A sneak peek of v10’s Cloud Tier Copy Mode

A sneak peek of v10’s Cloud Tier Copy Mode
At VeeamON 2019, members of the Veeam Product Strategy Team demoed a preview of the new Copy Mode feature that will be part of the Cloud Tier in Veeam Backup & Replication™ v10. One of the team members, Anthony Spiteri, takes a further look at this new feature and how it will benefit Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners in his latest blog post.

NEW Marketing Campaign for Office 365 Backup & Recovery Services

NEW Marketing Campaign for Office 365 Backup & Recovery Services
Within the Veeam Marketing Center, you have access to a variety of marketing tools designed to help you generate demand for your Veeam‑powered Office 365 backup and recovery services. Quickly access the latest marketing materials and brand them with your company logo or launch an email campaign and generate leads at the click of a button.

First Look: On‑Demand Recovery with Cloud Tier and VMware Cloud on AWS

First Look: On‑Demand Recovery with Cloud Tier and VMware Cloud on AWS
Since Veeam® Cloud Tier was released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication™ 9.5 Update 4, Anthony Spiteri, Senior Technologist, Product Strategy, has written a lot about how it works and what it offers in terms of offloading data from more expensive local storage to what is fundamentally cheaper remote Object Storage. As with most innovative technologies, dig a little deeper and different use cases start to present themselves and unintended use cases find their way to the surface. Read this blog from Anthony Spiteri to learn more.

Veeam Ready – Object: Cloud Tier Compatible Solutions

Veeam Ready – Object: Cloud Tier Compatible Solutions 
Have you heard the latest news on Cloud Tier and what it means to you as a VCSP? Cloud Tier is a feature in the latest update of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. It’s the built‑in, automatic tiering feature of Scale‑out Backup Repository that offloads older backup files to lower cost storage.
If you’re a VCSP looking for an Object Storage solution for your customers, consider Veeam Technology Alliance partner solutions who have the Veeam Ready – Object logo.
Veeam Ready – Object solutions have been tested and verified as S3‑compatible object storage that support the Veeam Cloud Tier capabilities for Veeam Backup & Replication functions.
So, when you see the Veeam Ready – Object logo, you have the confidence that the Partner solution has been qualified and tested to work with Veeam’s Cloud Tier capabilities.

Helping customers migrate from vSphere 5.5

Helping customers migrate from vSphere 5.5
What happens when customers are still running vSphere 5.5 in production? Matt Lloyd and Shawn Lieu sat down with VMware solution architect Chris Morrow to discuss upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or 6.7, management changes in the newer releases, leveraging Veeam DataLabs™ for validation and more.

Veeam and AWS for Public Sector Customers

Veeam and AWS for Public Sector Customers

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Carey Stanton

As diamond sponsors of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit, and 39 other AWS Summits globally, Veeam is serious about our commitment to working with AWS and delivering Cloud Data Management solutions for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments to government, education, and nonprofit customers. In fact, Veeam was recently accepted into the AWS Public Sector Partner Program — another advancement on our AWS partnership journey.

What is it and what’s the big deal?

The AWS Public Sector Partner Program provides opportunities to Veeam as a select, qualified partner to offer solutions on AWS delivering specific value to public sector organizations. This means Veeam will be working even more closely with the AWS team to enhance our data management solutions to help government, education, and nonprofits to innovate on their Digital Transformation journey. As part of the AWS public sector ecosystem, Veeam is better positioned to serve our customers, and we look forward to the additional market exposure, opportunities, and industry-leading tools that AWS provides. Earlier this year, we delivered the Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 with several major capabilities, but it was the addition of Veeam Cloud Tier with support for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) that received the most attention from our customers and partners. Cloud Tier provides unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost-effective object storage integrations with Amazon S3. The need for proven data protection, including cost-effective long-term storage, continues to grow in the public sector as organizations of all types generate massive amounts of data as they transform how they provide services.

Customer Story: British Columbia Forest Practices Board

A recent example of how Veeam is working to address data management challenges for the government industry is with the British Columbia Forest Practices Board. The Forest Practices Board is a government customer who was looking for a reliable backup and recovery solution to enable replication, reduce recovery time objectives (RTO), and achieve recovery point objectives (RPO). Veeam fit the bill with a solution to optimize their data management across a hybrid-cloud environment using Veeam Availability Suite, NetApp ONTAP, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon S3 Glacier. This is another excellent example of how Veeam and AWS come together to deliver a scalable and cost-effective solution with tape backup archival in Amazon S3 and Amazon S3 Glacier. With the success of helping companies like the Forest Practices Board and the validation of our solutions into the AWS Public Sector Partner program, I look forward to seeing what more we can do together with AWS to deliver high-value solutions to public sector customers. If you were at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC, or at one of the other AWS Summits, we hope you stopped by and visited our Veeam booth or attended one of our sessions. If not, we hope you’ll stop by at one of the remaining AWS Summits and share your Digital Transformation journey. Let’s talk about how Veeam and AWS can help you solve your challenge along the way.   Learn more about Veeam solutions on AWSShow more articles from this author

Makes disaster recovery, compliance, and continuity automatic

NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator helps you reduce the time, cost and effort of planning for and recovering from a disaster by automatically creating plans that meet compliance.

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5 pro tips for recovering applications quickly and reliably

5 pro tips for recovering applications quickly and reliably

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Sam Nicholls

Today’s apps consist of multiple component tiers with dependencies both inside the app and outside (on other applications). While separating these apps into logical operational layers yields many benefits, it also introduces a challenge: complexity.
Complexity is one of many enemies when it comes to recovery. Especially as service level objectives (SLOs) and tolerances for downtime become more and more aggressive. Traditional approaches to disaster recovery (DR) — manual processes — just cannot cater to these ever-increasing expectations, ultimately exposing the business to greater risk and longer periods of costly downtime, not to mention potential infringement on compliance requirements.
Orchestration and automation are proven solutions to recovering entire apps more efficiently and quickly, mitigating the impact of outage which, as Agent Smith puts it, is

I wanted to share with you some tips, tricks, best practices and some of the tools that will help you be more successful and efficient when building and executing a DR plan that will recover entire apps quickly and reliably.

Discover and understand applications

After the intro to this blog, it almost needn’t be said here, but it’s critical to take an application-centric mindset to DR and plan based on business logic, not just VMs. Involve application owners and management to understand the app and build your plans accordingly. What VMs make it work? Are they tiered? Do those VMs need to be powered on in correct sequence? Or can they be powered simultaneously? How can I confirm that the plan works, and the app is running? These are just a few questions you need to ask to get started. But understanding the answers, documenting them, and building your strategy based on business logic is essential to successful DR planning.

Utilize vSphere tags

Once you understand those apps, utilize VMware vSphere tags to categorize them for a more policy-driven DR practice. This is critical as changes to apps that have not been identified and implemented into a plan are among the more common causes for DR plan failure. For example, when using tags and Veeam Availability Orchestrator, as an app changes (such as a VM being added), those VMs are automatically imported into orchestration plans and dynamically grouped based on the metadata in the tag assigned. The recoverability of this new app configuration will then be determined when the scheduled automated test executes, with the outcome subsequently documented. If it succeeds, you can be confident that that app is still recoverable despite the changes. If it fails, you have the actionable insights you need to proactively remediate the failure before a real-world event.

Optimize recovery sequences

Recovering the multiple VMs that make up an app is traditionally a manual, one-by-one process, and that’s a problem. Manual processes are inefficient, lengthy, error-prone and do not scale. Especially when we consider large apps, or those that are tiered with dependencies where the VMs need to be powered-on in perfect sequence. Utilizing orchestration eliminates the challenges of manual processes while optimizing the recovery process, even when a single plan contains multiple VMs that require differing recovery logic.
For example, the below illustrates a traditional three-tiered app where in a recovery scenario we must power on our database VMs, then the application VMs, and finally the web farm VMs. Some of these VMs can be recovered simultaneously, while others must be recovered sequentially due to the aforementioned dependencies, not to mention differing recovery steps for different types of VMs. Through orchestration, we can drastically optimize recovery processes and efficiencies while also greatly improving the time it takes to recover the application. Within the orchestration plan, we can ensure that each VM has the relevant plan steps applied (e.g. scripting), that certain groups of VMs are recovered simultaneously where applicable, and that there is next to no latency between the plan steps, like sequential recovery of the VMs. This gives the plan speed, and that’s exactly what we want in disaster.

To account for disasters that are more widespread, we could build multiple applications into a single orchestration plan, although this isn’t necessarily advisable as in the event of an outage that is confined to a single app, we only want to failover that single app, not all of them. Instead, build out orchestration plans on a per-app basis, and then execute multiple orchestration plans simultaneously in the event of a more widespread outage. If the infrastructure at the DR site is sized and architected appropriately, you can test and optimize the recovery process for multiple apps and gauge how many orchestration plans your environment is capable of executing at once.

Leverage scripting

Building on the above, the ability to orchestrate and automate scripts will also help further reduce manual processes. Instead of manually accessing the VM console to check if the VM or application has been successfully recovered, orchestration tools can execute that check for me, e.g. ping the NIC to check for a response from a VM, or check VMware tools for a heartbeat. While this is useful from a VM perspective, it doesn’t confirm that the application is working. A tool like Veeam Availability Orchestrator features expansive scripting capabilities that go beyond VM-based checks. It not only ships with a number of out-of-the-box scripts for verifying apps like Exchange, SharePoint, SQL and IIS, but also allows you to import your own custom PowerShell scripts for ultimate flexibility when verifying other apps in your environment. No two applications are the same, and the more flexibility you have in scripting, the more precise and optimal you can be in recovering your apps.

