New Features in the Upcoming NAKIVO v7.2

Some information from my sponsor Nakivo.

Nakivo v7.2 is on his way. Register for v7.2 Beta now!  All Beta program participants who fulfill the Beta program requirements will receive a gift card.

A list of new features that we be added in the upcoming v7.2 :

  • Asustor NAS Support: Install NAKIVO Backup & Replication on an Asustor NAS to create a high-performance VM backup appliance that combines backup software, backup hardware, backup storage, and data deduplication in a single cost-effective device.
  • Log Truncation for Microsoft SQL: Automatically delete SQL transaction log files that could otherwise fill up all the free space and crash the entire server.
  • Instant Object Recovery to Source for Microsoft SQL: Recover Microsoft SQL Server objects, such as databases and tables, directly to the source SQL server, a different SQL server, or export objects to a custom location.
  • Calendar Dashboard: View all jobs and their predicted duration in a calendar dashboard (much like meetings in a calendar application), as well as create new and manage existing jobs.
  • Flexible Job Scheduling: Add multiple schedules to a single job. This way, it will be possible to schedule a single job to run at different times, as required by the business needs.

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I’m also testing the v7.2 and shall blog about this on vWorld.nl!


How to Add an extra email address to your O365 mailbox the right way

This blogpost describes how to add an extra email address on your O365 mailbox. Someone told me that when he tries to add an extra email address using the Office 365 admin partner he receives the following error :

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The error says that this action (adding an extra email address) should be performed on the object in your on-premises organization. This means that your Active Directory is connected to Azure (O365). So extra email address should be added on the specific user properties and not directly using the Exchange admin interface. Your changes are automatically replicated to Azure.

Go to your domain controller and open dsa.msc (Active Directory Users and Computers) and go to the user you wish to provide an extra email address. Important : don’t search for this specific user, this way you don’t see all the properties later on. Also make sure that you have the advanced view enabled in dsa.msc, otherwise you won’t see the Attribute editor tab.

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Open the properties of the specific user and select Attribute Editor and go to ProxyAddresses. Now you have the option to add an extra emailaddress, use the following Value : smtp:user@email.nl

Make sure that the @email.nl domain is registred correctly in O365.

(Thanks to Roelf Z for the comment)

 


Solved: No Attribute Editor option within ADUC

I received a question why the Attrib Editor option didn’t show up in Active Directory Users & Computers. See the picture below.

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This is well known issue (by design). When you search for a user there is no Attrib Editor option. Instead go to the specific OU and open the properties from that specific user.

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Notice the Attrib Editor is now showing up!


Webinar: How to Migrate to VMware for Hyper-V administrators

If you’re a IT Pro who started with Hyper-V but find yourself in a situation where you need to migrate to a VMware platform, this is the perfect webinar to get up to speed.

My sponsor Altaro is hosting a webinar, tuesday June 27th 2017.

More information here

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Nakivo backup appliance now also for QNAP NAS

I’m using the Nakivo backup appliance on my Synology NAS for some time now. I’m quite happy with I thought it would be nice when there became support for QNAP. I have a high end QNAP NAS with more performance then my Synology devices, so it would be nice if I could use the extra performance and disk capacity. Now it’s possible!

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Nakivo released their appliance now with support for QNAP! Using their appliance could save you a lot of time, because the appliance writes directly to the disks in doesn’t rely on networkprotocols such as NFS and CIFS. You should notice that with your backup times!

The reason I think using a NAS device for backup is that you just buy a nice enough NAS and you’re ready to go. You don’t have to use servers, virtualization software, antivirus software, management tooling etc. Just one box, place it whereover you like and off you go! Another point to keep in mind, you’re backup VM in on the same host as the server(s) which are down? Now you don’t have to reinstall or restore that server. It saves you time!

Installation of the QNAP package is very simple. Just login to your QNAP and open the AppCenter. Go to Backup/Sync and notice the NAKIVO package. Just click on it to install. You don’t have to manually download&upload the file or something like that. The program itself has the same look and feel.

 


How to revoke App Access to your Office 365 environment

Today I tested a backup solution for Office 365. Installation was very easy and within seconds I made a connection to my Office 365 test environment. I quickly entered my admin creds and hit enter a couple of times.  Hmmm…. that went very smooth. The backup application made sure that there were enough permissions.

Okay, now I ready with the product evaluation. I want to remove those credentials! But how…. I found out that I had to look for it, so I thought it would be a nice idea to share my experience with my readers..

Login to your Office 365 tenant with Admin creds and go to the upper right and choose the options icon next to your name.

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Go to Office 365.

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You see all the applications that have (administrative) access to your tenant. You notice many default (web) apps. But notice the last application, Office 365 Backup. Click on details to verify that you have the right application. Ok? Now let’s remove those permissions. You can’t do this in this windows however. First you must go the My Account, and then notice the App permissions Pane. (3rd pane)

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Now click on the three dots next to your application:

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Choose the remove from tenant option. Et voila, your permissions are removed :

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(Notice that the Office 365 Backup permissions are gone)

Nowadays more and more Office 365 tools & software is coming to the market. It would be nice that when uninstalling the product, the vendor also removes the permissions made..


How secure is your Office 365 environment?

More and more companies are using Office 365 (O365) nowadays. Because it’s a SaaS service many people think that they don’t have to think about security. This is a common made mistake.

Log on to https://securescore.office.com with you (admin) Office 365 credentials and you see your current score. (Pictures taken from demo environment)

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You immediatly notice your score and the maximum score you can achieve. A nice feature is that you can see what your score was days/monts ago.  Maybe someone made an adjustment to your O365 configuration which has security consequences.

