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Behind the scenes of VeeamON Resiliency SummitBehind the scenes of VeeamON Resiliency Summit
Across the company, we’ve been working for the upcoming VeeamON Resiliency Summit. This online event will serve a number of objectives:A comprehensive view of Veeam cybersecurity capabilities and strategies in the market The latest look at Veeam Data Platform capabilities Expert perspectives from leading cybersecurity experts and customersThat’s a lot. What I thought I would do for the community here is share some our insights and tricks that go on behind the scenes. Whether we are preparing for the flagship VeeamON event, a regional VeeamON Tour or this latest iteration with the VeeamON Resiliency Summit; a lot goes into a cross-functional team’s approach. I had the opportunity to contribute to the event in a few ways, and I made the case that there should be an ‘All Demo’ session on the release of the Veeam Data Platform. This version 12.1 release in the product is incredible. Further I need to say, 2023 is an incredible year for Veeam Products. With V12 being released in February an
Backup Eagle logoIn my first blog post, I reviewed what Backup Eagle was and how it can monitor your environment. I also went through the installation process as well. Part 1 can be found here –Monitoring with Backup Eagle – Part 1The company graciously granted me an NFR license to test within my homelab – Backup Eagle by Schmitz RZ Consult GmbH.In this post, I am going to cover the Administration Console, including things like –Installing a license file Adding servers for monitoring Dashboards ReportsBackup Eagle is used for Backup Monitoring, Reporting, and Audit & Compliance.Backup Eagle – What it is used forLaunching the console is very straightforward; double-click the desktop icon “BACKUP EAGLE Administration Client,” which launches the console. You can see the console when it first opens below (keeping in mind I already have data showing – a new installation will not have any data until you add servers).Dashboard in the Administration ConsoleAfter you get into the dashboard
Just read the announcement of Anand Eswaran: Veeam Is Now The Tied #1 Data Replication & Protection Provider Worldwide! https://www.veeam.com/blog/number-one-data-replication-protection-provider-worldwide.html Veeam has reached the status of being tied as the #1 provider worldwide during 2H’21 in IDC’s data replication and protection market.Nice global data:#1 in EMEA #1 in LATAM #3 in APJA part for this great success is certainly also the strong community
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
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
This is a small-scale amateur emulation of a hacker’s website defacing followed by a Kasten restore.I have created a small static website with Nginx deployed in Kubernetes. The Geoff Burke Propaganda website is designed to boast a positive image of the individual, hard working and healthy living and to inspire Management to make the right decision at salary review time.A group of malicious hackers gained access to the website and replaced the content with completely false information and quite obviously fake photos. However, Kasten was backing up the Website so in no time at all and before company management had a chance to view, truth and integrity were restored.Here is my website: Malicious hackers however replaced the page and photos with this vicious slander: Luckily, I chose Kasten to backup my website so I was able to quickly restore from backup: My Policy backups every hour and exports to an Offsite S3 as well allowing me to abide by the 3-2-1 rule of backup. I will pick the l
WOW! Accepted for the sixth year in a row. #VeeamVanguard Veeam Vanguard 2023 I was a part of the Veeam Vanguard program for the past five years in 2018-2022, with the hopes of another renewal for the 2023 year. Applications opened up for the 2023 year, and this time, it was all based on your application, whereas in previous years, you could have others nominate you. I have remained active with the Veeam space promoting the product, blogging, Twitter, Paper.li E-Newspaper, and even wrote a third edition of my book for Packt Publishing - Mastering Veeam Backup & Replication v12So I filled out the application with examples of all my activities throughout the year in the hopes I would be accepted. After applying, waiting is hard for that email to indicate whether you are in or out.So based on my post as you can imagine, I was accepted for a sixth year into one of the best evangelist programs out there - Veeam Vanguard. Many thanks to @RickVanover @NikolaPejkova and the amazing people
Hi there! I would like to share with all of you this awesome tool called Apache GuacamoleApache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.I use it a lot to connect to my HomeLab, instead of enabling a VPN and open few RDP and SSH, I use my Navigator to connect to my Servers, no matter where Im connecting from (Ipad, Macbook, Raspberry Pi, Windows, etc.)For me is very useful, you can add MFA, SSL Cert, etc. very flexible and friendly.Here you will find the Installation files, instructions and useful information.Just a few screenshots!These are from my home lab. In another post, I will share with you a basic deploy and configuration, over vsphere. Home access Connections list Windows Server 2016 RDP over HTML5!SSH over HTML5!Windows Server + other tabs on topenjoy!.
