FreeNAS: Configure Veeam Backup Repository Object Storage connected to FreeNAS (MinIO) and launch Capacity Tier

Greetings friends, I have been showing you in this series of blogs about FreeNAS, how to deploy it on VMware vSphere in a very comfortable way, how to add an SSL certificate with Let's Encrypt to publish FreeNAS services securely, and how to configure the Object Storage service of FreeNAS (based on MinIO) with just a few clicks.To conclude the series, I'd like to talk about how we can combine what we've learned with Veeam Capacity/Cloud Tier.

Scale-Out Backup Repository - Basics

Before we go any further, it is important that we understand what we intend to do. Cloud/Capacity Tier builds on Veeam's Scale-Out Backup Repository to combine Performance Tier and Capacity Tier.If we saw it in a very simple diagram, we would have the following, a combination of local extents (Backup Repositories) called Performance Tier, to which is added a Capacity Tier based on Object Storage to which are sent the copies we don't need to have in the performance tier:

FreeNAS: Enable and configure Object Storage in FreeNAS 11.x compatible with S3 APIs – Based on MinIO

Greetings friends, in previous posts on FreeNAS 11.x I have shown you how to deploy it over vSphere, and how to deploy an SSL certificate using Let's Encrypt, both posts have been very well received by those who are using Homelabs, or if you have small businesses where your hosts have a lot of local storage it is a good idea to put that storage to new use.Today I bring you the step by step to configure Object Storage in FreeNAS 11.x, which makes use of MinIO as a platform to serve the S3 APIs.

What is MinIO?

MinIO is an open source object storage server released under the Apache v2 license. It is compatible with Amazon S3's cloud storage service. MinIO follows a minimalist design philosophy.MinIO is light enough to be packaged with the application stack. It is located on the side of NodeJS, Redis, MySQL and the like. Unlike databases, MinIO stores objects such as photos, videos, log files, backups, container/VM images, etc. MinIO is best suited for storing information notes ranging from KBs to TBs each. In a simplistic sense, it is like an FTP server with a simple get/put API over HTTP.

Why is it so interesting to deploy Object Storage S3 over FreeNAS 11.x?

MinIO scales up to many PBs, simply and without great complexity.MinIO can be configured in distributed mode to configure a high-availability storage system with a single object storage deployment. With distributed MinIO, we'll make optimal use of storage devices, regardless of their location on the network.To be able to launch a solution like MinIO, which is simple and used in millions of places in the Planet, besides having the most recent APIs of S3, makes this software a very good option so that we can take advantage even more of the storage that we have in vSphere, or in some Host that we do not use, or simply to put it in production, and to make use of the advantages of S3, but in a local way, that can be extrapolated quickly to Public Cloud using Object Storage clear.

FreeNAS: How to Deploy a Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate in FreeNAS 11.x and HTTPS Configuration

Greetings friends, the other day I showed you how to deploy FreeNAS 11.x on a vSphere environment, which can be perfectly reproduced in Hyper-V, or in any other Hypervisor or physical, or in Cloud.One of the most important things in this type of cases, is to have security when we activate space sharing services, whether FTP, Object Storage, etc.. That's why today, we're going to see how to deploy a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate over FreeNAS 11.x.

SSH connection to our FreeNAS 11.x

The first step will be to be able to access our FreeNAS via SSH, for this we will go to the services part, and in SSH, we will click on Actions to edit the options:

FreeNAS: Initial installation and configuration of FreeNAS 11.x as VM within vSphere

Greetings friends, today I come to tell you how to deploy and configure one of the best open source projects that I have been following for about 12 years. This is FreeNAS, a software that turns any computer, or VM, into a powerful NAS system with support for SMB, CIFS, NFS, SSH, iSCSI and much more.This project was also based on my beloved m0n0wall, which I told you about five years ago how to install it too and so on, so knowing that FreeNAS was based, or inspired by m0n0wall touches a certain sensitivity of mine without a doubt.In addition and to finish off that I can say that FreeNAS is the best friend for Homelabs and SMEs, since the last version includes a new interface based on Angular, in addition to having updated OpenZFS to the latest version to make storage the most solid part of the solution.More good news, this is a series of blogs about the possibilities of FreeNAS, so buckle up, recline the office chair and enjoy.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XVII – Showing Dashboards on Two Monitors Using Raspberry Pi 4

