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Friday, May 20, 2016

Get the big picture from Azure or multiple SCOM management groups

Get the big picture from Azure or multiple SCOM management groups

If you are using Azure and SCOM or multiple SCOM management groups, then you are familiar with how difficult is it to control alerts or making sense of all the complex and technical data that they generate. If you are getting information from these different monitoring systems but are unable to connect the data to get the big picture of what’s happening in your IT environment, then you should read Savision’s newest whitepaper. The whitepaper explains how getting the big picture from your ITSM and monitoring systems is what organizations needs to take IT to the next level.

If you are using SCOM and Azure and multiple monitoring systems and can't put all this data in a business context, it's time for you to take your IT to the next level and take your monitoring to another level. The Cloud and multi-sourcing have made the IT world to keep getting more complex. Organizations are getting more siloed with different teams using their own monitoring tools, while no one gets the big picture and the business keeps pressuring IT departments to be aware of how having downtime affects the business.

It’s time for IT departments to become business partners and get the service intelligence they need to solve service outages faster. If you want your IT department to become more mature and be a partner to the business, then you cannot miss Savision’s newest whitepaper called ‘Business Service Intelligence: How can IT become business partners?

The whitepaper tells you in 5 steps how to take your IT department to another level. If you have more than one SCOM management group, Azure or multiple monitoring systems, you do should not miss this whitepaper.

You can download the whitepaper here

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free Ebook: DraaS for Dummies

Hi folk,

Do you want to know more about "DRaaS"? Well, Veeam has just released an ebook : "DRaaS for Dummies". It is a great resources for Dummies.


  • Chapter 1: Understanding Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
  • Chapter 2: Defining your requirements for a DRaaS Solution
  • Chapter 3: Implementing DRaaS
  • Chapter 4: DRaaS Operations
  • Chapter 5: Ten Business Benefits of DRaaS

To download for FREE, please click here.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Building Backup as a Service (BaaS) Using Veeam

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Backup as a Service (BaaS) provides backup and recovery operation from the cloud. Service Provider/Reseller will need to maintain the infrastructure in their data center.

Meanwhile, customer will use Veeam Backup and Replication to transfer their backup data offsite without need to buy servers, storage or maintain an offsite datacenter.

With Cloud Connect features, customer able to transfer the data to service provider.

The following are the components require to build BaaS:

Reseller/Service Provider - provide BaaS

  • Veeam Backup and Replication v9
  • Veeam Repository to store tenant backup data. Act as Cloud Repository
  • Cloud Gateway - from Veeam
  • WAN Accelerator  from Veeam
  • SSL Certificate
  • Cloud Connect Replication license
  • Create tenant account and pass to tenant
If you do not has a datacenter, you can leverage on Microsoft Azure infrastructure. Start BaaS by deploying VCC for Service Provider appliance from Azure MarketPlace. Check out here.

Tenant (Customer)
  • Must use Veeam Backup and Replication at least v8 to backup virtualization infrastructure
  • Veeam Backup Repository
  • WAN Accelerator from Veeam
  • Veeam Cloud Connect features which allow tenant to transfer backup data to Service Provider : Cloud Repository

Communication channel

With Veeam Cloud Connect, the connection will happen directly over the Internet, using a single TCP port (TCP/6180), protected by SSL encryption. The Cloud Gateway, responsible for the transfer of all the backup traffic over the single port connection.

WAN accelerators are optional components that can be deployed at the service provider & tenant side to improve the bandwidth utilization of remote backups sent by customers.

Backup Data

Backup Hyper-V / Vmware hypervisor using Veeam Backup to Veeam repository. 
Use Backup Infrastructure to add Service Provider. 
Lastly, configure Backup Copy Job to transfer backup data to Cloud Repository (@Service Provider)

Now your customer has backup archive transfer to offside without require to invest on secondary datacenter.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Error Cannot Start Virtual Disk Service (VDS)

Recently we try to access Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Core Edition to modify disk setting. However encounter an error message :Cannot Start Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and RPC error.

As it is running Server Core, then we need to use Computer Management snap-in from another server.

