Tenant Backup to Tape

Tenant Backup to Tape

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

As a Service Provider, what are the ways available to you to protect your tenants data? What ways are there to offload aged data to keep storage costs under control? When looking at data archiving, is Cloud storage the only way to archive your tenants backup data?

I chose this topic because I feel that the Backup to Tape as a Service feature not getting the attention it deserves.
The Tape as a Service feature was included in Veeam Update 4 to help Service Providers free up space in their storage repositories and to help customers to safely archive their backup data for longer retention time.
In the same Update 4, Veeam also released the Archive Tier. This allows Service Providers and customers to tier their backup to the cloud for archiving. But somehow this Archive Tier feature grabbed the market’s attention and neglected Tape as a Service.
As someone who is still a big fan of Tapes, and believes that tape is not going to disappear in the near future, I think this blog post is a great read for Service Providers to learn more about the Tape as a Service feature included with Veeam Update 4.
So let’s learn how it works.


The tenant Backup to Tape architecture is an add-on to the Veeam Cloud Connect architecture, but with the addition of the Tape Infrastructure. For Service Providers who want to offer this feature, the Tape infrastructure must be added to the Veeam Cloud Connect. A tape backup job must then be configured to off-load the tenant backup from the cloud storage/repository to the tape using the Veeam Backup to Tape job.
The diagram below illustrates how the Veeam Tenant Backup to Tape feature integrates with Veeam Cloud Connect.
After the Tape infrastructure has been added to the Veeam Cloud Connect, the Service Provider can now create a GFS (Grandfather, Father, Son backup routine) backup job to back up the tenant data to tape for both these reasons:

  • Archival for long retention, and
  • Offline Archive.

Job Configuration

The configuration starts with creating a GFS media pool. The Service Provider can create a pool for each tenant, retention, or any other business offering. On the examples, we are going to use here, and to achieve full data segregation, I will create a single GFS media pool for each tenant. On the screenshot below, I created a Media Pool with five tapes to be used when I want to backup Tenant01 data:

The next step is illustrated below, where I created the Tape Backup Job and then selected Tenants as the data source:

Next, I selected the appropriate tenant repository; in the example below, it is Tenant01_Repo:

At the Media Pool menu item, select the specific tenant media pool. In this example, it is Tenant01 (HP MSL G3 Series 9.50)
The last step is to schedule the job to run the backup:

Recover Tenant Data from Tape

It is important to mention that Veeam Tenant Backup to Tape as a Service is managed and operated by only the Service Provider to help protect and archive the tenant data on behalf of the tenant. That said, the tenant will not be aware of the job or the restore process. To benefit from this service, the tenant and the Service Provider must agree to the policy to be implemented.
In the case of data loss, the Tenant can ask the service provider to restore the data using one of the following options:

  • Restore to the original location,
  • Restore to a new location, or
  • Export backup files to disk.

The screenshot below illustrates the options:

With the options are shown above, Service Providers can restore the tenant data to the original location, a different location, or export the data to removable storage. Original location restores the data to the same location it was backed up from, i.e. the tenant cloud repository. But sometimes the tenant wants to compare the data on tape with the data in the cloud repository; this is where the restore to a new location option becomes very useful.  Service providers can create a temporary tenant where the tenant is provided with access to check the data before committing the restore to the original location or sending the data using removable storage. The screenshot below illustrates the Service Provider restoring the tenant data to a new location using the temporary tenant name of Tenant01_Repo.
After the restoration was completed, the tenant can connect to the Service Provider using the temporary tenant to access the restored data:


As I mentioned at the start, I’m a big fan of tape backups for several reasons. They include secure recovery in the event of a Ransomware attack, doesn’t cost very much, and more. I am also aware of the limitations and challenges that can come with Tape backup, and maybe that can be the topic for another blog post. The Backup to Tape feature described here is a great feature, yet somehow several Service Providers I spoke to missed this feature. They were very happy to finally find a cheap and effective way to use their Tape infrastructure; some of them started using this feature as ransomware protection.
I hope this blog post provides a clear understanding of how you as a Service Provider can benefit from this Tenant Tape Backup feature and maximize your infrastructure return on investment.
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Original Article: https://cloudoasis.com.au/2019/04/10/tenantbackuptotape/


Why IT doesn’t modernize data protection

Why IT doesn’t modernize data protection

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Jason Buffington

What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
For far too many organizations, the main reason they don’t modernize IT architectures as fast they probably should is a failure to communicate. Even for something as simple as backup, it stands like this:

  • Technology professionals think in terms of IT capabilities, such as the protection or restoration of data, and discuss those capabilities through terms like Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).
  • Business or operations stakeholders focus on their teams’ productivity and view themselves as IT’s customer (or victim). So, the lens that they assess IT through is how downtime and data loss affect their operations, which can be measured in Business Impact Analyses (BIA) and Risk Analyses (RA). Moreover, the effort of finding common ground on expectations with IT is through Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Financial folks see things not as much through “how” IT does it (technology) or “why” businesses need it, but simply as a mathematical exchange of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO for investments in people or materials versus the business outcomes or impacts: Return on Investment (ROI).

Those are a lot of three letter acronyms (TLAs) and jargon. More importantly, each of these lenses is accurate yet incomplete, because so many folks only speak one of the three languages (four, if you include application jargon). Unfortunately, a failure to understand each other’s goals and pains often results in indecision and a begrudging acceptance of the status quo, even when everyone individually believes that they ought to be able to do better.

What to do about it

In 30+ years in IT data protection, I have seen this problem far too many times. To help with that, Veeam asked me to write a small book Data Protection by the Numbers for Dummies that unpacks and translates the three languages, gives ideas how to calculate the real costs of downtime (operational and economic), and a top ten list of ideas to consider (nothing about Veeam or any other solutions within the text, just the cover).
In addition, check out this video on the topic:

As always, if I or Veeam can be of assistance, please let me know.
Thanks for watching
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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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Disaster recovery plan documentation with Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Disaster recovery plan documentation with Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Sam Nicholls

Without a doubt, the automated reporting engine in Veeam Availability Orchestrator and the disaster recovery plan documentation it produces are among its most powerful capabilities. They’re something we’ve had a lot of overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers that benefit from them, and I feel that sharing some more insights into what these documents are capable of will help you understand how you can benefit from them, too.
Imagine coming in to work on a Monday morning to an email containing an attachment that tells you that your entire disaster recovery plan was tested over the weekend without you so much as lifting a finger. Not only does that attachment confirm that your disaster recovery plan has been tested, but it tells you what was tested, how it was tested, how long the test took, and what the outcome of the test was. If it was a success, great! You’re ready to take on disaster if it decides to strike today. If it failed, you’ll know what failed, why it failed, and where to start fixing things. The document that details this for you is what we call a “test execution report,” but that is just one of four fully-automated documentation types that Veeam Availability Orchestrator can put in your possession.

Definition report

As soon as your first failover plan is created within Veeam Availability Orchestrator, you’ll be able to produce the plan definition report. This report provides an in-depth view into your entire disaster recovery plan’s configuration, as well as its components. This includes the groups of VMs included in that plan, the steps that will be taken to recover those VMs, and the applications they support in the event of a disaster, as well as any other necessary parameters. This information makes this report great for auditors and management, and can be used to obtain sign-off from application owners who need to verify the plan’s configuration.

Readiness check report

Veeam Availability Orchestrator contains many testing options, one of which we call a readiness check, a great sanity check that is so lightweight that it can be performed at any time. This test completes incredibly quickly and has zero impact on your environment’s performance, either in production or at the disaster recovery site. The resulting report documents the outcome of this test’s steps, including if the replica VMs are detected and prepared for failover, the desired RPO is currently met, the VMware vCenter server and Veeam Backup & Replication server are online and available, the required credentials are provided, and that the required failover plan steps and parameters have been configured.

Test execution report

Test execution reports are generated upon the completion of a test of the disaster recovery plan, powered by enhanced Veeam DataLabs that have been orchestrated and automated by Veeam Availability Orchestrator. This testing runs through every step identified in the plan as if it were a real-world scenario and documents in detail everything you could possibly want to know. This makes it ideal for evaluating the disaster recovery plan, proactively troubleshooting errors, and identifying areas that can be improved upon.

Execution report

This report is exactly the same as the test execution report but is only produced after the execution of a real-world failover.
Now that we understand the different types of reports and documentation available in Veeam Availability Orchestrator, I wanted to highlight some of the key features for you that will make them such an invaluable tool for your disaster recovery strategy.


All four reports are automatically created, updated and published based on your preferences and needs. They can be scheduled to complete at any frequency you see fit – daily, weekly, monthly, etc., but are also available on-demand with a single-click. This means that if management or an auditor ever wants the latest, you can hand them real-time, up-to-date documentation without the laborious, time-consuming and error-prone edits. You can even automate this step if you like by subscribing specific stakeholders or mailboxes to the reports relevant to them.


All four reports available with Veeam Availability Orchestrator ship in a default template format. This template may be used as-is, however, it is recommended to clone it (as the default template is not editable) and customize to your organization’s specific needs. Customization is key, as no two organizations are alike, and neither are their disaster recovery plans. You can include anything you like in your documentation, from logos, application owners, disaster recovery stakeholders and their contact information. Even all the 24-hour food delivery services in the area for when things might go wrong, and the team needs to get through the night. You name it, you can customize and include it.

Built-in change tracking

One of the most difficult things to stay on top of with disaster recovery planning is how quickly and dramatically environments can change. In fact, uncaptured changes are one of the most common causes behind disaster recovery failure. Plan definition reports conveniently contain a section titled “plan change log” that detail any edits to the plan’s configuration, whether by automation or manual changes. This affords you the ability to track things like who changed plan settings, when it was changed, and what was changed so that you can preemptively understand if a change was made correctly or in error, and account for it before a disaster happens.

Proactive error detection

The actionable information available in both readiness check and test execution reports enable you to eradicate risk to your disaster recovery plan’s viability and reliability. By knowing what will and what will not work ahead of time (e.g. a recovery that takes too long or a VM replica that has not been powered down post-test), you’re able to identify and proactively remediate any plans errors that occur before disaster. This in turn delivers confidence to you and your organization that you will be successful in a real-world event. Luckily in the screenshot below, everything succeeded in my test.

Assuring compliance

Understanding compliance requirements laid out by your organization or an external regulatory body is one thing. Assuring that those compliance requirements have been met today and in the past when undergoing a disaster recovery audit is another, and failure to do so can be a costly repercussion. Veeam Availability Orchestrator’s reports enables you to prove that your plan can meet measures like maximum acceptable outage (MAO) or recovery point objectives (RPO), whether they’re defined by governing bodies like SOX, HIPAA, SEC, or an internal SLA regulation.
If you’d like to learn more about how Veeam Availability Orchestrator can help you meet your disaster recovery documentation needs and more, schedule a demo with your Veeam representative, or download the 30-day FREE trial today. It contains everything you need to get started, even if you’re not currently a Veeam Backup & Replication user.
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Join us at AWS Summits!

