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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Collect Information on Microsoft o365 for Veeam Sizing

In this post, we are going to look at how to collect information to assist us with sizing for Veeam Backup for Microsoft o365.

Check out the below video:

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Backup Microsoft Team Using Veeam

 Recently Veeam has just released new version :- Veeam Backup for Microsoft O365 v5.

The latest version allowed us to protect Microsoft Team.

Check out the below video:

Monday, December 14, 2020

Backup Sharepoint Online Using Veeam Backup for o365 v5

 In this post, we are exploring how to backup Microsoft Sharepoint Online using Veeam.

Refer to the below video


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Certified: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

 Sit for an exam today & passed it. Last KPI for 2020!

Attended course & practice test: 

1. Neal Davis (Udemy) 

2. Stephane-maarek (udemy) 

3. Whizlab

For those that are planning to take this exam, do remember to study

  1. Placement Group
  2. Lambda
  3. SQS
  4. SNS
  5. DynamoDB
  6. Aurora
  7. AWS Storage Gateway
  8. AWS Fsx for Windows, Fsx for Lustre, EFS
  9. Storage classes
  10. AWS Directory Services
  11. Security Group, NACL
  12. WAF, AWS Shield
  13. AWS Kinesis

Good Luck on your exam!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Configure Veeam Backup for Office365 v5 in 5 Minute

VBO v5 just released GA to the public. We are going to look into how simple to setup & configure Veeam Backup for o365 in 5 minutes. Check out the below video:

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

This Holiday Season, WIN with Altaro!

'Tis the season to be caring – caring for your loved ones, for each other, and yes, even your data and mailboxes. The arrival of the Holiday Season is a great time to recognize all the challenges we’ve survived this year, to be thankful for all we have and to share.

 If you use Microsoft 365/Office 365, Hyper-V or VMware, celebrate with Altaro. All you have to do is sign up for a 30-day free trial of either Altaro VM Backup or Altaro Office 365 Backup – it's your choice! 

 How does it work? 
• Trial Altaro V­M Backup or Altaro Office 365 Backup 
• Get a guaranteed $10 Amazon voucher & a chance to win one of the Grand Prizes 
• Altaro will make a $10 donation to One Laptop per Child for every valid entry 

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Whiteboard: Protecting Microsoft Office 365 Using Veeam

In this blog, we are going to look into two deployment scenarios for protecting Microsoft O365 using Veeam.



Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Use Linux XFS as Veeam Repository

On Veeam v10, we can now have Fast Clone capabilities on Veeam Repository for both Platform

  • Windows Platform - ReFS file system
  • Linux Platform - XFS file system

In this post, we are going to look at Linux XFS.

[On Linux Server]

Create XFS file system on dev/sdb


mkfs.xfs -b size=4096 -m reflink=1,crc=1 /dev/sdb

Create a mount point
mkdir backups
mount /dev/sdb /backups

View the mount point
df -hT

To avoid mount point loss after system restart, you need to enter into /etc/fstab
/dev/sdb    /backups    xfs    defaults 0 0

[On Veeam Backup Server]
Add Linux Repository into Veeam Console.

1. Add Linux as Managed Server first
2. Add Backup Repository

3. Select Direct Attached Storage

4. Select Linux

5. Enter Repository Name

6. Select your managed linux server and select partition which contained xfs partition

7. Tick "Use Fast cloning"

8. Select mount server and click till end of the wizard

9. You've successful added a linux repository into your environment.

Create Linux Disk Partition on Centos

 In this post, we are going to create a new disk partition on Centos 8.2.

Command use is fdisk. Open your terminal and type the following command:


fdisk -l

Note: to list your current disk.

