Veeam / NetApp Partner Workshop – September 17 – Southfield, MI

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Join NetApp and Veeam on Monday, September 17th, to connect with our technology experts and see first-hand our commitment to your success.  Meet our local enablement teams, discover new sales opportunities with our joint solutions, and learn from the experts who will pull it all together for you.
Agenda Overview  4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Veeam’s Hyper-Availability Solutions
  • NetApp Product Updates
  • Wrap-Up, Networking & Raffle Drawing
  • Beer & Pizza
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White paper: Six reasons to backup Office 365 – ITWeb

White paper: Six reasons to backup Office 365 – ITWeb

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Six reasons to backup Office 365.Six reasons to backup Office 365.Do you have control of your Office 365 data? Do you have access to all the items you need? The knee-jerk reaction is typically: “Of course I do,” or “Microsoft takes care of it all.” But if you really think about it, are you sure?This report explores the hazards of not having an Office 365 backup in your arsenal, and why backup solutions for Microsoft Office 365 fill the gap of long-term retention and data protection.

Original Article: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEfBX-J-gVcbkCUidWqtwJIWHKCnA&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=66lxW_CZB4-ShwHlh7jQCA&url=http://pressoffice.itweb.co.za/veeamsoftware/PressRelease.php?StoryID=285139

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CRN – Cisco, Veeam Create ‘Game-Changer’ Hyper-Converged … – CRN

CRN – Cisco, Veeam Create ‘Game-Changer’ Hyper-Converged … – CRN

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Cisco and Veeam have created what they are calling a “game-changer” in the hyper-converged infrastructure market by infusing Veeam’s data management platform into Cisco’s flagship HyperFlex platform.

“It’s going to be a game-changer for the industry,” said Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam, in an interview with CRN at VMworld 2018. “We’re the first and the only intelligent data management solution for Cisco HyperFlex. It’s a tightly integrated the solution [and we’re] going to market together as a joint, one single SKU, that all the Cisco sales organizations, Cisco channel, Veeam channel can take advantage of.”

Veeam will integrate its new, highly resilient data management platform, Veeam High Availability, into Cisco HyperFlex. The vendor’s High Availability solution provides seamless scalability, ease of management and support for multi-cloud environments through Cisco support services, supporting all virtual, physical and cloud workloads.

[Related: VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger’s Keynote: 5 Boldest Statements At VMworld]

McKay said Veeam will soon be rolling out channel enablement on the new solution as well as new partner incentive programs to drive sales.

“We’re going to introduce some interesting and exciting new programs to incentivize the channel to really grab it and run with this new offering,” he said.

The new Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex will be offered through Cisco and is backed by Cisco Solution Support, which provides support for the entire solution stack, enabling customers to deploy with confidence and peace of mind. Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex is expected to be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2018.

“The focus for us was really around, ‘How do we make it easier for them to buy. Easier for them to deploy. Easier for them to manage a combined solution. That’s what we really focused on, easier for the customers to manage and run a data management solution,” said McKay. “We think this is a win for our customers. A win for our partners and a win for Cisco and Veeam.”

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#VMworld 2018 – Day 2 – #Veeam in The #AWS Marketplace

#VMworld 2018 – Day 2 – #Veeam in The #AWS Marketplace

vZilla  /  michaelcade

That’s a wrap for day 2 of VMworld, there were two big bits worth mentioning from a Veeam perspective, firstly it is the VMware on AWS marketplace and the addition of Veeam Backup & Replication as an option for automated deployment.

This screen has been taken from beta testing.

To summarise what this means is, for the Veeam customers that have taken the steps to leverage VMware on AWS by giving those customers the same simple, easy to use and seamlessly easy to get thing protected from a backup and replication point of view, using the same toolset that we know from our on-premises vSphere environment.

Yesterday I spoke about automation and we also shared this information in our session about this feature also coming available, both this and the chef and terraform we spoke about yesterday are both types of automation but for possibly different end users and prospects.

The beauty of what we discussed of the CHEF deployment is it allows for us to be more distributed and dynamic, this offering is going to get things up and running as fast as possible and start protecting workloads. There will also be some customers that don’t want to explore the open source community of our CHEF cookbook.

It’s as simple as deploying to your SDDC and then choosing the CloudFormation template. The template will use the VPC that is linked to your VMware on AWS instance. The CloudFormation template will be executed on the VMware on AWS instance.

This template from CloudFormation will then run through the creation of the stack required.

When that CloudFormation template has been ran it’s then time to start the environment configuration, resource pools, network configuration etc.

Then is the summary screen to show you all the configuration you are about to commit.

This will then continue the deployment with your configuration and you will be able to see the Veeam server deployed within your SDDC.

When you first login to the newly created Veeam server you will see that the repository server has been added down to the stack configuration of the CloudFormation template. It has also added your vSphere vCenter server. You can now see the VMs within your SDDC and can begin protecting those instances.

The final thing I wanted to share was the capabilities, it’s not just backup, you also have the ability to replicate these virtual machines from this vSphere environment to any other environment including an on-premises environment, a Cloud Connect Service Provider offering replication as a service or to another vSphere environment anywhere.

The post #VMworld 2018 – Day 2 – #Veeam in The #AWS Marketplace appeared first on vZilla.

Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/vmworld-2018-day-2-veeam-in-the-aws-marketplace

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Veeam Stands Apart in terms of Customer Satisfaction

Veeam Stands Apart in terms of Customer Satisfaction

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Peter McKay

What is the single most important question you can ask your customer? For us, it is how likely they would be to recommend Veeam to a friend or colleague.

Our mission at Veeam is to be the most trusted provider of intelligent data management solutions to meet the expectations of a world that demands the Hyper-Availability of data. Our customers are at the core of our business, and constant feedback is the best way to improve over time.

To help us build trust with our customers, every year we send out a survey that helps us understand how they perceive our products and services. The Customer Satisfaction Survey was conducted by an independent third party, and then used for the Net Promoter Score (NPS) — the index measuring customers’ willingness to recommend a company’s products or services to others.

Veeam’s 2018 Net Promoter Score, 3.5 times the industry average

The respondents were asked how likely they would be to recommend Veeam to a friend or colleague, considering their complete experience with our company. Their answer is a number that is calculated into a score between -100 and +100.

Veeam scored an NPS of 73, which is 3.5 times higher than the industry average (21). This result shows a remarkable appreciation from our customers and places Veeam in the company of some of today’s biggest and most beloved brands: Amazon (61), Netflix (68) and trending toward Apple (89). At a regional level, EMEA’s NPS moved up to 76, being the strongest region in terms of customer satisfaction!

Scoring a high satisfaction level is not a popularity contest, it’s an exam we need to pass, and one where we raise the bar every year. The result of the customer satisfaction survey not only confirms that we put the right efforts and energy in everything we do, but also guides us to areas where we can do better to outperform our competition.

With over 300,000 customers across the globe, it’s essential to understand how satisfied they are about our offerings.

This is a massive achievement for Veeam, and it comes in a key moment — we are on the path to exceed a billion dollars in bookings in 2018. Becoming the next billion-dollar software company is not something you hear every day, and this wouldn’t be possible without our valuable partnerships. Our strong bonds with our alliance partners, Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, Microsoft, NetApp and VMware, enable Veeam to provide data center transformation, infrastructure modernization and cloud solutions and services to clients worldwide.

For the fifth consecutive year, Veeam has outperformed the industry, scoring 9.0+ for almost all categories, and trust me, this is not getting easier. Technology is developing at a faster pace than ever and so are the expectations of people for their digital lives.

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Cisco chooses Veeam as its first and only Intelligent Data Management partner

Cisco chooses Veeam as its first and only Intelligent Data Management partner

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Peter McKay

What got you here, won’t get you there” is a saying that’s especially true when it comes to the IT industry. Vendors today need to continually innovate their offerings to keep pace with customer demand. This is more important than ever in the data management industry, and when it comes to innovation, Veeam has always been at the forefront. Today, we are taking this idea one step further.

Cisco has chosen Veeam to deliver a new approach for the Modern Data Center, Veeam Availability Solution on Cisco HyperFlex. This announcement means customers can now run Veeam’s Intelligent Data Management platform on a completely hyperconverged solution, simplifying their deployments and reducing the resources needed to manage them. Cisco HyperFlex provides a platform that delivers seamless scalability, ease of management and multi-cloud support.

Available through Cisco and providing support for the entire solution stack, customers can deploy with confidence and peace of mind. I’m excited Cisco and Veeam both share the goal of helping our customers gain control of their data across all clouds, and that customers can now leverage their existing Cisco procurement relationships. This announcement also makes Veeam the first and only Intelligent Data Management solution to partner with Cisco on HyperFlex as a secondary storage target.

The scale and complexity of managing the hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl of enterprise data today, especially across multi-cloud environments, requires a new type of solution. It requires a solution that moves from traditional, policy-based data management to a more behavior-based system, so data can manage itself more autonomously and deliver critical business and operational insights at record speeds. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers make the transition to Intelligent Data Management, and today’s announcement with Cisco will enable organizations to fully embrace this future.

Our relationship with Cisco has been long and fruitful. Veeam has partnered with Cisco to provide backup for HyperFlex workloads, including snapshot integration for lower RPOs. What sets this announcement apart is that Cisco has been enhanced with Large Form Factor drives, allowing the platform to both run Veeam services, as well as to act as the repository for Veeam backup jobs.

Unreliable technology is causing nearly two-thirds of organizations today to admit they are being held back by unplanned downtime. That’s why our partnership with Cisco continues to thrive. Our joint announcement for Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex is a response to the direct feedback from enterprise customers, partners and service providers.

Organizations have long built their IT architecture on Cisco hardware. Veeam recognizes that investing in a partnership that leverages this underlying platform allows for a level of trust and confidence as Veeam and Cisco work together delivering a superior outcome over legacy vendor solutions that can’t respond to rapidly changing IT environments.

As Veeam is dominating the data management marketplace, we recognize the responsibility of working with our infrastructure partners to provide a simple solution that cuts through the complexity of past industry offerings.

The timing of this announcement is not coincidental. Currently, many legacy companies are feeling the strain of exponential data growth. With data sprawl pushing the need for protection out to the edge of the IT environment, legacy solutions from legacy vendors are struggling to adjust.

Veeam’s explosive growth is due to our focus on the Modern Data Center and its unique needs. Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex is designed to deliver seamless enterprise scalability. This is increasingly important as complexity continues to challenge IT departments. This joint solution reduces overall complexity and effort required to run a data-protection solution. It also provides a single stack, which is pre-validated, assuring customers that Cisco stands behind the solution.

I recognize that every time a customer makes a buying decision with Veeam they are making a choice that goes far beyond the technical. They are making a decision that puts their company and their own careers on the line. I know this, and every person at Veeam knows this. It is something we take seriously. Both Veeam and Cisco are brands that customers and partners can trust.

Developing the leading solution to allow our customers to trust their data is available all the time continues to be our goal.

Veeam Availability Solution on Cisco HyperFlex represents our two companies coming together to meet the demanding needs of you, our customers. We understand this and have worked to simplify the entire process. You can have confidence that we are as concerned with the Availability of your data just as much as you are.

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Instant visibility & restore for Microsoft SharePoint

Instant visibility & restore for Microsoft SharePoint

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Kirsten Stoner

Microsoft SharePoint is an invaluable tool used by organizations worldwide for data sharing and collaboration among teams. SharePoint provides businesses with a way to increase teamwork and productivity to streamline their processes and improve their business outcomes. There are several deployment options available for SharePoint, such as on-premises, online through Office 365 or a hybrid deployment. Each option has its own benefits, however, this blog post focuses on Veeam Explorer for SharePoint being used in an on premises deployment model of Microsoft SharePoint. If you’re using SharePoint online, Veeam Explorer is available to you as well through Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

An on-premises SharePoint farm could consist of multiple servers with each server needing to remain operating to meet your end user’s expectation. To meet a user’s demands, it’s important to have an Availability strategy in place. Veeam meets these expectations by giving you the technology to browse the database, restore individual items, and gain instant visibility while still being easy to use.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint

Veeam has developed many powerful built-in Explorers in its software, and Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint is no different. From the Veeam backup of your SharePoint server, you gain the ability to browse the content database, recover necessary items without having to fully restore, and start the virtual machine hosting the content database. Like the other Veeam Explorers, this tool is available with all editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, even the Free Edition!

When you perform a backup of your SharePoint Server, remember to enable Application Aware Image Processing. This technology creates a transactional-consistent backup to guarantee the proper recovery of your applications running on VMs. Once you successfully created the backup or replica of your SharePoint Server, you can start using the Explorer. There are a couple options available to you when using the Explorer, these include: browsing the SharePoint database, restoring individual SharePoint items and permissions, exporting items (sending as an email attachment or saving them to another location), and the ability to restore SharePoint sites.

Instant Visibility

Once you’re ready to perform a recovery, the application item restore wizard will auto-discover the SharePoint farms that were backed up and initiate the mount operation. During this operation, Veeam Backup & Replication retrieves information about SharePoint sites, the corresponding database server VMs, and restore points.


