There is one word that brings fear and exasperation to the hearts of IT Professionals everywhere. Licensing! The installation of every operating system and application comes with the required and totally ignored EULA. We all find ways not to read the EULA. A contract embedded in an installation program seems counterintuitive. Imagine how long an installation would take if you actually read the EULA. The ways and means with which licenses are issued and established in the IT world are as varied as imagination will allow. Creativity in licensing is so prevalent that there are certified licensing specialists who make their entire careers out of making licensing recommendations. Why does it have to be so hard? Finally it doesn’t! Microsoft has introduced Automatic Virtual Machine Activation for Windows Server 2012 R2. This makes great sense because Windows Server 2012 R2 datacenter version comes with unlimited virtualization rights. AVMA brings about a simple method for activating virtual machines in a datacenter. It streamlines the process by providing a simple mechanism for activating both local and remote VM’s and can even be executed via PowerShell with a simple command run from an administrative command prompt on the local VM.
slmgr /ipk <AVMA_key> That’s it!
AVMA requires a virtualization server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition and the clients must run Windows Server 2012 R2 in Datacenter, Standard, or Essentials.
***AVMA only applies to machines running Windows Server 2012 R2 in volume licensed environments (like datacenters) but represents the clear path for future licensing and activation strategies. As virtualization continues to grow in popularity the licensing and activation strategies associated with it will continue to evolve and hopefully continue to get easier. Kudos to Microsoft for taking this much needed step in VM activation!
I hope this never happens to you, but if you ever receive a legal discovery request, you may find this post useful. One of my IT friends shared this story of when he had to do an exchange discovery for a set of keyword combinations on historical email communications that he thought might have happened 2 years ago. This kind of discovery would be a real challenge for a lot of IT organizations.
Houston, we have a problem!
Since the company was using Exchange 2010, my IT pal googled for some advice and found an article on TechEd. The article advised him to use a Multi-Mailbox Search: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335072(v=exchg.141).aspx
However, you usually don’t have an Exchange server with a ...
I get this question a lot, so much so that it’s time I blogged it! In particular, if someone has used other backup products which may take different approaches there can be questions on how Veeam gets the job done. While there are a lot of scenarios that Hyper-V can be used and deployed, I thought I’d take the time in this blog post to give a quick breakdown of the sequence of events for a Hyper-V backup job. Let’s break them down into sever simple steps.
Hyper-V is cool! Its technically sound and for all practical purposes has become an excellent choice for running infrastructure workloads in a virtual environment. Hyper-V is not just for test and development environments anymore. More and more businesses are relying on Hyper-V to run their production workloads like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and Active Directory. Production environments have strict operating requirements! Business relies on uptime and access!
So what if you were using Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 to run your Virtual Machines (VMs) and you have decided to make the move to Windows Server 2012 R2? How will you migrate those VMs? I get this question at least once a week so I decided to write the detailed answer.
For those ...
Data consistency is the sum of validity, accuracy, usability and integrity of data between applications and across an operating system. This is a critical characteristic of any backup solution. In this blog, I will discuss data consistency in more detail, define different levels of consistent backups and explain how to make sure that your Veeam backup is consistent.
Today, it’s hard to imagine a situation when data consistency doesn’t matter for a company. It always matters, especially when the data is being changed actively like in bank systems, simultaneously making thousands of financial transactions within an account database.
Over the last few years, virtualization has gained a lot of trust and many decided to virtualize Microsoft Exchange and other IO intensive business apps. As a result, there have been many questions about the backup and recovery of those apps, including questions about what Veeam has to offer for such circumstances.Can Veeam backup an Exchange VM running on an ESX(i) or a Hyper-V host?
YES, it can. You can google many fine articles on this topic. Veeam fully leverages Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) technology, which allows performing transaction-consistent backups for applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and SQL.
The funny thing about IT is that no matter how many technology advances come out, some core practices never go away. I’m talking about data protection, as things can still go wrong. In fact, they can go wrong with larger consequences much quicker now. With so many changes over the years in the modern data center, what can we do to address our protection requirements and meet stakeholder expectations?
That can be a tough question to answer when we consider the scope of changes and the pace at which new workloads are deployed. Incredible technologies such as Hyper-V and vSphere virtualization, coupled with unified computing technologies and superior management have made it very easy to respond to the needs of business ...
The number of IT job postings in virtualization grows rapidly from year to year showing the demand for specialists with necessary skills and knowledge. To meet this demand, in the beginning of 2014, Veeam introduced the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification. This program helps Veeam experts stand out amongst the rest of IT professionals.
In this article, I will present an overview of the new program, explain where and how to prepare for a certification exam, and answer other frequently asked questions. So after reading this article, you will understand how to become a certified Veeam expert.
A VMware VM is a set of files containing all of the necessary information about a virtualized operating system. These files include the primary configuration file (.VMX), which keeps VM settings, the centralized file for storing information about VM snapshots (.VMSD) and other. The data of the VM is contained in the .VMDK file, the VMware virtual disk format. By way of analogy with physical servers, each VMware VM can have one or more virtual disks, which mean that your VM can contain several .VMDK files or otherwise said, can contain several “hard drives”.
Every admin should have a backup. This principle works for any virtual environment; regardless of the hypervisor you are running (VMware, Hyper-V or whatever): backup is king!
One of the timeless rules that can effectively address any failure scenario is called the 3-2-1 backup rule. This approach helps to answer two important questions: how many backup files should I have and where should I store them?
The 3-2-1 rule became a popular concept thanks to Peter Krogh, a well-known photographer who wrote that there are two groups of people: those who have already had a storage failure and those who will have one in the future. In other words, the 3-2-1 backup ...