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VMware vSphere+ & vSAN+ Announced
Today, VMware have announced vSphere+ & vSAN+, VMware’s attempt at providing cloud benefits to traditional ‘on-premises’ virtualisation environments.Let’s dive in! What is vSphere+?VMware vSphere+ is a subscription service for vSphere licensing, complimented by the addition of cloud-based services bundled into the subscription pricing. Subscription pricing being the most predictable element in my opinion as this is how the model most tech companies are using to license their products. Cloud ConsoleVMware will be providing a cloud console for centralised ‘single pane of glass’ management for all your VMware vSphere deployments, globally.It will be possible to view global inventory, security posture, resource capacity, and even offer the capabilities to tackle configuration drifts between instances vis Desired State Configuration.Alerts will be centrally collated within the Cloud Console, with VMware enabling simplified workflows for sysadmin tasks such as centralised updating of vCe
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure: Repository Backup has Failed
Ever had your backups fail? I sure have! But it’s all part of the fun & games of learning exactly how these systems work.Recently I spun up another instance of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, and as part of my security mindset, I configured some elements of hardening to my infrastructure. Well, I missed a setting that I’m going to share with you today. Worker Job Completed with Error So, I had Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure working, my daily snapshot job was also running fine, but it was the daily backup that wasn’t working. Some of the key terms I could pick out from the logs were ‘Worker: <Resource Name> (IP Address:Port): job completed with error’, ‘Error: This request is not authorised to perform this operation’, ‘Status 403’, and ‘ErrorCode AuthorizationFailure’ were the error messages I was being greeted with. Dissecting the Errors The key hint here was the job task ‘Backing up <VM Name> to Backup Repository. Followed by the worker not being authorised.Within
Transport Modes on a chart 👐
Applicability and efficiency of each transport mode primarily depends on the type of datastore used by the source host — local or shared, and on the backup proxy type — physical or virtual. The table below shows recommendations for installing the backup proxy, depending on the storage type and desired transport mode.which one do you use?
Offsite backup as a Ransomware protection strategy
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
10 reasons to choose Veeam Cloud Connect as BaaS
Why should a customer choose VEEAM Cloud Connect as BaaS with a service provider?10 reasons why it’s such an asset to put a backup copy to a service provider using Veeam Cloud Connect 1 – Offsite backup copyYou all are familiar with the 3-2-1-1-0 golden rule (see my post at 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub), there should always be a backup copy available at an offsite location. Not all customers have the luxury having multiple sites with IT infrastructure available. In that case syncing a backup copy to a Veeam Service Provider is a perfect option having an offsite backup copy available. 2 – Secure end-to-end encryptionBe assured that all data is encrypted at the source (before it leaves the network of the customer), in transit and in storage at the service provider. This without affecting the data reduction ratios of built-in compression. When using a small bandwidth in comparison with the volume of data, a WAN Accelerator is a possible option to use. 3 – Pr
How to archive a backup of a VM?
