😉, but I also want to share my personal experience.It’s very hot these days because some of our legends have recently received a free VMCE course of VEEAM. How cool is that from Veeam 😊.So especially for these co-legends (and in the meantime I luckily have met them in person at the Veeam 100 Summit event 😊) and hopefully other people wanting to take the course and exam. Requirement : Yes, indeed taking an official 3-day VMCE course is a requirement before taking the VMCE exam.For me it’s almost 5 years ago that I took the VMCE course – version 9.5 at that time. Because I work for a certified Veeam reseller and service provider, one of the requirements is that we have to have at least 1 VMCE in the company if we want to keep a Gold Partnership with Veeam.Because I’m the o
Over the last several years Microsoft has been moving into Microsoft 365 with their services. With this migration they have introduced many new features into the eco system to make day to day communication and processes smoother. In this same transition Microsoft has also moved to depreciate legacy technologies for newer features that are purpose built for the ecosystem and modern data communication. We are in the process of what is now the second depreciation cycle of legacy technologies in Microsoft 365. The first being when on-prem services did not make it to the cloud and now with the deprecation of legacy APIs on January 31, 2023. Its important to note that depreciated does not mean these services are nasally going to be shut off but further support by Microsoft and third-party access to these services will also be limited if at all. In this case, services in Microsoft 365 that did not make the cut, by Microsoft, to be coded into the Microsoft Graph API with modern APIs will no lo
Why protecting Microsoft 365 data is so important Your organization's data is one of its most valuable assets. That's why it's so important to have a plan in place to protect it. Microsoft 365 provides a comprehensive set of tools and services to help you safeguard your data, but it's up to you to put them to use.In this post, we'll explore some of the key ways you can protect your Microsoft 365 data, including enabling multi-factor authentication, using Azure Information Protection, using Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, and more.Don't wait until it's too late to start protecting your data. Read on to learn more about how you can keep it safe with Microsoft 365.The Importance of Data Protection Data protection is critical for any organization that relies on Microsoft products and services. By ensuring that data is protected, organizations can maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data. Additionally, data protection can help organizations meet compliance req
I’d like to first thank Rick Vanover, Madalina Cristil, Nikola Pejková, Aubrey Galen, and everyone at Veeam for their efforts and support leading into the Veeam 100 Summit. It’s a HUGE undertaking that requires many levels of coordination. This was my first time attending the event in person. It was an honour to attend such a prestigious event and meet many fellow Vanguards, Legends and MVPs in person. It is amazing how being at an event and being able to speak to others of the same mindset makes you feel great. As for the host city of Prague, it never fails.Day 1 included a Welcome Reception.A big thanks to Jim Jones and 11:11 Systems for sponsoring our Go Kart event earlier in the day! It’s safe to assume everyone thoroughly enjoyed this experience!Day 2 was the official kickoff for the Veeam 100 Summit. Rick, Madalina, and Hannes Kasparick started the day with a presentation in which we learned more about the various Community groups managed by each. If you’re not familiar with e
This no new part about what else is new in v12, because I this is great improvement in the upcoming release.With Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) v12 it will be possible to use a Linux Hardened Repository (LHR) server as proxy server. Only limitation seems to be the transport mode. Only Network mode (NBD) is supported! This is because of security reasons. Network Mode was possible to implement without requiring root permissions on service. This is no show-stopper, because it is the most secure among all available transport modes. How does it workHow to get a LHR proxy server to work? It is simple as any other proxy server. Just create a new proxy server in VBR console:And select a LHR server in dropdown list:With that selection you get the information that only Network transport mode is supported for LHR.With confirmation, transport mode is set to Network in repository settings. Next I create a job that uses this proxy for backup. As backup target I use the local Hardened Repositor
With VBR v12 Linux proxy server can get a new role! A Linux server can become a Tape Server.We will see more details like supported Linux distributions and versions with general availability of v12.But I would bet on one thing: Linux Hardened Repository Server will be excluded from this feature – for security reasons.
