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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
At the last days I had an issue with job notifications not sent from the VBR Console after modifying the users and roles within the console.One of my clients demanded that the access to the VBR console has to be restricted to some explicitly defined backup Admins and no one else.So, I removed the local Administrators group from the list in the users and roles and added the personalized accounts of the backup admins.Fine, the backup admins can start the console and work with it, and all other accounts have no access…The next morning the admins told me that no job notifications were sent in the night. My first thought was that the colleagues responsible for the mail server and/or the firewalls had done some changes and now the backup server cannot reach the mail server. But after checking with them no changes were done and there were no dropped mails at the mail server. So, it seems that the VEEAM server did not send anything at all…I saw then that some mail from PowerShell scripts were
When creating SureBackup jobs there are often VMs which need additional care before their first successful run/test; like tweaking startup times of OS/applications or changing firewall rules. Also if you’re adding custom test scripts & roles then it might require multiple tries before they work like expected.On the other hand there could be a VM where the SureBackup job discovered an existing problem and you need to debug the system to find the root cause.This is where SureBackup troubleshooting mode (KB1216) comes into play. Instead of restarting the whole SureBackup job with all included VMs, you can just select a single VM and start it via right-click.After clicking start the SureBackup job will only run the selected VM and keeps it running regardless of its state (as opposed to the normal mode where an error will stop/abort the job).So with troubleshooting mode you can save some time when configuring or debugging SureBackup because you don’t need to wait for all VMs inside your
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
Hello to share a new vulnerabilitySpringShell attacks target about one in six vulnerable orgs (bleepingcomputer.com)(1) New Messages! (checkpoint.com)Spring4Shell: Detect and mitigate vulnerabilities in Java Spring | Dynatrace | Dynatrace newsWhat is Spring4Shell?Spring4Shell is a critical vulnerability in the Spring Framework, an open source platform for Java-based application development. Because 60% of developers use Spring for their main Java applications, many applications are potentially affected.Spring is popular because it enables software engineers to more easily write and test code to maintain modular applications. Other libraries enable developers to become less dependent on enterprise web servers and, therefore, reduce configuration complexity and cost.Spring4Shell is one of three vulnerabilities published on March 30:Spring Core RCE (critical): CVE-2022-22965 a.k.a. Spring4Shell or SpringShell Affected library: org.springframework:spring-bean Information exposure in Spring
Are you backing up your Office 365? And… why not?I’m not going into the lengthy and exhausting discussion of why you should take care of your data, even if it’s stored in something unbreakable like “the cloud”, at least not in this post. I would like to focus on one of the features of the new Veeam Backup for Office 365 v4, which was released just the other day. This feature is “object storage support“, as you may have guessed it already from the title of this fine post!So, this means that you can take Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage or even IBM Cloud Object Storage and use it for your Veeam Backup for Office 365. And even better – you can use any S3-compatible storage to do the same! How cool is that?!To test this, I decided to use the Exoscale SOS (also S3-compatible) storage for backups of my personal Office 365 via Veeam Backup for Office 365.I’ve created a small environment to support this test (and later production, if it works as it should) and basically done the followi
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
With version 10 and 11 of the Veeam plugin for Oracle RMAN was a new backup metadata format introduced.But what is the benefit of the new metadata format?In the older versions all metadata was written to one file – the “Veaam backup chain metadata file” (Extension of this file is .vbm).This file gets rather big over time and it takes some time to read and write the metadata for a single backup session from or to this file. Because of this the amount of time needed for a plugin backup session gets longer and longer.The new metadata format writes the metadata of a backup session in an own file (Extension of these files is .vasm). Now you have many small metadata files. If a backup file expires, the metadata has not to be searched in the big file and deleted from it. Now the metadata file can simply be deleted with the backup file. This is much faster than the former procedure. Additionally a new small file is written for the backup chain with some general metadata information (Extension
"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.
