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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
In my job as a system consultant specialised in Backup and Disaster Recovery (covered by Veeam products of course ) at a MSP, I’m also responsable for the Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure and offering. This article is regarding recovering data from Veeam Cloud Connect where I ran into a shortcoming… We are offering BaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect. Most of those tenants are sending a copy job to our infrastructure so they are having an offsite copy and optional insider protection as an ‘airgapped’ copy : see more info on my post regarding the golden rule 3-2-1-1-0 3-2-1-1-0 Golden Backup Rule | Veeam Community Resource Hub.We are optionally offering a yearly restore test of the backups we are having at our cloud connect repositories.For this I have implemented a seperate Veeam Backup & Replication server that has access to the Veeam Cloud Connect Repositories.We are using Azure implementing Direct Restore to Azure for those restore tests.In this restore test we just restore the wa
Since majority of us use Windows for our day to day operations, in this guide, you will learn about Windows update expiration policy.By expiring older, redundant packages, you will get better performance, shorter scan times, a faster user experience, and a reduced risk of deploying older updates that have been superseded with newer, more secure ones.Note: This policy only applies to Windows updates. Updates for other Microsoft software or firmware may have different policies and should be considered separately.An expired package will not appear in Windows Update scan results thereby reducing internet data usage.Kindly visit this link to learn more.
Recently, I have noticed on this platform that most of us work with Windows Server 2016, 2019, and now 2022. Also even Windows 10. In this guide, I will be showing you how to update the Windows installation image (install.wim) file with the latest security intelligence package available. I have successfully tested this on Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro und Home-Edition and Windows Server 2016 and 2019. Here is a detailed guide on "how to install ADK, MDT, and WDS: How to deploy Windows images via Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Windows Deployment Services".How do you provision your new servers? Regardless of how this is done, you may also find this guide useful.Microsoft Defender Antivirus, formerly known as Windows Defender, is an antivirus protection program that’s included with Windows 10. Unlike other antivirus programs like McAfee, Microsoft Defender is free and doesn’t require any additional installation. After the installation of Windows 10, the built-in version of Microsoft Defend
Greetings guys, a few months ago I already showed you an incredible, powerful, yet free and open source Grafana Dashboard for your Veeam Backup for AWS.As you know, Veeam has released Veeam Backup for AWS v4, here you can know more about it, plus take a look at a great video deploying it from scratch, creating policies, etc.So I have decided to take a look at the new RESTful API endpoints, or to check the ones where updated, and, of course, I have spend the Saturday updating the Grafana Dashboard, introducing Unofficial Grafana Dashboard for Veeam Backup for AWS v3How does the Dashboard look like for VBA AWS v4After you finish the configuration steps, which you can find on the other Community post linked at the top, you will see something as beautiful and useful like this:Grafana Dashboard - Summary of featuresSummary - Total number of Repositories, Policies, Protected VMs, VBA Appliance version. Unprotected VMs - Both, in one handy list with size, region and name. And with a great vis
We all know Veeam as a great solution for Backup and Recovery. But besides that, Veeam can help us with many different Sysadmin tasks. Here are some for which I’ve used Veeam in the past. In most cases Veeam is just faster than any other way and, most important, it just works Test Updates & Troubleshoot problemsWith SureBackup and the Virtual Labs you can not only regularly check your backups, but also test certain updates before deploying them to production. If something fails, you can start debugging the problem without any hurry or restart the whole lab with just a few clicks.Also, when troubleshooting problems in your production environment, why not take a Quick Backup and start a lab? From there you can try any adjustments or workarounds, without fearing to cause (much worse) problems in your production. Or, if you already have a workaround for a problem, but want to find the root cause, then backup the faulty state.Migrate SystemsWe can’t use online migration in every environ
Yesterday I saw the error a second time, so I thought it would be helpful to others to share.Error happens when VBR tries to read vSphere information for the VM to back up. Error says "Error in the application" like you see in the screenshot.After some troubleshooting we found the reason for this. It was because TCP-port 902 was not allowed (in all firewalls) from the Veeam proxy server to the ESXi host that was hosting the VM to back up. After the port was enabled in the firewall(s), backup ran without further issues. Notes:Used ports for VBR see here: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/used_ports.html?ver=110 Vanguard @Cragdoo also shared this error some time ago. In his case the error was caused by a name-resolution problem on a new Linux Veeam proxy server.I hope this post safe others some time when this error appears.
