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Veeam & SQL Server 2012, The Approaching End of Life & How to Migrate
It’s that time of the IT lifecycle again, where we talk upgrades and decommissioning.On the 12th July 2022, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 will go End of Life. Not just to extended/security patch support, but completely out of support.So, why am I talking about Veeam? If you’ve got an installation of Veeam that utilised a SQL Server Express database, and you installed Veeam prior to 9.5 Update 4, odds are you’ve got a SQL Server 2012 Express database. This creates a security risk as of the next Microsoft patch cycle, scheduled for the 12th July 2022.I would also like to state that whilst this isn’t the focus of the article, if you’ve got a Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam ONE environment that’s not running v11 yet, you really need to upgrade, as everything prior is at end of fix. Which version of SQL Server should I migrate to?Unless you are limited by the operating system support for SQL Server 2019, I don’t recommend going for anything older. This is because SQL Server 2017, whils
VMware vSphere+ & vSAN+ Announced
Today, VMware have announced vSphere+ & vSAN+, VMware’s attempt at providing cloud benefits to traditional ‘on-premises’ virtualisation environments.Let’s dive in! What is vSphere+?VMware vSphere+ is a subscription service for vSphere licensing, complimented by the addition of cloud-based services bundled into the subscription pricing. Subscription pricing being the most predictable element in my opinion as this is how the model most tech companies are using to license their products. Cloud ConsoleVMware will be providing a cloud console for centralised ‘single pane of glass’ management for all your VMware vSphere deployments, globally.It will be possible to view global inventory, security posture, resource capacity, and even offer the capabilities to tackle configuration drifts between instances vis Desired State Configuration.Alerts will be centrally collated within the Cloud Console, with VMware enabling simplified workflows for sysadmin tasks such as centralised updating of vCe
VEEAMON 2021 Delivery of gift
Hi all, Today I received two packages from TNT , being curious I opened them of course.The two packages are from VEEAM regarding the VEEAMON 2021 event. The first one is the Remote Racer, yeah we can play now .The second one is a sweatshirt from the VEEAMON 2021 event as a gift from Alfred, @Kseniya and @Rick Vanover for participating in the community during the event.BTW, a very nice and beautiful sweatshirt including the link to the awesome community and of course Alfred is present What an honour to receive this, I big thank you to Veeam, Alfred, @Kseniya and @Rick Vanover .Very nice receiving packages from Veeam...So for the people still waiting for a VEEAMON 2021 gift, no worries it will be delivered, just be patient . The longer it takes, the bigger the surprise is! regardsNico
[What (else) is new in v12 - VII] TAPE - Linux Tape Server
With VBR v12 Linux proxy server can get a new role! A Linux server can become a Tape Server.We will see more details like supported Linux distributions and versions with general availability of v12.But I would bet on one thing: Linux Hardened Repository Server will be excluded from this feature – for security reasons.
10 reasons to choose Veeam Cloud Connect as BaaS
Why should a customer choose VEEAM Cloud Connect as BaaS with a service provider?10 reasons why it’s such an asset to put a backup copy to a service provider using Veeam Cloud Connect 1 – Offsite backup copyYou all are familiar with the 3-2-1-1-0 golden rule (see my post at 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub), there should always be a backup copy available at an offsite location. Not all customers have the luxury having multiple sites with IT infrastructure available. In that case syncing a backup copy to a Veeam Service Provider is a perfect option having an offsite backup copy available. 2 – Secure end-to-end encryptionBe assured that all data is encrypted at the source (before it leaves the network of the customer), in transit and in storage at the service provider. This without affecting the data reduction ratios of built-in compression. When using a small bandwidth in comparison with the volume of data, a WAN Accelerator is a possible option to use. 3 – Pr
[Quicktip] Tips in VBR Console
I just want to share two tips for the VBR console that can make life simpler. Both of them are related to the live job protocol. I made two GIF files to illustrate them better.Historic viewFirst is to show not just the current running respectively last run, but also log of all previous runs. This can easily be done be using left and right courser keyswithin the log viewer. This looks like this: Last 5 minutes vs. all time performanceSecond is to simply switch performance graph between last 5 minutes and all time view. This can be done by just clicking into the graph. I hope you find this useful as me!
