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Friday, October 28, 2016

Slide:- In Conversation With Veeam During Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 Launch, Malaysia

Yesterday was a great day during Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 Launch at Malaysia.

  • Date:- 27 Oct 2016
  • Time :- 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
  • Venue: Hotel Intercontinental, Malaysia
  • Attendees:- 400+

I was given an opportunities to be on stage together with Microsoft, Citrix, Dell, HPE, Intel. Each of us are given 3 questions to respond.

  • Session:- Joint Panel Conversation With Platinum Partner Ecosystem
  • Time:- 11.15 am - 12.30 pm

Here is my 3 questions & answer:-

Q1. Why is Windows Server 2016 important to Veeam?
Q2. What is your top thought around business continuity?
Q3. What is one thing you would say to a customer who is not ready for disaster recovery?

Please view the slide above for the answer. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Instant Recovery For Physical and Laptop To Hyper-V

Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) has features called "Instant VM Recovery" which allow you to mount the backup data to hypervisor and boot VM without restore the system. This ensure availability for the system. Instant VM Recovery is work on virtualization platform.

How about Physical Server or Workstation availability?

Most people will use backup and restore method. But it take longer to bring up the system when
  • hardware faulty
  • legacy hardware - no spare part
  • loss of laptop

Veeam Agent allow you to backup and restore physical server, workstation and cloud virtual machine.

With new enhancement on Veeam Backup and Replication v9.5, you can use Instant Recovery to ensure availability of the system while waiting for hardware replacement.

Learn more on how to integrate Veeam Agent/Endpoint with Veeam Backup and Replication:

  • To start with, you install Veeam endpoint/Agent for Windows into physical server
  • Backup entire volume to Veeam Repository [ Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication]
  • When disaster happen, without restore/ new hardware, you can initiate "Instant Recovery' from Veeam Console.
  • Select a Hyper-V Host in your environment where backup data is mount to.Backup data on Veeam Repository is mounted to target Hyper-V Host.

If you don't have Hyper-V host, don't worry. Just install Hyper-V roles on Veeam Backup Server.
Below screenshot is how to initiate "Instant Recovery to Hyper-V VM"

Cool right! We able to bring up the system within 1-2 minutes.

Powershell Direct in Action

Powershell Direct is one of the feature in Windows Server 2016 which allow you to interact with guest VM from the host without any firewall or network requirement. The best part is without remote management configuration.

In previous post, we have talked about it here:-

With Powershell Direct feature, we able to execute powershell command and communicate  to guest VM from the Hyper-V Host.

How about leverage on Powershell Direct to backup application aware processing without
  • network communication
  • firewall configuration
  • remote configuration management
This is useful especially your test environment is not connected to network but want to able to execute powershell command or backup application data. Check out below on how to use Powershell Direct in action.

Our test scenario:-
  • Hyper-V Host running Windows Server 2016
  • Guest VM running Windows Server 2016 with network disconnected

  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 to backup VM.
  • Enable Application Aware Processing
  • Enable Guest File System Indexing

Start backup the VM

Without Powershell Direct, your backup job will fail because it cannot communicate to guest VM via network to backup application aware processing data .

However, with Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5, backup job has completed 100% without any error. From history, we able to see that the system has failed over to use Powershell Direct to complete the backup.

Monday, October 3, 2016

FREE Webinar: OMS or OMG? Demystifying Operations Management Suite

Are you already using Operations Management Suite (OMS)?

Many organizations have already deployed OMS or are planning to start using it soon. If you are already using OMS or are planning to deploy it in your IT environment in the near future, you cannot miss Savision's upcoming webinar presented by Microsoft MVP Stanislav Zhelyaskov.

The webinar's highlights include:
  • Looking at OMS from a different angle
  • What is Log Analytics?
  • Tips and tricks from the field
  • Deep dives into analyzing and presenting data
  • How to harvest the power of OMS
  • Live demos, and much more!

The webinar will take place on:
Tuesday, October 25th at 10AM EST (US) | 4PM CEST (EU)

To register, click here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ignite:- What's New in Windows Server 2016 Virtualization?

Miss the Microsoft Ignite 2016 and would like to know latest news about Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V?

No worry, you can view Ben session about "What's News in Windows Server 2016 Virtualization?" from below


Friday, September 23, 2016

Seeding Backup Copy Job

In order to achieve 3-2-1 rule, you can use "Backup copy Job" on Veeam to duplicate primary site backup data to remote site.

If you try using Veeam Console, you may not see the option to configure seeding on the User Interface. Seeding allow you to reduce the bandwidth use by having similar full copy set at DR and only sync the incremental changes.

Here is process to achieve seeding objective for Backup Copy Job:

1. Existing you have configure VM Backup Job on 1st Repository. (Consist full backup data & incremental)
2. Configure a Backup Copy Job to 2nd Repository. This will copy full copy & incremental to 2nd Repository.
3. Manually copy backup data from step 2 to Remote Site Repository which still at Primary Site. Once completed, you can ship this new repository to DR Site.
4. Rescan Remote Site Repository. Configure another backup copy job and map target to backup data from step 3

Below is the screen of backup data at Remote Site Repository
  • VBK (full copy) - 1st Backup Copy Job name
  • VIB  (incremental copy) - 2nd Backup Copy Job name

Below is the summary of backup copy job process. From here, no full copy of data is transfer to DR. Therefore, seeding process is successful and we able to save Internet bandwidth.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Backup and Recover Microsoft Office365

Well, you've start to use Microsoft Office365 in your environment for email messaging.

Then next question is how do you protect your daily email message? We try to google around & found Microsoft Technet:- Backup email in Exchange Online post.

In scenario like Datacenter failure, Microsoft use Exchange DAG to replicate mailbox to multiple databases in separate Microsoft datacenter.

In case of accidental delete data from mailbox, you can use Deleted Item recovery.

Question now is it still on the cloud. How to perform your own Office365 backup to on-premise.

Email on Office365 is still your data - you control it & it's your responsibility to protect it.

Good news folk! Veeam just released a beta version of "Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office365"


With Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office365 you can securely backup Office365 email data back to your environment. Once backup, you can quicky recover individual mailbox items with best of breed granularity.

You can efficiently perform eDiscover of email archives.

When integrate with Veeam Backup & Replication, you can backup hybrid cloud environments and migrate mailbox data between Office365 & on-premise Exchange.

Now let have a look on how Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office365 in action....

Note:- Screenshot may be different when product release as GA.

Initial configuration will need to connect to Office365 in order to connect & perform backup. Just enter admin Office365 credential.


Right click on organization and select Backup

Select which mailboxes that you would like to backup. (all or selected mailbox)

Configure backup scheduling and click Finish to start backup.


Next step, you can perform recovery by selecting your restore point

It will open Veeam Explorer for Exchange which allow you to restore granular items.

That's all. Interested? Feel free to download beta from here-

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free E-Book: 3 Simple Steps to Radically Improve your IT Monitoring with SCOM

Find out how to radically improve your IT Monitoring with SCOM using Savision’s free E-Book. The E-book will help you if you are getting hundreds of SCOM alerts and if you are not getting complete visibility your IT environment. Learn how to get the information you need out of SCOM and present it to the right stakeholders.

Savision’s E-Book will show you how in 3 Simple Steps you can get the most out of your SCOM implementation.

You can download the e-book here.