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This event is a fixed point in the tech agenda every year. VMworld 2017 is at the door. This event is one of the biggest tech events and a must-attend if you’d like to know more news about virtualization, hardware and software.

At VMworld you can see so many different hardware  and software vendors, all related to VMware, see their solutions and get more insights about them. But it’s not only limited to just see stuff. There are various breakout sessions with interesting topics, keynote sessions with announcements. You can attend the Virtual Hands-on Labs onsite to try VMware products or do challanges. If you’re a blogger then you’re invited to hang around in the blogger area to meet other bloggers and write your stories. There are also other places to hangout, take a breake and talk with people. That’s also a reason to attend this event. Meeting people and talking to them. When i attended that event 2016 in Barcelona i met many people that became good friends.

Win FREE tickets to VMworld 2017

Veeam gives away 10 full conference passes to lucky winners until Friday, August 4!

Yes that’s right. You’ve got the chance to win a FREE ticket to this event in 2017, either US or Europe. With registering at Veeam’s website you’ll enter the raffle and get the chance to win a FREE ticket.

But how?

  • Go to the Veeam website
  • Register to become one of the lucky winners

Each winner will have the choice to redeem their ticket at VMworld US or VMworld Europe.

That’s all. Easy.

VMworld 2017 information

VMworld US

To access the agenda click here.

To plan your trip you can access the Attendee Ressources website. There you’ll find information about the venue, hotels, travel and transportation.

Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

VMworld Europe

To plan your trip you can access the Attendee Ressources website. There you’ll find information about the venue, hotels, travel and transportation.

To access the agenda click here.

Location: Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

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Veeam – Using Starwind VTL with AWS S3 in Veeam https://www.driftar.ch/2017/06/13/veeam-using-starwind-vtl-with-aws-s3-in-veeam/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/06/13/veeam-using-starwind-vtl-with-aws-s3-in-veeam/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:08 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3309 I wanted to test this use case for a long time. Now it’s finally done and i’m happy that everything worked at the first try. Or should i be worried? Well, as Veeam always says „It just works (TM)“. So it did also during the write up of this guide. Most of you will know ... Read more...

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I wanted to test this use case for a long time. Now it’s finally done and i’m happy that everything worked at the first try. Or should i be worried? Well, as Veeam always says „It just works (TM)“. So it did also during the write up of this guide.

Most of you will know this kind of backup media type. And some of you will not only have good memories of them. I’m talking about tapes. Tapes we’re once used for backups. Daily incremental and weekly full backups. It took ages the more data you had. You’ve been happy if a full backup fitted in a 8 hour window throughout the night. You know that. But tapes are coming up more and more again. If you heard about the recent ransomware WannaCry then you know what it means to airgap your backups. Even Google has it’s tape backup system. Yes, Google. And there are reasons why some companies still invent and develop new tape technologies like new LTO standards, new drives and libraries.

To be honest, most of us homelabbers don’t have a tape drive nor a tape library neither. And that’s the point where a Virtual Tape Library comes in very handy! You can emulate a complete tape library with software and even use this emulation in a availability software like Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite! But that isn’t awesome enough. We want more awesome and that’s the reason we go to the next level.

To make it clear, i’m not only talking about homelabbers. This software is not a beta or alpha or something other. It’s a rocksolid production version which is available on the market. This guide will show you how to install and configure StarWind VTL for AWS and Veeam.

With StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam you can leverage your backup data for the usage with a virtual tape library to archive your backups to Amazon S3 storage in the cloud. If you want you can even go further and archive your archived data from the Amazon S3 buckets to Amazon Glacier. Isn’t that awesome?

So let’s do this now! I’ll show you how to install and configure this solution, and how to make it work.

How does this solution work?

The solution we’re building here with this guide will like like this:

  • We have our hypervisor (in my case it’s ESXi / VMware vSphere, but it can also be Microsoft Hyper-V) in place.
  • Our virtual machines are running on this hypervisor.
  • With Veeam Backup & Replication we create the backups of these virtual machines.
  • StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam creates a virtual tape library, which we use then in Veeam to have a „tape“ backup.
  • It’s not just a VTL, but also StarWind replicates the backed up data to Amazon S3 storage, and optional to Amazon Glacier.

Download the software

First we have to download all the needed software components. We need StartWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam, also needed are the HPE StoreEver Tape Drivers, and, last but not least, Veeam Backup & Replication.

You can get the software here:

Save these components somewhere on your backup server. It doesn’t matter if it’s a virtual or physical server.

Installation of StarWind VTL

I assume that you’ve installed Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Suite already, and you’re now ready for the next steps. If not then my Quick Setup Guide can help you (even if it’s with version 9).

The first component we install is StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam. You’ve downloaded the software already and got your license file ready. Let’s start.

  1. Double-click the installer file you’ve downloaded before to start the setup process.

    Accept the license agreement. Clickt Next.