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Notice the information about the security measurements you already took and the one you can/need to take to improve your security score.

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It’s very easy to show more information about the steps. Just expand the specific action and choose how to accomplish that step.


Howto: Update Nakivo Backup and Replication V7 NAS Appliance

I like the fact that Nakivo Backup & Replication v7 is extremely easy to use and their interface is very intuitive to use.  Recently Nakivo released 7.0.1 of their Backup & Replication software.   Updating the Nakivo Backup & Replication appliance is an extremely intuitive and straight forward process.  I’m using the NAS appliance of NBR, so let’s take a look at how to update Nakivo Backup and Replication v7 appliance (NBR from now).

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In the main interface you see a notice that there is an update available. Click on that notice :

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Use the download button to go to the download page.

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Choose your NAS vendor, in my case I choose the Synology package.

After downloading to to the Package Center of the Synology NAS:

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Choose the manual installation option (sorry for the Dutch language :-))

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Browse to SPK (Synology Package) file and choose next

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Read & accept the license agreement.

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Choose to apply the update. After applying the update start NBR:

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Notice the update notification is gone:

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You just upgraded to the latest release of Nakivo Backup & Replication!

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For more information please find the release notes here.

You see upgrading to the latest release is very easy.


Nakivo Backup & Replication v7 released

Recently Nakivo released version 7 of Nakivo Backup & Replication!

The new version has the following features:

  • Support for Hyper-V 2016 and 2012 (R2)
  • Support for VMware vSphere 6.5
  • Active Directory integration
  • Skip swap files and partitions

You can find out more about v7 here.


How to troubleshoot your Linux VM running on Microsoft Azure

Many people are running Linux in a virtual machine on Azure. But what if a Linux virtual machine refuses to start?

Go to the Azure portal and open the virtual machine properties. First check out the CPU, network and disk utilization. Is CPU constantly peaking at 100%? Then you know that you must investigate that first. You see absolutely no utilization at all? Then your virtual machine might be down or doing nothing at all. When your virtual machine is slowly but online, maybe you have choosen the wrong virtual machine type and do you require more resources.

Ok… let’s choose the troubleshoot option. (The screendumps are from the dutch Azure website)

When you choose the troubleshoot option, you see the current resource status. A green sign means that there should be no problems with the Azure platform resources you are running on. In my case I see a green sign, so that’s a good! You also see the latest issues and activities. Did someone recently restart your virtual machine? You should see a notice of that. Remember how important it is to take security in mind. Are you and your co-workers all using the same account? Then it can be difficult to identify who rebooted the server.

You also see most common issues regarding your type of virtual machine. Just click on a problem and Microsoft gives you advice. You directly have the option to check for the tips that Microsoft gives you.

Console session

Most system administrators first instinct is to check the console screen. Unfortunately there is no live console screen which you can use. So you can’t monitor the boot process (and see the errors occurring) realtime. But there are ways to monitor it with a alternative method. Let’s go to the first option and click the first link:

After you’ve selected the first option you notice the follow screen:

You notice the latest boot process. You can scroll down this window. Notice the options to download the logfile, and to take a screendump and download it. You can’t see a live screen of the console but you’re able to download a screendump of the console. Not ideally but it can provide you with some interesting info.

Reset password

Sometimes there is a problem with your password.  Maybe you forgot your password!? You can use CLI or Powershell to change it.  You can find more info here and here. When you have full access to azure and the virtual machine you can reset your root password without knowing the current password.

Check for a pending reboot

Maybe some actions required a reboot and for that reason some services are not running. Check if the file /var/run/reboot-required exists or not. If it exists then you first have to reboot your Linux virtual machine before further troubleshooting.

Restart your virtual machine

There could be a resource problem or a hanging process. Choose to restart your virtual machine. Click on restart virtual machine to restart it. Use the console and boot information mentioned earlier to check the progress.

Reset the SSH connection creds

Sometimes there could be an issue with your SSH keys. Choose this option to recreate your SSH keys. (Option 4)

Migrate your Virtual machine to another host

You have the option the migrate (move) your virtual machine to another host. Sometimes there could be a problem with a specific region or host Use this option to make sure that this doesn’t apply to you.

Consider the use of premium storage

Check your number of IO’s. Do you have a application which requires a lot of IO? Consider the use of premium storage. Microsoft Azure Premium Storage delivers high-performance, low-latency disk support for virtual machines running I/O-intensive workloads. VM disks that use Premium Storage store data on solid state drives. You can migrate your application’s VM disk to Azure Premium Storage to take advantage of the speed and performance of these disks. But be aware of the costs! If your disks does not require high IOPS, you can limit costs by maintaining it in Standard Storage, which stores virtual machine disk data on Hard Disk Drives insteads of SSD’s. More info here.

Revert or fallback to your latest snapshot/backup

Sometimes it’s easier not to troubleshoot but to restore your latest backup and/or snapshot. Especially if you have a working (and tested!) backup and are able to restore

Conclusion

Microsoft provides more and more support for Linux virtual machines. The not real time console session is a bummer but Microsoft offers a lot of tips for you to take a clooser look at. I hope that this post will provide you with a good place to start your investigation. Make sure you have a working (and tested!) back-up plan in order. Everyone needs a restore or one point or another. 🙂 Microsoft also provides support plans, costs are $ 250 monthly with a minimum term of 6 months. You can always fallback on Microsoft’s Linux team which has advanced knowledge but for a price..