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There are a lot of new PowerShell cmdlets for VBR alone - without agents and explorers. in v11 we have 1178, in v12 1334 cmdlets. So the list is too long to show here. Categories I could see:GFS scheduling options Hyper-V Surebackup/Instant Recovery CDP Tape … I have to check separately :) Application Groups OracleAnother nice feature is that we now can see PowerShell commands at the end of wizards.In older versions we saw parameters for Veeam.Backup.Manager.exe.
We had some problems with restoring VMs in the last time.After some research we found that the Proxy on Linux has a problem with the assignments of physical volumes. It seems that there are PVs of target machines are preserved in the LVM archive files of the proxy… This is causing problems at restore time – leaving the restored VMs unbootable.I have double checked the Veeam documentation about prerequisites (https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/backup_proxy_requirements.html?ver=110) and found no hint that LVM is a problem with Linux proxy.The problem occurred with Suse Linux only, we are in the process to check if there is the same problem with RedHat Linux. To visualize the problem, I will show it from the Veeam Proxy perspective and from the target VMs perspective. Veeam ProxyList the physical volumes with pvs. One device is not found…Grep for the UUID of the missing volume in the directory /etc/lvm/archiveIn this case the UUID is found in three files. At these three occ
For me this has been quite surprising news. With beginning of version 6a of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, a different API will be used for backup of public Teams channel messages. The current way with EWS is getting deprecated by Microsoft and in the future “Microsoft Graph Export API for Teams” has to be used.What does this mean for VB365 users?With version 6a VB365 will no longer by default protect Teams data. In order to still being able to backup public Teams channel messages, you will have register for the “Graph Export API”. This process can take up to two weeks and in addition the usage of the Graph Export API can cause additional costs (by Microsoft).How do you register for the Graph Export API?The registration process is described in detail in the following KB article: https://www.veeam.com/kb4322What costs will be expected?Unfortunately I can’t really say what costs will be generated by Teams backup. There’s a dedicated page from Microsoft on the licensing/payment but still
IntroductionIn a previous post, I covered the SOBR Capacity tier Calculations and Considerations. Today, I will be exploring the Archive tier and discuss how to estimate Archive storage requirements, expected API calls and Proxy Appliance uptime. Before we jump into more details, remember that the Archive tier only works with “Amazon S3 Glacier”, “Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive” and “Microsoft Azure Archive Storage” in Veeam v11. In the SOBR configuration, under Archive Tier, you define after how many days (1) you want to free up space from your more expensive capacity tier by offloading to the typically** less expensive Archive Tier.**Keep in mind that the Archive tier is meant to store data for a long time (i.e. more than 1 year, up to 7 or more years). It is not meant for active day-to-day restore operations.You will find that storing data in the Archive Tier for less than 1 year won’t make much economic sense (at least at the time of this write-up!). It is also very important to re
I would like to revive my old “what else is new” series I did for VBR v11 some time ago. This time, it is about v12 - what else?First part is about the new integration of Linux Hardened Repository. This was one of the greatest new features in v11. To bring the repository to VBR it was necessary to create a Linux repository and enable immutability. With v12, Hardened Repository is added by a new option: But there is more! With this, you can just add the repository with single-use credential. That was highly recommended in v11 recommended. Furthermore, after adding a Hardened Repository, immutability is enabled and cannot be disabled. … even with PowerShell. I like it! Also because this increases security. If a hacker enters the VBR server, it is not possible to disable immutability any more. Check my post about how to monitor these settings with Veeam ONE.
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
In 2020, Microsoft announced the vNext editions of their popular SharePoint, Skype for Business, Project, and Exchange Server applications, due for release in the second half of 2021. However, as of the time of publication, only SharePoint and Project Server Subscription Editions are available.The other products have had their delays greeted with a wall of silence from Microsoft, until now. Whilst there’s still no word on if/when we’ll see Skype for Business Subscription Edition, the Microsoft Exchange team have provided an in-depth breakdown of what’s going on with Exchange Server Subscription Edition, and honestly, I’m impressed with their transparency. The Exchange Team Recommend Exchange Online, and 2019?It should come as no surprise that Microsoft recommend Exchange Online, after all, who knows Exchange better than Microsoft? But in Microsoft’s latest Exchange blog post, we see Microsoft also endorsing Exchange Server 2019 where there is a requirement to not utilise Exchange Onlin
Opening up CDP for DRaaS…enabling tenants to replicate Tier 1 workloads at ultra low RPOs from on premises locations to one of thousands of Service Provider Clouds efficiently and cost effectively.Veeam is bringing #DRaaS to the masses in v12 and here is a preview of what is in store when it is released.
