Category: Backup & Replication

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Veeam BR Validator Command-Line Tool: Essential Tool for Validating Veeam Backups

Veeam BR provides an internal tool for checking backup health offline. Backup is a way to keep data safer in any environment but no one can guarantee that the backup file is healthy because there is some reason that backup file can be corrupted during backup or after backup such as storage failure or during backup copy on an external medium. As the backup file health is very important and sometimes administrators have to restore virtual machines after accidentally deletion. Without removing VM data, that is a tool that checks the integrity of backup files. A backup is tested at the file level by the command-prompt CRC check programme Veeam Backup Validator. If backup data were transmitted over a network or if hardware issues happened in a backup storage area, you might need to use this application to determine whether they were damaged. The tool use the checksum method for integrity validation. Every data block in the backup file is given a checksum, which Veeam Backup & Replication adds to the data blocks when it creates a backup of a virtual machine. Data block checksums are recalculated by Veeam Backup Validator, and they are compared to the original checksum values....

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First Look at Veeam BR Extractor and All Its Advantages

Introduction To Veeam Backup Extractor Veeam Backup Extractor is a Veeam utility to extract VMs from full backup (VBK) file. Administrators can extract VMs from backup file without installing Veeam Backup & Replication. There is no dependency between the utility and Veeam Backup & Replication, so the utility works as independent utility. Administrators can copy the utility from backup server to another server and run that easily. Note: I didn’t test extract VMs from a backup file which it’s placed on a shared folder. There is two interface for extracting VMs from backup files: The extract utility is located in the installation folder of Veeam Backup & Replication, by default: %PROGRAMFILES%\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup. The folder contains three files for the extract utility: Graphical User Interface GUI is available by run Veeam.Backup.Extractor.exe from this path: %PROGRAMFILES%\Veeam\Backup and Replication\Backup Extracting VMs is so simple from backup files by using Veeam.Backup.Extractor.exe, just click on browse button (1), select backup file (2), then select VM from the VMs list and then click Extract to extracting virtual machines from the backup file. Command-Line Utility There is two command-line utility for Windows and Linux that administrators be able to extract VMs from backup file by run the commands. There...

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Protect Virtual Machine: How to Stay Safe from Ransomware

How can we protect VM against ransomware? This is important question for any infrastructure administrator. Actually, Ransomware is a computer malware, and it will be installed on wide range of devices such as computers, smartphones and wearable devices. It can attack to data and encrypt data then ask user to pay for decrypt data. Users may encounter in a number of ways. The most common method used by attackers to spread software is via e-mail as an attached file. Protecting Virtual Machines Most companies are using VDI solutions to deliver desktop experience to the users and virtual desktops acting same as physical desktop. Even all protection steps are provided for protecting users data such as strong anti-virus, firewall, email malware detection and other ways, attackers will try new way to infect user data and keep data as hostage and ask to pay money. When users data is encrypted by a Ransomware, administrators can help them by restoring their data from a valid backup, so one of solutions to protecting data is taking backup from them. Traditional Backup Administrators can ask users to keep their important data on shared folder or removable devices or sync them with same folders on other computers. But this is...

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VM Backup Best Practices

Datacenters are going smaller compare to datacenters in past few years because of virtualization revolution. Organizations are deploying their services on virtual servers instead of physical servers and most companies over the world have large virtual farms. But some traditional challenges are still exists such as backup and disaster recovery. Virtual machine deployment and maintenance is easier than physical servers but administrators have to take backup from machines, files or any important data same as before, nothing changed! Also organizations still needs to recovery site for disaster recovery in other geographical location, all machines should be replicate between the primary and recovery site. Backup solutions are little different in virtual infrastructures with physical infrastructures but backup solution has also backward compatibility in virtualization platforms, means that the backup solutions covers both virtual and physical machines now. The new backup and recovery solutions still needs to storage space for storing backup files, bandwidth for transfer and computing resources for processing backup jobs. Any backup solution has some best practices and administrators should consider the best practices to achieve best results. Know VM backup best practices are important topics for planning and implementing backup solutions. Join me to review some of best practices...

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New Veeam Agent For Microsoft Windows 2.0 – Beta

Whats up? Veeam Endpoint Backup that renamed to Veeam Agent has been released for Microsoft Windows with some new features. The agent called Veeam Agent For Microsoft Windows and now, beta version is available publicly. Download need to fill the invitation request on this link: https://go.veeam.com/windows-backup The new agent will be published as two new paid edition and free editions is also available yet:  

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Backup Solutions – Oracle VM

You will need to a backup solution in virtual environments same as physical environments. There is many backup solutions for VMware vSphere, Nakivo or Veeam are third-party solutions. Also Veeam is best third-party solution Hyper-V platform. But if you are implementing Oracle VM, you need to know, what is best backup and restore solution for this platform. Below are some partners with currently supported data protection solutions: Acronis with Acronis Backup Advanced Actifio with Actifio Sky. Actifio Sky for Oracle Cloud is  available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace Asigra with Asigra Cloud backup Zmanda, a Carbonite company with Amanda Enterprise Arcserve with two backup products: Arcserve Backup and Arcserve Unified Data Protection Barracuda Networks with Barracuda Backup CloudBerrry Lab with CloudBerry Backup. CloudBerry Explorer provides a user interface to Oracle cloud storage Commvault with Commvault Software (formerly Simpana) Dell with Rapid Recovery and NetVault EMC with its Data Protection Suite (DPS), with Avamar and NetWorker as key components FalconStor Optimized backup (VTL & NAS) Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Data Protector; StoreOnce R1Soft  with Server backup Manager SEP with Sesam Storware with vProtect Storix System Backup Administrator Veritas Technologies with Backup Exec and  NetBackup, available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

