Veeam – NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0

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:

Windows 7 – No access to UNC path or network drives

Network

Today i had again some of the problems worth writing about it afterwards. A customer called because of a strange network issue on a computer in his network. He can’t access the network drives. They are connected but he can’t access them.  Also no access to UNC paths (like \\server\sharedfolder). Both ways he receives an “Access denied” error.

So i started with some tests just to make sure we are talking the same and if at least the basics on the computer, server and network are fine. It was one of the weirdest problems i have had the last few weeks. And the solution was so simple and cheap that it is embarrassing. But i don’t want to anticipate it. Let’s have a review.

The following list describe the troubleshooting steps which we did today. I’ll hope that this “checklist” (well, actually more a list of steps i tried) will help you if you are in the same situation as i was (or probably in a situation close to this).

Client steps

  • checked network configuration with “ipconfig /all”
    • everything fine (DHCP, all expected values were correct)
  • checked DNS lookup
    • resolving server hostname, domain, different websites, all good
  • nslookup (reverse DNS lookup)
    • IP addresses are resolved to hostnames

So basically on the client it looked all good. DNS was fine, internet connection was good. But we still don’t have access to UNC paths or network drives.

Server steps

  • the same as above (DNS / reverse DNS, generall network configuration, all was fine
  • checked permission for the specific user on there shares, permissions were granted correctly

DNS or permission issues are common in most IT environments. But at this time it wasn’t the root cause of this problem. Because we checked DNS and permissions and it was all fine. Let’s dig a little deeper.

Further client steps

  • on another computer we tried to login with the user which the customer called for
    • that worked all fine, no issues
  • on the affected computer we tried to login with another user
    • that worked, but the issues were the same (neither access to UNC paths nor network drives)

So now we knew that there has to be a computer related issues. Nothing with the user profile, no permission conflicts or DNS errors. But what the hell can cause this problem?

More client steps

Just to make sure there is no software causing some issues, we tried several things.

  • uninstall and re-installation of the antivirus program
    • did not help
  • checked other software that might could cause suche problems
    • we uninstalled some old pre-installed software
    • checked which Windows update were installed recently
    • we did not find any suspicious updates nor software which could cause something like that

The customer was in a hurry because he had to leave after lunch time (which we both didn’t had today). But he will call me in a few hours he said. So i ended up like a donkey at a five-barred gate. I can’t imagine were this issue has it’s root cause. All checked were good, all settings were correct. But just with this computer there is still no access to UNC paths or network drives.

A few hours later…

Later this afternoon the customer called me when he was back in the office. He said he don’t have that much time. So, let’s do this, computer. Let’s finally solve your problem.

The second last attempt was to remove this computer from the existing domain, delete the computer object in Active Directory and to join the domain again.

  • leaving the domain worked fine
  • no problems deleting the computer account
  • after the necessary reboots the computer wasn’t able to join the domain
    • “Could not join the domain. The network path was not found”

Damn, what have i done? What should i do now? Come on, it can’t be that hard! One last attempt i had in mind. What about to uninstall the network card of this computer? It can’t get any worse. Let’s try that!

  • uninstalled the network card via Windows device manager
    • also checked the box to delete driver software for this device
  • let Windows find a driver
    • surprisingly Windows found a driver (it was four years older than the previous)
    • network connection comes up again
  • restarted the computer

The customer tried to login after the last restart. Then we checked the network drives, and here they are! Access granted! A quick check with the UNC paths was also working now. Uninstalling the network card, deleting its software and letting Windows search for a driver did the trick.

The customer was happy today (the computer is for the secretariat, the user was out of office today) and the user will be happy tomorrow 🙂

 

Windows 10 erscheint am 29. Juli 2015

Windows 10Am 29. Juli 2015 ist es soweit. Dann wird Windows 10, das neue Betriebssystem von Microsoft, offiziell verfügbar sein. Moment mal, Windows 10? Vor einer Weile kam doch erst grad Windows 8 raus? Ja das stimmt. Ich habe mir bei der Ankündigung eines neuen Betriebssystems auch etwas gewundert. Aber das scheint der neue Weg von Microsoft zu sein. Bereits mit Windows 8, und wie auch mit jeder anderen vorangegangenen Windows Version (zumindest ab Vista wie mir in Erinnerung ist) hat Microsoft immer schon parallel an einem möglichen Nachfolger gearbeitet.