VeeamON 2022 was live this year in Las Vegas and it was a great event. I am a little late with my review of the conference due to catching COVID when I got back which took me out last week. But I am back to feeling great again so here is my in-depth review and many of the new things coming in v12.Being able to walk the strip as well being my first time in Vegas was something of amazement with the sights and sounds as well as the lights. You definitely get your steps in when you go to Vegas!First off the conference was great and to be able to attend live again was something else. Being able to discuss and mingle with the vCommunity again was terrific as chatting with someone in person is something special. The conference was packed into three days of exciting sessions, the welcome reception, expo hall, tech town, swag shop and even a visit from some friendly little dogs to lighten your day.The welcome reception on the first night was filled with music, live performers, some great f
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”.
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
Microsoft have recently released SQL Server 2019 CU16, and in this blog post I’m calling out a very specific bug that Microsoft have addressed, and the implications this has to business-as-usual operations. Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) & Compressed BackupsMicrosoft have been tracking a bug related to using TDE and compressing backups, impacting both database, and log backup types. Should you attempt to restore a compressed backup of a TDE database, you’ll likely receive a message similar to the below:Msg 3241, Level 16, State 18, LineThe media family on device 'BackupFileName' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.Oh dear. This isn’t good! Prior to CU16, Microsoft’s workaround was to simply not compress your backups. Before we proceed any further, I also want to call out that I’ve not yet heard of any examples of Microsoft retrospectively fixing these backups, so if you’re currently in this dangerous scenario, mitigate ASAP. SQL Server 2019 CU16 Re
Some kind of funny: A new kind of ransomware was found in India. It does not demand a ransom but donations like: new clothes to homeless, feed kids in branded pizza outlets and provide financial help to anyone who needs urgent medical attention but cannot afford it. If victims can proof good actions, they receive decryption kid. Please don't misunderstand, I am still against cyber attacks like Ransomware, but at least the needy here have something out of it.https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/news/goodwill-ransomware-detected-in-india-makes-victim-donate-to-poor-provides-financial-help-to-needy-patients/articleshow/91736850.cms
Hi everyone, Did you know it’s possible to access the full desktop editor from a mobile device? I don’t know why all the options are hidden by default but it’s really easy to get them back. All you need to do is change your zoom settings on your web browser. I’ve only tested this in iOS but check my GIF below and you’ll see all the cool options appear when I hit 50% zoom.Want to return to the mobile optimised editor? Just increase your zoom level back to default and everything will return to normal! You can do this dynamically whilst making your post, no need to refresh the page each time!
I have just discovered an interesting session in the VeeamON agenda: “Object First Makes Veeam Backups Better”“Object First” is the new company from the Veeam founders Andrei Baronov and Ratmir Timashev!So far there’s not much information available, but according to an interview on vmblog.com (https://vmblog.com/archive/2022/05/06/veeamon-2022-q-a-object-first-will-showcase-how-it-provides-primary-target-object-storage-for-veeam.aspx) we’re going to see an object storage based primary backup repository specifically designed for Veeam Backup.I personally didn’t hear anything about this company before and would have probably missed the session, as it’s already tomorrow and not found in the main agenda.The session will start on Monday at 12:00PM PT or 9:00PM GMT+2. In case you’re also interested, here’s the link to the session: https://web.cvent.com/hub/events/659c08fe-e178-47e3-b354-f251151abefe/sessions/d9ce1628-a7d1-44fb-8684-cb1525ec061eAlso here’s the webpage of Object First: https:/
Veeam storage functionsIs Veeam the most significant storage company that no one knows about? One of the essential features of any Veeam Backup and Replication architecture is the storage hardware that the backup target or backup repository will sit on. The repository performance, features, and scalability are critical to ensuring that the Veeam deployment will meet customers' needs for quite a while. Unfortunately, this is the component that many customers tend to make bad decisions, usually due to VARs and storage vendors trying to make the backup decisions for the customer. This is easy for the partner and storage vendor community to do because, as we all know - we at Veeam pride ourselves on the fact that the Veeam Backup and Replication suite is a software-defined and hardware agnostic backup storage platform. The partners, storage vendors, and even customers don't realize that Veeam also has another tag ling used internally - "Veeam is the largest storage company that no one
IntroductionObject storage vendors all have configuration considerations that must be accounted for as part of the process of designing Veeam backup repositories. Some of these considerations can be limiting, while others simply help dictate architecture decisions. In this post, I discuss on-premises vendor considerations, and how Veeam job settings can make an impact.To accommodate for vendor specific on-premises Object Storage Device limitations, it is sometimes necessary to adjust Veeam’s storage optimization settings. Every on-premises Object Storage vendor may express these limitations differently, but it usually boils down to the ability to handle large amounts of object metadata (and therefore number of objects) per bucket and/or device.In our experience, using larger storage optimization settings (job block size) with on-premises Object Storage devices typically works best. The bigger the storage optimization settings, the bigger the average object size which means less objects
