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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sneak Peak Project Honolulu-Web Based Management Solution

Project Honolulu is a new web-based management solution from Microsoft, build to modernize and simplify administration of your Windows datacenter. Currently under technical preview, to download click here:- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-honolulu

After installation, you can start to Add Server that you would like to manage.



Added 3 servers: two running Windows Server 2016 and one running Windows Server 2016 Build 1709.


Based on our testing, we can manage the server, monitor performance utilization & basic administration.
Example:- Join to domain, restart server, shutdown, etc

Example:- Initialize new disk
 Example:- Format a volume
 Example:- Install Roles & Features
During our testing, the product is missing on the configuration of roles. Probably the product is still under "technical preview" & we may able to do it when the product is GA.

Give it a try if you're interested about this Project Honolulu.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Over SMB

In this post, we are going to look on how to perform backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Over SMB by using Veeam product. VM is residing on smb path.

My scenario:-

  • Host running Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
  • VM on SMB 3.1.1 Files Shares
  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 Update 2

To cut it short, we have documented the step by step on how to "Configure Hyper-V Over SMB" on this link:- http://www.ms4u.info/2012/11/configure-hyper-v-over-smb.html

In below video, you able to see how Veeam use Resilient Change Tracking (RCT), natively on Windows Server 2016 to perform backup.

Checklist:-
VM  run on SMB Path..........Passed
Full backup ..........................Passed
Incremental backup .............Passed




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Restore On-Premise Exchange Server and Office365

In Previous post, we have look on how to backup on-premise exchange server & office365. Next, we are going to use Veeam Backup for Office365 v1.5 to recover

a) Mail item (email)
b) Task
c) Perform ediscovery to locate user mailbox items

Feel free to check this video:-

My lab scenario:-
a) delete an email subject "Love letter from Lai"
b) delete 2 tasks
c) recover my email subject "Love letter from Lai"
d) recover 2 tasks
e) perform ediscovery by specify criteria to look for subject "love"

Backup On-Premise Exchange Server and Office365

In this post, we are looking on how to backup on-premise exchange server & office365 using Veeam backup for office365 v1.5 (VBO)

v1.5 is latest release which support hybrid environment. In below video, you can see how to configure
a) backup office365 mailbox
b) backup on-premise exchange server
c) Configure policy to backup entire mailbox or selected mailbox
d) exclude user mailbox that you do not want to backup
e) exclude mailbox folder from backup (example:-draft, deleted items, junk email, outbox, sync issue. in-place hold items & litidation hold items

the best part v1.5 able to support multi tenancy to backup different email domain.You can add new backup proxy and add multiple backup repository. The concept is sound familar like using Veeam Backup & replication. Service provider can now use this product as new service besides than BaaS or DraaS.

v1.5 also included with powershell and Restful API.

Public folder is now supported.

Lastly VBO v1.5, extended support include Office 365 U.S. Government (DoD and non-DoD), Office 365 Germany and Office 365 China.

Feel free to check below video:-


My lab scenario:-
a) On-premise exchange server running Exchange 2013
b) Office365 - domain:- ms4ucloud.info

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slide:- 1 Availability, Any App, Any Data, Any Cloud

During Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Launching event @Malaysia, i have session on Cloud Infrastructure Track. During 45 minutes, i've talked about different scenario on

a) To the cloud
Scenario on move backup data to MS Azure & Migrate on-premise workload to MS Azure

b) From the cloud
Protecting Office365 using Veeam Backup for Office365 & sharing on latest version 1.5 which support multi-tenancy & hybrid environment:- Office365 & Exchange on-premise.

c) Within the cloud
Monitoring environment using System Center Operation Manager & MS OMS
Backup & Recovery Azure Virtual Machine
Centralize Monitoring
Backup & Recover MS Azure Stack

Pictures




Booth Demo - Backup Solution on Microsoft Azure Stack


During Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Launching event @Malaysia, together with HPE team, we have presented about backup solution on MS Azure Stack.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Manage Microsoft Azure Storage

Hi folk,

If you are interested in managing  Microsoft Azure Storage or Azure Stack, you can try to use Storage Explorer tool. The Installer is available for Windows, Macintosh & Linux platform.

Once installed, you can add Azure account for Azure, Azure China, Azure Germany or Azure Stack.

Example, we have added "Azure".

From there you can manage blob storage, queue storage, table storage & file storage. Do check it out!

To download, click here

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Configure Large Scale Veeam Agent for Windows (VAW) Deployment

In this post, we are going to look on how to deploy Veeam Agent for Windows (VAW) on large scale environment. Example:- 10 computers or more.

If less than 10, we probably can deploy each of them manually. 
When more than 10, it would be better that we use script & group policy.

[Requirement]
a) Domain environment
b) Workstation / Server joined to domain
c) Staging workstation / server

[ Preparation on Staging ]
1. On staging workstation/server, you need to manually install VAW and configure the backup policy & integrate to Veeam Backup Server
2. Use command line to export the policy using Veeam Agent Configurator
3. Execute C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\Veeam.Agent.Configurator.exe -export /f:C:\Veeam\Configuration.xml


4. Create a share folder, put Configuration.xml, VAW installer & license file into it


5. Write a script file and save it as script.bat
Script perform installing Veeam Agent, install product license & setting edition & lastly import the configuration.



@echo --- Installing VAW ---
\\veeam01\Vaw\VeeamAgentWindows_2.0.0.700.exe /silent /accepteula

@echo --- Installing Product License and Setting Edition ---

"C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\veeam.agent.configurator.exe" -license /f:"\\veeam01\vaw\veeam_agent_windows_nfr_2.lic" /w

@echo --- Importing Backup Job Configuration and Application Settings ---

"C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\veeam.agent.configurator.exe" -import /f:"\\veeam01\Vaw\configuration.xml"

[On Domain Controller]
1. Create an OU
2. Put workstation/server into OU that you've created in step 1
3. Create a group policy and link to this OU
We are going to run the script after the workstation/server boot up.
4. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).
 5. Click show files and copy the script.bat that you want to run in this location

6. Click Add & OK

7. Lastly perform group policy update & reboot the server.

[ Verification ]
After reboot, VAW has installed to the target and on Veeam Backup Server, you able to view new policy.

Easy right! Now we can put more workstation/server into the OU for large scale deployment.

Enjoy!