Veeam Certified Architect 2022 - Achieved & Unlocked
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
Archiving Backup with Microsoft Azure Blob
Hello everybody!Today I’m coming to talk about archive backup with blob Azure.Archiving is good option to save money with your full (GFS) backups. It means that you can save your backups as archive instead of traditional hot/cool blob of Microsoft Azure.To do that you need configure a Scale Out Backup Repository with the Archive Tier enable.After that you can move your full backups older than X day to this kind of archive, as this example: But first you need to configure your blob repository as an archive option. To do this go go to Backup Repositories inside Backup Infrastructure menu. Right click on the pane and chose Add backup repository… On this screen chose Object Storage: On the next step choose Microsoft Azure Blob Storage option: After that click on Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier: Type Name and Description of your archive blob: Enter with your Credentials for this blob and chose what Gateway Server will be used for this function: On the next screen you just need to set what C
Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v11 - COMING SOON
"Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication 10" was released earlier this year in February 2021. The book can be seen at the following link and ordered:Version 10 Book is here - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication 10I have since been approached to write an update to the book for Version 11 and have accepted the challenge. The current book will get updates, some things removed and definitely all the new goodies that are in the latest release of @Veeam. Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v11 -- Coming Soon I will update my blog as my journey progresses with the new version. I hope to create an updated book that was as good as the first one which everyone enjoyed that gave me feedback. It will be fun writing about the newest features of Veeam v11 and updating existing stuff to make it current.Keep an eye out for further updates and other blog posts.
VMware Tools for Windows update addresses a denial-of-service vulnerability
VMware Tools is a set of services and modules that enable several features in VMware products for better management of guests operating systems and seamless user interactions with them. VMware Tools has the ability to pass messages from the host operating system to the guest operating system. Therefore, VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine guest operating system and improves the management of the virtual machine. Without VMware Tools installed in your guest operating system, guest performance lacks important functionality. Installing VMware Tools improves these issues low video resolution, inadequate color depth, incorrect display of network speed, restricted movement of the mouse, inability to copy and paste and drag and drop files, missing sound, and provides the ability to take quiesced snapshots of the guest OS, and synchronises the time in the guest operating system with the time on the host Impacted ProductVMware Tools for Wind
The Road to the VeeamON Stage (again)
I’m returning to the VeeamON (virtual) stage this year, and I wanted to catalogue my journey within the Veeam Community so far and give thanks to the people that have helped me get to where I am today.I’d been working with Veeam products for about 7-8 years at the time, and I’d seen the Veeam Forums, now known as the Veeam R&D forums. I’d asked a few questions in there, but it never really felt like a community. The relationship within the forums was that of a customer and business. Someone would seek advice with a problem, or request a feature, and a member of staff from the Veeam forums would reply. Very transactional.Then, during the infamous lockdowns of 2020, Veeam launched their “Veeam Live” Event. During this event, Veeam revealed their new “Community Hub”. I remember frantically writing down the URL “community.veeam.com”. And I had no idea at the time how much my career was about to elevate.As the event concluded, I opened the URL to see if this was a long-standing platfor