Figure 1: Veeam SharePoint Item restore wizard

When first initiating the restore, the wizard shows you the list of available sites included in the backup, allowing you to choose which site you want to explore to find the items you need. The Application Aware Image Processing technology is how Veeam Backup & Replication auto-discovers the information about your SharePoint Servers. It is important to remember to select this option when first performing the backup.


Figure 2: Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint

Within the Explorer itself is where you can view the content databases, sites, subsites, libraries and lists. Depending on what you select, you can browse and view its contents to find what is needed to restore. If your restoring a document, you can even open and preview the document to ensure it’s the correct item needed to recover. Available in all the editions of Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint delivers granular browsing and search capabilities to find any item or multiple items stored in any number of Microsoft SharePoint databases. To support this capability, the guest file system of the VM is mounted directly from the backup to a staging Microsoft SQL Server. By default, Veeam will use the SQL Server Express instance that was installed when you deployed Veeam Backup & Replication. One thing to note, the staging system must be compatible or the same version as the Microsoft SQL server that hosts the Microsoft SharePoint Content databases. If it is not, you will need to identify a staging SQL Server that is compatible to be able to use the Explorer. This is available within the Veeam Explorer options, under the SQL Server Settings tab. For detailed instructions on this functionality, please refer to the user guide.

With the amount of visibility Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint provides, you may want to be able to keep track of who is accessing the Explorer, what they are looking at, and why they are performing restores. For this, Veeam offers another layer of visibility, especially when it comes to restore operations. This visibility comes in the form of Veeam ONE, specifically the Restore Operators Report allowing you to safeguard your data with the ability to see who is accessing your data, where it is being restored to, and what items are being restored.

Veeam ONE Restore Operators Report

Veeam offers powerful, useful tools to ensure Availability for your business. Sometimes, we need to take an extra step to ensure we are still meeting the security requirements for the business as well. Veeam ONE’s Restore Operator’s Report gives you a detailed description of who is accessing your backup data and what restores they are performing or not performing. This allows you to gain an extra layer of visibility by being able to view all types of restore actions performed across the Veeam Backup Servers.


Figure 3. Restore Operators Activity Report

The above report shows who is accessing the backup data and what restores they are performing. This is an easy way to ensure that the correct people who have permission to be accessing certain data, are only accessing that data when and how they’re supposed to. The above image shows the different users performing restores and what type of restore it is, if its application, full VM, files, or even a restore from tape.


Figure 4. Restore Operators Report Continued

Going deeper into the report, you can see which VMs the users are accessing and what restores they are performing, or if they’re even performing a restore. This report is very useful to double check to ensure your users are only accessing what they should be accessing.

Conclusion

Microsoft SharePoint is a valuable tool used in organizations today to increase collaboration among teams to improve teamwork and organizational knowledge to be able to make better decisions. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint allows you to keep your business’ most important applications available to meet your end users demands. An added benefit is this Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint is even included in Veeam Backup Free Edition — allowing you to start using this powerful technology today!

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IDC confirms Veeam is the Market Leader

IDC confirms Veeam is the Market Leader

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Peter McKay

Veeam, born early in the era of the cloud, has created a story of unprecedented success. The story tells of rapid growth, accelerating quarter after quarter, year after year, driven by innovation, product quality, and customer loyalty. 2017 was our best year yet, and this year we continue to grow with tremendous wind in our sails:

  • We’ve achieved 40 straight quarters of double-digit growth — 10 years of extraordinarily strong momentum.
  • Total bookings growth increased throughout 2017, with double-digit growth in every quarter.

Recently, IDC released their market share numbers for 2017, and once again, Veeam leads the pack with more than 26% of overall growth in market share gain. IDC shows that in the last half of 2017 alone, the top three vendors combined lost36% market share while Veeam gained more than 26%. With this growth and success comes a sense of responsibility on our part to help customers see the future and prepare for the change and transformation that is coming.
Company Momentum – Top 5 by Company Performance: 2017H2 (Vendor Revenue, US Dollar, M) 
The question I receive more than any other, is how is it possible for Veeam to continue to generate such growth and success? Especially when one considers we reside in an industry that has a large legacy vendor presence with established, mature products. The answer is multi-faceted, but focuses on three key ingredients:

  1. Built for the Virtual World – Veeam was founded in 2006 to provide systems management solutions for virtualized infrastructures. Veeam quickly became synonymous with data Availability, emerging as the go-to provider for solutions supporting applications and data in cloud-spanning environments. Born in the era of the cloud and built in the era of the cloud.
  2. Partner First Philosophy – In today’s world of rapidly evolving technologies, no company is able to go it alone. Success comes from building and participating in robust technology eco-systems. It is our primary focus to approach every challenge with partnerships, from working with thousands of channel partners, to building deep integration and collaboration with the largest technology vendors in our space.
  3. It Just Works – Veeam has earned a reputation in every sector of the market, including SMB, commercial and enterprise, as a product that delivers on its promises. A product that can be trusted to maintain business continuity in the face of any challenge or disaster. That’s why when customers talk about the reliability of Veeam, they say, “It Just Works.”

Receiving third party validation from IDC helps us continue to tell our story. This isn’t just what we say, but what hundreds of thousands of our customers are saying around the world. In addition, our Net Promoter Score of 73, a number generated by asking companies if they would recommend a technology they have purchased, is 3.5x better than the industry average. When an IT manager chooses an Availability vendor to be there for backup and recovery, they aren’t just choosing a technology. They are betting the future of their company and their own career on that choice. We understand the importance of this decision and take pride in earning that trust. Legacy vendors are struggling to adapt and change in the new environment. Their solutions, built during an era of tape and disk, have failed to keep up with the new demands of data growth and data sprawl. Without the ability to adapt, their customers find themselves vulnerable and looking for a change. Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of Intelligent Data Management solutions, exceeding the expectations of a world that demands the Hyper-Availability of data. And our aim for the future is to expand on this vision to ultimately enable data to become self-managing. Veeam is in the perfect position to deliver on these promises of innovation and to radically improve how data is managed. Show more articles from this author

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How to Build a Failover Plan in Veeam Availability Orchestrator

How to Build a Failover Plan in Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Melissa Palmer

One of the most important components of Veeam Availability Orchestrator is the Failover Plan. The Failover Plan is an essential part of an organization’s disaster recovery plan. It contains the virtual machines to be protected, what steps to take during recovery, and other important information.

Now, we are going to take a look at the step-by-step process to creating your disaster recovery plan with Veeam Availability Orchestrator.

When you start the New Failover Plan Wizard, you will first be prompted to select a site. If you have multiple sites in your VAO environment, you would pick the production site of the application you are protecting.

Next, we want to give our Failover Plan a name. I like to use something that is clear and concise, such as the application name. You can also enter a description of your Failover Plan, as well as the contact information for the application you are protecting.

Next, we select the VM Group (or multiple VM Groups) containing the virtual machines of our application. As we mentioned in a previous post, VM Groups can be powered by VMware vSphere Tags. In this list, you can see the VMware vSphere Tags I have setup in my environment. In this case, I am going to select the applications with the HeliumRUN Windows Tag, since it has the virtual machines I am protecting with this Failover Plan.

Next are our VM Recovery Options. In this screen, we can decide how to handle a VM recovery failure in the unlikely event it happens. We can use VAO to run scheduled recovery tests on a regular basis, so this sort of failure would be a rare occurrence. We can also specify if we want to recover our VMs in a particular order, or at the same time, or finally how many VMs to recover simultaneously.

In the next screen, we are going to select the steps we are going to take for each VM during recovery. After we finish creating the Failover Plan, we will be able to add additional steps for individual VMs, including custom steps we upload to VAO. This is useful when we want to configure particular steps to verify the operation of an application such as Exchange, SharePoint, ISS, or SQL. For a complete list of Failover Plan steps included with VAO, be sure to take a look at the Veeam Availability Orchestrator official user guide here. Some steps, such as Verify SQL Database require credentials. If you select a step that requires credentials, you will be prompted to enter them for use.

One of the most important things to remember is that after we execute a disaster recovery plan, our disaster recovery site is now our production site. Because of this, it is very important that our applications receive the same level of protection they would on any other day. Luckily, Veeam Availability Orchestrator makes this easy by leveraging a pre-configured template job in Veeam Backup & Replication. At this screen, you can simply select the backup job you wish to use to protect your data at the disaster recovery site.

After ensuring your data is protected after your disaster recovery plan has executed, the next step is to configure Veeam Availability Orchestrator’s reporting capabilities. VAO has a completely customizable report template. These disaster recovery plan templates allow for the inclusion of all information needed during a disaster recovery plan execution, and can be scheduled to be sent to key stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure the environment is always ready for failover. For more about the reports included in VAO, be sure to check out this guide to VAO terminology.

By default, the Plan Definition Report and Readiness Check are scheduled to run daily, which is a great way to check the health of our disaster recovery plan. The Plan Definition Report includes all the information about the Failover Plan we just created, as well as a log of changes that have been made. The Readiness Check is a light-weight test that checks to ensure we are ready for a failover at a moment’s notice. If for some reason our Readiness Check has an error, we can then act to remediate it before a disaster strikes.

Finally, we are presented with a summary screen that shows us how our Failover Plan has been configured.  Once we click Finish, we have completed setting up our Failover Plan.

If we want to make any changes to our Failover Plan, it’s as simple as right-clicking on our Failover Plan and selecting “Edit,” or highlighting our Failover Plan and clicking “Manage” and then “Edit” on the navigation bar. The edit state is where we can add specific steps to each virtual machine, or to the failover plan in general. For example, I have uploaded a script to be run in the event of a disaster to make some DNS changes for my environment DNS changes.

This screen can be used to add either Pre or Post failover steps, or steps to each VM individually. The steps can also be put into a particular order if desired. The best part of this functionally is the ability to create a custom flow of steps as needed for each VM. For example, I may want to use the included steps of Verify Web Server Port and Verify Web Site (IIS) for a web server in the Failover Plan, and different steps on the SQL server. All of these steps will then be captured in a Plan Definition Report the next time it is run.

Congratulations, you are now protecting your application with Veeam Availability Orchestrator! If you want to take a look at creating your own Failover Plan, you can download a 30-day FREE trial of Veeam Availability Orchestrator.

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Microsoft LAPS deployment and configuration guide

Microsoft LAPS deployment and configuration guide

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Gary Williams

If you haven’t come across the term “LAPS” before, you might wonder what it is. The acronym stands for the “Local Administrator Password Solution.” The idea behind LAPS is that it allows for a piece of software to generate a password for the local administrator and then store that password in plain text in an Active Directory (AD) attribute.

Storing passwords in plain text may sound counter to all good security practices, but because LAPS using Active Directory permissions, those passwords can only be seen by users that have been given the rights to see them or those in a group with rights to see them.

The main use case here shows that you can freely give out the local admin password to someone who is travelling and might have problems logging in using cached account credentials. You can then have LAPS request a new password the next time they want to talk to an on-site AD over a VPN.

The tool is also useful for applications that have an auto login capability. The recently released Windows Admin Center is a great example of this:

To set up LAPS, there are a few things you will need to do to get it working properly.

  1. Download the LAPS MSI file
  2. Schema change
  3. Install the LAPS Group Policy files
  4. Assign permissions to groups
  5. Install the LAPS DLL

Download LAPS

LAPS comes as an MSI file, which you’ll need to download and install onto a client machine, you can download it from Microsoft.

Schema change

LAPS needs to add two attributes to Active Directory, the administrator password and the expiration time. Changing the schema requires the LAPS PowerShell component to be installed. When done, launch PowerShell and run the commands:

Import-module AdmPwd.PS

Update-AdmPwdADSchema

You need to run these commands while logged in to the network as a schema admin.

Install the LAPS group policy files

The group policy needs to be installed onto your AD servers. The *.admx file goes into the “windowspolicydefintions” folder and the *.adml file goes into “windowspolicydefinitions[language]”

Once installed, you should see a LAPS section in GPMC under Computer configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> LAPS

The four options are as follows:

Password settings — This lets you set the complexity of the password and how often it is required to be changed.

Name of administrator account to manage — This is only required if you rename the administrator to something else. If you do not rename the local administrator, then leave it as “not configured.”

Do not allow password expiration time longer than required by policy — On some occasions (e.g. if the machine is remote), the device may not be on the network when the password expiration time is up. In those cases, LAPS will wait to change the password. If you set this to FALSE, then the password will be changed regardless of it can talk to AD or not.

Enable local password management — Turns on the group policy (GPO) and allows the computer to push the password into Active Directory.

The only option that needs to be altered from “not configured” is the “Enable local admin password management,” which enables the LAPS policy. Without this setting, you can deploy a LAPS GPO to a client machine and it will not work.

Assign permissions to groups

Now that the schema has been extended, the LAPS group policy needs to be configured and permissions need to be allocated. The way I do this is to setup an organizational until (OU), where computers will get the LAPS policy and a read-only group and a read/write group.

Because LAPS is a push process, (i.e. because the LAPS client on the computer is the one to set the password and push it to AD) the computer’s SELF object in AD needs to have permission to write to AD.

