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What’s (also) new in vSphere 7 U1 - For Data Protection
In the following link you can read improvements in vSphere 7.0 U1 for data protection. Areas of improvements are: Network QoS for Backup Traffic Improved backup job resilience Improvements in scalability for concurrent backup jobs vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) improvementshttps://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2020/11/18/whats-new-in-vsphere-7-u1-for-data-protection
#DailyQuiz - #VMCE 2020 Scenario question 26 walkthrough
Today’s #VMCE2020 #DailyQuiz walkthrough is ready. Is your company 3-2-1 compliant? What do you consider as two different media types? One could argue at lot of options is “disk” in the end, but is HDD one media type and SSD a different media type? What if it is two different physical servers running Windows, is that two different media types?Try this question and more at https://rasmushaslund.com/vmce-practice-exam/
#HomelabWednesday - How to migrate Domain Controller and VMware vCenter to the new networks
In this week's episode of #HomelabWednesdays, I show you how to migrate your domain controller and VMware vCenter Server to a new network without issues.Don’t forget to subscribe to get automatic notifications whenever a new video is released.
Check reflink and spared space on XFS repositories
I wrote already a post about checking Microsoft ReFS space savings. Now I want to show some basics to check XFS savings too.To check space savings on repository layer go to the repository directory and run: ls -lhsYou can see the size of each file and the total size of all files. If there a way to much files, run ls -lhs | grep total Compare this to the size allocated on the volume. To show this, run df -h In this example you see space savings of: (86 - 35) = 51G Another way is the use the command xfs_bmap. It works on file-level and is very technical. I am still not sure to interpret all output correctly. At least it can show, reflink works!To show all extents of a file, this command can be used: xfs_bmap -e -l -p -v -v -v filename. Here also additional information like a legend is displayed.I made a small script to show the size of all shared extents of all *.vbk-files. But do not overstrain it, its experimental.#!/bin/bashfor f in *.vbkdo echo "File $f size of shared extends:" xf
#DailyQuiz - #VMCE 2020 Scenario question 25 walkthrough
Today’s #VMCE2020 #DailyQuiz walkthrough is ready. How do you handle consistency during backups? Do you enable application-aware processing for all VMs? What about pre-freeze/post-thaw scripts? Do you have VMs where crash-consistent backups are sufficient?Try this question and more at https://rasmushaslund.com/vmce-practice-exam/
[Blog Series] How to Design and Implement a Backup System Based on SLA Policies
Hello Community,Pretty much every week I have the same question, or comment, regarding how to create a Data Protection system that scales, it is flexible in terms of adding workloads, and dynamic so every business owner can add workloads without any difficulty.If we look at the diagram of what I just described, it could look like this, where a few Proxies are protecting an specific SLA, another three are protecting another a bit more aggressive SLA, and finally a physical Proxy is protecting the tier1 workloads using storage snapshots and SAN Backup Mode.We will make use of the flexibility and integration with VMware vSphere Tags, so we will need to create all of them under VMware, under one, or more categories, like this:On Veeam Backup & Replication they will look like this, so create a job with a name, then we add the desired tag:Selecting the Proxies we want, with the retention we want as well:And the schedule of course:Until you have something similar to this:Now, back to VMwa
#DailyQuiz - #VMCE 2020 Scenario question 24 walkthrough
Today’s #VMCE2020 #DailyQuiz walkthrough is ready. Do you have different subnets/networks on your disaster recovery site(s) than your production site(s)? How do you handle re-ip for restores from backups or replicas today? What about non-Windows?Try this question and more at https://rasmushaslund.com/vmce-practice-exam/
[Quicktip] Failed Veeam Backup&Replication Upgrade
Recently I had problems by upgrading Veeam from 9.5U4 to v10. Upgrade process failed after a while. We found out, directory C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup lost its permissions. We had no change any more to enter this directory. Short answer: Antivirus software causes the problem. After disabling real-time scan, upgrade run without further issues. Antivirus software was configured according Veeam best practices.