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 +
A quick note on an important point that I missed originally in Microsoft’s announcement. As users are starting to find their basic authentication mechanisms are being actively disabled, Microsoft have provided one last mechanism to prevent a complete outage if you rely on basic authentication currently. Which Protocols Are Impacted? If you’re using basic authentication for any of the following protocols, you might find that suddenly it has stopped working:Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Exchange Web Services (EWS) IMAP MAPI Offline Address Book (OAB) POP Remote PowerShell RPC I Think This Impacts Me, What Do I Do? Microsoft are offering one final time to re-enable Basic Authentication, via the self-service diagnostics, direct link here.From this link, you can see which protocols are disabled, and choose a specific protocol that you can re-enable. Warning: Microsoft Are Serious This Time Microsoft have stated that any protocols that are re-enabled will be automatically disabled in the first c
I’ve seen this multiple times now with VMware. You cancel a task via vCenter or the ESXi UI and it just stays there hanging and nothing further happens. Normally this situation resolves itself after some time, but just last week I had a case where the task never stopped. While the Webclients weren’t really helpful in that case, we were able to cancel this task with the ESXi commandline.Warning: Interupting certain tasks, for example snapshot consolidations or Storage vMotions, can lead to issues or corrupted VMs. So only do this if you don’t have any alternatives and need the task to be canceled. And better have a backup at your hand.SolutionStart the SSH service on the ESXi host where your VM is registered Connect via SSH Query the VM ID: vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms Query all tasks for this VM: vim-cmd vmsvc/get.tasklist “VM ID”Check the Task information: vim-cmd vimsvc/task_info “haTask….” Is the task still state still active? Note: The screenshot is just an example; the task state is s
There has been a significant focus on how to make Veeam Backup resilient to ransomware. More specifically - how to have Veeam backups available for recovery in case of an incident.In the past few months, I have had discussions with customers who have successfully recovered their production data after a ransomware attack. The common theme among these successful recoveries has been the availability of a secondary off-site copy of their backups to recover from, as their primary backup repository was compromised and destroyed outside of the Veeam software.Veeam ransomware protection should be the customers’ focus, and it is always a priority goal in my architecture designs. Secure by design is also a core design principle of the Veeam Architecture team.Off-site backup copies can provide an additional layer of data security:They are usually behind a VPN with a robust firewall deployment They are typically kept on a different network segment They often use an additional authentication metho
Hey guys, here are some cool gears for grabs! This is the right time to learn about VMware Aria Hub.This offer is only available during the VMware Explore Europe 2022 period which is from the November 7th through November 11th, 2022. Go to the Hands-on-Labs area and request HOL-2301-08-ISM “VMware Aria Hub – A look at what’s next in Multi-Cloud Management”.At the completion of the lab, you will be able to order Cloud Management gear as a gesture of our appreciation to be shipped to you*.Hey guys, let’s run with this….
Hi Folks, It will be a great honour and huge pleasure to have a chat with Mumshad Mannambeth from Kodekloud. I found all the Kubernetes certifications to be very challenging exams. Kodekloud’s courses are excellent and the practice exams prepared me for what was going to come. All of the Linux Foundation exams (except for the entry level KCNA) are hands on from the command line. There are time restraints and you have to solve real problems that can occur in production. The experience was like dealing with multiple priority 1 emergencies one after the other. The key is learning the material but also putting the kubectl commands to muscle memory. Of course keeping your cool is a huge priority. I hope to find out a lot of interesting details from Mumshad about how he created Kodekloud but also get some tips on what is coming and what are the hot topics in the Devops education world.