Hi,In this topic I want to highlight the possibilities to archive a backup for a VM before you want to delete or decommision.Every company that uses VMs has to deal with deleting existing VMs, replacing them with new VMs because of migrating the application running on the VM, migrating because of using a new OS on the VM, …A lot of reasons why existing VMs will soon or later will be deleted or replaced by new ones. What do you want to do as a proper engineer before deleting the old VM? → Of course, you first want to take a backup before deleting the VM.I often had the situation where the customer needs something being restored/recovered of the deleted VM 😊Personally the best way for a VM that will be deleted, is having an independent full backup. Is that possible with Veeam 🤣? Sure, in my opinion, there are 2 easy ways to do that.Using VeeamZIPIf the VM is still available on your hypervisor, the easiest way is to use VeeamZIP.It creates an independent full backup (.VBK file), which y
Data Protection Best Practice: Encrypting Backups
Today I want to talk about backups, and the importance of encrypting them, everywhere. When people think of encrypted backups, the usual first thoughts are around portable backups such as tape and USB or backups outside of your trust domain such as cloud storage.This is a great starting point, and if you’re not currently encrypting these I urge you to do so as these are normally your highest risk backups. But here’s a an emerging scenario to consider.Security is a constant battle of escalations, attempting to out-do the efforts of each other. Whilst we’re seeing an industry reacting to ransomware threats with immutability, these malicious actors have also moved on from just encrypting your data. Now these bad actors are attempting to steal your data and extort a ransom to prevent leaking the data.Scary stuff right? It’s for this reason and more that backups are being targeted for data exfiltration. Consider the positives a good backup meets. Storage and Bandwidth Efficiency Now malicio
[Quicktip] Agent Backup Error
Just had to troubleshoot a not-working Agent backup job. Up to now, everything worked fine. Since last night, job fails. Error shown: [Task failed. Error: Failed to connect to servername:11731]Even in logs this error is shown: The problem seems to be communication with port 11731. This port is used for agent-deployment. No changes were made to the firewalls in this particular environment. So this could not be the cause of the problem.After a short phone call it turned out that the account used to communicate with the agent had been added to the Protected Users Security Group. But this group is not intended for adding service accounts. After removing the user, backup worked fine again.I hope this post saves some time in troubleshooting
Build Your Own View With Veeam ONE Dashboards
Veeam ONE provides visibility into data protection and virtual environments. Alarms, reports, and dashboards provide real-time monitoring, documentation, and at-a-glance views of your environment. Veeam ONE is known for its proactive alarms and detailed reports, but there are also valuable dashboards that can be used by every business. Dashboards visualize various aspects of your environment, including resource utilization, performance issues and top trends. Dashboards can be viewed in a web browser, delivered to your email, or even integrated into web portals.There are pre-defined dashboards available immediately at your fingertips, but you can create your own dashboard views within Veeam ONE as well. The aim of this blog post is to walk-through the steps taken to create customized dashboard views. Getting startedThe first step is to decide what you want to see in your environment. Do you want to get granular and only see updates on certain machines? Or maybe only certain backup serve
Easily Recover 4 Different Ways with Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 4
If you haven’t heard, Veeam Disaster Recovery Orchestrator v4 (formerly known as Veeam Availability Orchestrator) is now available, and better than ever.Now VDRO can orchestrate recovery for 4 types of your protected data:Veeam CDP Replicas - NEW in v4 Veeam Replicas Veeam Backups Replicated Storage Snapshots (NetApp ONTAP and Lenovo ThinkSystem DM)This means you have the ultimate in flexibility and choice when it comes to protecting all of the data in your environment. From mission critical apps, to those dev environments that would be nice to recover easily but are usually ignored for DR planning purposes, you can do it all with the same tool, the same way.It couldn’t be simpler to create a DR plan in Orchestrator. Check out this video where I create a CDP Replica orchestration plan, run a readiness check, and launch a failover in less than 10 minutes.There are some subtle differences between plan types, but yes, Orchestrator is really that easy to use. You can even get granular an
Veeam and Tape III - Restore of Backup Job Files from Tape which were backed up with a File-to-Tape Job
This is the description of an unusual scenario where Backup Job Files (.vbk and .vib Files) are backed up with a File-to-Tape Job instead a Backup-to-Tape Job. This has several disadvantages, e.g., you must know on which tape your files you want to restore are residing. You cannot find your tape backups under the backups section in the “Home” view of console and many more…OK, now have a look how we get these files back from tape.See the results of the File-to-Tape job and find the tape number the files reside on. If you don’t know the tape, read further, and use the search function ( Note: the warning in the screenshot can be ignored. The filesystem is too big for VSS Snapshots, I have forgotten to switch the VSS snapshots off for this test backup job.).Then go in the Veeam Console to the “Tape Infrastructure” section. Either go to the media pool where the affected tape is in or look for it in the Media section of your tape library.Right click on the tape and select “Restore Content”.
