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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Create Windows 10 Base Image Using WIM2VHD

 

Hello Windows 10! Guess everyone is busy upgrade to Windows 10. With recently Microsoft released new version of Windows operating on 29 July, it is time for us to create virtual machine base image as VM template.

We are going to use Convert-WindowsImage (new version of WIM2VHD) to create Windows 10.

The latest version of Convert-WindowsImage did not guaranteed the UI will work. Therefore, the best option is use Powershell cmdlet.

This tool has come with default settings:

  • VHDX
  • GPT on Generation 1

[ Configuration]

Let begin to create Windows 10 base image

1. Open Powershell ISE

2. Open Convert-WindowsImage Powershell to load the function.

3. Execute

Convert-WindowsImage -SourcePath "E:\Iso\en_windows_10_enterprise_2015_ltsb_x64_dvd_6848446.iso" -VHDFormat VHD -DiskType Dynamic -SizeBytes 100GB -VHDPartitionStyle MBR -Verbose

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Note:

  • Create Win 10 Ent
  • Disk type to VHD
  • Use MBR Partition
  • Size – 100GB

Test on UI to create Windows 10, give us an error which prevent us from proceed. Well, your best bet is use Powershell to create Win 10 base image.

To download Convert-WindowsImage – click here

Credit to Petri who manage to get this script running.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Granular Recovery Using Veeam Explorer

For the past few days, we have  configure job to perform backup using Veeam Backup and Replication 8 (update 2) on different workload. It is time for us to look into recovery an item level recovery without recover entire virtual hard disk by using various Veeam Explorer.

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We will look into granular recovery for each workload.

[ Veeam Explorer for Active Directory ]

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Execute Compare Backup Data With Production. Then click on “Show Changed Object Object”.

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It will shown an account (user, computer, group, OU) that has been deleted. Click Restore to recover deleted object.

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Next capabilities is restore previous / change password

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If you was unable to identity changes that you have make, you can compare backup with production. Just select a changed object | Compare

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Refer to changes. From below screenshot, an account has added as “Domain Admin Group”

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[File Level]

Perform an item level recovery for a deleted file.

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Easy step, just select the file and restore

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[Veeam Explorer for SQL Server]

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You can recover /export a database. To recover point in time, your database must be in “Full recovery model”

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For transaction log backup and replay, you can quickly restore your MS SQL Server log transactions to a precise point in time.

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[Veeam Explorer for Exchange Server]

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An Administrator also can search important email with built in search /advanced search feature.

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During recovery process, you can

  • Export mailbox folders and items as Personal Folder files (.pst)
  • Save mailbox items as Microsoft Exchange mail documents (.msg)
  • Send mailbox items as attachments via email
  • Restore mailbox folders and items to their original location

[Veeam Explorer for Sharepoint]

Using Veeam Explorer for Sharepoint, you can recover database or items.

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Select a document from Library and recover.

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With built-in search feature, you easily locate your item and perform recovery or send an items by email to target recipient. Also available is advanced search feature with criteria that you can define to limit the scope of search.

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[Coming soon – on Veeam V9]

Veeam V9 version bring it to next level with introduction of Veeam Explorer for Oracle and enhancement on existing Veeam Explorer. Please feel free to check out latest news from here:- http://www.veeam.com/blog/v9-veeam-explorer-for-oracle-and-explorers-enhancements.html

Monday, July 27, 2015

Veeam Vanguard for 2015

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These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards for 2015. A Veeam Vanguard represents Veeam to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.
Guess who is one of the list? We just nominated as Veeam Vanguards for 2015. 

Do check out:- http://www.veeam.com/vanguard.html 
To know more what's Veeam Vanguard program:- http://www.veeam.com/blog/what-is-the-veeam-vanguard-program.html 
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Upgrade Windows 10 Build Version 10074 to 10240

 

Hello Windows 10!

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If you’re currently running Windows 10 Build Version 10074, you can now get Build version 10240 from Windows Update.

After click Windows Update and get a message saying that “you have the latest update”, then you need to modify this value from registry.