Empty disk is /dev/sdb - 100 GB

fdisk /dev/sdb

Press [n] 
Press [p] to create new partition
Press [1] for partition 1
Press [Enter] to accept first sector
Press [Enter] to accept last sector. We are going to occupy 100GB

Press [w] to confirm write and create a partition

You have successful created a 100GB partition.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

VMCE 2020 Prep

 View this video on my sharing during prep for VMCE 2020 Exam


Backup SAP Hana Using Veeam

In this post, we will learn how to protect SAP Hana using Veeam Plugin. Backup SAP Hana is using BackInt. Check out the short video below on how it works.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Tier your Backup Data to Cloud

 We will look into how to tier your backup data into cloud. View below video on

  • use case
  • whiteboarding
  • demo on how cloud tier work


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

VMCE 2020 Certified

Just completed the exam and passed VMCE 2020. Here is some information about the VMCE 2020 prep:- 

 1. 50 questions. Estimate time 50 minutes. (extension time till 90 minutes) 

 2. You can take an online proctor exam or physical VUE center. Please book your exam from Exam cost USD144

3. Min passing score is 70%

4. Require to attend official instructor-led training before taking an exam.

5. Question covered product on Veeam backup and replication, Veeam Agent for Windows/Linux and Veeam One. The product version is 10a.

6. Content that should familiar with

  1. Hyper-V Platform
  2. Vmware Platform
  3. Physical Platform

in term of backup, replication & backup verification (Data Lab) & monitoring & reporting.

Included with updated features such as

  • NAS backup
  • Object Storage
  • New Backup policy retention
  • New Backup Copy Job Type
  • etc
More detail, please click here.

Do study & familiar on those covered on official training material & user guide



Veeam One:-

Veeam Agent:-

Sample practice test.

There are 3 samples test that you can try on the below link. Best to test on your weakness & strength of each module.

Lastly, the most important is to play around with your lab environment. 

Practice !

Practice !

Practice !

Familiar with veeam UI, configuration & features of Veeam v10a.

That's all for today. Good luck with your preparation for VMCE 2020!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Ebook -SysAdmin Horror Stories


Last year’s ebook, SysAdmin Horror Stories Vol1 by Altaro, highlighted some of SysAdmins’ funniest and most horrifying stories. It proved so successful, that Altaro decided to produce a second edition this year: they’ve gathered some more real-life stories to share with you, that are both funny and horrific!

We all know that a SysAdmin’s job is no easy task, and apart from constantly having systems to update, bugs to fix and users to please, SysAdmins encounter all sorts of situations throughout their careers. From tech situations to funny anecdotes, terrible mishaps or incidents with colleagues, this eBook includes real stories of what SysAdmins go through on a daily basis. 

It’s very easy to download as no registration is required. Click on Download and it’s yours. It includes more than 20 short stories but this one is my personal favourite 

Download your FREE copy today & Happy Halloween!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Whiteboard - Architect Hyper-V Data Protection Using Veeam

 In the previous video, we have explored on architect VMware data protection. 

Let explore Hyper-V data protection. Check out the video below


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Whiteboard- Protect Oracle Solaris and Oracle Using Veeam

 Interested in oracle database backup on Oracle Solaris?

Do check out the whiteboard video


Monday, September 21, 2020

Lightboard: Architect Veeam Solution For Vmware Platform

This is my first test on lightboard project. The project was doing an architect veeam solution for vmware platform.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Recover OneDrive for Business Using Veeam

 In this video, we are going to look at how to recover one drive data using Veeam.

Interested to learn about another O365 recover, please refer to the previous video

a) Configure Object Storage - Click here

b) Exchange Online Recovery - Click here

c) Sharepoint Online Recovery - Click here


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Recover Sharepoint Online Using Veeam

 You missed previous video, please check below:

1. Configure to backup Microsoft O365 to object storage - click here

2. Recover Exchange Online - click here

In this post, we are going to look on to recover SharePoint online using Veeam


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Recover Exchange Online Using Veeam

Previously we have a look into how to configure object storage & configure a backup policy to backup Microsoft O365. Do check out the video here.

Let move on to the next video on recover exchange online using Veeam.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Backup O365 to Object Storage Using Veeam

We just posted a video on how to configure backup Microsoft O365 to Object Storage.

You can check out the video here.


Saturday, September 12, 2020

How to Calculate Tape Consumption on Veeam?


In today's video, we are going to explore how to calculate tape consumption when using Veeam to do back up?

