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The ability to perform backups on unstructued NAS/Fileserver data made its way into Veeam Backup and Replication in version 10 and they are now starting to build out on that foundation in v11 which is currently in closed beta testing. One of these new features extends Veeam's "instant" capabilities further such as Instant Disk Recovery or even Instant VM Recovery which is... you guessed it... Instant NAS RecoveryEarlier in the year I had a lot of fun playing about with the Data Integration API (more here, Data Integration API ) which allows for you to present virtual machine disks out of a backup restore point over the network and do something with them.nstant NAS Recovery works in a similar fashion to other instant functionality by presenting data from any of your restore points to a "target".As an example, for virtual machines this would be taking the latest VM restore point and actually bringing the server online into the hypervisor (the target) but not having to transit all of the
Tape 📼 Improvements VEEAM v11 TAPE VERIFICATION!!! Check for media errors Compliance Verify after migration Sleep at night Restore without restore Performance near drive speed + some time for post-processing All VBR versions supported Audit file to track the corrupted files No scheduler (use PowerShell)
We all know Veeam as a great solution for Backup and Recovery. But besides that, Veeam can help us with many different Sysadmin tasks. Here are some for which I’ve used Veeam in the past. In most cases Veeam is just faster than any other way and, most important, it just works Test Updates & Troubleshoot problemsWith SureBackup and the Virtual Labs you can not only regularly check your backups, but also test certain updates before deploying them to production. If something fails, you can start debugging the problem without any hurry or restart the whole lab with just a few clicks.Also, when troubleshooting problems in your production environment, why not take a Quick Backup and start a lab? From there you can try any adjustments or workarounds, without fearing to cause (much worse) problems in your production. Or, if you already have a workaround for a problem, but want to find the root cause, then backup the faulty state.Migrate SystemsWe can’t use online migration in every environ
It is being found that the official app used in installing SteelSeries devices on Windows 10 can be exploited to grant Admin rights as discovered by some security research “Lawrence Amer“. As stated by BleepingComputers, the bug can be leveraged during the device startup process using a link in the License Agreement screen that is opened with SYSTEM privileges. A real SteelSeries device is not necessary to exploit the bug. Also, a bug was discovered in the Razer Synapse software that granted unauthorised admin access. Now, a similar bug was found in SteelSeries software that gives anyone who plugs in a device complete control over a Windows 10 PC with admin rights. Emulating a device also works: This discovery became known after news broke out about the Razer Synapse software as it was able to grant administrative privileges when connecting a Razer mouse or keyboard. This motivated the research from Jorhat, offensive security researcher Lawrence Amer (research team leader at 0xsp) foun
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
In my job as a system consultant specialised in Backup and Disaster Recovery (covered by Veeam products of course ) at a MSP, I’m also responsable for the Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure and offering. This article is regarding recovering data from Veeam Cloud Connect where I ran into a shortcoming… We are offering BaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect. Most of those tenants are sending a copy job to our infrastructure so they are having an offsite copy and optional insider protection as an ‘airgapped’ copy : see more info on my post regarding the golden rule 3-2-1-1-0 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub.We are optionally offering a yearly restore test of the backups we are having at our cloud connect repositories.For this I have implemented a seperate Veeam Backup & Replication server that has access to the Veeam Cloud Connect Repositories.We are using Azure implementing Direct Restore to Azure for those restore tests.In this restore test we just restore the wa
Hey everyone,Just a quick one from me here, I was playing about in my lab installing Veeam B&R and Veeam ONE v11a (because, why not?!), when I hit a strange issue. I’d snapshotted my VM prior to installing Veeam ONE so that I could revert back and try different methods (and play with automation). The first time I installed Veeam ONE, it worked PERFECTLY. Next day I revert the VM and tried to install it again, and I got an error that it failed to create the website and wouldn’t install!It seemed strange that a virtual machine I’d powered off before snapshotting would have two different outcomes when in both scenarios I booted the VM up and installed Veeam ONE in an identical way.So I started to dig into this and found the problem was caused by a dependency. When Veeam ONE installs, the following dependencies are required:Microsoft IIS ASP.NET 4.5 Component .NET Extensibility 4.5 Component Default Document Component HTTP Errors Component Static Content Component Windows Authenti
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.