The PowerShell command to allow this to happen is:

Set-AdmPwdComputerSelfPermission -OrgUnit <name of the OU to delegate permissions>

To allow helpdesk admins to read LAPS set passwords, we need to allow a group to have that permission. I always setup a “LAPS Password Readers” group in AD, as it makes future administration easier. I do that with this line of PowerShell:

Set-AdmPwdReadPasswordPermission -OrgUnit <name of the OU to delegate permissions> -AllowedPrincipals <users or groups>

The last group I set up is a “LAPS Admins” group. This group can tell LAPS to reset a password the next time that computer connects to AD. This is also set by PowerShell and the command to set it is:

Set-AdmPwdResetPasswordPermission -OrgUnit <name of the OU to delegate permissions> -AllowedPrincipals <users or groups>

Once the necessary permissions have been set up, you can move computers into the LAPS enabled OU and install the LAPS DLL onto those machines.

LAPS DLL

Now that the OU and permissions have been set up, the admpwd.dll file needs to be installed onto all the machines in the OU that have the LAPS GPO assigned to it. There are two ways of doing this. First, you can simply select the admpwd dll extension from the LAPS MSI file.

Or, you can copy the DLL (admpwd.dll) to a location on the path, such as “%windir%system32”, and then issue a regsvr32.exe AdmPwd.dll command. This process can also be included into a GPO start-up script or a golden image for future deployments.

Now that the DLL has been installed on the client, a gpupdate /force should allow the locally installed DLL to do its job and push the password into AD for future retrieval.

Retrieving passwords is straight forward. If the user in question has at least the LAPS read permission, they can use the LAPS GUI to retrieve the password.

The LAPS GUI can be installed by running the setup process and ensuring that “Fat Client UI” is selected. Once installed, it can be run just by launching the “LAPS UI.” Once launched, just enter the name of the computer you want the local admin password for and, if the permissions are set up correctly, you will see the password displayed.

If you do not, check that that the GPO is being applied and that the permissions are set for the OU where the user account is configured.

Troubleshooting

Like anything, LAPS can cause a few quirks. The two most common quirks I see include when staff with permissions cannot view passwords and client machines do not update the password as required.

The first thing to check is that the admpwd.dll file is installed and registered. Then, check that the GPO is applying to the server that you’re trying to change the local admin password on with the command gpresult /r. I always like to give applications like LAPS their own GPO to make this sort of troubleshooting much easier.

Next, check that the GPO is actually turned on. One of the oddities of LAPS is that it is perfectly possible to set everything in the GPO and assign the GPO to an OU, but it will not do anything unless the “Enable Local password management” option is enabled.

If there are still problems, double check that the permissions that have been assigned. LAPS won’t error out, but the LAPS GUI will just show a blank for the password, which could mean that either the password has not been set or that the permissions have not been set correctly.

You can double check permissions using the extended attribute section of windows permissions. You can access this by launching Active Directory users and computers -> Browse to the computer object -> Properties -> Security -> Advanced

Double click on the security principal:

Scroll down and check that both Read ms-Mcs-AdmPwd and Write ms-Mcs-admpwd are ticked.

In summary, LAPS works very well and it is a great tool for deployment to servers, especially laptops and the like. It can be a little tricky to get working, but it is certainly worth the time investment.

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IDC confirms Veeam is the Market Leader

IDC confirms Veeam is the Market Leader

Veeam Executive Blog – The Availability Lounge  /  Peter McKay

Veeam, born early in the era of the cloud, has created a story of unprecedented success. The story tells of rapid growth, accelerating quarter after quarter, year after year, driven by innovation, product quality, and customer loyalty. 2017 was our best year yet, and this year we continue to grow with tremendous wind in our sails:

  • We’ve achieved 40 straight quarters of double-digit growth — 10 years of extraordinarily strong momentum.
  • Total bookings growth increased throughout 2017, with double-digit growth in every quarter.

Recently, IDC released their market share numbers for 2017, and once again, Veeam leads the pack with more than 26% of overall growth in market share gain. IDC shows that in the last half of 2017 alone, the top three vendors combined lost 36% market share while Veeam gained more than 26%. With this growth and success comes a sense of responsibility on our part to help customers see the future and prepare for the change and transformation that is coming.
Company Momentum – Top 5 by Company Performance: 2017H2 (Vendor Revenue, US Dollar, M)
The question I receive more than any other, is how is it possible for Veeam to continue to generate such growth and success? Especially when one considers we reside in an industry that has a large legacy vendor presence with established, mature products. The answer is multi-faceted, but focuses on three key ingredients:

  1. Built for the Virtual World – Veeam was founded in 2006 to provide systems management solutions for virtualized infrastructures. Veeam quickly became synonymous with data Availability, emerging as the go-to provider for solutions supporting applications and data in cloud-spanning environments. Born in the era of the cloud and built in the era of the cloud.
  2. Partner First Philosophy – In today’s world of rapidly evolving technologies, no company is able to go it alone. Success comes from building and participating in robust technology eco-systems. It is our primary focus to approach every challenge with partnerships, from working with thousands of channel partners, to building deep integration and collaboration with the largest technology vendors in our space.
  3. It Just Works – Veeam has earned a reputation in every sector of the market, including SMB, commercial and enterprise, as a product that delivers on its promises. A product that can be trusted to maintain business continuity in the face of any challenge or disaster. That’s why when customers talk about the reliability of Veeam, they say, “It Just Works.”

Receiving third party validation from IDC helps us continue to tell our story. This isn’t just what we say, but what hundreds of thousands of our customers are saying around the world. In addition, our Net Promoter Score of 73, a number generated by asking companies if they would recommend a technology they have purchased, is 3.5x better than the industry average. When an IT manager chooses an Availability vendor to be there for backup and recovery, they aren’t just choosing a technology. They are betting the future of their company and their own career on that choice. We understand the importance of this decision and take pride in earning that trust. Legacy vendors are struggling to adapt and change in the new environment. Their solutions, built during an era of tape and disk, have failed to keep up with the new demands of data growth and data sprawl. Without the ability to adapt, their customers find themselves vulnerable and looking for a change. Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of Intelligent Data Management solutions, exceeding the expectations of a world that demands the Hyper-Availability of data. And our aim for the future is to expand on this vision to ultimately enable data to become self-managing. Veeam is in the perfect position to deliver on these promises of innovation and to radically improve how data is managed. Show more articles from this author

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#1 Hyper-Availability for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

#1 Hyper-Availability for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Michael Cade


In June 2017 we announced that we would be working on support for the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) and shortly after in October we were able to show an alpha build of the code and demo what functionality would be arriving. Today we are excited and pleased to announce that our Hyper-Availability story is generally available for the entire Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform, allowing us to protect all virtualized workloads – VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV – in an application consistent state.
Support for Nutanix AHV comes with a new product –– Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV –– which includes many of the same easy-to-use features and functionality from Veeam Backup & Replication in a familiar portable backup file format. This also includes the ability to align your strategy with the 3-2-1 backup methodology through one of our many Veeam Cloud Service Providers (VCSP) partners, tape or backup copy to disk for offsite backups and long-term retention.

Overview

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV will consist of three components:

  1. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 update 3a minimum
  2. Veeam Backup Proxy Appliance for AHV
  3. Veeam Backup repository (deduplication devices not supported in v1)

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a

The Veeam backup server is there to allow for authentication from the Veeam backup proxy appliance to give the ability to send backup files to the Veeam backup repository. The Veeam Backup Server also offers the ability for longer term retention to either tape, disk or Veeam Cloud Connect.

Veeam Backup Proxy Appliance for AHV

The proxy appliance will be deployed within the Nutanix Acropolis hyper-converged infrastructure cluster. Management of the appliance as well as the configuration, scheduling and execution of backups and full-VM restores will be handled by a new web UI, specifically designed to look and operate like Prism for familiarity, to Nutanix administrators and users.

Veeam Backup repository

The Veeam backup repository is a folder on a storage device that acts as a backup target that is managed by the Veeam backup server.

Features

Application consistency

The ability to take application consistent backups of your mission critical workloads is a must. This is achieved by requesting a Distributed Storage Fabric (DSF) snapshot within the Nutanix AHV cluster. Nutanix guest tools (NGT) can then be used to trigger the preparation of the guest operating system for an online backup. For VMs where application consistency is required but NGT is not installed, Veeam recommends using the server edition of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows or for Linux.

Changed Block Tracking

When Veeam Backup & Replication performs incremental backup, it needs to know what data blocks have changed since the previous job session. To get the list of changed data blocks, Veeam Backup & Replication uses the changed block tracking mechanism, or CBT. CBT Increases the speed and efficiency of incremental backups. The backup process will leverage the AHV CBT for full and incremental backups.

Protection domains

The ability to leverage Nutanix Protection Domains not only means the ability to keep a short-term amount of fast Recovery Point Objective (RPO) snapshots in place but it also means that this same Protection Domain which is a defined group of virtual machines can be leveraged to simplify backup management also.

Workflow

The backup proxy communicates with Nutanix AHV to trigger a virtual machine snapshot, retrieves virtual machine data block by block from datastores hosting virtual machines, compresses and deduplicates it and writes to the backup repository in Veeam’s proprietary format.

Veeam Backup & Replication creates per-VM backup chains: One backup chain contains data for one VM only.

Recovery

Now let’s get to the interesting part, the backup is the insurance policy that none of us hope we ever have to use, the recovery though is where we could be saving jobs and lives.

Veeam Backup Proxy Appliance for AHV

Recovery options from the proxy appliance will be full-VM recovery to the original location, performed from within the web UI. The ability to restore individual virtual machine disks is also possible from the web UI.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a

When it comes to the granular restore options, it is required to be in the Veeam backup server to perform these tasks. Granular restore options include:

  • Windows file level restore
  • Application items restore (Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle)
  • VM disk export (VMDK, VHD or VHDX)
  • Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

I am super excited to see the technical innovation happening within Veeam, the elevation of the Hyper Converged market leader as a Veeam elite alliance partner and the addition of the third hypervisor within the Hyper-Availability Platform. I am now even more excited to see where this product goes in the future. I strongly encourage anyone that has AHV deployed or under evaluation to download the fully-functional FREE 30-day trial today.

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VBO365 Backup: The Quick “How To” Guide

VBO365 Backup: The Quick “How To” Guide

CloudOasis  /  HalYaman


DirectionBlueVeeam Backup for Office 365 version 2 was released last week. In this blog post, and following the Sydney VeeamOn event where the following videos were presented, I’m pleased to share the demonstration with you all to help you quickly get started with a few basic topics.

Add Organization and Creating a backup Job:

Restoring a Mailbox:

Restore a OneDrive Item:

Restore Microsoft SharePoint:

Migrate an MS365 Mailbox to On Premises-Exchange:

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Veeam Intelligent Data Management for Huawei OceanStor

Veeam Intelligent Data Management for Huawei OceanStor

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Stefan Renner


Veeam and Huawei recently released new, integrated storage snapshot and orchestration capabilities for customers using Veeam and Huawei OceanStor storage. This new Veeam Plug-in is based on the Veeam Universal Storage API and allows Veeam solutions to deliver higher levels of backup and recovery efficiency when paired with the Huawei OceanStor storage infrastructure.
The constant flow and management of data is taxing today’s organizations to their limit. Data has become hyper-critical to business, but IT organizations struggle to cope with their data’s hyper-growth and hyper-sprawl while protecting against data loss threats, ransomware, service outages and human error — all of which result in loss of business, productivity and reputation.
To address these new business and technical requirements, Veeam partnered with Huawei and other leading storage providers to deliver integrated data protection and storage solutions. OceanStor customers can now leverage Veeam storage integration for VMware environments, bringing new levels of Intelligent Data Management to their data center for better RTPO (recovery time and point objectives).

Faster, efficient backup for Huawei OceanStor

Backup operations strain production storage environments, resulting in lower performance. New Veeam-Huawei integration brings agentless Veeam Backup from Storage Snapshots capabilities to OceanStor storage, increasing Veeam backup speed by 2x, and up to 10x faster compared to competing backup solutions.
Veeam’s usage of VMware Change Block Tracking while reading data from storage snapshots minimizes the performance impact on production VMs during backup. As a result, the VMware snapshot lifetime is lowered to minutes instead of hours — which is often the case when using VMware-based backups without storage snapshots.

During standard Veeam backup procedures, Veeam uses parallel disk backup to reduce the time window, but the VMware VM snapshot may be open for some time as would be expected. This leads to higher IO at the time of the VMware VM snapshot, and could cause a possible performance impact on the VM.
The new integration allows Veeam to create Huawei snapshots in the background directly after the VM snapshot creation. The result is nearly instantaneous. In the example below, the VMware VM snapshot is open only until the storage snapshot was created, lowering the time required for the VMware snapshot to be open.

While certain variables can come into play and affect performance, this level of performance will not be uncommon for Huawei OceanStor customers using Veeam Availability storage snapshot integration.

Orchestrate your Huawei OceanStor storage snapshots

Veeam integration with OceanStor also includes orchestration capabilities that reduce backup management complexity and increase efficiency. The new Veeam Plug-in can orchestrate application-consistent storage snapshots without the need of any agent installed within the VMs.