Join us at AWS Summits!

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Yesica Schaaf

Veeam is excited to be a Global Diamond Sponsor at all 39 AWS Summits around the world, participating jointly with N2WS, our top-rated AWS backup and DR solution. These events are a great opportunity for organizations not only to learn about the latest innovations in areas like cloud mobility, data retention, and disaster recovery, but also to engage with the AWS community and exchange the latest best practices around the cloud. Check here for the latest schedule of AWS Summits — they’re free events so there’s no excuse not to attend!

What you’ll see from Veeam and N2WS at AWS Summits

Veeam will showcase our latest cloud solutions at all AWS Summits through live demos, sponsored sessions, theater sessions, and meetings with our experts. This will include deep dives on:

  • Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4: Introduced earlier this year, this product unveils several major cloud capabilities with one of the biggest additions being Veeam Cloud Tier. Cloud Tier provides unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost-effective object storage integrations with Amazon S3 and other public clouds. Another great feature of Update 4 is Veeam Cloud Mobility, providing easy portability and recovery of any on-premises or cloud-based workloads to AWS and other public clouds.
  • Veeam Availability for AWS: This new solution combines the market-leading N2WS cloud-native backup and recovery of AWS workloads with the ability to consolidate the backup data in a central Veeam repository. This enables customers to reliably move data to and holistically manage across multi-cloud environments. It also mitigates the risk of losing access to cloud applications and ensures protection of AWS data against accidental deletion, loss of AWS account access, data-level security threats and outages.
  • N2WS Backup & Recovery: A cloud-native backup tool built specifically for AWS, this point solution gives customers the ability to automatically back up AWS data as often as needed and recover it far more quickly than with traditional on-premises backup solutions, simplifying workloads and saving time and resources.

While the cloud delivers significant business benefits, based on the AWS shared responsibility model, businesses must still take direct action to guard data and enable business continuity in the event of an outage or disaster. Veeam’s solutions and its expanding partnership with AWS enable businesses to achieve this goal and take ownership of their cloud data.
Are you attending an AWS Summit? Join us at the Veeam N2WS booth and let’s talk cloud data protection!
If you cannot make it to AWS Summits this year, check out our multi-cloud demos online.

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Trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape

Trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT
Veeam executives and former industry analysts, Jason
Buffington and Dave Russell, discuss the latest trends shaping the data
protection industry and IT landscape in a series of videos. Watch this series
to learn more about the benefits of a cloud-approach protection strategy,
what to consider when choosing an appliance, and why regulatory compliance
can be your friend.

NEW Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

NEW Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition
NEW Veeam Backup & Replication™ Community Edition,
replacing Veeam Backup Free Edition, is the
NEW, must
have FREE backup for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V, as well as
physical servers, workstations and cloud instances. Get your customers to
try before they buy
and protect up to 10 VMs or a combination of VMs,
cloud Instances, physical servers or workstations with features and
functionalities equal to Veeam Backup & Replication Standard edition!
Once they are familiar with these capabilities, you can
upgrade their installation to a paid version of Veeam Backup &
Replication, enabling them to get access to technical support, protect more
workloads or leverage the advanced capabilities of Enterprise or Enterprise Plus

NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3

NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3
Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is Veeam’s
fastest growing product of all-time and with 
v3, it’s
easier than ever for your customers to efficiently back up and reliably
restore their Office 365 Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive data.
Watch this short and educational video
on the ProPartner portal to learn more about the new features and
functionalities in 
v3 and how you can earn more
with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

Veeam ProPartner Program earns 5-Star rating five years in a row

Veeam ProPartner Program earns 5-Star rating five years
in a row
We are excited to announce that the Veeam®
ProPartner Program has received a 5-Star rating in CRN’s 2019 Partner Program Guide in the system and data
center space.
. This marks the fifth consecutive year the program
has been recognized as a 5-Star Partner Program. This annual guide identifies
the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today,
offered by the top technology suppliers for IT products and services.

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.

IDC white paper: Creating value for VMware with Veeam

IDC white paper: Creating value for VMware with Veeam
An IDC survey of Veeam® customers uncovered several
primary benefits of deploying Veeam with VMware Software-Defined Data Center
(SDDC) solutions including:
Simplified operations and reduced risk for modernizing the
data center
Faster virtual machine (VM) recoveries and less data loss
Improved recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time
objectives (RTOs) across virtual, physical and cloud platforms

The future of data protection is data management

The future of data protection is data management

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Jason Buffington

In this last installment of the series, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:
Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ
Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG
This week, we’re talking about how the future of data protection is data management:

  • “Y” should your data protection strategy evolve
  • What should data management really look like

Dave and Jason are now both VPs working on various aspects of Veeam’s strategy.  If either of them, or Veeam, can help you, please let us know.
We hope you enjoyed these series as much as we did creating them! Let us know what you liked or disliked in the comments down below.

Navigate through the series:

  1. The data protection landscape
  2. Tape is (not) dead
  3. Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy
  4. An appliance by any other name
  5. The good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant
  6. Is backup enough for a peace of mind?
  7. The future of data protection is data management

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Enhanced agent monitoring and reporting in Veeam ONE

Enhanced agent monitoring and reporting in Veeam ONE

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Kirsten Stoner

Veeam ONE has many capabilities that can benefit your business, one of which is the ability to run reports that compile information about your entire IT environment. Veeam One Reporter is a tool you can use to document and report on your environment to support analysis, decision making, optimization and resource utilization. For those who have used Veeam ONE in the past, it’s the go-to tool for reporting on your Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. But one thing was missing from Veeam ONE, and that was the depth of visibility it provided for the Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux. With the latest update, Veeam ONE Reporter gains three new reports that assess your Veeam Agent Backup Jobs. In addition to these predefined reports, the update brings information about computers to the “Backup Infrastructure Custom Data” report. It provides agent monitoring by being able to categorize any machine that is being protected by the Veeam Agent within Veeam ONE Business View, allowing you to monitor activity from a business perspective. Ultimately, this update aligns Veeam ONE to provide substantial reporting and monitoring for any physical machines that are protected by the Veeam Agent.

Which reports are new?

Veeam ONE Update 4 adds more predefined reports to analyze Veeam Agent Backup Job activity. These include, Computers with no Archive Copy, Computer Backup Status and Agent Backup Job and Policy History.

  • The “Computer with no Archive Copy” report will highlight all the computers that do not have an archive copy.
  • The “Computer Backup Status” report provides the daily backup status information for all protected agents.
  • The “Agent Backup Job and Policy History” report provides historical information for all Veeam Agent policies and jobs.

All these reports provide visibility into evaluating your data-protection strategies for any workload that is running a Veeam agent in your environment. In this post, I want to highlight the Agent Backup Job and Policy History Report as well as discuss the addition to the “Backup Infrastructure Custom Data” report because both provide a great amount of information on Agent Backup Jobs.

Figure 1: Veeam Backup Agent reports

Agent Backup Job and Policy History report

For Veeam Agents, this report provides great information on the status of the Backup Job, along with data on the job run itself. To access the report:

  1. Open Veeam ONE Reporter, switch to Workspace view, and find the Veeam Backup Agent Reports folder, this is where you will see all the pre-built reports available for Veeam Backup Agents.
  2. Select the report, choose Scope and select the time interval you want the report to contain. (You can build the report to be more specific by selecting an individual backup server, several job/policies to be reported on or drill down further to the exact Agent Backup Job.)
  3. Once you have made your decision, click Preview Report and the report will be created.

Figure 2: Report Scope options

The report contains historical information for your Veeam Agent Backup Jobs. How you defined the report in the first step will determine how specific or general the data will be. Either way, the report provides great depth of data.

Figure 3: Agent Backup Job and Policy History Report

The first page shows an overview of the Agent Backup Job and policies, the date the jobs were run, and if it is in the Success, Failed or Warning category. On the second page of the report, you can see a bit more details like the Total Backup size and the amount of Restore Points Created.

Figure 4: Backup Job and Policy History details

If you select a specific date when the job was run it gives even more analysis on the specific run of the backup job.

Figure 5: Detailed Description of Agent Backup Job results

This tells you when the job started, how long it took and backup size. You can even tell if the run was full or incremental. The report provides visibility into your IT environment by being able to gather real-time data on your protected agent backups.

Backup infrastructure custom data report

This report allows you to customize and add data protection elements that are not covered together in the predefined reports included in Veeam ONE. The report can define and display data points about Veeam Backup & Replication objects, including backup server, backup job, agent job and VMs.  This is useful because it allows you to create a report that includes aspects of the backup infrastructure of your choosing to be displayed for easy analysis and visibility. To run this report, much is the same that was discussed previously in this blog post. You will need to locate the custom report pack in the workspace view, once found you will be able to choose between the different objects you want to show and what aspects of the backup infrastructure you want the report to analyze.

Figure 6: Custom reporting

When creating the report, you have the option to choose between different aspects of the backup infrastructure you want to be shown. In addition, you can apply custom filters to have the report filter the data to show only what you want it to. This allows you to create custom filter for the selected objects you want to show. Here is an example of a report that was run using the custom report pack.

Figure 7: Backup Infrastructure Custom Data Report

The ability to create custom reports  allows you to define your own configuration parameters, performance metrics, and filters when utmost flexibility is required. How cool is that?

Agent monitoring in Business View

To assist with monitoring Veeam Agent Backup activity, you can utilize Veeam ONE Business View. Veeam ONE Business View has added the ability to categorize agents in business terms. If you have your backup server(s) connected into Veeam ONE, you can start categorizing any machine that is being protected by the Veeam Agent.

Figure 8: Agent Monitoring in Business View

Veeam ONE Business View allows you to group any computers running the Veeam Backup Agent managed by your backup server. This gives you another layer of monitoring for the Veeam Agents that was not available in previous versions of Veeam ONE.

Bringing visibility to the Veeam Agents

Veeam ONE gives you the tools needed to accurately monitor and report on your entire IT environment. Actively monitoring and reporting on your IT environment allows you to be proactive when addressing issues occurring in your environment, helps plan for future business IT operation needs, and provides understanding on how your data center works. By being able to add Veeam Agent Reporting to your physical environment, you can gather data points on the Veeam Agent backup jobs and document the results. The latest update brings to Veeam ONE many enhancements and functionality making it imperative to start using in your data center today.
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Is backup enough for a peace of mind?

Is backup enough for a peace of mind?

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Dave Russell

Today, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:
Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG
Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ
This week, we’re talking about why and how to do more with your backed-up data:

  • You should do more with your backed up data than restore it after bad things happen
  • An analysts’ view on Veeam DataLabs
  • How do you “unlock” more business value out of your data

Jason and Dave are now both VPs working on various aspects of Veeam’s strategy.  If either of them, or Veeam, can help you, please let us know.
We’ll see you back here next week – thanks for watching.

