Veeam


Veeam FULLY supports vSphere 6!

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A word from my sponsor :

Veeam® Backup & Recovery now FULLY supports VMware vSphere 6. Now, you can get Veeam’s largest and most powerful release in history with FULL vSphere 6 support, including support for VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols) and Virtual SAN (VSAN) 2.0, Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) policy backup and restore, support for backup and replication of Fault Tolerant VMs, vSphere 6 tags integration, Quick Migration to VVol datastores and much more, coupled with the award-winning, features and enhancements of Veeam Availability Suite v8, including:

  • Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SQL Server
  • Backup and recovery from NetApp Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault
  • Veeam Cloud Connect for fast and secure cloud backup
  • AES 256-bit end-to-end encryption
  • And much more

Existing customers download the latest patch for all mentioned above.


VEEAM Backup to Azure (step by step)

Use the following steps to configure Veeam Backup & Recovery to back-up the VM’s (Hyper-V and VMware) to Azure. You can sign up and use free trial licenses for Veeam (check out the banner on the right) and Azure. You only pay for the storage (3 ct for each Gigabyte and the network consumption for restoring a VM for 6 ct each Gigabyte. Uploading to Azure (to back-up) is free of charge)

First go to : https://portal.azure.com/

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Hit the big + to create the Veeam Cloud Connect VM :

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You have to fill in some information like the servername (without the @cloudapp.net) and the username and password. You will need this account to logon to this VM in the next step.

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Now we are ready to create the Azure VM and it takes approx 30 min.

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When the VM is ready logon to the console using the following interface :

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Start the Veeam configurator using the icon on the desktop :

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Now we have to upload a (trial?) license.

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Veeam is so nice to describe the few configuration steps.

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Now we are going to create a user. We need this user later on when configuring Veeam Backup & Recovery. Make sure this username and password is different than the account you created earlier.

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We are able to set an expiration date and assign an amount of storage.

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Ok that’s the Azure part. 🙂 Now go to your Veeam Backup & Recovery console.

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Go to service provider, and choose to add a new service provider.

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Fill in the servername (VM name in Azure + cloudapp.net) and use the default port. You don’t have to check (but can) the SSL certificate.

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Choose the repository and now we’re all set!

Now you can choose the Cloud repository in the Backup VM Job :

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Review Veeam One Part 1 Installing

I recently installed Veeam in my home environment. These are the steps I went through when installing Veeam ONE.

We start with the Windows Metro style installation menu :

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The installation procedure is straight forward.

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There are 2 options, I’m using the full product. 🙂

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I choose the typical installation, you might want to change that although.

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A very very nice feature is that Veeam checks for the requirements and automatically installs them :

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And as you can see the requirements are installed :

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Give the service accounts credentials :

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Provide the SQL Server instance credentials :

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Make sure the following ports are free :

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Provide the VMware vCenter credentials : (or Hyper-V)

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Give the credentials and IP address of your Veaam Backup & Replication server :

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Check the summary and hit next to install the software :

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After 1 or 2 minutes Veeam ONE is installed..

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Error upgrading components Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5 (Solved)

While upgrading to the latest version everything seemed to be working fine, but when I started Veeam B&R for the first time it wanted to upgrade some components and while upgrading one component it stalled with the error “no access”.

This is how I fixed this problem. Go to your installation directory, (in my case D:\Program Files\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Packages) and right click the packages you wish to upgrade and click install.

In my case the upgrade went perfectly and Veeam noticed the upgrade and everything was fine.


Review : Veeam Explorer for Exchange

While attending Tech Ed 2012 EMEA I spoke with some people @ the Veeam booth. They showed me a beta version of the Veeam Explorer for Exchange. I was very enthusiastic about it and after a few week of holiday I finally had some time to do a review for myself.

What does Veeam Explorer do?

Veeam Explorer makes it possible to restore single mailbox items from the Exchange database (EDB + logfiles). Everyone knows the tool no system administrator can live with out, Ontrack Powercontrols. I’ve used that tool several times, but there is one major drawback. It’s licensed on a exchange server name. So for consultants and companies with multiple exchange servers it’s not that handy. Although there are more companies and products who work just fine they all cost money.  And Veeam Explorer for Exchange (VEFE for now) will also be available in a free version!

Also very nice, VEFE doesn’t need any agents. Just point to an exchange ese.dll and you mailbox edb file and the logfiles and off you go. You can dropdown your mailbox database and scroll through all the mailboxes and their items. You can even directly open all the items (mails etc)

Installation of Veeam Explorer for Exchange

Installation of VEFE is very easy. Make sure you have Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 x64 installed!

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First point to an Exchange Server installation (ese.dll). This can be an unc path.

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Then I restored an back-up of my Exchange 2010 Server database

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Fill in the location of the Exchange database file(s) and the logfiles

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Wait a couple of seconds

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And the database is connected

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Now scroll through the items and these are the options

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Conclusion

Although the product is still in beta, it works very nice. I was surprised about the speed of the program. Other programs like Ontrack Powercontrols also work very nice but their performance is not that great. It takes ages to scroll to several mailboxes to find the message you are looking for. VEFE works very quickly. Ofcourse it depends on the hardware (storage!) but using my whitebox environment and several tens of gigabytes of mailbox data the performance was top of the line!

There is room for improvement also, Smile The VEFE is an standalone program and is not yet integrated in Veeam Backup and Recovery. Although it’s not necessary, it could be nice. Another feature I would like to see in the final version is the possibility to restore items directly in an other mailbox store. Yes, now you can forward the message of export to pst. But a direct restore would be better, the items are untouched then also.

Try it for yourself

Veeam offers the possibility to test the beta product.

Therefore go to the veeam website (www.veeam.com) and register for the beta.

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Don’t you want to wait to be selected? I have a few invites. Want to receive one? Leave a comment!