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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Contest:- IT Quiz blog

The ultimate challenge on SCOM, Azure, OMS and more!

How much do you know about Microsoft trends and technologies? Savision has released its new IT Quiz covering aspects of SCOM, OMS and Azure. This fun IT Quiz is brought to you in cooperation with subject matter experts: MVP Nicolas Prigent, MVP Thomas Maurer, MVP Anoop Nair, MVP Sam Erskine and MVP Bob Cornelissen, who provided many of the questions featured in the quiz.

Take the challenge and participate for a chance to win a Microsoft Band!

Answer all questions correctly. You have 10 minutes to answer 10 questions so don't lose any time! Are you ready for the challenge?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Free Webinar: Tame your IT Ops tools


Don’t miss out on Savision’s newest webinar. The webinar will show you how to tame your IT Operations tools and improve your organization's IT Maturity. It will take place on:

Tuesday, January 31st at 10AM EST (US) | 4PM CET (EU)

The webinar will be hosted by Savision's Product Strategist - Dan Merritts, who will provide practical guides for getting a handle on your IT Ops tool sprawl, by focusing on four strategies:

- Rationalizing old and new tools
- Upgrading tools, minimizing disruption
- Unifying workflows, maintaining domain expertise
- Making tools work with your people and processes

Don't miss out on this great session. If you are in another time zone, you can still register for this webinar. You will get access to the webinar at a convenient time for you.

You can register here:
http://bit.ly/2iz1ssa

Monday, January 9, 2017

Error - "Failed to create volume snapshot" on Veeam Agent for Linux


The following error message appear when backup using Veeam Agent for Linux


The job fails with:"failed to create volume snapshot""child execution has failed. Exit code: 1"




Check on dkms and kernel-headers is different version. To check, type
rpm -qa | grep veeamsnap
uname -r
rpm -qa | grep kernel-headers

[Resolution ]
Install same version of dkms version or
type
"yum update"
This will force to perform a full system update.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Migrating Data to Cloud Using Veeam

In this blog, we are going to talk on different option to move backup data to offsite (cloud).

The objective is keep data away from on-premise to meet 3-2-1 rule so we able to recover data when disaster happen. 3-2-1 rule refer to

  • Keep three (3) copies of your data on two (2) separate media (disk/tape) and one copy of data should be off-site.

Here is some scenario to move backup data to cloud using Veeam:

a. Use Microsoft Storsimple Appliance as backup target. Data will store in storsimple appliance, then slowly cold data will tiered to Azure Storage. Refer to this post - Configure Storsimple with Veeam

b. Use NetApp Altavault Appliance as backup target. Work similar like Storsimple appliance. Refer to this post - How to Configure NetApp Altavault with Veeam. Data also will store in Azure Storage/ AWS S3.

c. Use Azure Files. This option is available if no blocking from your current ISP on TCP 445. Refer to this post - Use Azure Files as Backup Repository on on-premise. It is available when customer prefer to use Microsoft Azure. Each file share is limited to 5TB.

d. Use AWS Storage Gateway. For Southeast Asia (Singapore), you can configure to use as File Gateway or Volume Gateway. Tape Gateway option is not available when select Asia Pacific (Singapore) datacenter. Refer to article about AWS Storage Gateway. This option available when customer prefer to use Amazon Web Services.

e. Use Veeam Cloud Connect. Customer can securely transfer backup data to Microsoft Azure or Service Provider.Customers can instantly provision cloud backup repositories and automatically move on premises backup archives to Azure. Get Virtual appliance (VCC for Enterprise) from Azure MarketPlace. Refer to here.

Designed specifically for large Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers or VMware Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) customer – Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise, provides enterprise cloud backup and replication services to internal customers, while enabling them to maintain complete control and visibility over their data.

No Site to site vpn is require for option (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e)

Next options is (f)

  • Setup Site to Site VPN to Microsoft Azure/Amazon Web Services
  • Create Cloud VM. Configure as Veeam Repository. Each disk presented to VM is limited to 1TB. User can combine multiple virtual disk, configure as pool using Storage Spaces (for larger pool). or
  • Use Azure Files as backup target. Limited to 5TB per share. With site to site vpn in-place, you can easily add it as backup target. Refer to post here.
  • Configure Backup Copy Job to move veeam backup data to Cloud Repository.
  • You can configure Scale Out Backup Repository as well to group multiple repository as one entity.

For option (a) - (f), you use Cloud for long term archival. To provision a Windows virtual machine on Microsoft Azure, you can deploy Direct Restore Appliance from Azure MarketPlace. Refer to here.

Note:- Veeam Virtual Appliance on Azure Marketplace is FREE. You need to pay for compute after provisioning and power on.

Lastly, with Veeam Backup and Replication v9.5, you can use Direct Restore. Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure enables admins to restore or migrate physical (P2V) or virtual (V2V) workloads to Azure without complex configurations or additional hardware investments, minimizing operational costs. Azure can serve as an additional DR option that can run and scale when you need this the most.
Refer to post here.

No Site to site vpn is require when use Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure.