Navigate through the series:

  1. The data protection landscape
  2. Tape is (not) dead
  3. Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy
  4. An appliance by any other name
  5. The good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant
  6. Is backup enough for a peace of mind?
  7. The future of data protection is data management

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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.


Veeam Availability Orchestrator

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Application-level monitoring for your workloads

Application-level monitoring for your workloads

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

If you haven’t noticed, Veeam ONE has really taken on an incredible amount of capabilities with the 9.5 Update 4 release.
One capability that can be a difference-maker is application-level monitoring. This is a big deal for keeping applications available and is part of a bigger Availability story. Putting this together with incredible backup capabilities from Veeam Backup & Replication, application-level monitoring can extend your Availability to the applications on the workloads where you need the most Availability. What’s more, you can combine this with actions in Veeam ONE Monitor to put in the handling you want when applications don’t behave as expected.
Let’s take a look at application-level monitoring in Veeam ONE. This capability is inside of Veeam ONE Monitor, which is my personal favorite “part” of Veeam ONE. I’ve always said with Veeam ONE, “I guarantee that Veeam ONE will tell you something about your environment that you didn’t know, but need to fix.” And with application-level monitoring, the story is stronger than ever. Let’s start with both the processes and services inside of a running virtual machine in Veeam ONE Monitor:

I’ve selected the SQL Server service, which for any system with this service, is likely important. Veeam ONE Monitor can use a number of handling options for this service. The first are simple start, stop and restart service options that can be passed to the service control manager. But we also can set up some alarms based on the service:

The alarm capability for the services being monitored will allow a very explicit handling you can provide. Additionally, you can make it match the SLA or expectation that your stakeholders have. Take how this alarm is configured, if the service is not running for 5 minutes, the alarm will be triggered as an error. I’ll get to what happens next in a moment, but this 5-minute window (which is configurable) can be what you set as a reasonable amount of time for something to go through most routine maintenance. But if this time exceeds 5 minutes, something may not be operating as expected, and chances are the service should be restarted. This is especially true if you have a fiddlesome application that constantly or even occasionally requires manual intervention. This 5-minute threshold example may even be quick enough to avoid being paged in the middle of the night! The alarm rules are shown below:

The alarm by itself is good, but we need more sometimes. That’s where a different Veeam ONE capability can help out with remediation actions. I frequently equate, and it’s natural to do so, the remediation actions with the base capability. So, the base capability is the application-level monitoring, but the means to the end of how to fully leverage this capability comes from the remediation actions.
With the remediation actions, the proper handling can be applied for this application. In the screenshot below, I’ve put in a specific PowerShell script that can be automatically run when the alarm is triggered. Let your ideas go crazy here, it can be as simple as restarting the service — but you also may want to notify application owners that the application was remediated if they are not using Veeam ONE. This alone may be the motivation needed to setup read-only access to the application team for their applications. The configuration to run the script to automatically resolve that alarm is shown below:

Another piece of intelligence regarding services, application-level monitoring in Veeam ONE will also allow you to set an alarm based on the number of services changing. For example, if one or more services are added; an alarm would be triggered. This would be a possible indicator of an unauthorized software install or possibly a ransomware service.
Don’t let your creativity stop simply at service state, that’s one example, but application-level monitoring can be used for so many other use cases. Processes for example, can have alarms built on many criteria (including resource utilization) as shown below:

If we look closer at the process CPU, we can see that alarms can be built on if a process CPU usage (as well as other metrics) go beyond specified thresholds. As in the previous example, we can also put in handling with remediation actions to sort the situation based on pre-defined conditions. These warning and error thresholds are shown below:

As you can see, application-level monitoring used in conjunction with other new Veeam ONE capabilities can really set the bar high for MORE Availability. The backup, the application and more can be looked after with the exact amount of care you want to provide. Have you seen this new capability in Veeam ONE? If you haven’t, check it out!
You can find more information on Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 here.

More on new Veeam ONE capabilities:

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Backup Azure SQL Databases

Backup Azure SQL Databases

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

You have a good reason to use Microsoft Azure SQL Databases; but, you are wondering how you can backup the Database locally. Can you include the Azure Databases protection in your company’s backup strategy? What does it take to back up the Azure Databases?

In this blog post, I am going to share with you a solution I used for one of our Azure Database customers who wanted to backup the Azure SQL Database locally. The solution I came up with consists of the following:

  • Azure Databases – SQL Database
  • VM/Physical Server with local SQL server installed
  • An Empty SQL Database
  • Configure Azure: Sync to other Databases
  • Veeam Agent & Veeam Backup & Replication (depends on the deployment)

The following diagram illustrates the solution I am describing on this blog post:

Solution Overview

There are several ways to backup Azure SQL databases. Of the two ways, one is to use the Veeam Backup product, and you use the Veeam Agent in the event you choose to deploy your SQL Server on a physical server, or on a Virtual Machine, inside the Azure Cloud. The other way is to deploy the Veeam Backup solution on premises on a VM inside your Hypervisor infrastructure. In that case, you use the Veeam Backup and Replication product; or, you can also use a combination of both ways.
After the SQL Server is deployed,  the solution requires the creation of an empty SQL database, and then the synchronization between the two databases must be configured. No worries, I will take you through the steps.

Preparing your Azure SQL Databases for Sync

In this first step, I will discuss the preparations of the existent Azure SQL databases to be synchronised. You must follow these steps:

1. Create a Sync Group

From Azure Portal, select SQL Databases. Click on the Database you are going to work with. In the following example, I created a temporary SQL Database and then filled it with temporary data for testing.
After you have moved to the database properties screen, select the Sync to other databases option:
Then select New Sync Group. Complete the following entries:
a. Fill in the name of the group. In this example, it is GlobalSync,
b. The database you want to sync. We have used the AzureSqlDb on Server: depsqlsrv.
c. Select Automatic Sync on or off as desired. Off in this example.
d. Select the conflict resolution option. Here the Hub is to win.
In the next step, you are going to configure the On-Premises Database Sync members. That is, the Azure Database and the Sync Agent, as shown below.
Note: You must copy the key for later use.
Next, download the Client Sync Agent from the provided link and install it on the SQL Server. Press OK. The next step is to Select the On-Premises Database.

Prepare the SQL Server

After completing the steps above, switch on, then login to your SQL server and create an empty SQL database.
Next, start the installation of the Client Sync Agent. Run it after the installation.  After the Client Sync Agent has started running, press Submit Agent Key. Provide the key you copied from the previous step and your Azure SQL Database username and password:
After pressing the OK button, press Register, then provide your local SQL server name and the name of the temporary database you just created.
The steps above should run without connection issues. If you encounter problems, go back over the steps and setting and correct the errors.
You are now set up with your SQL Server preparation and your server is waiting for the synchronised data to be received. Before you get excited, we must switch back to the Azure Portal to continue with the final steps before we test the solution.

Back To Azure Portal

From the previous steps, we now continue with the selected database configuration. The Client Sync Agent communicates with the Azure Portal and updates on the local SQL Server database. Now we can complete the configuration below.

Press OK three times to return to the last step on the Sync Group configuration process. Here we must select the Hub Database tables to sync with the local database.

Press Save to finish.

Testing the Solution

To test our solution, let’s first browse to the SQL server and check to see if we can find any tables inside the database we just created.
We should not find any at this stage:

Now let’s initiate a manual sync. Remember, we must configure the solution to run manually from the Sync Group we just created. To sync the database with the local SQL, you must press the Sync button at the top of the GlobalSync screen. See below.

The Sync should complete successfully. If it doesn’t, check your settings and try again. Now it is time to check the local SQL. See the screenshot below.


With that procedure we have just demonstrated, I have been able to sync the Azure SQL Databases to the local SQL database where I run a frequent Veeam backup using the Veeam Backup and Replication product. This way, I achieved my customer’s objective of saving the Azure SQL Databases locally. If necessary, I can use Veeam SQL Explorer to recover the database and tables to the local server. From there, I can sync it back to the Azure SQL databases.
This time, I have demonstrated a manual sync process; but you can automate the sync to seconds, minutes, or hours. I hope you found this blog post useful.

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Veeam roadmap includes NAS, CDP, acquisitions

Veeam roadmap includes NAS, CDP, acquisitions


Veeam Software co-founder Ratmir Timashev said the vendor has delivered 80% of its long-ago promised version 10 of its flagship Availability Suite. NAS support and continuous data protection are still on the drawing board of the Veeam roadmap, and Timashev vows to launch those in 2019.
Timashev, Veeam’s former CEO and current leader of sales and marketing, said Veeam made a “slight mistake” in promising version 10 two years ago, but added that much of the promised feature set has been delivered through updates to version 9.5.
In a recent interview with SearchDataBackup, Timashev discussed the Veeam roadmap including and beyond version 10, as well as acquisition plans for 2019. The data backup, recovery and management vendor is fresh off a $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners in January, bringing its total cash on hand to more than $1 billion. Also in January, Veeam launched Update 4 of Availability Suite 9.5, which included cloud tiering and migration capabilities.

Headshot of Veeam's Ratmir TimashevRatmir Timashev

In addition, Timashev described a current “war” to win the hybrid cloud and multi-cloud market, one that could set the tone in the data protection field for years to come.
All this follows a year in which Veeam shifted its platform and its management team. The vendor outlined an approach for what it calls “intelligent data management,” and is continuing in the direction of providing more than just backup and recovery. In late 2018, co-CEO Peter McKay left the company, leaving Timashev’s co-founder Andrei Baronov as the CEO. Timashev became executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
In the Q&A that follows, find out more about the Veeam roadmap: the possible technology acquisition areas, why winning the hybrid cloud battle is important, and what’s to come from Version 10.
What’s on the Veeam roadmap for Availability Suite? Will there be a version 10 soon? And what will it entail?
Ratmir Timashev: Yes, this year [we’ll launch] version 10.
Normally our company has a strategy — under-promise, over-deliver. We made a slight mistake almost two years ago when we announced version 10 and we still haven’t delivered it. We will deliver it this year. We delivered already 80% of the features we promised and we delivered much more in the last two years.
Why over-promising two years ago [was a mistake], is because we’re a private company. We’re not quarterly driven and we’re not this corporate bureaucratic company that has a two-year product roadmap. We have a roadmap but our roadmap is so fluid and flexible that we change it, depending, every three months [or] every month.
The fact that we’re a private company, that’s our key competitive differentiator. We can change our strategy.
Big companies have a two-year roadmap that’s approved by the board of directors and they cannot change much. We don’t have that. So yes, we made the mistake — we over-promised two years ago. But we delivered 80% with Update 1, Update 2, Update 3 and now with Update 4. We intentionally don’t change the version number until we deliver everything that we promised two years ago. Update 4 deserves to be version 10 by the sheer number of features and powerful capabilities.
There are two things we still haven’t delivered [that Version 10 will include], but we delivered much, much, much more already with Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4.
What are those two things?
Timashev: NAS support — that’s 90% of what we’re still missing. And it will be delivered this year.
The second one is CDP — continuous data protection — based on the new VMware APIs. We have near-CDP, but we don’t have this complete CDP that Zerto has. So it will be delivered this year.
Right now we have replication, which provides five-minute CDP. It’s near-CDP. Not continuous, not seconds. We provided near-CDP since our version 1 when we released it in 2008.
In the physical world, even Gartner still has backup and replication as two separate markets. Veeam was the first company that combined backup and replication in one product because it’s one technology. In the virtualization world, it’s one technology. In physical, those are two.
That’s why our product since Version 1 is called Veeam Backup & Replication. We intentionally emphasize that it’s not just backup.
What are customers looking for now?
Timashev: Every 10 years, there is a major industry shift. From mainframe to Unix, from Unix to Windows, from Windows to cloud, from Windows to VMware. Veeam 12 years ago won this [virtual] market. When the new market or the new platform comes, there are only two or three years of a window of opportunity. When VMware came, Veeam won this market within two or three years and has dominated it for the last 10 years.