Thinking of becoming a Veeam Vanguard or a Veeam Legends and you want to know what is all about the Veeam 100 Summit that everyone talking about?When you read this recap of the first day you will understand what you can expect when you are a Veeam Vanguard or a Veeam Legend and join in the Veeam 100 Summit.The Veeam 100 Summit is all about content sharing and also a get together with a group of people from all over the world and talk about technology and other subjects. And yes you can make good friends in this group. And of course, the summit is just a part of this great Veeam community program #Veeam100In this first day there was a lot of content sharing.First Day:First Session - Introduction and 2022 Veeam 100 Summit KickoffThe first session starts with a welcome to everyone and the new arrivals(new Vanguards, Legends, and MVP). In this session, Rick, Madi, and Hennes talk about Vanguard, Legends, and MVP.A lot of information about what the program is (for the new ones) and what to
Last week Veeam did release Veeam Backup for Salesforce (VBSF). VBSF is a completly new product which offers backup for the Salesforce CRM plattform.Salesforce only has very limited possibilities for backing up your data & metadata, just like many other PaaS vendors (plattform as a service). On the other hand they recommend their customers to regularly create backups. For more informations see this article: Best practices to backup Salesforce dataInstallationVBSF is supported to run on CentOS 7, RedHat Linux 7/8 and Oracle Linux 7/8, and uses PostgreSQL as a database. So in order to install and manage it, you should have at least some basic Linux skills. You can choose to install the software and it’s dependencies manually, or use the setup script provided by Veeam, which automates all the necessary steps:sudo curl https://repository.veeam.com/yum/el/vbsf-install-script.sh --output ./vbsf-install-script.shsudo sh ./vbsf-install-script.shhttps://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/vbsf/usergu
I am not sure if this has been posted somewhere before but I thought I would post my experience of setting up Linux proxies for our VMware backups and the one issue I ran into. I deployed a couple of Ubuntu 22.04 VMs, as I will be using hot-add for the VM backups. I added them to the VBR server and created a test backup of one VM. First backup attempt and I got this error:Error: Cannot get service content. Soap fault. Temporary failure in name resolution Detail: 'getaddrinfo failed in tcp_connect()', endpoint: 'https://vc.domain.local:443/sdk' SOAP connection is not available. Connection ID: [vc.domain.local]. Failed to create NFC download stream. NFC path: [nfc://conn:vc.domaint.local,nfchost:host-1310340,stg:datastore-1310378@TEST/TEST.vmx]. --tr:Unable to open source file [nfc://conn:vc.domain.local,nfchost:host-1310340,stg: So the key to the problem is “failure in name resolution”. Specifically name resolution from my new Linux proxies. I have run into this kind of problem before f
Oracle Retention for RMAN and Veeam Plugin Backup When it comes to RMAN, Veeam acts as a storage location utilized by the Oracle SBT interface. Therefore, it is RMAN retention settings that are utilized to manage the backups generated when using the Veeam Plugin backup protection.Typical retention for application aware backup will focus on the most recent restore points and mark backups to be pruned per familiar Veeam retention policies and retention methods.With Oracle, an incremental strategy employs a combination of incremental level 0, incremental level 1 and incremental level 1 with cumulative incremental or stand alone full. Each of these backup types dictate what data RMAN will identify and capture to create backup sets.Data captured during any one of these types can be manipulated as desired by the user. Typically, an incremental level 0 backup will capture all files necessary to restore and recover a database including the Initialization or SPFILE, Control File, all databa
Nowadays a lot customers are using M365 and that’s a good choice!What are the most important components of this SaaS solution :Exchange online Sharepoint Online Teams Onedrive for Business Wow, instead of having your data on-premise we have it now in the public cloud!Is that a good idea?Yes, it’s running on a big high available infrastructure, always available and everywhere available whether we are at the office or at home.We are rid of upgrades – maintenance – security patches, just pay on a monthly base and Microsoft does the rest for us.True?Absolutely not !!!Hmm, what do we still have to do as a customer?Taking care of the backups of all your data in M365 !!!Is Microsoft not doing this for us, in our monthly fee?Not at all! That is one of the biggest misconceptions : Microsoft is not taking care of everything.In short : the customer is responsible for their own data in M365.Microsoft is not taking care of your data and is not taking backups and will never restore your data if need
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