Test often

Frequent and thorough testing is essential to success when facing a real-world DR event for multiple reasons:

  • When tests are successful, it’ll deliver surety and confidence that the business is resilient enough to withstand a DR event, verifying the recoverability and reliability of plans.
  • When tests fail, it enables the organization to proactively identify and remediate errors, and subsequently retest. It’s better to fail when things are OK than when they’re not.
  • Practice! Nobody is ever a pro the first time they do something. Simulating an outage and practicing recovery often develops skills and muscle memory to better overcome a real-world disaster.
  • Testing environments can also be utilized for other scenarios outside of DR, like testing patches and upgrades, DevOps, troubleshooting, analytics and more.

Guidelines on DR testing frequency can vary from once-a-year to whenever there is an application change, but you can never test too often. Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables you to test whenever you like as tests are fully-automated, available on a scheduled basis or on-demand, and have no impact to production systems or data.

Veeam can help

I’ve mentioned Veeam Availability Orchestrator a few times throughout this blog, delivering an extensible, enterprise-grade orchestration and automation tool that’s purpose-built to help you plan, prepare, test and execute your DR strategy quickly and reliably.
What’s more is that with v2, we delivered full support for orchestrated restores from Veeam backups — an industry-first. True DR is no longer just for the largest of organizations or the most mission-critical of apps. Veeam has democratized DR, making it available for all organizations, apps and data.
Whether you’re already a Veeam customer or not, I strongly recommend downloading the FREE 30-day trial. There are no limitations, it’s fully-featured and contains everything you need to get started. Have a play around, build your first plan for an application and test it. I almost guarantee you’ll learn something about your environment or plan that you didn’t know before.
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Free Veeam Software for technology alliance partners

Free Veeam Software for technology alliance partners

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Ken Ringdahl

Here at Veeam, we view our alliance partners as family. Veeam is a 100% software-defined data protection company, and we depend on our alliance partners to make it easy for our customers to purchase and integrate Veeam Software for their existing IT environment. We build solutions together so that our customers can obtain greater value and confidence from combined and integrated solutions.  As another way of showing our appreciation to our valued family members, we would like to give you a gift. Today, we are launching a new program that enables our key partners to obtain a fully functional version of Veeam Software for free. Yes, FREE! Use this software in your home or office lab to run demos, check out new functionality and of course provide backup and recovery for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud.
Providing not for retail (NFR) licenses to our alliance partners isn’t new. Veeam has been doing this for a long time now, but now we’ve made it simple to get free software by just by using the web. We’ve set up dedicated web pages per partner that only require your name and company email address. With that basic information, we’ll send you an email with a license key, product download link and supporting material to guide you through the install. It’s all that simple. This is a free offer that is available to ALL employees for our top Technology Alliance Partners.
When you register via this new program, you are not getting a trial 30-day limited functionality product.  You are getting the fully licensed version of Veeam Software. Again, it is NFR use for up to 20 instances via our revolutionary Veeam Instance-based Licensing and valid for 12 months. If you need more than 20 instances, we can still help you the old-fashioned way, just reach out to your alliance account team at Veeam.
If you’ve ever been to VeeamON, our annual user conference, or one of the many partner events that we sponsor, you know that we like to advertise, and we do it well. We not only paint the venue in Veeam green, but we often paint the host city and airport in Veeam green as well. We’d like to do the same with our alliance partner ecosystem. We have strong alliance partnerships, and this will only further strengthen those partnerships and raise the bar in terms of Veeam knowledge and expertise.  It’s a true win-win for Veeam and for our partners.
So how do you take advantage of the free Veeam Software offer? It’s simple: here are the links to the dedicated free Veeam Software Partner web pages in alphabetical order: CiscoDell EMCExaGridHPEIBMLenovoMicrosoftNetAppNutanixPure StorageQuantum and VMware. Select your company hyperlink, add your name and company email address and get your free Veeam Software!
We’re excited to be making this offer to our technology alliance partners and are looking forward to continued success together. If you’re a Veeam alliance partner not yet included in this program, don’t fret.  We can still provide NFR licenses via your alliance account team and we’ll be expanding this program in the future based on demand.

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How to avoid vendor lock-in with Community Edition

How to avoid vendor lock-in with Community Edition

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Michael Cade

OK, hands up… first things first. Are you a current Veeam customer? If so, that’s awesome, thanks for your business. Do you think you’ll decide Veeam isn’t right for you in three, four, five or maybe even 10 years’ time? OK, if that’s the case, that hurts, but we get it.
At Veeam, every day we wake up thinking about data… your data! We’re constantly thinking about the unique ways we can protect that data better; how we can do it more efficiently; how we can make restore times even faster, and even where tomorrow’s data will reside.
We have the ability to look forward because of the way Veeam backup files are created and have been created from day one.

Portability of the Veeam backup file format

OK, let’s start this conversation by addressing the elephant in the room. Veeam will NOT lock your data in and keep you and your data hostage. After all, it’s your data, not Veeam’s. Nobody should ever deny you the flexibility to be able to have control of that data should you need to restore it, for whatever reason. We provide you this freedom at Veeam with the portability of the Veeam backup file format along with the ability to open that file format wherever and whenever you wish. We also don’t require a maintenance or support contract to open and restore your Veeam backup files.
Did someone just say, “No requirement for an on-going maintenance/support contract? Do you mean you provide all of this for FREE?” Well, for the record, “FREE” is so 2018. What we mean is “Community” and that means you’re able to download Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition with no license key requirement and install it somewhere in your environment — and who knows where you could install this in 10 years’ time. You can import those Veeam data format backup files and begin your recovery process.

Did I also mention that Veeam doesn’t require a charge or license for the recovery of YOUR data?

The ransomware scare

OK, so you’ve figured it out… we have you covered, and you can get your backups restored using our FREE Community Edition, for up to 10 instances. But what about ransomware and malicious malware threats that could possibly be sitting stagnant in your backup files? We don’t want to recover these into your environment. So have no fear, Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore is also included in our Community Edition, enabling you to scan your backups before they go back into your production environment. Additional details on Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore can be found here. This feature allows you to easily run an antivirus scan against your old backups with the latest antivirus definitions.
You might be asking… “Why don’t we run antivirus on our backups while they’re on the backup repository?” Well, the answer is Veeam has always had the ability to run an antivirus scan during its SureBackup job. But this could have been years before the threat was even discovered in the system and antivirus definitions may not have known about the threat then. It’s also important to note that the Veeam backup portable file formats holding your data are immutable, meaning that once the data is written, it cannot be changed within the file. We think this provides the best outcome when it comes to preventing and remediating from a ransomware attack.

Mobility

So, let’s recap — Community Edition has you covered by allowing you to open your Veeam backup file format and restore your data. We also have you covered when it comes to scanning your backup files during the restore process with the latest antivirus definitions. And taking it one step further, we even have your back if you’re looking to restore that data to a new location, such as the public cloud for example — maybe AWS or Microsoft Azure. Or maybe your backup files were created from physical hardware and now you would like to restore them to VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V disks and import them into a newly created virtual machine.
All of this is possible with Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition.

Veeam Cloud Tier

In addition to everything we mentioned above, with the paid Enterprise edition of Veeam Backup & Replication, you have the ability to tier your backups that fall outside of the operational restore window into object storage targets, such as AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage or any S3 compatible storage. Find out more here.
Obviously, if you have been tiering your backups into object storage for a while but no longer pay for Veeam support or maintenance, how are you planning to access these objects?
With Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition, you have the ability, by using PowerShell, to add your scale-out backup repository and object storage which will then index the objects using the metadata stored in the object storage. This will then allow you to perform recovery processes against these workloads.

Conclusion

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition is a powerful and feature-rich way for you to protect a small environment comprised of a handful of virtual and/or physical workloads (available for up to 10 instances). Download it today and give it a try.
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Veeam Reaffirms Service Provider Commitment at Microsoft Inspire

Veeam Reaffirms Service Provider Commitment at Microsoft Inspire

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Carey Stanton

Microsoft Inspire is finally here, and I can’t think of a better way to kick-off this event than announcing Veeam’s support for Microsoft Azure Lighthouse . Azure Lighthouse delivers capabilities for cross customer management at scale for service providers to differentiate and benefit from greater efficiency and automation, and with this, helps Veeam accelerate our Cloud Data Management leadership!
Azure Lighthouse comes equipped with a set of enhanced APIs which enables Veeam to build cross-customer management capabilities into our Azure-based backup offerings. Key to this new offering is the ability to leverage the Azure delegated resource management functionality, which enables Service Providers to obtain precise and granular access to their customers’ Azure resources and eliminate manual and time-consuming efforts through automation.
Integration with Azure Lighthouse is a true game-changer for Veeam, and when generally available later this year, our new solution will enable Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSPs) to use Azure Lighthouse single pane-of-glass view within our Azure-based backup solutions. For service providers, they will be able to manage hundreds of customers and potentially thousands of Azure subscriptions all from a single portal.
As more production workloads move to public clouds, it’s becoming increasingly more attractive for service providers to add revenue-generating Backup as a Service (BaaS) to their line cards, driving more value for their existing install base, and attracting new customers looking to offload some or all their data management needs to an expert. Service providers rely on an optimized workflow, so they can deliver services to their customers right when they need them — securely, simply and, most importantly, reliably.
Azure Lighthouse is the latest in Veeam’s integrations for Microsoft Azure this year, which include Veeam Cloud Tier, with native integration to Microsoft Azure Blob, combining scalable cloud storage capacity with the cost-effectiveness of “cool” storage in Azure. In addition, our release of Veeam Cloud Mobility which makes it as easy as two-steps to rehost Veeam-powered backups in Microsoft Azure. Thirdly, our integration with Microsoft Azure Data Box, enabling customers to quickly seed petabytes of Veeam backup data to Microsoft Azure data centers. And, we are just getting started!
Veeam is a 100% channel organization, with 23,500+ Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSP) fueling our double-digit revenue growth. And, unlike other vendors in the data protection space, Veeam doesn’t compete with its partners – including service provider partners. Instead, we partner with providers and vendors to deliver the best value to our joint customers. At Veeam, we offer a wealth of benefits, including purpose-built solutions and a dedicated licensing model that align to the operational expenditure model from which service providers bill their own customers. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on making it simple for our customers and partners to do business with us. Azure Lighthouse offering from Microsoft does exactly that! Together, we make it easy for service providers to ensure data is always available, protected and actively working for our customers’ businesses, delivering the most robust Cloud Data Management solution on the market.
Stay tuned to hear when this integration will become available. And If you’ll be joining us at Microsoft Inspire, I encourage you to stop by Veeam booth #1224 and connect with a Veeam expert on how we can help you take your services business to the next level.
Learn more about Veeam’s integrations with Microsoft: https://www.veeam.com/microsoft-cloud-solutions.html.
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NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator helps you reduce the time, cost and effort of planning for and recovering from a disaster by automatically creating plans that meet compliance.