Microsoft have recently released SQL Server 2019 CU16, and in this blog post I’m calling out a very specific bug that Microsoft have addressed, and the implications this has to business-as-usual operations. Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) & Compressed BackupsMicrosoft have been tracking a bug related to using TDE and compressing backups, impacting both database, and log backup types. Should you attempt to restore a compressed backup of a TDE database, you’ll likely receive a message similar to the below:Msg 3241, Level 16, State 18, LineThe media family on device 'BackupFileName' is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.Oh dear. This isn’t good! Prior to CU16, Microsoft’s workaround was to simply not compress your backups. Before we proceed any further, I also want to call out that I’ve not yet heard of any examples of Microsoft retrospectively fixing these backups, so if you’re currently in this dangerous scenario, mitigate ASAP. SQL Server 2019 CU16 Re
Hi Folks,I have written up some quick instructions on setting up Minikube a single node Kubernetes cluster on your laptop. If I have missed something or if anything is unclear please reach out to me. The great thing about Kubernetes is that you can take it anywhere. If just want to familiarize yourself with Kubernetes and do some testing, then Minikube is an easy to install nonproduction single node Kubernetes cluster that you can install on your laptop. I am using my windows 10 Lenovo Thinkpad. First, we need to enable the Hyper-V role (or install Oracle VirtualBox if your laptop OS will not run Hyper-V) on your laptop. Mac users can use brew https://gist.github.com/kevin-smets/b91a34cea662d0c523968472a81788f7 To enable the Hyper-V role, follow these instructions:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/quick-start/enable-hyper-v INSTALL MINIKUBEMinikube is a single node Kubernetes cluster which allows you test Kubernetes.There are two ways to install Minik
I had some special situation in the last weeks.A customer had two VBR server with one IBM TS4500 tape library connected to each sever. Now he wanted to consolidate to one VBR server, but he had to keep both libraries with all the data on the tapes.The Veeam helpcenter and the forum describe several tape library moving scenarios, but none with moving a library with data to another VBR server which has already data on it, too. I will call this server which is deinstalled in the process and whose repositories and library will be moved “source server” and the server which gets the repositories and library from the other server “target server” in the following text The target VBR server has data, a configuration backup restore of the source server is not suitable. With this all data on the target server is lost.VBR is at V11 P20210507 at both servers, so this is ok. It is ok to lose the History from one server, this is a huge advantage, too.After some planning we did the following procedure
NEW Veeam Agent for Mac, included with Veeam Backup & Replication, delivers easy and scalable Mac backup and recovery for even the most demanding organizations.Veeam Backup & Replication introduces another new agent (Veeam Agent for MacOS). I wanted to go through a very quick look at the install of the Agent and what it looks like at the Backup & Replication end. My MacBook Air thought add this to the home Veeam Backup & Replication server v11. Veeam Agent for Mac Overview Veeam Agent for Mac New Features and Enhancements System Requirement Release Notes User Guide To install Veeam Agent for Mac and all the required components Preparing the Agent for MacOSDue to managed by VBR, a NEW Protection Group needs to be created under Physical Infrastructure of Type Computers with pre-installed agents. We need to add to NEW Protection group and get the package files to install locally on our MacBook Air. Give your protection group a name first.You have to choose a local path to
Hi all!!! I’m here to let you know that the Veeam Cookbook is here and available for all of you in https://veeamcookbook.com/. This cookbook is a collection of recipes to accomplish one task each, the idea is based on a recipe that you read for instructions not for explanations.This book is intended for many people: New to Veeam and just want a simple next, next, next, approach, not to learn about Veeam but how to do something. People who already know Veeam well but sometimes we only do tasks once on an odd occasion, we know the technology just cannot remeber the how! People who just want a quick refresh These recipes for now are based in Veeam Backup & Replication operations Version 11. The cookbook is the creation of the EMEA Veeam Solutions Architects, and we’d really appreciate your feedback for future releases. More to come soon!!!
Much has been said about backup and data protection. However, little is said about Backup Policy. In today's post I decided to address what are the aspects that surround a backup policy and why it is important to have one. What is Backup Policy?The backup policy is nothing more than a document that gathers all aspects related to the workload that the backup exerts on an IT environment. On this document we can gather all the information that is considered useful during the backup process or even during a moment of disaster that involves the failure of one or more IT services to operate. So I decided to talk about some topics that I consider important to include in any backup policy. Forget TemplatesA backup policy is a document about your backup routine. So, forget about any kind of templates or pre-made documents about backup policy. You are responsible for the backup. So, no one better than you to understand the data protection environment and landscape. Write a document from scratch
This post is about a not working application backup that does not show any errors. I share this because it could easily happen without notice. It is about a backup of a MS Exchange VM. Backup worked fine but Exchange wasn’t backed up as application and therefore logs wasn't truncated too. Exchange was a single system, configured without cluster feature. After the job run, there was no option to restore Exchange Application Item, like you see here with SQL Server. Essential with application backup in Windows VMs is a triggered VSS snapshot. This can be done by Veeam Guest Processing or VMware tools quiescence. But when there is no VSS writer registered for a specific application, no application backup will be performed. Don't get me wrong: whole VM - all files within - will be backed up, but application itself will not. Therefore it is not possible to restore application by right-click appropriate restore point. Which can be overcome by starting the appropriate Veeam Explorer: and ope
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
There are a lot of new PowerShell cmdlets for VBR alone - without agents and explorers. in v11 we have 1178, in v12 1334 cmdlets. So the list is too long to show here. Categories I could see:GFS scheduling options Hyper-V Surebackup/Instant Recovery CDP Tape … I have to check separately :) Application Groups OracleAnother nice feature is that we now can see PowerShell commands at the end of wizards.In older versions we saw parameters for Veeam.Backup.Manager.exe.