An interesting question arose some time ago. A customer changed permissions of files on a Windows file-server VM. Changes were replicated using DFS. So far so good, but the amount of data that was processed at next incremental backup of target VM was even more than a full backup. Because incremental backup is based on VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) feature, it was suddenly interesting to know whats the size of a CBT block. After some recherche I did not find an answer to this question. But I did find a great script that calculates CBT incremental backup size. Based on this script I created the following script to list the amount and the size of blocks changed in between of two snapshots. Outcome in shortWhen using the script – described in detail later – to show CBT blocks I was surprised. I thought there will be a number of fix-sized blocks that are marked to be backed up. But – assumed, script works correct – there isn’t a fixed size of CBT blocks. There seems to be a wide varia
Since the years when I was NetApp SE at Avnet/Techdata, I have always carried NetApp in my heart.And since I've been at Veeam, if there's one product I really like, it's Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO).So you can imagine that when Veeam announced VAO v3 with the major new feature of integration with NetApp technologies, it was a total excitement for me.In a NetApp environment, one of the promise of VAO is to drive the entire ONTAP storage failover during a DR to a recovery site and then orchestrate the restart of applications at that recovery site.Is the promise really being delivered? YES, it is… Enough blah blah blah, I suggest you watch all this in this little 5 minutes demo.The voice over is in french, but I think the demo is easy to understand for non french native speakers. If it's not the case, let me know in the comments and I'll find a solution.Give me your feedbacks and tell me what you think about this prolific technology partnership between Veeam and NetApp that has
If you are not sure how much space you might need, then an excellent “unofficial” tool tool created by @Timothy Dewin is available at http://rps.dewin.me/ - The Restore Point Simulator.The tool can help you size for:Backup jobs Backup copy jobs Replication jobsWhile the tool appears straight forward, I have noticed on several occasions people misunderstood which data to input: Common mistakes include sizing a backup copy job and then inputting the size of the source VBK file as the used size GB. This would mean you are doubling up data reductions which will of course not happen. A very cool feature is the easy Export check box that will give you a URL to come back and review the estimate and how did you reach it:
As we discussed here earlier, there are 3 transport modes to get data from vSphere for backup.These modes are also available for restore. By default, first mode (order: SAN, Hotadd, NBD) that meet requirements, is selected for restore. For SAN direct mode, a requirement is thick provisioned disk type. You can select each available type (thin, thick eager and lazy zeroed) in restore wizard.My recommendation: If you want to leverage SAN direct mode, choose Thick eager zeroed! This option is much faster than lazy zeroed!I tested these settings in different environments. For example, I saw differences of67 % (150MB/sec for eager vs. 100MB/sec for lazy), 93 % (226MB/sec for eager vs. 16MB/sec for lazy). See here different wizardsVM restore VM Disk restore Interesting LinksIn documentation of version 9.0, you see a hint, for lazy zeroed, vCenter is needed for zeroing.https://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/vsphere/direct_san_access_writing.html Since v9.5 no difference is made anymore bet
Reading through the What’s new document, I discovered an new feature/option which hasn’t been mentioned here before: “NBD multi-threading”As the performance of NBD (network) in VMware backups is often not as good as virtual appliance or direct storage access storage mode, it sounded quite interesting to try. Perhaps this way we can get over some limitations of NBD mode and better utilize the network capacity of our proxies.NBD multi-threading — The backup engine is now capable of establishing multiple NBD connections per VMDK for better performance of network transport mode. At the same time, due to the low limit of max NBD connections per ESXi host, there are reliability concerns associated with increasing the number of such connections. While our resource scheduler tracks NBD tasks per host to ensure they remain within the limit, we decided that a marginal performance benefit is not worth the risk of enabling this new behavior for our entire customer base right away, as there might b
In case you missed it, a while back @tsightler presented an amazing webinar Building SecureLinux Repositories.The main topics covered in the presentation are:Securing the host system Isolating Veeam processes Levaraging snapshots Automated deploymentBONUS! Tom also does a side-by-side comparison of Veeam fastcloning on XFS vs ReFS!While Tom presents top content, I think one of my favorite parts was coverage of the fail2ban tool (at 41:47 timestamp).