In most IT organizations, backups are ideally scheduled during off hours, when they will not affect performance. However, the realities of today’s business demands on IT infrastructures make this approach obsolete. In today’s world, “off hours” don’t exist anymore. Constant use of available compute and infrastructure resources is key to better return on investment, so low usage windows are harder to find. More importantly, backups need to be taken more often to protect against data loss. Where one backup a night was acceptable in the past, the continuous creation of recovery points to meet higher recovery point objectives is now the common service level demand.
Veeam snapshot orchestration helps you address this need with a mix of frequent crash-consistent and application-consistent snapshots.

Unlimited recovery options from storage snapshot

With Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, you can use either Veeam orchestrated, or any other existing Huawei storage snapshot, to recover full VMs or single items from a snapshot, in many ways depending on what will be most efficient for the recovery situation.

Veeam integration brings new levels of flexibility for recovery with Huawei OceanStor storage. Full VM recovery is simple and quick, but more often than not, simple item recovery within a VM is the recovery use case.
Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots gives IT teams recovery of individual items without requiring the normal time and resource consuming process of re-provisioning a VM. This item-level recovery is supported for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Active Directory and SharePoint objects through a simple Windows Explorer-like interface. Veeam allows data, files, emails and more to be pulled from backups and into the production environment with a few clicks. Recovering Oracle databases out of a storage snapshot is also supported.

Automated DR/recovery verification and DataLabs

The new Veeam Plug-in for Huawei also brings automation to one of the biggest pain points and inconsistencies most organizations struggle to address in their backup and recovery operations. That is the fact that most IT backup administrators can never really be sure they can recover from the restore points in a disaster or when data is lost.

With Veeam and Huawei integration, Veeam On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots automates the process of creating a completely isolated copy of your production environment, verifies the viability from the snapshot, reports that status, and then deprovisions the environment. Veeam builds the DataLab from recent storage snapshots created by Huawei or any other third-party software and runs through a complete routine to verify VM boot, network connections, and application function. When finished, Veeam then reports the test results via email or through enhanced reporting found in Veeam Availability Suite.
Creating what Veeam calls a DataLab, addresses two core needs in modern IT Infrastructures. First, it addresses the need for verified recoverability to meet regulatory and operational requirements, not to mention peace of mind for the IT team knowing they are prepared for disaster recovery when they are called.
Second, DataLabs are extremely valuable to address the needs of your development teams, or any others that constantly require a dedicated lab environment with real-world data for the purpose of new solution development, upgrade and deployment testing, as well as risk assessment and mitigation planning.

Veeam and Huawei OceanStor are better together

Huawei is the latest storage provider to partner with Veeam for more efficient data management, more efficient backup, and faster recovery. Regardless of whether you want to speed up your Veeam backups or if you want to use storage snapshots next to real backups to lower your RTPO, with the newly released Veeam Storage Plug-in for Huawei OceanStor, you are on the right track and ready for the future.

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Virtual Lab “xray” not found on server “xyz.mine.ca”

Virtual Lab “xray” not found on server “xyz.mine.ca

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White


This has been bothering me for a bit.  When I do a test failover I see the error above.  Here is a screenshot:

This is an example out of my lab.  I could start and stop the virtual lab in the VAO UI with no issues.  I removed / uninstalled everything and tried again.  Still had the same issue.
The solution is a major surprise to me.  Virtual Labs must be created where the replication consumed in the virtual lab is configured and started.
In the example of the screenshot I started the replication to my DR site on vbr01.thewhites.ca.  But yet, I created the virtual lab in the DR site.
The answer to this all is that you need to start your replication in the DR site and of course that is where you should create your virtual labs that you use in VAO.
Hope that this is clear but if not Google will hopefully deliver you to this article, and you can use the comments to learn more.
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Tips to backup & restore your SQL Server

Tips to backup & restore your SQL Server

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Kirsten Stoner


Microsoft SQL Server is often one of the most critical applications in an organization, with too many uses to count. Due to its criticality, your SQL Server and its data should be thoroughly protected. Business operations rely on a core component like Microsoft SQL Server to manage databases and data. The importance of backing up this server and ensuring you have a recovery plan in place is tangible. People want consistent Availability of data. Any loss of critical application Availability can result in decreased productivity, lost sales, lost customer confidence and potentially loss of customers. Does your company have a recovery plan in place to protect its Microsoft SQL Server application Availability? Has this plan been thoroughly tested?
Microsoft SQL Server works on the backend of your critical applications, making it imperative to have a strategy set in place in case something happens to your server. Veeam specifically has tools to back up your SQL Server and restore it when needed. Veeam’s intuitive tool, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server, is easy to use and doesn’t require you to be a database expert to quickly restore the database. This blog post aims to discuss using these tools and what Veeam can offer to help ensure your SQL Server databases are well protected and always available to your business.

The Basics

There are some things you should take note of when using Veeam to back up your Microsoft SQL Server. An important aspect and easy way to ensure your backup is consistent is to check that application-aware processing is enabled for the backup job. Application aware processing is Veeam’s proprietary technology based on Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service. This technology quiescences the applications running on the virtual machine to create a consistent view of data. This is done so there are no unfinished database transactions when a backup is performed. This technology creates a transactionally consistent backup of a running VM minimizing the potential for data loss.
Enabling Application Aware processing is just the first step, you must also consider how you want to handle the transaction logs. Veeam has different options available to help process the transaction logs. The options available are truncate logs, do not truncate logs, or backup logs periodically.


Figure 1: SQL Server Transaction logs Options

Figure 1 shows the Backup logs periodically option is selected in this scenario. This option supports any database restore operation offered through Veeam Backup & Replication. In this case, Veeam periodically will transfer transaction logs to the backup repository and store them with the SQL server VM backup, truncating logs on the original VM. Make sure you have set the recovery model for the required SQL Server database to full or bulk-logged.
If you decide you do not want to truncate logs, Veeam will preserve the logs. This option puts the control into the database administrator’s hands, allowing them to take care of the database logs. The other alternative is to truncate logs, this selection allows Veeam to perform a database restore to the state of the latest restore point. To read more about backing up transaction logs check out this blog post.

Data recovery

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server delivers consistent application Availability through the different restore options it offers to you. These include the ability to restore a database to a specific point in time, restore a database to the same or different server, restore it back to its original location or export to a specified location. Other options include performing restores of multiple databases at once, the ability to perform a table-level recovery or running transaction log replay to perform quick point-in-time restores.


Figure 2: Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server

Recovery is the most important aspect of data Availability. SQL Transaction log backup allows you to back up your transaction logs on a regular basis meeting recovery point objectives (RPOs). This provides not only database recovery options, but also point-in-time database recovery. Transaction-level recovery saves you from a bad transaction such as a table drop, or a mass delete of records. This functionality allows you to do a restore to a point in time right before the bad transaction had occurred, for minimal data loss.

And it is available for FREE!

Veeam offers a variety of free products and Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server is one that is included in that bunch. If you are using Veeam Backup Free Edition already, you currently have this Explorer available to you. The free version allows you to view database information, export a database and export a database schema or data. If you’re interested in learning more about what you get with Veeam Backup Free Edition, be sure to download this HitchHikers Guide.

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3 steps to extend your archival options to Microsoft Azure Blob storage

3 steps to extend your archival options to Microsoft Azure Blob storage

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Andrew Zhelezko


Long-term archival policies remain a consistent part of many enterprise infrastructures today. The need to maintain the 3-2-1 rule, ensure corporate standards, or provide regulatory compliance, keep liability of archival options out of the question. Convenient use of virtual tape libraries (VTL) enables enterprise businesses to extend their tape-based backups to virtual disks, or simply switch to newer operational methods without a long preparation as the staff is familiar with the terms already. While Veeam provides native tape support for backing up to virtual tape libraries, it’s now extending it with an option to leverage StarWind VTL for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, enabling all users looking for cheap and reliable cloud storage to easily and securely store backups/files there.
With this integration, Veeam and StarWind customers can tier their backup data on site, maintaining one to two weeks of data on-premises, while moving longer-term archives directly to a more cost-effective Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. In this blog, I’ll be covering how to tackle the latter. For a more detailed look, you can view the webinar.
Before we rush into details, I’d like to mention that it will take very little effort from existing Veeam customers to accomplish the process. However, due to many available deployment scenarios (starting from Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) and StarWind software installed on the same server on-premise and ending with VBR and StarWind being independently deployed on Azure VMs), please take a moment to think about traffic flow and the best configuration for your system before you proceed.
As for the configuration itself, I’d prefer to split it onto three logical steps:

1. Azure preparation

Go to Azure portal, find storage accounts, and add another one (or repurpose an existing blob storage). Make sure to provide all the required information and select blob storage within the account kind option. Then, proceed to a newly created storage account and copy the storage account name and a key (settings –> access keys) as well as create a container which is going to be used for storing the data (blob service –> containers –> new). You’ll need this data later, when configuring a cloud replication in StarWind VTL.

Figure 1. Azure blob storage details

2. Configuring StarWind VTL

The purpose of such an action is to emulate a tape library setup on a desired server, so Veeam is going to send data to that library where it will be processed and ready for a cloud archival. A classic Disk to Disk to Cloud (D2D2C) scheme in action.
Get the latest StarWind VTL package (version 8.0.0.12248 or newer) and install it on any appropriate physical, virtual, cloud server or even Veeam server itself. During installation, make sure to select the “VTL and Cloud Replication” option so StarWind automatically deploys the corresponding components. Specify a convenient path for the storage pool or leave it by default at disk C. Then, operating from the StarWind management console, connect to a desired server (use localhost or 127.0.0.1 when setting up an all-in-one scenario) and add a virtual tape device (drive) with as many virtual tapes you’d like. StarWind VTL emulates the actual HPE MSL8096 Tape Library, so all the principles of working with such a library will be applicable here. Note: You might need to install the latest drivers pack so that the server recognizes the said tape library properly. Once that is done, this server can be pointed to a VTL using the standard Windows iSCSI tools (control panel –> administrative tools –> iSCSI initiator). Go to Discovery –> Discovery Portal to initialize VTL and then connect to it from the Targets tab.

Figure 2. Connecting to discovered VTL target
Now you should enable a cloud archival via the cloud replication functionality: Simply select Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage on the first step, then specify the required Azure details from step #1, and finish the process by providing the desired retention settings.

Figure 3. StarWind. Setting up the retention settings

3. Veeam Backup & Replication

From a Veeam Backup & Replication perspective, you’ll need to add a server from above as a tape server to the VBR console. For that, an IP/DNS address and appropriate credentials will be required. During the procedure, Veeam will install a Transport and Tape Proxy services to the server and perform a tape libraries inventory if the option is specified. Once the tapes are detected and put into a Free Media Pool, it’s a good idea to create a dedicated Media Pool with some tapes, which will be used on another step.
Now, Veeam is connected to VTL and can push the data there. Create a Backup to Tape or File to Tape Job, specify the backup scope (you’ll need some pre-created backups for the first option), and point the Job to a previously created Media Pool. Depending on the backup/file size, you’ll get the data effectively delivered to the VTL server.

Figure 4. Backup to Tape Job in action

Figure 5. StarWind management console. Tape in Slot 1 has gotten a backup.
Now you can switch to the VTL server and remove the tape from the slot if it wasn’t automatically exported upon the Veeam Job completion. Since in my case the cloud replication was scheduled to start immediately, I can already see the motion in progress.

Figure 6. Uploading to Azure Blob Storage in action
After a successful upload, the Cloud tab will get a blue check and I should be able to verify that by navigating to my Azure Blob Storage and seeing the actual files uploaded to this container.

Figure 7. “ColdContainer” with uploaded data
I can go ahead and manually change the access tier for any of those files right from the Azure portal.

Figure 8. Azure Access Tier change
As an alternative, I could tweak the StarWind settings or even use PowerShell to manipulate the access tier in an automated way.

Restore VMs from VTLs in Azure

On the restore side, StarWind customers can initiate restores from Azure through their Veeam Backup & Replication console to recover the necessary files or VMs. Better yet, why not recover in Azure? Available in the Azure Marketplace, the virtual StarWind appliance, as well as Veeam Backup & Replication, can be installed in an Azure instance, and recoveries can be done from the archive storage directly into a new Azure virtual machine, accelerating your restore times and providing application portability across your backup infrastructure.
In addition, you can provide access to these newly restored VMs in Azure with Veeam PN (Powered Network), establishing a secure connection back to your HQ data center or wherever you need to provide access to these workloads.

Conclusion

Organizations are still using tape for a variety of reasons, but many want to take advantage of the cloud for their backups in order to maintain business continuity and unlock Availability. With Veeam Backup & Replication customers can leverage a seamless integration with StarWind to get their backups off site and into Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. To watch a full demo on the solution, you can watch this webinar.
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Notre Dame uses N2WS Cloud Protection Manager for backup

Notre Dame uses N2WS Cloud Protection Manager for backup

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Coinciding with its decision to eventually close its data center and migrate most of its workloads to the public cloud, the University of Notre Dame’s IT team switched to cloud-native data protection.

