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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Webinar: Office365 Monitoring and Dashboards in SCOM

With organizations transitioning to Office365 and moving their resources in the Cloud, IT Professionals started looking more and more into the possibility of having better visibility on their Office365 environment in SCOM.
NiCE-IT Management Solutions has recently released the new O365 Management pack, a highly anticipated software necessary for transitioning from Exchange and other on-premise services into Azure O365.
Join the webinar hosted with Nice-IT and learn how to:  
  • Live Maps, our powerful dashboarding solution that integrates with SCOM and OMS
    Deploy Nice-IT Management Pack for O365
    Monitor your O365 subscription and display in Live Maps dashboards
Our hosts Justin Boerrigter (Savision) and Christian Heitkamp (NiCE-IT Management Solutions) will walk you through a use case demo for specific scenarios as well.

Sign up now and mark your calendar for:
13 December
Europe 16:00 CET
North America 10:00 EST

Friday, November 17, 2017

Verify Backup Data to Avoid Silent Data Corruption in Backup Chain

How to avoid data corruption due to unavoidance circumstance due to hardware failure which use to keep your backup data?

You backup data may corrupt in the middle of the backup chain. Example:-

  • Full copy - Sunday
  • Incremental - Monday
  • Incremental - Tuesday
  • Incremental - Wednesday
  • Incremental - Thursday
  • Incremental - Friday
  • Incremental - Saturday
Corruption on Wednesday! :(

Accident due happen and you may not realize that your backup chain consists of corruption. It can be
Mechanical wear for tape or hard drives.

If you're using Veeam Backup & Replication, there are few things that you should do to avoid silent data corruption.

1. Modify Backup Job to "perform files health check (detects and auto heal corruption) based on schedule basic. [Under Maintenance Tab | Storage Level Corruption Guard]

 2. Create Surebackup Job to perform verification of your backup. You can enable "Validate entire virtual disk content (detect silent data corruption) [ Under Settings]

3. Use Veeam Validator to check your existing backup chain. Please refer to KB 2086:-

It is essential best practice to implement the 3-2-1 rule and always make 3 copies of data, store it on 2 different media and keep 1 copy on the disaster recovery site to avoid situations similar to the current one.

Hope this help.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Error 41106: Failed to Join the Availability Group for SQL Always On

If you encountered the following error when add replica to Availability Group

Error 41106

Try to turn off Windows firewall on both nodes. Open "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security".
Turn off Domain Profile
Turn off Private Profile
Turn off Public Profile

Retry to add again. Now you should be successful.

To open windows firewall traffic, create a new inbound rule | Add Port | 5022 | TCP | Apply to specific local ports: 5022

That should do the trick! 

Hope this work

Setup SQL Always On

Let build a SQL Always On...

Just follow the following steps to configure a high availability SQL Always On.

  • Node running Windows Server 2016
  • SQL Server 2012


1. Create a Windows Failover Cluster. Example 2 nodes

  • Node1
  • Node2

2. Install default standalone SQL instance on both nodes
3. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager, edit the Properties of SQL Server (MSSQLServer). On AlwaysOn High Availability tab, tick "Enable AlwaysOn Availability Groups and restart sql services

4. Open SQL Server Management Studio and Connect to SQL Server Instance
5. Create a new database first. Make sure that have performed a full database backup
5. Create a new availability group. Go to AlwaysOn High Availability | Availability Group | New Availability Group Wizard.

To create an availability group, you will need to:

  • specify an availability group name

  • select one or more user database

  • specify one or more instance of SQL Server to host secondary availability replicas

-Add Replica ->Select Node2
-Configure automatic failover
-set the synchronous commit
-set readable secondary

  • specify your availability group listener preference

  • select your initial data synchronization preference

-shared a folder.Make sure both nodes has Write permission Example:-

  • check the validation result of availability group creation

This will create and configure the SQL Always On Availability Group and join the database.