Hi, I realised that nobody has ever mentioned the Veeam Custom Search tool on the community hub, and I wanted to make sure everyone knows that this tool exists. http://vee.am/VeeamCustomSearchFirstly, what is it?It’s a custom search engine powered by Google that focuses on delivering results from the various Veeam resources.The primary page of that link is deceptively simple, to the point you might think the page hasn’t loaded, you’ll just get a search bar that will present search predictions based on Veeam searches.Once you’ve searched is where the magic happens, you’ll see results from a variety of Veeam focused sites. Such as the R&D forums, the Helpcenter, whitepapers, KB articles, news room, blogs, videos, GitHub, and success stories.You can use this to filter down what type of content you’re after, and easily find what you’re looking for across the various sources of information that Veeam have available. Give it a try the next time you can’t find what you’re looking for, it
Just read the announcement of Anand Eswaran: Veeam Is Now The Tied #1 Data Replication & Protection Provider Worldwide! https://www.veeam.com/blog/number-one-data-replication-protection-provider-worldwide.html Veeam has reached the status of being tied as the #1 provider worldwide during 2H’21 in IDC’s data replication and protection market.Nice global data:#1 in EMEA #1 in LATAM #3 in APJA part for this great success is certainly also the strong community
The Veeam Backup for AWS, Azure, and GCP products supplies an effortless way to protect workloads running in one of the hyperscale public clouds. Workload protection is done by taking native snapshots and copying snapshots to object storage for a defined period. A full instance recovery and file-level recoveries can be performed from the backup. But this only scratches the surface of what Veeam can do with a cloud-based backup. To use advanced storage functions like Instant VM recovery directly to an on-premises hypervisor, full instance recovery into another hyperscale cloud, or copying backup files to an on-premises harden repository will require Veeam Backup and Replication to be integrated with Veeam Backup for AWS, Azure, and GCP through what’s called an “external repository”. The Veeam Backup and Replication external repository is a read-only connection to the Veeam Backup for AWS, Azure, and GCP object-based storage repository. It allows Veeam Backup and Replication to perform
Greetings everyone, Audit Logging always is an interesting topic, it doesn’t matter if you need this due to compliance, or just for best practices. Having visibility of restore operations of something as critical as emails, documents, etc. should be a must.When I am mentioning the word Audit, I am talking about all the Restore operations that anybody does using the Explorers, PowerShell, or API, or even using the new Restore Portal (meaning opening an email, restoring it, saving it, etc.)As we stand today, we have the next methods to Audit the Restore Operations:Inside the Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 Console, under History - Restore On Windows Logs, on the Client who opened the Console and Explorers (bear this in mind) RESTFul API can send real-time alerts RESTful API to obtain RestoreSessions with extreme great detail Windows Logs to parse some Infrastructure actions like Job Creation, Edit, Deletion, etc.Advanced VB365 AuditPowerShell audit - Some visibilityLet’s start with PowerS
IntroductionSOBR is a logical construct allowing a backup administrator to group storage extents together to form a multi-tier storage "pool" to ease the management of backups.The Performance Tier holds the "operational restore window" parts of the backups on-premises, typically on block or file-based storage, while both the Capacity and Archive Tiers allow expansions to Object Storage.The Capacity tier offers two types of offload operations:Copy Move (after x days).Note: You can combine both offload operations.When offloading backups to the Capacity Tier, the “.VBK” or “.VIB” shell is cracked open. Veeam backup Meta-Data and Data bits become Objects stored onto the Capacity Tier via PUT operations.Note: It is safe to assume that 99% of all objects created are backup Data bits, the rest is backup Meta-Data.With most public cloud providers, API operations are not free.If you are considering an "on-premises" Object Storage solution, be mindful of vendor-specific limitations in their abil
Hi everyone I'm sharing this kind of configuration aimed to strengthen the security of immutable data backup against ransomeware attacks or possible 0 day \vul of the O.S. Linux used to deploy a Hardened Repository.Thanks to Veeam, it is now possible to perform immutable backups via Hardened Repository.This technique aims to safeguard the databackups saved on Raw LUN Volumes of a storage in “Locked Volume” mode on Hardenend Linux based repositories.The combo is to use the Hardened Repository to which present a RAW LUN Volume formatted in XFS to support block cloning, in this case Infinidat + the functionality/utility Snaprotator, allows to schedule a snapshot of one or more Volumes in "Locked Volume" mode.Tested also the restore, re-presented the Snapshot Volume on the Hardened Repository, the only trick is to force the change of the UUID of the Raw Lun, if not it is not mountable by the O.S. because of duplicate UUID.InfiniBox SnapRotator User Guide – INFINIDAT Support Find out if yo
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