Christian Mohn wrote a book which will help you get started with Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The book is about 110 pages and contains 5 chapters.

  1. Introduction to Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for VMware
  2. Configuring Backups
  3. Restoring Data
  4. Replicating Virtual Machines
  5. Other Feature

Introduction to Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for VMware

This chapter explains the different compononents within a Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure. It also takes a look on some common backup strategies and terms which are being used nowadays.

You will learn about the 3-2-1 rule and how to achieve this with Veeam by using different features such as Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) and Veeam’s native tape support. Besides this there is also a clear view on achieving RPO’s and RTO’s and why it is important when you are working with backups.

As a wrap up of the introduction there is also a quick look at the editions within Veeam such as the differences between the free version and the paid version.

The chapter then goes on explaining how to install Veeam Backup & Replication and how to patch Veeam, configure a repository and adding your vCenter to the Veeam console.

Configuring Backups

Chapter 2 goes on with probably the most important thing, configuring the backup jobs. To get a better knowledge on how Veeam works there is a quick explanation on how Veeam makes and stores the backups.

The chapter is split into 3 parts.
First you will be adding a proxy server and learn how to configure a backup job using some of the basic settings.
Second you will put this Backup to Tape and as a final job you will learn how to copy the backup to a remote location using WAN acceleration.

Restoring Data

Making backups is one thing but understanding how to restore them is also important. Christian explains here how you can quickly recover a full VM using instant VM recovery or a slower recovery using full VM restore. Since Veeam is also able to do file level recovery there is also a quick summary on how to do guest file restores.

Replicating Virtual Machines

As the product name “Veeam Backup & Replication” says it’s a 2-in-1 solution and chapter 4 is all about replication to achieve a DR scenario. The chapter explains you how the infrastructure looks and how to configure your jobs to get a DR site up and running in just a few clicks.

Other Features

Veeam Backup & Replication does more then just making backups and/or replicas of your virtual machines. The final chapter has a look on some of the extra features.

There is a quick look on SureBackup and SureReplica which helps you automatically test any server and application on wether you can use the backup or replica in case of data loss or a failure on a production site.

U-AIR (Universal Application-Item Recovery) is briefly explained as well on how you can use the wizard to restore anything from any type of application.

Quick migration is the built-in tool which allows you to vMotion VM’s which you are running using Instant VM Recovery WITHOUT the need of a vMotion license.

SAN support is a quick look in how Veeam work directly with HP storage to reduce the impact on your production virtual machines where a snapshot may cause issues.

vCloud Director explains how Veeams handles a vCloud Director infrastructure.

Veeam also comes with a webinterface called the “Veeam Backup Enterprise Manager” which is mentioned as well which offers you the ability to do searching in backup files as well as 1-click restore.

And the last version 7 feature being discussed is the new vSphere Web Client which is available for vSphere 5.1 or higher.

My view on the book

This book is a really great way for people to get started with Veeam Backup & Replication v7. Christian did a great job explaining all the things you actually need without going into complex configurations.

For everybody who is new to Veeam as either an end-user or a consultant make sure to check this book! Even if you are an expert in Veeam this book can be very useful as a “quick reference” for those easy deployments.

VMware announced a new upcoming book called “The Official VCAP5-DCD Cert Guide”. You can pre-order it now over at Pearson!

The Official VCAP5-DCD Cert Guide

Are you aiming for some extra certifications in 2013? Is VCAP5-DCD one of them? This book will help you on your journey. It is aimed to be released in June 2013 and will contain about 350 pages full of information.

This exam is the one of the next steps after achieving VCP5-DV. Some more information regarding the exam:

  • Exam Number: VCD510
  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Type(s) of questions: Multiple-Choice, Drag & Drop, In-depth design questions using a design tool
  • Passing Score: 300/500
  • Time Limit: 225 Minutes

About the book

Ace your VCAP5-DCD, demonstrate your exceptional knowledge of VMware virtualized datacenter design, and differentiate yourself from thousands of VMware professionals!

The Official VCAP5-DCD Cert Guide is the only VMware authorized and approved guide to the new VCAP5-DCD certification exam for datacenter virtualization designers. Authored by top VMware expert Paul McSharry, it thoroughly covers every new exam objective, helping you sharpen your skills in designing and integrating multi-site, large enterprise virtualized environments. Organized to follow VMware’s newest exam blueprint, it’s packed with illustrations, tables, figures, screenshots, and realistic sample test questions — all designed to help you learn more, learn faster, and remember more.