O365 Self Service Portal
Hi Folks, I think I remember hearing that Veeam was coming out with their own Self Service Portal for O365. I can’t remember where I heard this (VeeamONUpdate?). Does anyone remember? And would this be based on the previous unofficial Portal that was on the VeeamGitHub site? cheers Geoff
Veeam Amazing Object Storage Tips & Techniques Part 1
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
New Blog Series: Cloud Object Storage Deep Dive
Hi,Today I’m excited to finally share my blog series that I’ve been working on for some time, a deep dive into the object storage solutions available from the “big three” public cloud hyperscalers (Azure/AWS/GCP). Part one is available now over at the Veeam Blog and I’ll be updating this post as the other sections become available over the coming days! I won’t spoil the reading but part one focuses on a review of these three services, where they are similar or differentiate so you can start to align yourself with a suitable cloud!UPDATE 25/08/2021: Part two is now available!UPDATE 04/10/2021: Part three is now available!Cloud Object Storage Deep Dive - Part One, ComparisonCloud Object Storage Deep Dive - Part Two, ImplementationCloud Object Storage Deep Dive - Part Three, Benchmarks Any questions? Did it help? Please feel free to give feedback!
✅ Veeam Resource Library on a Chart 👀 -
Today I bring you this wonderful resouce library we can find absolutely everything we need fromWhite papers How-to Videos VeeamLive On Demand Recorded Webinars Technical Documentation Recorded Product Demos Analyst ReportsYou can filter by hypervisor, topics etc. There is an infinity of information that you can use … Leave me your comment
Veeam and Tape II: Moving a tape library with data from one VBR server to another
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.
Veeam Legend Experience - Year One Review
As the Veeam Legend 2022 intake is only a couple of months away, I wanted to share my experience and views on the Veeam Legend program, and help those considering it, whether it’s right for them.Today I’ll give a brief overview of the Veeam Legend program in case you’re not familiar and then I’ll tell you how my first year in the program has been. What is the Veeam Legend program?If you don’t know what the Veeam Legend program is, that’s fine, it has only been going for a year now and has had two intakes of Legends. But if you’re working in data protection or want to specialise within this field, it’s a vendor endorsement program of increasing industry recognition.The Veeam Legend program is an acknowledgement from Veeam of individuals that are active in the Veeam Community, whether on the Veeam Community Hub or the Veeam R&D forums. But what counts as “active”? Veeam are deliberately vague on criteria as there are so many ways to contribute. Some of the more common ways are:Helpin
VeeamON 2021 is Coming...Are You Attending???
Good afternoon!Though this is a Veeam Community site, not everyone may know, or have heard, Veeam is having their big yearly conference next month - May 25-26 (26-27 APJ). As with last year’s event, this year will also be of the online variety. Hopefully next year we’ll get to meet in person! You may be asking, “why should I attend?” Well, let me provide a few very good reasons why:Knowledge is power! And Veeam will have a lot of it on display via deep-dive sessions and demos. Veeam Solutions Architects, such as Tim Smith, and Senior Director of Product Strategy @Rick Vanover and his team of amazing professionals will deliver on-point content to help you implement Veeam in your environmet according to best practices and recommendations. What’s New? Every year @Anton Gostev gives his “staple” What’s New session about what you can expect in the next Veeam version release. Though I haven’t seen any detailed schedule or agenda on the VeeamON content, I’m sure this session will still be gi
OFFLINE backup copy using rotating USB disks – part 4
The sequel of part 3 and last part 😄 How it works with Linux or shared folder repositoriesAs example : we connect a USB disk to a USB3-port at a NAS-device that is shared as a SMB-shareIn that scenario it’s behaving differently (it uses a limited version) than when using a Windows Server repository.Why limited?VBR keeps only information about the latest backup chain.So how is this performed :VBR creates the first time of course a full backup file on the currently attached disk, afterwards it creates incrementals until you swap or the number of configured restore points! It checks if the current chain is consistent, if so it will create a new incremental restore pointIf you swapped the disk, the chain is not consistent and will create a new full. Even when there is already a previous backup chain present. If forgets all information about former backup chain. So as before, I configure the job again with 7 to 10 restore points.So what will happen in the scenario of 7 restore points and
Broadcom acquires VMware