How do I skill up fast on Veeam Availability Suite?Maybe you are completely new to the product, or maybe you are trying to figure out what you don’t know? Regardless, you can find an easy path to get started on this topic.Step 1First of all, Veeam offers great free bite-size training at Veeam University. These videos will cover you from how to install, an overview of the console, creating your first backup jobs, and much more. My favorite part is that you get asked simple quiz style questions along the way to help you focus and validate you are learning.Step 2At this point, you might want to learn more about specific features such as restores and there is a large collection of how-to videos already provided right here.Step 3Now that you have seen a number of how-to videos and recordings, it is a great time to try out the product for yourself. Perhaps you still have concerns and want to ask questions live? Veeam has regular live product demos on the website and you can find the schedule
Veeam ONE provides visibility into data protection and virtual environments. Alarms, reports, and dashboards provide real-time monitoring, documentation, and at-a-glance views of your environment. Veeam ONE is known for its proactive alarms and detailed reports, but there are also valuable dashboards that can be used by every business. Dashboards visualize various aspects of your environment, including resource utilization, performance issues and top trends. Dashboards can be viewed in a web browser, delivered to your email, or even integrated into web portals.There are pre-defined dashboards available immediately at your fingertips, but you can create your own dashboard views within Veeam ONE as well. The aim of this blog post is to walk-through the steps taken to create customized dashboard views. Getting startedThe first step is to decide what you want to see in your environment. Do you want to get granular and only see updates on certain machines? Or maybe only certain backup serve
In part I of this series we have seen how to move a tape library with all data to another VBR server which has already data on it.https://community.veeam.com/blogs-and-podcasts-57/veeam-and-tape-i-moving-a-tape-library-with-data-from-one-vbr-server-to-another-1654 The open question was, how do I get my tapes with data to the correct media pools without losing my data…When you select to move a tape to a media pool the following message appears:So, the tapes are marked free, and the data is lost when a tape is moved? A quick check of the helpcenter and the forums says exactly this…https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/moving_tapes_to_custom_pool.html?ver=110But is this correct?Fortunately, it is not. The tape is marked free when it is moved, but the data on the tape is not lost. Its metadata is deleted from the Veeam database – and this can be recreated. All the tapes from the new library are assigned to the pool “Imported” Move the tapes to their corresponding media pools.
Afternoon, Whilst not directly related to Veeam it’s worth reminding those of you using VMWare in your environments that if you’re using a version of vSphere that requires Flash, you have until the 12th January before Adobe trigger the kill switch preventing Flash from running, permanently. This could also cause you pains if you have plugins that either haven’t been upgraded to HTML5 yet or don’t have feature parity with their Flash counterparts. If you’re not on a version of vSphere that supports HTML5 or you haven’t got all the Flash client features you’re either running an unsupported version or you’re extremely out of date on your patching and haven’t got full feature parity yet. Full information here
New LTO-9 for HPE products are available:LTO-9 is available as of January 10, 2022, for the following entry and mid-range HPE StoreEver solutions:HPE StoreEver LTO-9 45000 internal and external standalone tape drives HPE StoreEver MSL 1/8 autoloader HPE StoreEver MSL 2024 tape library HPE StoreEver MSL3040 tape library HPE StoreEver MSL6480 tape library https://community.hpe.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block/Great-news-for-the-new-year-LTO-9-comes-to-HPE-StoreEver-tape/ba-p/7157794
From Veeam Backup & Replication restore Mac OS FileOpen Veeam Backup & Replication console and click Backups, Disk. You will see the Mac Agent Backup. Right-click “Your Mac Device Name”, Restore guest Files, Linux, and other…Select the available restore point.A new feature of v11 is the ability to leverage an existing managed Linux server to act as the file-level recovery appliance, you can choose a Linux host that I have in my environment.v11 will open the Veeam Backup Browser, which enables the ability to see the structure and the ability to recover your files and folders.You can restore folder or file to the v11 Desktop only, If you need direct restore the Mac device, please continue to see “Step by step of Veeam Agent for Mac 1.0 @ Part 3 (Restore from MacOS)” Coming Soon…Reference Link: https://vexperthk.com/2021/03/09/step-by-step-of-veeam-agent-for-mac-1-0-part-2-restore-from-vbr-v11/
Recently I had problems by upgrading Veeam from 9.5U4 to v10. Upgrade process failed after a while. We found out, directory C:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup lost its permissions. We had no change any more to enter this directory. Short answer: Antivirus software causes the problem. After disabling real-time scan, upgrade run without further issues. Antivirus software was configured according Veeam best practices.