Some of the contents

  • Starting out with datacenter virtualization design and VCAP5-DCD exam preparation
  • Creating the design: gathering data, identifying gaps, implementing best practices
  • Planning for high availability, manageability, performance, and security
  • Taking the vSphere platform from logical designs to actual implementations
  • Designing VMs to optimally support your user applications
  • Executing the datacenter virtualization project

VMware released a new book regarding ThinApp 4.7 Essentials writen by Peter Björk. This book will explain in about 250 pages how to package applications into a portable way. The book contains 7 chapters full of information. You can order it now over at Packtpub or Amazon!

VMware ThinApp 4.7 is an application virtualization and portable application creator which allows users to package conventional applications so that they are portable.

“VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials” shows you how to deploy ThinApp packages in order to improve the portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed.

Application virtualization improves the portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed.

VMware ThinApp 4.7 is an application virtualization and portable application creator which allows users to package conventional applications so that they are portable. ThinApp eliminates application conflicts, reducing the need and cost of recoding and regression testing.

In this book you will learn about how application virtualization works and how to deploy ThinApp packages. You will learn how to update and tweak ThinApp Projects before distribution. This book will then cover design and implementation considerations for future ThinApp projects.

Chapter list

  • Chapter 1: Application Virtualization
  • Chapter 2: Application Packaging
  • Chapter 3: Deployment of ThinApp Packages
  • Chapter 4: Updating and Tweaking Your ThinApp Project
  • Chapter 5: How to Distribute Updates
  • Chapter 6: Design and Implementation Considerations using ThinApp
  • Chapter 7: Troubleshooting

This book will be useful to developers, system admins and consultants who want to install and manage a virtualized app environment using VMware ThinApp 4.7. Basicly it becomes a must if you want to use more tools with less space consumption. Perfect for USB sticks and flash drives!

VMware released a new book regarding storage design and the implementation in a vSphere 5. environment. This book will explain in about 700 pages the know how about storage. You can order it now over at Pearson or Amazon!

The more important VMware virtualized infrastructure becomes, the more important virtualization storage becomes. Virtualization storage planning and management is complex, and it’s been almost impossible to find authoritative guidance – until now. In Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0, one of VMware’s leading experts completely demystifies the “black box” of vSphere storage, and provides illustrated, step-by-step procedures for performing virtually every task associated with it. Mostafa Khalil brings together detailed techniques and guidelines, insights for better architectural design, planning and management best practices, common configuration details, and deep dives into both vSphere and external storage-related technologies. He gives technical professionals the deep understanding they need to make better choices, solve problems, and keep problems from occurring in the first place. This book answers crucial, ground-level questions such as: How do you configure storage array from “Vendor X” to support vSphere “Feature Y”? How do you know you’ve configured it correctly? What happens if you misconfigure it? How can you tell from logs and other tools that you have a problem – and how do you fix it? Most of the author’s troubleshooting techniques are based on his own personal experience as a senior VMware support engineer helping customers troubleshoot their own vSphere production environments – experience that nobody else has.

VMware announced a new upcoming book called “VMware vSphere 5 Building a Virtual Datacenter”. You can pre-order it now over at Pearson!

The rapidly evolving field of virtualization and its many dimensions, can be confusing. This book is definitive practical guide for IT decision-makers and professionals responsible for evaluating, planning, implementing, or managing vSphere 5 in datacenter environments. Two world-class VMware virtualization consultants begin by concisely reviewing the fundamentals of modern virtualization with vSphere 5. They present overviews to the various datacenter elements-servers, storage, network, advantages, and functions; explain vSphere 5’s architecture; and discuss main components including ESX and vCenter Server. With this foundation in place, they turn to implementation, presenting concrete examples, detailed schemas, and proven best practices drawn from their extensive consulting experience.
Carefully balancing theory and practice, they demonstrate how to:

  • Accurately budget, schedule, plan, and manage vSphere 5 datacenter virtualization projects
  • Compare and evaluate architectural scenarios, and select the right approach for each environment and budget
  • Integrate vSphere with datacenter elements including servers, storage, clusters, network infrastructure, backup, and disaster recovery plans
  • Learn practical lessons from the experiences of leading enterprise customers * Implement high availability
  • And much more

Table of Contents

  1. Servers Virtualizations to the Cloud
  2. VMware VSphere 5 Software Components
  3. Storage in VSphere 5
  4. Servers and Network
  5. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Plan
  6. VSphere5 Protection
  7. Installation and Management
  8. How to Manage a Virtualization Project