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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Quick List on Components Require for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure

 Here is a quick list of things required when using Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure that you should take note when doing sizing & costing

1. Veeam Backup for Azure Virtual Appliance

Role: to manage backup on Microsoft Azure

Qty : 1

Recommended VM Size:

Standard_B2 with 2 CPU and 4GB RAM or

Standard_B2ms with 2 CPU and 8 GB RAM

2. Worker Instance

Qty : from 1 to N 

Role: will provision and terminate on demand when backup to object storage & recovery. Able to scale worker till N (maximum based on Azure account limit)

Recommended VM Size:

Standard_F2s_v2 with 2 CPUs and 4 GB RAM for standard backup

Standard_E2_v4 with 2 CPUs and 16 GB RAM for archived backup.

Refer to 

3. Snapshot 

for short term retention backup

4. Object Storage (Azure Blob storage)

for long term retention backup

Support: Hot, Cool, Archive

5. Network Traffic

If protected Azure workload and target storage reside in different region

6. Transaction

The cost of making API request to Microsoft Azure during data protection operation & tome that worker were active

Tool: Microsoft Azure Pricing Calculator


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Microsoft 365 Security Checklist - A practical guide for the time-strapped admin - Free eBook

A few minutes and a credit card and you can have enterprise-grade email and collaboration tools ready to go, with not a thought for security, governance, or best practices. It’s in the cloud so Microsoft secures your data – right? Well, not exactly. 

Proper security is tailored to an infrastructure’s unique requirements and responds to a constantly evolving attack and threat landscape. You can’t just rely on Microsoft default settings. And you need to do more than just ‘set it and forget’. The Microsoft 365 Security Checklist shows you all the security settings and configurations you need to know for each M365 license to properly secure your environment.

Written by veteran IT consultant and trainer Paul Schnackenburg, the free 100+ page eBook from Altaro contains full explanations of all the important security parameters, the step-by-step processes of how to access, how to optimally configure them, and a full checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything! 

This eBook has two intended audiences – a small business owner / IT Pro who is managing their own tenant, and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who are managing other businesses’ tenants, but a lot of the content will be relevant to pretty much all M365 admins. And it includes Identity, Email, Teams, Applications, SharePoint, Endpoint Manager, Information Protection, Secure Score and Business Premium and Microsoft 365 E5. So, your main bases will be covered. 

Depending on what your business is and what sector you operate, there might a minimum requirement of what should be in place to satisfy insurance policies, global data laws or general compliance. So, make sure you take the time to figure out what your business needs to be compliant and protected. 

Secure your data and business, work through the M365 security checklist today.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Video - Self Service Recovery Portal for Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 in Action

 Let's have a quick look at how to view the self-service recovery portal in action.

Scenario 1: Normal user perform own recovery

Scenario 2: Use Recovery Operator to assist the user to perform recovery

Thursday, March 17, 2022

This World Backup Day, WIN with Altaro!

Did you know that 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident? As World Backup Day nears, we think back to all the incidents, data loss scares, and near-disasters that we’ve experienced over the years – and how grateful we were to have backup during those times!

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!

What can you win?

• Receive a guaranteed $20 Amazon voucher when you sign up for and use the trial of Altaro Office 365 Backup or Altaro VM Backup

Get a chance to WIN one of our Grand Prizes when you complete the sentence “You know you’re a SysAdmin when…”

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Free Educational Tools


My Youtube Channel -

Veeam Handon Lab -

Veeam How to Video - 

Veeam Infrastructure Sizing -

Veeam Backup Capacity Calculator -

Veeam MS Office 365 Calculator -

Veeam Best Practice Guide -

Veeam MS Office 365 Best Practice Guide -


The SysAdmin DOJO Podcast – become a kick-ass system administrator: Our goal is simple. We talk with industry experts to provide you with actionable real-world knowledge that will equip you to become the IT black belt within your organization.

From virtualization and automation to Microsoft 365 and security and lots more, tune in fortnightly for your dose of the SysAdmin DOJO Podcast. Also available on your favorite podcast player and YouTube. Check it out now!

Cyber Threat Report 2021/2022: Cybercrime remains one of the biggest threats worldwide and there has been a number of developments of spam and advanced threats including the different cyberattack methods. But what threats were in those unwanted emails? What are the risks posed by new types of malware and deceptive approaches of cybercriminals? Find out now!

The Backup Bible Complete Edition: The complete guide to protecting your data and an essential reference book for all IT admins and professionals. Download your free copy now. 

PowerCLI: An Aspiring Automator’s Guide, Second Edition: The free eBook that adopts a use-case approach to learning how to automate common vSphere tasks using PowerCLI. Get you eBook now! 

How to Get the Most out of Windows Admin Center, Second Edition: It is one of the most important and powerful tools in a system administrator’s toolbox. So, make sure you don’t get left behind – learn everything Windows Admin Center has to offer and how to use it best with this comprehensive guide: Download your free copy now!


Backup & DR Webinar: Learn how to construct a strong and reliable plan based on your unique organizational requirements. Watch this on-demand webinar now! 

PowerCLI Superhero Webinar: Watch this webinar demonstrating 5 powerful real-world applications anyone can deploy to get started with PowerCLI. Watch the free webinar. 

Your 5 Most Critical M365 Vulnerabilities Revealed: Learn how to identify your most critical vulnerabilities and what you need to do to get them safeguarded from attack. Watch the webinar on-demand! 

