Windows Server 2019 and what we need to do now: Migrate and Upgrade!

What is the right thing to do today to prepare for leveraging Windows Server 2019? I’m convinced there is no single answer on the best way to address these systems; rather the right approach is to identify options that are suitable for each workload. This may also match some questions you may have. Should I move the workload to Azure? How do I safely upgrade my domain functional level? Should I use Azure SQL? Should I take physical Windows Server 2008 R2 systems and virtualize them or move to Azure? Should I migrate to the latest Hyper-V platform? What do I do if I don’t have the source code? These are all indeed natural questions to have now.
Rick Vanover
Posted by Rick Vanover

Published: October 11, 2018

How to enable rapid patch testing with backups and Veeam DataLabs

Unfortunately, bad patches are something everyone has experienced at one point or another. Just take the most recent example of the Microsoft Windows October 2018 Update that impacted both desktop and server versions of Windows. Unfortunately, this update resulted in missing files for impacted systems, and has temporarily been paused as Microsoft investigates.

Because of incidents like this, organizations are often seldom to quickly adopt patches. This is one of the reasons the WannaCry ransomware was so impactful. Unpatched systems introduce risk into environments, as new exploits for old problems are on the rise. In order to patch a system, organizations must first do two things, back up the systems to be patched, and perform patch testing.

Melissa Palmer
Posted by Melissa Palmer

Published: October 10, 2018

Why our software-driven, hardware agnostic approach makes sense for backups

Having been hands-on in service provider land for the entirety of my career prior to joining Veeam, I understand the pain points that come with offering backup and recovery services. I’ve spent countless hours working on getting the best combination of hardware and software for those services. I also know firsthand the challenges that storage platforms pose for architecture, engineering and operations teams who design, implement and manage these platforms.
Anthony Spiteri
Posted by Anthony Spiteri

Published: October 3, 2018

Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex is here

Recently we announced a new joint solution, Veeam Availability on Cisco HyperFlex. This new solution brings together the power of Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform and Cisco's industry-leading Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) solution, HyperFlex to deliver an enterprise-grade, highly available Intelligent Data Management platform. So, what’s different?
Andrew Lickly
Posted by Andrew Lickly

Published: October 1, 2018

How to properly load balance your backup infrastructure

Veeam Backup & Replication is known for ease of installation and a moderate learning curve. It is something that we take as a great achievement, but as we see in our support practice, it can sometimes lead to a “deploy and forget” approach, without fine-tuning the software or learning the nuances of its work. In our previous blog posts, we examined tape configuration considerations and some common misconfigurations. This time, the blog post is aimed at giving the reader some insight on a Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure, how data flows between the components, and most importantly, how to properly load-balance backup components so that the system can work stably and efficiently.
Evgenii Ivanov
Posted by Evgenii Ivanov

Published: September 26, 2018

Life after vSphere 5.5 End of General Support

The end of general support for vSphere 5.5 was on September 19, 2018. There may be a number of questions for those customers that are still sitting on vSphere 5.5, like what version do I upgrade to? And what considerations do I need to make as part of the support upgrade path?
Michael Cade
Posted by Michael Cade

Published: September 25, 2018