Hope you able to get an idea of how I calculate tape when I do a proposal.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Backup Best Practices in Action – The Backup Bible Part 2

The Backup Bible is an ambitious project produced by Altaro and written by Microsoft MVP Eric Siron that aims to be the definite guide to backup and disaster recovery for companies of all sizes. 

 The first eBook in the series was published earlier this year and focused on how to create a robust backup strategy including the key stakeholders you’ll need to deal with and the questions you’ll need to ask yourself to prepare yourself for a potential data loss event. 

 Part 2 – Backup Best Practices in Action – follows on from this starting point explaining how to implement this strategy and showing the reader what secure backup looks like on a day-to-day basis. 

 The eBook is focused on providing practical implementation using actionable steps in each section providing the reader with the knowledge to bring the theory to life. It covers: 

 • Choosing the Right Backup and Recovery Software 
• Setting and Achieving Backup Storage Targets 
• Securing and Protecting Backup Data 
• Defining Backup Schedules
• Monitoring, Testing, and Maintaining Systems 
• And More! 

 The Backup Bible is an essential resource for anyone who manages data on a daily basis. For any business, data is your lifeline. A significant data loss can cause irreparable damage. Every company must ask itself - is our data properly protected? You can download both part 1 and part 2 for free right now! The final part of the series, on disaster recovery, will be released later this year. By accessing the available parts, you’ll automatically receive the final eBook direct to your inbox when it is released later this year! 

What are you waiting for? Get your eBook now!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

How to Configure Backup to HPE Storeonce and Use Catalyst Copy from Veeam?

Continue from Part 1 video:- Integrate with HPE Storeonce, in this video, we will start to configure a backup job and Catalyst Copy from Veeam Console. HPE Catalyst Copy configuration is available on Veeam v10.


Friday, September 4, 2020

How to transfer backup data to the Service Provider Using Veeam ?

In this video, we are going to look into how to transfer backup data to a service provider that provides Backup as A Service (BaaS) using Veeam technology.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

How to perform NAS Assessment Before Do Sizing?

 In this video, we are going to demonstrate a tool to do NAS Assessment before using it to do sizing. 

You need to gather information before doing veeam NAS sizing.


Monday, August 31, 2020

How to Integrate HPE Storeonce with Veeam?

 In this video, we are going to demo on how to integrate HPE Storeonce (dedupe appliance) with Veeam v10.


How to calculate veeam backup repository storage?

 In this video, we will show you how to use veeam restore point simulator to calculate veeam backup repository storage.

Hope this helps!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Evacuate Backup Data from Veeam Backup Repository to HPE Storeonce

In this post, we are explore on how to migrate old backup data from veeam backup repository to dedup appliance such as HPE Storeonce. View the detail



Monday, August 10, 2020

ALTARO Software - SysAdmin Day 2020

SysAdmin Day has arrived, and with it, gratitude for all the unsung heroes that 2020 has needed. Your hard work has made it possible for all of us to keep going, despite all challenges thrown our way. Now it is Altaro’s turn to thank YOU.

If you are an Office 365, Hyper-V or VMware user, celebrate with Altaro. Just sign up for a 30-day free trial of either Altaro VM Backup or Altaro Office 365 Backup – it's your choice!

What can you win?

•          Receive a €/£/$20 Amazon voucher when you use your trial of Altaro Office 365 Backup or Altaro VM Backup

•          Get the chance to also win one of their Grand Prizes by sharing your greatest 2020 victory with Altaro in an up to 60-seconds video.


What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Demo :- Veeam VM Replication (v10)

Here is the video on
1. How to perform VM Replication Job Using Veeam v10?
2. Perform VM Failover
3. Perform VM Fallback

Demo1: Perform VM Replication Configuration

 Demo 2: Perform VM Failover

  Demo 3: Perform VM Fallback

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Backup Bible – Free eBook from Altaro

As the old adage goes: fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

It’s the perfect description for backup yet to this day so many companies don’t have an adequate backup & disaster strategy in place for when the worst-case scenario happens. Just how well are you protecting your vital data?

