Veeam – What’s new? Agent Management in Update 3

Veeam recently released the update 3 for Veeam Backup & Replication. One of the biggest innovation is the integrated management of Veeam Agents for Windows and Linux. Veeam didn’t wait until the release of version 10 with this feature, but have brought it now.

With the integrated agent management you have the total control of your physical and cloud workloads. If you have some physical servers, like special database applications or a domain controller, or workloads in public or privat cloud environments, which are not running in your on-premises infrastructure, then Veeam Agent is the perfect solution for you.

You can backup your physical servers located in your own datacenter by using Veeam Agent. But not only limited to servers but also for workstations. Like the very important laptop from your boss, or other special computers with complex software configuration.

And you can also reach out to the cloud with Veeam Agents. Imagine you’ve got some web and database servers running in the cloud, but there is no backup available. With Veeam Agent you can backup also these workloads to your local repository, to be able to restore things to the cloud or your local infrastructure.

In this what’s new article i’ll show you how the agent management works, how you create protection groups and backup jobs.

Read more…Veeam – What’s new? Agent Management in Update 3

Veeam – Changes in the update policy (updates now integrated)

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When you are an active Veeam forums user then you will probably also receive the weekly mail on Sunday evening from Anton Gostev. The famous „Word from Gostev“. In the most recent mail from Gostev, the one from last Sunday (19th of February 2017) Gostev announced that update 1 for Veeam Backup & Replication now is integrated in the ISO file for download.

Well, that’s great news! Until this date you had to download the ISO file and the update separately, and install both separately too. Now you don’t have to do that anymore. If you’re planning to install a fresh Veeam backup server, or if you just want to update your software library with the latest versions, then you can now grab the updated ISO file which includes update 1.

It’s possible that i only dreamt of it, but i’m pretty sure that i read it somewhere, either in a mail, on the forums or the Veeam website. As far as i’m not wrong, the usual way of releasing a patch was like this:

Stage 1: If you had a technical issue which should be resolved with the patch (so an issue which is on the changelog alter on) then you received the patch in advance from Veeam technical support.

Stage 2: Beta tester. You can download the patch from a non public link and install it in your environment. I think that was also via Support, or probably via forum announcement (don’t blame me for not knowing that, i don’t install betas because i don’t have labs in production…).

Stage 3: Public download. When the patch was announced, then a few days later you could have download the update from the regular update download website.

NEW Stage 4: the updates are now integrated in the latest ISO files for the full product download.

I’m pretty sure that the stages above will still be valid. If there is an issue for which you created a support case with Veeam technical support, and if this issue can be resolved with the latest (pre-release) update, then you will get the patch earlier. And i think also that there will be another announcement for the next update (if there is an update) and

And did i mention that this not only is for Veeam Backup & Replication but also for Veeam Availability Suite? Check the new ISO file here. Update 1 for Veeam ONE is also integrated.

Just a last thing. If you’re not sure which version you’ve installed at the moment, and which version is the latest, check this link to the Veeam forum. The first sticky post is from Gostev with all details about the latest version (including update release history).

VMware vSphere – How to find floppy images (paravirtual SCSI)

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Today’s blog post is about some tricks and treat. It’s soon Halloween, folks… Today i’m working in my vSphere homelab. I tried to create a virtual machine. Well, that wasn’t that complicated. More complex was to find the floppy images for providing the PVSCSI driver. You’ll need this driver when you’re creating a paravirtual SCSI storage controller within your virtual machine. A quick search provided a good VMware knowledgebase article which helped me. Gathering the floppy images was then easy as pie.

You can’t access the „vmimages“ folders through storage browser, it shows to be empty. This is an expected behaviour because the vmimages search through vCenter Server is turned off in ESXi 4.0/4.1. And i just assume that it’s also turned off in newer ESXi versions, like 6.0 which i’m using in my homelab. Because i actually can’t find the „vmimages“ folder. For my case i installed all my nested ESXi hosts from scratch, manually, so there shouldn’t be any issue. This should also happen in production environments.

But now lets start to gather this folder. How do you get your hands on it? Let me show you.

Start putty and connect to one of your ESXi hosts (SSH service has to be enabled in the security profile / firewall on your ESXi host).

Run these two commands to create a folder on a datastore where you whish to store the images:

mkdir /vmfs/volumes/<datastore_name>/floppies
mkdir /vmfs/volumes/<datastore_name>/vmtools

Where <datastore_name> is the name of a shared datastore.

Run these commands to copy the contents of the original source folder to the newly created folder on the shared datastore:

cp /productLocker/floppies/*.flp /vmfs/volumes/<datastore_name>/floppies/
cp /productLocker/vmtools/*.iso /vmfs/volumes/<datastore_name>/vmtools/

Now you’re able to mount the floppy images in your VM to get access to the paravirtual SCSI driver.

Happy virtual machine creation, and Happy Halloween too 😉

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