Register here: https://go.veeam.com/veeamlive-enThe agenda looks amazing, but you definitely do not want to miss out on these sessions:Customer panel — Your Journey to the Cloud & Data Strategy (I personally love hearing real stories from real customers) Veeam v11: Top 11 hottest NEW features Can recommend signing up for v11 news here Some hints of what may be presented in this thread by @MicoolPaul Cybersecurity Strategies for the Modern Era (presented by the always amazing @Rick Vanover and Europes #1 ethical hacker: Jamie WoodruffDo note, at the top there are different languages available which contain some variances in which sessions are available. The languages available are : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. One of the classic presentations by Jamie Woodruff:
Veeam and Tape III - Restore of Backup Job Files from Tape which were backed up with a File-to-Tape Job
This is the description of an unusual scenario where Backup Job Files (.vbk and .vib Files) are backed up with a File-to-Tape Job instead a Backup-to-Tape Job. This has several disadvantages, e.g., you must know on which tape your files you want to restore are residing. You cannot find your tape backups under the backups section in the “Home” view of console and many more…OK, now have a look how we get these files back from tape.See the results of the File-to-Tape job and find the tape number the files reside on. If you don’t know the tape, read further, and use the search function ( Note: the warning in the screenshot can be ignored. The filesystem is too big for VSS Snapshots, I have forgotten to switch the VSS snapshots off for this test backup job.).Then go in the Veeam Console to the “Tape Infrastructure” section. Either go to the media pool where the affected tape is in or look for it in the Media section of your tape library.Right click on the tape and select “Restore Content”.
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
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
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!!!
With the recent topic of how to change the IP/DNS Name of the vCenter recently posted I wanted to share for those with experience in SQL how you can modify the vCloud URL within Veeam.This requires some SQL knowledge and that you shut down the Veeam services during the process. The main query is as follows:SELECT * FROM Hosts WHERE type=1 OR type=6 OR type=14; Under the "options" column for the relevant row(s) we're going to see the reference(s) to the old cell hostname. Then once you are ready follow these steps:0) Veeam Configuration Backup1) Stop Veeam Services2) Backup VeeamBackup SQL DB3) SELECT * FROM Hosts WHERE type=1 OR type=6 OR type=14;4) Copy the "options" value5) Modify the copied "options" column value to have the new VCD URL6) Note the id column of the related row7) Perform the update query on the objects that need the new URL:UPDATE Hosts SET options='NEW_options_VALUE' WHERE id='ID_FROM_STEP_6';8) Start Services9) Open Console, and "next" through the properties of the
VeeamON 2022 was live this year in Las Vegas and it was a great event. I am a little late with my review of the conference due to catching COVID when I got back which took me out last week. But I am back to feeling great again so here is my in-depth review and many of the new things coming in v12.Being able to walk the strip as well being my first time in Vegas was something of amazement with the sights and sounds as well as the lights. You definitely get your steps in when you go to Vegas!First off the conference was great and to be able to attend live again was something else. Being able to discuss and mingle with the vCommunity again was terrific as chatting with someone in person is something special. The conference was packed into three days of exciting sessions, the welcome reception, expo hall, tech town, swag shop and even a visit from some friendly little dogs to lighten your day.The welcome reception on the first night was filled with music, live performers, some great f
We keep reviewing what's new in VBR v11 We keep talking about #Linux and this great little feature Linux File Restore Without Helper Appliance You Can: Mount backup to any Linux machine Allows Linux FLR for VMware in AWS or environments without hypervisor Helper appliance still available Agent for AIX, MAC & Solaris also works Notes: No changes for Cloud Connect FLR & Not for FLR from storage snapshot. More Faster Because •Network card changed to VMXNET3•SCSI controller changed to VMware Paravirtual
Great news! The pre-registration for VeeamON 2022 is open!https://www.veeamon.comThis year VeeamON will be a hybrid event, which means you can either attend virtually (for free!) or in-person. If you go for the later you’ll have to hurry as the seats are limited (1500). Also there’s a bonus option to add VMCE/VMCA training for a very good price. If you need to justify the costs for attending the in-persion event and the training, there’s even a template you can download and fill in our details. This will sure make it easier to get the budget for the trip to Vegas So regardless if your planing for the virtual or in-person event, go to www.veeamon.com and register yourself!Also don’t overlook @MicoolPaul’s post with more details below
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