    Setup

  2. Click Next.

    Setup

  3. Set or Select the installation folder. Click Next.

    Setup

  4. Select the components you’d like to install. Click Next.

    Setup

    Hint: It will work if you let the default settings. When i installed the software i didn’t get the catch that there is even a dropdown list…

  5. Check the location of the application shortcut in the start menu. Click Next.

    Setup

  6. Why not having a desktop icon for easy access? Mark the checkbox if you like. Click Next.

    Setup

  7. I’m working with an NFR license. When you registered for download, you’ll get a trial license.

    In my case i checked the third point, that i have a key already (license file).

    Click Next.

    Setup

  8. Select the license file here. Click Next.

    Setup

  9. You’ll see here the information about the license. Click Next.

    Setup

  10. Click Install to start the installation, or go back if you’d like to change a setting.

    Setup

  11. Setup is now installing all the components.

    Setup

  12. And we’re done with the installation. Optional, you can start StarWind Management Console directly after setup, or use the desktop icon.

    Setup

You’ve installed StarWind VTL now on your server. Don’t be worried about the name „StarWind Virtual SAN“. You will be able to configure the newly installed Virtual Tape Library later in this guide.

Configuration of StarWind VTL

The next step after installation is the configuration of this software. We will setup a virtual tape library and make it ready for usage.

  1. Have a look on your desktop, there you’ll find the desktop icon. If not then you have to look in the start menu.

    Double-click the desktop icon to start the management console.

    Config
    Config

    Check the tasklist, it won’t open in fullscreen.

    Config

  2. Now you’re in the console. Let’s get our hands on the next configuration steps.

    Click Add Server.

    Config

  3. Since we’re using the management console on the same server as we’ve installed it, you can add the localhost address.

    Config

  4. Now click Advanced and then Scan StarWind Servers…

    Your local server should show up in the list. Select it and click OK.

    Config

  5. You’ll see your server now in the management console. Click Connect.

    Config

  6. Since we don’t have any storage pool yet we have to configure one. Click Yes to use the proposed setting or click Choose path…

    Config

    This storage pool is nothing else then a kind of repository where the virtual tape files are stored.

    Depending on the configuration we set later on, these virtual tape files will be stored or deleted after replication.

  7. To add a virtual tape library, click Add VTL Device in the management console.

    Config

  8. Since we don’t have a VTL in use at the moment, we create a new one. Set a name and click Next.

    Config

    As you can see on the screenshot, the location is „E:\VTL“ of my server. It will take the storage pool you’ve created before.

    You can also create another storage pool if needed.

  9. Next step is to set the tape library model. In our case it’s an HP MLS8096.

    Mark the checkbox to fill up the slots with empty tapes.Click Next.

    Config

  10. The VTL will be attached through iSCSI. Create a new target alias.

    Mark the checkbox to allow multiple concurrent iSCSI connections. Click Next.

    Config

  11. Click Create. The assistant will now create the environment.

    Config

  12. It will take a moment to complete…

    Config

  13. After the wizard has completed the setup, click Close.

    Config

  14. Let’s just have a quick look in Windows Explorer how this looks on our harddisk.

    Config

    You see all the VTape files, about 96 in total.

And we’re done with the basic installation and configuration of our StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam.

Creating an Amazon S3 bucket

I assume that you’re already an Amazon Web Services user or customer and that you’r familiar with creating buckets.

  1. Login to your Amazon AWS account.

    Make sure you have your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key ready. We need that later on.

  2. Create a new S3 bucket and give it a name. The name has to be unique.

    Choose also the region where this bucket should be created. The closer the region is to your location, the better.

    Click Next.

    S3 Bucket

  3. If you like, you can set versioning, logging and tags to this bucket. I didn’t because i’m only testing it.

    For producation usage it’s probably recommended to use these features.

    Click Next.

    S3 Bucket

  4. Manage users and permissions if needed.

    Click Next.

    S3 Bucket

  5. Review the settings. Click Create bucket if you’re ready.

    S3 Bucket

This Amazon S3 bucket is now ready for usage. Let’s go on.

Setup cloud replication

Since we’ve got now our Amazon S3 bucket, we have to setup cloud replication within StarWind Cloud VTL. Follow the steps below to do that.

  1. In the StarWind management console click Cloud Replication.

    Cloud replication

  2. Enter your Amazon Access Key ID and the Secret Access Key.

    Specify the region and enter the bucket name.

    Click Next.

    Cloud replication

  3. On this screen you can set the retention for the tape file.

    Click Apply.

    Cloud Replication

    I’ve set to replicate immediately and to delte the files once they’re replicated. I want to save storage on my server.

  4. The relpication settings will now configured.

    Cloud Replication

Now we’ve got:

  • Veeam Backup & Replication installed
  • StarWind Cloud VTL installed
  • Amazon S3 bucket created
  • Cloud Replication configured

Let’s do the last steps together.

Configure Microsoft iSCSI Initiator

  1. As i mentioned before, this VTL is attached through iSCSI.

    Open Microsoft iSCSI Initiator. If it’s not already in use, Windows tells you to start the appropriate service.

    iSCSI

  2. Navigate to the Discovery tab and click the Discover Portal button.

    iSCSI

  3. As we’re still on the same server, enter the local host address.

    Then click Advanced…

    iSCSI

  4. Select Microsoft iSCSI initiator for Local Adapter. Then click OK.

    iSCSI

  5. Back on the main screen, navigate to the Targets tab.

    You should see here the iSCSI target we’ve created some steps before.