#DailyQuiz - #VMCE 2020 Scenario question 22 walkthrough
Today’s #VMCE2020 #DailyQuiz walkthrough is ready. Do you have replication jobs leveraging a backup repository as a source? Which compression level do you use for off-site transfers?Try this question and more at https://rasmushaslund.com/vmce-practice-exam/
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?
#DailyQuiz - #VMCE 2020 Scenario question 21 walkthrough
Today’s #VMCE2020 #DailyQuiz walkthrough is ready. How proficient are you with the replication process on Hyper-V or vSphere? What is done by the source and target data movers?Try this question and more at https://rasmushaslund.com/vmce-practice-exam/
#HomelabWednesday - How to install VMware vCenter Server updates from the GUI
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.
RMAN Plugin Backup - ORA-01012 Error
Yesterday I got an error for two oracle databases which are backed up via the VEEAM RMAN plugin.Strange - there are several database instances on this system, all but the two are working fine. And these two had worked up to then, too…And… I did not change anything in the VEEAM and plugn configuraton After some discussion and research with our Oracle admin - bingo.He had moved these two databases to another Home directory and did not change the corresponding entries in the /etc/oratab. So - as shown in the picture - the backup of the database and the recovery logs worked, but the creation of the AUTOBACKUP failed and the ORA-01012 error was given.After the entries were corrected all worked fine again.Perhaps some of you will face similar issues, too. I did not find anything for this problemin the forums with a quick search.
Poor SAN transport mode performance
These days I had to troubleshoot poor VMware vSphere SAN transport mode performance during backup with Veeam. Before SAN mode, NDB transport mode was used. NBD outperformed SAN mode totally!Here are some facts about the environment.EnvironmentVMFS volume are hosted by two HPE 3PAR arrays in a synchronous replication configuration (Remote Copy) with Peer Persistence. ESXi hosts are running on different versions. Backup (here: Veeam Backup and Replication) is installed on a dedicated physical host. This host is connected with 10G LAN and a single FC uplink to one out of two fabrics.Backup performanceThe used backup mode in this environment was NDB transport mode. This was because the physical host wasn’t equipped with a FC HBA. To improve backup performance a HBA was installed. To run direct SAN backup, a few configuration steps are necessary:Add MPIO feature to backup server, Configure MPIO for 3PAR by running: mpclaim -r -I -d "3PARdataVV" FC switch zoning, Exporting all LUNs to backu
Veeam Backup for Office 365 – Backing up single OneDrive folders
This is going to be a quick post on how to backup a single OneDrive folder with Veeam Backup for Office 365.One of my customers developed an internal policy regarding the usage of OneDrive for Business.The policy is, that each user has a specific “Work” folder (root folder) which gets backed up with Veeam Backup for Office 365. All other folders are not backed up and the users do know that. So in this scenario we needed a OneDrive backup job, which backs up the whole organization with the OneDrive object and only includes that work folder.By the way, you are also able to exclude specific OneDrive folders by using the “-ExcludedOneDriveFolders” variable.However, in my case here it makes more sense to only include that specific folder.The scenarioI recreated that scenario with my own Office 365 Tenant, whereby I selected to only backup my webhosting folder. If you didn’t know it already, the ability to exclude or include specific folders for OneDrive backups is only available by using Po
#DRTestTuesday - Easily Schedule DR Tests with Veeam Availability Orchestrator
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
VeeamLive 2020 (EMEA) is coming on November 12th!
Register here: https://go.veeam.com/veeamlive-enThe agenda looks amazing, but you definitely do not want to miss out on these sessions:Customer panel — Your Journey to the Cloud & Data Strategy (I personally love hearing real stories from real customers) Veeam v11: Top 11 hottest NEW features Can recommend signing up for v11 news here Some hints of what may be presented in this thread by @MicoolPaul Cybersecurity Strategies for the Modern Era (presented by the always amazing @Rick Vanover and Europes #1 ethical hacker: Jamie WoodruffDo note, at the top there are different languages available which contain some variances in which sessions are available. The languages available are : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. One of the classic presentations by Jamie Woodruff:
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