Veeam: What’s new in Veeam Backup & Replication v11 – Linux Proxies – DirectNFS

Greetings friends, back in March 2020 I was telling you that Veeam had taken a very important step announcing Linux Proxies, a component that certainly makes all the sense in the world to select Linux for it, as it just moves information from one place to another.Now with Veeam Backup and Replication v11, Veeam takes a leap forward and includes many improvements for Linux-based Proxies, for example, we can now use other backup methods, such as DirectSAN, DirectNFS, and Fibre Channel. And save on Windows licenses, and increase security.In this fantastic post, we are going to see the step by steps to use an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in DirectNFS mode, to some disk enclosures I have serving NFS (it's actually my QNAP, and my NetApp ONTAP, I told you how to enable VAAI here). This way the backup is going to fly, as well as freeing up the workload to the hypervisor.

Veeam: What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v11 – Linux Proxies – DirectSAN with NetApp

Greetings friends, back in March 2020 I was telling you that Veeam had taken a very important step by announcing Linux Proxies, a component that certainly makes all the sense in the world to select Linux for it, as it just moves information from one place to another.Now with Veeam Backup and Replication v11, Veeam takes a leap forward and includes many improvements for Linux-based Proxies, for example, we can now use other backup methods, such as DirectSAN, DirectNFS, and Fibre Channel. And save on Windows licenses, and increase security.In this fantastic post, we are going to see the step-by-step to use an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS in DirectSAN mode, to some disk arrays I have. This way the backup is going to fly, as well as freeing up the workload to the hypervisor.

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf, and Grafana – Part XXXII (Monitoring Veeam ONE – experimental)

Greetings friends, today I bring you a new post about Grafana, today's post is also one of the most special that I have written, since it is an experimental version, and we do not know if this will come to some port, or will be changed in the future.I am talking about nothing more and nothing less than a Grafana Dashboard for Veeam ONE! Yes, imagine combining all the potential that Veeam ONE has, which already analyzes VMware, Veeam, gives us recommendations, consumption, capacity planning, etc. And put all that data in a beautiful Grafana Dashboard, well that's what we are going to do today.Before we start, and in case the experimental is not enough, I want to remind you that this RESTful API of Veeam ONE is considered internal, so its use is not supported by Veeam, use this Dashboard at your own risk.

Veeam ONE Dashboard (experimental)

When we finish the entry we will have something similar to that Dashboard that will allow you to visualize:

Veeam: New and improved Veeam Backup for Azure v2 is now available – Veeam v11 deep-integration, intelligent storage tier, app-aware, and more

Veeam Backup for Azure v2 has been released and includes many new features, as you remember, I wrote before about how-to deploy it from scratch, and much more.I remember discussing this on the blog, and with so many other people during all these years, Microsoft Azure is a great Cloud Provider, ahead of AWS on so many things, and behind on some others, but reliable no matter what.I can see Azure adoption going over the roof over the last years, and interestingly enough, I see more and more people from the vCommunity getting Azure certifications (and that is always a good sign).But as per usual, and for any service that our business relies on, it requires Backup, trying to follow the 3-2-1 rule as much as possible, and test those backups frequently.It might not be always a corrupted instance, but it can perfectly be as well:
  • Human-error: And some instances, or instances get deleted. Especially with automation nowadays, one wrong character, comma, or dot, and can blow some resource groups within seconds.
  • Ransomware/attacks: The instances are running regular operating systems at the end, this means Microsoft Windows Server or Linux on all the flavors. And these are in constant evolution, so if ransomware takes hostage of your production instances, at least you know you can always rely on any of the copies of the data you have produced with Veeam Backup for Azure.
  • Testing/cloning: Well, why not? You have Backups, which can be snapshots or backups on Azure Blob, and you can recover from them within seconds to another Azure tenant, different networking config, resource groups, etc. Why not being proactive and test that critical patch, or upgrade to the applications on a different environment, using the backups as a data source. All good after testing? Alright-delete-all that environment.
  • Compliance: Sometimes all the use-cases are good, and we all understand them, maybe even we have all automated and it can be rebuilt, or we think it can, within hours/minutes, but still following some regulations we will still need to have a Backup Strategy in place for these workloads in Azure.
So, for all of these scenarios, and some more, Veeam Backup for Azure is always an amazing fit, and now it is just much better with this v2.

Veeam: How to create additional administrators to access the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Console

Greetings friends, I have told you many times all the advantages that Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 has, also remember that it allows you to protect 10 users, with 1TB of SharePoint, free and forever, I leave you some of the previous entries: Today we will see a topic that many people ask me, how can we create additional administrators that have access to the console.