VB365: Changes necessary for Teams backup in version 6a (New API)
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
Want to know a great secret? Veeam + Cisco dCloud
Have you ever wanted:A Veeam Backup & Replication demo environment to quickly try something out on? A clean environment you could install Veeam Backup & Replication and configure backup from storage snapshot? Two Cisco HyperFlex clusters to test backup and replication on? A comprehensive Veeam Backup & Replication guided tutorial?If you answered yes to any of the above, do you have a Cisco.com login?If not, register for an account, click here. If so, you may want to considered requesting your own private Veeam + dCloud environment.PLEASE NOTE - Cisco dCloud access requires your Cisco partner Access Level to be L2 or higher.On Cisco dCloud you will find two different Veeam Backup & Replication environments. The first is a “lab” environment that provides a two cluster HyperFlex environment with the Veeam Backup & Replication software. This is an ideal environment if you want to get experience installing VBR from scratch, then configuring and running backup and replic
3 reasons why direct SAN restore failover to NBD
Backups of VMware vSphere VMs can be done with one of three transport modes. Each of these modes also provide the possibility to restore data. This post is about 3 reasons why direct SAN restore failover to NBD. Incorrect VMDK typeVeeam can only perform direct SAN restore with thick provisioned VMDKs. If any disk of a VM is thin provisioned, restore will not leverage SAN directly. Both, thick eager and lazy zeroed are supported. In my experience, eager zeroed is much faster from a restore point of view! So I recommend, to use this format.Note: you should not rely on the provisioning type you chose at VMDK creation: Thick provisioned disk can become thin if it is expanded.Fortunately, Veeam provides the possibility to change disk type in restore wizard. So you can be sure to use thick VMDKs when you enter this within the wizard. See here in Full VM Restore wizard:And in Virtual Disk Restore wizard: Disk is logically locked in Veeam proxyIf your Veeam proxy server is Windows based, it
Want to make Backup Jobs management easier? ...use Tags!
Veeam Backup & Replication supports and understands vSphere tags allowing the creation of Backup and Replication Jobs by selecting VMs to backup based on Tags.Tags concept was introduced in vSphere 5.5 and basically it is a label you can assign to any object (VMs, storage and so on...) in the vSphere inventory. You can assign a tag to a specific category to better identify a VM type or simply the installed OS.The use of Tags during Jobs configuration is pretty easy to configure. In the configuration wizard click Add button to add objects to backup. Click the tag icon to display VMs and Tags, select the item you want to include in the job then click Add.Using Tags you no longer need to edit a specific Backup or Replication Job to add or remove a VM. A simple click in the Tags panel of the particular VM in vSphere Client does the trick.No Backup tag?... why you should use it? Well, the No Backup Tag can be used to specify which VMs are not included in any backup on purpose. In big en
VBR v11 patch P20210507 released (7.0U2 support)
Update: Patch 20210525 brings CDP support for 7.0 U2The long-awaited patch for Veeam Backup&Replication v11, which brings support for vSphere 7.0 U2, has been released.https://www.veeam.com/kb4126It's important to note that CDP won't work with 7.0 U2 as there's a driver signing issue. So if you're working with Veeam CDP then you still should wait before updating.Added VMware vSphere 7.0 U2 support including new vSphere API version awareness and virtual hardware version 19 compatibility. Note: CDP functionality is not yet supported with vSphere 7.0 U2 due to the I/O filter drivers signing infrastructure issue at VMware, support will be added in the next cumulative patch.More information on the vSphere 7.0U2 support can be found in the forums: https://forums.veeam.com/vmware-vsphere-f24/vsphere-7-0-u2-support-t72668.html
Community Hub Tips: Full Editor on Mobile Devices
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!