    Click Connect.

    iSCSI

  6. In the Adcanced screen, mark the checkbox to enable multi-path.

    Click again Advanced…

    iSCSI

  7. Set the local adapter to Microsoft iSCSI initiator and set 127.0.0.1 / 3260 as target portal IP.

    Click OK.

    iSCSI

  8. You should notice that VTL iSCSI target is shown as „Connected“ in the list.

    Close the Microsoft iSCSI initiator assistant.

Installing HPE StoreEver Tape Drivers

Yes, it’s necessary to install these drivers. Otherwise there is no possibility to get this VTL connected to Veeam. But that’s an easy step, no worries. Let’s do that now.

  1. If your try to install the HPE StoreEver Tape Drivers on your virtual server by double-clicking the software package, you will notice an error.

    It’s not possible to install the drivers on this way on a virtual server. But no worries…

    StoreEver

  2. Try it again, but click on Extract this time, to extract the files to a folder.

    StoreEver

  3. Navigate to this folder and start the setup.

    Make sure all checkboxes are checked.

    Click Install.

    StoreEver

  4. Click OK to close the confirmation popup.

    Then click Close to close the setup assistant.

    StoreEver

  5. Let’s have a quick look into the device manager.

    You should see here the newly installed HPE tape library and also some single tape drives.

    StoreEver

Finally we’ve made it! The next step will be to setup the tape library in Veeam Backup & Replication and to setup a tape job.

Configuration in Veeam

Within Veeam we have two things to configure. First we add this virtual tape library as a backup device, second we configure a tape backup job. Let’s dive into that now.

Add the Virtual Tape Library to Veeam

  1. Open the Veeam Backup & Replication console.

    Click Tape Infrastructure on the left hand side.

    Click Add Tape Server.

    Veeam Tape Setup

  2. Since we’re still working on the same server, check that the correct server is set. Then click Next.

    Veeam Tape Setup

  3. Follow through the setup assistant.

    I didn’t mention the traffic rules. You can setup traffic rules if you need to.

    Click Finish to close the assistant.

    Veeam Tape Setup

  4. The setup should look like this.

    You see the tape library with its drives.

    Veeam Tape Setup

Configure a Tape Backup Job

  1. Still in the Veeam console, ad a tape job. It doesn’t matter if it’s a File to Tape or Backup to Tape job. In my case, for this setup, i created a File to Tape job.

    Veeam Tape Job

  2. Set a name and optional a description. Click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  3. Specify the files and folders you want to have on tape. Click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  4. Since we didn’t setup a media pool (it’s possible to do this before creating the job), we have now the possibility to create a media pool.

    At Full Backup, Click Add New….

    Set a name and optional a description. Click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  5. Now just follow the assistant. We don’t add tapes now. Click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  6. Specify the media set settings so they suite your needs.

    Veeam Tape Job

  7. Make the same for the retention.

    Veeam Tape Job

  8. Enable parallel processing (we’ve got more than one tape drive…).

    Veeam Tape Job

  9. Review the settings and click Finish.

    Veeam Tape Job

  10. Back in the tape job settings, set a schedule according to your business needs. Click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  11. If you also do incremental backups on tape, repeat the steps as in Full Backup. Then click Next.

    Veeam Tape Job

  12. Enable usage of Microsoft VSS in General.

    Enable also to eject media upon job completion.

    IMPORTANT: Enable to export current media set upon job completion. Otherwise StarWind Cloud VTL won’t replicate to AWS!

    Then click Apply.

    Veeam Tape Job

    To be honest, that happened to me.

  13. Review the job settings and click Finish when you’re ready.

    Veeam Tape Job

And that’s it! You finally made it! Congratulations 🙂

As the last thing, let’s look into the job when it’s running.

  1. It looks totaly normal, like every other backup job.

    You can see that Veeam assigns our virtual tape library and loads the tape.

    Veeam Tape Job

  2. If we look into Windows Explorer on the path for our storage pool we’ve created earlier, we can see that there is a bigger file now.

    Veeam Tape Job

  3. When we look at the taskmanager / network performance, we can see some spikes. I don’t have a huge internet bandwidth, and my lab is connected through DLAN (powerline), so again a loss of bandwidth.

    Veeam Tape Job

  4. When we now finally look into our newly created Amazon S3 bucket, we can also see here that there some traffic going on.

    Veeam Tape Job

Conclusion

It is some configuration to be done to make StarWind Cloud VTL work with AWS and Veeam. It’s not done in five minutes. But it doesn’t take you hours and hours. When i don’t count the time for doing screenshots and documentation, it took me about 20 minutes to get it up and running.

With StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam you can leverage your backup data and airgap it to the cloud. Cloud storages prices starting from something like 0.002 US $ per gigabyte are cheap. The more data you backup to the cloud, the cheaper it gets. With such a solution you can save money because you don’t have to invest it in real hardware, energy and cooling. Oh, i forgot to mention that there is no hardware maintenance when there is actually no hardware to maintain.