Now there is a new shift. It’s called hybrid cloud or multi-cloud. And the war is right now. Whoever wins it is going to dominate it for the next seven to 10 years. Ratmir Timashevco-founder and executive vice president, Veeam

Now there is a new shift. It’s called hybrid cloud or multi-cloud. And the war is right now. Whoever wins it is going to dominate it for the next seven to 10 years. Normally, the winner takes 40% of the market. So right now we’re in the middle of that. Veeam is extremely well-positioned with our channel partners, with our product.
We still have challenges. Only the paranoid survive. The war is right now. We have to win the hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is about data management. Not only backup, but backup is the most important in the hybrid cloud. But also data governance, data security, data mobility, avoiding cloud lock-in. Because AWS wants to lock you in and wants to consume you more and more, and doesn’t make it easy to take the data out. Veeam provides all of this freedom.
Veeam has a lot of cash on hand. What can you do to ensure your customers and partners that you’re spending it wisely?
Timashev: Big companies have big cash reserves, like Microsoft, Apple. First, it makes our customers very comfortable doing business, especially large customers, making large investments, unlike some of our competitors who are burning money. We have money, so it just provides extra confidence to some of our larger customers that Veeam is a long-term sustainable partner.
Second, it provides a lot of flexibility in terms of our strategic decision-making, in terms of products.
Third, it gives us a lot of flexibility in terms of mergers and acquisitions. Now we’re going to accelerate and that’s one of the reasons to partner closely with Insight Venture Partners. Insight is a very unique firm. They transformed from being venture capitalists to being more private equity in the last 10 years. They’re not as big as maybe Vista [Equity Partners] or Thoma Bravo or Silver Lake, but they’re a very good midsize private equity firm.
They’re technically still a minority investor in Veeam, correct?
Timashev: Yes, totally minority: [Veeam] is owned by the founders and the executive management team. So they cannot force us to sell the company or go IPO. So we still have the total freedom, unlike [some of] our competitors, where the founders probably still own 10% to 20% and [venture capital firms] own the rest.
Are you close to making an acquisition at this point? Is there a timetable in the Veeam roadmap for buying any companies?
Timashev: We just signed the term sheet with one company [a few weeks ago]. And we’re talking to other companies. It doesn’t mean anything — we might not do anything. But it’s all in the areas where we know or we think are going to be big partners in the next five to seven years or in the next two or three years. Like open source, OpenStack, KVM, Kubernetes, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud optimization, cloud management, data governance, data security — [areas that are] complementary that extend our addressable market and provide the additional value proposition to our platform.
We are working internally on all these areas. But the research and development bandwidth is limited, so we have to select priorities for buying in some other areas.
N2WS [which Veeam acquired in late 2017] is a good example of how we would like to make an investment. It was a small company, but they are the leaders in AWS backup. Still a small company, they are around $10 million in revenue, but they are doubling every year. So $10 million annual recurring revenue, that’s a huge business.
Some [technologies] we’re trying to develop inside, like [Backup for] Office 365. Office 365 is the fastest growing product for us.

Original Article: https://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/news/252459347/Veeam-roadmap-includes-NAS-CDP-acquisitions


Backup infrastructure at your fingertips with Heatmaps

Backup infrastructure at your fingertips with Heatmaps

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Rick Vanover

One of the best things an organization can do is have a well-performing backup infrastructure. This is usually done by fine-tuning backup proxies, sizing repositories, having specific conversations with business stakeholders about backup windows and more. Getting that set up and running is a great milestone, but there is a problem. Things change. Workloads grow, new workloads are introduced, storage consumption increases and more challenges come into the mix every day.
Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 introduced a new capability that can help organizations adjust to the changes:


Heatmaps are part of Veeam ONE Reporter and do an outstanding job of giving an at-a-glance view of the backup infrastructure that can help you quickly view if the environment is performing both as expected AND as you designed it. Let’s dig into the new heatmaps.

The heatmaps are available on Veeam ONE Reporter in the web user interface and are very easy to get started. In the course of showing heatmaps, I’m going to show you two different environments. One that I’ve intentionally set to be performing in a non-optimized fashion and one that is in good shape and balanced so that the visual element of the heatmap can be seen easily.
Let’s first look at the heatmap of the environment that is well balanced:

Here you can see a number of things, the repositories are getting a bit low on free space, including one that is rather small. The proxies carry a nice green color scheme and do not show too much variation in their work during their backup windows. Conversely if we see a backup proxy is dark green, that indicates it is not in use, which is not a good thing.
We can click on the backup proxies to get a much more detailed view, and you can see that the proxy has a small amount of work during the backup window in this environment in the mid-day timeframe and carries a 50% busy load:

When we look at the environment that is not so balanced, the proxies tell a different story:

You can see that first of all there are three proxies, but one of them seems to be doing much more work than the rest due to the color changes. This clearly tells me the proxies are not balanced, and this proxy selected is doing a lot more work than the others during the overnight backup window — which stretches out the backup window.

One of the coolest parts of the heatmap capability is that we can drill into a timeframe in the grid (this timeline can have a set observation window) that will tell us which backup jobs are causing the proxies to be so busy during this time, shown below:

In the details of the proxy usage, you can see the specific jobs that are set which are taking the CPU cycles are shown.

How can this help me tune my environment?

This is very useful as it may indicate a number of things, such as backup jobs being configured to not use the correct proxies, proxies not having the connectivity they need to perform the correct type of backup job. An example of this would be if one or more proxies are configured for only Hot-Add mode and they are physical machines, which makes that impossible. The proxy would never be selected for a job and the remaining proxies would be in charge of doing the backup job. This is all visible in the heatmap yet the backup jobs would complete successfully, but this type of situation would extend the backup window. How cool is that?
Beyond proxy usage, repositories are also very well reported with the heatmaps. This includes the Scale-Out Backup Repositories as well. This will allow you to view the underlying storage free space. The following animation will show this in action:

Show me the heatmaps!

As you can see, the heatmaps add an incredible visibility element to your backup infrastructure. You can see how it is performing, including if things are successful yet not as expected. You can find more information on Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 here.

Helpful resources:

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Wasabi Teams With Veeam For Data Protection, Recovery In Hybrid Or Multi-Cloud Environments

Wasabi Teams With Veeam For Data Protection, Recovery In Hybrid Or Multi-Cloud Environments

CRN  /  Joseph F. Kovar

Wasabi, the cloud storage provider that says it provides cloud storage capacity that is one-fifth the cost and six times the performance of that of Amazon S3, Tuesday unveiled a partnership with Veeam under which Wasabi is providing a low-cost storage target for Veeam customers.
Under the new relationship, Wasabi has become a Veeam Technology Alliance partner and integrated its cloud storage offering into the Veeam Availability offerings, said David Friend, CEO of Boston-based Wasabi.
The Wasabi storage cloud, which is Amazon S3-compatible, now works with Veeam Cloud Tier, a feature of the new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, that offers a native S3 interface for object storage, Friend said.
[Related: The 10 Biggest Enterprise Data Storage Industry Predictions For 2019]
The new relationship offers affordable cloud storage for any tier, he said.
Veeam already has a strong 100 percent channel focus, Friend told CRN.
“‘[They] already have a big channel in place,” he said. “They already have to do something with the storage. We need to explain to them, rather than sell an EMC box or a NetApp box to store your backups with, store it in the cloud. Veeam just recently announced an S3 API on the back end. It’s just as easy to store your data on S3 or Wasabi as it is to store your data on a server.”
Veeam is a good partner for Wasabi because of its 61,000-strong partner community, said Michael Welts, Wasabi’s chief marketing officer.
And it’s a relationship Wasabi hopes to duplicate with other storage vendors, Welts said. He pointed to the recent move by Waltham, Mass.-based Actifio, which unveiled Wasabi cloud storage as a target for the Actifio Go multi-cloud copy data management SaaS platform.
“That maps to the same strategy that we’re about to do with Veeam here,” he said. “Our goal is by the end of the year to have a half-dozen of these best-known brands in their categories now pointing to us as one of their cloud storage reserves.”
Solution providers that work with Veeam will have customers with on-premises hardware that need to have their data protected but have someone else manage it, Friend said.
Wasabi is neutral storage, Friend said. “Amazon, Google and Microsoft would like to have 100 percent of your data center on their cloud,” he said. “And so, the MSP competes with those guys.”
Wasabi forms a really good cloud target for protecting longer-term backups that are stored as object storage, said Matt Chesterton, CEO of OffsiteDataSync, a Rochester, N.Y.-based cloud service provider working with both Veeam and Wasabi.
A lot of solution providers like the Veeam technology but sometimes find it difficult to roll out offerings like Veeam Cloud Connect, Chesterton told CRN.
The combination of Veeam and Wasabi makes a big difference, he said.
“Wasabi often has a presence in the same data centers we use,” he said. “We present Wasabi as a local storage target. It’s a big help. Wasabi performs well and helps offload bandwidth. If Wasabi doesn’t have a presence in the data center, we have back-end links that make it still act like it’s on-premises for us.”

Original Article: https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/wasabi-teams-with-veeam-for-data-protection-recovery-in-hybrid-or-multi-cloud-environments


The good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant

The good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Jason Buffington

Today, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:
Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ
Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG
This week, we’re talking about the good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant:

  • Why regulations are a good thing
  • How are regulations (really) changing data protection strategy
  • The real value of audits

Dave and Jason are now both VPs working on various aspects of Veeam’s strategy.  If either of them, or Veeam, can help you, please let us know.
We’ll see you back here next week – thanks for watching.

Navigate through the series:

  1. The data protection landscape
  2. Tape is (not) dead
  3. Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy
  4. An appliance by any other name
  5. The good, the bad, and the regulatory compliant
  6. Is backup enough for a peace of mind?
  7. The future of data protection is data management

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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.


