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IntroAn often overlooked feature we can leverage since V11 is the archive tier for the Scale-Out-Backup-Repository (SOBR).SOBR: Tiers against fears… 😉While we find quite some good guidelines for the Veeam side of the functionality (e.g. Archiving Backup with Microsoft Azure Blob | Veeam Community Resource Hub), I’d consider it helpful to have some more insights to the technology and a guideline to also set up the hyperscalers side of the archive tier. I’ll choose Microsoft Azure here as an example. In the following blogpost with four parts (TLDR), I’ll walk you through some background and the complete setup. A short history of the SOBRA scalable storage layer for backups is crucial for larger environments. This is why Veeam brought us the Scale-Out-Backup-Repository with VBR version 9.0 already. First it only consisted of the so called “performance tier” – that is the on-premises storage devices being pooled together as so called “extents” in a very flexible way.With Version 9.5 U4 t
These days I saw a strange error that makes every backup failed. I thought this would be interesting to share. SituationThere were a few jobs running each day. From a point in time all jobs failed. Error that was shown in console was: [Error Unhandled exception was thrown during licensing process] I checked licensing of course. All hosts were licensed using perpetual licensing. No instances were licensed separately.SolutionIt turned out to be no license problem at all. What happened was, password of the user that was used for connecting to VMware vCenter was changed. After updating the new password in Veeam Manage Credentials too, everything works fine again.
I’ve just seen VMware has announced a revision to their expected release date of vSphere & vSAN 8, and for the right reasons! The VMware vSphere 7.0 Legacy I won’t go on a bashing spree of VMware vSphere 7 release, but… it wasn’t good. The highlights of which include aggressive wear & tear, and subsequent killing of, SD cards and lower durability storage. Additionally, VMware had to temporarily pull some v7 U3 releases due to Quality Assurance (QA) issues.With the issues mentioned above being part of the story of the infamous v7 release history, I felt positive when my RSS reader pulled [UPDATE: Link has been pulled by VMware] this article [/UPDATE] from VMware this morning. In summary, General Availability (GA) of vSphere & vSAN 8.0 have both been pushed to the 11th October 2022, with VMware specifically calling out addition time wanted for QA. [UPDATE] As this link has been pulled, I can't confirm if this is still VMware's proposed date, or if it was a placeholder. [/UPDA
VMware Aria Operations (formerly VMware vRealize Operations) automates and simplifies IT management with full-stack visibility from physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure including Virtual Machines (VMs) and containers to the applications they support. It delivers continuous performance optimisation, efficient capacity and cost management, proactive planning, intelligent remediation and integrated compliance. It is available on premises and as-a-service. More information on this product here, and link to my blogpost. An arbitrary file read vulnerability in VMware Aria Operations was privately reported by Yu Dai of NSFOCUS TIANJI Lab to VMware. There are updates (patches) to remediate these vulnerabilities in the affected VMware products. What Exploit does this Vulnerability Present? A malicious actor with administrative privileges may be able to read arbitrary files containing sensitive data. Remediation To remediate CVE-2022-31682, apply the patches listed in the ‘Fixed Version’
VMware vCenter Server is advanced server management software that provides a centralized platform for controlling your VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure across the hybrid cloud with confidence. With VMware Center, you gain centralized visibility, simplified and efficient management at scale, and extensibility across the hybrid cloud from a single console. Here is the link to my blogpost. The following vulnerability was reported by Yaron Zinar and Sagi Sheinfeld of Crowdstrike to Vmware. The 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 ProductsVMware vCenter Server (vCenter Server) VMware Cloud Foundation (Cloud Foundation)What Exploit does this Vulnerability Present? A malicious actor with non-administrative
Protecting DB2 servers with Veeam Backup and Replication is pretty straightforward. The IBM DB2 can be protected with the following Veeam jobs:Classic VM backup jobs Veeam Agent for Linux (VAL) jobs Enhanced NAS backup jobsTo ensure that the DB2 DBs are in a consistent state, IBM DB2 commands will need to be called to either create a native DB2 database backup or to put database(s) in a quiesced state so that a clean application backup of the database can be made. DB2 has several ways to perform backups from the CLI that make backups of the database reasonably simple.Native flat file backup can be performed against an offline or online DB. The options include using full, incremental, and differential backups A simple pause and resume of the DB2 writer that can be used to store (and VMware) snapshots that Veeam Backup and Replication can leverage. The ability to leverage storage array snapshots as restore points through a component called IBM DB2 ACS. I will not discuss this process as
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?
