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A few days ago @Link State posted how to migrate MS AD-controllers using Veeam Replication. Therefore I thought it would be interesting to get to know the new vSphere Advanced Cross vCenter Server vMotion (XVM).What is Cross vMotion about?First, there is a difference between Cross vCenter Server vMotion (xvMotion) and Advanced xvMotion. xvMotion was already introduced (and supported) for migration of VMs between vCenters within the same Single-SignOn (SSO) Domain in vSphere 6.0. With Advanced xvMotion it is possible to migrate VMs between vCenters in different SSO Domains!Advanced xvMotion is not completely new. Actually it exists for about 5 years as a fling. Now it is introduced in the latest version of vSphere: 7.0 U1c (notice the "c"!) How does it work?For demo I use a vCenter 6.7 U3 as source and a 7.0 U1c vCenter as destination.To start the wizard, right click the resource, you want to move VM(s) to and select Import VMs. Provide data of source vCenter. And press Login. When cre
Here is the text from the e-mail received from the server:Failed to preprocess target Error: Failed to call RPC function 'FcWriteFileEx': Incorrect function. Failed to open fileDoes this look familiar to anyone? If so.. how did you resolve it??Thank you for any Help,
Default behavior in VBR (incl. v11!): When a VM gets application-aware backed up, runtime components gets installed at start of job and are removed at the end. With v11 we have the option to install them persistent! This increases security! No Admin-Share and VIX-access is necessary any more. But it is required to deploy the Veeam Installer Service on the VMs you want to use persistent components. This can be done by manual installation, Group policy roll-out, or by adding the VM to managed Servers. When everything works fine, components are installed persistently: If you enable this feature and something does not work (as installer is not deployed, ..), VBR tries to run non-persistent components.
Hi all. There is the possibility that this weekend I might need to restore all of our domain controllers in our domain (hopefully this does not come to pass). It is not a very active AD domain so hopefully but I might have to go back about 3 weeks to get around a problem.Can someone point me to documentation as to how to do this from within Veeam with all the DCs down? This would mean that no dns resolution will be happening (do I have to create a hosts file on the Veeam server to get around this?).Another hiccup is that for one of the DCs, I notice now that application aware processing has not been turned on so it is going to be restored as just a member server without any special processing for the AD database.Thanks.
Hey everyone,Starting the beginning of January 2021 we're going to see Veeam simplify the license offerings available to customers. Historically Veeam have always offered a "per socket" perpetual licensing model, which was great when we were just considering protecting our vSphere & Hyper-V infrastructure, but as Veeam has grown and produced additional feature capabilities such as NAS Backup, Cloud-native Backups for AWS and Azure and Physical server and workstation protection options, this licensing model hasn't suited them all. Then Veeam introduced the Veeam Universal License (VUL) subscription, streamlining the licensing experience for customers by offering a "per workload" backup model, allowing customers to mix and match different products as part of their overall Veeam licensing. This license becomes increasingly appealing as customers wish to test adoption of different clouds, they protect their workloads, regardless of whether they are physical, cloud or virtual. Earlier t
BR v.11 - Step by step Install & Configure (Best Practice) | Veeam Community Resource Hub######################################################### CREATE NEW JOB add multiple VM 15 restore point Incr Weekly sinth full Saturday ######################################################### #Create new Job:$test2 = Find-VBRViEntity -Name "spc*"$repository = Get-VBRBackupRepository -ScaleOut -Name *****-SOBRAdd-VBRViBackupJob -Name "D002-TEST2" -Entity $test2 -BackupRepository $repository #Set 15 restore point:$retention = New-VBRJobOptions -ForBackupJob$retention.BackupStorageOptions.RetainCycles = 15$job = Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2"Set-VBRJobOptions -Job $job -Options $retention#Configure job schedule and enable it:Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2" | Set-VBRJobSchedule -Daily -At "23:30" -DailyKind Everyday | Enable-VBRJobSchedule#Set Forever Incremental:Get-VBRJob -Name "D002-TEST2" | Set-VBRJobAdvancedBackupOptions -Algorithm Incremental -TransformFullToSyntethic $true -TransformIn
In this KB https://www.veeam.com/kb4027 The Huawei Plug-In for Veeam Backup & Replication reached End-of-Life on 2022-04-22 and is no longer available. VBR cannot call Huawei storage with it’s API to complete the backup job with storage’s snapshots. https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/system_requirements.html?ver=110In user guide of VBR v11, Veeam Backup & Replication does not offer integration with Huawei storage. According to the above, Veeam VBR cannot support any backup integration with Huawei storage. If the environment only includes VMware ESXi 7 and Huawei storage, what is recommended backup mode can be selected in VBR v11?
