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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Recover Any Veeam Backup to Cloud Using Veeam Backup and Replication v9.5

In our previous post, we have walk though on using Veeam Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure. You can check previous post from here. You can deploy Veeam Direct Restore Virtual Appliance from Azure MarketPlace.

Upcoming on Veeam Backup and Replication ver9.5, you can directly restore any veeam backup to Microsoft Azure by using VBR UI. With this feature, you able to use Microsoft Azure as test environment.

Here is a comparison about current direct restore vs ver9.5

You can use

  • Veeam Endpoint Backup
  • Veeam Backup Free Edition
  • Veeam Backup and Replication ver9.5

to restore backup to Microsoft Azure.

This round we have tested this features on test environment

  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 beta 1
  • VM running Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VM running Centos
  • Internet bandwidth (download/upload) - 30 Mbps/ 10 Mbps


  • UI screenshot may different when product GA
  • Test result may different depend on Internet bandwidth
Let walk-through 

Start by integrate Veeam with Microsoft Azure and select Deployment model. Download your subscription profile and link it. You have an option to deploy Linux based appliance on Azure for recover Linux workload. This appliance remain power off and will boot up when restore linux VM to Azure. No appliance is require to recover Windows VM

Configure backup job to backup virtual machine. By referring to below screenshot, you able to see 
Data size -110GB. Using patented technology, Bitlooker it able to reduce backup data size by excluding empty deleted block. Therefore the backup data size is 14GB (with built-in deduplication & compression features available on Veeam)

Note:- Compression & deduplication is varies depend on VM

Before we start to restore, you need to configure Azure Storage & Azure Network. Once done, let start to restore. No site to site VPN (S2S) is require.

On deployment model, you can deploy to Resource Manager (new portal) or Classic (old portal)

Select VM size, Azure Network, Azure Storage and Resource Group

You can exclude disk as well

Final result:-
  • Windows VM (9.2GB) recover to cloud within 2+ hour
  • Linux VM (2.6GB) recover to cloud within 38 minutes

We notice Linux appliance stopped automatically (deallocated after Linux VM conversion)

That's all for today, hope you have a clear idea on how to recover veeam backup to Cloud using Veeam Backup & Replication ver9.5

Backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Using Veeam Backup and Replication v9.5

We are excited on upcoming Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V,  day by days it is closing to GA. This round we test backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V.

New version of Hyper-V will have these features

  • New VM Configuration version 
  • VM Configuration Format to binary format (vmcx file). Prior version in xml format. 
  • Production checkpoint

Most existing version of backup will implement kernel level file system filter in order to gain efficiency during backup. This has makes it hard for  backup vendor to update newer version of Windows Server and increase complexity of Hyper-V deployment.

Therefore, on upcoming Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has built in charge based tracking for backup and production checkpoint. Production checkpoints are point-in-time images of VMs. When producing production checkpoints, Microsoft Hyper-V does not put VMs to the saved state. Instead, it quiesces data on VMs with the help of the Microsoft VSS technology (for Microsoft Windows VMs) or file system freeze (for Linux VMs). The resulting checkpoints are application-consistent, so you can recover VMs without any data loss.

In order for Veeam to perform online backup with the help of production checkpoint, you need to meet these conditions:

  • VM have a new format of configuration files (VMCX and VMRS)
  • VMs are deployed on the Hyper-V Server 2016 or Nano Server
  • Cluster functional level is upgraded for Hyper-V Cluster

Let have a look on our test scenario:

[Test environment]

  • Windows Server Hyper-V 2016 TP5
  • Veeam Backup and Replication ver9.5 Beta 1
  • Import VMs from Windows Server 2012 R2. Guest operating system is Windows Server 2008 R2

Backup completed but with warning message which requested to upgrade our existing VM configuration ver5.1 to latest version.

To upgrade configuration version, you can use Hyper-V Manager. Just right click VM and select Upgrade Configuration Version.

Configuration version upgraded!

Re-run backup job and now Veeam able to backup your VMs without any error message.

Test result:-

That's concluded our test on backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Backup Nano Server Hyper-V Using Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5

Hey folk!

Recently we just shared slide about Nano Server. You can refer to here.

Test scenario:

  • Windows Server 2016 TP5
  • Nano Server 
  • Veeam Backup & Replication ver 9.5 Beta 1

Note:- Currently above product is still under beta and subject to change when GA

You have setup Nano Server and installed Hyper-V Packages. Now you got N.ano Server - Hyper-V running. Next step is to backup virtual machine. With Veeam Backup & Replication ver 9.5 Beta 1 (current version), we have tested and protect virtual machine.

Let have a quick look on how to configure to backup Nano Server Hyper-V

[Nano Server]
Additional setting on Nano Server:-
1. Join to domain. Use any machine which has joined to domain and execute the following command on Powershell.

djoin.exe /provision /domain veeamlab.local /machine nano01 /savefile .\odjblob

  • Nano Server Name - Nano01
  • Domain:- Veeamlab.local

2. Mount the Nano Virtual Disk and transfer odjblob into VM
3. Use Powershell Direct from the host to execute the following command to join Nano Server to domain
djoin /requestodj /loadfile c:\Tmp\odjblob /windowspath c:\windows /localos

4. Turn off Windows Firewall and set DNS setting
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
netsh interface ip set dnsservers name="Ethernet" static primary

[Veeam Backup]
First, you need to add Nano Server as Manage Server by using Veeam Console.

1. Go to Backup Infrastructure | Managed Server | Add Server
2. Enter Nano Server details

Then once added, you can start configure Backup Job to backup virtual machine running in Nano Server Hyper-V
1. Click Backup and Replication
2. Configure Backup Job and enter backup details.
3. Execute Job to run now.

Horray!...Backup completed ! You have use Veeam Backup & Replication to backup Nano Server.

Slide: System Center Operation Manager and Veeam MP Better Together

Third session during SE Summit event @ Beijing. We have talked about using System Center Operation Manager and Veeam MP to monitor your virtualization infrastructure and backup infrastructure.

Besides, that we also talked about What's New in System Center Operation Manager 2016?


Slide: Nano Server

Next topic, we talked about upcoming Nano Server.

Here is the second session slide which share to audience during SE Summit @Beijing


Slide: Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

During Veeam SE Summit @ Beijing last week, i've presented to ASEAN System Engineer about Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

The following was the slide share to the audience.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Renewed Microsoft MVP Cloud and DataCenter Management

Another year has passed...Just received an email regarding MVP renewal.

Been 7th year as Microsoft MVP. :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Error Failover Control Portal is Not Configured

Encounter an error message when trying to login to Veeam Cloud Connect Portal to perform VM failover.

Error message:

Failover Control Portal is Not Configured


1. Open Veeam Enterprise Manager Portal
2. Go to Configuration | Backup Server | Click Add to add a Veeam Backup Server (Service Provider)

3. Try login to Veeam Cloud Connect Portal. Now you able to access to perfom VM failover.