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
This is a short story I recently experienced with a customer of mine…Some months ago we got a request from Veeam 😉 with an opportunity for a new customer. This customer was using a lot of standalone Hyper-V hosts in combination with Oracle databases and was using a competitor software as their backup solution.They were not happy about the stability of the product and neither about the delivered support of the backup-vendor. Therefore they were searching for other backup-vendors and of course they ended up at Veeam.They contacted Veeam because they wanted more information about the product and if Veeam could deliver a design that perfectly matches the requirements of the customer. Veeam transferred this opportunity to my company (being a gold MSP).The accountmanager of my company and myself had a meeting with this customer to know what their requirements were. Afterwards I created a design that perfectly matched all their requirements and even more 😉. The customer was very happy with
After watching last week’s Community Recap, I realized that I missed a great blog posting from @regnor about setting up Wasabi Immutable Storage for VBR. After reading this information, I realized that I, as a smaller service provider and MSP, require a more complex configuration to host multiple tenants in Wasabi and was inspired to share my configuration for setting up Wasabi when you have multiple tenants under one account that you don’t have to have accessing each others buckets.The magic lies in some S3 IAM policy work in place to prevent buckets from being visible and accessible to the wrong tenants. When I was setting this up, there wasn’t much information for doing exactly and S3 policies were completely new to me. Using Wasabi’s and Veeam’s instructions in the links and the end of this post didn’t work for me out of the box, so after asking around in the Veeam Community, R&D Forums and Veeam Subreddit and some experimentation, I was lead to the answers I needed. I hope
Last week I had to troubleshoot a tape (GFS) backup problem. I guess the solution could be interesting for others too.I this environment, synthetic full and tape backup are scheduled at the same day. Full prior to tape jobs. Normally we do see any problems with this configuration. But last week we saw this error in the tape job:12.01.2022 07:04:45 :: Error: Storage ('c97b8ddb-a9dc-4b49-b441-dc1031100a58', CreationTime '08.01.2022 23:15:25') not found As a result the whole job failed. After taking a look at the logs, I found out, the related storage object was a VIB-file of one of the backup jobs, tape job had to bring to tape.[08.01.2022 23:45:07] <01> Info [CTapeVmTaskBuilder] Storage c97b8ddb-a9dc-4b49-b441-dc1031100a58, mediaset: Weekly, path: servername.vm-187205D2022-01-08T231525_8F3A.vib, creation time: 08.01.2022 23:15:25, is synthetic: True, is synthetic full: TrueAlthough the disk backup job was running at the time, the file was not there at all. Why? The reason
Hi all. The EMEA SAs have recently just added a new tool to https://www.veeambp.com called the ‘Ports Finder’ (aka Ports Directory). The idea behind the tool was to make it easier to find all the ports you need for a Veeam solution. It doesn’t provide mapping for specific hosts or any of the advanced feature that the Veeam Ports Tool provides.Currently it only has VMware and Hyper-V ports; however, that will be changing soon and will have:VMware Hyper-V AHV Enterprise Manager All Explorers Windows, Linux and Solaris Agents VBR Integration with AWS and Azure Veeam ONE O365 VDROAll the port mappings were pulled directly from their respective webpages so they are 100% accurate. We will aim to keep the database updated as things change or are added over time. Ed
IntroductionSOBR is a logical construct allowing a backup administrator to group storage extents together to form a multi-tier storage "pool" to ease the management of backups.The Performance Tier holds the "operational restore window" parts of the backups on-premises, typically on block or file-based storage, while both the Capacity and Archive Tiers allow expansions to Object Storage.The Capacity tier offers two types of offload operations:Copy Move (after x days).Note: You can combine both offload operations.When offloading backups to the Capacity Tier, the “.VBK” or “.VIB” shell is cracked open. Veeam backup Meta-Data and Data bits become Objects stored onto the Capacity Tier via PUT operations.Note: It is safe to assume that 99% of all objects created are backup Data bits, the rest is backup Meta-Data.With most public cloud providers, API operations are not free.If you are considering an "on-premises" Object Storage solution, be mindful of vendor-specific limitations in their abil
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
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