VMware: How to configure VCSA 6.7 HA in vSphere Client HTML5, the New High Availability of vCenter Server Appliance

Greetings friends, I told you exactly a year ago about the new HA that VMware had included in vSphere 6.5 for vCenter, you can browse the article here if you continue in vSphere 6.5. Today I bring you the updated article for vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and later, since now everything is done from the HTML 5 Client, aka vSphere Client.

What is vCenter HA, and why is it important?

The HA for our vCenter Appliance was announced a year ago. This new HA allows us to add extra protection to our most critical element in any VMware Infrastructure, the vCenter. For years we have had to use HA on SQL Server, and manage to give a HA to services on Windows, but it has never been fully supported by VMware, and they have always recommended using its basic HA function, which is nothing more than lifting the VM on another Host. But since VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware already brings native HA for vCenter, only for the Linux appliance, not supported for Windows since this implementation is already in End-of-Life, besides configuring it is a job that will take just a few minutes, and suitable for any level of Admin VMware.

Veeam: Free Veeam licenses for our virtualization Home Labs

Veeam reminds us that it offers free licenses for our virtualization home labs, which gives us the opportunity to test all the power of Veeam products in our environments. Not only this, but it also comes in handy to have Backups of our demo environment.

Veeam Agent for Windows NEW

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is an agent that is easily installed in any modern version of Microsoft Operating Systems, and that allows us to protect physical environments such as workstations or laptops, or Windows servers with Active Directory or complex applications that require to be physical, also allows us to protect Microsoft Windows environments in the Public Cloud.

Not-For-Resale Licenses (NFR) for Veeam Agent for Windows.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XIII – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Greetings friends, I have told you on numerous occasions all the advantages that a monitoring and dashboarding system has. In fact, you can find all the entries about InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana here. Today I bring you a new entry, in this case it's a Dashboard that will come to you in luxury for your Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v2.0. 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 about this product (remember that there is a Community Edition with up to 10 free users, without paying anything). Grafana Dashboard for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam: Draw.io is updated to include all new Veeam Availability Suite icons, and it’s free!

Greetings friends, some time ago I told you all the advantages that the tool Draw.io has, including being able to access from any browser, but also including a desktop version that is the one I use every day. Today I bring you a step further, as the tool comes with many standard packages with forms, but Veeam, which has updated its icon package for Microsoft Visio not long ago, has also updated Draw.io, offering all the experience of the sub-categories with all the new icons, let's see them.

Veeam Data Center

Category with the most common elements when we draw Datacenter where hypervisors and the Veeam suite are included:

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

Greetings friends, VMworld 2018 in its version of Europe has already finished, and although I still write about the announcements and news announced or presented, today I bring you how to download all Breakout sessions of this VMworld 2018 Europe as I told you how to do it for the sessions of VMworld 2018 US.

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:

Veeam: Recording of the webinar “The Top 10 Best Practices for vSphere Backup”

Greetings friends, I was lucky enough to present the Webinar for Veeam called top 10 best practices for VMware vSphere Backup. In this nearly one-hour webinar, we'll see ten tips, each important, on best practices for getting the best results when backing up VMware vSphere with Veeam Backup & Replication.

Webinar Description

Virtualization is becoming more and more important. This is why all of us need to deal with professional data protection. In this webinar for IT professionals, you will learn everything about backup and the top 10 best practices for your vSphere environment, according to Veeam. In this webinar, we will answer these questions:
  • Which backup mode best fits my infrastructure?
  • What are the options for restoring my data?
  • What are the benefits of Veeam Storage Snapshot integration?
  • How do I perform a professional vSAN Backup with Veeam?
  • And more!
I leave you here the recording, I hope you like it: Download slides

Related Links

Some good links which you can find insde the slides as well are: Thank you so much, if you have any questions about the Webinar, or about the Best Practices for vSphere, please feel free to drop me an email.

Veeam: Veeam Enterprise Manager – Veeam’s Swiss Army Knife to perform all kind of data restore, from a convenient web interface

Greetings friends, as many of you know Veeam includes for free Veeam Enterprise Manager in the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus editions. Veeam Enterprise Manager is a web portal that administrators, or delegated users, can access to perform different recovery operations, or for example create DataLabs requests as well. I decided to create this Blog to cover all the operations we can do from Enterprise Manager, since it has so many that it really looks like a Swiss Army Knife, let's go!

Administration, management and execution of the Works of Veeam

Once we connect to our Veeam Enterprise Manager, we can see the option called JOBS, from here we can perform several operations, let's see them all.

Start, stop, retry and advanced options of Veeam jobs.

From here we will be able to launch the works of Copy, or Replica, or SureBackup, etc. Also stop them and retry them:

Veeam: Slack notifications for each execution of Failover Plans, includes VMs and work summary

Greetings friends, I haven't written much about Veeam Availability Orchestrator yet, and that's going to change soon, today I start with an advanced entry and later we'll come back with the basics. One of the amazing things Veeam Availability Orchestrator allows us is to include additional steps in our Disaster Recovery plan. Talking to a customer I said to him if he would like to receive Slack notifications when a job is running, and have a brief summary in Slack too once the job finishes, of course he loved the idea, today we'll see the steps necessary to get it up and running.

How to activate an Incoming WebHook in Slack to send simple notifications

Depending on the amount of WebHooks you have available in your Slack channels, this will work or give you an error, simply go to this link:

HPE: My experience at the NimbleStorage Connect User Groups, includes Slides and videos about Veeam’s Storage integration

Greetings friends, I have been lucky enough to attend two of the three NimbleStorage Connect User Groups that have been held in the UK, the three cities chosen were Manchester, Bristol and London, in my case I have attended and presented in Bristol and Manchester. I have to thank the HPE people for inviting Veeam to these User Groups to have the opportunity to talk about the integration of Veeam and Nimble Storage, especially Nick Dyer, a fireproof Nimble Storage since its inception.

Some images of the NimbleStorage Connect User Groups

In this tweet we can see the room in Bristol, with a full house and a luxurious location, we had the opportunity to see many interesting presentations, Roadmap of NimbleStorage and live demos of InfoSight: https://twitter.com/Nick_Dyer_/status/1052173364155035648 In London we had a massive attendance, with another absolute full room, in which I was lucky to see that 90% of attendees were already using Veeam together with Nimble Storage, so my presentation was more about good practices: https://twitter.com/jorgedlcruz/status/1052849995601326081

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