Veeam Vanguard Summit 2018 in Prague – Day 1 Summary

Today was our first day at the Veeam Vanguard Summit 2018 in Prague. All Vanguards were invited to join this special event. I can’t thank Veeam enough┬áfor this opportunity. I really appreciate your efforts to get all the Vanguards together, organize everything and sharing some real in-depth knowledge with us. Thank you very much!

Short intro about the Veeam Vanguard program

If you haven’t heard about the Veeam Vanguard program, then I can tell you something about it. There are a lot of expert and specialist programs in the tech community. Like VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP to just name two of the bigger ones. All these programs are built on a strong and great community. People helping other people, learning, sharing knowledge. The Veeam Vanguard program goes into a similar direction, but from my personal point of view, this program is more exclusive. Currently we’re roughly 60 people from all around the world, Australia, Germany, Liechtenstein, New York to just name a few countries. And chances are high that you might meet each Vanguard at least once in person. I really appreciate the time each one of the Vanguards is spending for the community, helping each other if there is an issue, or just having a nice chat.

But it’s not only the number of Vanguards. It’s also the way how a company like Veeam works together with the community, especially with the Vanguard community. We’ve got direct communication from the technologists at Veeam, we’re invited in several online conference calls to share knowledge and information about the product, some new and cool features. We’re also invited to give as much feedback as we like and as we can provide to probably make the product even better.

Veeam is sharing content and information with us Vanguards so that we are more or less on the same level of knowledge as their internal System Engineers. Sometimes we receive even a bit more information. But that’s highly NDA and we’re not allowed to share it. We have also the possibility to test some of the beta versions and give direct feedback to the team. And believe me when I say that Veeam is a company that listens to the customers and to the Vanguards!

But let’s now dive a little into the green content. There are three colors of content. Green which is fine to share, yellow which is embargoed (to be shared on a later date) and red which is highly NDA. I’m sorry folks, there’s only green content ­čśë

Day 1 summary

Rick Vanover welcomed us to the Vanguard Summit in Prague. He brought most of his team also to the summit so we can get the best information and many great discussions. There were many already known people in his team, but also some new members. Welcome at Veeam, ladies and gentlemen!

As an ice breaker Rick gave us a microphone to introduce our self to our Vanguard colleagues. There are so many great people here in this program, partners, customers and vendors, all with an in-depth knowledge in the technical field of virtualization, storage, networking and so on.

Rick shortly mentioned some of the benefits (yes, there’s Vangauard swag too) of the program. Vanguards can get some NFR licenses of the Veeam products, but also other vendors like HPE and Nimble are offering some NFR stuff. That’s great if you’re running a homelab and you like to test some stuff (and probably blog about it).

After the ice breaker we were searching a charter for our Vanguard program. How would you explain the program to others? That was the question. There were many great ideas and it’s now up to the Vanguard organizational team to put some of the best ideas together.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 356

Mike Ressler was presenting us some stuff about Veeam Backup for Office 365. To be honest there was much red content, so I’m sorry again, here’s only green content for you ­čÖé

Version 2 of Veeam Backup for Office 365 is out and available. It supports OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and also Exchange Online. There are also new and improved Veeam Explorers integrated. It’s recommended that you install Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 not on the same backup server because the Veeam Explorers are a little bit different between these two products. That could probably cause issues.

What is an object and what is a user? A user is a combination of four objects:

  • Mailbox
  • Archive
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Personal SharePoint site

In case you’re planning to setup Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, hopefully these numbers will help you with the sizing of your backup infrastructure.

In case you need help to size for Exchange Online, probably that “forumla” can help you to. Just provide the correct numbers:

(current primary mailbox total size) + ((daily ChangeRate * 2) * (days of retention))
+ (10% working area)

Veeam Availability Suite

One of the coolest things in my point of view, which will come with update 4 of Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 is the capacity tier. Yes, Veeam is soon able to auto-tier your backup files! How cool is that?

You can add any Azure Blob storage, Amazon S3 or other S3 compatible storage (for sure at Azure or Amazon or also on-premises) to Veeam as a capacity tier repository. That means that not all of your backups are stored on-premises, but you can offload them to Azure Blob storage or Amazon S3.

That in turn means that the Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository comes close to infinite storage space! You’ve got your small but very fast repositores onsite to have a fast restore option of the most recent version of a VM, for example. You’ve got probably also some slower repositories with more space with a little less performance. And you probably have also a deduplication appliance to have a long term retention of (some of) your VMs.

And there’s the S3 capacity tier which will be introduced in update 4. This is a policy-driven repository where you can offload your backups for a long term retention and also to safe costs. Just in case, it is possible to do an Instant VM Recovery directly from AWS to your infrastructure!

Conclusion

We received so much information today! At least some of my personal highlights are mentioned above, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the update as soon as it will be released. The support of Azure Blog storage or Amazon S3 is a great improvement. It can save you real money because you don’t have to buy lot of (expensive) storage hardware, but you can just offload your backups to a nearly unlimited online storage.

