Why you should replicate your vCenter Appliance

In the old days of virtualization a vCenter used to be a nice-to-have commodity. But these times are long gone (at least from an IT point of view). In today’s datacenter many services and applications rely heavily on vCenter. Some of the most common use-cases are VDI-environments, cluster balancing mechanisms like DRS or Storage-DRS and even backup software needs vCenter.

The last one is a crucial point. It’s good to have your vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) backed up regularly and most of you and your customers will likely do so. But think of what would happen if you’d loose your vCenter for like 10 minutes or even an hour.

It’s not just important to have a backup of it – you also need to return to operation fast and minimize your Recovery-Time-Objective (RTO). Continue reading “Why you should replicate your vCenter Appliance”

How to leverage Veeam-Agent to protect physical servers from update failures

In a virtualized world, physical servers have become quite rare. However, some systems like hypervisors or storage-virtualizers need to be physical for obvious reasons.
If you have to upgrade or patch these systems, you’ll keep your fingers crossed and hope they will come up fully functional after the upgrade. You may wish to have a convenient backup or snapshot, like you’re used to in the virtualized world.

Veeam Agent

Actually there is already a solution for the Problem: Veeam Agent for Windows (aka “The Agent formerly known as Veeam-Endpoint”, or TAFKAV).┬á ­čśë

This software does a very good job since it was released in April 2015. I’ve installed it on countless customers workstations so far. It protects my homelab, my notebook and also some difficult to replace installations on customer sites. The ability to use an existing Veeam-Backup repository makes it even more useful in an enterprise environment.

Veeam Agent 2.0 comes in three flavours: The free version, the Workstation version and the Server version. Workstation offers a similar set of features as the free version, but offers 24/7 support and centralized management. The server version offers application consistent backups including log-truncation. Continue reading “How to leverage Veeam-Agent to protect physical servers from update failures”

Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Veeam Endpoint Backup hei├čt jetzt Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0

Veeam ist der Platzhirsch unter den Backup L├Âsungen, 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 M├Âglichkeit, sowohl auf g├╝nstige 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 p├╝nktlich zur VeeamOn2017 in der Version 2.0 ver├Âffentlicht und bekam auch gleich einen neuen Namen: Veeam-Agent-for-Windows (nat├╝rlich gibt es auch einen Agent f├╝r Linux und nat├╝rlich ist es nicht f├╝r Windows 2.0, sondern f├╝r alle Versionen ab Windows 7 SP1) Continue reading “Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0”

VeeamON2017 – Goodbye New Orleans

See you in Chicago

Thank you all who attended the convention in NOLA for the great time. Kudos to all members of the Veeam Team who helped making this event possible.

What a great experience to come together with all you Veeam geeks. In the last 3 days we’ve had a good time with all of you. Especially with the group from Germany, Austria, France, the US and Australia (no worries about the beer on my shoes, mate!) ­čśë

The next VeeamON will be held in Chicago between May 12th and May 17th 2018. Hope to see you there again.