3 steps to extend your archival options to Microsoft Azure Blob storage

Long-term archival policies remain a consistent part of many enterprise infrastructures today. The need to maintain the 3-2-1 rule, ensure corporate standards, or provide regulatory compliance, keep liability of archival options out of the question. Convenient use of virtual tape libraries (VTL) enables enterprise businesses to extend their tape-based backups to virtual disks, or simply switch to newer operational methods without a long preparation as the staff is familiar with the terms already. While Veeam provides native tape support for backing up to virtual tape libraries, it’s now extending it with an option to leverage StarWind VTL for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, enabling all users looking for cheap and reliable cloud storage to easily and securely store backups/files there.

Published: July 17, 2018

How to use PowerShell and PowerShell cmdlets

PowerShell has come a long way from a command line interpreter with support of a few commands, to a fully integrated part of every modern Windows OS. Right now, not only is it a cool thing to, but it is also essential in order to achieve better results in Windows tasks’ management, including virtual machine (VM) backup.

This is a two-part article. In the first part, I’m going to talk about PowerShell in general, when you should consider using it for Hyper-V backup and how to get acquainted with PowerShell basics, PowerShell commands (cmdlets) and syntax.

Published: December 5, 2017

Data deduplication using both Windows Server 2016 and Veeam

It’s no secret that data management is an important part of a system administrator’s agenda. We are constantly looking to implement technologies and services that allow us to manage information flow better and let us store data efficiently without eating up our budget. There are many ways to achieve that but today I wanted to talk about one special example — Data Deduplication technology.

Published: March 30, 2017

57 recovery scenarios from Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5

It’s been a while since we published the last technical poster about Veeam technologies but please don’t be sad as I’m going to fix that right away!

Let me introduce you to a radical update to Veeam recovery scenarios technical poster. People constantly bugged me asking when we’ll have an update and I’m happy to report that the poster has been completely revised and now you can download its updated version, highlighting 57 recovery scenarios possible with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5.

Published: February 20, 2017

How to recover Group Policy Objects

We introduced Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory — a very helpful utility when it comes to AD objects recovery — as a part of Veeam Backup & Replication v8. Its initial functionality was intended to solve the most frequent cases administrators have with Active Directory: Granular objects and containers recovery (ok, password recovery also was included, as well as AD data export in LDIFDE format). All of that made a lot of people happy, but, as always, they wanted more. The community gave us great feedback, asking for additional features for less frequent cases or specific scenarios.

Published: January 19, 2017

How to create a Hyper-V VM template

Have you ever gotten tired of doing the same routine operations over and over again? What about that one where you create a new Virtual Machine (VM), install the guest Operating System (OS), enable the necessary features, apply updates and then install the typical set of software? Well, there’s a remedy for this problem and you’ll only need to do everything once! The process includes preparing a base reference VM which can be used later as new applications and services are requested. This reference VM is called a VM template and it can help you in many ways. In this article, we'll take a look at how this can be done!

Published: October 21, 2016

Hyper-V initial configuration

This blogpost is a continuation of my series for those who have already started their Hyper-V journey and discovered the great benefits that Hyper-V technology brings to companies and system admin. I will now describe the first steps of Hyper-V deployment, the initial configuration and how to launch your first virtual machine (VM) there.

Published: September 15, 2016

Leveraging Active Directory Recycle Bin: Best practices for AD protection (Part 4)

This post is part four of a series where I discuss granular recovery of Active Directory objects and different scenarios and tools for such operations.

In the previous article, I described the cases where administrators worked with Domain Controllers running Active Directory off a functional level of Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. I detailed the steps they had to do in order to reanimate the tombstone objects using LDP and Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory utilities.

Today, I’m moving on to newer systems with the Active Directory recycle bin feature enabled.

Published: July 18, 2016

Reanimating Active Directory tombstone objects: Best practices for AD protection (Part 3)

This is the 3rd article from my Active Directory protection series. In the previous one, I covered the domain controller recovery process. However, I believe that is a less common operation when compared to other Active Directory requests system administrators constantly receive. Among those requests, I believe the most frequent is Active Directory objects change.

Published: May 23, 2016