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vCD Tenant Backup Portal

vCD Tenant Backup Portal

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

Veeam Enterprise Manager can be used by your VMware vCloud Director tenants to perform their own workload backup and restore. They can do this using the Veeam Self-Service Portal, and in this blog, I will show you how to give your tenants access to the Self-Service Portal without leaving the vCD portal?

Many Service Providers are impressed with the services offered by the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Portal; but also, many of them ask if there is a way to easily give the tenant access to the Enterprise Manager Self-Service Backup Portal without leaving the vCD.
Out of the box, Veeam doesn’t provide such a capability; but with several hours of coding, you can make this option possible. Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to do any coding here, as I have already done that for you.
So let’s have a look at what was done to get this solution to work.
A month or so ago, I received a call from one of our Australian Vanguard members, (http://stevenonofaro.com/) wanting to discuss this requirement. He wanted to cooperate to build such a vCD plug-in. Working with his local development team, he was able to demonstrate a workable solution based on the code at this link: GitHub sample code.
The workable solution developed demonstrated was limited to one Web application portal. We agreed to release a version of the code that can be used by any Service Provider, and that can point to any Web Application. I will share here what I came out with after three weeks of research, coding, errors, and more.

Solution

To provide a community release version, it was necessary to rebuild the code from scratch. This was done in two stages; the first stage runs a simple application where the Service Provider needs to provide the Web Application URL; i.e., Veeam Enterprise Manager in this case. Then the plugin is generated as a .zip file, which the Service Provider uploads to the vCD Provider portal.
Let’s take a look at the steps:

  • Download the Plugin Generator tool:
To get started, you must download this file. The next step is to extract the .zip, and then change the extension to .exe to run it.
  • After renaming the file to .exe file and running it, you are greeted with the tool shown below, where you must provide the Web Application URL
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  • After entering the URL and pressing the Generate vCD Plugin Package button, a Zip file is generated. You upload this file to the vCD provider portal.

vCD Provider Portal

To upload the vCD plugin, you browse your vCD admin portal using as the following: https://vCDURL.domain/provider and then:

  • Browse to the customize portal:
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  • Chose to upload, then select the .zip file. By default, the zip file is generated with Cloudoasis.zip as a file name.

Tenant Side

The tenant will access the link by selecting Backup Portal from the tenant menu:

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When selecting Backup Portal, the tenant is directed to the Web Application URL specified by the vCD plugin generator. In this example, the portal points to the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Backup Portal:

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Veeam Enterprise Manager Preparation

You must complete the following steps to allow the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Portal to integrate into the vCD:
On the Enterprise Manager Server, open IIS. Then select the VeeamBackup site. The last step, click on the HTTP Response Headers icon.

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At this point, you must update the X-Frame-Options and enter your Enterprise Manager URL. It will look like this:
“allow-from https://<Enterprisemanagerurl>:9443/”
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Finally, restart IIS.

Summary

With this small community tool, I hope to help the Service Provider community make it easy for their tenants to open the Veeam Enterprise Manager Self-Service Portal into the vCD portal without the requirement to open another browser, or browser tab, just to conduct backup and restore operations. Also, as you may have noticed, the plugin generator allows you to point to any Web application, not just the Veeam Enterprise Manager, so long as you provide the correct URL and port.

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Original Article: https://cloudoasis.com.au/2019/06/30/self-service-portal-without-leaving-the-vcd-portal/

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Western Digital IntelliFlash Storage Plug-In Now Available

Western Digital IntelliFlash Storage Plug-In Now Available

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

I am often asked to explain why we here at Veeam have implemented the storage plug-ins and it is a simple answer: to deliver solutions faster to customers! By having storage integrations outside of product release requirements our partners can help innovate and customers can benefit with a better backup experience and amazing recovery. The latest storage plug-in is now available for the Western Digital IntelliFlash array.
Frequently, people look at a Veeam storage plug-in for faster backups with the Backup from Storage Snapshots capability. But the plug-in brings much more:

These collectively make a very powerful option to not just take backups more effectively, but introduce some new recovery options. Let’s tour them here:

Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

Veeam Explorers are usually associated with application-level restores but the Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots can use both the application restores and do more — all from an IntelliFlash storage snapshot! My favorite part of our storage integration is it allows an existing storage snapshot to be used for some recovery scenarios. This includes file-level recovery, a whole VM restore to a new location Application Object Exports (Enterprise and higher editions can restore applications and databases to original location) or even an application item.
The Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots will read the storage snapshot, then expose the snapshot’s contents to Veeam allowing the seven restore scenarios shown below:

Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots

Leveraging the Western Digital snapshot integration will bring the real power to a backup infrastructure and make the biggest difference to backup windows. I’ve always said that this integration will allow organizations to take backups at any time. This will allow the data mover (a Veeam VMware backup proxy) to do all of the work with associated data for a backup from the storage snapshot, compared to a vSphere hypervisor snapshot. One good thing that comes along with the Veeam approach is that VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) is retained and application consistency is achieved. The figure below visualizes this compared to a non-integrated backup:

On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots

One of the best things that comes with the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in is the On-Demand Sandbox, and I encourage everyone to learn about this technology. It can be used to avoid production problems by easily producing a sandbox to test changes, perform update testing, test security configurations, upgrades and more. You can answer questions like “How long will it take?” and “What will happen?” But most importantly “Will it work?” This can save time by avoiding cancelled change requests due to not knowing exactly what to expect with some changes.

Primary Storage Snapshot Orchestration

This is a capability that many don’t know about with the Veeam storage plug-in. This capability allows users to create a Veeam job to generate a storage snapshot on the Western Digital IntelliFlash array. This should be in addition to a backup job that goes to a backup repository. This plug-in sets Western Digital IntelliFlash customers up to use Veeam Explorers for Storage Snapshots for high-speed recoveries.

Download the Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in Now

The Western Digital IntelliFlash plug-in can now be downloaded and installed into Veeam Backup & Replication. Check it out now!
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Veeam launches an NFR program for Alliance partners

Veeam launches an NFR program for Alliance partners
Now you can access a version of Veeam® Availability Suite™ through our new Veeam Alliance NFR program! This FREE offer provides non-production use of Veeam Availability Suite in your home or work lab without any feature limitations for one year. In this time, you’ll be able to become more familiar with Veeam software and win more deals by demonstrating a complete solution that includes backup, recovery, replication, analytics and more.

How to recover deleted emails in Office 365

How to recover deleted emails in Office 365

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Niels Engelen

Even though collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Slack are changing the workplace, email is still going strong and used for most of the communication within companies. Whether you are using Exchange on-premises, online or in a hybrid setup, it’s important to protect the data so you can recover in case of data loss. At Veeam, we have been talking about six reasons why you need Office 365 backups for quite some time, but the same applies if you are still using Exchange on-premises or are still in the migration process.

How to recover deleted emails from accidental deletion

The most common reason for data loss is accidentally deleted emails. However, within Office 365 email there are two different types of deletion, soft-delete or hard-delete. If you perform a soft-delete, you just hit the delete button on an email and it is moved to the Deleted Items folder (also called the recycle bin). In most cases, you can just go in there and recover deleted emails with a few clicks. However, if you perform a hard-delete, you leverage the shift button and delete the email. In this case, the email is deleted directly and can’t be recovered from the Deleted Items folder. While the email becomes hidden, you can still recover it based upon the Deleted Item Retention threshold. This applies to both Exchange on-premises and Exchange Online. By default, this is set to 14 days, but it can be modified. But what if you need to retrieve deleted emails beyond these 14 days?

Recover deleted emails using the Veeam Explorer

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange was introduced back in 2013 and is one of the most popular recovery features across the Veeam platform. While the first release only supported Exchange 2010, it now supports Exchange 2010 up to 2019, as well as hybrid deployments and Exchange Online. In addition to retrieving deleted emails, you can also recover contacts, litigation hold items, calendar items, notes, tasks, etc. You can even compare an entire production mailbox or folder with its associated backup mailbox or folder and only recover what is missing or deleted!

If you still have Exchange on-premises, you can use Veeam Backup & Replication or the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows to protect your server, allowing you to recover items (like deleted emails, meetings…) directly. Make sure you enable application-aware processing within the backup job and Veeam Backup & Replication will detect the Exchange service. From the Backups node view, right click on the corresponding Exchange server (or search for it at the top) and go to Restore application items and select Microsoft Exchange mailbox items.

