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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Webinar :- Demystifying Windows Server 2016 Licensing

Do you want to know about Windows Server 2016 Licensing?

Feel free to attend the webinar about Windows Server 2016 Licensing with Andy Syrewicze and Thomas Maurer. They will go through Windows Server 2016 own set of licensing rules and guidelines.

http://www.altaro.com/hyper-v-backup/webinars/demystifying-windows-server-2016-licensing.php

Webinar subscribers also get an early preview of our new Windows Server 2016 Licensing Guide ebook! So you don't need to wait for the January release

Target date: - 29 Nov 2016

Check it out!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ebook - Supercharging Hyper-V Performance

Hey folk,

Interested on free ebook to learn more about Hyper-V Performance fine tuning?


The book is divided into two (2) parts:-

  • Diagnosing & remediating Performance issues
  • Planning is better than remediating
Just 24 pages! Interested, please go to here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

GA: - Veeam Availability Suite 9.5

VAS 9.5 has GA !

Veeam® Availability Suite9.5 builds even further on a number of enterprise enhancements that were introduced in v9 last January to help customers meet today’s service-level objectives by enabling the recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes. With this release, 9.5 introduces over 175 new features and enhancements to deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™.

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 includes the following new capabilities:

·        Enterprise Scalability Enhancements to help users scale more efficiently and effectively, regardless of environment size and the number of VMs
·        Advanced ReFS Integration offering greater performance and capacity efficiencies for large-scale datasets while ensuring backup data resiliency and the protection of business critical applications
·        FULL integration with Microsoft 2016 data center technologies to help users modernize their private cloud platforms and enterprise applications
·        Direct restore to Microsoft Azure to optimize resource allocation and help users gain new DR options with cloud restore for ANY Veeam backup to Azure
·        Integration with Nimble Storage snapshots to help Nimble users reduce the impact on their production environments and achieve lower RTPOs
·        VMware vCloud Director Support to simplify management and increase efficiency for service providers by empowering tenants with self-service backup and restore capabilities

And much more, including chargeback and billing for virtual and backup infrastructures in Veeam ONE 9.5! For more info, please go to https://www.veeam.com/data-center-availability-suite.html

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Build Nano Server Using Nano Server Image Builder Tool

Time for us to build nano server, the easier way by using Nano Server Image Builder.

To do so, you need

Start the builder!
Here is quick screenshot:-
(a) 2 options - create an virtual image or to bootable USB media.

I just select "Nano Server Image" as i am going to use on my lab environment.

p/s:- click the image to view in large mode



(b) Enter Windows Server 2016 iso

(c) Select Virtual machine image, output name, size and log 



(d) Select Nano server edition & select packages to deploy. I'm selecting Hyper-V roles.
Now it is much more easier.


(e) any driver. Just add-on


(f) enter nano computer name & administrator password


(g) Select join to domain and enter domain name


(h) Put network information.


(i) Finally click "Create Nano Server image"




It will take the builder to create an image. Without you realise, it will complete within few minutes.

Give it a try! Enjoy!



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Restore Linux Data on Microsoft Azure Using Veeam Agent

Contacted by customer. They have Linux workload on-premise & would like to use Microsoft Azure as DR site.

Requirement:-
  • Linux workload on-premise
  • Use Microsoft Azure -Compute VM as DR site
  • Able to restore data backup from on-premise/Azure
  • No recovery of virtual machine. Just data
  • Linux Azure VM has created with application without latest data
p/s:-click on image to view in large mode

Here is my proposal:-

  • Veeam Agent for Linux install on Linux physical/Linux VM. Configure to backup and store into Veeam Repository
  • Use Centralize Veeam Repository to store backup data. Customer able to restore on-premise & Azure Linux VM.
  • Configure Backup Copy Job to Veeam Repository on MS Azure. This will copy backup data to MS Azure via site to site VPN. Customer will have a copy of data on-premise & a copy of data on MS Azure.
When disaster happen,

a) customer can restore from on-premise or
b) customer can restore from MS Azure or
c) Use Veeam Explorer on-premise to restore item level recovery. Must have FLR appliance on-premise hypervisor.


Let look into situation that we want to use MS Azure VM as a place where entire production site is down. Here is the configuration that you need to configure:

1. Initially has export Veeam Configuration from Linux on-premise using cmdline- "veeamconfig config export --file config.txt


2. Install Veeam Agent on MS Azure Linux VM. 
3. Transfer the configuration to MS Azure Linux VM. Don't import first.
4. Pres C to configure a dummy backup job with this settings: 
  • Use different backup job name than the original name.
  • Use VBR as Destination
  • Choose Repository - (Veeam Repository at MS Azure) - location where backup copy job data is stored.
  • Uncheck "Run the job automatically"





You also can configure backup repository from cmdline:- veeamconfig repository


We just create a dummy backup job so it is connected to Veeam Backup Repository to get the backup data.

Then import the Veeam Backup Configuration file - veeamconfig config import --file config.txt



  • Open Veeam Console by type command "veeam"
  • Press "R" to recover file
  • You able to view your previous backup job and you can start to restore the file.


To learn more on Veeam Agent for Linux, feel free to check out:-

Firewall Ports When Restore SQL Database Using Veeam Explorer

Been playing around for the past a week on firewall policy in my lab environment. Documented here in case anyone need any assistance/facing the similar situation.

The scenario was:-

  • firewall in between different subnet/vlan
  • application (SQL server) is located in 10.0.0.0/24
  • Veeam Backup Server (VBR+Proxy+repository) located in 192.168.0.0/24
  • ESX host located in 192.168.0.0/24
Customer having problem when using Veeam Explorer to recover a database back to SQL Server located in 10.0.0.0/24

Found that firewall is blocking traffic between 192.168.0.0/24 and 10.0.0.0/24.

Here is the finding on firewall ports that need to open when 

a) Using Veeam Explorer on Veeam Backup Server

VBR -> SQL
TCP/ 1433
TCP/UDP 135
TCP/UDP 445
TCP/ 1025
TCP/ 137-139
TCP/49191
TCP 6160 -6170
UDP 137-138

SQL -> VBR
TCP 3260-3270
TCP 49191

p/s: Click on image to view in large mode.



b) Using Veeam Explorer on same subnet as SQL Server (10.0.0.0/24). Staging Server point to SQL VM


Remote Veeam Explorer ->VBR
TCP/ 9392
TCP/ 9401

VBR -> SQL
TCP/6160 -6170

SQL -> VBR
TCP/3260 -3262

p/s: Click on image to view in large mode.


Note:- 
We notice during SQL Database restore, there are traffic SQL -> AD (dynamic ports)

Do take note that above firewall policy is based on my lab environment testing. Do test on your environment and view the log firewall to get the accurate result.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tear down IT silos and improve your IT Operations: FREE Webinar

Join Savision’s free webinar on Wednesday, November 30th at 9 AM CST (US) | 4 PM CET (EU) on IT Maturity and find out how to tear down IT Silos by addressing the human side of IT Operations. The webinar will be hosted by Microsoft MVPs Kerrie Meyler and John Joyner.

Highlights of the webinar will include:
  •        Defining Infrastructure and Operational Maturity 
  •         How the People, Process, and Technology Triangle relate to Business Value and Business Management
  •         The Six levels of Infrastructure and Operational Maturity



Don’t miss out on this webinar. Register here