Veeam Availability Orchestrator

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New era of Intelligent Diagnostics

New era of Intelligent Diagnostics

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Melissa Palmer

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4 is full of fantastic new features to enable Veeam customers to intelligently manage their data like never before. A big component of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4 is of course, Veeam ONE.
Veeam ONE is all about providing unprecedented visibility into customers’ IT environments, and this update is full of fantastic enhancements, so stay tuned for more blogs all about new features like Veeam Agent monitoring and reporting enactments, Heatmaps, and more!
One of the most interesting new features of Veeam ONE 9.5 U4 is Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics. Think of Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics as the entity watching over your Veeam Backup & Replication environment so you don’t have to. Wouldn’t it be great for potential issues to fix themselves before they cause problems? Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics enables just that.

How it works

Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics works by comparing the logs from your Veeam Backup & Replication environment to a known list of issue signatures. These signatures are downloaded from Veeam directly, so think of it as a reverse call home. All log parsing and analysis is done by Veeam ONE with the help of a Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics agent which is installed on every Veeam Backup & Replication server you want to keep an eye on.
These signatures can easily be updated by Veeam Support as needed. This allows Veeam Support to be proactive if they are noticing a number of cases with the same characteristics or cause, and fix issues before customers even encounter them. Think of things like common misconfigurations that Veeam customers spend time troubleshooting. These items can easily be avoided by Veeam customers leveraging Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics.

When an issue is detected, Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics can fix things in one of two ways, automatically or semi-automatically. The semi-automatic method requires manual approval to remediate the issue. Veeam calls these fixes Remediation Actions. In either case, Veeam ONE alarms will be triggered when an issue is detected. Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics will also include handy Veeam Knowledge Base articles in the alarms to allow customers to understand the issues they are avoiding.

Management made easier

One of the things that has always attracted me to Veeam products is how easy they are to use and get started with. Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics takes things a step further by eliminating potential issues before they even cause problems, making Veeam Backup & Replication easier to use and manage. Reducing operational complexity is a win for any organization, and Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics helps do this.
The Veeam Availability Suite, which is made up of Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE is available for a completely free 30-day trial. Be sure to try it out to take advantage of Veeam Intelligent Diagnostics and the rest of the powerful features released in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 U4.
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Backup your Azure Storage Accounts

Backup your Azure Storage Accounts

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

How do you backup your Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts? Is there a way to export the unstructured data from your blob storage accounts and then back it up to a different location?

Last week I had a discussion with a customer who wanted to backup his Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts, blob, files, tables, and more, and was asking if somehow Veeam Backup Agent could help achieve this.
Straight out of the box, it is challenging to backup the data resident in Azure Storage Accounts; but with a few simple steps, I assisted the customer to backup the Microsoft Azure unstructured blob files to a Veeam Repository using Veeam Backup Agent for Windows.
In this blog post, I will take you through the steps I took to help the customer back up their Microsoft Azure Storage Accounts. The solution is to use Microsoft AzCopy to download and sync the required blob container files to a local drive. The drive is where the Veeam Backup Agent is installed and configured to backup the Virtual Machine, or the targeted folder.

Solution Pre-requisites

As I mentioned before, the steps to achieve the requirements are straightforward and require the following items to be prepared and configured:

  • Veeam Backup Server.
  • Veeam Backup Agent installed on a Microsoft Azure VM.
  • Disk space attached to the VM to temporarily store the blob files.
  • Microsoft Azcopy tool.

AzCopy Tool

To copy data from a Microsoft Azure Storage Account, you must download and install the Microsoft Azcopy tool. You can download it from this link. Install it on the VM where the Veeam Backup Agent is installed.
After it has downloaded, run the setup, and then run from the start menu:

By default, the program files are stored in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\AzCopy\
After the process has started, you must configure the access to your Microsoft Azure subscription using this command:

AzCopy login

Follow the output instruction, where you browse to
Enter the generated random access code to authenticate. In this example, it is HP5DFJBZ9; you will get a different code.

After following those steps, you finished with the Microsoft AzCopy installation and configuration.


To begin copying the blob data to the local drive, we must perform the following steps:

  • Create a directory on the local drive where you will store the downloaded blob files.
  • Obtain your Storage Account key.
    • Note: In this screenshot at zcopytesting – Access keys, you are provided with two keys so that you can maintain connections using one key while the other regenerates. You must also update your other Microsoft Azure resources and applications accessing this storage account to use the new keys. Your disk access is not interrupted.
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  • Obtain the Blob Container URL:

Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 1.07.40 pm
The next step is to create a .cmd script to apply all those steps above. The script looks like this:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Azure\AzCopy\AzCopy” /Source:<Blob Container URL> /Dest:<Local Folder> /SourceKey:<Access Key> /S /Y /XO

This .cmd file can be scheduled to run before your Veeam Backup Agent job or using windows schedule.

Veeam Backup Demonstration

To Validate the solution developed above, I tested it by uploading several files to the blob storage account:

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I also started a backup job. After the backup job completed, I ran the restore process to validate using the Restoring Guest Files option:

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Restoring and editing the console.txt script before modifying the file:

Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 1.18.43 pm

The second backup was completed after modifying the console.txt file and then starting the incremental backup. The following screenshot is the Restore from Incremental (note the time of the backup):
Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 1.22.35 pm
Edit the console.txt file (added Hal – Test For Incremental x 2):

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With these simple and straight forward steps, I have been able to backup my Microsoft Azure storage account to my Veeam Backup Repository. The good news is that the .cmd script I provided for you on this blog post allows copying only the new updated/modified (/xo) files from the blob storage. This will save time and space, both on your Veeam Repository and the local disk. On this blog post, I have provided basic and manual steps to demonstrate the solution and capabilities. As previously mentioned, it is ideal to use the Microsoft Azcopy command before starting the backup job as a pre-run script, or as part of a Windows scheduler.
I hope this blog post will help you; please don’t hesitate to share your feedback.
The post Backup your Azure Storage Accounts appeared first on CloudOasis.

Original Article: https://cloudoasis.com.au/2019/03/10/backup-your-azure-storage-accounts/


An appliance by any other name

An appliance by any other name
by Dave Russell, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy
Learn about the right approach to picking an
appliance and why is it important to think ahead when planning your

LIVE WEBINAR – Join us for Veeam’s ProPartner briefing – April 11

Veeam ProPartner

Thursday, April 11  |  11 a.m. ET
You are invited to attend
® ProPartner briefing on Thursday, April 11 at
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partners. This invitation-only quarterly event is packed with valuable
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During this upcoming
ProPartner briefing, you will:
Discover how promotions
can grow your pipeline and increase revenue.
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channel” strategies with Veeam storage alliances, designed to uncover
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relationships with Veeam Cloud & Service Provider
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Kevin Rooney
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Drive your customers to VeeamON 2019 & get your FREE pass!

Drive your customers to VeeamON 2019 & get your FREE
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Veeam Instance Licensing Learning Path for Partners now available within Veeam IQ

Veeam Instance Licensing Learning Path for Partners now
available within Veeam IQ
New partner-facing training platform Veeam IQ, formally known
as Veeam University, gives you access to a variety of product, program
and selling courses to help you become better equipped to sell our solutions.
Check out our training on Veeam Instance Licensing, our new portable
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Trends that are shaping the data protection industry & IT landscape

Trends that are shaping the data protection industry
& IT landscape
Check out Veeam’s new series of executive vlog videos
where we discuss the most burning questions in the backup and
recovery market. You and your customers can join the discussion
of data protection, legacy vendors, the role of multi-cloud,
and what the future of data protection looks like.

Veeam named leader in Ovum Analyst report

Veeam named leader in Ovum Analyst report
Veeam recorded above average scores in 16 of the 19
categories, becoming a LEADER in the new Ovum Decision Matrix:
Selecting a Software-based Data Availability and Protection Solution for
the Cloud Era, 2019–20
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CRN Channel Madness Tournament is back – vote for Kevin!

CRN Channel Madness Tournament is back – vote for Kevin!
Today kicks off the annual 2019 CRN Channel Madness Tournament
of Chiefs, pitting some of the channel’s best-known executives
against each other in head-to-head battles where voters get to determine
the victors! Last year, Veeam had an impressive finish making it all
the way to the final four. With the support
of the entire Veeam community, we are confident we can take home
the Channel Madness crown for 2019. Vote for Kevin Rooney, VP
of Americas Partner Sales
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Tips on managing, testing and recovering your backups and replicas

Tips on managing, testing and recovering your backups and replicas

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Evgenii Ivanov

Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about some common and easily avoidable misconfigurations that we, support engineers, keep seeing in customers’ infrastructures. It was met with much attention and hopefully helped administrators improve their Veeam Backup & Replication setups. In this blog post, I would like to share with you several other important topics. I invite you to reflect on them to make your experience with Veeam smooth and reliable.

Backups are only half of the deal — think about restores!

Every now and then we get calls from customers who catch themselves in a very bad situation. They needed a restore, but at a certain point hit an obstacle they could not circumvent. And I’m not talking about lost backups, CryptoLocker or something! It’s just that their focus was on creating a backup or replica. They never considered that data recovery is a whole different process that must be examined and tested separately. I’ll give you several examples to get the taste of it:

  1. The customer had a critical 20-terabyte VM that failed. Nobody wants downtime, so they started the VM in instant recovery and had it working in five minutes. However, instant recovery is a temporary state and must be finalized by migration to the production datastore. As it turned out, the infrastructure did not allow it to copy 20 TB of data in any reasonable time. And since instant recovery was started with an option to write changes to the C drive of Veeam Backup & Replication (as opposed to using a vSphere snapshot), it was quickly filling up without any possibility for sufficient extension. As some time passed before the customer approached support, the VM had already accumulated some changes that could not be discarded. With critical data at risk, there’s no way to finalize instant recovery in a sufficiently short time and imminent failure approaching. Quite a pickle, huh?
  2. The customer had a single domain controller in the infrastructure and everything added in Veeam Backup & Replication using DNS. I know, I know. It could have gone wrong in a hundred ways, but here is what happened: The customer planned some maintenance and decided to fail over to the replica of that DC. They used planned failover, which is ideal for such situations. The first phase went fine, however during the second phase, the original VM was turned off to transfer the last bits of data. Of course, at that moment the job failed because DNS went down. Luckily, here we could simply turn on the replica VM manually from vSphere (this is not something we recommend, see the next advice). However, it disrupted and delayed the maintenance process. Plus, we had to manually add host names to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file on Veeam Backup & Replication to allow a proper failback.
  3. The customer based backup infrastructure around tapes and maintained only a very short backup chain on disks. When they had to restore some guest files from a large file server, it turned out there was simply not sufficient space to be found on any machine to act as a staging repository.

