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Frequently I'm ask in how to monitor backup jobs of Veeam externally Veeam servers.I know that we can do this easy with Veeam One. But here I’m going to show you a solution to monitor backup jobs having only a Veeam Backup Server (without VEM or VONE).So, the application I’m talking about is Checkmk. Checkmk is a monitoring software usually used on NOC (Network Operations Center) environments. However, this is an easy tool to deploy and very light to hav in our backup environment. VersionsCheckmk has a free and commercial version:Checkmk Raw Edition (CRE) – Free and 100% Open Source. It even incorporates Nagios into its core. You can use it to monitor entire environments. Support for this release is available through the Checkmk community forum.Checkmk Enterprise Free Edition (CFE) – version already based on the standard edition, with Checkmk Micro Core (CMC), which means that it is no longer based on Nagios and is aimed at small IT environments with a single site and up to 25 monitore
What Can Be Backed Up?User profiles with all content Custom selection File based backup with native APFS snapshots Restore On Client Side Veeam Agent For Mac Supports…back up files and folders save coloured tags restore specific files or the whole ‘Users’ folder schedule backups send backups to VBR / VCC / Local drive (including encryption) provide basic local UI for FLR Snapshot SupportNative APFS snapshot supportAutomatic snapshot mode selection in single jobUsers on APFS backed up with snapshot Users located NAS share backed up without snapshot USB drives backed up without snapshot MAC OS versions will be supported10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina) Can I restore files from the VBR console?”Copy to” (Linux & Windows) is possible. No direct restore Deduplication appliances are supported !
For the last few years, I have spent a lot of effort along with others at Veeam carefully watching the industry behavior when it comes to ransomware and its devastating impact it can have on an organization. I’ve also spent a lot of time putting together a lot of great works in the form of whitepapers, webinars and other assets to get the word out. Before I forget, check out these three key whitepapers:Edwin and I recap all Veeam ransomware capabilities: https://www.veeam.com/wp-protection-yourself-from-ransomware.html Hannes from Veeam Product Management goes deep and technical on the Veeam hardened repository: https://www.veeam.com/wp-guide-protect-ransomware-immutable-backups.html Kirsten and Melissa show how Veeam ONE can help to detect and respond to ransomware: https://www.veeam.com/wp-veeam-one-ransomware.html The important takeaway is that today, it is easier than ever to have backup copies ready to restore from ransomware with Veeam.What are the Immutability Options?I say ther
In my last post I covered the requirements and necessary steps to configure immutability for HPE StoreOnce with Veeam V12. In this post I want to focus on how immutability behaves in different scenarios.Enable immutability for existing Catalyst storesIf you have existing Catalyst stores, the good news is that it’s possible to enable immutability for them. Let’s take a look at the Veeam helpcenter:Note that if you enable immutability and Veeam Backup & Replication does not start a new backup chain and still continues the chain, the whole backup chain is marked as immutable.https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/storeonce_supported_features.html?ver=120#immutabilitySo, after you configure immutability, the current or new backup chain will be made immutable. All other existing backup chains won’t be touched and therefore stay mutable.This is also exactly what I could reproduce in my lab environment. After enabling immutability, the current chain is made immutable, while all
While I was studying for the VMCE, a detail on deduplication caught my attention.I’m talking about inline deduplication. What's about?Inline deduplication is a feature offered by Veeam B&R and it’s used to reduce the amount of storage space required to store backup data by removing duplicate data. One of the main benefits of inline deduplication is in fact that it can significantly decrease the amount of storage space, amount of time and resources required for backups and this can be especially beneficial for organizations that generate a large amount of data on a regular basis. Another advantage of inline deduplication is that it can improve the efficiency of backups, ‘cause backups can be completed faster and the amount of data that needs to be transferred and stored is reduced. An example?An immaginary company named CatsFood has a file server that contains 10 terabytes of data and the organization wants to create a backup of this file server using, proudly, Veeam. Without inl
While updating our VCSP stack with V11-RTM, I just stumble again onto this small but fine new feature to prioritize your primary backup jobs:More than once I had customers request several jobs to be finished with priority.You could of cause concatenate jobs with the schedule option “After this job:”. But this is not recommended as it does not use the ressources of your backup system accordingly. Valuable proxy/repo slots would linger out-of-work for quite a while.Overlapping jobs would lead to the second job jumping in with the first one still running, so saturating ressources. But this might easily oversteer and thus delay the first job.With the new option this problem can be solved by just the click of a checkbox.Prioritized jobs get a nice little flag in the job list. So how does it work?The Veeam scheduler runs all its tasks according to priorities:800: Restore jobs — restores are obviously the most important jobs 700: Continuous data protection jobs — new CDP ist also considered v