The VMCA2022 exam is officially available since August 2nd 2021. So time to refresh my good old VMCAv1 certification as of 2016 which I did today. In the following I will give you an overview of what to expect and how to prepare.I registered with PearsonVUE through the VMCE certification website. Make sure to read the VMCA 2022 Exam Specification Guide provided there. There were significant changes to the requirements for the VMCA exam. It is not just the new version of the VMCAv1 exam. You will be entitled to sit the exam if you either:attend the Veeam Backup & Replication v11: Architecture and Design training course through a Veeam Authorized Educational Center (VMAEC) attended the “old” Veeam Certified Architect v1 course without sitting the exam within the last 12 months hold the Veeam Certified Architect v1 certification alreadySo there’s no need to be VMCE certified any more which is a major change in comparison to VMCAv1. I’ll come back to that point in my preparation hints
Greetings everyone, Veeam Backup for Azure v3 is finally GA, meaning that you can go ahead and download it directly from the Azure Marketplace.Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure can now back up and restore SQL databases running either on a SQL Server or as an Azure SQL Managed Instance. A flexible policy-based schedule allows Azure users to perform database-consistent backups via pre-configure staging servers. The resulted backup file (BACPAC) can be used as a backup or an opportunity to test out any changes to SQL databases avoiding the interaction with the production servers.Veeam Backup for Azure v3 - Video Deep-Dive including What's new, Deployment, Configuration, and Veeam Backup and Replication v11a IntegrationIf same as me, you like the video tutorials, with a description of what's new, a deep-dive, and now even with the sections on the video to move between them, look no further, I have prepared for you a 30 minutes video with everything you need to know: Veeam Backup for Azure v
This week I was able to sit the VMCA2022 course on Thursday and Friday. The course was taken through HPE Learning and is a two day course. The course is the entire day for the duration and is jam packed with great content and labs. My instructor was George Vish II and he was extremely great with the course teaching. Overview: The course takes you through the new “Design Methodology” of Veeam and covers the following topics -Discovery Conceptual Design Logical Design Physical/Tangible Design Implementation & Governance Validation and IterationThe course is mix of both lecture and lab work using the Veeam Activity Guide document which lays out the methodology, Architecture principles, the Scenario you work on and all the required details including questions with answers and charts that you fill in.You are taught in the Discovery phase how to get things like -Requirements Security Requirements Constraints Assumptions Risks Other Information pertinent to the projectLabs - Group Work
Greetings everyone, Veeam Backup for AWS v4 is GA! It can be found on the AWS Marketplace, on the Official Veeam Website, and Helpcenter.Veeam Backup for AWS v4 delivers native, fully automated AWS backup and disaster recovery to effortlessly protect and manage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Services (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Elastic File Systems (Amazon EFS) data. Built with cost-effectiveness, security, and scalability in mind, you can eliminate the risk of data loss for all your AWS data while saving big!Note: Veeam Backup for AWS v4 as a standalone offering is officially GA as of now. It is also integrated with Veeam Backup & Replication v11a which is currently in Early Availability, with General Availability scheduled for later this month. Veeam Backup for AWS v4 - Video Deep-Dive including What's new, Deployment, Configuration, and Veeam Backup and Replication v11a IntegrationIf you like video tutorials, with a description of what's new,
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
Another post about my favorite feature in v11: Hardened Repository. This time it is about the ability to change the expiration date of already immutable restore points. Veeam made this possible by using PowerShell. The corresponding command is: Set-VBRImmutabilityLockExpirationDate. This post is about how to use it.Select the restore point you want to change immutability expiration date. To show all restore points of a specific VM in a job you can run for example:Get-VBRRestorePoint -Backup immu_job_01 -Name VM02Here backup job name is Immu_Job_01 and VM is called VM02. I will change the date for the first - the oldest - restore point in the list. To work with it I save it in $RestorePoint:$RestorePoint = (Get-VBRRestorePoint -Backup immu_job_01 -Name VM02)Show the current expiration date by running this command: $RestorePoint.getstorage().ImmutableTillUtc We see, current ImmutableTilldate is 1st October 2021. In my example I change the date to the end of 2030:$ExpDate = Get-Date
Listen as I talk through what’s new and enhanced in Veeam Service Provider Console v6https://anchor.fm/virtualization-is-life/episodes/Veeam-Service-Provider-Console-v6-Release-e181pu3/a-a6jub86This is sourced from the sister podcast to the blog, Virtualization if Life! by Anthony Spiteri https://anthonyspiteri.net/console-v6-service-providers/
Listen as I talk through what’s new and enhanced in Veeam Backup & Replication v11a.https://anchor.fm/virtualization-is-life/episodes/Veeam-Backup--Replication-v11a-Release-e181pln/a-a6jua5bThis is sourced from the sister podcast to the blog, Virtualization if Life! by Anthony Spiteri https://anthonyspiteri.net/backup-replication-v11a-release/
I guess a lot of the community members know this piece of IT-history:Other will even know this guy: Its a floppy disk! First of these were able to safe 0,24MB (!) And these first ones came out 1971! Is such a disk still in use? Yes it is! Here are a few examples:MS Office Older Boeing 747-400 planes still gets their software update on disksDEF CON 28 Aerospace Village: 747-400 Walk through From a Hacker’s Perspective at about 7:53 Some industry machines still uses disk You can still buy new disk? Of course, but at a rather high price.For those not knowing disks, you can listen here how they sound.Want to use them to make music?! Yes you can!
