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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
Today’s post is a direct result of experience in the field, and it was certainly an interesting one!I was recently working with a customer that wanted to migrate to the Veeam Availability Suite. They had an Enterprise SAN solution that they were using for booting their VMware ESXi hosts, in addition to storing their workloads on. The customer’s virtual estate was large, with some servers that were highly transactional, and a great candidate for storage snapshots.Everything was going well, until I performed the storage integration with Veeam, and hit a severe issue. after performing the storage rescan, all of the ESXi hosts within the cluster suffered a PSOD near simultaneously. I’ve certainly never seen that before, and upon asking all of my peers in the wider Veeam community and even some Veeam technical contacts, NOBODY had seen this before. The Culprit: The issue thankfully was not one that required much troubleshooting to discover what was going wrong. Each of the ESXi hosts were
This has been a hot topic since some time: With administrative access to the VBR server, credentials stored in the configuration database can be decrypted.That may sound critical at first, but one shouldn't forget the important detail 'administrative access'.Veeam stores its credentials in an encrypted state using the Microsoft Data Protection API and a Machine key specific to the VBR server. This is a security standard and a safe way of storing passwords, while enabling the Veeam services to use those for authentication.And just like the services, an administrator can access and decrypt the credentials.This is no secret and Veeam has even published a KB article on how to recover credentials from the configuration database: https://www.veeam.com/kb4349And again, please remember that this requires administrative access to the backup infrastructure.In general an administrator or 'root' will always have the highest available permissions and therefore can do anything on a system.This is th
I know that a lot of new features will be implemented and possible to use in the next major release of Veeam Backup & Replication, but we may not forget that are already a lot of features in the current and previous versions of the Veeam flagship!In this post I just want to hightlight some powerful features in Veeam Backup & Replication.Those features are in my opinion a bit unterrated and hidden, but I use them often in my job as being a backup engineer, consultant and architect.Quick BackupWhat does it do : It lets you perform an on-demand incremental backup for one or more VMs.I just takes an extra restore point for the selected VM. When to use : I use this often when I will make drastic changes on a VM like upgrading the application running in the VM, installing Windows updates or/and other updates in this VM, ...Often people take a snapshot before - I uses instead mostly a Veeam Quick Backup.Why? In this way I can never forget to delete the taken snapshot which is not reco
Recently I got this error below during the Oracle redo log backup:Oracle redo log errorMy backup job configuration is about a Veeam Linux Agent in an Oracle Linux and the application aware was configured to backup logs with 15 minutes interval and delete logs older than 24 hours:Application aware configurationThis kind of configuration is very common on critical databases and I have this same configuration in various environments.So, the first thing I assumed is that the cause of the problem was not on the Veeam side.Looking on Linux side I discovered that the user used on Guest Processing configuration needs to be part of the oinstall group on OS.So, the only thing I did was put this user on this group:usermod -aG oinstall <my_user> After that, all Oracle redo logs started to being process successfully:Oracle redo log success
This is part four of the blogpost. If you want to read it from the beginning, head here: SOBR Archive Tier – Explained and Configured – Part 1 of 4 | Veeam Community Resource HubIn this last part, we will cover the free section of our feat and put things together in VBR.Setup within VBRNow it’s time to create the new object storage inside your VBR console. Add a backup repository of the type “Object storage”.Add new object repository to be used as archive tier. Choose the appropriate hyperscaler. For the archive tier currently only AWS and Azure are supported. We’ve used Azure in the example.Only Amazon S3 (AWS) and Azure can leverage the archive tier.Now the differentiation from capacity tier is made by selecting “Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier” instead of just “Azure Blob Storage”.Make sure to select the special option for the archive tier.Give the new repository a nice name and description within VBR.Very inventive name, isn’t it?And provide your storage account name and the shared
Show current job for each driveIt is just a small improvement but very helpful in daily tape operations. In VBR v12 console you will see the tape job that is currently using a drive.PowerShell newsWe get some new PowerShell cmdlets with v12 (beta):Find-VBRTapeCatalogItem Find-VBRTapeCatalogItemVersion Find-VBRTapeCatalogueHost Get-VBRTapeBackupSession Get-VBRTapeCatalogueDirectory Get-VBRTapeCatalogueFile Get-VBRTapeMediumForSession Start-VBRTapeFileRestoreUnfortunately I did not manage to get much data out of these new cmdlets. Will have to wait for availability of command reference guide. Something I still miss, is the ability to get the content of tapes with PowerShell.