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
Hello,In this article I will tell you about the Veeam Instant VM Recovery feature.We follow our backup processes, we send our backups to different locations, we take backups to tape cassettes, right?We must apply the 3-2-1 rule in our infrastructure. We can return our backups; Well, can we provide service with performance and working as soon as possible in times of crisis?What is Instant VM Recovery?Instant VM Recovery restores your virtualization platform by running the virtual machine directly from backed up files rather than keeping users waiting for hours. Thus;Short recovery times (RTOs) are achieved.Downtime is minimized.Downtime of critical virtual machines is minimized.How does it work?Instant VM Recovery uses vPower technology to directly place a VM image from a compressed and deduplicated backup file to a vSphere or Hyper-V host.Since there is no need to export the entire VM from the backup and then copy it to the backup device, you can restart the virtual machine from backup
That was not happening only at VM with the secure boot in the Hyper-V environment. It also impacts VMware.After installing this update on guest virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2022 on some versions of VMware ESXi, Windows Server 2022 might not start up. Only Windows Server 2022 VMs with Secure Boot enabled are affected by this issue. Affected versions of VMware ESXi are versions vSphere ESXi 7.0.x and below.We may ask customers to put them on hold to install the October patch for Windows Server 2022.
Today Veeam have launched the new Veeam Backup for Office Microsoft 365 v6! That’s right, it’s had a slight name change to align with Microsoft’s rebrand of Office 365 to Microsoft 365. Excited and want to check it out? Download it here. Veeam have also updated their Helpcenter ready to explain all the new features. As always, Veeam have accompanied this release with a set of release notes, available here.In this blog post I’ll be going over the key new features and also any key insights to be aware of as part of deploying Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v6 or upgrading to v6 from an earlier version. Key Information Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 Server:Straight away, I want to highlight that the CPU requirements have changed. Veeam are now recommending 8 cores as the minimum for v6, up from 4 cores in v5.It’s the same story for RAM, v6 now requires 16GB as a minimum, up from 8GB. There is a discrepancy between the release notes and the Helpcenter documentation with regards to VMs wit
When it comes to protecting your business against Ransomware, there are three critical components of a successful strategy. Any solution that you're going to rely upon must have all three of these attributes: Simple Immutable Fast The combo of Veeam Backup and Replication alongside SafeMode snapshots on Pure Storage FlashArray//C is uniquely capable of delivering on all three of these critical requirements. SimpleWhen it comes to data protection, it's easy to let your guard down. The best solutions are the ones that don't require constant care and feeding. They are simple to set up and simple to maintain. Veeam and Pure have each built a solid reputation on designing products that are intuitive and easy to use. Veeam backups made immutable by FlashArray SafeMode are "set and forget" simple. This simplicity comes in part due to the fact that you don't have to change a thing about your Veeam deployment to enable SafeMode protected backups. SafeMode protects the entire Veeam Backup Re
If you do no know much about Hardened Repository in Veeam VBR v11, read here to learn more about:I was asked, if a hardened repository can be a extent of a Scale Out Repository (SOBR). Good news: yes it can! But you have to take some facts into account.Hardened repositories can be Performance Tiers of SOBR. A SOBR can contain a mix of repositories: ReFS, XFS, Immutable and mutable. Even in mixed SOBR, Performance Placement Policy can be set. That leads to, for example, immutable increments and mutable fulls. When you mix, for example, ReFS with immutable extents, you can use Evacuate backups to free an extent. I would not recommend any points 1 - 3!In my opinion the point 4 is the most important. With evacuating an extent you can easily migrate from ReFS to XFS with immutability.Notice: If you evacuate an immutable repository, Veeam performs a copy, not a move operation! Which makes perfect sense! When backups are evacuated to a hardened repository, files will be immutable as long as
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
You might or might not know this, but Wasabi does have a minimum storage duration policy in place.What's that?Depending on your pricing model, each uploaded object will be billed for a minimum amount of time.Pay-as-you-go customers have 90 days, reserved capacity customers (pre-paid) will have 30 days.If you delete an object before this minimum duration is over, the remaining time will still be charged.You can find more information on this website:https://wasabi-support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360058734492-How-does-Wasabi-s-minimum-storage-duration-policy-work-ExampleYou upload 1TB of objects to Wasabi and have the 90 days minimum storage duration policy in place. After a week you decide to delete the whole 1TB.This means you pay for:7 days timed active storage 83 days timed deleted storageCan I recover deleted objects?You might think, that as you pay for deleted objects, you may be able to recover those. Unfortunately this is not the case, so you can’t use this as a recycle bin.