Hope this list able to assist for those who are looking into migrating data to cloud using Veeam.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Contest :- Asia Veeam Technical Whiteboard

Hello ,
Today’s rapid pace of technological innovation is forcing digital and physical worlds to collide – and it’s transforming the way organizations operate in every industry. This digital transformation can either make or break your business because in the digital world, customers expect 24.7.365 Availability.
Now is the time to present your knowledge on positioning Veeam® Availability solutions to your customers! Five finalists will receive a free trip to compete at the Veeam Partner Summit 2017 Cambodia, for the title of Veeam Whiteboard Champion. The winner will get a full pass to VeeamON, paid stay in a deluxe hotel room and round‑trip tickets to New Orleans for the period of the conference!

REGISTER NOW


Target audience: Partners Technical folks
Program Overview:
The First round: Quiz submission
Submit an online quiz for assessment of your Veeam knowledge. You will need to outline one potential Veeam customer scenario for the whiteboard presentation in the next round. Note that the quiz will take about one hour to complete.
The Semi-final: Whiteboard
Shortlisted participants will each have a 15 minute face-to-face whiteboard session where they will present to a Veeam representative on how to sell Veeam solutions to a VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V customer.
The Final: Presentation
Up to five finalists will be competing at the Veeam Partner Summit 2017 Cambodia. Finalists will each have 30 minutes to present Veeam solutions, referencing to a potential Veeam customer.
Deadline:- Jan 31,2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Install Veeam Agent for Linux (GA)

It has GA! for Veeam Agent for Linux.


You can use Veeam Agent for Linux to protect physical server, workstation and Cloud Virtual Machine running Linux distribution:-

  • Linux kernel 2.6.32 or later is required.
  • Both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of the following distributions are supported:

 Debian 6 – 8
 Ubuntu 10.04 – 16.10
 CentOS / Oracle Linux* / RHEL 6 – 7
 Fedora 23 – 25
 openSUSE 11.3 – 13.2
 openSUSE Leap 42
 SLES 11 SP1 – 12 SP2

Our use case on Hybrid Cloud, refer to here.

Veeam Agent for Linux supports data backup and restore for the following file systems*:
 Ext 2/3/4
 F2FS
 FAT16
 FAT32
 HFS
 HFS+
 HFSP
 JFS
 LVM2
 NILFS2
 NTFS
 ReiserFS
 XFS

The following file systems are not supported:
 BTRFS
 exFAT
 Reiser4
 UFS
 ZFS
 NSS
* Backup of machines used as cluster nodes is not supported.

Protected computer must have the following components installed:
 dkms*
 gcc
 make
 perl
 kernel-headers*
 kernel-devel*
 libudev
 libacl
 libattr
 lvm2
 libfuse

Backup Target

Backup can be performed to the following disk-based storage:
 Local (internal) storage of the protected computer (not recommended).
 Direct attached storage (DAS), such as USB, eSATA or Firewire external drives.
 Network Attached Storage (NAS) able to represent itself as SMB (CIFS) or NFS share.
 Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 1 or later backup repository (except DataDomain DDboost, HPE StoreOnce, Exagrid, cloud and scale-out backup repositories).

[Configuration]

Download veeam software repository installation package (veeam-release) from Veeam website. You need to select the correct distro. Our lab is using Centos 7- 64 Bit.
rpm -ivh veeam-release-el7-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm 

Note:- With Internet access.
yum update *
yum -y install epel-release && yum repolist
yum install dkms
yum install lvm2

Note:- Install Veeam Agent for Linux packages from the Veeam software repository.
yum install veeam

Some new screenshot:-
Open Veeam Program, execute command "veeam".
Browse Veeam Agent for Linux license file and select "Server Edition"



Note:- Integration with Veeam Repository, VBR must be 9.5 with Update 1 or later.

 Able to insert pre-job, post-job, pre-freeze and post-thaw script.


Misc options to insert Veeam License and Export Log for Support



More related post:-

Convert Files Into ISO Format

Here is a great tool that may suitable for your need. We have files or folder and do not want to copy via network connection to virtual machine. So best option is convert to iso format.

Based on google search, most converter is limited with trial version or limited size that you can convert. 

We come across a tool which is able to do the job for FREE. It's called :"WinCDEmu"

After install it, you just select a folder, right click and select "Build an ISO image"


Enter an iso name
 Voila!. Job done...an iso has created.

Give it a try!

To know more, click here
To download, click here




Friday, December 23, 2016

Use Azure Files as Veeam Backup Repository on Microsoft Azure VM

In this post, we continue our test on using Azure Files to use as Veeam Backup Repository. Veeam repository is a storage location used by Veeam Backup & Replication job to store backup files, copies of VMs and metadata for replicated VMs.

Do check out, our previous post


Next step, is use Azure Files as Veeam Backup Repository on Microsoft Azure VM.

Using Veeam Console, add New Backup Repository and select Shared Folder.


Here is command if you plan to use mount shared folder. We are going to take some value for our next step.

Specify

  • Shared folder - smb path

Credential

  • Username - use storage account
  • Password - use Access Key


 We added three (3) Azure File. Each will have 5TB size.
 To extend the storage, we use Scale Out Backup Repository on Veeam to combine the storage into 15 TB. Here is the final result:-