Veeam for the Microsoft Cloud at Microsoft Ignite

Greetings fellow IT professionals! After more than 20 years of TechEd in the late spring and early summer, Microsoft will give us Microsoft Ignite (formerly TechEd) in the fall from Sept. 25 – 29, 2017 in beautiful Orlando, Florida. I am so excited to get together with 10,000 of my closest IT friends at the Orange County Convention Center and talk about the amazing emerging technologies and innovations that will change the shape of our world for the foreseeable future.

Published: September 6, 2017

6 great Availability solutions from Veeam and Microsoft Azure!

Veeam produces the world’s best Availability solutions. Over the last two years, our customers have become increasingly interested in Availability solutions in the cloud, specifically in Microsoft Azure. Veeam has always been and continues to be hardware agnostic. We always let our customers choose their preferred hardware, or in this case cloud provider. With that said, Veeam has built six show-stopping innovations for our customers who are looking to use Veeam with Microsoft Azure to strengthen their Availability story in the hybrid cloud.

Published: June 14, 2017

Three scenarios for leveraging hybrid cloud solutions to improve Availability

In “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing,” Peter Mell and Timothy Grace point out that there are four types of clouds: Private, public, community, and a hybrid mix of at least two of these. If you are thinking “What is a community cloud?” then I encourage you to go back and read the NIST paper. It’s really short and succinct, and your personal cloud vocabulary will be better for it. The vast majority of business will end up using their own private clouds and interfacing with various public cloud offerings from their partners. Availability seems to fit just perfectly as a hybrid cloud opportunity.

Published: February 1, 2017

10 Reasons you’ll love Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 for Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V!

icrosoft has a new Windows Server 2016 and Veeam has a new Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. The release dates of these two great products are too close to be a coincidence. In fact, I know that many of the features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 were built specifically for Windows Server 2016. Many of our competitors in the Availability marketplace will claim that they have “support” for Windows Server 2016, which in most cases just means that they can back up an instance of Windows Server 2016 if the conditions are right. At Veeam, we don’t just support Windows Server 2016.

Published: December 8, 2016

Veeam Named Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist; In 2 Categories!

Here at Veeam we work hard at building great relationships with our customers and our partners. We have some amazing alliances with the industry’s leaders. Our Microsoft alliance relationship is of incredible value! Microsoft plays such a key role in technology, we seem to encounter them at every level of our business from software development to marketing, channel partners, sales and promotions, innovation, and of course, we share the same end customers who are committed to availability using Veeam, Windows Server, virtualization, and cloud.

Published: June 13, 2016

8 Gems in Veeam Availability Suite V8 – Part 8: Hyper-V

Veeam Availability Suite v8 has been released and customers and partners are already upgrading their environments and exploring the several new features that have been added to this latest version of the software. Luca was nice enough to ask my opinion about some gems in Veeam Backup & Replication V8 related to Hyper-V.  Gem #8 is all about how Veeam makes what would otherwise be complex and challenging data protection scenarios in Hyper-V really easy.

Published: January 27, 2015

Hyper-V Isn’t Sexy, but it’s Free and it Just Works!

Hyper-V has quietly moved into the hypervisor marketplace. I think the reason for the lack of pomp and circumstance around Hyper-V is that it doesn’t introduce some grand new sexy feature set that no one else in the market place has ever seen. Instead Microsoft gives every IT Pro and CIO what they really want, a free product that just works!

Published: October 20, 2014

The Veeam Explorers: Now for AD and SQL!

Virtualizing Tier 1 applications presents a big opportunity for small and big business alike to reap the benefits of virtualization all the way to the application level of their organization. Benefits like mobility, resource allocation, workload customization, elasticity, automation, and high availability without high cost can all be had by virtualizing Tier 1 applications. Unfortunately virtualizing Tier 1 application workloads also brings with it the challenges associate with data protection, disaster recovery, monitoring, and management of the virtual infrastructure. Keeping your business up and running at all times is critical. Businesses today require 24/7 access to data, efficient management of exploding data growth and little tolerance for downtime. For years now Veeam has helped to enable virtualization of Tier 1 ...

Published: May 8, 2014

VHD to VHDX Conversion Made Easy with PowerShell

A couple of weeks ago I wrote “3 Easy Steps to Migrate to Hyper-V 2012 R2” talking about how to migrate VM’s from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2. Since then I keep hearing the same question over and over again.

Question: When you migrate VMs from Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 to Hyper V in Windows Server 2012 R2 can you also automate conversion from .vhd to .vhdx? And can it be done with minimum interruption to the operation of the workload of the VM?

Answer: YES!

Our friends Aidan Finn and Didier Von Hoye are using a really cool PowerShell script to automate the entire process. The only challenge here ...

Published: March 25, 2014

You Must Try Veeam Explorer for Active Directory!

Today Veeam announces Veeam Explorer for Active Directory! Veeam Explorer for Active Directory is a valuable and innovative extension for Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Explorer for Active Directory will allow you to browse the backup of an NTDS.DIT database to locate containers, objects, and their attributes and then restore them to their original location in the running domain controller or to a new location.

In the good old days, like yesterday, Active Directory recovery demanded the downtime associated with restoring the VM that hosted the Active Directory Domain Controller and then using active directory restore mode to recover containers, objects, and their attributes. Unfortunately some attributes such as passwords were problematic or downright impossible to recover. With Veeam ...

Published: March 17, 2014