VeeamON 2017 – VMCE-A Training on Monday and Tuesday

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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

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:

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VeeamON 2017 – Travel and first days in New Orleans

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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 😉

Veeam – FREE Cloud Backup and DR Services

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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.

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More information about the Veeam cloud backup offer

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

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How to get Cloud Connect services for FREE

Swiss German VMUG – Kickoff Meeting

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 😉