Here is some trick to make sure you able to access "Disk Management" without encounter an error.

a) Use another server running Windows Server 2008 R2 - with GUI. Don't use higher version of operating system.

b) Execute the following command at

1. Hyper-V Host (Server Core)
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Volume Management" new enable=yes
Netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Windows Firewall Remote Management” new enable =yes

Netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”remote administration” new enable=yes

2. On the machine running GUI, execute

Netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Volume Management” new enable=yes

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Slide: Extending Availability to the Cloud

Today i've presented a session @Global Azure BootCamp, Microsoft Malaysia about "Extending Availability to the Cloud".

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With Veeam & Microsoft Azure solutions, IT departments and service providers can increase agility, add scalability and improve cost-efficiency by extending their data center to the cloud. In this session, we  look on how to easily migrate your workload to Microsoft Azure, extending your backup solution to Microsoft Azure, setting up Backup as a Service (BaaS) & Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Learn how to have a proactive IT department

Companies should learn to be more proactive instead waiting for a disaster to happen and be reactive only until there’s a service outage within their IT department. The problem is that a many companies don’t know where or how to get started because they have a lot of infrastructure that needs to be monitored.

As a first step, IT needs to understand the business: all good designs come from understanding your IT services data dependencies and knowing how they relate to one another. Then they need to find out what are the best tools available today.

A great platform to monitor components, and which a lot of people are familiar with is Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). There’s a lot of useful information within SCOM that can be used by the relevant personas in the organization, except that the presentation layer and the way it is organized within SCOM is not how those other personas look at IT. SCOM is still pretty technical and is all about components.

Looking at the personas in the IT service delivery organization, you will see that engineers definitely can work with SCOM. However, it usually takes them a while to figure out how they can easily get to the root-cause of a service outage, and what the business impact is of this outage will be.
Savision’s new whitepaper: "Business Service Management with System Center" shows how to stay in control of your business services and make the most out of SCOM. The whitepaper is written by three experts: Microsoft MVP Robert Hedblom, Savision’s Co-Founder & VP of Product Management Dennis Rietvink, and Approved Consulting’s CEO & Solution Architect Jonas Lenntun.

Click here if you would like to download the whitepaper.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure for Veeam Backup

Veeam Direct Restore is now available to public and here is an official press release.
You can get it FREE from Azure MarketPlace.

By using Veeam Direct Restore appliance, you can restore your Veeam Backup Data to Microsoft Azure as 
  • Cold DR, 
  • test or development environment
  • migration tool to Microsoft Azure
So how does it really work? 

Just transfer veeam backup data which you have backup by using
to Veeam Direct Restore appliance @Microsoft Azure 

At this moment, you only can 
  • restore Windows based VM from Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 
  • max 1TB Azure Disk limit still apply per VM disk. 
  • Vmware or Hyper-V VM can restore to Microsoft Azure.
1. Deploy Veeam Direct Restore appliance from Azure Market Place. It will deploy as VM [Azure Resource Manager].
2. Configure Veeam Direct Restore appliance by connecting to your Microsoft Azure subscription by using initial configuration. [Click Configuration] 

3. Upload veeam backup data via RDP Connection, Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Azure Files, attaching virtual disk or FTP. We use RDP Connection and attached our local disk. Then copy veeam backup to Direct restore appliance which mapped to Azure Files.
4. Restore machines to Microsoft Azure by using Veeam Direct Restore appliance. [Click Restore]
Select full backup file (VBK) or backup metadata file (VBM). It will restore as VM Classic in this release.

Here is the screenshot that we captured when restore a Domain controller Vmware virtual machine:

Note:- In this wizard, you can change your VM settings and map according to your Azure infrastructure. Azure Storage & Azure Network need to firstly define before restore your virtual machine.

From the history, we notice it took around 16-17 MB/s bandwidth to restore VM to Azure. You can remove VMware tool after VM has boot up.

Give it a try. It work like a charm.


Free Ebook:- Supercharging Hyper-V Performance

Altaro is giving out free ebook which contains information on how administrators can improve the performance of their Hyper-V infrastructure.

What you'll learn in this eBook:

  • Diagnosing and remediating Storage, CPU, Memory, and Network performance issues
  • Using Windows Performance Monitor and PAL to facilitate system and VM monitoring
  • Manage planning of Hosts, VMs, Storage, Networking, to minimize the risk of performance issues.
To download, click here.