How to avoid vSAN compatibility issues and be sure your SureBackup is a success

Hello from Veeam Support!

Recently, a customer contacted us with the very curious case. The SureBackup job was failing with the generic error message during snapshot creation phase: “The specified feature is not supported by this version.” There were several VMs included in the SureBackup job, but only one specific VM failed. Moreover, the source backup job itself worked perfectly, including the affected VM.

Vasiliy Yur
Posted by Vasiliy Yur

Published: November 20, 2017

Plugging into vSphere 6.5 enhancements to increase Availability

It's been nearly a year since VMware released vSphere 6.5 which marked the 12th major release of VMware's hypervisor and hypervisor management product suite. And while VMware has been focusing on more recent products like vSAN and NSX, it shouldn't be forgotten that vSphere still remains at the core of the virtualization platform on top of which all other products are consumed. Veeam has a strong history of working with and supporting vSphere features, and the 6.5 release is no different.

Anthony Spiteri
Posted by Anthony Spiteri

Published: October 11, 2017

Demystifying Recovery Objectives

Downtime is not an option for modern organizations that must fulfill their customers’ needs and expectations. Different types of incidents can occur and impact your business revenue or even existence. Whether it’s a ransomware attack, a power outage, flood or simply human mistakes, these events are unpredictable, and the best thing you can do is to BE PREPARED.

Preparedness means that you should have a solid business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) plan. One that has been tested and that can be put in motion smoothly.

Published: October 9, 2017

How to restore from tapes, if you get “Invalid block size”

Greetings from Veeam Support and welcome to the next episode of our troubleshooting series!

In this article, we will review how to resolve an issue that might be caused by a mismatch between the block size set in your Veeam tape drive properties and the one actually supported by the tape device itself. You will learn why block size can be different and how to fix it.

And even if you’ve never come across such a problem, you may also find this post useful, as under certain circumstances changing the block size can help you increase the processing rate. This is because when you have a higher block size, the drive is supposed to write data more quickly.

Kira Podlesnaja
Posted by Kira Podlesnaja

Published: September 28, 2017

How to get a free Veeam NFR key

Here at Veeam, we are passionate about helping people learn to do awesome things with their virtual environment. One of the best ways to learn is from your own experience, which is why we give certified IT pros FREE NFR keys.

Here’s how you can get a free Veeam NFR license key.

Maria Levkina
Posted by Maria Levkina

Published: August 24, 2017

Why snapshots alone are not backups

Having a clear picture of what VM snapshots and backups can do for you is critical when your data is at stake. To dispel any doubts, snapshots are NOT backups. They are two different processes designed to address different needs. Today, I’m going to explain the discrepancy between VM snapshots and backups and provide you with a few scenarios where each of them best fits.

While it is true that many Veeam products will use a snapshot as part of a backup — a snapshot by itself is not a backup. This logic applies to VMware VM snapshots, Hyper-V checkpoints and storage snapshots as well.

Published: August 15, 2017

Get the most of your VMware alarms with Veeam ONE

Monitoring data center performance is an essential part of every IT administrator’s job that shouldn’t be overlooked. There are many avenues you can go down when looking at a tool to help monitor performance, but with Veeam, you can do this with Veeam ONE. Veeam ONE has many capabilities, but one of the most important features is the alarm it triggers when part of your virtual environment isn’t working as it should. Pre-built alarms included in Veeam ONE keep IT administrators up-to-date on the operations and issues occurring in their environment in real-time.

Kirsten Stoner
Posted by Kirsten Stoner

Published: August 10, 2017

File inclusions and exclusions explained with Veeam Backup & Replication

A few years ago, the file exclusion engine was introduced to Veeam Backup & Replication. This was primarily meant to handle situations such as a large set file data that you didn’t need in an image-based backup. One example I had users liked was a SQL Server (especially before Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server) that had SQL Server DBAs performing SQL Server Agent jobs or SQL Server Maintenance Plans to export flat backups on disk and transaction log exports.

Rick Vanover
Posted by Rick Vanover

Published: August 8, 2017

Attention: Your backup infrastructure is under attack

The backup infrastructure is a primary target for attack because all relevant environment data is stored in that one single place. Second, if an attacker wants to destroy data, the backup environment is a good starting point because the backup server has access to pretty much every other important system, such as virtualization platform or storage systems.

Hannes Kasparick
Posted by Hannes Kasparick

Published: July 31, 2017