When doing an Instant VM recovery or a Linux FLR recovery using Veeam Backup & Replication it will create a NFS share within a VMware infrastructure which allows it to power on VM’s directly from a backup file. However when the restore is done the NFS share remains in the infrastructure. This is done to speed up future recoveries.

I received the question if there was a way to auto-unmount the datastore once a restore was done. This is currently not possible but the following script will remove any NFS datastore in the infrastructure called “VeeamBackup_” on all hypervisors.

# Script to unmount Veeam vPower NFS datastore
 
# Fill in the information below
# vCenter server address (FQDN or IP)
$vcenter = "IP-HOSTNAME"
# vCenter Username
$user = "SOMEADMIN"
# Password
$pass = "SOMEPASS"

# DO NOT TOUCH BELOW!!
 
# Connect to vCenter
Connect-VIServer -Server $vcenter -Username $user -Password $pass | Out-Null

$hosts = Get-VMHost
foreach ($VMHost in $hosts) {
    $veeamshare = Get-Datastore | where {$_.type -eq "NFS" -and $_.name -Match "VeeamBackup_*"}
    Remove-Datastore -VMHost $VMHost -Datastore $veeamshare -confirm:$false
}
 
# Disconnect from vCenter
Disconnect-VIServer -Server $vcenter -Confirm:$false | Out-Null

You can automate this task by running the script as a scheduled task.

Enjoy!

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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.

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Fresh from the press! The vExpert 2014 results are in. Corey Romero made a new VMTN blog post announcing the vExperts for 2014. I am honoured to be on the list again this year. This is a great community full with experts and VMware fanatics. Each in their own way, either they work for VMware or they evangelize it.

This year there are 754 vExperts who made the list this year.

Also something cool to know is that we have quite some vExperts working at Veeam Software, 7 in total.

For a full list on vExperts make sure you check the vExpert directory.

Also a shout out to the G+ community, make sure you join it. It was created last year and is full of blog posts and other virtualization related stuff!

To all other vExperts: congratulations!

Didn’t make the list? You can already apply for the Q2 vExperts here!

What is RVTools?
RVTools is a windows .NET 2.0 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about your virtual machines and ESX hosts. Interacting with vCenter 2.5, ESX(i) Server 3.x, ESX(i) Server 4.x, vCenter 4.x, ESXi Server 5.x and vCenter 5.x.

RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and RVTools is able to update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

What do I need?
This application supports vCenter 2.5, ESX(i) Server 3.x, ESX(i) Server 4.x, vCenter 4.x, ESXi Server 5.x and vCenter 5.x.

What’s new?

  • New tabpage with cluster information
  • New tabpage with multipath information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields HA Isolation response and HA restart priority
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields Cluster affinity rule information
  • On vInfo tabpage new fields connection state and suspend time
  • On vInfo tabpage new field The vSphere HA protection state
    for a virtual machine (DAS Protection)
  • On vInfo tabpage new field quest state.
  • On vCPU tabpage new fields Hot Add and Hot Remove information
  • On vCPU tabpage cpu/socket/cores information adapted
  • On vHost tabpage new fields VMotion support and storage VMotion support
  • On vMemory tabpage new field Hot Add
  • On vNetwork tabpage new field VM folder.
  • On vSC_VMK tabpage new field MTU
  • RVToolsSendMail: you can now also set the mail subject
  • Fixed a datastore bug for ESX version 3.5
  • Fixed a vmFolder bug when started from the commandline
  • Improved documentation for the commandline options

Where to get it?
Download it from the Robware website.

Any documentation?
The documentation can also be found on the Robware website.


Today VMware announced they have opened the vExpert 2014 applications. You can now submit your application and invite other people. Just like the last 2 years VMware offers 3 different paths. The deadline for application is March 6th, 2013 for Q1, after that you can become a vExpert in Q2, Q3,…

Evangelist Path

The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.
Customer Path

The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.
VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path

The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

New this year is a fasttrack method for those who have been a vExpert in 2013. If you are a current 2013 vExpert, the 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all VMware wants to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. This is a big plus as it is very easy to re-apply!

If you think you are the right person to become a 2014 vExpert go apply at http://bit.ly/LMJqB5! If you want someone else to apply for vExpert 2014 you can also sign them up: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF. More information on the vExpert program can be found here.

Thanks to John Troyer & Corey Romero as well as the vExpert Program Team to make this happen again!

Good luck to everyone!