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Veeam Backup & Replication Best Practices

Veeam has published a guide for Veeam Backup & Replication past week. The guide contains best practices that it will help you to deploy your backup solution according to your environment with best performance. You can download the guide from: https://www.gitbook.com/book/poulpreben/veeam-backup-replication-best-practices/details Update: The book has been updated and it’s covering Veeam Backup & Replication 9 U2

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Veeam Linux Agent

Veeam Endpoint Backup was introduced by me on another post. Veeam Endpoint Backup is an application for Windows and now, Veeam has made an agent for Linux and you be able to take backup from Linux machines files. This is beta version and I suggest that don’t install it for production purpose but you can test it on test environment. Linux desktop distributions are popular today more than few years ago and many users use Linux on their laptops and desktops and their data needs to protection and backup. Also VMware and Citrix added support for Linux desktop distributions as VDI operating systems, so you can have VDI benefits such as remote protocols on your Linux desktop and Veeam Endpoint Backup focus on this solution and it will cover Linux and Windows clients in future. Veeam Linux Agent has the below benefits: Backup anywhere Back up Linux instances running in the cloud or on premises Flexible recovery Perform on-premises restores from backups of individual cloud instances, or cloud restores of on-premises backups Integration with Veeam Backup & Replication™ Take full advantage of Veeam backup repositories as target locations; leverage existing Veeam Backup & Replication capabilities for granular recovery — and...

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Invalid Remote Certificate: How to Identify and Fix in Veeam BR 9.x or Newer

I faced with “Invalid remote certificate”: “Task Failed. Error: The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation process” on some my replication jobs between two our vCenter servers and Veeam BR couldn’t validate our target vCenter server certificate. I found a solution for resolving invalid remote certificate that I want to share it with you. Here is my environment specifications and the configuration. The log file locations maybe different with you environment: What Was “Invalid Remote Certificate” Issue? When vCenter server is adding to Veeam BR, its certificate’s thumbprint will be added to configuration database and if the vCenter server’s certificate was changed (Invalid remote certificate), you have to re-validate it in Backup Infrastructure. So if the certificate isn’t valid, you will see the below error: How Can Resolve It? First step, disable all your backup and replication jobs that they are related to the vCenter and also stop Veeam BR service because invalid remote certificate doesn’t allow you As I said before, you have to re-validate the certificate, so you should go to “Backup Infrastructure” and select your server then right click on the server and click on “Properties”. Then, you will face with the below dialog: Click...

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Re-IP Rule on Linux VM: Best Solution in Veeam Backup and Replication 7.x Version and Newer

Veeam Backup & Replication is one of the best backup and replication software that you can use them in your virtual environment. Veeam BR be able to IP customization during disaster-recovery and you can have your virtual machines in a DR site with different IP plan. But Veeam BR just support Windows VMs for IP customization or “Re-IP Rule”. So what can we do about Linux virtual machines and others?

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Veeam Backup & Replication – Bottleneck Analysis

Veeam BR informing you about backup job and backup infrastructure performance when job is finished and you will see a window same as the below: Load: Source 54% > Proxy 27% > Network 47% > Target 33% Primary bottleneck: Source What does it mean? No matter what job you are running, and how you have the product deployed, there are 4 main data processing stages that data passes in the specific order (think data processing conveyor). These are Source > Proxy > Network > Target, and each processing stage has a load monitoring counter associated with it. “Source” is the source (production) storage disk reader component. The percent busy number for this component indicates percent of time that the source disk reader spent reading the data from the storage. For example, 99% busy means that the disk reader spent all of the time reading the data, because the following stages are always ready to accept more data for processing. This means that the source data retrieval speed is the bottleneck for the whole data processing conveyor. As opposed to that, 1% busy means that the source disk reader only spent 1% of time actually reading the data (and required data blocks...

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Veeam BR – Backup Mode I/O Consideration

If you want to use Veeam BR as you backup and recovery software in your virtual environment, you have to consider the below I/O table about your backup mode and choose best backup mode according to your backup infrastructure and your company backup policies: Backup Mode I/O Cost Incremental Backup 1x I/O on target (write for each changed block) Reversed Incremental Backup 3x I/O on target (write + read + write for each changed block) Active Full Backup 1x I/O on target (write for each block) Synthetic Full Backup For Incremental Backup Mode 2x I/O on target (read + write for each block) Synthetic Full Backup For Incremental Backup Mode With Transform 4x I/O on target (read + write + read + write for each block) Reversed Incremental will reduce your storage cost but increase I/O cost.  

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Veeam Backup & Replication – Tape Backup Compatibility

There is some consideration about Veeam Backup & Replication and native tape support and most important thing is: Veeam Backup & Repliction doesn’t support tape via ESXi Passthrough.  So if you want to deploy a backup solution with tape and backup your repositories on tape drives, you have to use a physical server as tape server. Plug your tape device via FC or SCSI or any other supported connection types to tape server. You can assign tape server role to any server or also assign to Veeam Backup & Replication server too. Hope this post help you to prevent facing with some strange issues and confusion. Read this KB: 1016407 for more information.