I’m looking forward to the next two days, with many more great information and discussions within the community. Stay tuned!

VeeamON Virtual – unique online conference on intelligent data management

On the 5th of December 2018 it’s time again when it’s called “VeeamON Virtual”! Sign up today to learn more about intelligent data management!

More than 2,500 industry experts attend this online event each year, showcasing the latest data hyper-availability technologies. The constant growth of data and the constant increase of unstructured data, and the associated dangers in the area of data availability and data security, bring with them a variety of challenges. Join the virtual sessions to learn more about these challenges and how to master them.

Participating in the VeeamON Virtual Event is free-of-charge, and you’re welcome to sit at your desk, whether at the office or home office. Sign up now!

Agenda

Note: the agenda is preliminary and can still change. A definitive version will be sent shortly before the event.

Business Track

10:00 AM CET / 12:00 PM ET Veeam Co-CEO and President, Peter McKay, and Vice President Enterprise Strategy at Veeam, Dave Russel, give an outlook on the forecasts of 2019
10:20 AM CET / 12:20 PM ET Danny Allan, Vice President Product Strategy at Veeam, tells you more about the journey to Intelligent Data Management in a multi-cloud enterprise
10:40 AM CET / 12:40 PM ET Jason Buffington, Field Technical Evangelist at Veeam, Important information on the availability gap
11:00 AM CET / 1:00 PM ET Sponsor session
11:30 AM CET / 1:30 PM ET Sponsor session

Technical Track

12:00 PM CET / 2:00 PM ET Paul Szelesi, Manager Solutions Architect at Veeam,┬áexplains what to do during backup and restore, and what not …
12:20 PM CET / 2:20 PM ET Michael Cade, Technologist at Veeam, gives a detailed presentation on what’s new with the NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4
12:40 PM CET / 2:40 PM ET Michael White, Product Manager at Veeam, shows you how to plan for disaster with automatic tests in the Veeam Availability Orchestrator
1:00 PM CET / 3:00 PM ET Paul Szelesi, Manager Solutions Architect at Veeam, shows you how you can use Veeam Agents to protect your physical business infrastructure
1:10 PM CET / 3:10 PM ET Sponsor session
1:40 PM CET / 3:40 PM ET Rapid Restore for the Hyper Available Enterprise

Cloud Track

2:00 PM CET / 4:00 PM ET Ezra Charm, Vice President, Marketing at N2WS, tells you more about the Expanded AWS data protection with new disaster recovery and serverless options
2:20 PM CET / 4:20 PM ET Niels Engelen, Technical Evangelist at Veeam, gives you great information about Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0 in a Deep Dive
2:40 PM CET / 4:40 PM ET Luca Dell’Oca, EMEA Cloud and Hosting Architect at Veeam, shows you how you Save your data securely off site with Veeam Cloud Connect
3:00 PM CET / 5:00 PM ET Sponsor-Session

The registration is not only worthwhile to get first hand important information and news in the field of intelligent data management. With a bit of luck, you can also win something!

Registration / more information

More information about the agenda, the speakers and also the registration you can find on the VeeamON Virtual website.

VeeamON Virtual – einzigartige Online-Konferenz ├╝ber intelligentes Datenmanagement

Am 5. Dezember 2018 ist es wieder so weit wenn es heisst “VeeamON Virtual”! Melden Sie sich heute noch an um mehr ├╝ber intelligentes Datenmanagement zu erfahren!

Mehr als 2500 Branchenexperten sind j├Ąhrlich an diesem Online-Event dabei und pr├Ąsentieren die neusten Technologien f├╝r die Hyper-Availability von Daten. Das st├Ąndige Datenwachstum und die stetige Zunahme von unstrukturierten Daten, und die damit verbundenen Gefahren im Bereich der Datenver├╝gbarkeit und Datensicherheit, bringen verschiedenste Herausforderungen mit sich. Nehmen Sie an den virtuellen Sessions teil um mehr ├╝ber diese Herausforderungen zu erfahren und wie man sie meistern kann.

Die Teilnahme am VeeamON Virtual Event ist kostenlos, und Sie d├╝rfen gerne an Ihrem Schreibtisch sitzen bleiben, egal ob im B├╝ro oder im Homeoffice. Melden Sie sich jetzt an!

Agenda

Hinweis: die Agenda ist vorl├Ąufig und kann sich noch ├Ąndern. Eine definitive Fassung erhalten Sie kurz vor der Veranstaltung.

