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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
Greetings guys, a few months ago I already showed you an incredible, powerful, yet free and open source Grafana Dashboard for your Veeam Backup for AWS.As you know, Veeam has released Veeam Backup for AWS v4, here you can know more about it, plus take a look at a great video deploying it from scratch, creating policies, etc.So I have decided to take a look at the new RESTful API endpoints, or to check the ones where updated, and, of course, I have spend the Saturday updating the Grafana Dashboard, introducing Unofficial Grafana Dashboard for Veeam Backup for AWS v3How does the Dashboard look like for VBA AWS v4After you finish the configuration steps, which you can find on the other Community post linked at the top, you will see something as beautiful and useful like this:Grafana Dashboard - Summary of featuresSummary - Total number of Repositories, Policies, Protected VMs, VBA Appliance version. Unprotected VMs - Both, in one handy list with size, region and name. And with a great vis
As you probably have already noticed:VMware released vSphere 7.0 U2 recently This is currently not supported by Veeam. I want to share some important news for this new version that is relevant to backup. See this link for the complete list of core storage improvements:https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2021/03/09/vsphere-7-u2-core-storage VMFS SESparse Snapshot Improvements Read performance will be improved by redirecting reads to where data is located (chain or base-disk). Up to now, reads go through the whole snapshot chain and the base-disk. So when you read not-changed data, systems reads from base-disk directly, instead of checking snapshot chain as well. Performance Improvements on VMFSImproved write performance on thin provisioned disks. This is about first writes. It should reduce the potential effects of first writes when using thin-provisioned disks. NFS Improvements I am not very experienced with NFS in vSphere, so this is the improvement:With the release of vSphere 7.0
How-to-video series is designed to help users to get started with Veeam products and better understand how to use them most effectively when it comes to achieving comprehensive modern data protection.Want to know what backup type do you need? How to launch a specific Veeam function or make a certain type of restore? These 5 to 15-minute videos will give you a brief technical overview, including best practices on modernizing backup, cloud migration, and data security.Get access to these training videos anytime from anywhere. Start learning today! Veeam YouTube how-to-videos playlist Veeam.com How-to-Videos Playlist - https://www.veeam.com/how-to-videos.htmlNote: If you have a request for a how-to-video, please drop a comment below.
Hello!Melissa @vmiss33 and I have hijacked Veeam Community Podcast from @Rick Vanover and rebooted it!Now the two of us will be inviting people to talk about businesses and industries that everyone takes for granted, but nobody knows how they actually work.In the pilot episode Drew Como @dcomovanguard was telling us about his days at Take-Two Interactive and THQ. We discussed how videogames are created and what it takes to provide a seamless online experience for dozens of players simultaneously. Please let us know what you think of this format and reach out to us if you have a few stories to tell about your industry!
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?
Hi everyone!I recently had the honor of presenting at the Veeam User Group for CZ/SK and think the topic will be of interest to the general Veeam community.The presentation does cover some VMCE related topics, but will provide great advice for anyone studying for any IT certification exam.Hope you enjoy the presentation and any feedback would be very welcome
Much has been said about backup and data protection. However, little is said about Backup Policy. In today's post I decided to address what are the aspects that surround a backup policy and why it is important to have one. What is Backup Policy?The backup policy is nothing more than a document that gathers all aspects related to the workload that the backup exerts on an IT environment. On this document we can gather all the information that is considered useful during the backup process or even during a moment of disaster that involves the failure of one or more IT services to operate. So I decided to talk about some topics that I consider important to include in any backup policy. Forget TemplatesA backup policy is a document about your backup routine. So, forget about any kind of templates or pre-made documents about backup policy. You are responsible for the backup. So, no one better than you to understand the data protection environment and landscape. Write a document from scratch
Big News compliance Junkies have taken over NKGG’s and JuniorJoe’s company!!NKGG’s and JuniorJoe’s company was grabbed in a hostile takeover. A group of venture compliance junkies are now at the helm. The firm is now call Drdisasters.com. They specialize in taking DR testing to the limit so that it conforms completely with a compliance junkie’s dream, that is, Drdisasters.com will test your DR Plan by creating real life DR situations for your company. The next time an auditor asks, “how sure are you that the DR plan will work?” you can answer well we burned down our server room and implemented our DR plan and it worked wonderfully!!Now more than ever NKGG had to finalize his Kasten authorization setup. Come audit time the compliance gang would surely drill him on every aspect and he needed full control. Time to ditch the external authentication service and create his own.After some research he decided on using keycloak and the bitnami helm chart: https://bitnami.com/stack/keycloak/helm
In this week's episode of #HomelabWednesdays, I show how to see if any updates are available for your VMware vCenter Server and how to install the updates using the vSphere Appliance Management Interface (VAMI).Don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic notifications whenever a new video is released.
