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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Refresh Veeam Visio Stencil

Good news SE and SA,

Veeam has just updated their Veeam Visio Stencil on 1st June 2018. Veeam Stencils is a free collection of VMware, Hyper-V and Veeam stencils for Visio. Administrators, system architects and data center managers can now create well-organized and polished visualizations of their data center designs in Microsoft Visio 2013 or 2016 when planning their VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam deployments.

The stencil was categories as follows:-


To download, please click here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Windows Admin Center GA!

Previously it is called "Project Honolulu". It has generally available and rebranded as "Windows Admin Center".

Windows Admin Center is designed for managing a single server, Windows 10 or cluster. It complements but does not replace existing Microsoft monitoring and management solutions, such as Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), System Center, Operations Management Suite, Intune, or Azure Stack.

Supported operating systems:-

  • Windows 10 client
  • Windows Server 2012 or newer

FAQ - click here
To download - click here
To know more - click here


Ebook - Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Interested to find the right balance and price MSP services fairly, sustainably, and of course, profitable! This ebook takes MSPs through the steps needed to find the right price points for the services they provide.

Learn how to:
  • Understand what influences your price point
  • Calculate the actual cost of providing the service
  • Construct value-based prices
To download ebook - Click here

To learn more about MSP, feel free to visit

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Webinar: Ben Armstrong AMA on Containers



Think containers are just for developers? Think again. Containers have recently gained massive industry adoption and many IT pros are now being asked to support this new disruptive technology. Are you in the know?

Join us on April 24th for a very special webinar with the co-creator of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s very own Ben Armstrong. Andy Syrewicze from Altaro will be moderating this AMA-styled webinar with Ben to answer all your burning questions about containers in the Microsoft ecosystem.

The discussion will include:

Industry adoption of containers

  • Container and micro-services examples
  • Best practices for deployment
  • The future of containers
This webinar is a rare chance to ask your technology questions directly to Ben Armstrong drawing on special insights from the inner workings of Microsoft and over 20 years of experience working with operating systems and virtualization. It’s an opportunity you cannot miss!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday April 24th 2018

Webinar presented live twice
  • Session 1: 4pm CEST
  • Session 2: 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
To register, please click here

Upload your questions to Ben through social media in the coming days until the webinar and include #AskBenArmstrong hashtag, so he’ll be able to see them!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Archiving to Microsoft Azure

In this post, we are going to look into how to replace traditional physical tape and use the public cloud to store long-term archival data. We will look into using Microsoft Azure Storage - Cool Storage Tier. Currently when writing this post Archive Storage Tier is not available in South East Asia Region.

Microsoft Azure Blob storage is divided into 3 tier
a) Hot Tier - optimize to store data that frequent use
b) Cool Tier - storing data that is infrequent access and stored for at least 30 days
c) Archive Tier - optimize to store data that is rarely accessed and stored for at least 180 days

To calculate the cost of Azure Blob Storage according to tier, you can refer to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/blobs/

[Environment]

  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Starwind VTL

[Pre-requisite]
1. Go to Azure Market Place, deploy Starwind VTL Appliance

2. Setup site to site vpn between on-premise and Microsoft Azure
3. Create new Azure Storage, upgrade it to v2 (Storage | Configuration | Upgrade)


Set to Cool  Access Tier

4. Add a new data disk into the VTL and point to Cool Access Tier Storage


[ Configure Starwind VTL]

1. Add Tapes and point it to Data Disk (where Cool Access Tier Storage) is located



[Configure Veeam Backup and Replication]

1. Use iscsi initiator and connect to VTL which located in Microsoft Azure.
2. Rescan your tape server and able to see drive & tape



3. Create a GFS Media Pool which the setting : Weekly -4, Monthly - 12, Yearly - 1
This pool has the retention:-

  • 4 weekly
  • 12 monthly
  • 1 yearly

4. To protect the tape store in cloud, configure to use encryption and define the password.



5. Create a Tape Job and run the backup.


Lastly, backup successful transfer to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage (Cool Access Tier) using VTL.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Failed to create persistent connection to ADMIN$ Error

Encountered an error message "Failed to create a persistent connection to ADMIN$" when try to add managed server become a proxy. Particular Proxy is a stand-alone and not join to the domain.