From my personal perspective, this is by far one of the longest and most detailed guides i ever wrote, if not the longest. But it was worth the time and effort. It makes me happy when everything runs smooth at the first try. There wasn’t any issue, it just worked 😉

I hope that this guide will help you with the installation and configuration of StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam. If so, i’m happy to read your comments!

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Veeam – Backup Copy „Block is not initialized. Failed to download disk.“ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/06/05/veeam-backup-copy-block-not-initialized-failed-download-disk/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/06/05/veeam-backup-copy-block-not-initialized-failed-download-disk/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:01:49 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3294 Recently a customer reported an issue with a backup copy job. At this customer we implemented a new leased line with synchronous 1Gbit/s bandwidth from the main site to a secondary site. That gave us completely new possibilities regarding the backup of data and making it available. There is no need for a WAN Accelerator anymore, ... Read more...

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Recently a customer reported an issue with a backup copy job. At this customer we implemented a new leased line with synchronous 1Gbit/s bandwidth from the main site to a secondary site. That gave us completely new possibilities regarding the backup of data and making it available. There is no need for a WAN Accelerator anymore, we can replicate VM’s with Veeam directly to the secondary site. And also backup copy jobs to this site go now A) directly and B) in a regular manner (what wasn’t possible before because of lack of bandwidth).

By the beginning of the last week, around the 30th of May, one backup copy job started to fail. This job contains all VM’s and should backup copy the data once a day to the secondary location. But one server, the main fileserver, failed with this error message:

Error: Block is not initialized. Failed to download disk. Reconnectable protocol device was closed. Failed to upload disk. Agent failed to process method {DataTransfer.SyncDisk}.

First i thought, ok, that can happen. No worries. After the second failure i did some checks and also opened a support case at Veeam support. If you don’t know how to collect log files for a Veeam support case, please have a look here.

First checks

Veeam support asked me to do some checks if the normal restore points of the failing VM are fine and with status „OK“ in the repository.

To do so in Veeam, on the left hand side click „Backups > Disk > [Job / repo name]“ and then right click this entry and choose „Properties“.

In my case all was fine, all restore points of this VM are with status „OK“.

Veeam asked me too if the regular backup to disk job for this VM runs successfully, and I could confirm that. I started also an Active Full backup for this source VM to make sure that all blocks are fine in the backup chain. After this Active Full i started the backup copy job too for this VM. But the error remained and this particular file server failed again.

Next steps

So basic VM backup runs fine, but backup copy of this VM still fails. The next step was to check the restore point for the copy, if they are „OK“ or „incomplete“.

To do so in Veeam, on the left hand side click „Backups > Disk (copy)“ and then right click this entry and choose „Properties“.

There i saw that the incremental restore points were incomplete. I’m not sure why, but they were. Probably the job screwed up at some point and nobody cared about it. Anyway. I had to fix that.

This was the first time i had to use the Veeam Backup Validator. With this CLI tool you can check and validate your backup files. My check failed or didn’t complete respectively, because the validator recognized that the files were incomplete.

I had to delete the restore points of this VM from the backup copy repository because they were incomplete. In Veeam Helpcenter you’ll find a good article about how to do that, about how to remove missing restore points.

Final steps

Now after all the restore points of this VM in the backup copy repository were deleted, the backup copy job runs and copies a complete full restore point from source to target repository.

Problem solved.

Personal thoughts

In my personal opinion, if there is an error or a warning, you don’t have to worry to much about that. It can happen. A service not started or crashed, a connection timed out, wrong credentials, or what ever reason. You can investigate and try to fix it. But if you know your customers infrastructure, so as i do, then you know also their specialities. If a Veeam job fails or brings a warning, i check the logs and then i know why it happened (at least most of the time). Probably it was my fault when i forget to set the correct credentials, or it’s one of the above reasons. Mostly i’ll give it a second try. When there is everything fine, then i’m fine too. If not, then i’ll dig into it and start with troubleshooting.

But as i said, that’s my personal opinion. You can truly switch to panic mode and start immediate actions with research and troubleshooting. But i don’t. Because i often don’t have time for such immediate quick shot actions, but i take my time to plan the necessary steps.

If this article helped you with troubleshooting, please let me know and drop a comment! Thanks!

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Veeam – Prepare yourself and your infrastructure against Ransomware https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/22/veeam-prepare-yourself-and-your-infrastructure-against-ransomware/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/22/veeam-prepare-yourself-and-your-infrastructure-against-ransomware/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:18:45 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3288 A little more than a week ago a new ransomware called WannaCry hit various computers and IT systems, private persons and businesses, all around the world. More than 200’000 computers in up to 150 countries, experts say. That’s a lot. It happend fast. And this ransomware created also some serious damage. Yes, the red marked ... Read more...