Following the line of some of my topics, in Veeambp.com we can find a very useful unofficial tool This tool is not Veeam supportedIt was developed externally and is not linked with Veeam Software or ServiceNow in anyway, No support is offerred or inferred from Veeam Software on this tool. vSnow App is an application to integrate Veeam Backup Enterpriser Manager with ServiceNow vSnowApp for ServiceNow:The application offers integration with Veeam Enterprise Manager.vSnowApp provides following capabilities:Performance Dashboard Incidents Management Manage Backup Jobs. Failover Plans Agent Jobs Backup Servers Management How vSnowApp Works: vSnowApp function as an intermediary between Veeam Enterprise Manager and ServiceNow, after you deploy the vSnowApp, you can manage reporting and management of backup infrastructure from ServiceNow. Pre-requisites:ServiceNow MID Server Veeam Enterprise ManagerSupported ServiceNow Instances:New York Orl
In my previous Topic I showed how to use the Veeam Architects Site ,but how does it give us the amount of Cores and memory that the proxy will use? I'll show you … Getting the right amount of processing power is essential to achieving the RTO/RPO defined by the business. In this section, we will outline the recommendations to follow for appropriate sizingWe defineD = Source data in MBW = Backup window in secondsT = Throughput in MB/s = D/WCR = Change rateCF = Cores required for full backup = T/100CI = Cores required for incremental backup = (T * CR)/25Example:Our sample infrastructure has the following characteristics:1,000 VMs 100 TB of consumed storage 8 hours backup window 10% change rateBy inserting these numbers into the equations above, we get the following results.We need to change TB to MB / We need to change Hours to SecsD = 100 TB * 1024 * 1024 = 104,857,600 MB (Source data in MB)W = 8 hours * 3600 seconds = 28,800 seconds (Backup window in seconds)T = 104857600/28800 = 3,6
Greetings, today I wanted to share with you some amazing news. I am talking about an unofficial Veeam icon library for Excalidraw.Excalidraw is a tool that helps you draw technical diagrams with a great hand-made look, made every diagram much more user-friendly, as it really looks like if somebody has drawn it with their own hands.After a few months, and many nights on this, I have finished adding around 60+ Veeam unofficial shapes in total that have been carefully created inspired by the official shapes. Sorry to repeat myself, but again, these shapes are unofficial and not linked in any way to Veeam Software, use them, edit them, change them as you like.How do the Veeam unofficial shapes for Excalidraw look like?These are all the icons I made manually, they are ready to use, and I hope they are enough for your diagrams:How to Import the Veeam unofficial Excalidraw Icon LibraryThe process could not be simpler, open Excalidraw on the browser of your choice, remember that Excalidraw doe
Good day everyone !In November 2020 I created a PowerCLI script which creates a vSphere role with cumulative permissions for Veeam Backup & Replication version 10.In the meantime VBR v11 was released and I needed to update that script and wanted to create “new awareness” of it. The fact that I see A LOT of Administrator@vsphere.local users being used with adding the vCenter to Veeam makes me nervous, that’s why I wanted to fight against this with a simple script so no one needs to manually go through the privileges. Now there is no excuse to use highly privileged user accounts !This PowerShell / PowerCLI script lets you create a new vCenter server role with all the cumulative privileges and permissions to use them with Veeam Backup & Replication V11.The privileges used are based on the recommendations out of the Veeam Help Center which you can find here: Cumulative Permission for VMware vSphere – Veeam Help CenterSimply execute the script and follow the steps to fill in the rel
