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Monday, July 4, 2022

Note Taking Veeam v12 Capabilities for Service Providers

 This blog post is note-taking for Veeam v12 Capabilities for Service Providers

1. Support for Postgres for VBR and Enterprise Manager

  • Open Source Database
  • Performance & Scalability
  • Microsoft SQL Server is still available to use
  • Upgrade path 
    • a) EM to v12-> VBR to v12 -> Migrate EM to Postgres -> Migrate VBR to Postgres
  • The backup server & Enterprise Manager must have the same database type
  • Reduce licensing cost

2. CDP proxy on Linux

3. Linux Gateway & Proxies

to proxy access object storage

3. Move Machines between backup job

4. Retry one machine instead of whole job

5. Trigger active full for one VM

6. Separate health check schedule

7. VeeaMover

  • move back up to a different repository
  • Migrate Refs to XFS, NTFS-> Refs
  • Rebalance SOBR
  • Copy backup to a different repository

8. Security

  • gMSA and Keberos support
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Veeam Console
    • Protect IaaS environment
    • Protect cloud connect environment
    • Protect MSP environments
  • Auto log off after X minutes
  • Classified data marking

9. Object storage & SOBR

  • Direct to Object Storage
  • End-to-End Storage for SOBR
  • New object storage format
    • reduce transactional overheads and streamlines IO
  • SOBR rebalance

10. Self Service Portal Enhancement

  • Instant VM Recovery capability on EM by tenant
  • Available on vSphere and Vmware Cloud Director

11. Automation & API

  • Powershell 

12. Continuous Data Protection for Cloud Cloud with Vmware Cloud Director

  • CDP for IaaS (vcloud director) or CDP via Cloud Connect (vcloud director)
  • Replication
  • Failover vApps between virtual datacenter
  • Different vcloud director server are supported

13. Restore from Cloud Connect as the Service Provider Restore

14. VSPC v7 Integration

a)Self Service FLR for VSPC managed agent

  • self service portal for users
  • delegated restore (by a service provider or reseller)
  • Support for Windows/Linux/Mac

b) VBR patching and updating

c) CDP Policies support

d) Veeam Backup Appliance (public cloud) -orchestrate VB appliance creation

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Note Taking Veeam v12 Object Storage Enhancement

This is a note-taking on Veeam v12 Object Storage Enhancement

1. Direct-to-object storage support
  • suitable for the customer that has no local storage edge/branch office
  • Direct from performance to an archive tier
  • Not supported - Enterprise Plug-in, AIX & Oracle Solaris, Restore from tape
  • VBR, Agent for Windows/Linux/MAC, NAS Backup

2. End. to end object storage for SOBR

3. New object storage format
  • reduce transactional overhead and streamlines IO

4. Multiple buckets
  • increase performance and improves consumption tracking
  • Performance issues if all put into 1 single bucket
  • 50TB per buckets
  • S3 = S3
  • Azure = Azure
  • S3 compatible = S3 Compatible
  • Same provider

5. SOBR rebalance
  • rebalance all extent
  • supported for performance tier, capacity tier, archive tier

6. Standalone immutability
  • S3
  • S3 Glacier
  • S3 Glacier Deep Archive
7. Multi-Region support
  • Copy from 1 region to another region 
  • Move from S3 to S3 Glacier Deep Archive
Use case
  • BJ -> Object storage -> Tape
  • BJ ->Object Storage -> Object storage
  • BJ -> Object storage
  • BJ -> On-prem repo -> BCJ -> Object storage

BJ= Backup Job
BCJ = Backup Copy Job

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Note Taking : Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Best Practice

 This is note-taking for Veeam Backup for Google Cloud (GCP Best Practice)

1. Configure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) to manage portal users

  • Portal Admin - full access (including configuration)
  • Portal Operator - access management/infrastructure only
  • Restore Operator - perform workload restore

2. Lower storage costs using archive class

  • minimum retention 365 days
  • automatic archiving to low-cost, long-term storage

3. Protect VB appliance with configuration backup

4. Monitoring Appliance Memory

  • overconsumption due to high usage.
  • Solution - reconfigure the appliance machine type to have more memory - n1 standard (4cpu, 15GB Memory)

Friday, July 1, 2022

Note Taking: Veeam v12 Enterprise Plug-In Enhancement

 This blog post is note-taking for Veeam v12 Enterprise Plug-in Enhancement

1. Central deployment and management for Veeam Plug-in for Oracle RMAN, SAP Hana and BR Tool (SAP on Oracle)

  • Plug-in deployment via protection group
    • same as Veeam agent deployment
  • Policy configuration - Backup Job
    • database
    • transaction log backup
    • compression
    • channel
    • scheduling

2. Veeam Plug-in for Microsoft SQL Server

  • DBA-driven native backup to Veeam Repository
  • Manual deployment to source SQL Server
  • Able to run the backup from SQL Management Studio
  • Backup data transfer to Veeam Repository
  • Can do configuration, backup & recovery from this plug-in
  • Supported environment
    • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 onward
    • SQL : SQL 2014 SP3 - 2019 (x64 only)
    • Enterprise, Standard, Web, Developer
    • Cluster: Always on group including cluster less, Windows Server Failover Cluster with shared volume or shared disk

3. PostgreSQL backup and Restore

  • Agentless for Linux VM
  • Veeam Agent for Linux
  • Log shipping
  • Veeam Explorer for PostgreSQL

4. General improvement

  • Hardened Linux Repo Support
  • Kerberos support
  • ipv6 support
  • Certificate based authentication
  • Linux group enhancement for plug in configuration access control