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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Altaro Office 365 Backup



Altaro launches new solution incorporating secure storage and centralized backup management: Altaro Office 365 Backup


Altaro Office 365 Backup enables customers to back up and restore all their company's Office 365 mailboxes on an annual subscription. It automatically backs up Office 365 mailboxes to a secure cloud backup location on Altaro's Microsoft Azure infrastructure and enables users to centrally manage and monitor their backups through a cloud-based management console.

Altaro successfully entered the Office 365 backup market a few months ago with its solution that enables managed service providers (MSPs) to provide their customers with Office 365 backup, recovery and mailbox backup storage services. The channel-focused company is now also extending this offering for use by businesses and organizations who do not wish to subscribe to an MSP model, and to the IT consultants and resellers that service them.

A central component of data protection strategies
As part of their data protection strategy, it is crucial that businesses back up their Office 365 mailboxes: Microsoft does not back up Office 365 subscriber data, so companies risk losing critical data due to malicious or accidental incidents, such as mailbox deletion and malware attacks.
Altaro's latest solution meets this need by providing customers with reliable and constant backup and recovery services for Office 365 mailboxes – emails, attachments, contacts and calendars – coupled with automatic storage to Altaro's Azure infrastructure.

Convenient, fuss-free Office 365 backup and recovery
For one all-inclusive annual or multi-year fee, Altaro Office 365 Backup customers receive backup and recovery services, backup storage services, access to the cloud console for centralized backups management, and outstanding 24/7 support from a team of experts.
This means customers can avoid the headache and expense of setting up local storage infrastructure or software to save backups to. Additionally, thanks to the product automatically backing up the mailboxes several times per day, customers can literally set it and forget it.

Combatting Office 365 data loss risks
"Many Office 365 subscribers wrongly assume that their data is backed up as part of the Microsoft package – but this is not the case, as Office 365 was not intended to be a data protection tool. This means several organizations out there are currently vulnerable to data loss risks," said David Vella, Altaro CEO.

"This is where Altaro Office 365 Backup comes in, providing robust backup, recovery, and backup storage and management services that customers can rely on," he explained. "We've built on our backup expertise and proven track record in the industry to help set Office 365 subscribers' minds at rest."

Free trial 
Resellers, consultants and organizations wishing to try the solution can do so for free and with no commitment for 30 days, by registering here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Assign Static IP to Veeam PN ver2

By default, Veeam PN ver2 will use dhcp. In case you want to change to use static ip address, you can do so by using netplan command.

Use the following command:

sudo nano /etc/netplan/01-netcfg.yaml


Change the settings from nano editor


To save : Press CTRL + O
To exit : Press CTRL + X

To test the settings, use the following command:
sudo netplan try

Make sure no error message appear.

If encounter an error message, use debug
sudo netplan -debug generate

Once no error, apply the changes
sudo netplan apply

Restart the server if require for changes to take plan.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Point to Site VPN Scenario Using Veeam PN v2

In this post, we are going to look point to site vpn scenario using Veeam PN ver2 [released May 2019]. My scenario consists of two sites
a) Primary Site
b) Remote Site - with only a server which require backup data to store at primary site. This site do not have firewall to configure site to site vpn. In order for us to transfer backup data back to primary site, we will use Veeam PN.

Veeam® PN (Powered Network) is a FREE, easy-to-use, lightweight software defined networking (SDN) tool designed to simplify and orchestrate VPN networking and configuration tasks, eliminating manual networking connectivity and complicated VPN installation procedures.

Administrators can create, configure and connect site-to-site or point-to-site VPN tunnels through an intuitive UI within a few clicks.


[Environment]
1. Primary site

  • Veeam Backup Server & Repository roles
  • Veeam PN deployed on Vmware platform. Download from here. Import the ovf.
  • Use browser to access Veeam PN. Make sure, you've dhcp in your environment. To check your ip, login to veeamPN from vmware console.
  • Default authentication:
    • root
    • VeeamPN



2. Remote Site
A windows Server installed with Open VPN Client

[Configuration Veeam PN]

The first step is configure network hub. The network hub is the core component in the VPN infrastructure that provides VPN connections and services to remote sites and users. All traffic in the VPN is routed through the network hub.


Veeam PN uses a self-signed SSL certificate to ensure secure data communication in the VPN. Specify the certificate key length.

Self signed certificate has been created


Enter the network hub public ip and enable type of VPN configuration. We enabled Site to site vpn and point to site VPN. Take note on the UDP port 1194 and 6179. This port require to open from firewall.

In this lab, we are using dynamic DNS to map to our public ip address


Once complete the initial configuration.
Let start by add a new client.


Since we are testing point to site VPN and only have one remote computer. Let select Standalone computer.


After done on add a client, download openvpn client & import the configuration file


[Primary Site Firewall]

On firewall, enable port forwarding to open port UDP 1194 and 6179


[On Remote Site- Computer]

Configuration imported, you can connect using OpenVPN



[Check result]

From VeeamPN UI, client is connected



Client able to ping primary site Veeam Repository Server.
Configure backup and point backup data to Veeam Repository Server @ Primary Site

Below is the result of successful backup


VeeamPN able to view data transmitted using VPN tunnel.


That's concluded our simple test without require to setup complex VPN tunnel for two different sites.