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A little more than a week ago a new ransomware called WannaCry hit various computers and IT systems, private persons and businesses, all around the world. More than 200’000 computers in up to 150 countries, experts say. That’s a lot. It happend fast. And this ransomware created also some serious damage.

ransomware

Yes, the red marked countries are those affected by WannaCry…

(Image by Wikimedia Commons)

Ransomware preparedness and recovery

Not only firewall, even hardware appliances or software firewalls on your computers, should be installed, but also a decent antivirus and anti-malware scanner should be in place. Obviously with daily updates and new signatures at least.

But when desaster strikes, it’s probably to late to update your security systems. The digital pest is on your system, somehow it made it’s way through various security barriers. Probably through security flaws, undetected by any antivirus or firewall, via mail, drive-by downloads or what not. What can you make then? Glad you have a backup of your systems and your data! Oh, did i mention to air-gap your backups? It doesn’t help when you’ve got ransomware-encrypted backup. The air-gap becomes more and more popular, not only for private users but also for big companies.

To have a 1TB external USB drive with your data, which is safely ejected after successful backup (Veeam Agent for Windows FREE does that), is ideal for your home computer, or your laptop. And absolutely recommended to do so. But imagine your 20 or more terabytes in your office? All your virtual (and physical) servers? Mail data? SharePoint and so on?

Veeam recently released some blog posts and white papers about ransomware topics. I’d like to share those valuable bits and bytes and ressources with you.

White paper

Rick Vanouver, Director of Technical Product Marketing at Veeam, created a white paper with the name „Designing Veeam Availability Suite to Protect Against Ransomware Threats“. Get your copy here:

https://www.veeam.com/wp-veeam-availability-suite-protection-against-ransomware-threats.html

…and learn more about:

  • Offline storage, the most effective ransomware resiliency technique
  • Using different credentials for backup repositories
  • The need to have more types of restore points that are more frequent

Blog post

But Rick created not only the white paper but also a comprehensive blog post about „Ransomware resiliency & Availability: The endpoint is a great place to start“ which is available here.

This blog posts shows you how you can use both Veeam Agent for Linux and Veeam Agent for Windows in your environment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s installed on a server or a computer, Veeam Agent for Linux and Windows are two pieces of software which are tightly integrated into the Veeam Availability Suite yet, and will be even tighter integrated into the next version 10 of Veeam Availability Suite.

At this point I would also like to refer to the early tipps for some of the early attacks and some practical tipps when using Veeam Backup & Replication.

E-Book

Last but not least, Veeam and Conversational Geek are offering a free e-book about the above topic. This e-book not only gives you an insight into the ransomware threat, but also reviews the fundamentals of top notch ransomware preparedness and recovery, in order to help you protect yourself and your organization.

Download it here:

https://go.veeam.com/ransomware-awareness-education

Learn more about:

  • Ransomware milestones, key capabilities and impact
  • Key layers of ransomware protection and preparedness against attacks
  • Quick and painless recovery from backups
  • And much more!

 

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VeeamON 2017 – General Session Wednesday – a review https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeamon-2017-general-session-wednesday-a-review/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeamon-2017-general-session-wednesday-a-review/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 20:01:03 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3274 Thanks to the live stream there wasn’t an NDA on the announcements today made at the General Session. People announced stuff and did live demos of new features awaiting us in the next version of Veeam, the Veeam Availability Suite v10. Let’s now dive into it. Kicking off the General Session Peter McKay, COO and President, ... Read more...

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Thanks to the live stream there wasn’t an NDA on the announcements today made at the General Session. People announced stuff and did live demos of new features awaiting us in the next version of Veeam, the Veeam Availability Suite v10. Let’s now dive into it.

Kicking off the General Session

Peter McKay, COO and President, was on the stage. He’s greeted all attending people, even those who were streaming the general session event to their computers at home or at the office.

Peter McKay introduced himself and showed us about his career. He showed us the example of his children, they’re living a real digital life already. And we all are doing so. It’s all about digital transformation. It’s our digital future.

the past and the future

Whatever we need, where we need it, when we need it. Users confidence comes only with business availability and continuity. It has to be instant, embedded, personalized, everywhere. Poor experience is like no experience.

Data in this century is what oil was in the last century. Data is getting mission critical. The need of being available, all apps and data instantly available, is business critical today, and a key for companies in the future.

Veeam showed us a video of the Denver Broncos football team and how they did IT in their company. Veeam got their back, the Denver Broncos data is available 24.7.365. Some other customers like Volvo were also highlighted.

Upcoming announcements for the next two days:

  • Veeam version 10 and new features
  • Cloud plans and partnerships with Microsoft and AWS
  • Ecosystem which means strategic partnerships

Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder of Veeam, was introduced by Peter McKay. He was pleased and happy that the last few years were so successful. And he loves the new Veeam logo and colors.

Ratmir explained how the developed the name „Veeam“. Veeam just means VM (virtual machine), so Vee Am. A blogger stated that it could also be the time when they designed the logo, at 5:33am in the morning (v = 5, 33, am).

Now the Veeam Evangelist team came on stage. Clint Wyckoff, Michael White, Rick Vanouver and Michael Cade.

