It has been an extremely busy time for Veeam with the release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5, the release of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 as well as the upcoming public beta of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. This release trend is continuing and today I am pleased to announce the general availability (GA) of Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center Update 3 and its Availability for download!

Many multi-tier applications that once had to be hosted on premises are now being deployed within the public cloud. With this adoption, millions of organizations worldwide no longer desire to manage their on-premises Exchange email infrastructure for a multitude of different reasons. The Exchange Online component of Office 365 provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering for businesses to purchase on a subscription basis. To complicate things just slightly, protecting and ensuring the recoverability of this data has been a challenge.

It’s a problem that’s continuing to plague organizations around the globe. For example, a large global organization was faced with recent outages of their end-user-facing, retail-sales application costing the company thousands of dollars. A mandate from the CIO placed the IT team in a position where they HAD to figure out how to centrally protect the applications and services at their remote office/branch offices (ROBOs), as well as their headquarters (HQ) datacenter.

It’s unfortunate, but this challenge is becoming more and more commonplace in the today’s virtualized datacenter. Senior executives are now demanding centralized, off-site backup AND replication of their many remote offices and datacenters to the HQ datacenter, or in some cases, to the public cloud.

Because Veeam fully intends to maintain this practice of being among the first to add support for newly released versions, I am happy to announce that NEW Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 will be the first to provide FULL, advanced support for Microsoft 2016 data center technologies. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 will integrate deeply with new Windows Server 2016 technologies, Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and the 2016 releases of Microsoft enterprise applications.

The best things about virtual computing are its ease of scale, management, portability and consolidation Virtualization also presents unique challenges for the IT team members who ask the following questions:
  • • How do I monitor this constantly evolving and changing environment?
  • • What metrics are the most important?
  • • Do we keep using the legacy tools we're used using?
  • • Do I procure something that's purposely built for the virtual infrastructure (VI)?
  • • Like most IT decisions, there are pros and cons to each approach, but what if we took a bit of a hybrid approach?
  • • What if the VI could be monitored and reported on within an existing toolset?

Storage snapshots are an everyday part of the modern data center regardless if you’re the virtualization administrator or the storage professional. One of the most popular requests from the Veeam user community is to bring direct storage integration to their favorite storage vendor array. Today we are happy to announce that in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 we’ll be integrating with Nimble Storage. 

Happy Halloween, Veeamers! In the spirit of the season, we're having some fun!

I recently participated in a video interview with Kristy Dalton, GovGirl – the topic of the discussion was how a zombie apocalypse could destroy our data center. This sounds like a tall tale, but disasters can happen to your data. Read on to see how the 3-2-1 rule and more can help your data center.

Imagine the scenario of a zombie apocalypse. The city is being overtaken by the horde, phones are ringing off the hook, it’s complete pandemonium, and all systems are down! This scenario for the IT professional definitely falls in line with the "other duties" category in the job description.

This blogpost is the third in a three-part series on AD (Active Directory) administration best practices. Have you ever had the horrible realization that you just deleted the wrong computer account from the domain? Or have you ever reset a service-account password for a mission-critical application and the password reset broke an entire application suite and had to rollback? And, worse, you didn't save the old password? Bad moments like these happen to IT pros just like you. The questions are how to recover and do it quickly. Thankfully, you CAN restore service quickly. All you need are the right tools.

In Part 1, Protecting the Active Directory Domain Services – Best Practices for AD administration, I focused on protection steps to protect your domain service locally. Unfortunately, most environments have multiple locations, otherwise known as ROBOs (Remote Office Branch Offices). Examples include remote, colocation and cloud data centers, retail stores, satellite offices, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and more. These locations are often geographically separated by many hundreds or thousands of miles, require only simple file, print and share services and are often without an IT staff. Server virtualization has drastically improved the way these services are deployed.

Every component of the Modern Data Center requires authentication of some form or fashion.  Microsoft's Active Directory Services contains information about individual objects within the forest and stores the necessary information in a relational database (ntds.dit). Domain Controllers are the heads of the infrastructure that controls access to resources through an authentication and login process. When a user attempts to access a file on the corporate domain-based file server, either. Kerberos and NTLM are authentication protocols used to verify the identity of a computer or user. To say the least, authentication is critical to the Always-On Business.