The Backup Bible, a free eBook from Altaro, guides you through the stages of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a substantial data loss event, which can otherwise be disastrous for a company of any size.

This eBook is the first instalment of a 3-part series comprising the complete guide to data protection. It covers how to get started with disaster recovery planning; how to set recovery objectives and loss tolerances; how to translate your business plan into a technically oriented outlook; how to create a customized agenda for obtaining key stakeholder support; and the essentials to setting up a critical backup checklist.

The second and third parts in the series will be released later this year but by downloading the first part, you’ll automatically receive the other eBooks in your inbox as soon as they become available!

Whether you’re just starting to put together a backup and disaster strategy or you want to make sure your current plan is up to scratch, every IT admin needs to read The Backup Bible.

Download your free copy today

Friday, June 26, 2020

Exam AZ-103 Preparation

Due to Covid-19, the testing center is still closed, today I have decided to take an online VUE proctor exam.

Let me share my experience.

Preparation requires:
During the exam:-
  • Begin Exam button only available 30 minutes before exam time.
  •  Do pre-requisite check, verification check & send a picture using a mobile phone
  • I waited 15 min after my scheduled exam time. Just continue to wait till proctor start chat windows.
  • Proctor does another round of checking using laptop webcam on the surrounding environment. Communication with proctor using a microphone.
  • Then, proctor will advise you to turn off your phone and leave it outside the room.
  • No paper/pen on the desk
  • After everything passed, the exam will begin
Exam question:
  • 1 case study 
  • Total 48 question
  • 2hour 10 minute

Passed my exam after hard work of study for 16 weeks with a study group.

Material used:

I hope this helps!

Good Luck on your exam

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Edit PDF Using Free Tool:- LibreOffice

Even want to modify pdf documents without paying for a tool?

If yes, you may want to read on....

In opensource software, there is a great product called LibreOffice. It's a competitor vs Microsoft Office. Used to called ", driven by the community.

I've download LibreOffice from here. Supported platform
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • MacOS

During exploration of the product, we found out Libre Draw can easily edit a pdf document.

Just open a PDF doc on Libre Draw & you can immediately modify it.

Our sample:-

You can modify the text, remove images, etc

Give it a try ! Hope you love the new tool


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Webinar- Critical Security Features in Office/Microsoft 365 Admins Simply Can't Ignore

According to reports, since COVID-19 forced millions to work remotely, hackers have been taking this opportunity to exploit new vulnerabilities that have arisen. If your business uses Microsoft 365 or Office 365 to support remote workers, you need to be sure your security is as strong as it can be to avoid becoming another statistic in the coronavirus hackers hit list.

Office/Microsoft 365 has a serious amount of in-built security measures, but it’s not straight forward to enable them and ensure they are all configured correctly for your requirements. A free upcoming webinar from Altaro on May 27th is a must-attend event for all users of Office/Microsoft 365, even more so due to current concerns over COVID-19 exploits.

Presented by Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze and Altaro Technical Consultant and former Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman, this live demo webinar covers security features in the Office 365 stack that every administrator should be using including Azure AD, EMS Suite, Secure Score, Licensing for Security Features, and more!

As usual, Altaro hosts the webinar live twice on the same day to give as many people as possible the chance to attend live and ask their questions to the presenters. The first is at 3pm CEST/ 9am EDT/6am PDT and the second at 7pm CEST/ 1pm EDT/ 10am PDT. Both sessions have the same content so just choose the session with the best time for you. I’ll be attending so I’ll see you there!