Hello, In this article, I will talk about Veeam Direct Restore to Azure feature. What is Direct Restore to Azure? Included in Veeam Backup & Replication ™, Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure allows users to import and restore on-premises VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines, physical servers, and endpoints to Microsoft Azure. Restore Microsoft Windows and Linux-based virtual machines, physical servers, and endpoints with Restore to Microsoft Azure. Today's modern data center is not limited to the location of the physical data center. IT organizations can optimize resource allocation and further improve operational scalability and efficiency with the Microsoft Azure cloud. With Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure, administrators can restore and migrate physical (P2V) or virtual (V2V) workloads to Azure without the need for complex configurations or additional hardware investments, thereby minimizing operating expenses. Quickly restore workloads to Azure Quickly and efficient
UPDATE: Please see Update 3, as the hotfix/workaround needs to be undone because of possible side-effects.Just a quick information.Currently there could be an issue with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 and Sharepoint. Some sites will be backed up with the following warning:Processing site XYZ finished with warning: Failed to backup list: XYZ. Unknown ErrorI have seen this with 2 different customers and Veeam support is aware of this issue and actively working with Microsoft on it. At the moment I don’t have any further information, but I’ll keep updating this post.Update 1:I just found out that there's already a hotfix available: https://www.veeam.com/kb4326I haven't tested it so far, but will report back next week. Also here's the corresponding R&D forums post: https://forums.veeam.com/veeam-backup-for-microsoft-365-f47/warning-on-my-sharepoint-site-t81314.htmlUpdate 2:It looks like the issue itself is gone since Saturday; perhaps Microsoft did change something on their side. I did
Hi all,a new 0Day vulnerability for Windows 10 clients has been released, the article also recommends deleting all the vss restore points and recreating themSecurity Update Guide - Loading - MicrosoftCheck Windows 10 for SeriousSAM and HiveNightmare Vulnerability Fix - Virtualization Howtohttps://github.com/GossiTheDog/HiveNightmarecommad check : icacls c:\windows\system32\config\samWorkaroundsRestrict access to the contents of %windir%\system32\configCommand Prompt (Run as administrator): icacls %windir%\system32\config\*.* /inheritance:eWindows PowerShell (Run as administrator): icacls $env:windir\system32\config\*.* /inheritance:eDelete Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) shadow copiesDelete any System Restore points and Shadow volumes that existed prior to restricting access to %windir%\system32\config. Create a new System Restore point (if desired).Impact of workaround Deleting shadow copies could impact restore operations, including the ability to restore data with third-party backu
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
Today, I’d like to talk about creating and scoping realistic and enforceable RPOs and RTOs for your Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) policies and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) within your organization. As every organization will have different requirements the focus of this blog post is on general considerations for shaping your policy.Additionally this blog post is focused around policy design as opposed to backup technologies and should be vendor agnostic for the most part, though where I am aware of features from my backup solution of choice (Veeam of course!!!) I have referenced improvements that solutions such as Veeam can bring to the process.The assumption is made that you’re already aware of the applications, operating systems and data within the organisation/environment you’re designing these policies for. Step One: Define Recovery Priority Before we start to consider recovery point objectives, we should consider the recovery time objectives of our workloa
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).
With the release of Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 v6 the Self Service Portal was also unleashed. In this video we run through a scenario where a new tenant is being onboarded from the Service Provider point of view as well as what steps need to be actioned by the tenants.
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