Live Demo by Clint Wyckoff

Clint Wykoff showed us some real live demo about native agent management for Veeam Agent for Windows and Linux. You can set a master account for the installation of the agent, or set any individual credential if needed. By selecting organizational units you can repeatedly scan those sections to add new computers automatically to your protection group. You install a real lightwheigt agent on the endpoint. There is only a small gui and all the configuration is stored in the Veeam Backup & Replication configuration database.

As a side note, Veeam version 10 is fully supporting Windows Failover Clusters.

Live Demo by Rick Vanouver

Rick showed us the Starwind VTL on cloud. Customers can keep their retention of „tape“ but it’s all virtual, based on disk and in the cloud.

He went also through the new Veeam Availability for AWS. More and more customers move to the cloud, or using it at least for some workloads.

Live Demo by Michael White

Michael showed us the new Veeam CDP (Continous Data Protection) feature. You create a CDP policy very easy, because the handling is like creating a normal backup job.

You can have RPO’s like 15 seconds! That’s close to live streaming the data from your critical virtual machines to your backup storage. Snapshots aren’t used in this policy. This is realized through leveraging the vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO).

Michael shared also some infos about the new Veeam content pack for VMware vRealize Log Insight. Customers already using vRealize Log Insight to monitor their infrastructure are now also able to integrate Veeam into it and monitor it within Log Insight.

Live Demo by Michael Cade

Michael showed us some of the updated storage integration in Veeam v10. He went also through the SureBackup with the integration of those storage vendors. New integrations of IBM, Lenovo and Infinidat are coming with Veeam v10.

VMware

Sanjay Poonen, VMware COO, was introduced on the stage. Veeam and VMware have strong partnerships, and they are also presenting things and topics here at VeeamON. He was talking about the VMware Cloud Foundation and other cloud related topics. It’s all about cloud, even public, private or on-premises clouds.

Cisco

Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice President, Global Data Center/Virtualization Sales, was introduced on stage. He was talking about the digital transformation. The network touches everything in this transformation. 500 Billion of devices will be connected in the next few months. That will be challenge to companies, keeping data available everytime, everywhere and secured.

VeeamON live stream available!

If you’d like to watch the live stream, even if you’re at work, at home, or have another reason to miss this premier availability event, go to the Veeam website:

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/live

VeeamON General Session will be live streamed on Wednesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 18th from 9AM – 11AM CST.

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VeeamON 2017 – VMCE-A Training on Monday and Tuesday https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeamon-2017-vmce-training-monday-tuesday/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeamon-2017-vmce-training-monday-tuesday/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 16:46:02 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3269 The VeeamON week started early for me. When i did all the booking for VeeamON, i signed up for the VMCE-A course. This is the course required for the VMCE Advanced certification. If you’re already VMCE (Veeam Certified Engineer) you can go a little further, do the course, learn a little more and then get ... Read more...

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The VeeamON week started early for me. When i did all the booking for VeeamON, i signed up for the VMCE-A course. This is the course required for the VMCE Advanced certification. If you’re already VMCE (Veeam Certified Engineer) you can go a little further, do the course, learn a little more and then get certified again. Engineers who complete both VMCE and VMCE-Advanced: Design & Optimization programs (courses + exams) will be granted with the „Veeam Certified Architect“ (VMCA) title by Veeam.

Monday, 15th of May – First day of VMCE-A training

I got up early, heading for a breakfast and then walking to another hotel just around the corner, where all the courses were located. I registered there for VeeamON to receive my event badge, and then i registered for the classroom.

We were about 20 people in the class. Some very experienced people, from all kinds of IT, like storage professionals, server specialists and so on. Our teacher did very good. He knows the stuff, and he is anything but boring. We had some good laugh and very good discussions. People are sharing examples of their experiences, from the real world and real customers. During the morning we went through some theoretical things, numbers and calculations. And these numbers are another sign that SMB (Small and Medium-sized businesses) are in different size in different countries…

During the afternoon we had a case study. Some fictional company (no, not Contoso…) had its infrastructure and some requirements regarding RPO / RTO, backup, failover and all those things. Our task was to analyze the infrastructure, plan some optimizations and create a concept of how we could fulfill the customers requirements. That task was a group work.

Tuesday, 16th of May – Second day of VMCE-A training

Today i was up on time and heading directly to the class rooms. It’s great to have a Starbucks coffee right in the reception area of the hotel where the trainings and class rooms are located. I grabed a iced cold brew, something with coconut in it. Waiting there for my coffee a guy showed up and greeted me, and made compliments about my blog. The coffee tasted great and meeting this guy was a great start in the day 🙂

The morning began also with some theoretical things, numbers and a little math. We talked a lot about personal experiences and shared real life stories. Shortly before lunch we received the task to build groups again and check our design from Monday. The fictional company for which we planned our design on Monday was now operating for a year. We had again to analyze the actual situation and create a new concept how to backup, replicate and keep the data available.

For me those two days were really interesting and educational. I did not many design-things in my actual IT career. We had a great class, good discussions and a great teacher. Many thanks to Bart Pellegrino, you did a great job!