Notre Dame, based in Indiana, began its push to move its business-critical applications and workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2014. Soon after, the university chose N2WS Cloud Protection Manager to handle backup and recovery.
Now, 80% of the applications used daily by faculty members and students, as well as the data associated with those services, lives on the cloud. The university protects more than 600 AWS instances, and that number is growing fast.
In a recent webinar, Notre Dame systems engineer Aaron Wright talked about the journey of moving a whopping 828 applications to the cloud, and protecting those apps and their data.
N2WS, which was acquired by Veeam earlier this year, is a provider of cloud-native, enterprise backup and disaster recovery for AWS. The backup tool is available through the AWS Marketplace.
Wright said Notre Dame’s main impetus for migrating to the cloud was to lower costs. Moving services to the cloud would reduce the need for hardware. Wright said the goal is to eventually close the university’s on-premises primary data center.
“We basically put our website from on premises to the AWS account and transferred the data, saw how it worked, what we could do. … As we started to see the capabilities and cost savings [of the cloud], we were wondering what we could do to put not just our ‘www’ services on the cloud,” he said.
Wright said Notre Dame plans to move 90% of its applications to the cloud by the end of 2018. “The data center is going down as we speak,” he said.

We looked at what it would cost us to build our own backup software and estimated it would cost 4,000 hours between two engineers. Aaron Wrightsystems engineer, Notre Dame

As a research organization that works on projects with U.S. government agencies, Notre Dame owns sensitive data. Wright saw the need for a centralized backup software to protect that data, and found N2WS Cloud Protection Manager through AWS Marketplace. Wright could not find many good commercial options for protecting that cloud data.
“We looked at what it would cost us to build our own backup software and estimated it would cost 4,000 hours between two engineers,” he said. By comparison, Wright said his team deployed Cloud Protection Manger in less than an hour.
Wright said N2WS Cloud Protection Manager rescued Notre Dame’s data at least twice since the installation. One came after Linux machines failed to boot after application of a patch, and engineers restored data from snapshots within five minutes. Wright said his team used the snapshots to find and detach a corrupted Amazon Elastic Block Store volume, and then manually created and attached a new volume.
In another incident, Wright said the granularity of the N2WS Cloud Protection Manager backup capabilities proved valuable.
“Back in April-May 2018, we had to do a single-file restore through Cloud Protection Manager. Normally, we would have to have taken the volume and recreated a 300-gig volume,” he said. Locating and restoring that single file so quickly allowed him to resolve the incident within five minutes.

Original Article: https://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/news/252444986/Notre-Dame-uses-N2WS-Cloud-Protection-Manager-for-backup

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Understanding Veeam Availability Orchestrator terminology

Understanding Veeam Availability Orchestrator terminology

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Melissa Palmer


When it comes to creating disaster recovery (DR) plans, Veeam Availability Orchestrator makes it easy to ensure your data is available when disaster strikes. Beyond creating what we call a Failover Plan in Veeam Availability Orchestrator, we also ensure that our DR plans are tested successfully on a regular basis, with the documentation to prove it. This documentation can also be used for compliance, auditing, and ensuring members of an organization know the state of the DR plan at all times.
You may be asking yourself, “What is a Failover Plan?” after reading the first paragraph of this post. Don’t worry, we are about to explore what they are, as well as other terms we commonly use when talking about Veeam Availability Orchestrator.
A Failover Plan is what is created in Veeam Availability Orchestrator to protect applications. The Failover Plan is central to an organization’s DR plan. The goal of the Failover Plan is to make failovers (and fail backs) as simple as possible. Within a Failover Plan, there are a number of Plan Components, which are added to the Failover Plan to meet the business’ requirements.

VM Groups contain the virtual machines (VMs) we are ensuring Hyper-Availability for in the event of a disaster. The VM Groups are powered by VMware vSphere Tags. VMs are simply tagged in vCenter, and the vSphere Tag name will appear in Veeam Availability Orchestrator as shown in the screenshot above. Plan Steps are the steps taken on the VMs during a failover. This includes a number of Application Verification steps available out of the box including verification of applications such as Exchange, SQL, IIS, Domain Controllers, and DNS. Credentials for verifying the applications are also one of the plan components. In addition to these built in application verification tests, Custom Steps can also be added to the Plan Components, allowing organizations to leverage already existing DR scripts.
Template Jobs ensure data is backed up and kept available during a failover scenario. They are created in Veeam Backup & Replication and then added to a Failover Plan during creation. Another big component of a Failover Plan is a Virtual Lab, which we refer to as a Veeam Data Lab. Veeam Data Labs allow for an isolated copy of a production application to be created and tested against. When we are finished using this copy of the data, we simply delete it without ever having impacted or changed our actual production data. This allows for Virtual Lab Tests to be performed to prove recoverability, and the corresponding Test Execution Report to be generated.
We all know how difficult testing DR plans used to be. We would spend a few days locked in the data center, without even getting the applications running correctly. We would say it would get fixed “next time,” but we all know the truth was often that these broken DR plans were never fixed. Veeam Availability Orchestrator removes this overhead, and allows for quick and easy testing without impacting production. In the event a test fails, the Test Execution Report shows us exactly what went wrong so we can fix it.
Before we run a Virtual Lab Test, we first run a Readiness Check on our Failover Plan, and yes, this also comes with a Readiness Check Report so we can easily see the state of our DR plan. This is a lightweight test that is performed to ensure we are ready to failover at a moment’s notice. Best of all, this check can be scheduled to run daily, along with a Plan Definition Report. The Plan Definition Report shows us exactly what is in a Failover Plan, including the VMs in a VM Group and all of our Plan Steps. This report also shows any changes so we have a full audit trail of our DR plan.
As you can tell by this image, our Failover Plans are ready in the event of a failover. They are listed as a “verified” state which means we have successfully run a Virtual Lab Test and a Readiness Check, both of which can be scheduled to run as often as we would like. We can also ensure reports are sent to key stakeholders when the checks are run.

In the event of a failover, which we can trigger on demand or schedule, an Execution Report will be generated. This will detail the steps taken as part of the Failover Plan on the VMs in a VM Group, and show that the application has been successfully verified and is running in the DR site. We know the execution of a Failover Plan will be successful since we have already tested it successfully.
Now that you are ready to start speaking Availability, you can download a 30-day FREE trial of Veeam Availability Orchestrator and try it out. Make sure to check these tips and tricks to ensure a smooth first deployment.
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Veeam Availability for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud now GA

Veeam Availability for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud now GA

vZilla  /  michaelcade

Veeam Availability for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

This post will walk through the areas and demo of the newly released Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV.

It is important to note that the screen shot used in this post are based on the beta versions, there should be very little difference between the GA and beta edition.

Basic Overview

The Veeam Backup Proxy Appliance for AHV, used to authenticate with a Veeam Backup & Replication server to gain access to Veeam repositories. The appliance will also provide a web interface where full VM restores and disk restores can take place.

The Veeam Backup & Replication server is a required component and used in conjunction with the Veeam Backup Proxy Appliance for AHV. Primary use case is to allow access to Veeam backup repositories but also to provide granular level recovery for both files and application items.

The Veeam repository (not including HPE StoreOnce or DellEMC Data Domain in version 1) provides us the ability to store the Veeam backups from AHV in that forward incremental proprietary vbk format.

In my lab I have the above configured as following:

Nutanix AHV Console

I will first show below that we have our Nutanix Community Edition running in our lab based on the networking configuration shared above.

The opening screen will look like the below, it’s an overview screen for the whole AHV environment, this is a nested Nutanix CE edition.

Select the drop down near Home and select VMs and then table. All machines are then listed, most of the backups you will see throughout this demo are based on the Windows 2016 VM that you can see below.

Veeam backup proxy appliance

The opening web interface for the Veeam backup proxy appliance looks as per below.

The opening screen is in the form of a dashboard interface giving you an overview of the AHV and Veeam environment.

The top navigation bar is very simple to find what it is you are looking for, this is where you can go back to that dashboard shown above, create and view backup jobs, protected VMs is where the recovery options can be performed.

Protected VMs tab: this is where the full VM and disk restore operations can be seen.

Event Log tab: all time logs are shown here. This is an extended visual from the one seen on the opening dashboard.

Configuration settings: simply the ability to add your Veeam backup servers and Nutanix clusters, there is also the appliance settings tab which is where you can configure how the configuration backup will take place. This is also where the licensing will be added.

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 update 3

The Veeam Backup & Replication console is required to perform granular and application item level recovery. It will also enable for additional availability options.

Connect and launch VBR console. Under backups you will see the “Nutanix Policy”

Backup copy options, would also can send via backup copy to cloud connect provider and to tape.

Restore Functionality

As mentioned there are lots of restore scenarios available from the Veeam Backup & Replication console.

Restore guest files demo, you will have many restore points based on the job configuration that has been set. as you click through the wizard all will contain restore points.

Application Explorer demo, this is achieved from within the FLR explorer, select the explorer you wish to demo, you can see in the root for demo purposes I have AD, Exchange, SQL and File Data to make life easier to just show us mounting those database files.

I am excited to see where this grows next as a v1 product it will remove so many pain points for many of the Nutanix AHV administrators I have spoken to. I have been lucky enough to see this from the very early days so the feedback has been great and we already have a great list of feature requests for v2.

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Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/veeam-availability-for-nutanix-enterprise-cloud-now-ga

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Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2: SharePoint and OneDrive support is here!

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2: SharePoint and OneDrive support is here!

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Niels Engelen

Microsoft Office 365 adoption is bigger than ever. When Veeam introduced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in November 2016, it became an immense success and Veeam has continued building on top of that. When we released version 1.5 in 2017, we added automation and scalability improvements which became a tremendous success for service providers and larger deployments. Today, Veeam is announcing v2 which takes our solution to a completely new level by adding support for Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive for Business. Download it right now!

Data protection for SharePoint

By adding support for SharePoint, Veeam extends its granular restore capabilities known from the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint into Office 365. This allows you to restore individual items – documents, calendars, libraries and lists – as well as a complete SharePoint site when needed. With the new release, Veeam can also help you back up your data if you are still in the migration process and are still using Microsoft SharePoint on premises or running in a hybrid scenario.

Data protection for OneDrive for Business

The most requested feature was support for OneDrive for Business as more and more companies are using it to share files, folders and OneNote books internally. With Veeam Explorer for Microsoft OneDrive for Business, you can granularly restore any item available in your OneDrive folder (including Microsoft OneNote notebooks). You have the option to perform an in-place restore, restore to another OneDrive user or another folder in OneDrive, export files as an original or zip file, and if you get hit by a ransomware attack and your complete OneDrive folder gets encrypted Veeam can perform a full restore as well.

Enhancements

Besides the introduction of new platform support, there are also several enhancements added.

Major ease-of-use and backup flexibility improvements with a newly redesigned job wizard for easier and more flexible selection of Exchange Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online objects. Making it easier than ever to set-up, search and maintain visibility into your Office 365 data. Granularly search, scale and perform management of backup jobs for tens-of-thousands of Office 365 users!

Restore data located in Microsoft Teams! You can protect Microsoft Teams when the underlying storage of the Teams data is within SharePoint Online, Exchange Online or OneDrive for Business. While data can be protected and restored, the Teams tabs and channels cannot. After restoring the item, it can however be reattached manually.

Compare items with Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange. It is now possible to perform a comparison on items with your production mailbox to see which properties are missing and only restore those without restoring the full file.

As with the 1.5 release, everything is also available for automation by either leveraging PowerShell or the Restful API which now fully supports OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Another enhancement is the possibility to change the GUI color as you like. This option made its way into Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 after being introduced in Veeam Backup & Replication.

Starting with version 2, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is now able to automatically check for updates, so you can rest assured you are always up to date.

And finally, the log collection wizard has been updated as it now allows you to collect logs for support in case you run into an issue, as well as configure extended logging for all components.

Community Edition introduced

Version 2 marks the release of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition! This FREE product functionality is identical to the paid version, but with the following limitations:

  • Maximum number of Exchange Online users: 10
  • Maximum number of OneDrive for Business users: 10 users associated with the same 10 Exchange Online users
  • Maximum amount of SharePoint data protected: 1TB
  • Best effort support

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Veeam Strengthens Alliances and Accelerates Enterprise Strategy, Moves Closer to $1 Billion Software Company

Veeam Strengthens Alliances and Accelerates Enterprise Strategy, Moves Closer to $1 Billion Software Company

Business Wire – News by Company: Veeam Software

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™, today announced results from Q2 2018, marking its 40th consecutive quarter of double-digit record bookings growth. Veeam delivered 20 percent growth year-over-year (YoY) in total bookings in Q2 2018, and kept pace with its average of more than 4,000 new customers each month. Today, Veeam has more than 307,000 customers worldwide.

“According to IDC, Veeam is the leader in both momentum and company performance in the data protection and recovery software market1, surpassing and outpacing legacy vendors that cannot meet customer demands for hyper-availability,” said Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President of Veeam. “Veeam has attained this leadership position thanks to our strong relationships with our channel partners, strategic alliances, expertise in understanding customers’ needs and demands, and then addressing them with innovative, powerful and easy-to-use solutions.