Webinar Title:             CriticalSecurity Features in Office/Microsoft 365
Date:                           Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time:                           Webinar presented live twice on the day.
Choose your preferred time:
·       3pm CEST / 6am PDT / 9am EDT
·       7pm CEST / 10am PDT / 1pm EDT

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Flash card Module 11: Administer Container in Azure

This is the last module on MS Azure Associate Certification which talked about the container in Azure.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Deploy Veeam Linux Proxy

In this post, we will explore deploying Linux as Veeam Proxy.(data mover). The following distro is supported as Linux proxy:

64-bit versions of the following Linux distributions are supported. Note that bash shell and SSH are required.
  • Debian 8 – 10
  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu LTS: 14.04, 16.04, 18.04
  • RHEL 6.x – 8.x
  • CentOS 6.x – 8.x
  • Oracle Linux 6 (starting from UEK3)
  • Oracle Linux 7, 8
  • Fedora 30 – 31
  • openSUSE Leap 15.1
  • SLES 11 SP4
  • SLES 12 SP1 – SP5
  • SLES 15 SP0, SP1

In our lab, we have deployed

1. Use VBR Console to add as manage Servers.

2. Select Linux & follow the wizard

3. Then add as Backup Proxy & point to the server that you've added during the previous step 

 4. You will get an error message if did not modify the VM configuration file.

5. If no issue, it will prompt to restart proxy to finish the configuration.

Do note that Linux proxy only can use "hot add" mode.

Limitation of this Linux proxy:
Cannot use for
a) File share backup
b) VM Copy
c) Replication over WAN Accelerator

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Flash Card Module 7: Manage Resources in Azure

In Module 7 of Microsoft Azure Solution Associate, we will check on Manage Resources in Azure

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Flash Card Module 3: Architect Network Infra in Azure

Here is module 3 for AZ-103 or AZ-104 certification flashcard. In this module, we will look into Architect Network Infrastructure in Azure.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Test Result on Supported Recovery Features on Different Hypervisor Support By Veeam

I've run a few tests on my lab environment on features support based on a hypervisor. It may come useful when you're planning for a migration to the different hypervisors.

Lab environment:- Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Here is my test result:

Test 1: Instant VM Recovery

Test 2: Full VM Restore (Entire disk recovery)

Test 3: Instant Disk Recovery

Test 4: Storage Snapshot

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Central AHV Backup Proxy Appliance Deployment Using Veeam

With v10, veeam included an enhancement for Nutanix AHV data protection. Some of the enhancement of Veeam & Backup is
1. AHV Cluster registration
2. Nutanix snapshot aware
3. Linux FLR
4. License management
5. Instant VM recovery to Vmware
6. VeeamZip
7. Centralized AHV appliance deployment

The AHV Backup Proxy v2 provides enhancement such as:-
a) Native deduplication appliance support (DDBoost, Catalyst)
b) Snapshot-only job
c) Restore from Protection Domain created, user-created snapshot (VM, file-level, disk)
d) Multi-User VAN UI
e) Email job status notification
f) drive exclusion
g) Schedule Active Full (no synthetic full yet)
h) Community Edition support
i) Restore any backup to AHV
j) Proxy snapshot protection job

Check out below step on how to add Nutanix Cluster, Linux Appliance and AHV Proxy v2

Step 1:- Add Nutanix Cluster

Step 2:- Enter Nutanix Cluster name ( not ip address)

Step 3: Provide credential that able to connect to Nutanix Cluster

Step 4: Provide Linux FLR Appliance ip address. Use when to recover Linux file-level recovery

Step 5: Apply the configuration.

Step 5: After complete adding Nutanix Cluster, you can proceed to add AHV Proxy or later. 
 Step 6: If decide to create a new proxy, select "Deploy New Proxy" option

Step 7: Define proxy name & size. You can define vcpu, vmemory & concurrent task.

Step 8: Provide DNS for AHV Proxy & define ip address (either use static or dhcp)

Step 9 : Provide AHV Proxy credential. Remember this credential when want to access from Web console.

Step 10: Specify which repository to allow access

Step 11: Apply the setting. Veeam will start to push the installer, create a new VM and apply the setting. It is crucial that the entire setting use DNS name.

If no issue, Veeam will start to push configuration with setting to integrate Nutanix Cluster & Veeam Backup Server. 

If you encountered an issue, please refer to here.

Open AHV Web Console, to verify IP deployment with the correct IP that you map to DNS record.

Configuration completed. You able to click on Web Console. System will open web browser to access AHV proxy.

Hope this guide help.

Good Luck with your deployment.