Mit Windows 8 hat Microsoft das erste Mal versucht ein einheitliches System für Desktop-PCs, Laptops, Tablets und Smartphones zu kreieren. Das ist den Redmondern zumindest teilweise gelungen. Auf Desktop-Rechnern Laptops und einigen Tablets läuft das selbe Windows 8. Auf den Smartphones und Tablets jedoch musste ein anderes System verwendet werden, da hier in aller Regel andere Prozessoren zum Einsatz kommen. Entsprechend gab es eine abgespeckte Variante für Smartphones, eine Windows RT Version für Tablets ohne x86 Prozessor-Architektur und halt eben Windows 8 für die anderen Geräte wie PCs, Laptops und Tablets.

Windows 8 auf meinem Desktop-Rechner würde ich nicht mehr hergeben, eben sowenig auf meinem Surface Tablet. Es arbeitet schnell, stabil, hat einige tolle Funktionen und ich bekomme alle Programme zum Laufen die ich benötige. Ebenso die saubere Integration von Microsoft OneDrive, dem Cloud-Speicher von Microsoft, finde ich sehr elegant gelöst.

Mit dem neuen Betriebssystem jedoch gibt es wirklich ein System für alle Geräte. Gut, ich denke das ich auf einem Smartphone nicht 100% den gleichen Code habe wie auf einem Tablet oder einem Desktop-Rechner. Zumindest der Name ist auf allen System gleich, nämlich Windows 10.

Fakt ist jedoch das jeder Windows 7 und Windows 8 Nutzer innerhalb des ersten Jahres nach Veröffentlichung von Windows 10 dieses kostenlos erhält. Ja genau, kostenlos, keinen müden Rappen (oder Cent) muss man dafür ausgeben innerhalb des ersten Jahres. Mittlerweile sollten bereits schon ein Grossteil der Windows 8 und Windows 7 Benutzer ein entsprechendes Update erhalten haben, welches in der Taskleiste unten bei der Uhr symbolisiert, das man Windows 10 für sich reservieren kann. Der Vorteil der Reservierung ist, das Windows 10 dann schon kurz vor dem offiziellen Release vom Computer automatisch heruntergeladen und für die Installation vorbereitet wird.

Windows 10 – Die Versionsübersicht

So, jetzt aber erstmal zu ein paar wichtigeren Fakten. Wie schaut es aus mit der Versionsvielfalt?

  • Windows 10 Home richtet sich eher an private Endbenutzer
  • Windows 10 Pro bietet unter anderem Domain Joining
  • Windows 10 Enterprise wird nur über Volumenlizenzverträge erhältlich und mit Managementfunktionen speziell für das Geschäftsumfeld ausgerüstet sein
  • Windows 10 Pro und Enterprise unterstützen Windows Update für Business. Windows 10 Enterprise bietet zusätzliche Unterstützung für businesskritische Systeme
  • Windows 10 Mobile wird zum Nachfolger von Windows Phone und Windows 8 (für kleinere Tablets unter 8 Zoll)
  • Windows 10 IoT Core ist eine stark vereinfachte Version speziell für Embedded Devices
  • Windows 10 Education gibt es ebenfalls nur über Volumenlizenzverträge und wird als Update für Windows 10 Home für Schüler, Studenten und Bildungseinrichtungen angeboten

Die Xbox und Microsoft Hololens erhalten ebenfalls eine eigene Version von Windows 10, welche so nicht öffentlich verfügbar sein wird. Für Geräte wie Kassensysteme und Geldautomaten wird es von Windows 10 Mobile und Windows 10 Enterprise ebenfalls eine Embedded-Version geben.

Weitere Informationen zu Windows 10

Windows 10 – Features (microsoft.com)

Windows 10 – Spezifikationen / Voraussetzungen (microsoft.com)

Windows 10 – FAQ (microsoft.com)