I thought I posted the following post already. But it seems I missed to do so. I also saw @PValsecchi posted similar content already But I think I add some other details here, so I hope it is okay to post my stuff too. What is it aboutOne of the new v12 features will be the possibility to move backups between repositories. It’s not just new that this will be an option in the GUI, also fast cloning information will be moved. This means that synthetic fulls will not need more space on target repository than it uses on source! This feature is very useful when it comes to replacing old repository hardware with new one.How to move backup job dataIn beta there are several ways to move backups from one repository to another. One way is to right-click Job Name beneath Disk and select Move backup.The following windows will ask about the destination repository.I could see all repository types of my test environment: ReFS, XFS, object storage and Scale-Out backup repositories. When movement runs
There are new Veeam Sales Professional (VMSP) and Veeam Technical Sales Professional (VMTSP) 2023 accreditations available in ProPartner Portal.This year the two accreditations do not consist of one single learning path, but on a base “Sales Foundation” part and five different learning streams. With the completion of the base module and one learning stream you will get a badge to show off…The learning streams for the VMSP and VMTSP are:✅ Public Cloud✅ Ransomware & DR✅ Microsoft 365✅ Container Protection✅ Cloud Service ProviderSource: Veeam ProPartner Portal - Veeam IQSo Veeam ProPartners, go and get them 😊
AWS CLI ProfilesIn my previous articles I used the AWS CLI to interact with the object storage platforms for demonstration purposes. This article will focus on a very powerful feature of the AWS CLI, the usage of profiles.If you find yourself often interacting with several object storage platforms and/or use multiple object storage accounts, then using profiles for the AWS CLI will simplify your efforts. It has for me. Creating the first profileFor an example, let’s say you need to access three object storage platforms regularly. For the remainder of this article, the storage platforms will be:platform1 platform2 platform3You could use the “aws configure" command to reset your environment to use the credentials and region every time you switch to another object storage target.My first step is to see what AWS cli profiles I have configured and set:Let’s see what profiles are configured:aws configure list-profilesThere are no existing profiles, so let’s create one up for object storag
I was today the first day in the office after my vacation. After starting my VBR V12 BETA3 instance, I noticed that the trial license has expired at 12/31/2022.At login I was stunned that the second factor for login was not active.So, I had a look at the “Users and Roles” dialog and there was no checkbox “Require two-factor authentication for interactive logon” available.“Users and Roles” Dialog without “Require two-factor authentication for interactive logon” availableOK, the difference to my last login before Christmas is the expired license. I installed our NFR license and checked the “Users and Roles” dialog again.Now the checkbox “Require two-factor authentication for interactive logon” is available again and the 2FA is working again at next login.“Users and Roles” Dialog with “Require two-factor authentication for interactive logon” availableConclusion is that – at least with the BETA version – 2FA is available only with a valid license. Your installation is left without a more s
Hey Veeam community. I am starting my New Year’s resolution early and posting my first video on YouTube. It’s a walkthrough of Veeam Backup for Salesforce. I’m planning to post more videos as I find it helps deepen my understanding of various Veeam solutions. I hope to document some parts of Veeam products that I found challenging or hard to implement. I welcome all comments as I know there are a bunch of people here with much more experience at this than I have. Have a great rest of 2022! Cheers!