Follow up:

VeeamON 2017 – Travel and first days in New Orleans

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Veeam – NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeam-new-veeam-agent-for-microsoft-windows-2-0/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/17/veeam-new-veeam-agent-for-microsoft-windows-2-0/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 16:00:02 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3256 With Veeam Backup & Replication you can backup your whole virtualized infrastructure in a fast and easy way. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere, or if you’re using both virtualization platforms. It just works TM! But what about physical workloads? Or even workloads in your private or public cloud? Due to ... Read more...

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With Veeam Backup & Replication you can backup your whole virtualized infrastructure in a fast and easy way. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere, or if you’re using both virtualization platforms. It just works TM!

But what about physical workloads? Or even workloads in your private or public cloud? Due to various factors some physical servers and workstation cannot be virtualized. And sometimes backup of cloud workloads are in the responsibility of the customer. Or at least customer want’s to be completely safe and wants to have also a copy of his cloud data in it’s own safe place.

The new Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows solves these issues. And it also closes the gap that some enterprises face with large, heterogeneous environments and further enables workload mobility by delivering Availability for cloud-based workloads.

If you know already the extremely successful Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, then you will love the new Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0. It’s built on Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and includes two brand new editions, Workstation and Server.

Part of the Veeam Availability Platform

Veeam Agent for Windows is another key component of the Veeam Availability Platform and should be used for workloads that Veeam Backup & Replication cannot protect, such as:

  • Tablets, Laptops, Desktops
  • On-premises physical servers
  • Cloud-based workloads
  • VM’s running on-premises with RDM mappings
  • VM’s running on-premises on non-ESXi / Hyper-V hosts (like KVM etc.)
  • File-level backup to disk

Supported operating systems:

  • Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10
    • has been certified by Microsoft as Windows 10 compatible!
  • Full support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 R2 and 2016

You need a Linux backup solution? Veeam got you covered with the Veeam Agent for Linux: https://www.veeam.com/linux-cloud-server-backup-agent.html

Enterprise-level backup and recovery

Built on rock-solid and proven Veeam technology, with Veeam Agent for Windows you get the power and flexibility you need to ensure availability for your workloads. You get all the technology you already know from Veeam Backup & Replication:

  • Active full backups
  • Application-aware processing
  • file indexing and search
  • Instant recovery to Microsoft Hyper-V VM
  • Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Server-specific scheduling and retention
  • Synthetic full backups
  • Transaction log backup for databases
  • And much more!

Endpoint protection

You’ve got some important mobile users with laptops? Your boss? Accountants? Get them covered with Veeam Agent for Windows! It’s a great solution for endpoint devices wether they are in the office, at home or somewhere on the go. It helps you to overcome everyday challenges such as lapses connectivity, hardware failures, file corruption — even ransomware or theft.

  • CryptoLocker protection for USB devices: Veeam Agent for Windows automatically ejects USB backup storage after the successful backup.
  • Endpoint protection for mobile users: backups are cached localy when the target is not available, and synced once the connection has been reestablished.
  • And many more!

Workstation and Server editions include a remote configuration and management API. You can export the local agent’s configuration to a XML file, which then can be used for a silent deployment of pre-configured agents. You can even brand the interface using the white-label option so that your employees and customers can see that they’re beeing protected by a familiar and trusted advisor.

More information about Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0

Click the link to get more information and to get your copy of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0.

https://www.veeam.com/windows-cloud-server-backup-agent.html

Download free trial here:

Or get a free 6-month license here if you’re a current Veeam customer with no limitations:

Pricing and packaging:

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VeeamON 2017 – Travel and first days in New Orleans https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/16/veeamon-2017-travel-first-days-in-new-orleans/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/16/veeamon-2017-travel-first-days-in-new-orleans/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 03:54:33 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3262 I knew that this trip would not be easy. It’s a long distance from Switzerland to New Orleans, and there were no direct flights. So i’ll have to change the plane at least once. But let’s start at the beginning of my journey to VeeamON 2017. Saturday, 13th of May – Flight to New Orleans ... Read more...

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I knew that this trip would not be easy. It’s a long distance from Switzerland to New Orleans, and there were no direct flights. So i’ll have to change the plane at least once. But let’s start at the beginning of my journey to VeeamON 2017.

Saturday, 13th of May – Flight to New Orleans

Last Saturday the 13th of May it all started. I woke up early in the morning to get the rest of my stuff packed, and checked if there is anything missing. Fortunately there wasn’t. I got my clothes, my laptop, all the necessary cables and chargers and travel documents. I’m good to go. I went to the train station to catch the train to Zurich Airport. The nice thing is that directly under the airport there is a train station. So i went from the train directly to the baggage check-in and then straight through security to the gate.

The flight from Zurich to London, where my connection flight was scheduled, was not so nice. The flight itself was smooth and without turbulences. But there was a small child, crying the whole flight. I was hoping that this won’t happen on the plane to New Orleans…

In London i met a bunch of cool people. Some guys from the UK, all Veeam addicted assembled there, and we all together took the „Veeam Plane“ to NOLA. We were about ten or so people, Scottish, Englisch, Spanisch and Swiss. We had good fun on the plane to New Orleans. I thought I could get some sleep on the plane, but there wasn’t any chance. It’s not easy to catch some sleep if you’re not tired and when it’s noisy. I ready some pages and watched three movies. Finally, with the last movie, i found also my headphones.

