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.

[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:

Veeam: Install or update to the new Veeam vCenter plugin from Enterprise Manager v9.5U3a (includes vSphere Client HTML5 support)

Greetings friends, for all of you who are using Veeam Enterprise Manager, many of you will already know that there was a plugin for vCenter that allowed us to see at a glance the status of our Veeam copies, repositories, etc. It was something similar to this but Veeam has given it a complete redesign: With the new vSphere 6.7, where the HTML5 client is now GA, and the latest update of Veeam with its v9.5 U3a version, we will find a plugin that has been rewritten from scratch by Veeam to work seamlessly with the new HTML5 client, and not only that, but we will also find integration for VeeamONE and more, we will see how to update or install it step by step.

Install or update our vCenter plugin from Veeam Enterprise Manager

Remember that this plugin only works on vSphere 6.7, so if you are using vSphere 6.5 you may not be able to view it. We will go to our Veeam Enterprise Manager and login:

Veeam: A Veeam Gem – Self-service DataLabs on-demand sandbox using Veeam Enterprise Manager

Greetings friends, sometimes we overlook some features that the products include, such as Veeam Enterprise Manager, and all the features that this allows us. Today I come to talk to you about a wonderful hidden and little-known feature, DataLabs on demand using Veeam Enterprise Manager.

Diagram with the use case

The first thing I want to show you is the technical diagram of where this solution can be a good practice, let's imagine:
  • There are several technical groups in an Infrastructure
  • The developers group does not have access to the VMware, Veeam and/or production network infrastructure, only a VPN that gives them access only to the DataLabs Proxy Appliance
  • This group of developers must be able to create DataLabs with a group of applications when they need them on demand from Enterprise Manager
In this way, the group of Developers located in a remote office can access the Enterprise Manager portal via the Internet for example, or via a DMZ, launch their On-demand Sandbox requests as long as they need, and then access those DataLabs using a VPN to the DataLab Virtual Proxy, which will give connectivity to the VMs that are in that on-demand sandbox.

Veeam: Don’t let your dog eat your blog –Protecting cPanel multi-tenant using Veeam Agent for Linux and Veeam Cloud Connect

Greetings friends, today I bring you a very interesting blog post for Service Providers, but not limited to these. Today I bring you a step further, and it's about taking advantage of the functionality of being able to launch Backups from cPanel users to a Cloud Connect Provider that includes Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0, each backup assigned to its tenant, etc.. As this Blog post has been a little long for me, I leave you the menu so that you can jump to where it is more interesting for you:

1.- Topology and brief explanation of the Infrastructure

As always, I would like to leave you with a diagram of how this Infrastructure and the data flow between cPanel, Veeam Cloud Connect and the tenants will look like: To make this whole environment work we'll have to have the following:
  • A cPanel WHM license, and root access to shell. (We could also extra polarize this to a LAMP server with multiple workloads, etc, but it would be more manual)
  • Veeam Agent for Linux 2.0 Server Edition - We will use the Server version as we want to create multitasks, one for each tenant, and of course make use of the pre-freeze and post-shaw scripts that will generate the backup of each tenant.
  • A provider, or Veeam Cloud Connect providers, you can have a look at the list here - https://www.veeam.com/find-a-veeam-cloud-provider.html
Once we have everything ready, we can move on to the next point.