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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Perform Instant File Recovery on Azure VM

This features is currently under preview which called "Restore-as as Service". During our testing on Azure IaaS VM Backup, we found an option called "File Recovery (Preview). Instant Restore allow you to quickly mount recovery volumes, browse through it and recover items by simply copying from the recovery volumes to a destination of your choice.

To test this feature, remember to configure Azure IaaS VM Backup first. Refer to our previous post here:-

Video Summary:-
  • Execute File Recovery from Azure Portal
  • Copy the script into a Virtual Machine
  • Run the script
  • Copy your files
  • Unmount the disk after recovery
  • Need to download executable script, copy into VM and run it
  • Dismount from Azure Portal.
  • Limitation of recovery a files larger than 10GB. 

Configure Azure IaaS VM Backup

In this post, we will look on use Azure IaaS VM Backup to backup virtual machine resides on Microsoft Azure

Video Summary:-

  • Create Azure Recovery Vault to store backup VM
  • Configure Backup Policy to backup VM
  • Set VMs to backup
  • Configure policy and set retention daily, weekly, monthly & yearly
  • Execute to perform backup (manually)


  • protect & recover VM on Microsoft Azure natively
  • Support backup Windows/Linux VM
  • able to restore entire virtual machine
  • able to restore virtual disk
  • able to perform file recovery by mounting to VM. (under preview during our testing)

a) Unable to delete previous policy unless stop Backup
b) Unable to modify policy that has configure
c) Only store to Azure backup vault
d) No compression/deduplication functionality

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Configure Azure Backup Agent (MARS Agent)

In this post, we are looking on how to use Azure Backup Agent (MARS Agent) on Windows workload.

Video summary:-
  • Get the installer from Azure Recovery Service Vault
  • Select On-premise & Files & Folder to backup
  • Install on Windows workload either on-premise or Azure Windows VM
  • Register to Azure Recovery Service Vault
  • Get Encrypted Key
  • Configure Backup Policy to backup
  • Start backup
Limitation of this product:-
  • Only protect Windows workload
  • Backup only Files / Folder
  • Volume level restore only
  • Not supported application aware processing
  • Backup 3x per day for daily policy
  • Backup target must point to Azure Backup Vault

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Access Nano Server to Disable Windows Firewall

We are going to temporary disable Windows Firewall on Nano Server.

To start with:-
1. Open Powershell ISE with elevated right (run as administrator)
2. Set the trusted host

Set-Item WSMan:\LocalHost\Client\TrustedHosts "" 
#Above ip is Nano Server IP 

Set-Item WSMan:\LocalHost\Client\TrustedHosts *
3. Start the session

Enter-PSSession –ComputerName "" -Credential ~\Administrator
Enter your credential

4. To disable the Windows firewall, enter
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off

To enable back,
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on

5. To exit the session


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Webinar Video on Demand:- Take control and protection of email data with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Recording is up and running.

If you're interested to know more about protection for Office365, please click below link to view the recording & slide:-


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure

In this post, we are going to look on how to use Direct Restore feature on Free edition veeam backup & replication v9.5.

Previously we cannot use an existing Virtual Appliance on Azure MarketPlace. We talk about it here:-

Let execute direct restore veeam backup data & provision a linux VM on Microsoft Azure

1. Create a Windows Virtual machine on Microsoft Azure
2. Install Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 - Free Edition
3. Transfer existing veeam backup data to Azure
4. Add Microsoft Azure profile into Veeam Server
4. Without add any Hypervisor host. Just use Restore option
5.Point to veeam backup data
6. Select Restore to Microsoft Azure option
7. Proceed to enter some setting to restore Vmware VM to Microsoft Azure.
8. We are restoring a linux VM. A helper appliance VM is created to assist on restore & conversion VM

I've posted an entire process in this video.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Error: Unsupported Storage Version: [9] When Using Direct Restore Virtual Appliance on Microsoft Azure

You will encounter this error message:

"Unsupported Storage Version: [9] When Using Direct Restore Virtual Appliance on Microsoft Azure"
when try to use Direct Restore Virtual Appliance on Microsoft Azure to restore veeam backup data & provision Virtual machine.

Based on our investigation, found out the Direct Restore Virtual Appliance is using VBR v9 free edition and veeam backup data that we try to restore is backup from VBR 9.5.

You cannot restore using older version of veeam.

Update to latest patch 9.0 with Update 2 will break the Direct Restore.

No in-place upgrade as well. Direct Restore Virtual Appliance will work if your backup data is prior version 9.0

To able to restore & provision VM on Microsoft Azure

1. Create Windows virtual machine on Microsoft Azure
2. Install VBR 9.5 with Update 1 (either paid or free version)
3. Use the Direct Restore feature to restore veeam backup data.

That should do the trick! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Integrate HPE StoreOnce Catalyst With Veeam

In our previous post, we have look on setup HPE StoreOnce Catalyst. Next let use it as target to store backup data.

[ Add Backup Repository ]

  • Use Veeam Console to add Backup Repository
  • Select Deduplication Storage appliance
  • HPE StoreOnce
  • Enter storeonce IP address and credential

[Configure Backup Policy ]

  • Create a backup policy & Select HPE Storeonce Catalyst as target

[On HPE StoreOnce Catalyst]

View the VM stored in HPE Storeonce Catalyst.
You will notice, dedup ratio will be higher once you have more restore point.

Note:- Result may be varies according to environment.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Configure HPE StoreOnce Catalyst

It is time for us to add a deduplication appliance on our test environment. The cheapest way is getting a VSA and lucky HPE provide HPE StoreOnce Catalyst -1TB free.

1. Download the HPE StoreOnce Catalyst from HPE. Get the link below

2. Extract it and import into Vmware/Hyper-V Host. Depend on which platform that you download from HPE website.

3. By default, it will require 2 vcpu, 16GB of memory and disk 1 use 50GB. Create a thin provisioning disk - 1TB as 2nd Disk.

4. Boot up the VSA. Login using the following credential
username: Admin
password: admin

5. Type 
net set wizard to start the configuration

6. Follow the wizard to configure the network setting. Below is the screen shot of our configuration
  • DNS -,
  • Use Single Port
  • eth1
  • Static ip address -, 
  • Subnet mask
  • Gateway -

Once complete the configuration, you can use browser. Just use the static ip that you have entered in previous step.

Next is configure StoreOnce Catalyst Store. (StoreOnce Catalyst | Store | Create)

  • Veeam-Repo1
  • Primary Transfer Policy - Low Bandwidth
  • Physical Disk size - 500GB

Set permission (Storeonce Catalyst | Clients | Add)

  • Client - Veeam
  • Description: Veeam Backup
  • Password : (secret)
  • Allow catalyst store creation, manage server properties, manage client permission

Simply right!. We just setup HPE StoreOnce Catalyst VSA and configure a Store. We will use this as Veeam backup repository in our next port.

To get HPE StoreOnce Catalyst -1TB free, please go to link


Monday, February 27, 2017

Backup Azure VM to Azure File Storage

In this post, we are looking into using Veeam Agent for Windows/Linux to backup application data and store into Azure Files Storage. Application on Windows Virtual Machine or Linux Virtual machine can be protected using standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

Data store in File Storage is just cost $0.08 per GB/month (LRS) for Southeast Asia pricing.
Note:- Price is different depend on region.

Each File share can store data up to 5TB.


[ Backup ]

Once Veeam Agent for Windows has installed on Windows VM, customer can configure target to shared folder.

Enter shared folder path & authentication

  • \\\ms4u-azurerepo01
  • Username - storage name
  • Password - Azure Storage Primary Key

On Linux VM, before you configure backup job, customer need to configure mounting point.

sudo mount -t cifs // [mount point] -o vers=3.0,username=ms4ustorage01,password=[storage account access key],dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777

Configuration on Veeam Agent for Linux target, set to Local instead of shared folder.

Backup completed without any issue.

[Restore ]

In case of any disaster, customer can easily retrieve backup data from Azure File Storage

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Backup Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor

If you are running free vmware vsphere hypervisor, you may wonder how to do backup. Starting from ESX/ESXi 4.0, Vmware has disable the API which prevent free ESXi to perform snapshot. You will get this error message when try to backup Free Vmware ESXi.

Error:- "Current vSphere license or ESXi version prohibits execution of the requested operation"

So we cannot perform image level backup from the hypervisor level. For workaround, we use

  • Veeam Agent for Windows - for Windows workload. 
  • Veeam Agent for Linux - for Linux workload. Click here to know more.

In this post, we are going to use Veeam Agent for Windows -Server Edition (currently in beta version.) to protect virtual machine running on free vmware esxi.

Our scenario:-

  • Free Vmware ESXi 6.5
  • Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2016
  • Veeam Agent for Windows- Server Edition
  • Veeam Backup Server (with Repository)
  • optional : Free version or paid version :- Hyper-V 2016
  • optional : Microsoft Azure

You need to install Veeam Agent for Windows - Server Edition in windows virtual machine, perform full backup and point backup data to Veeam repository.

When disaster, you can use Veeam to restore

  • granular item using Veeam Explorer. Without restore entire virtual machine, you can recover an item (SQL, Exchange, Active Directory, Sharepoint, Oracle, File/Folder).

  • export virtual disk to Hyper-V or Vmware disk format. It will perform conversion and convert to Hyper-V or Vmware virtual disk.

  • Instant Recovery to Hyper-V Host. Refer to here. This feature allow user to bring up virtual machine (without restore entire virtual machine). It will mount the backup data to Hyper-V Host, to bring up the virtual machine within 2-3 minutes.

  • Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure. Refer to here.

Hope this alternative work for you.


Note:- To download Veeam Agent for Windows, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Free Online Drawing Software -

We used to use visio as diagram software to do solution architecture diagram but there are certain devices such my Surface RT, android tablet, or other tablet cannot install the software. The only resort is use online diagram software and the best is free.

During our exploration, we found is free online diagram software for making flowcharts, process diagrams, org charts, UML, ER and network diagrams.

You can save the drawing into multiple location such as

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • OneDrive
  • Device
  • Browser

We found Veeam & Azure stencil are available which make it even more perfect tool to use. Below is a sample drawing that we drew when playing around with it.

If you're interested to give it a try, please go to