There are few things in IT that are worse than needing to recover some data and realizing that you don’t have a proper backup of it. Well, good thing for me, this only happened in my home lab and not at my day job. I suffered a power outage during some recent bad weather and one of my management VMs, the VM that had everything that I use to manage my home lab, decided it wasn’t going to come back up. Oh how I wish I had a backup of that VM so that I didn’t have to spend hours getting it back to where it was before the crash. So, I decided I needed to get something in place so that this wouldn’t happen again. Veeam…to the rescue! I’ve used Veeam before at my previous job as our primary backup tool but it never hit me to try it in my lab because I also remember the cost! And for a small home lab it just wasn’t feasible. But then I realized that Veeam gives a NFR license to vExperts…..say no more! In this blog I will go through the install for Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5. Read Full Article

In my last post, I walked you through the upgrade process for going to Veeam v9. After having some time to work with the product and exploring the many new features, I have come up with my top 3 that I want to share with you. Let’s jump straight into it:

Stand-alone backup console


In v8 and previous releases of Veeam, I’d have to login directly to the backup server to manage any parts of my backup infrastructure. Many times this meant asking nicely (kicking off) if one of the other admins were still using the server so that I could login. No more!!! Now the console supports connecting to a remote Veeam backup server. You can install the client right on your workstation and connect just as if you were on the server itself. Also the new look of the console is great. Not that the other console wasn’t pleasant to look at but….the changes that were made are nice!

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There are many products out there that people use to backup their VMware environment. One of the more popular products is Veeam. In my opinion, Veeam is simple, effective, and user friendly and that’s why its the backup solution for so many. With the release of Veeam Availability Suite v9, many of you will be upgrading to take advantage of all the new features that are now available. Here are just a few of the many new features to the two products:

Veeam Backup & Replication:

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots (EMC, HP, and NetApp)
  • Veeam Cloud Connect Replication
  • Veeam Explorer for Oracle
  • Scale-out Backup Repository
  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots (EMC, HP, and NetApp)

Veeam One Monitor:

  • Support for Veeam Backup & Replication v9
  • Veeam Cloud Connect Monitoring and Reporting
  • Performance and configuration assessment for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Capacity planning for Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Enhanced multi-tenant monitoring and reporting
  • New reporting on over-sized/under-sized VMs and idle VMs

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In this post we will setup vSphere replication to use an external SQL database. By default when you setup the vSphere replication appliance, it will use an embedded database to hold replication information but we can change that by using a manual configuration and putting in the proper settings. That’s what we will walk through now.


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