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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Build Object Storage OnPrem for Lab

In this post, we are going to setup object storage on-prem for lab purpose.
This allow us to test object storage without using Microsoft Azure Blob Storage or AWS S3.

To start, download minio from here.
It is a small file around 43MB.

Start your object storage by using command line.

Minio.exe server <path of object storage target>

We use C:\Backup\Minio

Final command:

Minio.exe server C:\Backup\Minio
Object storage is now ready to use on your on-prem.

Our Lab setup:-

Here is sample of the object storage detail on my lab:
Secret Key: LCWkIm3Cw4MKZTk+4H4e07xRdrU2tzWeyQ0m9qYz

To access your storage from browser:

Use the access key & secret key to access to your object storage.

Good luck on your setup..

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Error: Host '' with type 'ESX' and parentId 'd38b9783-13da-469c-aef6-136e64e61eea' not found.

Encountered error message

Error: Host '' with type 'ESX' and parentId 'd38b9783-13da-469c-aef6-136e64e61eea' not found.  
after run backup job from Veeam. This occur after add vmware vcenter or ESX host into Veeam.

The problem occur due to insufficient permission.


To resolve this error, you're require to assign permission

  • Root permissions on the source ESX(i) server.
  • Local Administrator permissions on the source Hyper-V server.
  • Root (or equivalent) permissions on the target Linux host.
  • Write permission on the target folder and share.
  • If vCenter is used, administrator credentials are required.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Altaro SysAdmin Day

To celebrate their 10th anniversary & SysAdmin Day 2019, Altaro is giving SysAdmins and IT professionals the opportunity to share their best IT story and WIN fantastic prizes!
Throughout our careers, we all gather daily stories worth telling, from tech situations to funny anecdotes, terrible mishaps or incidents with our colleagues. This year everyone is invited to share their best stories for a chance to win big prizes: an amazing Royal Gourmet BBQ Grill, a  GPS Drone with Camera & Live Video 1080 HD FPV, a GoPro Hero5 Waterproof Camera & more. And here’s a tip: for any eligible subscription they give a guaranteed Amazon eGift voucher!
So, if you are a Hyper-V or VMware user, download Altaro’s VM Backup and follow the instructions you will find over here to WIN these exciting prizes!
Enter the competition & make it a year to remember by sharing your best IT story!
Good luck!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Webinar: Azure Security Center: How to Protect Your Datacenter with Next Generation Security.

Azure Security Center: How to Protect Your Datacenter with Next Generation Security

Security is a major concern for IT admins and if you’re responsible for important workloads hosted in Azure, you need to know your security is as tight as possible. In this free webinar, presented by Thomas Maurer, Senior Cloud Advocate on the Microsoft Azure Engineering Team, and Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze, you will learn how to use Azure Security Center to ensure your cloud environment is fully protected.

The webinar covers:
· Azure Security Center introductions
· Deployment and first steps
· Best practices
· Integration with other tools
· And more!

Being an Altaro-hosted webinar, expect this webinar to be packed full of actionable information presented via live demos so you can see the theory put into practice before your eyes. Also, Altaro put a heavy emphasis on interactivity, encouraging questions from attendees and using engaging polls to get instant feedback on the session. To ensure as many people as possible have this opportunity, Altaro present the webinar live twice so pick the best time for you and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like!

There are certain topics in the IT administration world which are optional, but security is not one of them. Ensuring your security knowledge if ahead of the curve is an absolute necessity and becoming increasingly important as we are all becoming exposed to more and more online threats every day. If you are responsible for important workloads hosted in Azure, this webinar is a must.

Webinar: Azure Security Center:
How to Protect Your Datacenter with Next Generation Security

Date: Tuesday, 30th July

Time: Webinar presented live twice on the day. Choose your preferred time:
● 2pm CEST / 5am PDT / 8am EDT
● 7pm CEST / 10am PDT / 1pm EDT

Save your seat

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Setup Mail Backup as a Service Using Veeam

In today post, we are going to explore on providing Mail Backup as a Service using Veeam. As a service provider, you can start to provide  multi tenancy backup to Office365 users.

Here is a few comparison on different VB0365 deployment: on-prem, public cloud or service provider.


To do so, as a service provider you need to have:
- Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a
- Veeam Backup for Office365 v3.0
- Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure

Let begin the configuration .....
Note:- This guide is not full configuration from step by step but it able to guide you to provide Mail Backup as a Service.