Probably you’ve heard the rumors or news already, but today Broadcom announced that it’s going to acquire VMware.https://investors.broadcom.com/news-releases/news-release-details/broadcom-acquire-vmware-approximately-61-billion-cash-and-stockI personally don’t know what to think about this, but I don’t have any positive feelings about the future of VMware. After they were split of from Dell I was hoping that things would get better, especially their quality. But now being merged with Broadcom (they’re going to rebrand as “VMware”) I’m not sure what we can expect from them.What do you say about this? Anything positive or negative about this?Update 26.06.2022:Broadcom did publish a new blog post. It doesn't contain much information, and rather feels like an answer to all the negative comments: https://www.broadcom.com/blog/broadcom-vmwareAnd the EU is going to do an antitrust investigation and could probably block the acquisition: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/06/broadcom-take
Critical Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 | 10 | 11
There are two critical CVEs that affect Veeam Backup & Replication and account for two of the three critical Veeam Backup & Replication CVEs, and the most serious of the products affected. The Critical Veeam Backup & Replication vulnerability notes include: CVE-2022-26500 | CVE-2022-26501CVE-2022-26500, CVE–2022-26501: These two CVEs relate to Veeam Backup & Replication allow executing malicious code remotely without authentication. This may lead to gaining control over the target system. This carries a CVSS rating of 9.8 and is classified as Critical.Cause? – The vulnerability is caused by the Veeam Distribution Service, running on TCP 9380 by default, allows unauthenticated users to access internal Veeam API functions. An attacker may send input to the Veeam API which may allow uploading and executing malicious code.It is worth nothing that patches are available for Veeam 11a and 10a as follow11a – Build 22.214.171.1241 P20220302: https://www.veeam.com/kb4245?ad=in-text-l
Nomenclature of Backup Jobs
One of the things that we have in all our projects and backup environments are Backups Jobs.After deploying all components and servers on our Veeam infrastructure, the first thing that we do is the creation of our backup jobs.Thinking of that, I write this post telling you what is the main nomenclatures that I’ve been used on my Veeam Backup & Replication. B2D - Backup to DiskBackup jobs that we use to send data to any disk repository. B2T - Backup to TapeBackup jobs that we use to send data to tape libraries. B2C - Backup to CloudBackup jobs that we use to send data to cloud. On V11 we need a SOBR to send data to public cloud like AWS, Azure and GCP. However, if we have a Veeam Cloud Connect repository, we can send data to this kind of 'cloud' and use B2C name on backup job. BC - Backup CopyBackup copy jobs we often use to make one or more copies of data between repositories or sites. LTR - Longe Term RetentionBackup copy jobs we can have to attend a long-term retention on data ar
OFFLINE backup copy using rotating USB disks – part 1
As a system consultant I often implement solutions for customers in the SMB market.Working for the SMB market is often more challenging than working for the enterprise market because of the limited financial budget/investment. I always try to deliver a solution that is as good and secure as for customers of the enterprise market but of course with other and cheaper solutions 😉. Of course VEEAM is always being used as the software defined backup solution 😊. For me personally the golden 3-2-1-1-0 rule is one of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a good backup solution for the customer.More info about that you can read in one of my first posts : 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub In this post (part 1 of 2 parts) I explain a bit more about implementing the second 1 in the rule – offline backup.One of the solutions is using rotating USB disks.This is specifically for backups of VMs and/or backups using agents of physical/cloud objects.In part
VMSA-2021-0025.2 - VMware vCenter Server updates address a privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2021-22048)
VMware vCenter Server is advanced server management software that provides a centralised platform for controlling your VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure across the hybrid cloud with confidence.This privilege escalation vulnerability in VMware Center Server was reported to VMware by Yaron Zinar and Sagi Sheinfeld of Crowdstrike for reporting.Present IssueThe vCenter Server contains a privilege escalation vulnerability in the IWA (Integrated Windows Authentication) authentication mechanism. VMware has evaluated the severity of this issue to be in the Important severity range with a maximum CVSSv3 base score of 7.1. Impacted ProductsThe following products are impacted. Workarounds are available to remediate this vulnerability in the affected VMware products.VMware vCenter Server (vCenter Server) VMware Cloud Foundation (Cloud Foundation).Known Attack VectorsA malicious actor with non-administrative access to vCenter Server may expl
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