OFFLINE backup copy using rotating USB disks – part 1
As a system consultant I often implement solutions for customers in the SMB market.Working for the SMB market is often more challenging than working for the enterprise market because of the limited financial budget/investment. I always try to deliver a solution that is as good and secure as for customers of the enterprise market but of course with other and cheaper solutions 😉. Of course VEEAM is always being used as the software defined backup solution 😊. For me personally the golden 3-2-1-1-0 rule is one of the most important things to keep in mind when creating a good backup solution for the customer.More info about that you can read in one of my first posts : 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub In this post (part 1 of 2 parts) I explain a bit more about implementing the second 1 in the rule – offline backup.One of the solutions is using rotating USB disks.This is specifically for backups of VMs and/or backups using agents of physical/cloud objects.In part
KASTEN Disaster Recovery
Kasten not only backs up your Kubernetes workloads, but it also backs up itself!Kasten DR can leverage an NFS or S3 remote location to backup its components in the event of something unfortunate happening.In our case that unfortunate event happened. Junior Joe had just been hired the week before. Junior demanded full access to the Kubernetes cluster “or else” and since his father was best friends with the CEO he soon was given admin user access on the cluster.On his first day working remotely (which is now every day thanks to covid19) Junior Joe was completely unsupervised so he decided to play around with helm and typed the following on the CLI: and then:The result was this: and with that our Kasten backup setup was history!!! Luckily the KubeMaster Genius Geoff had previously setup the Kasten DR policy which was backing up Kasten and its settings to an offsite S3 location. After Junior Joe timidly confessed to his transgressions Genius Geoff went to work:First he re created the kaste
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Calculator
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Calculator(Download: VBO-Calculator-Community-1Download)Welcome back after a longer break due to holidays, personal changes and some challenges over the last weeks.As one of the main responsible german Systems Engineer for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 (VBO) I received a lot of questions and requests regarding the right sizing for a VBO-environment as well as for the “new” Object Storage Repository feature, which is available since version 4.Wouldn’t it be great if we had a tool for this ? For sure ! But let us first build up some tension. Before we concentrate on object storage I will give you some important information for your general VBO-Sizing. The SizingWhat do you need for a proper sizing?To get some realistic numbers, we collect the informations per service, because in the background each service has its own compression capabilities and it does make some difference later in the cost calculation.So we do need the amount of users per
New Veeam Licensing Options & Changes for New Customers Coming January 2021
Hey everyone,Starting the beginning of January 2021 we're going to see Veeam simplify the license offerings available to customers. Historically Veeam have always offered a "per socket" perpetual licensing model, which was great when we were just considering protecting our vSphere & Hyper-V infrastructure, but as Veeam has grown and produced additional feature capabilities such as NAS Backup, Cloud-native Backups for AWS and Azure and Physical server and workstation protection options, this licensing model hasn't suited them all. Then Veeam introduced the Veeam Universal License (VUL) subscription, streamlining the licensing experience for customers by offering a "per workload" backup model, allowing customers to mix and match different products as part of their overall Veeam licensing. This license becomes increasingly appealing as customers wish to test adoption of different clouds, they protect their workloads, regardless of whether they are physical, cloud or virtual. Earlier t
[Quicktip] Increase limit of snapshots per datastore
Last week I had to troubleshoot a backup job that was using a brand new proxy and repository server. No other job was using these components. Nonetheless just 4 VMs were processed at the same time. All other VMs showed status “Pending”. As additional information, “Resource not ready: Active snapshots limit reached for datastore” was shown too in active job log.After a short investigation we found out, all VMs were located on just one VMFS datastore. Fortunately there is a rather simple solution for this limitation. You can create a registry key on VBR server to increase the limit of active snapshots per datastore:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication\MaxSnapshotsPerDatastore For more details see this forum posts:https://forums.veeam.com/vmware-vsphere-f24/active-snapshots-limit-reached-for-datastore-t19711.htmlNice detail: The change enters into force immediately – even the job is currently running!Keep in mind, this is a global setting!
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?
Database Considerations: Veeam Backup & Replication / Veeam ONE on Windows Server 2022 - Part One
With Microsoft releasing Windows Server 2022, Veeam have delivered support for this in Veeam B&R and Veeam ONE v11a. This includes support not just for protecting Hyper-V VMs on the OS, or guest OS support, but also running all the relevant Veeam Components and services on Windows Server 2022. This is truly a great milestone that Veeam have achieved so promptly after the release of this operating system.There’s more to this story however, Veeam currently ships with SQL Server 2016 Express edition as its default database if you don’t choose to install your own first. This will leave you in an unsupported state with Microsoft as only SQL Server editions still within mainstream support are supported for Windows Server 2022, for SQL Server 2016, mainstream support ended in July 2021.Now we know the danger, we’ve got two topics to discuss up again, firstly, how do we install a supported version of SQL Server for Veeam? And secondly, what do I do if I’m running SQL Server 2016 on Windows
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