One of my roles at Veeam is to work with our Technology Alliance Partners, resellers, and customers assisting them with their object storage related questions. Quite often I need to be able to analyze the S3 API requests that Veeam’s software sends to the object storage repository. One of my favorite tools that I use for this analysis is S3 bucket access logging.By enabling this feature on a bucket, you will be able to capture information on all requests made to that bucket. Requests like PUT, GET, and DELETE are all gathered and stored in a log that you specify when you enable the logging. Please Note: Not all object storage solutions support the S3 bucket access logging, so make sure that you check their documentation and/or support to verify that they support it.You can either use the interface provided by your object storage solution or you can use the AWS CLI. In this article I will use the AWS CLI.The first step is we need a dedicated bucket to store our S3 logs in. It is a
Hola!Esta entrada no es nada “tech”, es de comunidad y de ayudar a los demás!En esta ocasión, ayudar a otra comunidad creo que es el mejor regalo que podemos hacer, ya que el enfoque de todo esto es colaborar y ayudar!Por suerte y desgracia, yo pertenezco a estas dos asociaciones, hacen una gran labor, y gracias a su trabajo y cariño, muchas familias pueden atender a sus hijos, y aliviar un poco su carga!Si quieres colaborar, o no sabes cómo ayudar, sigue los enlaces y colabora, puedes hacer un donativo, o comprar un regalo para alguien en su tienda solidaria.Asociación NUPAAsociación MENUDOS CORAZONES Regala pensando en los demás!Luis.Hi!This entry isn't “tech at all, its about community and helping others!In this post, I believe that helping other community is the best gift we can offer, our focus as a community is always that, sharing and helping others!fortunately and unfortunately, I do belong to this two communities, associations, they do a great job, and thanks to that, and also
It shouldn’t be news to you that Veeam B&R had 2 critical vulnerabilities (CVSS 9.8/8.8) in March 2022. Patches were released for v10a and v11a at that time.Here’s the corresponding KB article and a post from @Iams3le:Veeam KB4288If you haven’t updated yet, then here’s another good reason.Last week the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) added both vulnerabilites to their known exploit catalog. This means that attackes are now actively exploiting the vulnerabilities and targeting environments which use Veeam B&R.CISA Known Exploited Vulnerabilites Catalog I hope you don’t need more reasons to keep your Veeam installation up-to-date? Please also keep in mind that any other Veeam build below v10 is also affected. But as those are already End of Fix/Support, they didn’t receive any patches.
VeeaMover is a cool new feature available in the next Veeam Backup & Replication v12 that allows to move or copy backups to different locations.If you need to change the target repository for a Backup Job containing existing backups, a warning message is displayed and the procedure cannot be finalized until the backups have moved to the new repository.With current versions of Veeam this is a manual, time-consuming operation. Here is where VeeaMover come into play. Use casesCommon VeeaMover use cases are the following:Move backups to different repository Copy backups to different repository Migrate ReFS to XFS for Hardened Repository Migrate NTFS to ReFS Re-balance Scale-Out Repository Scale-Out Repository extent evacuation Move backups to a different locationThe target Repository can be changed also in an existing Backup Job. Move a VM to different Backup Job Copy backups to a different location Migrate backups from NTFS to ReFSAnother cool capability of VeeaMover is the option to
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It’s time to build the hype and readiness for V12! And as I announced on the special episode #100 of the Veeam Community Recap, I’m going to make a news hub here where everything you need for V12 can be viewed in one place leading up to the launch. Upon GA; I’ll also put a link to the V12 Upgrade Center (like I did for V11). I will target updating this weekly, and if you have a blog/external resource about V12 - be sure to put it in the comments below. Last updated: 20-January 2023 Veeam Community Hub ContentV12 Search currently yields over 200 results in the Veeam Community HubLaunch EventEveryone will LOVE to join this one on 14-February: Veeam Backup & Replication v12 launch event Streams and Webinars (Upcoming and On-Demand)Security Readiness Best Practices with Veeam Platform v12 Secure Enterprise Application Resiliency with Veeam Platform v12 Veeam Tech Bites preview of Direct To Object Storage Hybrid Cloud Backup Strategies with Veeam Platform v12 [French] French Speaking A