Evening all!Seeing reports of Windows Update pushing a bad driver for VMware PVSCSI to Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 VMs, it shows as “VMware, Inc. - SCSI Adapter - 184.108.40.206”. Hopefully Microsoft will pull it, just be careful of any patching windows or you may be fishing for old drivers through your backups… or if you’re using SureBackup/SureReplica, if you’ve got a pending Windows Update reboot and it’s a ticking time bomb, you’ll soon know when those VMs fail to boot! Good luck out there!
Morning all, This slipped under my radar on Friday, VMware have fixed some huge bugs such as inability to enable HA on ESXi U3 hosts in this release. But they’ve also pulled the original U3 update due to issues with failing rollup upgrades! But you first need to patch vCenter before upgrading to ESXi U3b vCenter Patch Notes:https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/rn/vsphere-vcenter-server-70u3b-release-notes.htmlESXi Patch Notes:https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/7.0/rn/vsphere-esxi-70u3b-release-notes.html
A new feature in vSphere 7 is the ability to configure a VMkernel port used for backups in NBD (Network Block Device) respectively Network mode. This can be used to isolate backup traffic from other traffic types. Up to this release, there was no direct option to select VMkernel port for backup. In this post I show how to isolate NBD backup traffic in vSphere.ConfigurationIt is quite simple to configure backup traffic isolation. With vSphere 7 there is a new service tag for Backup: vSphere Backup NFC. NFC stands for Network File Copy. By selecting this, vSphere will return the IP address of this port when the backup software asks for ESXi hosts address.So all you need to do is to add a new VMkernel port, enable Backup service and set IP and VLAN ID. Host does not need to be rebooted. Now NBD backup traffic will be routed through this port. How does it look likeFor verification there are a few options. You can check log file or monitor ESXi network throughput. On my demo ESXi host, I
It is #VeeAmazing to such great interest recently in becoming a Veeam Certified Architect. I’ve wanted to share the two primary sections of interest:VMCA Study Guide VMCA Practice examsMany of you have left very kind comments on the video walkthroughs of the official #VMCA 2022 practice exam and requested a full list split by sections on the exam as to more easily study one particular section. I always aim to please, so please find the list below.Some of you may have noticed the text says exams with an s at the end. I fully intend to write an unofficial practice exam for VMCA as well; however, it is a rather large project so it will take some time before it will be ready.I will continue to produce more study materials and include them in the study guide link above so that it is more easily located in a single location.Walkthrough of the official VMCA practice exam by section:Discovery Question 05 Question 09 Question 17 Question 21 Question 25 Question 29 Question 30 Question 31
If you do not run VeeamONE, it can be challenging to check if every VM that should be backed up, is really backed up. Therefore I wrote a small PowerShell script. Basically this script looks for each VM if there is a restore point for this VM. If not, it gets listed. Extra feature: Script connects to every vCenter that is registered in B&R server. There is a Blocklist included: when VMs should not be backuped, just place their name in the blocklist and they will not be shown in the list. So you can exclude VMs without editing the script.Notes:CredObject.xml is used for stored, encrypted credentials. Script connects to local B&R server, so it should run there if not changed. # Load Plugin and moduleAdd-PSSnapin VeeamPSSnapinImport-Module VMware.VimAutomation.Core# Configure for multiple vCenter ConnectionsSet-PowerCLIConfiguration -DefaultVIServerMode Multiple -Scope Session -Confirm:$falseSet-PowerCLIConfiguration -InvalidCertificateAction Ignore -Scope Session -Confirm:$false#
Last week I had to troubleshoot a backup job that was using a brand new proxy and repository server. No other job was using these components. Nonetheless just 4 VMs were processed at the same time. All other VMs showed status “Pending”. As additional information, “Resource not ready: Active snapshots limit reached for datastore” was shown too in active job log.After a short investigation we found out, all VMs were located on just one VMFS datastore. Fortunately there is a rather simple solution for this limitation. You can create a registry key on VBR server to increase the limit of active snapshots per datastore:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication\MaxSnapshotsPerDatastore For more details see this forum posts:https://forums.veeam.com/vmware-vsphere-f24/active-snapshots-limit-reached-for-datastore-t19711.htmlNice detail: The change enters into force immediately – even the job is currently running!Keep in mind, this is a global setting!
Hello everyone, I am new on Veeam and I am planning to perform backup tests in my environment (VM’s, Local Storage, etc.). I would like to hear from your experience the best procedures to performs these backup tests and ensure that our systems/infrastructure are prepared for recovery whenever needed.Could you advise on how to proceed correctly?Thank you in advance.