“It’s an exciting time at Veeam as we enter the second half of the year,” McKay continued. “We have invested heavily in go-to-market strategies, customer enablement, employees and processes. We are pushing further into the enterprise, all while continuing to strengthen our commitment to our core market segments. Our focus on enabling hyper-availability is unwavering, and customers are responding. We continue to gain marketshare from both traditional players and newcomers attempting to catch up to us and attain profitability, a benchmark Veeam achieved and maintained for more than a decade.”

Q2 Highlights

  • With 307,000 customers, representing more than 17.6 million workloads protected with Veeam Availability solutions, Veeam continues to average 4,000 new customers each month. New Veeam customers include University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), WWF-Australia, REWE International AG, Payboost, Gas Metropolitano and Municipio Leon.
  • Veeam Strategic Alliance partnerships are on a triple-digit YoY growth trajectory. Joint opportunities between Veeam and global alliance partners have increased 183 percent YoY. Veeam has also doubled the number of deals and the amount of revenue generated YoY from joint bookings with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), NetApp and Cisco. Veeam won the inaugural HPE “Momentum Technology Partner of the Year 2018 — Data and Analytics Solutions Award” for high availability storage and data protection solutions growth and leadership. The award marks Veeam’s recognition within the HPE partner ecosystem and builds momentum for the recent launch of Veeam Hyper-Availability solutions being integrated into HPE’s global supply chain processes and systems. Veeam also announced a powerful new integration between Veeam Availability Platform™ and Pure Storage FlashArray to deliver business continuity, agility and intelligence for the modern enterprise. The addition of Veeam snapshot integration for FlashArray, combined with FlashBlade for Rapid Recovery, provides an end-to-end platform that’s modern, simple and future proof.
  • Cloud continues to be the fastest growing segment of Veeam, reporting 64 percent growth YoY. The Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) program now includes close to 20,000 partners, with more than 3,500 partners providing BaaS and DRaaS using Veeam Cloud Connect.
  • High growth and increased contribution from the new subscription products continues to show dramatic momentum. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 subscription sales increased 1,249 percent YoY. To date, more than 35,000 organizations, representing 4.1 million Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes, have downloaded Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365. Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5 Update 3 enables Veeam Backup & Replication to deploy and manage Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux (Veeam Agents) to protect physical, non-virtualized servers and endpoints as well as any public cloud workloads. Agents subscription sales have increased more than 220 percent YoY.
  • Veeam continues to expand its team of more than 3,600 employees around the world. Veeam recently opened a new research and development headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic where engineers will work on innovative data management, automation, and Hyper-Availability technologies. The majority of the 300 new positions will be specialized, high-tech roles and quality assurance positions within Veeam R&D teams.

Supporting Quotes

“IDC’s Semiannual Software Tracker data indicates that Veeam significantly outpaced the total annual growth of the data protection and recovery software market.Traditional backup and data protection software purchases are slowly-but-surely shifting to accommodate a range of SaaS applications and cloud infrastructure deployments. By staying focused on the evolution of this market, Veeam has put itself in a unique position to capitalize on the growth of cost-effective solutions for backup and disaster recovery as a service, two key solutions driving purchases in this market.”
– Andrew Smith, senior research analyst, Storage Software at IDC

“We have a big job to do at WWF-Australia to protect our wildlife and our natural environment. Veeam is so easy to use and remarkably intuitive. It gives us the peace of mind we need to ensure we can do our jobs seamlessly.”
– Semir Hasanbegovic, IT Manager at WWF-Australia

“As we started building our new software-defined data centers and looking at our future backup architecture, Veeam immediately became the only choice because it’s simple to deploy and even simpler to manage. Today, our engineers don’t spend as much time managing our backups. We also are looking forward to implementing several of the recent and upcoming enhancements as Veeam continues to help us ensure data availability.”
– Elliott Peterson, Vice President of Global IT at HireRight

“Veeam is the only solution that can accommodate our massive data growth. Enterprise scalability is what sets Veeam apart.”
– Renata Kobylinski, Director of Hosting and Engineering Services at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

“As the sources for acquiring critical data continue to grow in number and complexity, IT professionals are seeking providers who can simplify their data protection and management strategy. Veeam makes it easy to ensure your data will be available whenever and wherever you need it. INAP’s revenue for Veeam-powered backup and disaster recovery services has grown over 50 percent year over year, showcasing not only Veaam’s strength of technology and vision but also their commitment as a valued partner to enterprises and service providers. “
– Jennifer Curry, Vice President, Cloud, Internap Corporation (Nasdaq: INAP)

“It was crucial for a small team like ours to have a reliable, simple and automated hyper-availability solution to be able to focus on our core business. Veeam was the only provider to offer such a level of performance and efficiency.”
– Eric Machabert, Information Systems Enterprise Architect, Payboost

“Veeam helps us enormously to meet the increased business demands of increasingly digitally controlled goods flows. We always keep an eye on the state of our virtual infrastructure and ensure that all applications are accessible at all times. In this way, we ensure that the supply to our stores functions reliably and that almost two million customers can make their purchases as usual every day.”
– Alexander Tinhof, Head of National System Administration, REWE International AG

About Veeam Software

Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 307,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 58 percent of the Global 2000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 3.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Our global ecosystem includes 57,600 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, and NetApp as exclusive resellers; and nearly 19,800 cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.veeam.com or follow Veeam on Twitter @veeam.

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1 Source: IDC Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker in the Data Protection and Recovery Software Market – Final Historical, 2017H2

Original Article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180719005465/en/Veeam-Strengthens-Alliances-Accelerates-Enterprise-Strategy-Moves/?feedref=JjAwJuNHiystnCoBq_hl-c9EfAjTsk-flsGmdO9JqnwMCNrJ5zSzFYT7RwBKCzchnkvYMqDDYxFrLs-oQ2BHQypCsFFvugK3n-fFs_G7QqSAaM4HAi1dfjF46AFX3NGZlQo71FJ67f_ORYRya2TtNQ==

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Fueling the Fortune 500 – Veeam Intelligent Data Management

Volvo.  Hard Rock Hotels.  Royal Caribbean Cruises.  PGA Superstore… To name a few.

I often hear that Veeam is not in the Enterprise.
I wouldn’t want to be the one that says to Volvo or any of the others listed above that they have no business being listed in the Fortune 500.
Check it out: https://www.veeam.com/intelligent-data-management.html

Bringing Clarity to Veeam’s vSphere client plug-in

Bringing Clarity to Veeam’s vSphere client plug-in

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Anthony Spiteri


With the release of vSphere 6.5, VMware introduced a supported version of the HTML5 vSphere Client that was bundled as part of the vCenter Server Appliance. Built upon VMware’s Clarity UI Framework, the move to the new HTML5 client had begun. The 6.5 release had partial functionality compared to the Flash-based Web Client, however, with the release of vSphere 6.7 in April, the HTML5 vSphere Client was brought up to feature parity and is now the preferred way to configure and manage vSphere environments.
Veeam has always supported VMware features, and with the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v7 back in August of 2013, we released our first version of the vSphere Web Client Plug-in for the Flash-based Web Client. With the news that the 6.7 release of vSphere will mark the final release of the Flash Web Client, it was time to upgrade the client for the new Clarity-based HTML5 Client. This will ship with the release of Veeam Backup & Replication Update3a, and just like the rest of the Clarity UX, the new version of the plug-in is impressive.
First off, it’s worth mentioning that the new HTML5 Client Plug-in will not work in 6.5 vSphere environments. The traditional Client Plug-in will still need to be used with the 6.5 Flash Web Client (as with earlier 5.x versions of vSphere). Installation is still handled via the Veeam Enterprise Manager as shown below.

Once installed from Enterprise Manager, the Plug-in should be visible in the HTML5 vSphere Client’s Menu. As per the old version of the Plug-in, there are two tabs presented, with the Settings tab used to setup password authentication and hook up your Veeam ONE instance.

The real beauty of us being able to leverage the Clarity UI is found in the Summary tab. This is still the place to get an overview of your Backup Repositories, Processed VMs, VM Overview and Job Statistics, however there is now a clean look and feel to the views that matches perfectly with the rest of the Web Client.

As with the previous version, you are able to call out to Veeam ONE to generate targeted reports against the Backup Repositories, Protected VMs and Job Statuses. And also, as with previous versions, you can create restore points for selected VMs using VeeamZIP (full backup) or Quick Backup (incremental backup) by right-clicking on the VM from the vSphere Client, without the need to use Veeam backup management console.


For more information on the updated Client Plug-in, including an overview and getting started, head to the online Veeam Help Pages and make sure you take advantage of this Veeam Backup & Replication Update 3a feature to further enhance your visibility and reporting of your vSphere backup environments.

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Extend your Availability Strategy to the Cloud with Veeam and Microsoft Azure – Computer Business Review

Extend your Availability Strategy to the Cloud with Veeam and Microsoft Azure – Computer Business Review

veeam – Google News

This white paper explains how IT administrators can use Veeam® Availability Suite’s™ Veeam Cloud Connect capabilities to build their cloud backup services serving internal customers such as subsidiaries or business units.

Read the white paper and learn

– How to use Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise, available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, to configure multi-tenant (multi-customer) backup stores in just 10 minutes.
– How Veeam Cloud Connect provides all the capabilities needed to manage cloud backup repositories, including setting up tenants, assigning quotas and tracking usage.
– How cloud backup repositories for tenants are completely isolated from one another, and how customers can encrypt their backups.
– How subsidiaries can connect to their cloud repositories directly from the Veeam backup console — seamlessly, securely and with a standard internet connection, with no VPN required.

Original Article: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNFoCJZYi4hPmTHS5twGgx6sAy6Qyg&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=BM48W5iMI5H5hgGMp4L4Bw&url=https://www.cbronline.com/whitepapers/extend-your-availability-strategy-to-the-cloud-with-veeam-and-microsoft-azure/

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The five stages of intelligent data management – ITWeb

The five stages of intelligent data management – ITWeb

veeam – Google News

Jason Buffington, senior director, product strategy, Veeam.Jason Buffington, senior director, product strategy, Veeam.Companies around the globe face the ongoing challenge of the exponential growth of data, both structured and unstructured, now referred to as data sprawl, which means that it has become critical for these organisations to understand what the data is, how and where it is being stored, and who has access to it.In addition, explains Jason Buffington, senior director for product strategy at Veeam, we now have a multitude of different places, such as on-premises and private and public cloud, where this data is kept. With multiple platforms for storage, it makes the availability of the data more complicated as well.“Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the users of this data, both internal and external, don’t care that the data sets are larger than ever before, or that it is stored in multiple places. They still have the expectation raised by the consumerisation of IT that it will be available and accessible whenever they need it,” he says.“To deliver on these expectations, enterprises need to develop an intelligent data management strategy, one that involves more than simply backing up information and replicating the data to a secondary site. It is a strategy that also requires careful management of the location and of the manner in which the data is protected.”See also

An intelligent data management strategy needs to ultimately encompass five critical stages, continues Buffington, pointing out that these stages are: backup, aggregation, visibility, orchestration, and automation.“During the first stage, it is all about ensuring you have effective backups: you would be surprised to learn how many businesses find the simple task of making copies of their data to be a near insurmountable problem. Even when this is achieved, however, it won’t be enough to allow the organisation to meet all of its recovery and agility enablement needs. This is why you also need to focus on replication and leveraging snapshots of your data.“A good data management strategy will encompass all three of these options, as only in this manner can you ensure you have all workloads backed up so they are always recoverable in the event of outages, attack, loss or theft.”The second stage is aggregation, states Buffington, which is the point where the business needs to ensure protection and access to data across multiple clouds, to drive digital services and ensure continuous business operations. After all, he points out, the world has moved on from mission-critical and non-mission-critical servers: today, virtually all servers have to experience little or no downtime.These first two stages are all about data protection, but the next three are focused on assisting the larger organisations to get real business value out of the data.“Stage three is all about visibility, and thus improving the management of data across multi-clouds with clear, unified visibility and control into the company’s usage, performance issues, and operations. The common issues around protecting the virtual server environment include the recoverability of data, the validation of recovery success, the inability to troubleshoot, and challenges relating to identifying problems, poor understanding and a lack of visibility. Increasingly, systems management tools are integrated with data protection tools and we are now witnessing data protection becoming part of the system management strategy,” Buffington says.“In the orchestration stage, it is about the ability to programme workflows, in order to seamlessly move data to the best location across multi-cloud environments. This ensures business continuity, compliance, security and optimal use of resources for business operations.”The final stage, he adds, is automation, which is where data becomes self-managing by learning to back itself up, migrate to ideal locations based on business needs, secure itself during anomalous activity and to recover instantaneously. In essence, he says, it becomes a living breathing thing on its own.“While developing an intelligent data management strategy is absolutely vital, it is also a long-term process, one where the organisation needs to become contextually aware of its data. Ultimately, it is about making sure that IT doesn’t get in the way of the business process,” concludes Buffington.