I think in all these situations the clients fell into the same trap they simply assumed that if a backup is successful, then restore should be as well! Learn about restore, just as you learn about backups. A good way to start is our user guide. This section contains information on all the major types of restores. In the “Before you begin” section of each restore option, you can find initial considerations and prerequisites. Information on other types of restores such as restore from tapes or from storage snapshots can be found in their respective sections. Apart from the main user guide, be sure to check out the Veeam Explorers guide too. Each Veeam Explorer has a “Planning and preparation” section — this will help you prepare your system for restore beforehand.

Do not manage replicas from vSphere console

Veeam replicas are essentially normal virtual machines. As such, they can be managed using usual vSphere management tools, mainly vSphere client. It can, but should not be used. Replica failover in Veeam Backup & Replication is a sophisticated process, which allows you to carefully go one step at a time (with the possibility to roll back if something goes wrong) and finalize failover in a proper way. Take a look at the scheme below:

If instead of using the Veeam Backup & Replication console, you simply start a replica in vSphere client or start a failover from Veeam Backup & Replication. But if you switch to managing from the vSphere client later, you get a number of serious consequences:

  1. The failover mechanism in Veeam Backup & Replication will no longer be usable for this VM, as all that flexibility described above will no longer be available.
  2. You will have data in the Veeam Backup & Replication database that does not represent the actual state of the VM. In worst cases, fixing it requires database edits.
  3. You can lose data. Consider this example: A customer started a replica manually in vSphere client and decided to simply stick with it. Some time passed, and they noticed that the replica was still present in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. The customer decided to clean it up a little, right-clicked on the replica and chose “Delete from disk.” Veeam Backup & Replication did exactly what was told — deleted the replica, which unbeknownst to the software, had become a production VM with data.

There are situations when starting the replicas from the vSphere client is necessary (mainly, if the Veeam Backup & Replication server is down as well and replicas must be started without delay). However, if the Veeam Backup & Replication server is operational, it should be the management point from start to finish.
It is also not recommended to delete the replica VMs from vSphere client. Veeam Backup & Replication will not be aware of such changes, which can lead to failures and stale data in the console. If you do not need a replica anymore, delete it from the console and not from the vSphere client as a VM. That way your list of replicas will contain only the actual data.

Careful with updates!

I’m speaking about updates for hypervisors and various applications backed up by Veeam. From a Veeam Backup & Replication perspective, such updates can be roughly divided into two categories — major updates that bring a lot of changes and minor updates.
Let’s speak about major updates first. The most important ones are hypervisor updates. Before installing them, it is necessary to confirm that Veeam Backup & Replication supports them. These updates bring a lot of changes to the libraries and APIs that Veeam Backup & Replication uses, so updating Veeam Backup & Replication code and rigorous testing from QA is necessary before a new version is officially supported. Unfortunately, as of now VMware does not provide any preliminary access to the new vSphere versions for the vendors. So Veeam’s R&D gets access together with the rest of the world, which means that there is always a lag between a new version release and official support. The magnitude of changes also does not allow R&D to fit everything in a hotfix, so official support is typically added with the new Veeam Backup & Replication versions. This puts support and our customers in a tricky situation. Usually after a new vSphere release, the amount of cases increases because administrators start installing updates, only to find out that their backups are failing with weird issues. This forces us, support, to ask the customers to perform a rollback (if possible) or to propose workarounds that we cannot officially support, due to lack of testing. So please check the version compatibility before updates!
The same applies to backed up applications. Veeam Explorers also has a list of supported versions and new versions are added to this list with Veeam Backup & Replication updates. So once again, be sure to check the Veeam Explorers user guide before passing to a new version.
In the minor updates’ category, I put things like cumulative updates for Exchange, new VMware Tools versions, security updates for vSphere, etc. Typically, they do not contain major changes and in most situations Veeam Backup & Replication does not experience any issues. That’s why QA does not release official statements as with major updates. However, in our experience there were situations where minor updates changed workflow enough to cause issues with Veeam Backup & Replication. In these cases, once the presence of an issue is confirmed, R&D develops a hotfix as soon as possible.
How should you stay up to date on the recent developments? My advice is to register on https://forums.veeam.com/. You will be subscribed to a weekly “Word from Gostev” newsletter from our Senior Vice President Anton Gostev. It contains information on discovered issues (and not limited to Veeam products), release plans and interesting IT news. If you do not find what you are looking for in the newsletter, I recommend checking the forum. Due to the sheer number of Veeam clients, if any update breaks something, a related thread appears soon after.
Now backups are not the only thing that patches and updates can break. In reality, they can break a lot of stuff, the application itself included. And here Veeam has something to offer — Veeam DataLabs. Maybe you heard about SureBackup — our ultimate tool for verifying the consistency of backups. SureBackup is based on DataLabs, which allows you to create an isolated environment where you can test updates, before bringing them to production. If you want to save yourself some gray hair, be sure to check it out. I recommend starting with this post.

Advice to those planning to buy Veeam Backup & Replication or switching from another solution

Sometimes in technical support we get cases that go like this: “We have designed our backup strategy like this, we acquired Veeam Backup & Replication, however we can’t seem to find a way to do X. Can you help with it?” (Most commonly such requests are about unusual retention policies or tape management). We are happy to help, but at times we have to explain that Veeam Backup & Replication works differently and they will need to change their design. Sure enough, customers are not happy to hear that. However, I believe they are following an incorrect approach.
Veeam Backup & Replication is very robust and flexible and in its current form it can satisfy the absolute majority of the companies. But it is important to understand that it was designed with certain ideas in mind and to make the product really shine, it is necessary to follow these ideas. Unfortunately, sometimes the reality is quite different. Here is what I imagine happens with some of the customers: They decide that they need a backup solution. So they sit down in a room and meticulously design each element of their strategy. Once done, they move to choosing a backup solution, where Veeam Backup & Replication seems to be an obvious choice. In another scenario, the customer already has a backup solution and a developed backup strategy. However, for some reason their solution does not meet their expectations. So they decide to switch to Veeam and wish to carry their backup strategy in Veeam Backup & Replication unchanged. My firm belief is that this process should go vice versa.
These days Veeam Backup & Replication has become a de-facto standard for backup solution, so probably any administrator would like to have a glance at it. However, if you are serious about implementation, Veeam Backup & Replication needs to be studied and tested. Once you know the capabilities and know this is what you are looking for, build your backup strategy specifically for Veeam Backup & Replication. You will be able to use the functionality to the maximum, reduce the risks and support will have an easier time understanding the setup.
And that’s what I have for today’s episode. I hope that gave you something to consider.

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Veeam Impact Partner Award Winners Announced

Veeam Impact Partner Award Winners Announced

Business Wire – News by Company: Veeam Software

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that enable Intelligent Data Management™, today announced the winners of the 2018 Veeam Impact Partner Awards™ for North America. These fourth annual awards recognize nine North American Veeam ProPartners and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who have not only demonstrated success providing Veeam Availability solutions to their customers, but who have also surpassed expectations in providing first-class support, expert knowledge, and continued product education.

“Veeam has achieved a decade of consistent and profitable growth to become one of the largest and most successful private software companies in the world,” said Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales & Marketing at Veeam. “We attribute much of this success to our partners and our 100 percent channel model, and we recognize our support and commitment to Veeam partners is paramount to our mutual, continued achievements. I congratulate the 2018 Veeam Impact Partner Award winners as they each exemplify an ideal Veeam partnership.”
The following Veeam partners received honors for the 2018 Veeam Impact Awards:

  • Veeam Impact Partner of the Year, United States: Insight
  • Veeam Canada Partner of the Year: CDW Canada
  • Veeam Growth Partner of the Year, North America: Logicalis
  • Veeam Rising Star Partner of the Year, North America: CBTS/OnX
  • Veeam Impact Federal Partner of the Year: Norseman Defense Technologies
  • Veeam Distributor of the Year, North America: Arrow

The following VCSP partners received honors for the 2018 Veeam Impact Awards:

  • Veeam Impact Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year, North America: iland
  • Veeam Rising Star Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year, North America: Global Data Vault
  • Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Growth Partner of the Year, North America: NewCloud Networks

Timashev added: “With the recent launch of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4, we have solidified our position as the dominant leader in Intelligent Data Management. The momentum of our new cloud offerings, our mission to provide the best Availability solutions across businesses of all sizes, the strength of our alliances, our upcoming new product releases, and the recent $500 million investment from Insight Venture Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) – one of the largest investments in the history of storage software – have all generated the most momentum we have ever experienced at Veeam, and we’re thrilled to have our partners along with us in 2019, which we believe is one of the most important years in Veeam history.”
“We are confident the major enhancements we recently announced to our North American ProPartner program and the significant investments we are making will result in even greater success and profitability of partners across all segments this year,” said Kevin Rooney, Vice President of Americas Channel at Veeam. “We’re excited to recognize and honor these North American partners with our highest achievement awards and thank them for their loyalty and contributions as our growth continues to outpace the industry.”
The VCSP segment in North America grew 43 percent YoY, equipping more than 3,800 providers with the means to build a build a Cloud Backup, Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering. As businesses of all sizes are rapidly evolving and adapting to the demands of digital transformation and a cloud-era, Veeam is responding to ensure partners have the most innovative product offerings, latest tools, first-class support, and the most valuable training and education to ensure their profitability and mutual success.
“Veeam is breaking new ground by introducing technology to build profitable Veeam-powered services for any application, and any data, across any cloud,” said Matt Kalmenson, VP Cloud & Service Providers, Americas, at Veeam. “I congratulate our innovative VCSP partner award winners with helping us to lead this charge and applaud their comprehensive knowledge and technical expertise that is enabling our joint customers to overcome difficult business challenges.”
Registration is now open for VeeamON 2019, the world’s premier event for Intelligent Data Management, taking place May 20 – 22, 2019, in Miami, FL. Nearly 10,000 customers, partners and influencers attended VeeamON 2018 in Chicago, IL and the regional VeeamON Forum events held all around the world.
About Veeam Software
Veeam is the leader in backup solutions that enable Intelligent 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 Intelligent Data Management. Veeam has 330,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 66% 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 61,000+ channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 21,000+ 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.

Original Article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190306005154/en/Veeam-Impact-Partner-Award-Winners-Announced/?feedref=JjAwJuNHiystnCoBq_hl-c9EfAjTsk-flsGmdO9JqnwMCNrJ5zSzFYT7RwBKCzchnkvYMqDDYxFrLs-oQ2BHQypCsFFvugK3n-fFs_G7QqSAaM4HAi1dfjF46AFX3NGZlQo71FJ67f_ORYRya2TtNQ==


An appliance by any other name

An appliance by any other name

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Dave Russell

Today, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:
Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG
Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ
This week, we’re talking about an appliance by any other name:

  • Are we really back in 2005?
  • What is driving the renewed interest in “appliances”
  • Contrasting “Day One” appliance outcomes vs. the “Power of Choice”

Jason and Dave are now both VPs working on various aspects of Veeam’s strategy.  If either of them, or Veeam, can help you, please let us know.
We’ll see you back here next week – thanks for watching.