[Service Provider]

1. Infrastructure must be ready for Cloud Connect (Cloud Gateway, Cloud connect server, etc]
-> create a new tenant without any assign resources (backup or vm replication). We just need a tenant for accessing to Cloud Connect infrastructure.
Example: Office365User1 for one tenant.

2. Then, must install Veeam Backup for Office365 on the SAME server with Cloud Connect Server.

3. On Veeam Backup for O365 console, [under General option]

a) Configure enable authentication to enable tenant authentication using organization credential & instruct VB0365 to use SSL certificate.

b) Configure enable REST-API

NOTE:- You can use same certificate for both VB0365 and Veeam Backup Server -Cloud Connect.

3. Start to protect O365 tenant using MS organization credential. Use different repository for each tenant. Service provider should receive the tenant microsoft organization crendential to connect to the tenant office365. The same credential will be used by tenant to perform self service recovery.

Now, as a service provider, you have enabled your infrastructure to provide Mail Backup as a Service using veeam solution for multi tenancy.

Let look at another side...the tenant!


When come to disaster, tenant can use Veeam Explorer for Exchange, Sharepoint & OneDrive for Business to send self service recovery requests to the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 service provider server to restore their data. To do so,

1. Install Veeam Backup Server with Community Edition license. Tenant not require to purchase license.
2. Install Veeam Explorer from Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office365
3. Use VBR Console to connect to service provider. Located under Backup Infrastructure | Service Providers | Add Service Provider.

Use Office365User1 credential that you've created earlier to connect to service provider Cloud Connect.

4. Next, open Veeam Explorer for Exchange to add Store | Veeam Backup for MS Offfice 365 service provider

5. Select your service provider from pull down menu. This is available after added Service Provider in the Veeam Console.

Provide Microsoft Organization tenant credential . Same credential use when perform backup O365.

If credential correct, tenant able to view their organization data & perform granular item level recovery.

That's concluded our short guide.

Hope this help VCSP to start provide "Mail Backup as a Service"

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Migrate Old Veeam Repository to New Repository

We are going to explore on how to migrate old veeam repository to new repository.

This usually happened when existing repository has insufficient storage to cater for data growth, ages hardware or migrate to new storage.

Most of the partner will deploy as standalone veeam repository. One of the traditional approach to migrate was using copy & paste existing backup data to new repository, rescan & reconfigure backup job

Well, this method is tedious process!

To do faster & easy migration, you just need to configure "Scale Out Backup Repository"- SOBR.

Without any hassle, follow these simple steps:
1. Create new repository for new storage
2. Create SOBR

3. Add old repository and new repository into SOBR. Previous backup job will modify to use SOBR

You can verify if previous backup job destination has changed.

5. Set maintenance mode on old repository

4. Use Evacuate.Backup data will move from old repository to new repository.

5. Remove old repository from SOBR

Thats should do the trick!

Good luck on migrate backup data from one repository to another repository

Monday, June 10, 2019

Webinar : vSphere Automation Masterclass

If you use vSphere on a daily basis, this a webinar you simply cannot miss!
vSphere Automation Masterclass
Automation is key to maximizing the potential of vSphere, especially if you’re managing multiple systems and want to achieve as much with your time as possible. Did you know that most tasks in vSphere can be performed using automation? Did you know that the cloud can be used to conduct configuration changes for an on-premises cluster? Automation is an essential aspect of the modern-day vSphere administrator, and even if you are currently automating vSphere tasks, you might be unaware of the full possibilities it can deliver.

In this webinar, VMware vExperts Andy Syrewicze and Luke Orellana demonstrate powerful automation techniques that will enable “turbo-mode” for your datacenter. This webinar will feature several live demos covering:

      The basics of PowerCLI
      Deployment Automation
      Desired State Configuration for vSphere
      Cloud Integrations
      And more!

vSphere Automation Masterclass will be held on June 20th and as always the webinar will be presented live twice - at 2pm CEST/8am EDT/5am PDT and at 7pm CEST/1pm EDT /10am PDT. The reason they go through it all twice is to try and cater for live audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Both sessions have the same content so it’s just a way of enabling as many people as possible to attend live and have the opportunity to ask questions live!

I’ll be attending the event and if you vSphere on a daily basis then this is a must-attend event for you too! Join me and save your seat today

Webinar Title: vSphere Automation Masterclass
Presenters: Andy Syrewicze (VMware vExpert) and Luke Orellana (VMware vExpert)
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Session 1: 2pm CEST / 8am EDT / 5am PDT
Session 2: 7pm CEST / 1pm EDT / 10am PDT