Business Track

10:00 MEZ Veeam Co-CEO und President, Peter McKay, sowie Vice President Enterprise Strategy bei Veeam, Dave Russel, geben einen Ausblick auf die Prognosen von 2019
10:20 MEZ Thomas Sander, Presales Manager Germany bei Veeam, erz├Ąhlt Ihnen mehr ├╝ber den Weg zum Intelligenten Datenmanagement in einem Multi-Cloud-Unternehmen
10:40 MEZ Wichtige Informationen zur Verf├╝gbarkeitsl├╝cke 2018 / 2019
11:00 MEZ Sponsor-Session
11:30 MEZ Sponsor-Session

Technical Track

12:00 MEZ Boris Urban, Solutions Architect bei Veeam, erkl├Ąrt Ihnen was Sie bei Backup und Wiederherstellung tun sollen, und was nicht…
12:20 MEZ Dominik Fischer, Veeam Enterprise Systems Engineer, gibt einen Ausblick auf das kommende Update 4 f├╝r VBR 9.5
12:40 MEZ Markus Hergt, Enterprise System Engineer, plant mit Ihnen den Katastrophenfall mit automatischen Tests im Veeam Availability Orchestrator
13:00 MEZ Anschliessend an diesen Beitrag zeigt Ihnen Markus Hergt wie sie die Veeam Agents verwalten k├Ânnen
13:10 MEZ Sponsor-Session
13:40 MEZ Sponsor-Session

Cloud Track

14:00 MEZ Erweiterte AWS-Datensicherung mit neuen Disaster-Recovery- und Serverless-Optionen
14:20 MEZ Benedikt D├Ąeumling, Systems Engineer bei Veeam, gibt Ihnen in einem Deep Dive fundierte Informationen ├╝ber Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 2.0
14:40 MEZ Christian Stein, ebenso Systems Engineer bei Veeam, zeigt Ihnen wie sie die Veeam Cloud Connect-Umgebung optimal gestalten und betreiben k├Ânnen
15:00 MEZ Sponsor-Session

Die Registration lohnt sich nicht nur um aus erster Hand wichtige Informationen und Neuigkeiten im Bereich der intelligenten Datenverwaltung zu erhalten. Sie k├Ânnen mit etwas Gl├╝ck auch etwas gewinnen!

Anmeldung / Mehr Informationen

Mehr Informationen zur Agenda, den Speakern und die Anmeldung finden sie auf der VeeamON Virtual Website.

Enable Flash Player in Google Chrome 69

Some weeks ago Google release the newest version of their Chrome browser, version 69. I thought yeah, get it and update it. I really like Google Chrome because it supports all the websites I’m visiting often (or at least did, but more on that later) and┬áit’s fast. You can also customize it with plugins like mouse gestures or so to customize it for your needs.

What I didn’t know is that Google switched off the support for Flash Player as far as I knew it from the older versions. You aren’t able anymore to add websites to the allow or deny list in the Flash settings within the browser. Or at least you can’t add the websites directly on that list in the settings. There are some more clicks to do. Officially announced was the end of Flash Player by Adobe. By the year 2020 Flash Player won’t exist anymore, won’t be supported neither by Adobe nor by the most used browser software. But there’s a “but”. You can manually add specific websites to the allow or block list of Google Chrome, but not in the way you might knew.

But why the heck should I use Flash anyway? All my favorite websites are already HTML5 compatible and all stuff works without that crappy Flash plugin! But wait! Do you use the VMware vCenter browser client? Probably the Flex Client because you still have the need for it, like vSAN, Update Manager, or 3rd party plugins of different software and hardware vendors within vCenter? Then you’ll have the same issues as I had. The vCenter Flex Client (aka Flash client) obviously won’t work anymore without Flash.

Yes, I know, you don’t need to use the Flex Client for vSAN or the Update Manager because in vCenter 6.7 it is finally available. But what about the 3rd party plugins? There is a lot of stuff out there you probably need, I don’t know your infrastructure. I can only compare with mine.

But I can tell you, enabling Flash Player in Google Chrome, even in the most recenter version 69 is easier than you think. It’s just some steps and clicks, no rocket science!

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VMware – Clone a VM with snapshots (and consolidate it)

Recently we had a weird issue in our office. We had one virtual machine with a snapshot. That by itself isn’t an issue, a snapshot is nothing special. But someone created that snapshot before a software upgrade and forget to delete it. So this snapshot was growing and growing. We found out that there is a snapshot when the VM or service owner requested some additional disk space. We weren’t able to add disk space because of that snapshot. So we scheduled a maintenance window to delete the snapshot.┬áFaster said than done.

The VM went offline because of disk consolidation. That could happen, depending on snapshot size and storage system. But the VM not only went offline for some time, but unexpectedly for hours. Together with VMware support we were able to stop the snapshot deletion. The VM came back online but with the known “Disk Consolidation Needed status”. We found out that this snapshot was about 400 GB in size. What a bummer! So we scheduled another maintenance window to consolidate that snapshot. Unfortunately that didn’t work well. Consolidation timed at around 96%, not sure why. “Error communicating with the host” isn’t very helpful in that moment.

Some research and again having a chat with VMware support led us towards cloning the disk files. During the cloning of a disk file the snapshot will be consolidated. And as you’re doing a disk clone locally on the ESXi host with “vmkfstools” and not withing vCenter, there shouldn’t be a timeout either. So we had out action plan. And we scheduled another maintenance window with the service owner.

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