Veeam + QUADStor: A perfect option for Linux-based Virtual Tape Library (VTL), free and very easy to deploy

Greetings friends, today I bring you a very interesting entry, it is about how to create a Virtual Tape Library or VTL, so we can use it virtually with for example Veeam. And thus be able to emulate a real tape library. The objectives of installing a VTL in these modern days can be: or simply to learn how to manage, perform tests and so on in our labs, could also be considered a safer way to save Veeam files (.vbk) flat on a disk, because with the VTL, creates that tape emulation that is more difficult to access and break, and finally could be used to re-use for example those old servers that we have and we want to give a last use as an archive repository using this safer VTL methodology. For this lab I am going to use QUADStor, which is a product that I think is brilliant, besides being free and available for CentOS and Debian, among its functionalities I would like to highlight:
  • Emulate tape libraries such as ADIC, HP, IBM and many more
  • Emulate tapes from HP, IBM, Quantum and many more
  • Access Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Infinibandy of course local SCSI
  • Data deduplication
  • VTL Replication
  • Import/Export physical tapes
  • Tape Encryption
  • Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Support

Veeam: Recording of Live session “Everything about Backup in 60 Minutes or Less” with Nick Furnell and Jorge de la Cruz

Greetings everyone, a few weeks ago Nick Furnell and myself did a live session about everything you want to know about Backup in 60 Minutes or less. Having a data backup and recovery plan is important to the overall success of your business. Without one, your business can suffer from permanent data loss, massive downtime, and unnecessary expenses. Even if you think your data is safe, a tragedy can strike at any time. Watch this recording of the whiteboard and learn everything you always wanted to know about backup. I hope you find it interesting, and feedback it is always welcome.

Veeam: How can Service Providers Monitor Veeam Cloud Connect services using Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, long ago I told you about the benefits of Veeam Cloud Connect, and since then I know that there are many of you who have become one of them. At the same time I know the problems when monitoring the components, and the tenants in a precise way, that's why today I bring you this post to see how to monitor Veeam Cloud Connect with Veeam ONE.

Veeam ONE Monitor - Monitor the status of Veeam Cloud Connect components

The first thing we want to monitor is the state of the components, such as repositories, cloud connect gateways, etc. Let's see all of them, from our Veeam ONE Monitor, we'll add the Veeam Cloud Connect server: Once we leave it a few minutes collecting information, we can see all the information, for example, a quick look at the status of the Backup Repository:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XII (Native Telegraf Plugin for vSphere)

Greetings friends, today I bring you another one of those hidden gems that you like so much. In addition to being free and being able to display it in a few minutes, it has a potential that many commercial tools would like. Today we are about to create four fresh Grafana Dashboards within minutes, at the end of the blog, we can have some Dashboards (in plural friends) similar to these: vSphere Overview Dashboard

Veeam: How to create a Linux Backup repository in Veeam using our QNAP storage (no CIFS or iSCSI)

Greetings friends, for years the question of whether we can use our QNAP as Linux repositories in Veeam has been formulated on numerous occasions, in forums, in person, exhibitions, etc.: The answer has always been that due to the minimal operating system included in the QNAPs, the following dependencies could not be installed: Luckily for us, all the necessary packages are included in the default Perl package that QNAP now serves from its own App Center, so today we will see exclusively how to install the Perl module in QNAP, and how to configure our QNAP in Linux Backup Repository mode for Veeam. This process is not officially supported by Veeam, since Veeam recommends in the different KB certified with QNAP, to use CIFS or iSCSI with QNAP:

How to install the Perl module in QNAP using the App Center

QNAP includes the Perl module since a long time ago inside its App Center, if you don't have it, make sure you are running the latest QNAP Firmware:

VMworld: How to Download all VMworld 2018 US Breakout sessions in.mp4 format

Greetings friends, VMworld 2018 in its American version is over, and although I'm still writing about the announcements and news announced or presented, today I bring you how to download all the Breakout sessions of this VMworld 2018.

GitHub project with all sessions

As every year, William Lam leaves us the GitHub repository with the necessary links to be able to undertake our objective. However, this year is different, because he added the links to the stream and to the .mp4 as well. One of the things I enjoy the most during the year is to be able to use the sessions when I go by subway, or if I have to fly somewhere, so I leave you the GitHub repository I have created and William's backup (since if you use William's you don't download the session names), with the sessions and their links to the.mp4 directly:

OPTION 1 - Using Firefox quantum and Download Star to download all sessions

If we use Firefox Quantum, we can use the extension called Download Star, which you can find here: We'll go to the GitHub project, click on the extension and select the following - Video - and click on the link icon at the bottom left, the videos to download will appear in green: We will select the sessions we want and click on the icon located at the top right where it indicates the number of downloads.