 

Are you already using Office 365 (or in hybrid mode during the migration process)? Just leverage Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to recover deleted emails or any other any Exchange, SharePoint or OneDrive for Business item you want.

 

Once the Veeam Explorer has started, it will load the corresponding database and allow you to perform a restore.

 

If you know which item(s) you have lost, you can just navigate to the corresponding mailbox and folder to restore the deleted email. If you don’t know where it was at the point of deletion, you can leverage multiple eDiscovery options.

 

If we for example search for all emails from a specific person, it would look like this.

 

Once you’ve found the deleted email you need to restore, we can continue with the restore process. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange gives you multiple options to perform the restore.

  • Restore to the original location
  • Restore to another location
  • Export as MSG/PST file
  • Send as an attachment

In the example below we will restore the deleted email back to the original location.

 

After filling in the account credentials, the item will be restored and available in the mailbox.

Still in need of a backup?

Are you still in need of a backup of Office 365 Exchange Online? Start today and download Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3, or try the Community Edition for up to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data.

If you need a backup for Exchange on-premises, download Veeam Backup & Replication today. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange is even available in the Community Edition!

Still not convinced? Read an unbiased review of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 from TechGenix.

 

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Production Data Export

Production Data Export

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

data-exportConsider a situation where you want to extract a “point in time” data set from your production data for data analysis, migration or auditing? How can you easily accomplish this task? What options do you have to meet this requirement?

Sometimes your business requires a particular data set to be shared with others; perhaps you have to share for development, data analysis, data sharing with remote offices, compliance, auditing, and more.

To carry out your data extraction task, you must first carefully plan your steps before exporting the data set. This caution is to prevent accidentally exposing your entire production data to un-authorized personnel. Accidental data exposure is a familiar problem that we all want to avoid.

Now, what if I tell you that you can safely extract your “point in time” data set in a few easy steps with Veeam Backup and Replication using a new feature introduced in Update 4, called “Export Backup”. This new feature allows you to export the selected restore point of a particular object in the backup job. It can be as a standalone full backup file (VBK), and to keep it as separate retention, or can be kept indefinitely. To read more about this aspect of the features, follow this link https://www.veeam.com/veeam_backup_9_5_whats_new_wn.pdf – page 8).

Scenario

Let’s consider the following scenario; as a backup admin, your manager has asked you to extract all the data from a restore point beginning at three weeks ago. The data extraction he needs must include all the incremental data up to the most recent, and then you are to share it with a data mining company who will use it to make a report about the business performance.

Solution

As a backup admin who is using Veeam Backup and Replication software to backup the production infrastructure, you can easily accomplish this request by following these steps:

From the Veeam Backup and Replication Console, select Home -> Backup, then select Export Backup.

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At the Export Backup interface, choose the desired backup point by pressing on the Add icon, then select the Restore Point, and then select Add.

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By pressing on Point option, you can check the Restore Points with all the Restore Point Dependencies:

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Also on the same wizard, you can specify the retention time of the export file before it is deleted. You can choose from one, two, or three months. There are also options for one, two, three, and five years.

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When you have made your selections to set up your data point export, press Finish. A Full backup file will be created and available in the same repository as the source files.

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Note: This newly created export file contains the full and the two incremental files.

File Location and Copy

After the export has been set up and runs successfully, the.VBK file will be available in the same repository as that of the source files. These can be located from the Veeam Console. The file will be attached under Backups -> Disk(imported) option.

To copy the file from the repository, you can copy manually, or use Veeam Copy Job -> File option:

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Conclusion

On this blog post, I have shown how you can benefit from the new Export Backup function. As you noted, with these easy steps, you can encapsulate restore points together under a single file. The single file can then be easily shared or shipped to other systems or operators for many business reasons. The single file can also be used as an offsite archive file, used in system migration if that is a requirement.

I hope this blog post helps you to use this new feature and find other beneficial business use cases for your business. Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to share this blog and share your feedback with the readers.

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Veeam Tightens Leadership Grip in Cloud Data Management Market with 26% ARR Growth in Q2 2019

Veeam Tightens Leadership Grip in Cloud Data Management Market with 26% ARR Growth in Q2 2019

Business Wire – News by Company: Veeam Software

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™, today announced results from Q2 2019. Having recently exceeded $1 billion in annual bookings, joining an elite group of software leaders, Veeam’s annual recurring revenue (ARR) increased 26 percent year-over-year (YoY) in Q2 2019, a testament to the success of a unique subscription pricing model introduced earlier this year for all new Veeam products, including new Veeam Availability Suite™ 9.5 Update 4. Hailed as one of the most important releases in Veeam company history, Veeam Availability Suite U4 is approaching 350,000 downloads since its release in January.

“As we continue to heavily invest in our R&D, sales and marketing, and partner ecosystem, we’re seeing increased adoption of Veeam’s Subscription licensing among our customers across all regions worldwide,” said Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales & Marketing. “Each geography reported growth, which shows that, and as we move into Act II of our evolution — the Hybrid Cloud — it’s an exciting time to be at Veeam. Seventy-two percent of organizations are looking to embrace Cloud Data Managementi and are transitioning to cloud strategies. We’re excited to support their journey and meet data expectations as the No. 1 player in Cloud Data Management.”

“Collaboration with strategic technology partners has never been stronger or in higher demand,” Timashev continued. “We expect to make additional partner announcements in 2H 2019 to further feed the demand of our partners to combine Veeam backup and data protection software with industry-leading hardware, storage and hyperconverged solutions. Our new “with Veeam” program, which is receiving overwhelming positive response, is just one strategy of how Veeam will innovate and collaborate with its technology partners to deliver a combined hardware plus software solution to enhance customer choice and flexibility.”

Customer, Product and Partner Highlights

  • Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, the fastest growing product in Veeam history, reported 270 percent ARR growth YoY. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has now been downloaded by more than 75,000 organizations, representing over 8 million user mailboxes. Veeam released version 3 of the product in early Q2, further solidifying the company’s dominance in the Microsoft Office 365 backup market, providing businesses with 30x faster backup, improved security and enhanced customer visibility and analytics.
  • With more than 355,000 customers worldwide, new Veeam customers include Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mundo Cuervo, Porsche Informatik, Vancouver Canucks, ABM, Ferrari Agroindustria, Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG, Premier Bank and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
  • The Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program has more than 23,500 partners with 4,100 of those also qualified to provide Cloud Backup & DRaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect.
  • Veeam technology alliance resell agreements with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Cisco, NetApp and Lenovo reported 327 percent total transaction growth YoY and 123 percent YoY bookings growth, together completing the overall data management story for global alliance resell partners.
  • Veeam was awarded the HPE 2019 Global Technology Partner of the Year, recognized for excellent financial performance, innovative solutions, and driving meaningful business results for shared customers.
  • Veeam announced the new with Veeam” program in Q2, partnering with premier enterprise storage vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading storage and HCI infrastructure hardware and management stacks. Solutions have already been announced with ExaGrid and Nutanix with availability planned for 2H 2019.

For more information, visit https://www.veeam.com.

Supporting Quotes

“Veeam continues to show strong bookings growth in a highly competitive market. Transitioning from a license model to a subscription model has been a challenge for many vendors, but Veeam seems to be doing so successfully. IDC research shows that more than 90 percent of organizations expect to use hybrid and/or multi-cloud data protection solutions within the next 12 months, and this is the sweet spot that Veeam is aiming for.” — Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC

“Veeam’s Cloud Data Management platform now enables us to back up and restore IT resources in record time. This provides us with a reliable basis for Digital Transformation. With Veeam, we gain more agility, which benefits our customers worldwide. We are accelerating the time-to-market of new software releases and bringing digital innovation to the road faster.” — Christoph Buchstätter, Head of Computing & Platform Services at Porsche Informatik

“Veeam keeps our hospitality services fully operational across all business units so we can optimize experiences for fans and customers. From ticket scanners to Wi-Fi to the point-of sale system, Veeam keeps them available. It also guarantees we can check customers into our hotels, accept payment for their stays, book reservations in our restaurants and take payment for their meals. Veeam delivers the scalability, reliability and Cloud Data Management we didn’t have in the past.” — Bryce Hollweg, Director of IT at Vancouver Canucks

“Veeam is so fast and easy to use, giving us time to be innovative and provide direct, immediate value to the organization. If we hadn’t deployed Veeam, we’d have had to hire a full-time person to manage backup. When you combine that salary with money saved on third-party technical support services — because nothing was simple and easy with legacy backup — the total is nearly $200,000 each year. We monetized the IT team, and for the first time in Ducks Unlimited Canada’s history, IT is raising money directly for the mission.” — Raj Perumal, Chief Information Officer at Ducks Unlimited Canada

About Veeam Software

Veeam is the leader in Backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 23,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on Twitter @veeam.

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Pro tips on getting the most from Veeam ONE’s monitoring and analytics

Pro tips on getting the most from Veeam ONE’s monitoring and analytics

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Vic Cleary

Few realize that Veeam ONE is one of our oldest products. Like every product at Veeam, it continues to evolve based on the needs of our customers and today serves as an important component of Veeam Availability Suite, delivering Monitoring & Analytics for Veeam Backup & Replication, as well as for virtual and physical environments.

Since 2008, Veeam ONE has amassed an impressive arsenal of capabilities through dozens of updates. This has allowed users to leverage the latest monitoring and reporting functionality for any new Veeam Backup & Replication feature and supported infrastructure, ensuring ALL eyes and ears remain fixed on the health state of critical infrastructures, datasets, backup activities, and now, even applications. The list of unique alarms and reports continue to grow with each new release. In fact, did you know that Veeam ONE includes 340 individual Alarms and over 145 pre-built reports? This alone is 485 reasons why you should leverage the power of Veeam Availability Suite, by tapping into the most helpful Veeam ONE alarms and reports for your business. And below, we’ll discuss a number of ways how you can do that as well as outline them in more detail during an informative Veeam ONE webinar, July 25th!