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
When auditors come knocking—or worse, when bad actors strike—not having accurate and complete event logs can make all the difference in how your organization survives the encounter.However, users are often understandably more focused on day-to-day operations and only think to look for this information once it’s needed (and when time is of the essence).The good news is that all the information you need—including where to find changes in Veeam server user access permissions, failed login attempts, and failed RDP connections—is available in several different locations, including:Windows Event Viewer Veeam Backup and Replication Audit logs for performed restores Veeam One Audit log The individual application log(s) Windows Event ViewerMany Veeam activities (success, warning, and failures) get logged to the Windows Event viewer by default. To see these events from within the Veeam Backup and Replication (VBR) server, open the Windows Event Viewer console and Migrate to the Veeam Backup node
I'm trying to recover files in my backup using console -> Restore guest files -> Microsoft Windows...and it is giving the following message:- Connection Problems: No connections can be made because the target machine has actively refused them.and then another window opens with the following error:- Mount wasn't foundUntil last month it was working normally. What can it be?
Hey All, Our Synology no longer supports NTLMv1 which is causing the Veeam SMB Repo to disconnect. Anyone know of a way to set the SMB level in Veeam to 2 or higher minimum? Thanks. User [veeam] from [IP address] failed to log in via [SMB] due to [NTLMv1 not permitted].
Morning all, For anyone that missed the news story, Kaseya have been the latest victim in the increasingly dangerous threat of supply chain attacks.Who are Kaseya? Kaseya offer a remote management system primarily aimed at Managed Service Providers (MSPs). MSPs use tools like this to automate patching and monitoring of systems and can automate deployments via reusable scripts that can be targeted at one or more devices.By the very nature of this software it is designed to run with elevated privileges.Cyber Criminals found a vulnerability with the Kaseya VSA platform and have used it to deploy ransomware to systems.Full details can be found here: https://helpdesk.kaseya.com/hc/en-gb/articles/4403440684689The ransomware used is a variant of REvil and has been known to target backup systemsWith this background information out the way, many in the infosec community have been debating the best defence against these kinds of threats and one suggestion posed had me interested. These platforms
HiMy setup is as follows : - 1 server (in a workgroup) with Veeam ONE (service account of service is a standalone user, member of Veeam ONE Administrators group and local administrators group)- 1 server (also in a workgroup) with VBR- several domain-joined Hyper-V serversProblem is situated in Veeam ONE : Adding the hyper-v servers with a domain-user (with of course local administrator group) is no problem.Adding the VBR server with a local administrator account is no problem.Adding Veeam ONE Agent on the VBR server is no problem.Problems : - in Infrastructure View : I am getting the error of bad hyper-v username logon attempt (refers to the user being used as service account on the server with Veeam ONEthe info of the Hyper-v server seems to be correct including the CPU graphs and so..Is there a way that another user can be chosen to collect the data instead of the Veeam ONE service account?- in Data Protection View : VBR server is not responding and getting the alarm : Server connect
Hello,a customer has the problem that his VBR server has gotten very slow the last days and since today some agent and plugin jobs are failing (and yes, agent and plugin jobs only are failing, no VM backup jobs...).I had a look at the server and it has hit the 10GB constraint of the the MS SQL express edition for the database size…Is there a procedure to shrink the database? For example to delete the session history or something else?The setting for the History under General Options is a option how much entries are shown in the console but not how many entries are saved in the db.Any ideas? 🤔
How can we see here, vCenter IP/FQDN is not possible to change inside of Veeam B&R. In my case I put the IP of vCenter server on Veeam Backup & Replication and now I’d like to change it to a hostname accordingly the DNS server name. So, first of all we need to open the Console / PowerShell on burger menu of Veeam B&R. So, at this moment we need type the command:$Servers = Get-VBRServer -name "old-name-or-ip"On my case the IP of my vCenter server is 192.168.10.100. After that we just need type the following command:$Servers.SetName("new-name-or-ip")On my scenario it is ROM2SRVVLVC01. And now, with this two only commands we can see that the vCenter name was changed on Veeam Backup & Replication: To finish I just rescan the vCenter server again to see all the set up is ok.
Quite a cool new feature is the ability to enable Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the VBR console login. With this a user has to enter username, password and an additional confirmation code that comes from a Authenticator app like Google Authenticator.At first login, User can add VBR to his Authenticator app.It is really simple to use.BUT: 2FA works only for VBR console, NOT for PowerShell!Another security improvement is the option for Automatic Session logoff:
One of my favorite new little thinks in v11: Veeam provides a PowerShell module instead of a PowerShell Snapin. Modules are the more modern way compared to Snapins. See here some details about the differences.Here is the list of available Veeam modules in v11: New in v11 are Veeam.Backup.PowerShell and Veeam.Teams.PowerShell. The first one replaces the PowerShell Snapin VeeamPSSnapin in v10. At least in theory, scripts should perform as before. PowerShell should import the new module as soon as one of it's commands is started. Existing scripts will show an error when they try to add the missing Snapin to the session.In the course of this, attention was also paid to the user experience. So there are now defined default fields shown in different commands. See here the output of get-vbrbackup for exampleIn v10 all data fields were shown. This was not very useful at first.The range of functions also increases with v11. We see 213 more commands than in v10. Most of them are for operating fe
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