OPTION 2 - Using WaterFox and DownThemAll! to download all the sessions

The extension called DownThemAll! is one of the best Firefox extension that Firefox has had for years, unfortunately and since Firefox upgraded to Quantum, this extension is not available for the latest Firefox Releases, and I have not found any alternative, so I used the browser, which is a Firefox fork, WaterFox, which supports this plugin, we will download WaterFox from here: And the DownThemAll! extension once we have installed WaterFox from here:

Supermicro: How to replace the CPU fan in our Superserver 5028D-TN4T with an Noctua NF-A6x25

Greetings friends, today I bring you a very interesting post, I have already told you on previous occasions the team that I am using the Supermicro 5028D-TN4T for my homelab, I leave here some posts: Some time ago I told you how to monitor all the IPMI with PRTG too, so we can have very important information like temperature: With the rising temperatures these days, I've been having performance problems on the server, not only that, but I've also seen the CPU temperature reach the always problematic 93C: Which as you can imagine is crazy, we're not going to have good performance and we'll probably burn the hardware in no time.

Noctua to the rescue

I've known the Noctua folks, at desktop level for many years, and I've always recommended it, what I wasn't sure about is that they also have fans as small as this one that comes perfect to install in the Supermicro, I leave you the link to Amazon for this Noctua NF-A6x25: Technical comparison between the both: Noctua (link)
  • Max speed: 3000 r.p.m
  • Airflow: 29,2 m³/h
  • Max pressure: 2,18 mm H₂O
  • Acoustic sound: 19,3 dB(A)
Supermicro (link)
  • Max speed: 6500 r.p.m
  • Airflow: 23,04 m³/h
  • Max pressure: 5,89 mm H₂O
  • Acoustic sound: 33,5 dB(A)
When the box arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a perfectly finished product, with high quality packaging:

Veeam: Best practices for Veeam Gateway Server and how to configure it correctly in multi-datacenter environments

Greetings friends, I found myself the other day with an issue I had not seen before, I will explain below the symptoms of the issue, but first let's remember what the Veeam Gateway Server is and what it does in a simple Veeam topology.

Veeam Gateway Server

When configuring an SMB type repository in Veeam, the following options are available:
  • Automatic selection of the server as the SMB gateway proxy (i.e. the server that will host the transport component on the destination side and thus play the role of a data writer to the SMB shared resource itself).
  • Select an specific server (among the managed Windows servers available in Veeam Backup & Replication) as an SMB gateway proxy.
The second option is very useful in situations where the SMB share is in a remote location, as it prevents auto-selection from using a non-local server for the SMB share, so all synthetic operations or backup jobs are performed over the WAN link (which is usually slower than the local link). It is always recommended to use an SMB gateway server as close as possible to the SMB storage. By specifying the SMB gateway we are more likely to keep data flow under control and prevent data from unnecessarily crossing WAN links.

[Recorded Webinar] Are Your Backups Usable? Backup Testing and Automation Using Veeam SureBackup

Greetings, a few months ago I had the chance to present a Veeam webinar around Veeam SureBackup, which mentions all the benefits of the DataLabs and the power of this technology, you can watch now this one hour webinar and learn much more about SureBackup. Applications like SQL, Active Directory and Exchange are driving our business nowadays. So, keeping critical applications available is a crucial part of DR planning for companies. But how can we ensure that our backups are tested and our recovery plan will work? Watch this recorded webinar with Systems Engineer Jorge de la Cruz to get into the world of perfect backups and learn:
  • Why are you backing up your data
  • How are you sure a backup is good and recoverable
  • How to set up automated backup testing with Veeam® SureBackup®
  • And much, much more!
Duration: 1:00:42

Veeam: Veeam Agents update, what’s new in Veeam Agent for Windows 2.2 and Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0.1

Greetings friends, along with the new version of Veeam Availability Suite v9.5U3a have also been released updates for the Veeam Agents, for Windows and Linux, let's see what these new agents include.

What's New in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2

The new Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.2 is fully integrated into Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a allowing administrators to deploy, control and manage the protection of laptops, desktops, critical servers or cloud applications based on Microsoft Windows. The new features included in this new version 2.2 are:
  • Support for Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update and Microsoft Windows Server 1803. Added support for the latest Microsoft operating systems.
Once we update our agents in a very comfortable way from our Veeam Backup & Replication Console, we will be able to see the new agent installed: