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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Data Protection Nutanix Acropolis Using Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV (VAN)

As the time of writing this blog, Veeam has just released a new hypervisor support:- Nutanix Acropolis.


To protect Nutanix Acropolis, you need three components
1. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a
2. Veeam Proxy Appliance. Refer to http://www.ms4u.info/2018/07/deploy-veeam-proxy-for-nutanix.html
3. Veeam Backup Repository (not supported scale out backup repository & dedup appliance).

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV requires a Veeam backup server and Veeam backup repository as a target for backups of AHV VMs. These components can be deployed via Veeam Backup & Replication.

Veeam Backup Server is require to configure backup copy, tape out and perform granular item level recovery.

To configure the policy on v1, you need to access to proxy web UI. Here is the screenshot of Veeam Virtual Appliance

Dashboard
a single pane of glass to monitor AHV VM protection, job status, repository status, backup server status and events history.


Backup Jobs
Configure backup policy and view backup history

Protected VM
To perform recovery VM and virtual disk


Settings

In this page, you can perform administrative configuration such
1. Integration with Veeam Backup Server
2. Integration with Nutanix Cluster
3. Manage Veeam Proxy Appliance such as create support log, backup catalog and some settings



 Note:- Gather log for support purpose

 Note: Backup Catalog

That's concluded our short sneak peak on VAN. Feel free to try it from here.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Deploy Veeam Proxy for Nutanix Acropolis Protection

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV (VAN) has just general availability (GA). Besides than backup Hyper-V and Vmware, Veeam just added support to backup Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor.

Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV requires a Veeam backup server and Veeam backup repository as a target for backups of AHV VMs. These components can be deployed via Veeam Backup & Replication.

In this guide, we will focus on how to deploy and install Veeam proxy appliance.

[Pre-requisite]
For setup a lab environment, you can follow this guide:
a) Setup Nutanix Community Edition - http://www.ms4u.info/2018/02/setup-nutanix-ce-on-lab-environment.html
b) Download VAN - https://www.veeam.com/nutanix-backup-solution.html
c) Upload Existing Image which you have downloaded from step (b) into Nutanix - http://www.ms4u.info/2018/02/upload-existing-image-into-nutanix-ahv.html
d) Deploy Proxy VM from step (c).

[Deployment]

To access proxy VM, key in https://<proxy ip>:8100/ and enter default credential

  • user name - admin
  • password - admin



 Configure to install VAN proxy. Click INSTALL



Accept the EULA
Replace default password to new password


Define proxy appliance name and ip address

Review the summary and click FINISH.


Voila! You have successful deploy a proxy for Nutanix AHV data protection.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Slide :- Visibility with Veeam One

During VeeamOn 2018 Malaysia, i have presented about Veeam One capabilities to monitor physical, hypervisor such as Hyper-V & Vmware platform & Veeam Infrastructure. End the session by introducing upcoming new features such as


  • Nanny features
  • Automated remediation
  • Application Level Monitoring


Date:- 18 July 2018
Total Pax : 400+
Venue: Sheraton Petaling Jaya



Slide


Friday, July 20, 2018

Slide:- What's New: Veeam Backup for 0365 2.0?

During VeeamOn 2018 Malaysia, i have presented a session about data protection for O365. You can protect Exchange online, Sharepoint online & OneDrive for Business.



Venue:- Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya
Date   : 18 July 2018
Total pax: 400+




Slides


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FREE SCOM Management Pack



SCOM Files and Folders Monitoring Management Pack
This Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) was developed to simplify Windows files and folder monitoring. It adds a simple but powerful wizard that provides users with the ability to create rules for monitoring Windows files and folders.

With this Management Pack, you will be able to easily target the file(s) you want to monitor, either manually or using a wildcard. A few options are available in relation to the monitor:

Whether the files count is too high or too low
Whether the total file size (in kilobytes) is too high or too low
Whether the file’s recent date modified is too old
After choosing the preferred option, you will then have the ability to apply a sampling rate, and set a threshold that triggers alerts. The data the MP collects can be used for dashboards creation and it includes advanced scheduling features.

SCOM SLA Reporting Management Pack
This report allows you to:

Create a complete SLA overview report of all your Service Level Objectives (top screenshot)
Analyze why SLA expectations were not met by showing a list of the most common alerts that triggered the health state change of the Service Level Objective (bottom screenshot)
This report can be set up once and sent automatically via email at regular intervals.

The Management Pack is completely free. You do not need Live Maps to use this Management Pack in your environment.

To get it, please click here

Monday, July 2, 2018

MVP Renewed -2018/2019 : Cloud & Data Center Management

Just received an email from Microsoft on Microsoft Most Valuable Professional(MVP) award for 2018-2019 in Cloud & Datacenter Management.

This is my 9th Microsoft MVP award since 2010.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Install Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris

In this post, we are going to look on how to install Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris (public beta) so we can start to protect this workload.

Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris is a data protection and disaster recovery solution for machines running Oracle Solaris 9, 10 or 11 on the SPARC architecture and Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 on the x86 architecture. The product provides file-based backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris offers a variety of features to protect your data. You can create an entire system image backup, back up specific directories with files or individual zones. Backups can be stored in a mounted NFS directory, on a physical tape drive or in a tape library, on an IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) device or a cascaded device.

Before proceeding, make sure you have

a) SunOS VM, do check out the post here to learn how to setup.
b) Upload the installer into the SunOS VM, do check out the post here.

For x86 architecture, the installer is
VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg.tar.gz

[Installation]

1. To install, run the installer with root account privileges
2. Unpack tar gz file

tar -xzf VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg.tar.gz


3. Execute the following command

pkgadd -G -d ./VeeamAgent-8.1.1.12-i86pc.pkg




4. One the installation has complete, type "veeam" to start the program









Transfer file to Oracle Solaris 11.3

In this post, we are going to look into how to transfer a file or installer into Oracle Solaris 11.3.

Firstly, download WinSCP from here


Enter the ip address of the SunOS VM and correct credential


Once connected, you can start to transfer a file. We are transferring  Veeam Agent for Oracle Solaris installer to back up this VM.


Currently, this product is available under public beta. Feel free to download from here.




Install Oracle Solaris 11.3

In this post, we are going to look on installation of Oracle Solatis 11.3 on virtualization platform (Hyper-V or Vmware).

Before we start, remember to download the installer from Oracle website. Click here to download.



[ Installation ]

1. Create a new VM
2. Mount the iso - sol-11_3-text-x86.iso & boot the vm to start the installation
3. The following was the screenshot of the SunOS installation process.
Start by defining the keyboard layout & language.




Let start the installation. Press [F2] to proceed on next screen



 Install SunOS on local disk & set partitition




 Define computer name


Set Networking by defining IP address, subnet mask, gateway or use DHCP


Select timezone




Define root password & create a new user account


Review the configuration & press F2 to start the installation


Just wait a while for the installation to complete.


Voila! Installation SunOS completed.





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Refresh Veeam Visio Stencil

Good news SE and SA,

Veeam has just updated their Veeam Visio Stencil on 1st June 2018. Veeam Stencils is a free collection of VMware, Hyper-V and Veeam stencils for Visio. Administrators, system architects and data center managers can now create well-organized and polished visualizations of their data center designs in Microsoft Visio 2013 or 2016 when planning their VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam deployments.

The stencil was categories as follows:-


To download, please click here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Windows Admin Center GA!

Previously it is called "Project Honolulu". It has generally available and rebranded as "Windows Admin Center".

Windows Admin Center is designed for managing a single server, Windows 10 or cluster. It complements but does not replace existing Microsoft monitoring and management solutions, such as Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), System Center, Operations Management Suite, Intune, or Azure Stack.

Supported operating systems:-

  • Windows 10 client
  • Windows Server 2012 or newer

FAQ - click here
To download - click here
To know more - click here


Ebook - Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Interested to find the right balance and price MSP services fairly, sustainably, and of course, profitable! This ebook takes MSPs through the steps needed to find the right price points for the services they provide.

Learn how to:
  • Understand what influences your price point
  • Calculate the actual cost of providing the service
  • Construct value-based prices
To download ebook - Click here

To learn more about MSP, feel free to visit

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Webinar: Ben Armstrong AMA on Containers



Think containers are just for developers? Think again. Containers have recently gained massive industry adoption and many IT pros are now being asked to support this new disruptive technology. Are you in the know?

Join us on April 24th for a very special webinar with the co-creator of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s very own Ben Armstrong. Andy Syrewicze from Altaro will be moderating this AMA-styled webinar with Ben to answer all your burning questions about containers in the Microsoft ecosystem.

The discussion will include:

Industry adoption of containers

  • Container and micro-services examples
  • Best practices for deployment
  • The future of containers
This webinar is a rare chance to ask your technology questions directly to Ben Armstrong drawing on special insights from the inner workings of Microsoft and over 20 years of experience working with operating systems and virtualization. It’s an opportunity you cannot miss!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday April 24th 2018

Webinar presented live twice
  • Session 1: 4pm CEST
  • Session 2: 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
To register, please click here

Upload your questions to Ben through social media in the coming days until the webinar and include #AskBenArmstrong hashtag, so he’ll be able to see them!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Archiving to Microsoft Azure

In this post, we are going to look into how to replace traditional physical tape and use the public cloud to store long-term archival data. We will look into using Microsoft Azure Storage - Cool Storage Tier. Currently when writing this post Archive Storage Tier is not available in South East Asia Region.

Microsoft Azure Blob storage is divided into 3 tier
a) Hot Tier - optimize to store data that frequent use
b) Cool Tier - storing data that is infrequent access and stored for at least 30 days
c) Archive Tier - optimize to store data that is rarely accessed and stored for at least 180 days

To calculate the cost of Azure Blob Storage according to tier, you can refer to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/blobs/

[Environment]

  • Microsoft Azure 
  • Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Starwind VTL

[Pre-requisite]
1. Go to Azure Market Place, deploy Starwind VTL Appliance

2. Setup site to site vpn between on-premise and Microsoft Azure
3. Create new Azure Storage, upgrade it to v2 (Storage | Configuration | Upgrade)


Set to Cool  Access Tier

4. Add a new data disk into the VTL and point to Cool Access Tier Storage


[ Configure Starwind VTL]

1. Add Tapes and point it to Data Disk (where Cool Access Tier Storage) is located



[Configure Veeam Backup and Replication]

1. Use iscsi initiator and connect to VTL which located in Microsoft Azure.
2. Rescan your tape server and able to see drive & tape



3. Create a GFS Media Pool which the setting : Weekly -4, Monthly - 12, Yearly - 1
This pool has the retention:-

  • 4 weekly
  • 12 monthly
  • 1 yearly

4. To protect the tape store in cloud, configure to use encryption and define the password.



5. Create a Tape Job and run the backup.


Lastly, backup successful transfer to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage (Cool Access Tier) using VTL.