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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Top Questions about SCOM + OMS

There is a lot of debate surrounding SCOM and OMS. The common belief is that OMS is competing against SCOM, and many people seem to think that OMS is still SCOM in the cloud, or that they are both doing the same thing. But is OMS the same as the Microsoft System Center Suite? Is OMS really a replacement for Microsoft System Center?
Savision’s newest eBook is written in collaboration with Microsoft MVPs Dieter Wijckmans and Thomas Maurer. It compiles the 5 top questions regarding SCOM and OMS, and provides you with the answer, directly from the experts. In this eBook, you will find out:
1- What is OMS?
2- Is OMS replacing System Center?
3- What are the main differences between SCOM and OMS?
4- Do you still need SCOM?
5- How can I get better insights from SCOM + OMS?

Download the free eBook to find out the answer to these questions: https://goo.gl/UGtxjU

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Slide:- Session on VeeamONMY Forum - Top 15 Easy Performance Optimization


During VeeamON Malaysia Forum on 25 July 2017, I've presented about "Top 15 Easy Performance Optimization". Area covered on
-Backup Method Consideration
-Transport Mode Consideration
-Repository Consideration
-Proxy Affinity
-ReFS
-Hyper-V Consideration - Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
-Vmware Consideration
-Offsite backup copy





Slide:- Session on VeeamONMY Forum - Veeam Availability Console


During VeeamON Malaysia Forum on 25 July 2017, i 've presented about "Veeam Availability Console" on five key area.




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Backup and Recover Oracle Database Using Veeam

In this post, we are going to show on how to backup oracle database & recover database using Veeam Explorer for Oracle.

[Pre-requisite]
Configure achieve log mode on oracle database before configure backup. Please refer to http://www.ms4u.info/2017/07/configure-oracle-archivelog-mode.html

[ Backup Configuration ]

On Guest Processing page,
1. tick "Enable Application aware processing"
2. On Guest OS Credential, enter local admin authentication

Click on Application button


On Oracle tab,
3. Enter Oracle account with SYSDBA credential (full right)
You can configure an additional setting on archived logs.
We set to backup log every 15 minutes for testing purpose.

Run backup and at the end, result will consists of:-
1. Virtual image backup
2. Transaction log backup


[ Recovery Configuration ]

Open Veeam Explorer for Oracle

 Before we start recovery, change setting to point to target server/staging server. Go to Top Left | Click Options

Enter target server
A - Target IP or Server Name
B - Enter local admin credential
C - Click browse to select Oracle Home.


If credential is correct, system will display result else you will get an error message " The Username or password is incorrect"




Here is the recovery process video:-


Enjoy!

Configure Oracle ArchiveLog Mode

In this post, we are going to configure archive log mode before backup Oracle database using Veeam Backup & Replication

Open SQL Command Line

Execute below command to configure archivelog mode



1. Connect to Oracle
connect / as sysdba

2. View database log mode
Select log_mode from v$database;

3. Shutdown the database before configure archivelog mode
Shutdown immediate

4. Startup the database in mount mode
startup mount

5. Set ArchiveLog mode
alter database archivelog
alter database open

6. View status. Should in Archivelog mode
Select log_mode from v$database;

End result:-

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Renewed : Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (2017-2018): Cloud & Data Center Management

Just got an email from Microsoft. Renewed for 8th year as MVP: Cloud & DataCenter Management.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Setup of a Disaster Recovery (DR) site in Microsoft Azure using Lightweight, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) - Part 2

In the previous post, we've talked about how to use Veeam PN to setup site to site VPN from on-premise to Microsoft Azure. Next, we will look on how remote client from external access the resources securely to DR Site (located at Microsoft Azure). To do, you need to download OpenVPN Client from here:-https://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/downloads.html

my lab scenario:-


[Scenario Point to Site VPN]
1. Power on Veeam PN Appliance (act as Network hub) on Microsoft Azure. We have temporary turn it off to save Azure credit. VM @ Microsoft Azure which has stopped (deallocated), do not incur compute charges except storage consumption)
2. Access to Veeam PN Appliance, create a new client. (Click on Clients | Standalone computer) and download the configuration file (user.ovpn)



3. From OpenVPN Client, import the configuration file

4. Click Connect


5. Once connected, try to access VM which located in Microsoft Azure using private IP.
Example: - RDP
You able to tracert & ping using private IP as well.