End result:-

Force Cluster Node from Quarantine to Normal State

By default, cluster node running on Windows Server 2016 enter to quarantine state when the node connectivity has an issue. The lock period is 7200 sec. (that will be 120 minutes).

To force the node to normal state, on quarantine node open Windows powershell to execute cmd
Start-ClusterNode - ClearQuarantine

Quarantine node will back to normal ("UP") status

If problem persist, please check on event viewer to identify the potential issue.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Uninstall Veeam Agent for Linux

The following is the command to remove Veeam Agent for Linux that install on Centos/RHEL/Oracle Linux/Fedora workload

yum remove veeam veeamsnap

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sneak Peak Project Honolulu-Web Based Management Solution

Project Honolulu is a new web-based management solution from Microsoft, build to modernize and simplify administration of your Windows datacenter. Currently under technical preview, to download click here:-

After installation, you can start to Add Server that you would like to manage.

Added 3 servers: two running Windows Server 2016 and one running Windows Server 2016 Build 1709.

Based on our testing, we can manage the server, monitor performance utilization & basic administration.
Example:- Join to domain, restart server, shutdown, etc

Example:- Initialize new disk
 Example:- Format a volume
 Example:- Install Roles & Features
During our testing, the product is missing on the configuration of roles. Probably the product is still under "technical preview" & we may able to do it when the product is GA.

Give it a try if you're interested about this Project Honolulu.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Over SMB

In this post, we are going to look on how to perform backup Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Over SMB by using Veeam product. VM is residing on smb path.

My scenario:-

  • Host running Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
  • VM on SMB 3.1.1 Files Shares
  • Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 Update 2

To cut it short, we have documented the step by step on how to "Configure Hyper-V Over SMB" on this link:-

In below video, you able to see how Veeam use Resilient Change Tracking (RCT), natively on Windows Server 2016 to perform backup.

VM  run on SMB Path..........Passed
Full backup ..........................Passed
Incremental backup .............Passed

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Restore On-Premise Exchange Server and Office365

In Previous post, we have look on how to backup on-premise exchange server & office365. Next, we are going to use Veeam Backup for Office365 v1.5 to recover

a) Mail item (email)
b) Task
c) Perform ediscovery to locate user mailbox items

Feel free to check this video:-

My lab scenario:-
a) delete an email subject "Love letter from Lai"
b) delete 2 tasks
c) recover my email subject "Love letter from Lai"
d) recover 2 tasks
e) perform ediscovery by specify criteria to look for subject "love"

Backup On-Premise Exchange Server and Office365

In this post, we are looking on how to backup on-premise exchange server & office365 using Veeam backup for office365 v1.5 (VBO)

v1.5 is latest release which support hybrid environment. In below video, you can see how to configure
a) backup office365 mailbox
b) backup on-premise exchange server
c) Configure policy to backup entire mailbox or selected mailbox
d) exclude user mailbox that you do not want to backup
e) exclude mailbox folder from backup (example:-draft, deleted items, junk email, outbox, sync issue. in-place hold items & litidation hold items

the best part v1.5 able to support multi tenancy to backup different email domain.You can add new backup proxy and add multiple backup repository. The concept is sound familar like using Veeam Backup & replication. Service provider can now use this product as new service besides than BaaS or DraaS.

v1.5 also included with powershell and Restful API.

Public folder is now supported.

Lastly VBO v1.5, extended support include Office 365 U.S. Government (DoD and non-DoD), Office 365 Germany and Office 365 China.