Diagram of Administrators accessing Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Server

This is what an environment of several administrators accessing their local Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Server consoles would look like:

Supermicro: Analysis of the best Home Lab Server 2020 – Supermicro M11SDV-8C+-LN4F

Greetings friends, I told you in 2016 how I found the best homelab, so far, with the fantastic Supermicro Superserver 5028D-TN4T, I made a very complete review with an official discount by Serverfactory: The truth is that this equipment is still working giving me the best performance I've had in years, so even if you wanted to, now it would still be a really good buy.But as the 4 years have passed, it is time to pass the baton, I bought some time ago a Supermicro Superserver E-300-9D-8CN8TP, which certainly has a lot of power and is a piece of good equipment to replace the 5028D, but the E-300-9D has several very negative points:
  • The noise is immense, it has three fans that are set at 7000rpm practically during all use, making it unusable if you have it near your desk.
  • Being a small format, Supermicro people put a fanless heatsink, which is impossible to lower the temperature without having the fans at 7000rpm which can destroy a marriage, and surely your health if you have it close 24x7.
  • Being small format, you can put up to 3 m.2 (one on board and two by PCI-e) and if you hurry a lot of space two SSD in the housing, which is located above the RAM and CPU, imagine how long it will last the SSD withstanding temperatures of 80C.
On the other hand, the Supermicro Superserver E-300-9D-8CN8TP, has very positive points:
  • If you have this computer in a rack away from people and well ventilated, supports up to 512GB of RAM.
  • The equipment occupies very little, and if you buy the accessory can be racked without problem in your rack of confidence.
  • Includes 2x10GbE Ethernet, and 2x10GbE SFP, plus another 4x1GbE
  • A very powerful, state-of-the-art processor that can handle any load

HPE: How to configure HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy in Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Greetings friends, we have finished the series of Veeam and HPE StoreOnce, or maybe not? Reviewing the Veeam v10 documentation, I have seen that Veeam now supports Catalyst Copy, which is nothing more or less than replicating backups from one StoreOnce to another using all the advantages of HPE StoreOnce Catalyst. Without having to reinflate and deduplicate again, etc. I have decided to split this series into several blogs, to make it more comfortable for you to consume, please click on the article that suits you best:

A quick look at HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy with Veeam Backup & Replication

I leave you with this detailed diagram in which we can see the data flow. We have our VMware Infrastructure, Hyper-V or Nutanix, then we have Veeam and proxies, which can be physical or virtual, launching backups to a StoreOnce HPE, or several, local.The normal thing once we have this, is to launch a second copy to another HPE StoreOnce in another location or Datacenter, to comply with the 3-2-1 rule:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XXVII (Monitoring ReFS and XFS (block-cloning and reflink)

Greetings friends, a new week is a week with a new dashboard, this is so, I would like to be able to offer you many more use cases, with many other technologies, but time is very limited and I only have some nights to prepare this.Today we are going to see a topic that I have heard for at least 5 years, I mean to know and to know the amount of disk that we are using and saving, when we make use of technologies like ReFS, or XFS, together with Veeam Backup & Replication.Once you have finished this tutorial, you will have something similar to this, it is better to give it several days or weeks to see the full potential:

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XXVI (Monitoring Veeam Backup for Nutanix)

Greetings friends, since a few years ago, Veeam has native protection for workloads in Nutanix Acropolis, I told you how to deploy the Proxy and configure jobs, also the article contained the new report of Veeam ONE.But it is true that the monitoring of jobs, restore points, etc. in Veeam ONE can not include as much information as we need, so I decided to expand the possibilities with Grafana.Once you have finished this tutorial, you will have something similar to this, it's better to give it several hours or days to see the whole potential:

Veeam: How-to Deploy, and Configure MinIO with Erasure Coding Enabled, Immutability, and Let’s Encrypt

Greetings friends, just a few days ago Veeam officially announced the support for MinIO Immutability on its HCL. This is wonderful news for us to test this functionality in our labs, or in case we are using Linux storage with MinIO for production.In this blog entry, we're going to jump into the pool and see: how to install and configure MinIO with Erasure Coding Enabled, Immutability, Let's Encrypt, and finally, we'll see how to configure it in Veeam. As it has gone out of my hands, I leave you with a menu to move faster:
  1. MinIO System Requirements
    1. What is MinIO Erasure Coding?
    2. Why use MinIO Erasure Coding?
    3. Disk Configuration to use MinIO Erasure Coding
  2. How-to Deploy, and Configure MinIO, including object Immutability, and Let’s Encrypt
    1. How-to configure  Let's Encrypt for MinIO
    2. Run MinIO with Erasure Coding
    3. Creating a new Bucket in MinIO with the Immutability attribute
  3. Veeam Backup & Replication Configuration with Immutable Storage
    1. Backup Repository Creation – Object Storage
    2. Scale-out Backup Repository Creation – with MinIO Immutable as Capacity Tier
    3. Backup Copy Job creation, pointing to this new SOBR with Immutability
    4. Trying to delete Backups from an Object Storage with Immutability Enabled

MinIO System Requirements

In this guide, we are not going to try to deploy MinIO in production, as it usually requires about 96GB of RAM, certain cores, etc. In my case I am deploying everything in 4vCPU and 16GB of RAM since I will have only one VBR sending backups, so nothing serious.One of the most important things to be able to run Immutability in MinIO, and that it is supported by Veeam, is that we need the MinIO RELEASE.2020-07-12T19-14-17Z version or higher, and also we need the MinIO server to be running with Erasure Coding.