With v12 it will be supported to use group Managed Service Account (gMSA) for user credentials.For my understanding of gMSA it will be necessary to have VBR server in a domain. Because it will still not be recommended to join this server the production domain, a special resource or management domain could be needed. For more details we will have to wait for general availability to get the user guide.If you have more ideas about gMSA implementation, let us know 😀
Hi everyone,Have you ever wanted a chance to get Microsoft Certified? Now’s your chance!If you haven’t seen the Cloud Skills Challenge before, it’s simple. Microsoft provide multiple learning ‘Track’ options, courtesy of their free Microsoft Learn resources. If you complete one or more tracks within their pre-defined challenge window (12th October to 9th November 2022), you’ll earn one free exam voucher, valid for a selected list of exams.Interested? Read on! What are the tracks? These tracks tend to change every Cloud Skills challenge, this time around the tracks are:Microsoft Ignite: Intelligent Cloud Challenge Microsoft Ignite: Cloud App Maker Challenge Microsoft Ignite: AI Automation Challenge Microsoft Ignite: Modern Work Challenge Microsoft Ignite: Field Service Automation Challenge Microsoft Ignite: Protect Everything Challenge Microsoft Ignite: Cloud Developer ChallengeSee below for a breakdown of these tracks, and the exam & certification path they’re aligned to. Microsof
Protecting your Business communication is not joking matter. “Your business” means many things to many different people. For some it is their commercial endeavours, for others it may be their Church, Synagogue or Mosque communication, it may just be the communication that you have with your child’s educational institution. Either way our digital communication has become an important pillar of our daily life and you owe it to yourself to make sure that it is protected.
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It took two tries, but I completed the Veeam Certified Architect (VMCA) certification exam. While taking it twice was not my ideal way to pass the exam, I found the newest version of the exam much easier to handle, including the setup and much better than the initial exam release for v1. Below are my thoughts on the exam itself and things you can prepare before you book it. Training Requirements If you are new to Veeam exams, there is a requirement for taking the courses before you site the exams for both VMCE and VMCA. While I had the VMCAv1 already, and I didn’t need to sit in the class, I did nonetheless. I am thrilled I sat the course as it was a complete overhaul of the v1 course and a much better way to learn is primarily hands-on. You can read my course review here -Veeam Certified Architect 2022 - Course ReviewFurther, each is now a “versioned” exam for each year - in this case, VMCA 2022, with versioning done on an annual basis. Each exam will need to be independently
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:
Microsoft has announced, that they are disabling basic auth on October 1st, 2022 for all tenants. It doesn‘t matter if you use it now or not. It gets disabled after October 1st, 2022. From the announcement post:Today, we are announcing that, effective October 1, 2022, we will begin to permanently disable Basic Auth in all tenants, regardless of usage (with the exception of SMTP Auth, which can still be re-enabled after that).Source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/basic-authentication-and-exchange-online-september-2021-update/ba-p/2772210 How is this relevant to our Veeam Backup Office 365 Installations?Today, Veeam can backup Office 365 data without basic auth (modern Auth Only).But this has some limitations. You can find them in this post:https://www.veeam.com/kb3146As soon basic auth is disabled from Microsoft, vbo servers with organizations and „modern authentification with legacy protocols“ or „basic authentication method“, backup jobs will most likely st
Microsoft 365 formerly referred to as Office 365 is a SaaS application that provides productivity and collaboration through a diverse set of micro-services and applications such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online Protection, Office in a browser, and many others. Microsoft recently made a distinction between M365 and O365. Therefore, M365 is a bundle of services that includes O365, and many other services as mentioned previously. I will be discussing these details in a subsequent guide. Here are some related guides that might interest you: How to Cancel Office 365 Family Subscription, how to complete Microsoft Office 365 Family Subscription, how to install Microsoft Teams on a Mac PC, and how to install and activate Office 2019 on your Mac PC.As of today, data is the most critical resources and one of the most valuable currency in the world. In Cyber Security, we refer to data as the New Oil. This Forbes link will highlight
Modern business requires a Modern Data Protection solution that not only allows for the backup and recovery of core infrastructure, clouds, and applications but enables the lowest possible operational overhead through advanced automation, monitoring and orchestration. With Veeam Modern Data Protection, your critical data such as Microsoft 365 Exchange, OneDrive, and SharePoint online will be protected with just one integrated solution. However, Veeam also offers Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 as a standalone product to protect and restore Microsoft O365 data, including Office 365 mailboxes, Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Teams. It allows you to timely back up your data weekly, daily, or as often as every five minutes.Here is a guide on why is it imperative to protect Microsoft Office 365.As of today, data is the most critical resource and valuable currency in the world. In Cyber Security, we refer to data as the New Oil. This Forbes link will highlight more on this