Navigate through the series:

  1. The data protection landscape
  2. Tape is (not) dead
  3. Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy
  4. An appliance by any other name

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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Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/veeam-executive-blog/~3/1_LuM9YosU4/how-futureproof-your-appliance.html


Using Veeam PowerShell with Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore and Secure Restore

Using Veeam PowerShell with Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore and Secure Restore

vZilla  /  michaelcade

Before we get started, I wanted to share something that I found whilst testing out the beta releases and RC of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4. I mentioned whilst running my live Veeam DataLabs: Secure Restore at our Velocity sales and partner event that was also part of our 9.5 update 4 launch event that there was a huge influx of new things you could do with Veeam Backup & Replication and PowerShell Cmdlets.
If you want, see for yourself then run the following command this is going to output all of the cmdlets available in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 update 4. Note that if you want to compare you need to run this prior to an update to see the comparison.

VBR 9.5 Update 3a PowerShell Cmdlets 564 -> 734 VBR 9.5 Update 4 Cmdlets

New PowerShell Cmdlets (170 NEW)

A snapshot of the new PowerShell cmdlets is shown below in this table. The PowerShell Reference guide is a great place to start if you want to understand what these can do for you in your environment.
If you were to compare the update 3a release to the new update 4 release you will see that before there were 564 cmdlets and now 734. 170 new! That shows the depth of this release.

My focus for the Update 4 release has been around Veeam DataLabs Secure and Staged Restore features. This next section will go deeper into the options and scenarios of how to run Secure and Staged Restore via PowerShell during your recoveries.

Veeam DataLabs: Secure Restore

Veeam DataLabs Secure Restore gives us the ability to perform a third-party antivirus scan before continuing a recovery process. The command below highlights the parameters that can be used for Secure Restore while leveraging Instant VM Recovery®. You will find these same parameters under many other restore cmdlets. More information can be found here.

The script below is an example that I have used to kick off a secure restore within my own lab environment.
This is the script I used for the on-stage demo, in the demo I was using a tiny windows virtual machine that I had infected with the Eicar malware threat. Many antivirus vendors will use this safe virus to perform tests against their systems. I wanted to demonstrate the full force of what Veeam DataLabs: Secure Restore could bring to the recovery process by showing an infected machine. There is no fun showing you something that is clean, I mean anyone can do that.

Veeam DataLabs: Staged Restore

Veeam DataLabs Staged Restore allows for us to inject a script or think a process into an entire VM recovery process, many use cases will be shared, and this is not the place to go into that detail. The command below highlights the parameters available for Staged Restore functionality during a full VM failover.
The one-use case I will share and have had discussions about this since the release is the ability to mask data to departments. The challenge one of our customers was facing was the ability to take their backup data and pre-update 4 they were restoring that data to an isolated environment away from production for their developers to work on. The mention of Veeam DataLabs: Staged Restore allowed them to recognise that the databases they were exposing from these backup files to their development team would also be including sensitive data. With Staged Restore they can inject a script into the process that would exclude that sensitive data from the development team. More information can be found here.

Finally, the script below is another example but this time for Staged Restore. You will note that I have three options at the end that allow for different outcomes. The first option is a standard no staged restore entire VM recovery. The second option (the one that is not hashed out) is the one that will allow us to inject a script without the requirement of an application group. The third and final script example will allow us to leverage an Application Group where the VM we are restoring may require something from a dependency within the Application Group to complete the injection of the script.

Hopefully that was useful, and I am hoping to explore more PowerShell options especially around the Veeam DataLabs and the art of the possible when it comes to leveraging that data or providing even more additional value above the backup and recovery of your data.

Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/using-veeam-powershell-with-veeam-datalabs-staged-restore-and-secure-restore


N2WS Expands Cost Optimization for Amazon Web Services with Amazon EC2 Resource Scheduling

N2WS Expands Cost Optimization for Amazon Web Services with Amazon EC2 Resource Scheduling

Business Wire Technology News

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–()–N2WS, a Veeam® company, and provider of cloud-native backup and recovery solutions for data and applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced the availability of N2WS Backup & Recovery 2.5 (v2.5), which introduces Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) resource management and control. Using the new N2WS Resource Control, organizations can lower costs by stopping or hibernating groups of Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS resources on-demand or automatically, based on a pre-determined schedule.

“A good portion of our internal AWS bill is dedicated to Amazon EC2 compute resources, as much as 60 percent every month. A lot of these resources are not being used all the time,” explains Uri Wolloch, CTO at N2WS. “Being able to simply power on or off groups of Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS resources with a simple mouse click is just like shutting the lights off when you leave the room or keeping your refrigerator door closed; it reduces waste and saves a huge amount of money if put into regular practice.”
N2WS Backup & Recovery v2.5 further optimizes the process for cycling Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshots into the N2WS Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) repository, extending costs saving to more than 60% for backups stored greater than 2 years. N2WS v2.5 also supports two new AWS Regions: AWS Europe (Stockholm) Region and the new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region.
For public sector organization leveraging the AWS GovCloud (US-East or US-West) Regions, N2WS v2.5 offers automated cross-region disaster recovery between the two AWS Regions. This allows AWS GovCloud (US) users to orchestrate near instant recovery and disaster recovery, while keeping data and workloads in approved data centers – ensuring that workloads remain available in the event of a regional issue.
New updates and enhancements now available as part of N2WS Backup & Recovery v2.5 include:

  • Management of data storage and server instances from one simple console using N2WS Resource Control
  • Optimization enhancements to Amazon S3 integration, saving even more when cycling snapshots into an Amazon S3 repository
  • Added support for new AWS Regions – AWS Europe (Stockholm) and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions with cross-region DR between AWS GovCloud US-West and AWS GovCloud US-East now available
  • Expanded range of APIs allowing you to configure alerts and recovery targets
  • Full support for all available APIs via a new CLI tool

For organizations leveraging the N2WS Amazon S3 repository, further compression and deduplication enhancements have pushed costs saving above 60% for data stored over longer terms. During simulations, monthly backups of an 8TB volume stored in the N2WS Amazon S3 repository for 2 years, costs 68% less than the same backups stored as native Amazon EBS snapshots. These enhancements help enterprises manage and significantly reduce cloud storage costs for backup data being retained for compliance reasons.
N2WS Backup & Recovery is an enterprise-class backup, recovery and disaster recovery solution only available on AWS Marketplace. N2WS Backup & Recovery version 2.5 is available for immediate use by visiting AWS Marketplace at: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B00UIO8514.
About N2WS
N2W Software (N2WS), a Veeam® company, is a leading provider of enterprise-class backup, recovery and disaster recovery solutions for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Services (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Redshift. Used by thousands of customers worldwide to backup hundreds of thousands of production servers, N2WS Backup & Recovery is a preferred backup solution for Fortune 500 companies, enterprise IT organizations and Managed Service Providers operating large-scale production environments on AWS. To learn more, visit www.n2ws.com.

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Veeam and Alibaba Cloud – OSS Integration

Veeam and Alibaba Cloud – OSS Integration

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman

alibaba-cloud-logoWhat options will Veeam offer to protect Alibaba Cloud workloads? How do you backup Alibaba ECS (Elastic Compute Service) instances? And is possible to use Alibaba OSS (Object Storage Services) to archive your Veeam backup?

Veeam Update 4, released on 22 January, not only introduced a new product feature; but also introduced a new Cloud Services integration. In this blog, I will discuss the integration of Veeam Update 4 with Alibaba Cloud.
There are several levels of integration that Veeam offers to protect or/and utilize the Alibaba Cloud resources. The following options are available to you when you use Veeam and Alibaba Cloud:

  • Deploy Veeam as an Elastic Compute (ECS) instance from the Alibaba MarketPlace,
  • Protect Alibaba ECS instances using a Veeam Agent,
  • Integrate Veeam with Alibaba Object Storage Service (OSS),
  • Integrate Veeam with Alibaba VTL.

In this blog post, I will focus on Veeam and Alibaba OSS integration to keep the blog short and focused. On future blog posts, I will discuss Veeam Agent protection and VTL.

Veeam and Alibaba Object Storage Service (OSS) Integration

Veeam Archive/Capacity Tier is a newcomer to the Veeam suite and is included in Update 4. The good news for those customers using Alibaba Cloud is that Alibaba OSS is supported out of the box. As an Alibaba customer, you can add your OSS bucket as part of the Veeam Scale-out-backup-repository to archive your aging backup to your OSS for longer retention.
To Add your Alibaba OSS to Veeam, you must first complete these tasks:

  • Create the Alibaba OSS bucket,
  • Acquire the Bucket URL and the Access key,
  • Add Alibaba OSS as a repository.

Let’s demonstrate the process to add the OSS to the Veeam infrastructure:
The process to add Alibaba OSS to the Veeam infrastructure is very simple. The process starts by adding a new repository, as shown in the following screenshot.

After you choose the Object storage, you must select the S3 Compatible option:
Next, name the new OSS repository, then press Next to enter the Service Point URL (OSS URL) and the credentials on a form of Access Key and Secret key. See the screenshot below.

The final step in this process is to create a folder where you will save your Veeam backups. See the screenshot below.

Before you finalize the process, you take the opportunity to limit the OSS consumption. See the settings in the screenshot below.

Now press Finish to complete the process.


In this blog post, I discussed the integration of Veeam and Alibaba OSS, walking you through the steps to add Alibaba OSS to Veeam infrastructure as a repository. To use the OSS as an Archive/Capacity target, you must configure a Veeam Scale-out-Repository (SOBOR), then include the OSS part of the Capacity Tier configuration. See the screenshot below for the setup.

On a future blog post, I will keep the discussion around Veeam and Alibaba Cloud, and the topics I will discuss will be Veeam and Alibaba VTL and Alibaba ECS Agent protection. Until then, I hope this blog post helps you get started. Please don’t forget to share.

The post Veeam and Alibaba Cloud – OSS Integration appeared first on CloudOasis.

Original Article: https://cloudoasis.com.au/2019/03/04/veeam-abibaba-cloud-oss-integration/


Veeam’s Ratmir Timashev On Public Cloud Backlash, Office 365 Growth And ‘Aggressive’ Acquisition Strategy

Veeam’s Ratmir Timashev On Public Cloud Backlash, Office 365 Growth And ‘Aggressive’ Acquisition Strategy

CRN  /  Mark Haranas

Veeam Co-Founder Ratmir Timashev Ready For Hybrid Cloud Battle
Backed by a whopping $500 million in new funding, Veeam has an eye-popping growth plan in 2019 that includes multiple acquisitions, driving Office 365 channel sales, and major partner investments.
“I think we’ll acquire two, three, four or five companies [in the next year],” said Ratmir Timashev, co-founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing for Veaam, in an interview with CRN. “It won’t be big companies. We’re not going to buy Commvault. It’s all about innovative technologies.”
Veeam is coming off a record-breaking 2018, with bookings totaling $963 million, up 16 percent year over year. The data protection and management software star added 48,000 new customers last year with similar growth plans in 2019.
In an interview with CRN, Timashev talks about Veeam’s fastest growth area in the company’s history, M&A strategy, the “war” for hybrid cloud dominance, and the serious issue with customers buying public cloud solutions without any backup.