Original Article: http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNEFEvQYKygrhfHPsBtOWvLBVYzwCg&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&ei=afc9W8ipFJH5hgGMp4L4Bw&url=http://pressoffice.itweb.co.za/veeamsoftware/PressRelease.php?StoryID=284495

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Veeam’s co-CEO talks what is still going wrong with backup and disaster recovery – Data Economy

Veeam’s co-CEO talks what is still going wrong with backup and disaster recovery – Data Economy

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Downtime costs to 3 out of 10 businesses up to $5m per hour. As enterprises dependence on digital platforms continues to escalate, an outage could mean the end of the line for many. Peter McKay, president and co-CEO, backup and disaster recovery company Veeam Software, talks to Data Economy through what is still going wrong, governments putting out legislation that forces businesses to have a strategy for backup and disaster recovery and what is the next big focus for Veeam.

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Veeam Delivers Hyper-Availability for Nutanix AHV

Veeam Delivers Hyper-Availability for Nutanix AHV

Business Wire – News by Company: Veeam Software

BAAR, Switzerland–()–Veeam® Software, the leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise™ today announced Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHVTM – a data availability solution for applications and data hosted on the Nutanix AHV Hypervisor. The combination of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software and the Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform will deliver a hyper-available enterprise cloud that provides enterprise-class availability and scale-out capabilities, better enabling customers to focus on transforming their business.

The Nutanix software and Veeam platform will enable enterprises to more easily and confidently modernize their data center environments by delivering the agility and simplicity of the public cloud, and the security, control and availability they require in a private cloud. Specifically, customers will benefit from:

  • Availability of all applications and data, minimizing the risk of data loss
  • Enterprise-class, web-scale architecture to more effectively carry out their business objectives
  • Operational simplicity to eliminate the costs and complexity of legacy infrastructure, virtualization and data protection management

“Over the last year, our partnership with Nutanix has enabled thousands of enterprises to leverage the power of multi-cloud environments,” said Peter McKay, President and Co-CEO at Veeam. “A year after being named the Premier Availability solution provider for Nutanix virtualized environments, our collaboration has accelerated and we will enhance this position with Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV.”

“We expect Nutanix will continue to be a pivotal part of our success in building the industry’s most extensive partner ecosystem and product integration program in support of delivering the leading platform for intelligent data management,” added McKay.

“Nutanix and Veeam combined deliver a best-in-class, simple solution that enables businesses to focus on outcomes, freeing them from traditional and problematic infrastructure and data protection headaches,” added Sudheesh Nair, President at Nutanix. “This joint solution will offer the agility and availability required by constantly changing environments, where application-first thinking is a must.”

Through this new solution, Nutanix AHV users will gain the same reliable backup and rapid recovery capabilities that Veeam users running vSphere and Hyper-V already count on, including:

  • Recovery Granularity – Ensures minimum disruption to business operations by providing users with multiple restore options to drive low recovery time objectives (RTO). Options range from recovery of an entire VM or individual files and application items.
  • Optimized User Experience – Purpose-built with the Nutanix user in mind, the powerful web-based UI was specifically designed to look and feel like Prism – the management UI for the Nutanix Infrastructure stack ensuring a streamlined and familiar user experience.
  • Decreases Data Loss Exposure – Minimizes the risk of data loss, as backups are taken from Nutanix VM-level snapshots. By leveraging snapshots, users can perform fast and efficient backups on a more frequent basis to achieve low recovery point objectives (RPO).

“It is exciting to see Veeam, whose name is synonymous with virtualization protection, providing the same availability solution outcomes for Acropolis hypervisors that it delivers for vSphere and Hyper-V,” said Edwin Yuen, Senior Analyst for Systems Management and Data Protection at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “ESG’s research shows that the vast majority of organizations leverage the same VM backup capabilities across their HCI and traditional virtualization infrastructures for consistency and efficiency. Meanwhile, 89 percent of virtualized environments complement VM backups with replication and/or snapshotting, so combining Veeam’s capabilities with those built into Nutanix is one more reason that this partnership makes sense.”

As organizations modernize from self-built virtualization infrastructures to the purpose-built hyperconverged platforms from Nutanix, the industry’s leading hyper-availability solution will assure that workloads are consistently protected, even as VMs move between hosted architectures. Since Veeam software protects physical servers and cloud-hosted workloads, protection of the Nutanix platforms is assured within a holistic intelligent data management strategy.

“We’ve been a Nutanix and Veeam customer for years, and we’ve never had an outage,” commented Greg Felzer, IT Architect at Fort Mill Police Department, and beta user of the new Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV. “The Veeam solution for AHV will be a well-polished product that will provide the same level of availability that we’ve depended on for our other hypervisor environments – the added simplicity of the Nutanix-like management interface will make it the obvious choice.”

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV is currently under development. For more information, please visit www.veeam.com.

About Veeam Software

Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise. Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform is the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management and ensuring the Hyper-Availability of data. We have more than 300,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500 and 58 percent of the Global 2000. Our customer satisfaction scores, at 3.5X the industry average, are the highest in the industry. Our global ecosystem includes 55,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, and NetApp as exclusive resellers; and nearly 19,000 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.

© 2018 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix, the Nutanix logo and all product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

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Hedvig and Veeam Enable Enterprises to Modernize Their Backup Infrastructure – PR Newswire (press release)

Hedvig and Veeam Enable Enterprises to Modernize Their Backup Infrastructure – PR Newswire (press release)

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hedvig, the company modernizing storage and accelerating enterprise adoption of private and hybrid clouds, today announced it has been tested as a Veeam Ready Repository. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform together with Veeam® Backup & Replication™ not only provides high-availability, security, and broad application support, but also offers enterprises the flexibility of selecting any hardware or public cloud offering.

The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is a software-defined storage solution that allows businesses to create an elastic storage system built from low-cost, commodity server hardware to support any application, hypervisor, container or cloud. Hedvig is built with cloud-like provisioning and simplicity for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and seamlessly plugs into cloud orchestration solutions to deliver automated, on-demand storage provisioning at any scale.

Veeam delivers hyper-availability for all workloads — virtual, physical and cloud (including support for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V) — from a single management console. It provides fast, flexible, and reliable recovery of applications and data, and brings backup and replication together into a single software solution.

“We welcome Hedvig as a valued member of the Veeam Alliance Partner Program,” said Carey Stanton, Vice President of Global Alliances and Business Development for Veeam. “Their membership, as well as testing their Distributed Storage Platform as Veeam Ready, allows us to work together to develop technologies that can transform our customers’ environments and enable hyper-availability.”

With the combined solution of Veeam and Hedvig, enterprises can:

  • Lower operating costs leveraging commodity hardware and advanced storage reduction algorithms
  • Simplify operations with intuitive interfaces and instantaneous storage provisioning
  • Create scalable, pay-as-you-grow backup storage
  • Implement hybrid cloud and multi-cloud deployments
  • Integrate current workflows using the Hedvig REST API

For more details on this integration, visit: https://www.hedvig.io/hubfs/2018-assets/Hedvig%20-%20Veeam-Solution-Guide.pdf.

About Hedvig

Hedvig provides software-defined storage for enterprises building private, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is the only solution designed for both primary and secondary data, making it ideal for legacy, modern, and backup workloads. It consolidates block, file, and object into a single, API-driven platform that keeps pace with ever-growing data needs. Hedvig’s patented Universal Data Plane technology forms a distributed, scale-out cluster that transforms commodity servers or cloud computing into a flexible foundation for bare metal, hypervisor, and container infrastructure. Customers like GE, Scania, State of North Carolina, and LKAB rely on Hedvig as a fundamental enabler of digital business. For more information about Hedvig, visit www.hedvig.io.

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Network remapping with Veeam Backup & Replication

Network remapping with Veeam Backup & Replication

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hi there,

I had some issues recently where a better understanding of network remapping when replicating with Veeam would have been good.  Especially since it can impact your virtual lab work as well as a failover when using Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO).  After all, you would not want your VMs to fail-over when they are going to start and look for a network switch that does not exist.

In this article we are going to talk about network mapping and in the next one how to deal with network mapping when you have a virtual lab and want to do test failovers in VAO.

So, in this scenario we have the Gold production cluster using VM Network, and in the recovery site, the Silver cluster using Silver VM Network.  So normally VMs replicating would start up and not work on the network as they could not find a connection.  Network remapping will fix that.

Gold Cluster – VM Network Silver Cluster – Silver VM Network

So the way to use network remapping to solve this potential issue, is to use the following option when you are configuring your replication jobs.

After you hit Next twice, you will be on the network page.  You will be able to use the Add button to add your source network as well as the target.

Now you continue the wizard as you would normally but yet, when your replication is finished your replica will have the target network instead of the original source one.

So we have solved the issue of VMs being replicated with a network connection that will not work in the destination (but is perfect in the source). My next article will be how this impacts our virtual labs.

Michael

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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2018/07/14/network-remapping-with-veeam-backup-replication/

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Veeam & HyTrust Deployment

Veeam & HyTrust Deployment

vZilla  /  michaelcade

I wanted to highlight the integration between Veeam and HyTrust and their CloudAdvisor product, this integration has been around since mid 2017 and has been available to use in your Veeam environments, it wasn’t until the recent GDPR and focus on data regulations though that the use case has really been asked for.

What is the integration? The integration gives visibility into your environment of both the virtual infrastructure and backup environment. This post will run through the steps to get the HyTrust Cloud Advisor up and running in your environment. The deployment comes in the form of an OVA to be downloaded from HyTrust, they have trial versions to take advantage of as well.

Download the OVA and files required from the site and then begin the deploy from OVA wizard within vSphere. Once you have deployed it’s time to get this configured and looking at our environment, the easiest way to configure this is via the vSphere remote console. Connect here and then run through the initial steps of configuration.

When you first see this screen if you are like me you probably read this and then you go off looking for that default username and password. Look closer at the screen and you will see that default username and password is actually in the opening welcome message.

Once you have logged in the first time, an automated setup wizard will begin this will start with the name of the appliance.

The following setup wizard takes you through configuring network address details, domain and DNS. There are two network interfaces in the appliance and I only chose to configure one.

When you have been through the wizard and if you are happy with the summary of changes you can then commit those. It will then give you some detail about where you can go next to further deploy this appliance. Take note of the web address in the summary screen below.

Having taken that web interface address we can now go ahead and connect to that address in our web browser. Be aware if of the https and secure connection you may have to accept some rules on your browser to proceed to this point.

The first time you login HyTrust Cloud Advisor you will see this option to “Setup Now” This rolling screen covers some of the areas that HyTrust can assist with their portfolio of products. Worth a flick through there.

Obviously I read through the End-User license agreement, I expect you guys will do to.

It then breaks into this CloudAdvisor setup wizard, each of these tabs needs to be completed so I would advise before starting the setup wizard to have this information to hand. The first thing to add is the license key.

Now during the console setup we had already added DNS configurations but this is just confirming that this is the correct settings, you also have the option to test the settings you have put in here.

As always, this Data and Time screen needs to be configured correctly. Pick the correct region and pick the appropriate NTP time server. In my case I chose an external one and chose London as my timezone.

The next stage is where we will add the appliance to the active directory domain. Provide the domain name and netbios these are required and then you have the option to test with credentials to authenticate with the domain controller and make sure the configuration is correct.

You can choose if you wish to setup email notifications, I didn’t for this quick configuration.

The 6th stage is adding your virtualisation manager this in our case is our VMware virtual centre. Very simply add your DNS name or IP of your Virtual Centre and your allowed credentials.

The final stage and the most important one for me is the backup provider, we are able to add our Veeam Backup & Replication server here, the first thing to note is that when you add the server you get the chance to choose an “Analysis Blackout Window” this is when you do not want your backups to be mounted and analysed, very important to consider as this could affect retention periods and performance. This can be adjusted or even configured later on.

Adding VMs to Inventory

Now that we have the initial deployment and configuration out of the way, it’s now time to start populating the tool to understand more of what is happening in the environment and making some actionable events against those findings. This is where we add our virtual machines and backup files to the fold.

On the first selection it is your provider again that we added in the first configuration wizard, depending on where will determine the provider chosen. In my first scenario I want to add a live VM.

The search function here allows you to search the VM name or by guest OS. My VM naming convention uses TPM04, I have searched based on this. You can also tweak the number of entries you see in this page, I put this straight to 100 as I know I don’t have that many machines.

The next step is to choose which VMs we would like to assign Insight profiles to, this is a set of rules or specifications that will be gathered. For the purposes of this I am going to run through on just the default profile.

The default policy is going to look for these specific tags within the VM. This can be updated during this configuration using the “Update Insight Profile” button on the previous page.

Next is the concept of discovery points, this is defined as snapshots, this will be the schedule on how frequently the data will be checked.

Again, you can change the schedule here and configure new ones. The default that I will set is manual schedule.

Discovery Tools is the final step to adding virtual machines, this allows for an agent to be deployed to the machines you maybe want to get more data from.

I am going to deploy on only one machine for lab purposes to begin with. But by clicking on the install now hyperlink you are faced with some configuration on how to deploy the agent.

Once the agent has completed its deployment you now see the following in that window.

The following then takes place and adds those VMs into your inventory.

My NFR license only allows for 2 active VMs. One is from the Virtual centre and one is from the Veeam backup and replication server and the backup file.

Next up we will have a closer look at the Veeam and HyTrust integration and some use cases and overview of how and where you might use these two products together.

The post Veeam & HyTrust Deployment appeared first on vZilla.