Feel free to check below video:-

My lab scenario:-
a) On-premise exchange server running Exchange 2013
b) Office365 - domain:-

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slide:- 1 Availability, Any App, Any Data, Any Cloud

During Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Launching event @Malaysia, i have session on Cloud Infrastructure Track. During 45 minutes, i've talked about different scenario on

a) To the cloud
Scenario on move backup data to MS Azure & Migrate on-premise workload to MS Azure

b) From the cloud
Protecting Office365 using Veeam Backup for Office365 & sharing on latest version 1.5 which support multi-tenancy & hybrid environment:- Office365 & Exchange on-premise.

c) Within the cloud
Monitoring environment using System Center Operation Manager & MS OMS
Backup & Recovery Azure Virtual Machine
Centralize Monitoring
Backup & Recover MS Azure Stack


Booth Demo - Backup Solution on Microsoft Azure Stack

During Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Launching event @Malaysia, together with HPE team, we have presented about backup solution on MS Azure Stack.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Manage Microsoft Azure Storage

Hi folk,

If you are interested in managing  Microsoft Azure Storage or Azure Stack, you can try to use Storage Explorer tool. The Installer is available for Windows, Macintosh & Linux platform.

Once installed, you can add Azure account for Azure, Azure China, Azure Germany or Azure Stack.

Example, we have added "Azure".

From there you can manage blob storage, queue storage, table storage & file storage. Do check it out!

To download, click here

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Configure Large Scale Veeam Agent for Windows (VAW) Deployment

In this post, we are going to look on how to deploy Veeam Agent for Windows (VAW) on large scale environment. Example:- 10 computers or more.

If less than 10, we probably can deploy each of them manually. 
When more than 10, it would be better that we use script & group policy.

a) Domain environment
b) Workstation / Server joined to domain
c) Staging workstation / server

[ Preparation on Staging ]
1. On staging workstation/server, you need to manually install VAW and configure the backup policy & integrate to Veeam Backup Server
2. Use command line to export the policy using Veeam Agent Configurator
3. Execute C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\Veeam.Agent.Configurator.exe -export /f:C:\Veeam\Configuration.xml

4. Create a share folder, put Configuration.xml, VAW installer & license file into it

5. Write a script file and save it as script.bat
Script perform installing Veeam Agent, install product license & setting edition & lastly import the configuration.

@echo --- Installing VAW ---
\\veeam01\Vaw\VeeamAgentWindows_2.0.0.700.exe /silent /accepteula

@echo --- Installing Product License and Setting Edition ---

"C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\veeam.agent.configurator.exe" -license /f:"\\veeam01\vaw\veeam_agent_windows_nfr_2.lic" /w

@echo --- Importing Backup Job Configuration and Application Settings ---

"C:\Program Files\Veeam\Endpoint Backup\veeam.agent.configurator.exe" -import /f:"\\veeam01\Vaw\configuration.xml"

[On Domain Controller]
1. Create an OU
2. Put workstation/server into OU that you've created in step 1
3. Create a group policy and link to this OU
We are going to run the script after the workstation/server boot up.
4. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts (Startup/Shutdown).
 5. Click show files and copy the script.bat that you want to run in this location

6. Click Add & OK

7. Lastly perform group policy update & reboot the server.

[ Verification ]
After reboot, VAW has installed to the target and on Veeam Backup Server, you able to view new policy.

Easy right! Now we can put more workstation/server into the OU for large scale deployment.


Monday, August 28, 2017

ONLINE SESSION: IT is not SCOMplicated with OMS

Join Savision’s upcoming online session ‘IT is not SCOMplicated with OMS’. The online session will be hosted by Savision’s Technical Sales Manager, Justin Boerrigter and Microsoft MVP, Bob Cornelissen, and will focus on the new service mapping feature in OMS and how this fits together with SCOM.

Save the date for:

Don’t SCOMplicate your IT life! Register for the online session now and let MVP SCOM-Bob show you the way to service mapping. You will find out how to make sure your SCOM investment enhances your OMS data and learn how to provide your business with the insights you need to stay on top of your IT services.

The session will focus on: 
  • SCOM: Is anything happening?
  • OMS: Is it a real added value?
  • The Cloud and Hybrid Life
  •  Advanced Dashboards for SCOM + OMS: Using service-mapping to get better insights from your data
  • Live Demos and real-use cases from the field

 You can register for the session here:

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:

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
-Hyper-V Consideration - Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
-Vmware Consideration
-Offsite backup copy