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This week I was investigating some imbalance in size on two (scale out) repositories. Every repository gets the backup of a subset of all VMs and copy these to the second repository. And vice versa. So in theory, both repositories should be very similarly utilized. But when you look at volume properties, this is not the case. We see quite a large difference. So I used PowerShell to query VBR and sum all data of each VM on both repositories (I will post some code snippets next week). And I found out, VBR does not know about a notable amount of data (VBR-query showed much less used data than volume properties did).So there seems to be backup data, VBR is not aware of. I call these files orphaned files. What are your experiences with orphaned files? Do your see them very often or not at all? Or are you not aware of their existence? Please let us know.[Update] See my new blog post on how to find orphaned backup fileshttps://vnote42.net/2021/11/30/query-backup-job-space-on-veeam-repositorie
Backups of VMware vSphere VMs can be done with one of three transport modes. Each of these modes also provide the possibility to restore data. This post is about 3 reasons why direct SAN restore failover to NBD. Incorrect VMDK typeVeeam can only perform direct SAN restore with thick provisioned VMDKs. If any disk of a VM is thin provisioned, restore will not leverage SAN directly. Both, thick eager and lazy zeroed are supported. In my experience, eager zeroed is much faster from a restore point of view! So I recommend, to use this format.Note: you should not rely on the provisioning type you chose at VMDK creation: Thick provisioned disk can become thin if it is expanded.Fortunately, Veeam provides the possibility to change disk type in restore wizard. So you can be sure to use thick VMDKs when you enter this within the wizard. See here in Full VM Restore wizard:And in Virtual Disk Restore wizard: Disk is logically locked in Veeam proxyIf your Veeam proxy server is Windows based, it
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OK Everyone! Here it is for VeeamON 2022. This is the official Veeam Community Hub Discussion board for VeeamON 2022!!! What is your most-anticipated session?What is your favorite announcement from VeeamON 2021?What stole the show for you?VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE: What works, what didn’t?IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE: What works, what didn’t?
Hey Veeam Community,I am having a problem backing up my personal workstation to an external hard drive.I am using the free version of Veeam Agent for Windows.When I backup, my main (C:) Internal SSD shows:Local SSD (C:) (476.1 GB) 262.5 GB read at 142 MB/sHowever, my other Internal SSD ‘terabyte’ (X:)Terabyte (X:) (953.9 GB) 3.8 GB read at 4 MB/s.I benchmarked both of my drives with CrystalDiskMark and they both got good similar results being Sata SSD’s, so the X: drive should not be this slow.I’ve tried swapping sata ports, changing cables, disable throttling when system is in use, etc. Nothing seems to help.Can anyone help me diagnose what is causing one drive to backup so much faster? Thanks, Mike
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
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
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
Hello,would you like to receive digital badges for your VMSP, VMTSP, VMCE or VMCA certification - e.g via Acclaim?I think this would be great, you can show your achievement, clients and employers can verify your certifcation online on the Badge Website.An example of an digital badge can be found here:https://www.youracclaim.com/badges/e08d2837-6862-43a1-a57e-44246ab432e3 What do you think? Good idea or nonsense?
I am testing some VM backups in a customer environment. We get the following warning when running the backup of a test VM:6/22/2021 8:18:11 AM :: SetVmCustomConfigOption failed, vmRef 'vm-117256', options ['SCSI0:0.ctkEnabled':'True','SCSI0:1.ctkEnabled':'True']Fault "NoPermissionFault", detail "<NoPermissionFault xmlns="urn:vim25" xsi:type="NoPermission" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"><object type="VirtualMachine">vm-117256</object><privilegeId>VirtualMachine.Config.AdvancedConfig</privilegeId></NoPermissionFault>"Permission to perform this operation was denied.The backup appears to completed successfully with this warning on the VM. Any thoughts on the reason for this warning? Running Veeam 18.104.22.1687. Vcenter version is 7.0.2.00200
Hello everyone! Just a silly question here. Look for this datastore on my lab environment: As I remember this datastore is used by Veeam during the Instant VM Recovery process acording with vPower NFS right? However, in this right moment I don’t have any IR job running.Is it correct having this datastore mounted on ESXi everytime?