Our customers continue to pave the way to innovation

Part of our on-going effort to enhance existing products is to collect user experience feedback— whether that data comes from customer surveys or from comments logged during technical support calls. Regardless of the source, we take customer needs seriously.

Recently, we asked a number of our customers what they liked most about Veeam ONE and they told us they relied heavily on alarms they receive on the state of their virtual and backup infrastructures. The alarms run in parallel with a handful of pre-built reports that provide periodic data to ensure backups and infrastructure are operating at peak performance. Due to the high quantity of unique alarms and reports that exist, it’s nearly impossible to be familiar with them all. However, we found that a handful of these tools are consistently used and relied upon by a majority of our users on a daily basis.

TOP Veeam ONE Alarms every business should be using

Veeam ONE Alarms are essential in notifying you when part of your virtual, physical or backup environment is not working as designed or as it should be. Pre-built alarms can monitor everything from physical machines running Veeam Agents to VMware, Hyper-V, vCloud Director, Veeam Cloud Connect and other environments. They are designed to keep IT admin up to date on the operations and issues occurring in their environment in real-time. They also help users quickly identify, troubleshoot react to and even fix issues that may impact critical applications and business operations.

The truth is, every Veeam Availability Suite user should be leveraging Veeam ONE alarms to optimize their data center. As mentioned earlier, there are 340 unique alarms, many of which have been disabled by default to avoid spamming users, however, they can also be turned on individually with ease. And while we realize it’s impossible to be an expert on all 340, at a minimum, the following alarms are a great place to start.

Guest Disk Space Alarm

The Guest Disk Space Alarm identifies when a Guest machine is running out of disk space, enabling users to add resources to the machine before performance is negatively impacted. This is important because if guest disk space runs out, the machine may become inactive and inaccessible, which will undoubtedly increase the possibility of downtime. This alarm alerts you before the issue occurs allowing you to proactively manage your environment.

Backup Job State Alarm

Another critical alarm is the Backup Job state alarm. This alarm is beneficial because it will notify you if one or more VMs have failed to backup successfully, allowing you to take immediate action to ensure all your data is secure.

Internal Veeam ONE alarms

In addition to alarms designed to alert you to critical issues with your environment, there are also internal Veeam ONE alarms that help ensure data is being collected properly. This specific “pack” of alarms is important to pay attention to in case Veeam ONE has failed to collect data properly. If this has happened, then there is a chance you are basing decisions on unreliable metrics. To protect against inaccuracies, monitoring internal alarms regularly can ensure Veeam ONE is performing as it should.

These are just two critical alarms and an alarm pack that every Veeam Availability Suite user should understand. During our webinar, we will discuss these and other important alarms, so be sure to register and tune in July 25th.

Reports to start using today

So, what about Veeam ONE’s 145 Pre-built Reports? Where do you start? Veeam ONE offers detailed reports including pre-built and customizable reports that are ready to be used for several critical processes. To start, Veeam ONE includes a number of backup-related reports that our power users mentioned as “must-haves” and “must-check regularly.”

Backup Infrastructure Assessment report

The Backup Infrastructure Assessment report evaluates how optimally your backup infrastructure is configured and offers a set of actions to improve efficiency. This is done by examining a set of recommended baseline settings and implementations, and then comparing these recommendations to your environment. By analyzing factors like VM configuration and application aware image processing to job performance and backup configuration, the report can verify problem areas to help you more effectively mitigate issues.

Job History report

The Job History report has also been proven very useful for users because it provides all job-related data, statistics and performance data in a single package. As you can see from the screenshot below, the Job History report is a great resource to provide you the details you need regarding your data protection jobs.

This report is useful because it provides information on all jobs that are running in your environment. It allows you to easily identify jobs that are taking the longest amount of time as well as the jobs transferring the most data. By providing you with all job-related data, it helps identify performance bottlenecks allowing you to reconfigure jobs as needed.

Not only do Veeam ONE reports analyze backup data, they can also show you how your entire virtual environment is running. A number of reports can additionally assist with capacity planning, managing VM growth in your environment as well as identifying over or undersized VMs. Another report worth highlighting that assists with capacity planning is the Host-failure Modeling report. This report provides resource recommendations to prevent future CPU and memory shortages. And since the Capacity Planning Report is one of our most popular reports, let’s take a closer look.

Capacity Planning report

Capacity Planning reports are available for VMware and Hyper-V, as well as to assist with capacity planning for backup repositories. Specific report that have proven to be especially beneficial for our customers are the Capacity Planning Reports for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. In the screenshot below, you can see how this report identifies the number of days remaining before the level of resource utilization reaches a specified threshold. The report analyzes historical performance, build trends, and predicts when a defined threshold will be violated. This is very useful as it allows you to be proactive and avoid resource shortages.

Billing and Chargeback Reports

Veeam ONE also includes excellent reports for managing billing and chargeback. These are beneficial in understanding the costs of a virtual infrastructure by analyzing resource usage for CPU, memory, and storage. We’ll discuss this report and others in more detail during the webinar.

Building on Veeam ONE’s Legacy – Our latest capabilities

The second half of our webinar will call out a number of the new capabilities introduced with NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4. We’ll highlight five new Veeam ONE features that introduce new technologies designed to simplify monitoring and reporting processes and deliver on a number of customer requests. You’ll learn more about our new era of Veeam Intelligent Automation, including Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics, to help quickly address known infrastructure-related issues, as well as new automated Remediation Actions that can be leveraged to automate specific activities. We’ll also discuss our new Heatmaps feature, new Business View groupings, and introduce our highly-anticipated application-level monitoring capabilities, plus more. We promise you won’t leave empty handed.

Register now to join us July 25th

We look forward to sharing these details with you July 25th. Register today!

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July 2019 – Editor Note

Thank you for an excellent first half of 2019!  We had some exciting announcements from VeeamON last month.  Missed the announcements, no worries….check the Looking Back article in the Tech section below.

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Veeam® Availability Orchestrator v2 makes it easy to ensure businesses everywhere deliver non-stop operations and business acceleration for today’s modern enterprise. To help with continued growth and activity with this product launch, you can accelerate your business with our VAO promotion and help organizations address a variety of operational, disaster recovery (DR) and migration scenarios.

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ATTACH VEEAM AND EARN MORE
The Alliance Attach program offers qualifying Gold and Platinum resellers the ability to earn incremental Deal Registration benefits when eligible Alliance technologies are sold in conjunction with Veeam solutions. This addition to the Veeam ProPartner Program encourages solution-selling and the pull-through of adjacent technologies.
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Selling prepaid multi-year maintenance and technical support at the initial time of the sale allows you to earn additional margin, increase revenue and get rewarded with cash or prizes.
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PartnerPerks rewards eligible Veeam ProPartner representatives with the opportunity to earn cash and merchandise for completing various activities such as selling Veeam, bringing awareness to Veeam, and more. Once points are earned, they can be redeemed for cash, online eGift codes or merchandise on our easy-to-use shop.

How to create a Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2019

How to create a Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2019

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Hannes Kasparick


This article gives a short overview of how to create a Microsoft Windows Failover Cluster (WFC) with Windows Server 2019 or 2016. The result will be a two-node cluster with one shared disk and a cluster compute resource (computer object in Active Directory).

Preparation

It does not matter whether you use physical or virtual machines, just make sure your technology is suitable for Windows clusters. Before you start, make sure you meet the following prerequisites:
Two Windows 2019 machines with the latest updates installed. The machines have at least two network interfaces: one for production traffic, one for cluster traffic. In my example, there are three network interfaces (one additional for iSCSI traffic). I prefer static IP addresses, but you can also use DHCP.

Join both servers to your Microsoft Active Directory domain and make sure that both servers see the shared storage device available in disk management. Don’t bring the disk online yet.
The next step before we can really start is to add the “Failover clustering” feature (Server Manager > add roles and features).

Reboot your server if required. As an alternative, you can also use the following PowerShell command:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Failover-Clustering –IncludeManagementTools

After a successful installation, the Failover Cluster Manager appears in the start menu in the Windows Administrative Tools.
After you installed the Failover-Clustering feature, you can bring the shared disk online and format it on one of the servers. Don’t change anything on the second server. On the second server, the disk stays offline.
After a refresh of the disk management, you can see something similar to this:
Server 1 Disk Management (disk status online)

Server 2 Disk Management (disk status offline)

Failover Cluster readiness check

Before we create the cluster, we need to make sure that everything is set up properly. Start the Failover Cluster Manager from the start menu and scroll down to the management section and click Validate Configuration.

Select the two servers for validation.

Run all tests. There is also a description of which solutions Microsoft supports.

After you made sure that every applicable test passed with the status “successful,” you can create the cluster by using the checkbox Create the cluster now using the validated nodes, or you can do that later. If you have errors or warnings, you can use the detailed report by clicking on View Report.

Create the cluster

If you choose to create the cluster by clicking on Create Cluster in the Failover Cluster Manager, you will be prompted again to select the cluster nodes. If you use the Create the cluster now using the validated nodes checkbox from the cluster validation wizard, then you will skip that step. The next relevant step is to create the Access Point for Administering the Cluster. This will be the virtual object that clients will communicate with later. It is a computer object in Active Directory.
The wizard asks for the Cluster Name and IP address configuration.

As a last step, confirm everything and wait for the cluster to be created.