Wasabi recently released their Wasabi Cloud NAS offering and you may wonder, like some of the SEs I work with, if Veeam can protect its shares.The answer is: YES, of course!If that is all you need to know then you can stop reading, else keep scrolling down. IntroductionWasabi Cloud NAS is presented as the “Bottomless NAS file storage”.It installs as a service on a windows server and offers a nice and simple UI allowing you to configure your replication and offload policies.Based on these policies, the service will only keep small stub files on local disk. It is 100% transparent to the end user, extremely simple to use and with zero egress/ingress fees from Wasabi, makes for an attractive/interesting NAS solution.How can we protect it? That is what you are about to find out.In this post we will explore some basic backup and restore operations, list some caveats around offline extended file attribute, discuss what happens when you leverage Wasabi Cloud NAS’s file versioning and Complianc
Again, we have a cool opportunity to win some cool gadMicrosoft Ignite is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals hosted by Microsoft.gets. Register with Veeam for a chance to win a Canon Camera or other great prizes, and a Free T-Shirt. Enter To Win Great Prizes with the following registration link: https://bit.ly/veeamplusmicrosoft After registering, do not forget to share on Social Media to gain extra entries, make sure to use the following hashtag #VeeamatMicrosoftIgnite2022. This piece was shared on the following link1 and link2.For some of us that are not so familiar with this event, Microsoft Ignite is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals hosted by Microsoft. You can register via the the following link: https://register.ignite.microsoft.com/.By registering any participating in the event, you will be able to explore the latest innovations, learn from product experts and partners, level up your skillset, and create connections from around the
Hi Folks, I recently was lucky enough to be chosen as an Auth0 Ambassador. However, I am still very much on the initial learning curve when it comes to identity management so have signed up to a few udemy courses and pulled out the documentation. When starting a new path it is always nice to take your first steps in familiar territory so I decided to try out leveraging SAML2.0 for Veeam Enterprise Manager. First we need to create a free Okta developer account: Then we will create a new app integration: VEM (Veeam Enterprise Manager supports SAML 2.0 so that will be our choice here:We need to give it a name:Next we need to enter our SAML settings. I used a laptop where I have a test VBR setup:These two settings (Single Sign On URL and Audience URI can be found in VEM here after you have ticked the Enable SAML 2.0 radio box. Don’t worry about the other settings we will import them later. Save the SAML settings in Okta then open up the App page: Further down on the right hand side you wil
If you had this on your 2022 IT bingo card, well done, you probably should try the lottery. If you’re less psychically gifted however, this announcement is slightly bizarre. Microsoft announced yesterday that they’re intending to retire their Basic SKU IP Addresses. Here’s everything we need to know. Basic SKU only, Standard SKU Unaffected It wouldn’t be much of a cloud if we couldn’t access it, so don’t worry, only Basic SKUs will be impacted by this change. Microsoft have announced that on the 30th September 2025, Basic SKU IP addresses will be retired.Further, from the 31st March 2025, you won’t be able to provision new Basic SKU IP addresses. How do these SKUs differ? Static/Dynamic IP AddressesAll IP Address allocations are static within the Standard SKU, whereas the Basic SKU offers Dynamic/Static for IPv4 and Dynamic is the only option for IPv6. Security ModelStandard SKU IP Addresses follow the ‘Secure-by-Default’ model. This means it’s mandatory to utilise a Network Security G
Alt Text: Header Image with the text “In the Lab With: Veeam”, subheading “Breaking the Consolidaiton/Merge Stalemate For VMware vSphere & Microsoft Hyper-V”Have you ever seen a snapshot/checkpoint fail to merge? Maybe VMware vSphere was telling you that a virtual machine required consolidation, or Microsoft Hyper-V reported that the checkpoint couldn’t be merged. Whatever the reason, it’s a painful situation.Or should I say, it’s a painful situation, ONCE you notice! And IF you don’t, you have a disaster approaching. Why Snapshots/Checkpoints are bad in the long-term If you need bringing up to speed as to why we don’t like snapshots/checkpoints sticking around, here’s the non-exhaustive, good to know key points:Snapshots/Checkpoints make the original virtual disk a read-only file, and all changes from the snapshot/checkpoint creation point forwards are saved to a ‘delta’ virtual disk. This will consume more storage space. Snapshots/Checkpoints cause increased IO penalties, reducin
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