September 3, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup: BitLocker support

Posted by Mike Resseler

Today, more and more devices have BitLocker encryption enabled by default. For instance, every Microsoft Surface tablet has an operating system volume protected by BitLocker out of the box. For this very reason, we decided that that Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE should fully support BitLocker encrypted volumes.

Protecting data

In most cases, you won’t even notice that the volumes are BitLocker is enabled and Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will perform its duties without any issues. However, you may encounter issues because of source and target volumes being protected.

Imagine the following case: You have both source and target volumes protected. What should you do in order to backup on an encrypted source volume to an encrypted target volume?

September 1, 2015

Recovering the Active Directory Domain Services – Best practices for AD administration. Part 3

Posted by Clint Wyckoff

Introduction

This blogpost is the third in a three-part series on AD (Active Directory) administration best practices. Have you ever had the horrible realization that you just deleted the wrong computer account from the domain? Or have you ever reset a service-account password for a mission-critical application and the password reset broke an entire application suite and had to rollback? And, worse, you didn't save the old password? Bad moments like these happen to IT pros just like you. The questions are how to recover and do it quickly. Thankfully, you CAN restore service quickly. All you need are the right tools. And I am sure you'd agree that restoring service quickly is A LOT more pleasant than updating ...

August 27, 2015

Veeam Sweeps the Stevie’s! Wins 3 Gold, 2 Silver International Business Awards

Posted by Peter Ruchatz

Executive leadership that supports and empowers its team to execute on initiatives is not just Veeam’s® strategy; it’s the foundation of all highly successful organizations. When I recently learned that Veeam was the recipient of five Stevie International Business Awards, (three Gold awards and two Silver awards), the news was validation that the global business community shares Veeam’s same leadership philosophy of encouraging company innovation and growth.

This forward-thinking style comes directly from the top, which is why I’d like to personally congratulate our CEO, Ratmir Timashev, for his Silver Stevie IBA for Executive of the Year — Computer Services. Ratmir’s leadership has seen Veeam’s bookings and new customers nearly double during 2014. Since the company introduced its first product in ...

August 26, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup: Moving your backups to a different location

Posted by Mike Resseler

Imagine you've setup your Veeam Endpoint Backups to use an external USB drive as a repository. After a while you set up a brand new NAS for home needs and decide to use it as a backup target. Reasonable question: can I migrate all existing backup files from one location to another without losing any supported functionality? The answer is yes you can! The procedure is pretty simple - let’s take a closer look.

My backups are stored on a removable hard drive in the default location (%volume% VeeamBackup/Backup Job %ComputerName%) because I’ve used the backup job auto configuration from the Endpoint’s setup.

August 25, 2015

Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center is GA!

Posted by Mike Resseler

We announced the Veeam® Management Pack™ (MP) v8 for System Center beta just a couple of months ago and told you about lots of improvements we made. Now, after adding some additional features and performing some intensive QC-department testing because of the always-appreciated feedback of our community, partners and end-users, we are, at last, ready to release the general availability version of MP!

Enabling strategic decisions

A good management and monitoring solution does more than just look at the environment and alert you when there are issues or potential problems. Over the years, we’ve improved MP’s capabilities with each release and supported new hypervisors and Veeam Backup & Replication™ versions. We’ve also gathered performance data from the environment to support capacity ...

August 24, 2015

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) – Best Practices for AD Administration. Part 2

Posted by Clint Wyckoff

Introduction

In Part 1, Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services – Best Practices for AD administration, I focused on protection steps to protect your domain service locally. Unfortunately, most environments have multiple locations, otherwise known as ROBOs (Remote Office Branch Offices). Examples include remote, colocation and cloud data centers, retail stores, satellite offices, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and more. These locations are often geographically separated by many hundreds or thousands of miles, require only simple file, print and share services and are often without an IT staff. Server virtualization has drastically improved the way these services are deployed. However, remote management, operation and maintenance of these services remains a challenge for IT organizations. Most of all, IT needs to ensure ...

August 19, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup: Working with exclusions

Posted by Mike Resseler

In the Backup Modes in depth post we explained you the different modes that exist in Veeam Backup & Replication. In this post, we are going to dig a bit deeper on the File Level Backup method and explain the exclusions also.

This will be a rather short post, but it is certainly handy to know what your possibilities are.

When you go for this method, you will see different things you can protect. Let’s run through them:

When Operating System: is selected, Veeam Endpoint Backup automatically includes in the backup all data related to the OS: the system volume, personal files and the System Reserved partition. The backup will be performed on the volume level.

Personal Files are generally the user profile folders ...

August 17, 2015

Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services – Best Practices for AD administration. Part 1

Posted by Clint Wyckoff

Introduction

Every component of the Modern Data Center requires authentication of some form or fashion.  Microsoft's Active Directory Services contains information about individual objects within the forest and stores the necessary information in a relational database (ntds.dit). Domain Controllers are the heads of the infrastructure that controls access to resources through an authentication and login process. When a user attempts to access a file on the corporate domain-based file server, either. Kerberos and NTLM are authentication protocols used to verify the identity of a computer or user. To say the least, authentication is critical to the Always-On Business®.

Designing for High Availability

IT professionals and engineers take great care and perform extensive planning to carefully architect a highly available Active Directory ...

August 14, 2015

How to restore a SQL Server Database – Easily!

Posted by Rick Vanover

When we released Veeam Explorer for SQL Server last year, I was very excited about this new Explorer. It truly addresses the database restore situation with ease for virtualized SQL Server systems running as a virtual machine (VM) on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V without requiring the expertise of a SQL Server database administrator (DBA). In this blog post, I’ll focus on simply restoring a SQL Server database from a Veeam backup job.

There are three ways Veeam Explorer for SQL Server works to restore SQL Server databases: From the image-based backup restore point, from a log replay to point in time, and from a log replay to a specific transaction. In each situation, the SQL Server database is restored ...

August 12, 2015

New release: Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure, our free gift to the IT community

Posted by Mike Resseler

Veeam® recently announced the Veeam® FastSCP™ for Microsoft Azure beta at Microsoft Ignite. This new release is a standalone tool that lets you copy your files securely onsite to Microsoft Azure VMs (virtual machines) and from Microsoft Azure VMs to your on-site location.

Hybrid cloud models are becoming more and more important and will continue to be important in the coming years. Using cloud resources like Microsoft Azure VMs s, for specific use-cases will give your business additional benefits and enable you to become more competitive in your industry.

Unfortunately, these new technologies come with challenges that can’t be solved with the same methods we’ve used in past years. In our beta announcement, we described the challenge of copying files to ...