August 25, 2014

Overview: Veeam Backup & Replication v8 – Coming in Q4 2014

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In this post I’ll give you a brief overview of new Veeam Backup & Replication v8 features, together with links to more detailed information about each feature.

NetApp snapshot support

What's new in Veeam Backup & Replication v8? Starting with the  version, Veeam Backup & Replication can use NetApp storage snapshots as backup or as a replica source for its jobs. This will reduce the impact on production VMs and allow for backing them up several times during business hours.

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September 22, 2014

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech BETA is here!

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Good news! Those of you who participate in the Veeam Community Forums probably know that earlier this week, Veeam’s R&D team released the BETA2 of the new Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech.

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech is intended for service providers who use both LabTech, one of the industry-leading IT automation software, version 2013.0 or later to manage virtualized endpoints and Veeam Backup & Replication to protect VMware and Hyper-V VMs.

With the help of this plug-in, you can monitor key metrics of Veeam Backup & Replication’s infrastructure (Veeam backup servers and protected VMs) in LabTech Control Center. The plug-in creates detailed dashboards, alerts, reports and more using ...

September 19, 2014

The art of the Active Full backup, made awesome with Data Domain Boost!

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When I heard that Data Domain Boost was coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v8, part of Veeam Availability Suite, I initially didn’t think much of it. After using the beta for a while now, I am very surprised how much the Active Full backup benefits from Data Domain Boost! Let’s dig into what I’m so excited about and how it works.

There are a number of new features I mentioned when I blogged about the new feature in June, but I use the Active Full backup a lot myself, and let’s explain how this works. It is true source side deduplication when data is coming into the Data Domain appliance. Blocks from the virtual disks of VMs that are ...

September 15, 2014

5 Hints to control VM sprawl with Veeam Availability Suite

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You may think that VM sprawl has never been a problem for your infrastructure, but what if it IS a problem and you just aren’t aware of it?

What is VM sprawl?

VM sprawl is a symptom of any rapidly growing virtual infrastructure. When any given department in the company opts to run their specific applications on dedicated servers, they can do this, thanks to virtualization. VMs are often set up for temporary usage, like testing or development labs, and after some peak usage owners may forget about them. The more virtualized applications and workloads you have, the more likely that “virtual junk” will appear in your infrastructure and cause VM sprawl. You could say that this is the modern version of ...

September 11, 2014

VeeamON 2014: Sessions overview

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Less than 1 month left until VeeamON 2014 (Oct. 6-8). My colleagues planned this event for many months, and today, when we entered the final stage of preparation, I decided to make a short overview of all the sessions that will be offered within five tracks: Technical-Sales, Technical-SE, Business, Technical and Monitoring.

Agenda

Before I tell more about the tracks, I want to say a couple of words about the VeeamON agenda in general.

As I mentioned above, VeeamON 2014 will take place in Las Vegas, on Oct. 6-8.

September 9, 2014

Introducing Backup I/O Control in Veeam Backup & Replication v8

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When we released Veeam Backup & Replication version 6, one of the big “what’s new” items was our enterprise scalability through our distributed architecture and automatic intelligent load balancing. The move to the proxy/repository architecture was a big one for us because previously all backup activities ran through a single backup server. There were several reasons for moving to this architecture…

Distribute backup processing across multiple proxy servers to make it easier for you to scale your B&R deploymentAchieve higher availability and redundancy: if a proxy goes down, another one can still complete the task – no more single point of failureReduce impact from backups on production infrastructure through intelligent load balancingDramatically simplify job scheduling (by automatically controlling the desired tasks ...

September 4, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend VeeamON 2014

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VeeamON 2014 is coming up in just a few weeks (Oct. 6 - 8 in Las Vegas, NV), so I’d like to share what I’m most looking forward this year (and I see at least five good reasons to attend this event).

1. In depth training and hands-on experience

VeeamON 2014 is an excellent opportunity to explore Veeam solutions.

This is a great conference for educational sessions on data protection, availability and monitoring. VeeamON 2014 offers different education tracks (Technical program, Monitoring program, Technical-Sales, Technical-SE and Business programs). Every attendee has an option of choosing business or technical sessions to get the most from this event. I’ve already selected about 15 sessions right for me (out of 50+ sessions ...

September 3, 2014

You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 6

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Introduction

In our final part of this blog series we are taking managing and monitoring with System Center to the next level.

For those who have missed the previous posts, here are the links:

Part 1: Management PacksPart 2: Pre-work & Importing Management PacksPart 3: Exploring discoveriesPart 4: Fine-tuning methodologiesPart 5: Pro-active monitoring & maintenance tasks

In part 6, we are going to take it one step further and start creating our own dedicated views to make our work even easier.

Setting the scene

The Veeam Management Pack for System Center already has fantastic views in it, but sometimes you need to have more specific views for your infrastructure needs.

August 30, 2014

Veeam Content and Community Roundup for August 2014

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For many of us, August brought vacation, tasty food and probably a short break from self-education. Now it’s a good time to continue your studies.

If you want to deploy, administer and manage the infrastructure in your organization as a successful technologist, check out these free training materials the Veeam Team provided last month.

An introduction to virtualization

Are you a beginner in the way of virtualization? Watch this “level-101” educational video for IT pros where MCITP Chris Henley:

Defines virtualization and describes its benefits over traditional approachesDescribes VM architecture and hypervisor design principlesTalks about 2014 virtualization trends

Watch this 50-minute video

Getting started with Exchange 2013

Wondering how to get started with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013?

August 27, 2014

You imported a Management Pack, now what… Part 5

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Introduction

In our next part of this blog series we are going to talk about proactive monitoring and maintenance tasks.

For those who have missed the previous posts, here are the links:

Part 1: Management PacksPart 2: Pre-work & Importing Management PacksPart 3: Exploring discoveriesPart 4: Fine-tuning methodologies

In many cases actions are taken when the environment already has an issue and end-users are suffering from an outage. However, System Center Operations Manager and more specifically our Management Pack is written around pro-active monitoring. Instead of the traditional fire-fighting that happens in many environments, you can use the different MPs and their views and reports to monitor pro-actively and solve issues before they actually happen.

Maintenance tasks

Proactive ...