The wizard will add the shared disk automatically to the cluster per default. If you did not configure it yet, then it is also possible afterwards.
As a result, you can see a new Active Directory computer object named WFC2019.

You can ping the new computer to check whether it is online (if you allow ping on the Windows firewall).

As an alternative, you can create the cluster also with PowerShell. The following command will also add all eligible storage automatically:

New-Cluster -Name WFC2019 -Node SRV2019-WFC1, SRV2019-WFC2 -StaticAddress 172.21.237.32

You can see the result in the Failover Cluster Manager in the Nodes and Storage > Disks sections.

The picture shows that the disk is currently used as a quorum. As we want to use that disk for data, we need to configure the quorum manually. From the cluster context menu, choose More Actions > Configure Cluster Quorum Settings.

Here, we want to select the quorum witness manually.

Currently, the cluster is using the disk configured earlier as a disk witness. Alternative options are the file share witness or an Azure storage account as witness. We will use the file share witness in this example. There is a step-by-step how-to on the Microsoft website for the cloud witness. I always recommend configuring a quorum witness for proper operations. So, the last option is not really an option for production.

Just point to the path and finish the wizard.

After that, the shared disk is available for use for data.

Congratulations, you have set up a Microsoft failover cluster with one shared disk.

Next steps and backup

One of the next steps would be to add a role to the cluster, which is out of scope of this article. As soon as the cluster contains data, it is also time to think about backing up the cluster. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows can back up Windows failover clusters with shared disks. We also recommend doing backups of the “entire system” of the cluster. This also backs up the operating systems of the cluster members. This helps to speed up restore of a failed cluster node, as you don’t need to search for drivers, etc. in case of a restore.

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3 steps to protect your SAP HANA database

3 steps to protect your SAP HANA database

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Clemens Zerbe


Since the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA was introduced, I’m often asked about the installation and operation processes for it. Unfortunately, this cannot be covered in one blog, but I’ve often found the best place to start is the beginning. For this first blog I will cover how to install and configure the plug-in — mainly as a step-by-step guide for Veeam administrators with less or little Linux and SAP HANA knowledge.
If you are an experienced SAP Basis administrator, you may still find information of value as you scan through. I have planned a series of blogs dedicated to SAP HANA and I encourage you read each of them as I will cover day-to-day operations and advanced topics such as system copies or recoveries without having an SAP HANA catalog in the future.
Before I discuss the details of deploying and configuring the SAP certified Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA, I want to share with you pertinent details that may be helpful. This plug-In depends on SAP Backint for SAP HANA, which is an API that enables Veeam to directly connect the Veeam agent to the SAP HANA database. I feel compelled to point out that HANA handles its own backup catalog with its own retention and scheduling. Therefore, Veeam Backup & Replication simply takes the data (technically from data pipes) and stores it into Veeam repositories. During restore operations, SAP HANA tells Veeam Backup & Replication what data needs to be restored and Veeam delivering the data as appropriate. This approach is contrary to the typical Veeam agentless approach, and it is very important to understand the difference. While this may not be news to an experienced SAP Basis administrator, it’s worth sharing this information as for some of you, this may be new information and therefore, helpful.

In addition to the Backint API, the next important matter to discuss is that SAP HANA Backint only takes care of the database data, including full, differential, incremental and log backups and restores. Though I should point out it is also important to take care of the underlying operating system (Red Hat or SUSE) and the SAP HANA installation and configuration files. More on this later.

The installation process

Though the installation process is one of the easiest things to do in my opinion, I urge you to keep in mind the prerequisites, including:

  • Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 (or 4a) already installed and a non-encrypted repository available with the appropriate access rights
  • DNS (forward & reverse) entries on your HANA system and your Veeam Backup & Replication repository system
  • HANA 2.0 SPS02 or newer installed on a x86 system
  • For the Veeam admin -> have your HANA buddy beside you
  • For the SAP Basis admin -> have your Veeam buddy beside you

The installation files can be found on the Veeam Backup & Replication iso.

Copy this RPM file to your SAP HANA system. You can perform this task with SCP, SFTP, or use any tool that you prefer. If you prefer a graphical interface, I recommend Filezilla or WinSCP.
Next, use a command line tool on the SAP HANA system. Putty or any other ssh client may be used for connecting and logging onto the system. For the installation process, you need to have sudo rights. Go to your folder with the RPM and run the installation.

sles15hana04:~ # cd /mnt/install/VBR2753/  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # ll  total 18648  -rw-r–r– 1 root root 19093281 Apr  9 13:26 VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-1.x86_64.rpm  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # rpm -ivh VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-1.x86_64.rpm  Preparing...                         ################################# [100%]  Updating / installing...    1:VeeamPluginforSAPHANA-9.5.4.2753-################################# [100%]  Run "SapBackintConfigTool –wizard" to configure the Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA  sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 #

Not tough at all right? Veeam is easy! Keep in mind for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a, there is a performance patch for HANA available: https://www.veeam.com/kb2948

The configuration process

The installation process guides you to the next step. Run “SapBackintConfigTool –wizard” with the root user. Ready to do it? Remember to have your HANA and/or Veeam buddy at your side as you will need to work together for the next few steps.

sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 # SapBackintConfigTool –wizard  Enter backup server name or IP address: w2k16vbr  Enter backup server port number 10006:  Enter username: Administrator  Enter password for Administrator:  Available backup repositories:  1. Default Backup Repository  2. SOBR1  3. w2k19repo_ext1  4. sles15repo_ext1  Enter repository number: 2  Configuration result:    SID DEV has been configured    sles15hana04:/mnt/install/VBR2753 #

The first question about your Veeam Backup & Replication server is obvious. Port number is defaulted to 10006 if you have not changed it in your environment. Username and Password for the Veeam Backup & Replication server and repository rights need to be provided by the Veeam administrator. If you already set the proper rights on your repositories, you should now see a list of repositories. Choose one and you are ready to move forward.
The final part is performed by the wizard — enabling SAP Backint via a soft link. If you already configured SAP Backint with other software, Veeam’s wizard will tell you what to delete and rerun the wizard.
Congratulations! You’re done with the installation and configuration. Now it’s time for our first backup and some initial SAP HANA configurations.

The first backup

The easiest way to create your first backup is via SAP HANA Studio as this is the most commonly used tool. But you can also use SAP HANA Cockpit, DBA planer, or any external scheduler.
Start SAP HANA Studio and connect to your recently configured SAP HANA instance in SYSTEM DB mode. Remember, this is a good time to be close to your SAP Basis administrator.

Provide the SAP HANA credentials (you don’t need to be the system user). You can create your backup and restore user with backup and catalog rights. See the HANA admin guide for details.

If everything has been configured properly, you should see something similar to the screenshot below:

Double-click on the SYSTEMDB@DEV (SYSTEM) and it will open an overview window. Keep this in mind later when additional configuration details are possible.

Open Backup Console via right-click.

Go directly to configuration and click on the blue arrow to expand the Backint settings. If you see Backint Agent pointing to /opt/Veeam/VeeamPluginforSAPHANA/acking -> you are only seconds away from your first backup.

It is important to emphasize that:

  • Veeam does not use any Backint Parameter files. Leave these fields empty, or if you were running something else before, delete the entries.
  • Log Backup Settings: This allows you to have the logs either on your filesystem or also use Backint to forward all new logs directly to Veeam Backup & Replication. We recommend to back them up via Backint, but please discuss this with your SAP Basis buddy. If you change this, do not forget to save your settings by clicking on the disk symbol.

Now the big moment…start your first backup!
Right-click on SYSTEMDB@SID and choose Back Up System Database (and afterwards, Tenant Database).

Ensure to choose Backint as target. Click Next – see the summary and click Finish.

You should see a screenshot like this one.

Check the Log File and go back to your Backup System DB window and go to the Backup Catalog. There should be an entry like this one with your first backup.

Now do the same for the tenant. Run backup, check the logs and review the catalog

In parallel, have you checked what happened in Veeam Backup & Replication? Under Jobs you will find a new one with the format “hostname SAP backint backup (repository name)“:

Under History, there is a new Plug-ins folder for all Plug-ins (Sap HANA & Oracle RMAN). So you see, the Plug-in is very database centric. We will cover some optimizations on this later in this blog series.

Yeah! But you are right. It´s all about the restore. Let’s also quickly test this.

Recover database

Now is a great time to be best friends with your SAP Basis buddy.

WARNING:
Do not do this on your own and always test your first restore on a test environment. Do not use any production database for the following steps!

We only want to recover the tenant database for now. SYSTEM databases only need to be recovered if there are errors, and I would recommend this only if advised to do so by SAP support.
Again, right-click on your SYSTEMDB@SID entry, Backup and Recovery -> Recover Tenant Database.

Choose your tenant to recover and click Next and choose Recover the database to its most recent state. I will cover the other options in a later blog of this series.

If you chose to backup also into Backint – change this entry to search in Backint.

Attention: the tenant will shut down now!

Select your backup – check Availability if you like. This should be green after checking.

Click Next after Availability is green. Click Next on Locate Log Backups.

Click Next and don’t forget to include logs on Backint. It’s important to reiterate that these options are Database centric and should be discussed with your SAP Basis administrator if you ever need to change something here. Clicking Next brings you a summary and Finish will start the restore process.

Finally, the restore will start and, when completed, you should see a result similar to this.

Congratulations! You have configured, backed up, and restored your first SAP HANA database with the SAP certified Veeam Plug-in for SAP HANA.
In the next blog, we will discuss additional optimization options in HANA and discuss how to back up your file system with HANA ini files and protect your operation system for DR preparation. Additionally, we also want to dive deeper into scheduling options, retention of backups, etc. In the meantime, if your business runs SAP HANA, I encourage you to check out this exciting feature from Veeam using this blog as a guide.
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Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

Windows Server 2019 support, expect no less from us!