Free webinar Windows Server Storage: Unlock your storage Potential with these powerful Built-in Windows Server Features. Access the webinar here. 

Windows Server 2022 Webinar: Get a full breakdown of the brand-new OS and get a deep dive into the standout features that will have the biggest impact to organizations looking to upgrade to Windows Server 2022. Watch this webinar now! 


How to do sizing for Veeam Backup Repository?

 In this post continue from sizing by using VSE, we will explore sizing for backup repository.

The tool that we are going to use is "Veeam Backup Capacity Calculator"

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

How Azure Stack HCI is forcing changes in your datacenter – free webinar

 As we know hybrid cloud adoption varies across the industry. And whether or not you’re planning to go hybrid or fully to the cloud, Microsoft is slowly nudging sysadmins there with changes in its tech solutions and licensing models anyhow. Some of these being the developments in Microsoft’s core hybrid cloud solution for on-prem, Azure Stack HCI (not to be confused with Azure Stack). By leveraging crucial Windows Server technologies such as Hyper-V, and Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft has big plans for Azure Stack HCI and, whether you like it or not, it will inevitably shape your hybrid cloud strategy.

The Altaro webinar on 23 March, How Azure Stack HCI is forcing changes in your datacenter, will teach you about the key developments and how they will impact your datacenter management. Microsoft MVP Andy Syrewicze will be joined by fellow MVP and Azure Stack HCI expert Carsten Rachfahl to break down and demo live Azure Stack HCI, and what it means for you and the technologies you use.

The hour-long webinar is free to join and will cover key Azure Stack HCI concepts, changes to storage and networking you should be aware of, how to manage Azure Stack HCI, along with cloud management and Azure integrations.

With Azure Stack HCI, there are operational considerations to keep in mind like the fact that pricing for this deployment option is paid as a monthly service, or the fact that future on-prem features in the Windows Server stack are likely to leverage Azure Stack HCI exclusively. That said, not only will this webinar show you the benefits of Azure Stack HCI, but it will show you how it will fit into your tech stack long-term.  

Andy and Carsten will help you prepare for these major developments, so you'll be ready for what's next.  And if you have any questions about hybrid cloud or Azure Stack HCI, you can get them answered by these experts during the webinar Q&A.


Learn more and register: How Azure Stack HCI is forcing changes in your datacenter


Don't miss out on this comprehensive lesson on how to navigate and integrate Azure Stack HCI into your datacenter management.

Save your seat for March 23rd!


How to use Veeam Size Estimation (VSE)?

 Interested to know how to do sizing for veeam infrastructure?

Well, I came out with a scenario and walkthrough on the tool on below youtube:

Friday, February 18, 2022

How to Study and Pass VMCE 2021 Exam?

Recently I have just passed vmce 2021 exam. Before I forget the exam question, here is my study guide and what the question would look like.


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Change Veeam Agent for Mac Managed Server

In this scenario, you decide to change your managed server on veeam agent for mac from mac mini, macbook air or macbook pro to another server. 

After remove the package/reinstall veeam agent for mac package, next step is to point to correct managed server. by default, the configuration is not remove after perform the uninstallation. 

 To do so, 

1. Go to terminal 
2 . Check old configuration by typing the following command

veeamconfig mode info
Setting is pointing to old veeam backup server

3. set new managed server

veeamconfig mode setvbrsettings --cfg [path of the xml file]

4. Verify the settings

veeamconfig mode info

On the veeam backup console, a Mac is reported "Online"

Note: Click on image to view the screenshot

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Recover AWS EFS Using Veeam

In the previous post, we have shared how to backup AWS EFS. The next step is to show how to recover AWS EFS

Backup AWS EFS Using Veeam

 Want to protect AWS EFS?, View below video on how to do it with Veeam

Transfer Files to AWS EFS

 Learn how to transfer files from another machine to AWS EFS.

Free eBook – A SysAdmin’s Guide to Azure IaaS – Second Edition

With the shift in the computing paradigm to the cloud, the Azure ecosystem is quickly becoming a critical platform for IT pros to grasp and adopt. But how do you make the leap while maintaining security, manageability, and cost-control?

Whether you’re making new VMs directly in the cloud, have VMs in your own datacenter and are looking to migrate to Azure, or you’re looking to manage VMs with cloud-based tools regardless of where they live, The SysAdmin Guide to Azure Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) will teach you to set up and maintain a high-performing Azure IaaS environment.  

Written by veteran IT consultant and trainer Paul Schnackenburg, Altaro’s free 100+ page second edition eBook covers how to create VMs, size them correctly, and manage storage, networking, and security, along with backup. You’ll also learn how to operate groups of VMs, deploy resources based on templates, manage security, and automate your infrastructure. There are also two new chapters on Automanage and Azure Arc to help you bring a lot of automation to IaaS, all lessening the burden on your time.

One thing that has changed significantly over the past couple of years is the shift towards making IaaS VMs more like PaaS services. VMs are great but they require a lot of maintenance and care, whereas all the business is really interested in are the applications and data that run inside of them. This explains the popularity of PaaS services such as managed Kubernetes (AKS) and Azure Functions (serverless).

If you’re new to the cloud (or have experience with Amazon Web Services and/or Google Cloud Platform but not Azure) this eBook will cover the basics as well as advanced skills. And given how fast things change in the cloud, it covers the why (as well as the how) so that as features and interfaces are updated, you’ll know how to proceed.

Make the cloud work for you - download your free copy today!