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 for 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 😉

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 🙂

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, explains 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 ĂŒber intelligentes Datenmanagement

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

Mehr als 2500 Branchenexperten sind jĂ€hrlich an diesem Online-Event dabei und prĂ€sentieren die neusten Technologien fĂŒr die Hyper-Availability von Daten. Das stĂ€ndige Datenwachstum und die stetige Zunahme von unstrukturierten Daten, und die damit verbundenen Gefahren im Bereich der DatenverĂŒgbarkeit und Datensicherheit, bringen verschiedenste Herausforderungen mit sich. Nehmen Sie an den virtuellen Sessions teil um mehr ĂŒber diese Herausforderungen zu erfahren und wie man sie meistern kann.

Die Teilnahme am VeeamON Virtual Event ist kostenlos, und Sie dĂŒrfen gerne an Ihrem Schreibtisch sitzen bleiben, egal ob im BĂŒro oder im Homeoffice. Melden Sie sich jetzt an!

Agenda

Hinweis: die Agenda ist vorlÀufig und kann sich noch Àndern. 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, erzĂ€hlt Ihnen mehr ĂŒber den Weg zum Intelligenten Datenmanagement in einem Multi-Cloud-Unternehmen
10:40 MEZ Wichtige Informationen zur VerfĂŒgbarkeitslĂŒcke 2018 / 2019
11:00 MEZ Sponsor-Session
11:30 MEZ Sponsor-Session

Technical Track

12:00 MEZ Boris Urban, Solutions Architect bei Veeam, erklĂ€rt 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 fĂŒr 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 können
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 DĂ€eumling, Systems Engineer bei Veeam, gibt Ihnen in einem Deep Dive fundierte Informationen ĂŒber 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 können
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 können mit etwas GlĂŒck auch etwas gewinnen!

Anmeldung / Mehr Informationen

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

Veeam Webinar – “Virtual Labs: FĂŒr AnfĂ€nger und Fortgeschrittene”

Veeam Webinar

Wir alle kennen das doch. FĂŒr das Buchhaltungsprogramm oder den Exchange Server ist ein neuer Patch erschienen. Bevor man den installiert will man ihn aber erst noch testen, damit sichergestellt werden kann, dass auch alles so funktioniert wie es sollte. Also mal schnell einen weiteren Server installiert, die Applikation eingerichtet und den Patch eingespielt. Zeitaufwand: im schlimmsten Fall mehrere Tage. Dass es fĂŒr das soeben erwĂ€hnte Szenario, aber auch fĂŒr den automatisierten Test von Backups oder um Sicherheits-Tests ohne Risiko durchzufĂŒhren, einen einfacheren Weg gibt, möchten wir Ihnen an unserem nĂ€chsten Veeam Webinar zeigen.

Veeam bietet mit Virtual Labs, SureBackup und SureReplica grossartige Funktionen an, um genau die eingangs durchgespielten Situationen ohne grossen Aufwand einfach abzuwickeln. Sie nutzen fĂŒr diese Aktionen einfach die bestehenden Backup-Daten. Dabei spielt es keine Rolle ob Sie wöchentlich die Backups Ihres Datenbankservers prĂŒfen möchten, oder fĂŒr Ihre Helpdesk-Abteilung ein Virtual Lab fĂŒr Software-Tests einrichten möchten. Das können Sie alles mit Veeam und den vorhandenen Backup-Daten machen. Gerne zeigen wir Ihnen in unserem Live Webinar wie das funktioniert.

Auch gehen wir etwas nĂ€her auf die Best Practices ein und was man machen kann, sollte es mal zu Problemen kommen. Die Best Practices sollen zeigen was sich gemĂ€ss unserer Erfahrung bewĂ€hrt hat, seien das Funktionen oder Einstellungen, oder ganz allgemein das Vorgehen. Falls es unerwartet zu Problemen kommen sollte, sollen Ihnen unserer Troubleshooting-Tipps weiterhelfen, hier schnell wieder zurĂŒck aufs richtige Gleis zu kommen.

Registration / Anmeldung fĂŒrs Webinar

Folgen Sie dem unten stehenden Link und registrieren Sie sich fĂŒr das Webinar:

https://www.veeam.com/de/videos/webinar-virtual-labs-backup-11287.html

Das Webinar wird aufgezeichnet. Sollte es Ihnen also nicht möglich sein daran teilzunehmen, Sie den Inhalt aber nicht verpassen möchten, dann registrieren Sie sich bitte trotzdem. In der Regel erhalten Sie innerhalb einiger Tage nach dem Webinar eine E-Mail mit dem Link zur Aufzeichnung, sodass Sie diese in aller Ruhe schauen können, wann immer Sie Zeit haben.

Vorgeschmack zum Webinar

Wenn Sie unabhĂ€ngig vom Webinar etwas mehr ĂŒber SureBackup erfahren möchten, dann lade ich Sie herzlich ein um noch einen Moment auf meinem Blog zu verweilen und den passenden Beitrag zu lesen: Veeam – Automatic backup tests with SureBackup. Wenn Sie SureBackup ausprobieren möchten, und es bei der Konfiguration zu Problemen kommen sollte, hilft Ihnen vielleicht dieser Blogbeitrag weiter: Veeam SureBackup – Ping-Test Troubleshooting.

Review – 10 most popular posts on my blog in 2017

review

Call it a review or a look back. Or a time travel if you like to. I’d like to introduce you the 10 most popular posts on my blog of 2017. And a short reflection what happend in 2016.

Very much happened last year (you don’t say?). I had the opportunity to work on many interesting customer projects. Preparing and planning a huge cloud migration for one of my customers was and still is one of my favorite projects. But there were not only projects in my company and for customers but also many personal projects. I invested much effort, time and money to build a small vSphere homelab as preparation for my VMware VCP and Veeam VMCE-ADO exams (where i failed twice VCP in 2016, dang it, and i’m still learning for it). In 2017i attended also one great event in New Orleans, VeeamON.

This event was great. Exhausting. Interesting. I met so many cool people, had interesting chats with them. All about virtualization and data protection. I would like to mention the Veeam team, especially the people behind the Veeam VVanguard program, when i had the opportunity to meet them and have a good chat. Really cool guys there at Veeam, thank you!

The year before i really started with blogging. In the meantime i really like it and i was able to publish some good articles i think. Sometimes i don’t know what to write. I’m not a fashionista, or a foodie, that puts every bit on the internet. I’d like to provide content which hopefully help people to get their job done and i’d like to help solving a problem. Most of my blog posts are based on problems which i struggled with, and a solution i found for. Bang. Put that on my website. Because mostly you’re not alone with a specific IT problem. And if you find a solution here on my blog, you’re welcome. I’m here to help. Some other blog posts are based just on my personal interest in all kinds of IT belongings. Is there a new feature in Veeam or a new version? I’ll go out and test it. Bang. Blog post done.

But now let us focus on what happened on my blog last year. What are the 10 most popular blog posts of 2017? Here they are!

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