Product:- Veeam Backup & Replication

[Resolution]
Try to disable UAC from registry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

Create a DWORD value called LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy and assign it a value of 1.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Part 2-Setting Up DR Orchestration Using Veeam Availability Orchestrator

Ready for Part 2...
In previous post we have look into how to configure VAO. Next, we will start to use VAO.

BUILD


  • Start by build a failover plan with one VM
  • Create a failover plan by selecting VM Group
  • Assign step that you want it to perform. 
  • In VAO, have several step that you can use and few test to perform for Microsoft workload.

Example:-

  • Shutdown VM
  • Process Replica VM
  • Verify SQL Database
  • Verify SQL Port

etc...

To backup VM after failover, select Template Job that you have created in Part 1.

Once created a failover plan, you can perform "Run Readiness Check" to verify that step is working fine.


Once  verification passed, you can add more VM Group

TEST

Next step is to put the DR Plan to test in isolated environment. You can manual run or schedule to run a test.


On VAO UI, you can view the test status




On Veeam Console, you can view from history


DOCUMENT 

Lastly, you can generate report. Here is one of the sample report on readiness check report.

That's all for today. Give VAO a try if you're interested to orchestrate DR Plan.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Part 1-Setting Up DR Orchestration Using Veeam Availability Orchestrator

In this post we are going to look into how to build DR orchestrate using Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VAO).

VAO is an add-on for Veeam Availability Suite to orchestrate disaster recovery task, allowing DR plan creation, testing and execution and documentation in Vmware vSphere environment.

At this moment, it won't work for Hyper-V environment.

You can use VAO to



[Pre-requisite]
  • Environment :- Vmware 5.x, 6.x
  • Vcenter with vm tag
  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 update 3 -Enterprise Plus
  • Installation of the VAO server on a machine already running Veeam products is not supported
  • SQL Server
[Lab Environment]
  • Single VAO environment - mean multiple Production sites, but one DR site
  • Install VAO on a single server
    • will install embedded VBR 
    • will install embedded Veeam One
    • VAO components
  • Use SQL Express


[Access VAO Server]

Use browser to access VAO UI:
https://<vao server>:9898




Once access, you can follow the configuration wizard to perform initial configuration.
1st step, set as DR site for 1st VAO Installation.


You can set initial setting to connect to standalone VBR Server & Vcenter. Else skip first.
To add these settings later, you can use the wizard to configure.

STEP 1:- Connect to Infrastructure

  • Connect to VBR Server to inventory Veeam data
  • Connect to vCenter to inventory Vmware vsphere infrastructure object


STEP 2:- Manage Access
Then enable the component before it visible for use.

  • Enable VM Group

















  • Enable Plan Steps




















  • Enable Credential




















  • Enable Virtual Lab

 After you create a virtual lab on any Veeam Backup & Replication server in the DR VAO site, VAO will discover the virtual lab and make it available in the VAO UI.

VAO will not discover virtual lab which located in Production Site.



  • Enable Templates Job

To protect VM included in the plan after failover, you need to create a backup job at the DR Site.
Criteria:-
a) Create an empty folder in VM & templates - in VCenter
b) put [VAO Template] text in Job description


c) Select the folder that you've created earlier


d) The backup job must not contain any VMs

After job created, VAO will collect and display in the VAO UI.



STEP 3:- Add Users to Roles

We assigned Domain Admins Group with the role: Site Administrators.

STEP 4: Configure an email notification



That should do the trick. We have complete setup VAO and ready for use.
Stay tuned for Part 2- Click here (ready soon)