Monday, May 20, 2019

Different Scenario for Veeam VM Replication

In this post, we are going to look on different scenario that you can use on Veeam VM Replication either on Vmware or Hyper-V Platform

Veeam included with backup & replication features. On vm replication, by default it provide async replication from Site 1 to Site 2. This is typical supported deployment & need to use same hypervisor platform.

Hyper-V -> Hyper-V
Vmware -> Vmware

Default Scenario

1. Production VM from Site 1 replicate to Site 2.
2. Site 2 VM is a replica VM in offline state



Result: No error reported by Veeam. Able to perform failover and failback

Scenario 1 : One Source to many

1. Production VM from Site 1 replicate to Site 2
2. Production VM from Site 1 replicate to Site 3





Result: No error reported by Veeam. VM able to replicate to target side.

Note:- Make sure both vm replication scheduling is not running at the same time. You need to configure different time & does not conflict each other.

Scenario 2: One source to one target & replicate back to source

1. Production VM from Site 1 replicate to Site 2 (Vm_Replica)
2. VM_Replica from Site 2 replicate back to Site 1 (VM_replica_replica)
3. Configure different scheduling & does not conflict with existing schedule.

This approach is because customer do not want to overwrite existing production VM. VM_Replica from Site 2 is replicate back to Site 1 as VM_Replica_Replica. Customer want fast replicate to Site 1 rather than wait for failback synchronization.




Result:
1. Able to replicate from Site 1 to Site 2
2. Site 2 replicate back to Site 1. Will encountered an error "Changed block tracking is not enabled. one or more snapshot present." Warning message but replication is successful. Tested with data changes.



Not recommend scenario & must practice in caution especially failover/failback.

Scenario 3: One Source to Target, One Target to another Target

1. Production VM from Site 1 replicate to Site 2 (Vm_Replica)
2. VM_Replica from Site 2 replicate to Site 3 (VM_replica_replica)
3. Configure different scheduling & does not conflict with existing schedule.

Normally customer want to have another replica copy to different site but does not want to impact on production Site.





Result:
1. Able to replicate from Site 1 to Site 2
2. Site 2 able to replicate to Site 3. Will encountered an error "Changed block tracking is not enabled. one or more snapshot present." Warning message but replication is successful. Tested with data changes.



Not recommend scenario & must practice in caution especially failover/failback.

Above are few test scenario that i've performed, no guarantee it will work since CBT cannot be enabled for Scenario 2 and 3.

Good luck on your testing!



Friday, May 3, 2019

VMCE Unofficial Study Guide

Anyone study for VMCE (Veeam Certified Engineer)?

If yes, you may interest on getting on unofficial study guide ebook for free.



This book covered:
  • Chapter 1: What is the VMCE?
  • Chapter 2: What are the benefits of the VMCE
  • Chapter 3: What is the VMCE course?
  • Chapter 4: What is the VMCE exam?
  • Chapter 5: What don’t you need to study?
  • Chapter 6: What should you study?
  • Chapter 7: Module Guide
  • Study Guide - Module 1: Overview
  • Study Guide - Module 2: Deployment
  • Study Guide - Module 3: Initial Configuration
  • Study Guide - Module 4: Protect
  • Study Guide - Module 5: Entire VM Recovery
  • Study Guide - Module 6: Objects Recovery
  • Study Guide - Module 7: Verification
  • Study Guide - Module 8: Introduction to Agents
  • Study Guide - Module 9: Advanced Data Protection
  • Study Guide - Module 10: Veeam ONE Features and Functionality
  • Study Guide - Module 11: Product Editions
  • Study Guide - Module 12: Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 7: What else?
  • Chapter 8: Certification Maintenance
  • Chapter 9: What’s next
  • Chapter 10: Concept Checks and Practice Tests Solutions

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

How to mine Raven Coin Using Nvidia?

In this post, we are going to look on how to mine Raven Coin (RVN). One of my hobby nowadays to explore on mining cryptocurrency.

To do so, you need GPU. I'm using Nvidia GTX 1050 ti + GTX 1060.

 [ Before mining ] 
1. Get a ravencoin wallet. Download app from Google Playstore. Click here
After register you will get RVN address. Example: RWigUa9GzhaLiQdvLZHyhiTMrE9NgUdKzd


2. Download miner software. After several comparison with Ravenminer and Z-Enemy, i prefer to use Z-Enemy as it give more hashrate.
Click here to download Z-Enemy. Modify the batch file and put your RVN address



3. Select pool to mine. I'm using raverminer pool: https://www.ravenminer.com

[ After mining ]
4. Run the batch file. It should start to mine. Output displayed:

5. On pool side, go to ravenminer.com, select Wallet and enter your RVN address
You can view your miner hashrate and your balance.

Final result:

Minimum payout is RVN 5. They will do payout every 3hours. 0.5 RVN payout only happen on every sunday.

Enjoy your mining experience!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Configure Tiering Backup Data to Alibaba OSS

In this post, we are going to configure to add Alibaba OSS (Object Storage Service) by using Veeam. You can add S3 Compatible Storage to add the Alibaba OSS. Ages backup data from on-prem can tier to Alibaba OSS by using Veeam.


 EnjoY!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Webinar - Cloud Tier to Microsoft Azure

Conducted a webinar session on 15 March 201. Attended by 10 pax during an online session.

In this session, i've talked about moving your backup data to public cloud. I have used Microsoft Azure blob storage as an example on concept, use case scenario & configuration.




Enjoy!