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:

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

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:

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:

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.