Greetings friends, I have been telling you throughout the series on Grafana many things, from how to monitor Linux, Windows, Veeam, VMware, and also the Server temperature using IPMI.Today I thought it convenient to show you the step by step to be able to visualize our Dashboards, if we have followed all the series will be already about 16 Dashboards, in a dynamic way and in two monitors using a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.Once you have finished the tutorial step by step, you will be able to have something similar to this in your Homelabs, offices:

Looking for Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XVI – Performance and Advanced Security of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Greetings friends, I come to the sixteenth post on InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana, you can find all the posts on InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana here. Today I bring you a new entry, in this case it is a Dashboard focused on advanced security when we use Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is in charge of protecting our elements in Office 365, be it all the mailboxes we have in Exchange Online, or SharePoint Online and even OneDrive for Business, I also leave you the entire category on this product (remember that there is a Community Edition with up to 10 free users, without paying anything).

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Dashboard

At the end of the entry you will have something similar to that Dashboard that will allow you to visualize:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XV – IPMI Monitoring of our ESXi Hosts

Greetings friends, we have spoken on numerous occasions about the power of InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana, if you remember not long ago I left you this fantastic post on how to monitor your vSphere for free and in less than 5 minutes: The post, and the Dashboards ready to consume, which have several thousand downloads, are very complete, but if it is true that many of you have asked me if we could go a step further and also monitor the physical part of the ESXi Hosts, using the IPMI.At the end of the blog posts you can have an interesting Dashboard as simple and useful as this one, where we can see the temperatures of the different components (it's different for each manufacturer, I'll leave you ready HPE and Supermicro):You can see it live without installing anything here:

VeeamON Tour – See you next week in London at The Premier Seminar for Cloud Data Management

Greetings everyone, Veeam is doing the local events as usual after VeeamON. These local events, which are happening all across Europe, are aimed to deliver all the content presented on Miami, in a much closer and personal way.If you live in the UK, Veeam is celebrating it's Premier Seminar for Cloud Data Management next week in London, at Euston Square, and I hope to see you all there.Regarding the technical and business oriented sessions, as usual on these events, the best part really will be to have access to the whole Veeam UK team which you might probably know, and if not, this will be a great opportunity to approach the team working on your territory. Also Systems Engineers like myself will be there all day to help you sizing the solution, or show you a demo, and discuss best practices.

Agenda

A great event must have a great agenda, and rest assured the day will be as productive as you can expect, let me show you the agenda of the day:

Plenary Session

Enterprise Customer Forum

Cloud Club

Attend for Free

Book your complimentary seat at VeeamON Tour UK to:

  • Learn about Veeam’s latest technologies, including the best-in-class features of the NEW Veeam Availability Suite™ 9.5 Update 4
  • Capitalise on your existing virtualisation, networking, storage and Veeam investments
  • Share best practices with top local IT experts, Alliance partners and your peers
  • Look for new opportunities for your business
  • Hear why Rabobank chose Veeam for a safer, cost effective and more flexible way of maintaining data and systems availability
The number of seats is limited, so book your space today!

How to get there

We will be waiting for you at 30 Euston Square, London, United Kingdom:

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Microsoft Azure Blob Monitoring with Azure Monitor and Grafana

Greetings friends, the series on Microsoft Azure Blob comes to its last post, I hope you liked it and you find it useful when selecting an Object Storage for your Veeam Backups.We still have this last entry about Microsoft Azure Blob monitoring with Grafana. Let's go to it, after we follow all the steps we will be able to have a result like this:

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Microsoft Azure Blob Monitoring with Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, we are in the penultimate post about this great series on Veeam Cloud/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob, and today we are going to see how we can monitor this repository in our Veeam ONE.

Capacity monitoring and Offload Tier jobs in Veeam ONE v9.5 U4 - Veeam ONE Monitor

Since the last Update 4 for Veeam ONE, we can now monitor the size, and the information we have sent to our Object Storage Repositories, for this we will go to Veeam ONE Monitor, and in the Data Protection View - Backup Repositories - your Object Storage section, we can see the following: It is a fairly complete monitoring that will help us understand the consumption of this Repository, and monitor it in case it is in the cloud and we have a certain budget.If we also want to see the growth of this repository, predictions, etc, we can go to Reports and see the following.