Veeam Cloud Connect

Since the introduction of Veeam Cloud Connect getting backups off site has never been more easy. Veeam Cloud Connect makes it easy for Veeam customers to extend their backup infrastructure to the cloud. It also makes it easy for service providers to offer hosted backup repositories or complete backup services with Veeam.

This feature is available since version 8 in Veeam Backup & Replication (part of the Veeam Availability Suite) and with the upcoming release of version 9 this feature will be improved by adding replication as an additional feature. This improvement ensures availability of your mission-critical applications without the cost and complexity of building and maintaining a disaster recovery (DR) site. Veeam Cloud Connect with VM replication provides fully integrated, fast and secure cloud-based DR through a service provider.

Via the Veeam cloud & Service Provider portal it is possible for any Veeam user to find a service provider with ease. While looking at this portal I was thinking “what if these were put on a world map?”. The idea was born and after some coding and deepdiving into the platform I managed to create a world map based on Google maps.

This map offers you the possibility to zoom in to a specific country, fill in your location and define a radius. Once submitted this will output all the providers in the specific radius near you!

You can find the world map here. Do keep in mind that the current status is a beta and feedback is appreciated.

Veeam Cloud Connect: getting backups & replicas off site the easy way.

Veeam Cloud Connect

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!

Last year at VeeamON Veeam announced Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. This free solution is a great success because it is easy to use and it just works.

At VeeamON, Ratmir announced Veeam Backup for Linux that can be used to backup both your Linux servers on-premises as in the public cloud.

Veeam Backup for Linux is an agent-based solution running inside the guest OS. It will support incremental backups with proprietary CBT driver. Fully compatible with LVM (Logical Volume Manager) but we do not leverage LVM snapshots. Our own volume snapshot provider (which doesn’t have the limitations of LVM snapshots) will be included. This solution will be able to take a consistent snapshot of the server’s storage by only using our built-in functionality.

Things which are already known about v1:

  • Agent based
  • Restore from on-premises to the cloud or the other way around
    Veeam Backup for Linux
  • Will support most Debian and Red-Hat based distro’s
  • Backup options: entire server, volume-level and file-level
    Veeam Backup for Linux
  • Support for pre-freeze and post-freeze scripts will be supported to ensure application consistency
  • Management wide there will be a web-based GUI, command line interface (CLI) and the option to work with configuration files (perfect for automation)
  • Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication v9 is coming
    Veeam Backup for Linux

The following is a screenshot from the command line interface GUI (subject to change):
Veeam Backup for Linux

If you ask me this is something a lot of people were asking and waiting for and the best thing is that this solution is free!

Veeam Availability Suite v8

Update 3 for Veeam Backup & Replication v8 is now available and brings some improvements to the product.

Most important is the support for Windows 10 (as guest VM and supported operating system for installing Veeam Backup & Replication) and the support for vSphere 6.0 Update 1 (this resolves the SSL issue).

New Features and Enhancements

Microsoft

  • Support for Windows 10 as guest virtual machines (VMs), including application-aware processing.
  • Support for installation of Veeam Backup & Replication and all of its components on Windows 10.

VMware

  • Support for vSphere 6.0 Update 1.
  • Added ability to convert “VMware Tools not found” job warning to informational event. To enable this behavior, set DisableVMwareToolsNotFoundWarning (REG_DWORD) registry value to 1.

Linux

  • Support for the following additional SSH ciphers: aes128-ctr, aes192-ctr, aes256-ctr, aes192-cbc and aes256-cbc.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server

  • Log truncation is automatically skipped for stopped and unsupported SQL Server instances to prevent errors from being logged.
  • Preferred network settings will now also apply to transaction log backup jobs.
  • Support for SQL Servers using non-standard port number.

Veeam Explorer for SharePoint

  • Support for ADFS authentication.
  • Support for UPN credentials.

SureBackup

  • Proxy appliance will now respond to ping from within Virtual Lab to prevent firewalls automatically blocking its network as public.

Other

  • Removed weakly encrypted username and password logging from guest processing components using networkless (VIX) guest interaction mode. Veeam thanks Pasquale Fiorillo and Francesco Ongaro of ISGroup for vulnerability discovery.
  • Improved performance of certain user interface operations, such as opening Backups node in large environments.
  • Reduced load on SQL Server hosting product configuration database, while improving SQL interaction reliability in large environments.
  • Improved performance of configuration backup in large environments.
  • Minor enhancements and bug fixes in various product areas.

Again a nice and important update.

Veeam Availability Suite v8

Today Veeam announced Update 2 (notice the name change from patch to update) for the Veeam Avaiability Suite v8.

This means updates are available for both products in the Availability Suite:

vSphere 6 FULL support

The most important new feature is the FULL vSphere 6 support. This includes all new additional features such as backing up VVols, VSAN 2.0, Fault Tolerant VM’s and cross-vCenter vMotion awareness (this is really cool, no more problems with moRef id’s changing).

Currently there is a known SAN transport issue in VDDK 6.0.0 but Veeam created a fix for it so you don’t have to worry about it. It just works!

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE integration

This was already announced a while ago and it is now possible to send Endpoint backups to a Veeam backup repository and it’s now fully available!

Using a Veeam backup repository as the target for your Endpoint backup jobs enables the following additional functionality:

  • Centralized monitoring. Perform basic monitoring and management for all incoming endpoint backup jobs, including email notifications about endpoint backup status.
  • Offsite protection. Get your endpoint backups off site to disk-based storage, tape or your Veeam Cloud Connect service provider with Backup Copy and Backup to Tape jobs.
  • Backup encryption. You can choose to optionally encrypt your endpoint backups stored in Veeam backup repositories. All standard Veeam encryption features are supported for endpoint backups, including password loss protection.
  • Application item-level recovery. Restore application items from backups of server machines with Veeam Explorers™ for Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.
  • Disk export. Export physical disk content from backup into VMDK/VHD/VHDX virtual disk files.

I already blogged about this feature in the preview stage which got covered in a small demo video.

Other cool changes

Besides these important changes there are some other interesting things to be found in the release notes.

SNMP traps. Both Windows and Multi-OS File-Level Recovery can now trigger SNMP notifications. To enable such notifications, create the EnableRestoreSNMPTraps (DWORD) registry value under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication, and set it to 1.

I really did not see this coming but I can see lot’s of use for this. Sending traps for every recovery can for example help assisting in troubleshooting wrong restores even faster.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL ServerDatabase restore performance has been improved by up to 3x.

While the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL already is an amazing tool to perform perfect restores it got improved even more. Hooray for faster restores!

Again an amazing update by Veeam and another proof why Veeam is the #1 Availability product for your environment.