Powerful tips for AWS cost optimization

“If you’re moving to cloud primarily to save money, you would be terribly surprised with the result,” – that’s quite a popular phrase that’s been floating around in my team talks. While we always agree about cloud advantages such as ease of use, flexibility and so on, it requires some rethinking in terms of how you spend money there. In this article, I’m going to share a few tips based on my experience with AWS cost optimization.

Published: May 26, 2020

83 recovery scenarios with Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Like many of you out there, I’m a visual person. Whenever it comes down to some technical information, whether it’s a software function description or a company virtual architecture planning proposal, I can catch myself getting lost after a minute (only if I’m not presented with a nice scheme of said material). Given that, I’ve always been helping develop lots of Veeam-related illustrations, icons and presentations throughout my career here.

Published: May 20, 2020

3 Critical Strategies for Protecting Remote Workers Data

As many organizations deal with the new rigors of remote-working and the challenge of protecting critical business data on PCs, we wanted to remind you of a few Veeam solutions that can help during stressful times and into the future. In this article, we’ll bring a Veeam perspective on tool configurations as well as provide some advice on business security and successful data protection.

Published: April 20, 2020

V10: Bring on the Linux love!

It’s not a secret that we’re calling Veeam Availability Suite v10 the biggest release in Veeam’s history. There are lots of goodies we’ve baked into this version and now it’s my turn to unveil features which could be collectively named “Linux enhancements”, allowing you to leverage Linux ecosystem in the ways you wanted but couldn’t before. Without any further ado, let me please divide features by categories and then show them in order.

Published: January 28, 2020

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

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