Veeam ReFS Repository on iSCSI Targets

Troubleshooting Repository Deadlocks

With Resilient Filesystem (ReFS) integration into Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 a whole bunch of features was integrated. One of the biggest advantages is ‘Fast Cloning Technology’ which enables synthetic full backups by merely creating pointers to already existing datablocks on the repository.

In a small scale environment I had a hardware repository server (Win 2016) with an iSCSI Volume as repository (ReFS, 64k) as primary backup target. This constellation worked like a Swiss watch. Daily backups ran for months without any trouble. Fast cloning technology enabled weekly synthetic full backups with minimal consumption of extra space.

Recently I’ve added another iSCSI Volume (ReFS, 64k) to be used as repository for backup copies. That’s when the fun began… Continue reading “Veeam ReFS Repository on iSCSI Targets”

Using VM tags to manage backup SLAs

Agile backup job assignment with VM-tags and Veeam Backup

Organizing VMs in backup jobs can be a tedious task. Especially when there is a larger number of VMs and multiple jobs. It might happen that you miss out a VM for a job, or have it doubled.

To check whether a VM is backed up by the corresponding jobs, you either have to go through the settings of every single job or use smart tools like Veeam-One.

There are a couple of ways to add VMs to a backup job. You can choose single VMs by name, or select an entire VM folder, resource-pool or datastore. But one of the most sophisticated and versatile methods is to leverage VM-tags for selection.

What are tags?

A tag behaves like a label or a sticker that you put on a VM. It defines a property or a membership of a given VM. Think of a tag that marks a VM for daily backup. A second tag might mark a VM for hourly or weekly backup. You don’t have to adjust your backup jobs twice a week to remove or add new virtual machines. With VM-tags you don’t have to touch backup jobs at all. Just tell the job once to select all VMs with a specific tag and you’re done.

Even checking job membership for a VM is easier with tags. Just have a look at its tags.

How?

I will now show a simple example how to use tagged VMs in combination with Veeam Backup & Replication.

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Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Veeam Endpoint Backup heißt jetzt Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Veeam ist der Platzhirsch unter den Backup Lösungen, wenn es um die Sicherung Virtueller Maschinen geht – sowohl auf Hyper-V, als auch auf Vmware vSphere. Seit etwa zwei Jahren bot die Firma auch ein lizenzfreies Tool Veeam-Endpoint-Backup zur Sicherung von Workstations an. Dieses Produkt erfreute sich hoher Beliebtheit bei Privatanwendern und auch im kommerziellen Bereich. Es bot die Möglichkeit, sowohl auf günstige Wechselmedien, NAS-Speicher oder auch in Repositorys der Software Veeam-Backup and Replication zu sichern.

Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Dieses Produkt wurde nun pünktlich zur VeeamOn2017 in der Version 2.0 veröffentlicht und bekam auch gleich einen neuen Namen: Veeam-Agent-for-Windows (natürlich gibt es auch einen Agent für Linux und natürlich ist es nicht für Windows 2.0, sondern für alle Versionen ab Windows 7 SP1) Continue reading “Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0”