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover


Veeam has always taken platform support seriously. Whether it’s the latest hypervisor, storage system or a Windows operating system. Both Windows Server and Windows desktop operating systems have very broad support with Veeam, and I recently just did some work around Windows Server 2019 and I am happy to say that Veeam fully supports the newest Microsoft data center operating system.
One of the first things that we did here at Veeam was a webinar overviewing both what is new with Windows Server 2019 and how Veeam supports Windows Server 2019. I was lucky to be joined by Nicolas Bonnet, a Veeam Vanguard and author of many books on Windows Server.
If any IT pro is getting ready to support a new platform, such as Windows Server 2019, the first steps are critical to introduce the new technology without surprises. The good news is that Veeam can help, and that was the spirit of the webinar and overall the way Veeam addresses new platforms.
One of the first places to start is Microsoft’s awesome 45-page “What’s new” document for Windows Server 2019. This is without a doubt the place to get the latest capabilities on what the new platform brings to your data center and workloads in the cloud running Windows Server.
There are scores of new capabilities in Windows Server 2019, so it’s hard to pick one or even a few favorites; but here are some that may help modernize your Windows server administration:

Storage Migration Service

I love hearing Ned Pyle from Microsoft talk about the storage technologies in Windows Server, and Storage Migration Service is one that can get older file server data to newer file server technologies (including in Azure).

Storage Space Direct

It’s incredible what has been going on with Windows Storage over the years! One of the latest capabilities is now ReFS volumes can have deduplication and compression. There are additional scalability limits and management capabilities as well (Windows Admin Center in particular) as other improvements across the operating system.
And finally, smallest but rather awesome feature:

Windows Time Service

In Windows Server 2019, the Windows Time Service now offers true UTC-compliant leap second support; so it’s ready for any time service role in your organization.
Again, hard to pick one or even a few features, but here are some that you may know about or may not have known. But the natural question that comes into play is “How do I migrate to Windows Server 2019?” This is where Veeam may help you and you may not have even known it.

Veeam DataLabs

The Veeam DataLab is a way you can test upgrades to Windows Server 2019 from previous versions of Windows Server. In fact, I wrote a whitepaper on this very topic last year.
Do you think the idea that your backup application can help you in your upgrade to Windows Server 2019 sounds crazy? It’s not, let me explain. The Veeam DataLab will allow you to take what you have backed up and provide an isolated environment to test. The test can be many things, ensuring that backups are recoverable (what the technology was made for), testing Windows Updates, testing security configurations, testing scripted or automated configurations, testing application upgrades and more. One additional use case can be testing the upgrade of Windows Server 2019.
In the Veeam DataLab, you can simulate the upgrade to the latest operating system based on what Veeam has backed up. The best part is the changes are not going to interfere with the production system. This way you will have a complete understanding of what it will take to upgrade to Windows Server 2019 from an older Windows Server operating system. How long it will take, what changes need to happen, etc. Further, if you need to put other components into a DataLab to simulate a multi-tiered application or communication to a domain controller, you can!
Here’s an example of a DataLab:

Conclusion

Windows Server 2019 and platform support in general are key priorities at Veeam. Our next update, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4b, will include support for Windows Server version 1903. This means you can run 1903 and have it backed up with Veeam or you can run Veeam Backup & Replication and its components on this version of Windows. Veeam is a safe bet for platform support as well as the ability to activate the data in your backups to do important migrations, such as to the latest version of Windows Server.
Have you used a DataLab to do an upgrade? If so, share your comment below. If not, give it a try!

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Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

Looking back on VeeamON 2019, and forward to what’s next with Rickatron

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

This year’s VeeamON was epic, if I do say so myself. Our fifth event was in my opinion our best yet. In this post, I’ll recap a few key takeaways of the event and set the stage for what’s next for Veeam regarding events and product updates.

I wrote two specific recaps of the full days of the event, Day 1 and Day 2, which have good summaries of event specifics. Additionally, all of the general sessions and breakouts for those who attended are available for replay on the VeeamON recap site. The press releases are listed below:

We also made a short video that summarizes the event as well:

 

But what is there to focus on next? Short answer: A LOT!

I’ll start with the products. I’ve already been updated on the next version of some products we showcased at VeeamON, so we’ll be doing promotion for that at regional VeeamON Forum and Tour events as well as key industry events like VMworld and Microsoft Inspire. Veeam Availability Suite v10, which was previewed in the technology general session (you can replay here, in the technology keynote), is going to be an EPIC release. What we previewed at VeeamON is just a teaser; trust me, there is a lot more goodness to come in this release. I keep saying with each release recently that it’s the biggest release ever; and I’m pretty sure I’ll do the same with this one.

Next, I have been working with global teams to prepare the regional VeeamON Forum and VeeamON Tour events. These are underway, starting in June and going into the fall worldwide. Local markets will promote them specifically, but pages are already up for Asia, India, France, Germany, Turkey, many EMEA countries for Tours, and more to come. I just completed a VeeamON Tour in Sweden and will do subsequent ones in China, Brazil and Argentina later this year, and it feels great to bring the Veeam update to more markets around the world. Additionally, the rest of the Veeam Product Strategy team will be doing many events around the world as well.

I am fortunate to have a role on the VeeamON team as the content manager for the breakouts. This is in addition to the 57 other things I do at the event, including the technology general session presentation, presenting breakouts, meeting with customers and partners as well as meeting with press and analysts. I took a much more data-driven view to the breakout content this year. Everything from working with the event management team to have the right sized rooms, the balance of content (much more technical and product-focused this year), speaker consideration, partner interests and more. The end result is a trend that I feel embodies where Veeam is going as well as meeting, and based on survey data, exceeding the expectations of attendees. Feel free to send me a note via email or Twitter for ideas on how to make VeeamON better and the best investment for your time to attend the event.

VeeamON 2020 will take the event back to Las Vegas, and I for one am happy with that. I just think Vegas works! But the bar is set rather high. The Miami event was epic, and for my role on the VeeamON team, I’m going to expand the team I have and double the effort to raise the bar. See you there!

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Benefits of Cloud Object Storage

 

Benefits of Cloud Object Storage

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Dan Thompson

This is a guest blog post by Dan Thompson, a Research Director at 451 Research.

 

Enterprises today are struggling to get on top of a seemingly insurmountable mountain of data. Unfortunately for IT leadership, this mountain is made up of some files that are expendable, some files that are critical, some files that have compliance obligations, some files that need to be retained long-term… the list goes on and on. This ends up creating several pain points within the organization. First, the growth of the data itself is a problem as IT works to predict what the future storage capacity requirements will be for planning and budgetary purposes. Adding to this is the stress from the high price of the storage systems required to contain it all. And let’s not forget about the backups! As the operational dataset grows, so too do the backups of that data.

If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. Thankfully we as an IT community have new tools that we can leverage to help us solve at least some of these problems.

Traditionally, storage vendors have created products, such as storage-attached network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) systems, that work primarily with file systems that track data based on its location. A number of years ago, however, a new type of storage architecture was released that identified a set of data as an individual entity (or object), rather than just tracking its location. While this new way of data classification and storage brings with it a lot of benefits, vendors have struggled to articulate the value proposition of object storage over more traditional options.

This all changed when Amazon Web Services (AWS) came along with its S3 storage option, altering the way people think about online, or cloud-based, storage. While Amazon’s AWS platform may have been the first to grab attention, many other vendors have followed suit. Offerings such as Microsoft Azure Blob, IBM Cloud Object Storage and Google Cloud Storage, in addition to hundreds of other options from managed service providers and cloud service providers around the world, now host tens of trillions of files using object storage. This is not only because object storage is directly accessible via HTTP or other storage interfaces, but also because it is the only platform capable of providing the advanced data protection, automated tiering and scalability required for any massive storage task.

So how does this help with storage problems? For cloud providers, object-based storage systems are utilized in part because of the platform’s ability to dynamically scale across massive, multi-node storage systems, but also because the metadata capabilities of object storage don’t place any theoretical limitations on the number or size of objects in storage. For on-prem solutions, enterprises can leverage the same benefits. In the cloud, however, enterprises can leverage those benefits without a huge, up-front capital outlay. Enterprises pay as they grow. Either on-prem or in the cloud, the metadata capabilities also allow object storage users to easily migrate objects between multiple tiers of storage, giving them flexibility to optimize a cloud storage environment based on whatever combination of cost, performance, availability and data protection best suits their data governance requirements.

When considering data protection, it’s worth pointing out that a good solution requires more than just object storage. At the end of the day, object storage is just another place to house data. To fully utilize object storage as part of a backup and disaster recovery program, enterprises need software to handle part of the process. Perhaps a good solution could automatically put backup files in the cloud; moving the data offsite is at least a start. However, a great solution would establish tiers of storage, and then move the backups between those tiers as they reach various lifecycle stages. For example, the most recent backups will likely be kept next to the workload for the fastest backup and restore performance. After some period of time, those backups should then be moved offsite for longer-term storage. Depending on the retention requirements, perhaps after another period of time those backups would be moved to yet another tier of storage. This should all be happening automatically, without the need for human intervention. By using the cloud for these latter two tiers, enterprises can reduce the amount of storage required on-site, while simultaneously meeting offsite backup storage requirements. This also opens up the possibility of a ‘restore to the cloud’ option.

Finally, when looking at taking advantage of a cloud-based object storage solution for backup storage, there are a couple of obvious pitfalls to watch out for. Data transfer fees from the major cloud providers have become a bit notorious, so it’s good for enterprises to fully understand what actions they’ll be charged for, and what actions they won’t. To that extent, it’s worth understanding how the various software packages charge for this as well.