On Veeam PN - Network hub appliance, you can monitor the status mentioning client is "Connected"

That's concluded our testing on remote client access securely to DR located at Microsoft Azure using Veeam PN.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Setup of a Disaster Recovery (DR) site in Microsoft Azure using Lightweight, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) - Part 1

In this post, we are going to explore a lighweight software defined network (SDN) using Veeam PN to setup site to site VPN.

Veeam PN is a free Veeam solution that supplements the Veeam functionality of restore to Microsoft Azure and allows you to create a VPN connection between remote sites over the public network. You can use Veeam PN to implement the following scenarios:

  • Set up a site-to-site VPN between company offices and a Microsoft Azure network to which VMs restored in Microsoft Azure are connected.
  • Set up a point-to-site VPN between remote computers and a Microsoft Azure network to which VMs restored in Microsoft Azure are connected.
  • Allow remote users to get access to a company network through a Microsoft Azure network.

Veeam PN lets you set up VPN connections between Microsoft Azure networks and on-premises networks.

The solution is based on the OpenVPN technology and features a web-based interface that simplifies VPN configuration and administration.

In the VPN, all traffic between remote networks is routed over a secure communication channel — VPN tunnel. To establish a VPN tunnel, Veeam PN uses its appliances:
a) network hub - Network hub is the core of the VPN which is responsible for traffic routing, encryption, user management, authentication and so on.
b) site gateways- is a virtual appliance that establishes a secure connection with the network hub.


Here is my lab environment simple environment:-



[Scenario 1:- Site to Site VPN]
To configure S2S VPN, perform the following configuration:-

  • Deploy & configure Network Hub on Microsoft Azure


a) Network Hub Appliance in Microsoft Azure
Go to Azure MarketPlace:- https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/veeam.veeampn?tab=Overview
Using 192.168.20.0/24 Subnet on Microsoft Azure
Follow simple wizard to deploy the appliance from Azure MarketPlace. Once done, use the assigned public ip to access the appliance (https:\\veeampn public ip) & login using the credential which you've defined when create the appliance.

 This is how it look like after login in.


  • Register Veeam PN client
Go to Client
Click Add, select Entire Site
Enter Subnet 192.168.0.0/24 (on-premise subnet)

  • Deploy and Configure Site Gateway on on-premise

b) Site Gateway
Download free Veeam PN OVA package from https://www.veeam.com/cloud-disaster-recovery-azure.html and setup on-premise
Deploy it on-premise
Using 192.168.0.0/24 Subnet
Login to the virtual appliance using the following credential to get the ip address

  • username: root
  • password: VeeamPN

(use ifconfig cmd, the appliance is running on Ubuntu OS)

Use browser to login to https://veeamPN IP
Change the password
Initial configuration wizard will prompt
Select "Site Gateway"
Select the Configuration File that you've get it from Network Hub Appliance

  • Add static route for outgoing traffic on default gateway
Below result indicated that our traffic is still routed to old gateway (firewall). We need to add static route for any request to 192.168.20.0/24 should route to 192.168.0.253.



Use command "route add 192.168.20.0 mask 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.253"


Perform ping test to 192.168.20.5 (Azure VM). Result from tracert showing that traffic is now route to 192.168.0.253 (Veeam PN-Site Gateway Appliance)

Lastly, on Veeam PN (Network Hub @Microsoft Azure) dashboard is showing traffic in and out for both network.


That's concluded on our simple test on setting up site to site vpn between on-premise & Microsoft Azure using Veeam PN.

Interested to Part 2, please refer to here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Webinar :- How to Migrate to VMware for Hyper-V administrators

If you’re an IT Pro who started your virtualization training with Hyper-V but find yourself in a situation where you need to work on a VMware platform, this is the perfect webinar to get up to scratch.

Sometimes department priorities change, corp. policies change, or maybe company acquisitions are made, etc. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself having to adopt to a multiple hypervisor deployment or making a complete switch to VMware altogether, you’re going to have to get yourself educated, FAST.

This webinar will help you do just that.

It’s intended for Hyper-V administrators who are thinking of using vSphere for the first time, or have recently started using VMware's virtualization platform for the first time and are having issues acclimatizing to it.

Webinar schedule:-

  • Tuesday, June 27th 2017
  • Time for US attendees: (10am PDT / 1pm EDT)
  • Time for EU attendees: (2pm CEST)
To register, click here.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Online session: Combining monitoring and analytics with SCOM + OMS


Are you one of the many that are wondering if you can and should use SCOM and OMS together? There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of OMS and whether it will fully replace SCOM’s monitoring capabilities. To clear the air, Savision will hold a live online session: “Combining Monitoring & Analytics with SCOM and OMS”.