I created this topic to put some order to @haslund 20 threads about his fantastic VMCA 2022 Official prep course, so we avoid dispersing information, questions and answers unnecessarily.@Kseniya hope this help our community.Remember to tag @haslund when you need an official answer and to thank him for all his amazing work, of course :) Sources of first topic:
I guess a lot of the community members know this piece of IT-history:Other will even know this guy: Its a floppy disk! First of these were able to safe 0,24MB (!) And these first ones came out 1971! Is such a disk still in use? Yes it is! Here are a few examples:MS Office Older Boeing 747-400 planes still gets their software update on disksDEF CON 28 Aerospace Village: 747-400 Walk through From a Hacker’s Perspective at about 7:53 Some industry machines still uses disk You can still buy new disk? Of course, but at a rather high price.For those not knowing disks, you can listen here how they sound.Want to use them to make music?! Yes you can!
Did you know you can easily schedule your disaster recovery tests to run with Veeam Availability Orchestrator?Orchestrator’s Lab Calendar makes it simple to run a DR test on a scheduled basis whenever you want - like on #DRTestTuesday.The best part of course, is being able to provide a copy of a production environment to your application owners when after the test has run.Just think of what you can do with a copy of your data - test patches and application upgrades, train new staff members, and do all of the testing you would never want to do in a live environment.Be sure to check out how easy it is to do right in the Orchestrator documentation.If you’re looking for the ultimate deep dive on everything testing (including running a DR test on demand and scheduling one in the Lab Calendar) in Orchestrator, don’t miss this great webinar which is nearly 100% demo (no boring PowerPoints from me!) and tackles Orchestrator’s amazing dynamic documentation as well. As part of every DR test you
Great session by @Rick Vanover and Melissa Palmer (= you know it will be extra special!). I think my favorite takeaway is “What does your business expect?”. Managing expectations is important, don’t forget this is often how you can get budget allocated to satisfy actual business needs vs. just asking for money for that shine thing.Finally, I want you to go into the video with this in mind: “82% of businesses do NOT feel prepared to recover their data center in the event of disaster”… do you feel ready?
When creating or changing SureBackup settings using the Veeam PowerShell Snapin, not all options were provided by the Snapin. For example startup timeout could not be set by PowerShell. Fortunately this is now possible with v10-Snapin. See the picture for details: New Option in v10 Snapin
[Blog Post] Kubernetes data protection with Kasten K10 by Veeam - Some blogs and recordings from the community
Recently I’ve been testing and used Kasten K10 by Veeam. The container data management tool from Kasten. I must say I’ve been very impressed with the software and also the releases keep coming with more functionality.Below is the content I’ve posted on this over the past few months, and I’ve even been delighted to ask to present at a number of user groups for this, culminating at a Session for VeeamON! Below are the posts I’ve wrote up.Installing Kasten on; Red Hat OpenShift running ontop of vSphere Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Configuring Kasten backup policies, protecting data and restoring data How to upgrade your Kasten environment Kubestr – Open-Source Kubernetes Storage benchmarking tool VMware User Group Recording - Protecting your Tanzu Kubernetes Workload with Kasten by Veeam I am more focused on the VMware Tanzu of the side of the house for what I’ve learned, but more than happy for feedback, and to answer any questions.