At around 7pm in the evening we landed a little before schedule on Louis Armstrong International outside of New Orleans. After border control and baggage claim we were picked up by bus drivers and were driven to the hotel. At the hotel we checked in and met a little later at the reception to go out and find some good food. We were all hungry after such a flight. And thirsty too…

We enjoyed a nice evening on Saturday, but good chats, good burgers and beer. Some went back to the hotel, some others went out for other bars. At this time i was tired. After roughly 24 hours being awake i needed some sleep really bad.

Sunday, 14th of May – Just a day off

I woke up earlier than expected on Sunday. I thought i would be dead tired and sleep until lunch. But i was fine and felt good rested. We met at the hotel reception and went out to get a good breakfast. There was a restaurant some minutes from the hotel. They served real good stuff. From traditional pancakes, to waffles and toast, omelets, there was anything available. You could also order a T-Bone steak if you’d like to.

After that great meal we had enough energy for the rest of the day. We were heading for the National World War II Museum, just some minutes in walking distance. If you’re in New Orleans, then this is definitely a place to go. It’s huge and very interesting. And it’s a national museum, the real thing, not some small backyard playground.

Wondering what will happen on Monday and Tuesday? Stay tuned 😉

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Veeam – FREE Cloud Backup and DR Services https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/11/veeam-free-cloud-backup-and-dr-services/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/05/11/veeam-free-cloud-backup-and-dr-services/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 19:59:39 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3243 You’ve heard probably about a similar offering from Veeam a few months ago, but limited to the US market. Now Veeam is offering FREE cloud backup services for customers also in the EMEA region! Yes, FREE! Veeam and its Cloud & Service Providers are giving away up to US $ 200’000’000 in Cloud Connect services. ... Read more...

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You’ve heard probably about a similar offering from Veeam a few months ago, but limited to the US market. Now Veeam is offering FREE cloud backup services for customers also in the EMEA region! Yes, FREE! Veeam and its Cloud & Service Providers are giving away up to US $ 200’000’000 in Cloud Connect services.

Ensure the 3-2-1 backup role with one copy of your data off-site. Keep your data and your services available! With Veeam Cloud Connect you’ve got a simple and easy to set up cloud backup and DR solution.

More information about the Veeam cloud backup offer

Click the link to access the registration site and get your unique activation code.

https://go.veeam.com/promo-free-cloud-services-emea

LIMITED TIME OFFER – ENDS JUNE 30

You are eligible to receive up to the amount of $1,000 in your local currency.

How to get Cloud Connect services for FREE

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Swiss German VMUG – Kickoff Meeting https://www.driftar.ch/2017/03/22/swiss-german-vmug-kickoff-meeting/ https://www.driftar.ch/2017/03/22/swiss-german-vmug-kickoff-meeting/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:00:47 +0000 https://www.driftar.ch/?p=3223 Today we had our Swiss German VMUG kickoff meeting. The committee members were hosted at VMware Switzerland HQ in Zurich. Many thanks to you guys! It’s always a pleasure to be there! But we weren’t just there to drink coffee and have a nice afternoon. We did some serious work. We discussed many different topics, ... Read more...

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Today we had our Swiss German VMUG kickoff meeting. The committee members were hosted at VMware Switzerland HQ in Zurich. Many thanks to you guys! It’s always a pleasure to be there!

But we weren’t just there to drink coffee and have a nice afternoon. We did some serious work. We discussed many different topics, ranging from our community goals over events to the next steps to keep the ball rolling. The main target we had today was to have a roadmap and an agenda for our very first event. And we’ve got it! So we can now move on with the next steps of planning our very first event. We will target a date somewhere in June this year at a location with hopefully enough space to host a good amount of people. Don’t forget about catering, and of course interesting topics and great speakers!

Let’s talk about history

The Swiss German VMUG was not very active the last few months and years. When i registered at vmug.com to search for a local user group i found out that there is a VMUG in my region, but it’s not very active, no events nor discussions were there. Last year at VMworld Barcelona i had some good chats with people, VMUG leaders and co-leaders about many VMUG (and for sure VMware) related things. They all encouraged me to become a VMUG leader.

I had many nights with less sleep, thinking about this. How would it be to be a leader? What areas of responsibility are there coming ùp to me? How will people react to this? So i contacted the VMUG HQ and asked how to become a leader. This was not a short-term thing. It took some weeks, having some phone calls, writing mails, doing trainings. And now we brought back new life to our local VMware user group!

Swiss German VMUG on social media

To make sure you don’t miss any bits and bytes we invite you to register on our Swiss German VMUG community site if you’re interested to become a member of our user group (and if you’re located in the German speaking part of Switzerland, which would make sense). We’re also present on Twitter and Facebook! We thank you for a follow, and don’t hesitate to spread the word 😉

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