Original Article: https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/virtualization/veeam-s-ratmir-timashev-on-public-cloud-backlash-office-365-growth-and-aggressive-acquisition-strategy


Veeam & NetApp HCI (Element OS) Integration #NetAppATeam

Veeam & NetApp HCI (Element OS) Integration

vZilla  /  michaelcade

With the recent GA release of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4, the next storage integration also arrived, leveraging the Universal Storage API that was released late 2017 the list continues to grow. Here is an overview of the integration points previously I wrote about.
Functionality is covered in the post linked above, I wanted to take this time to highlight the simple process of getting your NetApp HCI or SolidFire storage added within your Veeam Backup & Replication console.
Before you begin you need to make sure you have added your vSphere environment this will unlock the Storage Infrastructure tab.
This week some of my posts are focusing on Veeam Community Edition, I will be running through the process of adding storage within this free edition, this allows even the community edition to have visibility and some control in to some of your historic snapshots that were not even created by Veeam, as well as the ability to recover some items from those snapshots.

As you can see from the above, we have a clean Veeam Backup & Replication install with our VMware environment added but in the shot above you see we have no storage integrations currently added to our Veeam Backup & Replication console. To add we need to select the Add Storage.

Next up you will see the long list of available storage integrations that are available along with the link to download any of the additional Universal Storage API plug ins. For us we can select the NetApp option below.

On this next page you will see Data ONTAP which we have covered a few times in previous posts, but the one we are interested in today is Element, Element is the operating system that is used on both SolidFire and NetApp HCI storage.

The element option is a link to the Veeam website where all plug ins can be downloaded. Authenticate with your account or create an account to see those available downloads.

Scroll down until you find the following screen, this is applicable for all Veeam Universal Storage integrations, here you will find the downloads for all.

Select and download the NetApp Element Plug-In.

The plug-in once downloaded will be in the form of a compressed file, extract this into an appropriate location.

You will see once extracted, it is an application file type that can then be ran, I always choose to run as administrator.

If you have not closed down all your Veeam Backup & Replication consoles then you will first of all get the following warning which will not let you proceed until all consoles are closed.

Next is a pretty straight forward wizard, its Veeam we wouldn’t make this complicated would we. Next.

Terms of usage, let’s make sure we all spend our time and read through this. It after all states in block capitals that this is IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY.

When you are happy with the terms of usage, your tray table is stowed, your seat in an upright position and your seat belt fastened you can proceed with the installation.

A note to mention is that this is going to stop some Veeam services, as a best practice you should disable your jobs before running the installation. Don’t worry it does start them again once installed. Just remember to re-enable the jobs after. In my lab I have no jobs running currently and it doesn’t take long at all.

Ok so that’s the plug-in installed on your Veeam Backup & Replication server. Pretty simple straight forward stuff.

Now let’s head back into our Veeam Backup & Replication console and we can add our NetApp HCI / SolidFire system. Follow the first four steps of the post above to get back to this stage, but this time we know we have the software downloaded and installed. First up add in your management IP of your system.

Provide the credentials to access the storage system.

The next options are around protocols available, volumes to be scanned and which of our proxies should we use or that have access to the storage array.
Volumes to scan, if you have volumes other than VMFS datastores for your VMware environment you may wish to remove them from the scanning schedule here.
Backup Proxies to use, this ensures that only certain proxies that have the capability of accessing the storage system are used. By default, all proxies will be used or attempted.

That’s it, confirm the summary of the system you are adding, once hitting finished here. Veeam is going to run a scan against the volumes for VMware VM files.

The next screen / pop up is now discovering the storage system. It’s going to scan for all VMFS volumes located on the storage array.

Another Veeam server has been orchestrating snapshots but with this instance of Veeam Backup & Replication we have the ability to look inside of those volumes and snapshots and see the VMs available for recovery options. We can also perform a level of restore against those.

I will follow up in another post what else we can do now we have our NetApp HCI system visible to our Veeam Backup & Replication server. Yes, we can backup from it and restore but there are also some more very interesting features that we can take advantage of including Veeam DataLabs.

Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/veeam-netapp-hci-element-os-integration-netappateam


Enhancing DRaaS with Veeam Cloud Connect and vCloud Director

Enhancing DRaaS with Veeam Cloud Connect and vCloud Director

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri

The state of disaster recovery

While many organizations have understood the importance of the 3-2-1 rule of backup in getting at least one copy of their data offsite, they have traditionally struggled to understand the value of making their critical workloads available with replication technologies. Replication and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) still predominantly focus on the Availability of Virtual machines and the services and applications that they run. The end goal is to have critical line of business applications identified, replicated and then made available in the case of a disaster.
The definition of a disaster varies depending on who you speak to, and the industry loves to use geo-scale impact events when talking about disasters, but the reality is that the failure of a single instance or application is much more likely than whole system failures. This is where Replication and Disaster Recovery as a Service becomes important, and organizations are starting to understand the critical benefits of combining offsite backup together with replication of their critical on-premises workloads.

Veeam Cloud Connect

While the cloud backup market has been flourishing, it’s true that most service providers who have been successful with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) have spent the last few years developing their Backup, Replication and Disaster Recovery as a Service offerings. With the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v8, Cloud Connect Backup was embraced by our cloud and service provider partners and became a critical part of their service offerings. With version 9, Cloud Connect Replication was added, and providers started offering Replication and Disaster Recovery as a Service.
Cloud Connect Replication was released with industry-leading network automation features, and the ability to abstract both Hyper-V and vSphere compute resources and have those resources made available for tenants to replicate workloads into service provider platforms and have them ready for full or partial disaster events. Networking is the hardest part to get right in a disaster recovery scenario and the Network Extension Appliance streamlined connectivity by simplifying networking requirements for tenants.
While Cloud Connect Replication as it stood pre-Update 4 was strong technology…it was missing one thing…

Introducing vCloud Director support for Veeam Cloud Connect Replication

VMware vCloud Director has become the de facto standard for service providers who offer Infrastructure as a Service. While always popular with top VMware Cloud Providers since its first release back in 2010, the recent enhancements with support for VMware NSX, a brand new HTML5-based user interface, together with increased interoperability, has resulted in huge growth in vCloud Director being deployed as the cloud management platform of choice.
Veeam has had a long history supporting vCloud Director, with the industry’s first support for vCloud Director-aware backups released in Veeam Backup & Replication v7. With the release of Update 4, we added support for Veeam Cloud Connect to replicate directly into vCloud Director virtual data centers, allowing both our cloud and service provider partners, and tenants alike, to take advantage of the enhancements VMware has built into the platform.

By extending Cloud Connect Replication to take advantage of vCloud Director as a way to allocate service provider cloud resources natively, we have given providers the ability to utilize the constructs of vCloud Director and have their tenants consume cloud resources easily and efficiently.

Benefits of vCloud Director with Cloud Connect Replication

By allowing tenants to consume vCloud Director resources, it allows them to take advantage of more powerful features when dealing with full disaster, or the failure of individual workloads. Not only will full or partial failovers be more transparent with the use of the vCloud Director HTML5 Tenant UI, but networking functionality will also be enhanced by tapping into VMware’s industry leasing Network Virtualization technology, NSX.
With tenants able to view and access VM replicas via the vCloud Director HTML5 UI, they will have greater visibility and access before and after failover events. The vCloud Director HTML5 UI will also allow tenants to see what is happening to workloads as they boot and interact with the guest OS directly, if required. This dramatically reduces the reliance on the service provider helpdesk and ensures that tenants are in direct control of their replicas.

From a networking point of view, being able to access the NSX Edge Gateway for replicated workloads means that tenants can take advantage of the advanced networking features available on the NSX Edge Gateway. While the existing Network Extension Appliance did a great job in offering basic network functionality, the NSX Edge offers:

  • Advanced Firewalling and NAT
  • Advanced Dynamic Routing (BGP, OSPF and more)
  • Advanced Load Balancing
  • IPsec and L2VPN
  • SSL Certificate Services

Put all that together with the ability to manage and configure everything through the vCloud Director HTML5 UI and you start to get an understanding of how utilizing NSX via vCloud Director enhances Cloud Connect Replication for both service providers and tenants.
There are also a number of options that can be used to extend the tenant network to the service provider cloud network when actioning a partial failover. Tenants and service providers can configure custom IPsec VPNs or use the IPsec functionality of the NSX Edge Gateway to be in place prior to partial failover.
The Network Extension Appliance is still available for deployment in the same way as before Update 4 and can be used directly from within a vCloud Director virtual data center to automate the extension of a tenant network so that the failed over workload can be accessible from the tenant network, even though it resides in the service provider’s environment.


For Veeam Cloud & Service Providers (VCSP) that underpin their backup and replication service offerings with Veeam Cloud Connect, the addition of vCloud Director support means that there is an even stronger case to deliver replication and disaster recovery to customers. For end users, the added benefits of the vCloud Director HTML5 UI, and enhanced networking services backed by NSX, means that you are able to have more confidence in recovering from disasters, and in your ability to provide greater business continuity.


The post Enhancing DRaaS with Veeam Cloud Connect and vCloud Director appeared first on Veeam Software Official Blog.

Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/VeeamSoftwareOfficialBlog/~3/-nGSBauTYDk/cloud-connect-replication-to-vcloud-director.html


Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy

Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Jason Buffington

Today, two former industry analysts (who are now Veeam execs) discuss the trends that are shaping the data protection industry and IT landscape:
Dave Russell @BackupDave, former VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner, lead analyst for the Backup MQ
Jason Buffington @JBuff, former Principal Analyst for Data Protection at ESG
This week, we’re talking about using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy:

  • There is no such thing as THE cloud
  • How cloud services should expand your data protection strategy
  • Consider agility and mobility within multi- and hybrid-cloud scenarios
  • What to think about in a “cloud-first” strategy

Dave and Jason are now both VPs working on various aspects of Veeam’s strategy. If either of them, or Veeam, can help you, please let us know.
We’ll see you back here next week – thanks for watching.

Navigate through the series:

  1. The data protection landscape
  2. Tape is (not) dead
  3. Using “the cloud” as part of your data protection strategy

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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.


Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Original Article: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/veeam-executive-blog/~3/Ks9uCFPyXww/cloud-data-protection-strategy.html


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Veeam brings back-up protection to HyperFlex’s SAP HANA party

Veeam brings back-up protection to HyperFlex’s
SAP HANA party
Veeam can now protect SAP HANA deployments
with native SAP database backups. With Veeam integrations for Cisco HyperFlex
and Cisco UCS, we are excited about combining forces
to offer SAP HANA users a modern solution spanning
from production to protection.