Hosted by Savision’s Support Manager – Chris Malay, the session will feature renowned Microsoft MVPs Thomas Maurer & Dieter Wijckmans, who will answer all your questions regarding SCOM & OMS.

The session will be held on Thursday, June 22nd at 4PM CEST | 10AM EDT | 9 AM CDT

 Discover:

  • What is new in OMS? | OMS Service Map | OMS Log Analytics
  • Is OMS a replacement for SCOM? | Why doesn’t OMS do monitoring? | Why do you still need SCOM?
  • How to get better insights from your data using advanced dashboards for SCOM + OMS
  • Demos and real-use cases from the field


Don’t miss out on this session. To register, click here.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tier to AWS Cloud Using Starwind Cloud VTL and Veeam

In this post, we are going to explore on how Starwind Cloud VTL and Veeam are better together for transfer backup data to AWS Public Cloud.

Concept is simple: Veeam B&R uses StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) to store backup files as emulated tapes in local cache and then VTL replicates these tapes to Amazon S3/Glacier. Amazon S3 Standard - Infrequent Access for long-lived, but less frequently accessed data, and Amazon Glacier for long-term archive.

The main StarWind advantage is performance; It writes backup files to local cache ten times faster than native Amazon VTL.


Let have a quick look on how the product in action...

To start, you can download Starwind Cloud VTL for AWS from here. Install the VTL on any VM/Veeam Backup Server.


Configure Starwind VTL:-

  • Add VTL Device
  • Specify the VTL store location
  • Select Device to Emulate. It will emulate HP MSL8096
  • Create new tape or fill up the empty tape.
  • You can only specify LTO 4 or LTO 5 (max size 1.5TB per tape)








Get AWS Account. For testing, you can sign up for Free Tier (up to a year) from https://aws.amazon.com/free/


  • Create a user (example:- vtladmin)
  • Get an access key and secret access key
  • Assign user to a group - AmazonS3FullAccess and AmazonGlacierFullAccess



Create S3 bucket. Point to region that you want.
I've selected Asia Pacific (Singapore).



 Configure Starwind VTL

Next step is configure Cloud Replication.

  • Define Access Key ID (refer to setting that you've on above step)
  • Define Secret Access Key
  • Define Region 
  • Define Bucket
Note:- Asia Pacific Region does not transition data from S3 to Glacier. Select other region if you want to tier to Glasier.





Specify your tape file retention settings:-

A. When start replication to cloud when tape moved from drive.
-can be immediate
-never replicate (offline)
- set days


B. Acton after data has replicated to cloud for local copy
- delete immediately
- never delete (local copy available)
- set days

C. Action when move to Glacier

 Now infrastructure is ready, Time to mounting VTL on backup host using iscsi initiator

  • Enter iscsi target where you've installed Starwind VTL


Download latest driver from https://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=MTX_7e9f343865d1445e92cfbaf0b1


On Veeam Backup Server

  • Perform rescan tape libraries
  • New tape library has added "HP MSL G3 Series 1070" with up to 4 drives & 96 tape available.
  • Make Tape as free
  • Create Simple Media Pool or GFS media pool (depend on your requirement)


Testing by create File to Tape Job
  • Tick Use Microsoft VSS
  • Eject media upon completion
  • Eject Export current media upon job completion
  • Run backup 


You can view tape backup status


After backup complete, tape will automatically moved to Media "Offline". You can view the content that you've backup previously.


On Starwind Management Console:-

  • Tape has moved to Offline Shelf
  • Tape indicated Local - None, Cloud - Yes. Mean local copy has removed and replicated to Cloud


On S3 bucket, able to view VTL tape that has successful replicated.


Testing restore by getting tape from AWS S3

  • On Offline Shelf, click the tape & select download.
  • Tape status - Local -Yes, Cloud - Yes . (mean has downloaded and able on local)
  • Tapes listed on Tapes




On Veeam B & R, inventory the tape. It will loaded into one of emulated drives.
Lastly, Restore. You can see your content and perform any recovery from the tape.


Starwind Cloud VTL for AWS benefits:-

  • Implementation of Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) backup strategy
  • Veeam Ready solution
  • Ability to “tier” backups between cloud storage with different performance and efficiency characteristics for maintaining low cost per GB without compromising RTO.

Give it a try. The product is now available for use. You can get Starwind VTL trial license and evaluate for 30 days.

Good Luck on your testing!