Hi all, Everyone that knows me knows that I am a massive Python geek and data science nerd outside of being a full time nerd. Anyway I’ve been working on a YouTube series on using the Veeam API with Python showing the long way and the easy way to connect, discover, manipulate and visualize data from the APIs.I will be doing deep dives later in the series as well as creating interesting apps and widgets with one of Python’s many libraries. I’ll also be branching off into other languages like C# and Golang overtime.The GitHub repo of all the Jupyter notebooks I am using in the series can be found here:https://github.com/shapedthought/veeam-api-and-python-youtube If you have any suggestions for reports or visualisations of data please let me know and I’ll try work them into the series.
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
I thought it would be good to share this here, although this is already covered on many news sites.Yesterday VMware did publish a Security Advisory regarding multiple vulnerabilities in vCenter Server. The most critical one "CVE-2021-22005” did receive a CVSSv3 score of 9.8 (of 10) and an attacker could take over the control just be uploading a file via port 443. Although vCenter shouldn’t be reachable from the WAN/internet, the vulnerabilities should still be seen as very critical; an inside attacker could already be waiting.All together there were 19 CVEs published and fixed by VMware. All currently supported vCenter Server releases are more or less affected:vCenter 7: <7.0 U2c: affected by all vulnerabilities → Patch to 7.0 U2d 7.0 U2c: “only affected” by the minor vulnerabilities → Patch to 7.0 U2d vCenter 6.7: all 6.7 releases are affected → patch to 6.7 U3o vCenter 6.5: “only affected” by the minor vulnerabilities → Patch to 6.5 U3q → the minior vulnerabilities are still cr
Veeam ONE is a comprehensive solution developed by Veeam Software and it enables real-time monitoring, business documentation, and management reporting for Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Director, and Microsoft Hyper-V. Veeam ONE is designed to give IT administrators peace of mind to manage every aspect of the modern virtual environment.Do not turn your eyes away from unknown issues lurking in your environment. Mitigate potential issues even before they occur (threats) with 340+ preset alarms and 150+ prebuilt reports available in Veeam One.Veeam ONE brings deep visibility that helps you prevent common backup problems, stay informed about your storage trends and cut costs through better storage usage and planning, thanks to new insights for NAS data.In the typical deployment scenario, all Veeam ONE components are installed on a single machine, and this comprises of the Veeam ONE Client and Veeam ONE Web Client.– Veeam ONE Client is the primary tool used f
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
Today I want to talk about backups, and the importance of encrypting them, everywhere. When people think of encrypted backups, the usual first thoughts are around portable backups such as tape and USB or backups outside of your trust domain such as cloud storage.This is a great starting point, and if you’re not currently encrypting these I urge you to do so as these are normally your highest risk backups. But here’s a an emerging scenario to consider.Security is a constant battle of escalations, attempting to out-do the efforts of each other. Whilst we’re seeing an industry reacting to ransomware threats with immutability, these malicious actors have also moved on from just encrypting your data. Now these bad actors are attempting to steal your data and extort a ransom to prevent leaking the data.Scary stuff right? It’s for this reason and more that backups are being targeted for data exfiltration. Consider the positives a good backup meets. Storage and Bandwidth Efficiency Now malicio
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