 

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v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode

v10 Sneak peek: Cloud Tier Copy Mode

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri

At VeeamON 2019, I joined members of the Product Strategy Team to do a number of live demos showing current and future products and features. While the first half focused on what had been released in 2019 so far, the second half focused on what is coming. One of those was the highly anticipated Copy Mode feature being added to the Cloud Tier in v10 of Veeam Backup & Replication.

As with the existing 9.5 Update 4 functionality, all restore operations are still possible for backup data that has been copied to the Capacity Tier. During the Technical Main Stage keynote, I demoed an Instant VM Recovery of a machine from a SOBR that we had simulated the loss of all Performance Tier extents due to a disaster. As you can see in the demo below, the recovery was streamed directly off the Capacity Tier, which in this case was backed by Amazon S3.

Copy Mode feature

Copy Mode is an additional policy you can set against the Capacity Tier extent of the Scale Out Backup Repository (SOBR), which is backed by an Object Storage repository. Once selected, any backup files that are created as part of any standard backup or backup copy job will be copied to the Capacity Tier. This fully satisfies the 3-2-1 rule of backup, which asks for one full copy of your data off site.

This feature adds to the existing move functionality released as part of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4 earlier this year and allows the almost immediate copy of backup data up to an Object Storage Repository. Here’s a deep dive into the technology (and best practices!) that we presented on the main stage:

 

And a full demo only session to show off some of the new Copy Mode functionality coming in v10:

 

NOTE: Demo and screenshots taken from Tech Preview Build and is subject to change.

For a recap of what is currently possible in Update 4, head to this link to check out all the Cloud Tier content I’ve created since launch.

Conclusion

Copy Mode is going to be a huge enhancement to the Cloud Tier in v10. I can see lots of great use cases for on-premises Veeam customers and for our Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partners who should be looking to leverage this feature to offer new service offerings for IaaS and Cloud Connect Backup data resiliency.

Stay tuned for more information around Cloud Tier Copy Mode as we get closer to the release of v10!

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What else can you do with Veeam Availability Orchestrator?

What else can you do with Veeam Availability Orchestrator?

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hello all,

I mention this stuff a lot and people are always surprised.  So I thought I would share this here so that more of you can see this.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) v2 is a DR orchestration tool that can use replicas or backups as the source for failovers in a crisis. As a professional DR tool it allows you to test your failovers to make sure your applications recovery is as you might hope.  It also has great documentation – mostly automatic too that is very helpful.  But there is other things you can do with this very useful tool that are not necessarily obvious.

  • You can use a test failover to test out a few things – not just does the app work but also:
    • Application Patching – if it works you know it will work in production as you are working in a copy of production, not just a lab built copy.
    • OS patching or updates – same here, you will know if it works in production or not.
    • Security vulnerability scanning – if you break something in the test only you know and you can prepare for that in production by maybe tweaking the scanning tool.
  • Plan, and test, a migration to a new data center.  It is very good indeed to test your migration before it becomes permanent.
  • You can pull data into a test failover from physical machines if necessary.  So like an AIX server that is running Oracle.  How it would look is:
    • During a test failover a PowerShell script executes and talks to AIX
    • A new LPAR is deployed,
    • A virtual nic is attached to the LPAR that is connected to the private and non-routing test network.
    • Another script runs that copies a subset of the Oracle database to the new LPAR.
    • So now in the test failover an app can find Oracle. Which is important to support a test failover.
    • Now at the end of the test there is a PowerShell script that runs and notes it is the end of the test so it talks to AIX and deletes the LAPR that has the subset of Oracle database on it.  This is important to make sure no test data gets into the production Oracle.
    • I have seen this done with AIX, and I have had customers tell me they have done this with HPUX.
  • You can protect physical machines.
    • Use a tool like VMware Converter to do lunchtime and night time conversions.  Then on a different schedule it is replicated and protected.  This means if the physical machine is lost, a virtual version will be available, and that is quite usable even if the app owner didn’t want to virtualize for some reason as the alternative is total loss.
    • I am working on a blog to do this as part of your backups.  When I have that figured out and documented I will share it out.
  • One that I heard from a customer is to do organized and auditable restores for people.  Since it is a DR activity there is a nice audit trail, and you can test it too.

So I hope that this all helps you understand that there is a lot that a DR orchestration tool like VAO can do over and above the typical DR stuff.

Let me know if you have questions or comments,

Michael

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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2019/06/19/what-else-can-you-do-with-veeam-availability-orchestrator/

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Improving failover speed in VAO

Improving failover speed in VAO

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hello there,

If you are using Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) you may have noticed that we limit a VM group to start 10 VMs simultaneously. If your plan has two VM groups that means the first group starts 10 VMs at a time until there are not more to start, than the next VM group starts recovering 10 VMs at a time.

What happens if you want to recover faster?  First is it possible?  If you have all flash storage, or very fast storage, and your vCenter has spare RAM / Processor then it is possible.

Here is the process.

  • Do a test failover of the plan you wish to have proceed more quickly.  If the DataLab is already running the test failover time is fairly close to the actual failover time. Remember or record the time.
  • Confirm your vCenter is healthy.  This is a good place to start.

  • Next you should increase the number of simultaneous starts.  It can be found when you edit your VM group.

  • Depending on your storage you will make the choice.  If you have all flash for example, then I would suggest trying 20 instead of 10.
  • Now with the lab group already running, do your test failover again.  Record the time.
  • More VMs starting might impact vCenter so make sure it is still good.  Us the Past Day setting and see if there is a big spike where you did the test.
  • But, if the vCenter is still good, determine how much time you saved.
  • If the time is not good enough, and you think you still have resources in vCenter, you can try increasing the number again.
  • Remember this impacts your storage, and your vCenter strongly.  So at some point you potentially may need to back the number down.  I think 10 is very safe for everyone, but if you have a good vCenter and nice storage you should be able to get it quite a bit higher.  Maybe 30?

Another way to decrease the time of failovers is how you design your plans.  Multi – tier apps can make plans very slow if you use sequencing, but can be much faster if you use a different design.  I talk about that design in this article.

I hope that this article helps, but I am very open to questions and comments. And don’t forget all my VAO technical articles can be found via this tag.

BTW, I don’t have a decent work lab, and I have a small lab at home I use.  So I could not show better screenshots.  Sorry about that.

Michael

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Reducing complexity with Cisco and Veeam

Reducing complexity with Cisco and Veeam

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Carey Stanton

Hello from beautiful San Diego! I’m here at Cisco Live 2019 this week and I’m noticing that in many conversations with customers and partners, the theme of reducing complexity has come up time and time again.
In fact, according to the IT Spending Intentions Survey conducted by analyst group ESG, 68% of respondents say their IT environment is more complex than it was two years ago.  That’s why forward-thinking organizations need to make IT as agile and as simple as possible. It’s all about making technology work for you, not the other way around. One of the things that commonly stands in the way of achieving that goal is data protection. Simply put, new workloads cannot be deployed unless those workloads can be adequately protected.
Veeam and Cisco have kept that in mind and are closely partnering together to help customers reduce their data protection cost and complexity, while also better protecting their data. Customers are able to run Veeam Availability solutions on Cisco UCS storage servers or Cisco HyperFlex hyperconvergence platform to reduce their complexity while providing the data management today’s organizations require. From enhanced visibility, to multi-cloud support and better price for performance, there are a multitude of benefits from the joint solutions that help reduce complexity.

Peace of mind

Veeam Availability Solution for Cisco UCS leverages Cisco UCS M240 or S3260 storage servers and Veeam Availability Suite to deliver robust data management and confidence that data is always available and protected.
As for Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex, Veeam’s running on the HyperFlex platform means that the Veeam software is able to take advantage of HyperFlex advanced capabilities such as failover, clustering and self-healing. This makes for a highly resilient data protection platform that’s immune to disk and node failures.

Ease of use

Enterprise-grade data protection solutions have become notorious for being difficult to implement and manage. There is often a steep learning curve associated with such products. In contrast, the Veeam/Cisco solution is designed to provide turnkey data protection for the enterprise.
The entire solution can be purchased through a single Cisco SKU, and like other hyperconverged solutions, it’s designed for easy deployment. Additionally, the platform supports the use of backup policies that behave in a consistent manner, regardless of whether the protected resources reside on physical or virtual hardware, or in the cloud.

Any app, any data, any cloud

Managing multiple clouds can often be a pain point for even the most skilled IT teams. Veeam can overcome that obstacle — the Veeam Availability solution is able to protect physical, virtual, and cloud-based workloads. Veeam can protect all of an organization’s applications and data, regardless of where it resides. Furthermore, backups can be replicated to the cloud, and multi-cloud environments are fully supported.

Unmatched price and performance

Veeam and Cisco are committed to helping enterprise customers make the most of their data protection budgets by delivering exceptional performance for a fraction of what competing solutions cost. According to another study by the Enterprise Strategy Group, “the price / performance of Veeam / Cisco solution is 49% lower than the examined alternative.” That means that organizations are receiving 2x better value than alternative solutions. This same study also concluded that the performance delivered by the Veeam and Cisco solution was 28.9% higher than the alternative solutions assessed.

Partnering together to help customers

The Veeam/Cisco data protection platform is designed to be easy to deploy and manage, while also delivering high performance and high availability at a very competitive cost. The partnership, as shown by the previous savings statistics from ESG, proves that some things are just better together.
If you are at Cisco Live this week, come visit Veeam at booth #2305. We’d love to talk to you about how Veeam and Cisco can help you take the complexity out of data protection.
If you aren’t, then you can still access information on Cisco and Veeam joint solutions on our customer resource site.
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