Hello, Veeam Community!For the most experienced users of Veeam products this post won’t be a big news, but this will surely be a big help for those taking their first steps with Veeam.Often times we are asked “where do I start with my new Veeam product?” or “does Veeam offer free certification?”, and our answer is go “back to Veeam University!”Veeam University is a FREE online training portal for all users of Veeam products and it offers a wide range of on-demand educational resources. No matter how well you know Veeam products, you will find something for yourself:Guided product onboarding pathways from A to Z for your first-time deployment for Veeam Backup & Replication™ (including Veeam ONE™ → suitable for owners of Veeam Backup Essentials™ or Veeam Availability Suite™) for Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 These FREE online onboarding pathways were compiled together based on customer feedback and coupled with best practices from Veeam Technical Onboarding Managers and Solution
Veeam has just released a warning about a potential data loss issue for the Cloud products (AWS, Azure, GCP).IssueAccording to the article, data loss can occur in the background during the movement of backup objects.Affected versionsThe following versions are affected:Veeam Backup for AWS 220.127.116.112 Veeam Backup for AWS 18.104.22.168 Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure 22.214.171.1249 Veeam Backup for Google Cloud 126.96.36.1999SolutionHotfixes have been released for the 3 products and it’s advised to install the update immediately.Veeam Backup for AWS 188.8.131.52 Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure 184.108.40.2065 Veeam Backup for Google Cloud 220.127.116.118Besides that, Health Check should be enabled for all policies in order to notice any backup chain problems.For more information visit KB4383
Hola!Para todos aquellos que hablais Español - Castellano,recordaros que vamos a celebrar un webinar el 13/12/2022 a las 09:00am. CEST“Protección moderna de datos” Animaros a participar en invitar a todos los “colegas” que queráis y creáis que les interese! Saludos.
I finished my VMCA journey this week and passed the exam 😎🎉🎉🎉.So, I would like to write down some of my experiences and difficulties on this trip for others. 1. What is the VMCA? The Veeam certified Architect (VMCA) is the second and highest Veeam certification after the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE).The VMCA is all about developing a backup solution and understanding the "Veeam Architecture Methodology", whereas the VMCE is more concentrated on technical aspects. 2. The courseThe "Veeam Architecture Method" is the overarching theme of the course.It refers to the steps a Veeam Architect takes when creating a Veeam backup solution:Discovery - conceptual design - logical design - physical design - implementation and governance - validation and iteration. You will gain knowledge of how to:identify all stakeholders, capture the current environment, requirements, and risks - and analyze them by applying best practices. make the right requests to the correct persons to extract needed i
The Veeam Vanguard program is one of the best influencer/evangelist programs out there, and one reason you need to nominate yourself or someone else that deserves to be in this program. You will gain access to cutting-edge technology as well as resources. With 2023 just around the corner, now is the time to consider nominating yourself or someone you know who should be considered. Also, at this time, for the existing Veeam Vanguards like myself, it is renewal time to ensure I am selected for another year in this exciting program.Being a Veeam Vanguard means being part of an exclusive community of top IT professionals and thought leaders worldwide. As a member, you’ll have access to a wide range of exclusive resources and opportunities, including:Early access to new Veeam products and features Invitations to Veeam-sponsored events and webinars Opportunities to provide feedback and input on Veeam product development Access to the Veeam Vanguard private community, where you can connect
Alt Text: Title “In The Lab With: Windows” Subtitle: “Endpoint Management” Subtitle Two: “Delaying Windows Feature Updates with Group Policy”There was recently a lively discussion on the Veeam R&D forums that inspired me to write this post. The essence of the disagreement on there was about Veeam’s inability to support new Windows Feature Updates sooner. I won’t repeat all of my points on the topic as they’re available for reading freely on the R&D forums already. What I do want to focus on however, is providing support to the thinly-stretched sysadmin who needs to get a grip on the Windows Update Lifecycle, to avoid issues with the Veeam Agent, and other applications that don’t have ‘Day One’ support for a new Operating System (Yes, Feature Updates are considered upgrades).So, what is a feature update? Please the quote below directly from Microsoft’s own documentation.Feature updates: Previously referred to as “upgrades,” feature updates contain not only security and quality r
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