Greetings everyone, Veeam keeps releasing, and improving the RESTful API of the different products and solutions. The last two that have been received and incredible amount of new API calls, improvements, and changes are the one for Veeam Backup for AWS v3, and the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v5.Veeam tends to release a small what’s new for API where it highlights, briefly, the new stuff. If you are a heavy user of the RESTful APIs, maybe you are using them for automation, maybe as a Service Provider, you will probably like to see a full detail of all the changes, so here we are! Thanks to my colleague @Chris.Arceneaux who helped me understand Matrix, I am delighted to share with you the changes between the new API versions vs the old ones. Veeam Backup for AWS v3It was so subtle that I almost missed it, in fact I did for the first hours working with the API, as it is not a new version itself, just a new revision of the API v1.0. The changes are massive, as you can imagin
Joining and contributing to Veeam User Groups can a daunting experience, and cause some apprehension in participants. This post attempts to alleviate that apprehension and address some of those unasked questions you may have, around contributing to this Community and/or Veeam User Groups I need to be a VMCE/VMCA/Veeam Employee etc to be able to contribute.Well if you insist, we’ll see you after you have gained your qualifications. Anyone with any* level of experience or qualifications can contribute. Remember it’s your story/experience you are sharing. Sure there might be existing blog posts or presentations about the same subject, but everyone will have a unique take on how they approached and resolved an issue. Now that* is worth sharing.I need to talk about cutting-edge products/featuresIf your day to day job involves working with the latest technologies, then sure go ahead, but not everyone is a Anthony Spiteri, Michael Cade or the content King..Jorge De La Cruz. Do try to remember
New Feature v11 Job FilterCreating Job Filters Editing and Deleting Job FiltersA job filter allows you to filter jobs by different parameters. For example, you can create a filter that will show only VM backup copy jobs.Creating Job FiltersTo create a filter, do the following:Open the Home view. In the inventory pane, select the Jobs node. At the top of the working area, click All jobs > Add new. Alternatively, right-click the Jobs node and select Add view. In the Add View window, specify a filter name. The name must be up to 200 characters long. If you want to show this filter as a subnode of the Jobs node in the inventory pane, select the Add this view to the job management tree check box. In the Workload section, select workloads which jobs must process:Application — Veeam Backup & Replication will show Veeam Plug-in jobs and jobs in which SQL transaction log backup or Oracle archive log backup is enabled. Cloud VM — Veeam Backup & Replication will show jobs that process
By default, VBR does a configuration backup every day at 10:00.It is obvious that this backup should also follow the 3-2-1(-1-0) rule. A easy way to do this is to copy these restore points to a machine that is already backed up be Veeam and therefore covered by the 3-2-1(-1-0) rule. This can be done with a Veeam File Copy job. This job can copy files between systems part of Managed Servers.Lets do it and create a File Copy job:and select the path to the configuration backup as sourceFor destination select the server system you want to copy files to. As mentioned, this system should be part of backup job. Finally select your preferred time schedule. I would recommend to run this job just after the configuration backup.Done? Almost! It is important to know, File Copy job copies files respectively a directory, but is does not synchronize. Therefore the amount of files at the destination will increase. So they should also get deleted after some time otherwise partition runs full. A easy wa
Best Practices In my opinion it is very important to keep this best practice in mind If the integration API is unavailable due to licensing restrictions, or if any other deduplication appliance is used, the appliance should be considered non-integrated.In order to optimize throughput for deduplication appliances, please use the following configuration guidelines: Job configurationThe following settings are configured in the backup job “Edit” wizard under Storage > Advanced. Options not defined in this table are optional and not related to backup repositories using deduplication storage.Setting Value Tab: Backup Backup mode Incremental Create synthetic full backups periodically Enabled - if integrated Transform previous backup chains into rollbacks Disabled Create active full backups periodically Enabled - if non-integrated Tab: Maintenance Perform backup file health check Disabled Defragment and compact full backup file Disabled Tab: Storage Ena
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