I thought it would be good to share this here, although this is already covered on many news sites.Yesterday VMware did publish a Security Advisory regarding multiple vulnerabilities in vCenter Server. The most critical one "CVE-2021-22005” did receive a CVSSv3 score of 9.8 (of 10) and an attacker could take over the control just be uploading a file via port 443. Although vCenter shouldn’t be reachable from the WAN/internet, the vulnerabilities should still be seen as very critical; an inside attacker could already be waiting.All together there were 19 CVEs published and fixed by VMware. All currently supported vCenter Server releases are more or less affected:vCenter 7: <7.0 U2c: affected by all vulnerabilities → Patch to 7.0 U2d 7.0 U2c: “only affected” by the minor vulnerabilities → Patch to 7.0 U2d vCenter 6.7: all 6.7 releases are affected → patch to 6.7 U3o vCenter 6.5: “only affected” by the minor vulnerabilities → Patch to 6.5 U3q → the minior vulnerabilities are still cr
When you will download data from Exchange Online – Microsoft will throttle your traffic. In previous years to change it, you should open a support ticket to MS. Now you can temporarily change this directly on Microsoft 365 admin center. This can be especially useful for initial full backup for multiple mailboxes. How to setup this? Go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and in the top right corner open help and just type “ews”. Then you have to run tests as a results you will have option to select duration 30, 60 or 90 days with higher throughput speed.select one of available value and update settings.
The CIS Benchmarks are essential for finding security issues in IT. CIS-CAT is a tool that can evaluate your systems and provide information on remediating security issues. For Kubernetes you must purchase CIS-CAT PRO.However, there is an open-source alternative KUBE BENCH. There are various ways to run KUBE BENCH but the simplest is to download the package for your OS and run it in on your controlplane node.https://github.com/aquasecurity/kube-bench#running-in-a-kubernetes-cluster Download the latest version:Install the binaries: Run the defined benchmarks, in our case cis-1.5: The results will come out with a convenient colour scheme: For each section a count of pass, warn, and fail is provided with a concrete actions to remediate the problems: After taking the necessary corrective measures you can run the tests again.Now your cluster is lean and mean, next step you need to back it up :)
A few days ago @Link State posted how to migrate MS AD-controllers using Veeam Replication. Therefore I thought it would be interesting to get to know the new vSphere Advanced Cross vCenter Server vMotion (XVM).What is Cross vMotion about?First, there is a difference between Cross vCenter Server vMotion (xvMotion) and Advanced xvMotion. xvMotion was already introduced (and supported) for migration of VMs between vCenters within the same Single-SignOn (SSO) Domain in vSphere 6.0. With Advanced xvMotion it is possible to migrate VMs between vCenters in different SSO Domains!Advanced xvMotion is not completely new. Actually it exists for about 5 years as a fling. Now it is introduced in the latest version of vSphere: 7.0 U1c (notice the "c"!) How does it work?For demo I use a vCenter 6.7 U3 as source and a 7.0 U1c vCenter as destination.To start the wizard, right click the resource, you want to move VM(s) to and select Import VMs. Provide data of source vCenter. And press Login. When cre
We continue exploring this powerfull site "Veeam Architects Site"In this topic, I will show you how use this tool Veeam Networking Port Tool for VBR v10 DisclaimerThis tool uses the latest data from the Veeam User Guide. We encourage users to check the results with the user guide, consult a Veeam System Engineer or Solutions Architect..Ports numbers change, we cannot be held responisble for any changes within the Veeam Software which were made after the date shown below.This port designation is correct as of August 2020This tool was developed to simplify the identification of ports required by Veeam software. These need to be operational on your firewall between each component of Veeam Backup and Replication infrastructure when you choose to use them How to use this tool Prepare. Know what servers you plan to use in the design and what you want to do with them, for example have a list of server names, IP addresses, and what Veeam roles you would like to use on each server. From a
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!
Today’s topic will be regarding Cloud Native workloads within Azure & AWS and how best to adhere to Veeam’s 3-2-1-1-0 best practices and how concepts can differ from traditional on-premises data protection. Remember the 3-2-1-1-0 best practice is a minimum desired standard and going above and beyond these minimums will help your data availability and recoverability objectives.The public cloud has provided a huge transformation opportunity for organisations, the pay as you go model enables organisations to deploy quickly and without the overheads of infrastructure management. But these platforms are still part of a shared-responsibility model, with a key risk that you retain being, the protection of your data.3 - Copies of Your DataLets start with the easiest one. Three copies of your data, including your production data. Public cloud services such as Azure will inform you that they retain three synchronous copies of your data as a minimum via their “Locally Redundant Storage” offer
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