In my previous Topic I showed how to use the Veeam Architects Site ,but how does it give us the amount of Cores and memory that the proxy will use? I'll show you … Getting the right amount of processing power is essential to achieving the RTO/RPO defined by the business. In this section, we will outline the recommendations to follow for appropriate sizingWe defineD = Source data in MBW = Backup window in secondsT = Throughput in MB/s = D/WCR = Change rateCF = Cores required for full backup = T/100CI = Cores required for incremental backup = (T * CR)/25Example:Our sample infrastructure has the following characteristics:1,000 VMs 100 TB of consumed storage 8 hours backup window 10% change rateBy inserting these numbers into the equations above, we get the following results.We need to change TB to MB / We need to change Hours to SecsD = 100 TB * 1024 * 1024 = 104,857,600 MB (Source data in MB)W = 8 hours * 3600 seconds = 28,800 seconds (Backup window in seconds)T = 104857600/28800 = 3,6
Update Jan 13th - Latest version available on https://github.com/yetanothermightytool/powershell/tree/master/vbo/vbo-health-checker***It's always recommended to open a support case as soon you're facing an issue with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. But as systems engineers, we somehow always want to know what happens under the hood That's why I started writing a VBO Health Check script which quickly gives some useful information about the health of a Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 setup. The script checks and reports possible issues/misconfigurations: - Backup Job Status per Job / Number of failed job - License expiration date - Check logs if throtthling occured on MS side - Possible slow backup due to slow backup repository - Proxy stuff (min. recommended CPU and Memory) - Check Windows event log for low memory conditions - Logfile with the findingsLogfile gets stored in “C:\Scripts\Veeam\vbo\vbo_healthcheck_<computername>.log”Note: The script is
Hello Community!For years, I have been Looking for the Perfect Dashboard, using different technologies and approaches, which includes Veeam ONE, Elastic, Splunk, and Grafana. All the mentioned technologies are great for deep visibility, log inspection, capacity planning, etc.But as Veeam has been moving into the right direction of including RESTful API on all products, I finally decided myself to use a combination of Bash Shell Script, InfluxDB, and Grafana.Here it is myself with a Grafana t-shirt I made, on the example monitoring Veeam :) How does all of this looks like?So, if you are wondering how all of this might look, it is indeed quite easy, so on the left we have all sort of Veeam Products, with their RESTful API, in this case:Veeam Enterprise Manager - https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/rest/overview.html?ver=100 Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 - https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/vbo365/rest/overview.html?ver=40 Veeam Backup for Azure - https://helpcenter.veeam.com/
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.
The Tape Storage Council has released summary of 2020’s usage of tapes and a future outlook:https://blocksandfiles.com/2020/12/07/tape-storage-council-2020-outlook/Summary:Capacity shipments rose to record amounts in 2019 >225 million LTO cartridges >4.4 million drives [IBM and Oracle enterprise tape shipments are not included] Tapes are still cheaper than disk Several public cloud deep archives use tape, such as AWS’s Glacier ESG found a majority increasing their commitment to tape (61%) Tape’s two big advantages: low cost longevity Big drawback: lengthy file access time
Veeam Backup & Replication supports and understands vSphere tags allowing the creation of Backup and Replication Jobs by selecting VMs to backup based on Tags.Tags concept was introduced in vSphere 5.5 and basically it is a label you can assign to any object (VMs, storage and so on...) in the vSphere inventory. You can assign a tag to a specific category to better identify a VM type or simply the installed OS.The use of Tags during Jobs configuration is pretty easy to configure. In the configuration wizard click Add button to add objects to backup. Click the tag icon to display VMs and Tags, select the item you want to include in the job then click Add.Using Tags you no longer need to edit a specific Backup or Replication Job to add or remove a VM. A simple click in the Tags panel of the particular VM in vSphere Client does the trick.No Backup tag?... why you should use it? Well, the No Backup Tag can be used to specify which VMs are not included in any backup on purpose. In big en
Hello, Recently, the Veeam B&R server was updated to the 11.1.0. (). When I first opened Veeam Console, The “Components Update” wizard was initiated and the update processes were started. The update of the veeam server failed with the status “Failed to upgrade host components. Error: 'Error 1714. The older version of Veeam Agent for Linux Redistributable cannot be removed.” What can I try?
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
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.
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