1. Open Run

2. Type  regedit

Change the entries from fbl_Impressive to TH1

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost\Applicability

  • Ring = WIF
  • BranchName = TH1
  • UserPreferredBranchName = TH1

Reboot your machine and run Windows Update again.

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Backup Physical Server By Using Veeam Solution

 

Can Veeam product backup physical server? hahaha….this is common question that a lot of our customer ask. Veeam is famous on backup virtualization platform either Vmware or Hyper-V. Well, last time we say no. However, time has changed and we now say “YES!”

So how do we do that?

In our scenario, we have setup below environment in order to achieve our target to backup physical server by using Veeam product.

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[ Product ]

  • Veeam Backup and Replication ver 8 with Update 2.

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  • Veeam Endpoint Backup. To download, click here

You can also backup physical server without connect to Veeam Backup and Replication. In our scenario, we would like to consolidate backup in a central backup repository and leverage on Veeam Backup and Replication.

[ Configuration ]

1. Install Veeam Endpoint Backup.

2. Configure backup either file or bare metal recovery. We select file level backup to simulate that we backup data rather than virtual machine.

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3. Destination backup data to Veeam Backup and Replication repository. Enter Veeam backup server IP and credential.

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4. Select Backup repository to store your backup data.

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5. Specify schedule to perform backup

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[ Result ]

Here is the end result that backup has successful transfer to Veeam Backup Repository.

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On Veeam Backup and Replication, you can view the status and perform recovery as well. Navigate to Backup and Replication Workspace | Disk | Endpoint Backup

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Great right!

For supported operating system, we can backup Windows operating system running 32 and 64 bits version for

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – 2012 R2

Give it a try by start visiting to this link

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup:- Unable to Establish Authenticated Client-Server Connection. Either the target name is incorrect or the server has rejected the client credentials.

 

Error message:

“Unable to Establish Authenticated Client-Server Connection. Either the target name is incorrect or the server has rejected the client credentials”

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Products:-

  • Veeam Endpoint Backup
  • Veeam Backup and Replication 8

Scenario:

Encountered the above error message when trying to configure Veeam Endpoint Backup to store backup data into Veeam Backup Repository.

[Resolution]

1. Update Veeam Backup and Replication version 8 Update 2

2. Configure Backup Repository permission. Use Veeam Backup and Replication Console. Navigate to Backup Infrastructure workspace | Backup Repository.

Set permission. Select the backup repository | Press CTRL key and you able to see “Permission”.

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Set permission to “Allow user”

- Allow local administrator. Do NOT select domain admin user.

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Click OK and try to configure again. It should work fine after you have update version 8 Update 2, set permission and use local admin user account.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Quick Walkthrough: Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager

Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager is a centralize management and reporting component that allow you to manage multiple Veeam Backup & Replication server from a single web console.

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It has been long time since we check out Veeam backup and replication. Let have a quick look on Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager.

[Dashboard]

A summary page to get  know your Veeam Backup and Replication Infrastructure.

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[Report & Job]

View on-going reporting data for all jobs. User able to drill down to check the status of each job and export to Excel format.

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You can perform action such as start, stop or retrying Jobs, enable or disable backup job. From this console, user also can modify the backup job from central location

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[ VMs]

You can perform operation such as browse VM backup, search for VM and restore them.

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Sample of restore point from a job

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Besides that, you can execute failover plan which define the order of VM to failover according to sequence. Example: DC first, before SQL and lastly Web Server.

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[ Files ]

To enable searching for a particular file and restore it, you must enable guest file system indexing on backup job. Re-run the backup in order to search for a file to restore and perform catalog replication and indexing.

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By sync catalog, Veeam Enterprise manager will aggregates index data from multiple backup servers and stores them on Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager Server.

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Once complete above steps, you can easily find a file and perform item level recovery.

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[ Items]

At this moment, restore an application items is limited to exchange and sql database.

Exchange:-

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SQL:-

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[ Request]

In this section, you can create a new request to prepare virtual lab and test on isolated environment.

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That’s all about our quick walkthrough. Do check out  Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager further to manage multiple Veeam Backup Server.