Original Article: https://vzilla.co.uk/vzilla-blog/veeam-hytrust-deployment

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Virtual Lab: VM has no network adapter error

Virtual Lab: VM has no network adapter error

Notes from MWhite  /  Michael White

Hello all,

We were working in Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO) recently and I had an interesting error and a few of us were puzzled by it.  So that means it is a good one to share.

During a test failover we saw some unusual errors and the test failover failed.

The two screenshots above are from the Execution report, but we did see the errors and warnings in the UI.

What does this mean?

This tells us that the VM starting in the test lab has a network that is not recognized by Veeam so the network adapter is not connected (or attached in fact) and as a result you get the error you see above.

How do we fix?

We first need to check some things.  First we look at the replica and see what the network is that it will use on boot.

We can see above the replica will boot to Silver VM Network which is in fact correct.

This screenshot is not that important for this issue, but I wanted to share it anyway.  It is best to use the Advanced multi-host option with a Distributed Virtual Swich.  It means your virtual lab can span hosts and that is very handy.

In the screenshot above we see the solution.  We did not have the isolated network correctly filled in, and another time we had the production network not correctly filled in. So you use the Add button and select the appropriate and correct networks. So production should be production as we saw above when we looked at the VM and the isolated should be the VL one.

Now the mappings are right, we can go back and try a VAO Test failover and it should work this time (and it does).

Any questions or comments let me know.  Remember you can see all of the VAO related technical articles using this tag – https://notesfrommwhite.net/tag/vao_tech/

Michael

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Original Article: https://notesfrommwhite.net/2018/07/16/virtual-lab-vm-has-no-network-adapter-error/

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Webinar – July 10: Ransomware Resilience: Next level backup repository hardening tips and tricks

Featured Speaker: Rasmus Haslund, Karsten Michael Bundgaard
The threat from ransomware and targeted attacks is real and it’s much more than just a PC problem. One important part of being resilient to ransomware is the ability to recover from backups, but what if your backups have also been wiped out? In this session, you will learn the best security practices for protecting your Veeam® backup repository. Additionally, we will show you new features from Microsoft that can take hardening your Veeam backup repository to the next level.
Join our webinar and learn the answers to these critical questions:
  • What are credential best practices?
  • How do I avoid User Account Control issues without disabling UAC?
  • What are recommended firewall rules?
  • And much, much more!
July 10 Tuesday , choose time: 

Webinar – July 24: Extend tape-based data to Microsoft Azure with Veeam & StarWind

Featured Speaker: Bill McKinley, Andrey Zhelezko, Maryna Sobkevych
Organizations are still using tape for a variety of reasons, but many want to take advantage of the cloud for their tape backups in order to maintain business continuity and unlock Hyper-Availability. Veeam® Backup & Replication™ customers can leverage a seamless integration with StarWind to get their virtual tape library backups off site and into Microsoft Azure — delivering fast backupgranular recovery and huge cost savings, with no change to existing processes.
Join this webinar on Veeam support for StarWind VTL to learn:
  • Why you should extend tape-based data archives to the cloud
  • How to transfer Veeam tape backups off site to Microsoft Azure
  • How to extend your restore capabilities by adding Azure as a recovery site
  • And more!
July 24 Tuesday 1 p.m. ET

VMCE Training – July 10-12 – Georgia

NEVER before offered: FREE VMCE on-site class! $3,500 value exclusive for our select partners. Class size is limited — REGISTER TODAY!
Please note: The Veeam Sales Professional (VMSP) and Veeam Technical Sales Professional (VMTSP) certifications must be completed prior to attending the class. The completion of the free VMSP and VMTSP training for resellers via Veeam’s ProPartner Portal is a prerequisite. Visit Veeam Universityto gain your certification.

Getting started with Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Getting started with Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Veeam Software Official Blog  /  Melissa Palmer

I have been spending a lot of time working with Veeam Availability Orchestrator, or VAO, since it was released a few months ago. I have found VAO to be easy to set up and use and have come up with a few tips to help get VAO up and running even faster.

If you are not familiar with VAO, it enables organizations to reduce the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster to ensure compliance and the continued delivery of production IT services. A free 30 day trial is available for download from the Veeam website.

Now, let’s start with a few tips for a smooth deployment…

Plan first, install next

One of the fundamental constructs of VAO is the Disaster Recovery site or DR Site. All plans point to the DR Site. One of the earliest steps should be identifying a number of characteristics for the DR Site: Where is it? Will workloads need to be protected at the DR Site –– and how often? Will there need to be multiple DR Sites? Consider below the single DR Site:

Alternatively, multiple DR sites are shown in this figure:

If you like using the whiteboard, a fun way to remember this is “Draw before you install”

Start with the right application to protect

VAO Is a very powerful orchestration tool and it is tempting to make many applications hyper-available out of the gate. However, my recommendation is to start with one application you know very well. When you know an application this well, it makes it easy to translate it into VAO and create a Failover Plan. A Failover Plan is the step by step actions VAO will perform on the virtual machines you are protecting.  If you are currently using home grown disaster recovery scripts, you can also import them into VAO to create Custom Steps for your Failover Plan which can be run during recovery or testing. Picking an application you know the ins and outs of will allow you to quickly and easily prove how well VAO works in your environment, versus spending time troubleshooting why an application is not working if you forgot to include a database or another component. Once you have orchestrated the Availability of this application end to end and tested it successfully, you will be ready to take on the other applications in your environment.

Decide on your categorization strategy for virtual machines

VAO Uses a construct called VM Groups to determine which virtual machines make up an application and will be added to a Failover Plan. There are a few ways we can choose to do this. The first method is VMware vSphere tags. The embedded VeeamONE Server will simply get the vSphere tags you are using from vCenter and pass the information along to VAO. vSphere tags are also great for things like creating replication jobs and grouping components together in VMware vSphere. Remember to give your tags and categories easy to understand names such as the name of the application the inventory item is a part of. Examples of useless tag names are things like “Tag1,” “Storage Tag,” etc. For more information on how to get started using vSphere tags, be sure to look at this blog.

You can also use the embedded version of VeeamONE Monitor to directly group your virtual machines. This can be done by creating a new category in Business View. The interesting thing about using this method is you can use one or multiple criteria to group virtual machines. For example, you can choose to group powered on virtual machines, or powered on virtual machines in a specific data center. Please note you can only use one of these methods at a time, so it is a good idea to make your decision up front. For more information, you can see the Veeam Availability Orchestrator 1.0 Categorization Guide.

Start with a fresh virtual machine

I briefly mentioned the embedded VeeamONE server which is included in a VAO installation. VAO Also installs an embedded version of Veeam Backup & Replication, regardless of if you choose to use it or an existing installation of Backup & Replication. VAO Cannot be installed on a server that already has VeeamONE or Veeam Backup & Replication running, so it is best to start with a fresh Virtual Machine. The system requirements for the virtual machine are documented in the Veeam Availability Orchestrator 1.0 Deployment Guide, which is a great document to read before you get started with your first installation of VAO.

These first three tips will make getting started with VAO even easier. Be sure to stay tuned for even more tips coming soon.

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Veeam enterprise push embraces ‘hyper-availability,’ cloud

Veeam enterprise push embraces ‘hyper-availability,’ cloud

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The Veeam enterprise strategy took front and center at the vendor’s annual user conference this year.

Veeam concentrated more on defining its long-term vision and positioning at VeeamON 2018 than it did on delivering a product roadmap.

“We are absolutely focused on the enterprise,” Peter McKay, co-CEO and president of Veeam, said at the conference in May.

Veeam said total bookings from enterprises grew 58% year over year during the first quarter of 2018. The number of deals over $100,000 increased by 55% year over year.

‘The currency of the enterprise’

Veeam laid the groundwork at VeeamON 2018 for its strategy and vision of what it’s calling “Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise.” That branding marks a shift from its recent “Availability for the Always-On Enterprise” platform. At VeeamON 2017, the vendor launched more product updates than it did in 2018. Continuous data protection was among the 2017 additions.

The hyper-availability platform includes backup, aggregation, visibility of data, orchestration and automation.

We are absolutely focused on the enterprise. Peter McKayco-CEO and president, Veeam

While availability equates to always on, hyper-availability will enable AI and provide for fluid data movement across multi-cloud environments, said Danny Allan, Veeam’s vice president of product strategy.

The only major product launch at VeeamON came in the form of a copy data management feature, Veeam DataLabs, which enables production-like instances of virtual environments. DataLabs expands on the functionality of the technology it is replacing, Veeam’s Virtual Labs.

“We have to do more with the data that we have,” Allan said. “Data is the currency of the enterprise.”

Edwin Yuen, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said he’s not surprised with Veeam’s direction, as it’s where the larger industry is going.

“It really should be about data management,” not just data protection, Yuen said.

Yuen said Veeam needed to take a position to distinguish itself, and it took the Intelligent Data Management and hyper-availability route.

Tackling the enterprise and other markets

Veeam enterprise products are sufficient, Yuen said. The company has been building out its portfolio to help enterprise customers, for example, in adding physical protection to its original concentration on virtual machines. As it drifts further beyond just data protection, though, Yuen suggested partnerships could help.

A challenge will be in the uniqueness of each enterprise, Yuen said. When they ask for specific features, the question for Veeam will be the following: Which ones do you add to the platform? With the midmarket, it’s easier to consolidate those asks.

In addition to the Veeam enterprise expansion, the company still has teams focused on SMBs, up to 250 employees, and the midmarket — between 250 and 5,000 employees, McKay said. Veeam defines enterprises as having more than 5,000 employees.

One direction in which Veeam is not following the market is into integrated appliances. Commvault, which McKay labeled as one of Veeam’s top competitors, launched its HyperScale integrated appliance in 2017 after years of saying it wouldn’t get into the hardware business. Startups Rubrik and Cohesity helped to push Commvault in that direction with their converged data protection appliances for secondary storage.

McKay acknowledged that Veeam is “paranoid” about new venture-backed companies. He said he wants to make sure those new companies don’t do to Veeam what Veeam did to legacy backup vendors.

Yet, he said Veeam does not plan to make its own appliances, as it intends to stick with selling its own software separately and using partnerships for hardware.

“One of the best decisions we made a while back was not to get into hardware,” McKay said.

McKay said Veeam can be more successful through integration with hardware suppliers such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Yuen said the need for an appliance depends on the market. In the midmarket, it’s a little higher. Veeam enterprise customers, though, might be OK without an integrated appliance, he said.

Yuen noted that the midmarket is still a big play for Veeam, as the vendor is known for having functionality and simplicity that works particularly well for that customer base. If the midmarket remains an important element, Veeam may need to think more about appliances, he said.

N2WS acquisition creates opportunities

The Veeam enterprise push received a cloud bump at the end of 2017, when the company acquired N2WS, Veeam’s first acquisition in 10 years. N2WS provides cloud-native, enterprise backup and disaster recovery for Amazon Web Services (AWS) through its Cloud Protection Manager.

N2WS is operating as “a Veeam company.”

“We’re still continuing to think like a startup,” Ezra Charm, vice president of marketing at N2WS, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., said at VeeamON.

With the backing of a nearly billion-dollar business and access to its resources, though, N2WS is growing. At the time of the acquisition, N2WS had 42 employees. Now, it has close to 70, and Charm said he anticipates the count will climb to nearly 100 by the end of the year. In addition, the company saw 153% growth year over year in the first quarter, Charm said.

The acquisition is opening up new opportunities for Veeam, said Paul Mattes, vice president of Veeam’s global cloud business group. For example, Mattes said his company is finding potential customers at AWS events who aren’t familiar with Veeam.

Both Mattes and Charm said they believe it’s still early in the history of cloud adoption. Users still need education on what AWS and other cloud providers offer.

“Just because it’s in the cloud doesn’t mean it’s secure,” Mattes said.

McKay said Veeam will continue to expand organically, but will also look to grow through more acquisitions or investments.

Veeam sets sites on $1 billion of bookings

Veeam is on track to meet its goal of $1 billion in bookings by the end of the year, McKay said.

Veeam hit $827 million in total bookings revenue in 2017. The data protection vendor has 300,000 customers and said it is gaining an average of 133 new ones per day. Selling entirely through the channel, Veeam has 19,000 managed service provider partners.

Veeam remains under the control of its founders and their hand-picked management team. One founder, Andrei Baronov, holds the co-CEO title along with McKay. The other founder, Ratmir Timashev, is senior vice president of marketing and corporate development after serving as CEO from 2006 through 2016. The founders recruited McKay from VMware as COO and president in 2016 and promoted him to CEO in 2017.

Veeam is a private company, and Timashev has claimed for years that the vendor is profitable. That puts it in a different position than Commvault, whose CEO, Bob Hammer, is stepping down following pressure from an activist investor.

“We’re not trying to sell our business,” McKay said. “We’re not trying to go public.”

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New Veeam DataLabs enables production-like instances of virtual environments on-demand – Networks Asia

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New Veeam DataLabs enables production-like instances of virtual environments on-demand
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Veeam Software has unveiled a new, key component of Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform – Veeam DataLabs. A form of copy data management, Veeam DataLabs allow organizations to create new instances of their production environments on-demand.