Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Microsoft Azure Blob Monitoring with Veeam ONE

Greetings friends, we are in the penultimate post about this great series on Veeam Cloud/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob, and today we are going to see how we can monitor this repository in our Veeam ONE.

Capacity monitoring and Offload Tier jobs in Veeam ONE v9.5 U4 - Veeam ONE Monitor

Since the last Update 4 for Veeam ONE, we can now monitor the size, and the information we have sent to our Object Storage Repositories, for this we will go to Veeam ONE Monitor, and in the Data Protection View - Backup Repositories - your Object Storage section, we can see the following: It is a fairly complete monitoring that will help us understand the consumption of this Repository, and monitor it in case it is in the cloud and we have a certain budget.If we also want to see the growth of this repository, predictions, etc, we can go to Reports and see the following.

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Quick overview to the Capacity Tier Offload task

Greetings friends, we have already seen during this series how to configure our Capacity/Cloud tier, the configuration within Veeam, in Microsoft Azure and of course a brief introduction to why use this new technology to store our oldest backups.Today I leave you some aspects that will help you to better understand the Capacity Tier process, how to launch it manually, etc.

How often does Scale-out Backup Repository Offload run?

The Scale-out Backup Repository offload task runs automatically every four hours, once we have configured our Capacity Tier, as we saw in the previous entry.This means that once we have configured everything, after four hours we will check if any of the files comply:
  • The age selected in the Capacity Tier option
  • It's a closed chain.
  • The override option has been selected if a certain % of use is reached in the Performance Tier
This Scale-out Offload process will run indefinitely every four hours.

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – How to configure a Veeam Backup & Replication Scale-Out Backup Repository

Greetings friends, now that we have seen an introduction to this great series and have created the Microsoft Azure Blob, we can go to Veeam and create everything relevant to Cloud/Capacity tier.

Scale-Out Backup Repository - Basics

Before we go any further, it is important that we understand what we intend to do. Cloud/Capacity Tier builds on Veeam's Scale-Out Backup Repository to combine Performance Tier and Capacity Tier.If we saw it in a very simple diagram, we would have the following, a combination of local extents (Backup Repositories) called Performance Tier, to which is added a Capacity Tier based on Object Storage to which are sent the copies we don't need to have in the performance tier:

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – How to create a Microsoft Storage Account and Azure Blob

Greetings friends, in the previous post we could see the introduction to this great series on Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, and how to send there our backups.In today's chapter we are going to see a comfortable step by step on how to create our container of Microsoft Azure Blob, for it before we will see a bit of theory.Before moving on to the content, I would like to show you the different components that make up Microsoft Azure Blob:
  • Storage Account: It is in this component where we will have to select if we want the Storage Account to be General Purpose V1, v2 or Blob directly, as well as selecting if we want it to be Hot Tier or Cool Tier, finally in the Storage Account we can also select how we want Microsoft Azure to protect this account, with geo-distribution, or locally in the region, and so on.
  • Container: In this component, which is a logical resource within a Storage Account, you can grant them access permissions, and make them public if you want.
  • Blob: It will be the content that is inside the container, content that is specially prepared to store PB of information exposing a RESTfulAPI.
And now that we're good at the different components of Microsoft Storage Account, we're going through the steps to create everything.

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Introduction

Greetings friends, a few weeks ago we saw the new functionality included for free in the latest Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 Update 4, Cloud/Capacity Tier, which allows us to move our backups that are already in retention policy to the Cloud to save disk space.Today I bring you the beginning of a series on Microsoft Azure Blob, and how to use this Cloud platform as one of the best candidates for this cloud storage of backup files.

Diagram of how it works

I would like to show you this diagram so that we understand the Veeam workflow between our local data center and Microsoft Azure Blob:We already saw in the article about Cloud/Capacity Tier, that only backup files that no longer have dependencies are susceptible to be uploaded to the cloud, this means that there are no other files as they can be incremental, or synthetic full backups depending on them, in the cases of GFS is easier to understand, since the files are Full, so they can be uploaded directly.

Veeam: How to deploy Dell EMC ECS Community Edition (OVA) to have Object Storage on-prem and use it as Cloud/Capacity Tier

Greetings friends, some time ago I showed you all the news of Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4, and among them, I have told you in several articles all the power of Veeam Capacity/Cloud Tier, which allows us to take advantage of Object Storage providers to store large numbers of backups that normally require a long retention, months, semesters or years.Many of you, and in the Community, have wondered if you can use storage that we have in our Datacenters that offer Object Storage services, and the answer is YES, of course, as long as the product publishes the S3 service following modern standards should work. Veeam has an unofficial list of products and solutions that you can deploy in your Datacenter.And it's from this list that I've got one of the products that most caught my attention, because of the company behind it, Dell EMC, and because they have a Community Edition, I'm talking about Dell EMC ECS.As this blog entry is quite long, I leave you the menu here to jump wherever you want:

Dell EMC ECS at a Glance

Dell EMC ECS is an industry-leading object storage platform designed to support traditional and next-generation workloads. Available in multiple consumer models: it is defined software and can be purchased as a turnkey device or as a service operated by Dell EMC-ECS. It enables organizations of all sizes to economically store and manage unstructured data at any scale and for any length of time.EMC ECS is an object storage system that makes use of persistent storage containers for cloud storage protocols. ECS supports AWS S3 and OpenStack Swift. In file-enabled buckets, ECS can provide NFS exports for access to file-level objects.We find two main models, in the smallest we can start with a not inconsiderable 60TB and in the largest we can find configurations of up to 8.6PB per rack.As we can imagine what Dell EMC ECS provides us with is object-based storage, scalable and at a reduced price, if we think of an architecture in which a user writes a block using an S3 connector, it would be like this: We see how all nodes are replicated between them, and that only if the block has been stored in all nodes is considered valid.If we thought of a similar operation, but this time reading an S3 block, it would be like this:We see how the request enters through Node 1, which gathers the information of all nodes and at the end it is sent from node 3 to node 1 and from there it is presented to the client.

Veeam: How to obtain the full size of an Office 365 organization that you want to protect with Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office v3.0

Greetings friends, I announced a few days ago that Veeam has announced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v3.0, and with this new version many improvements, some already told you in the previous post, and others are somewhat more hidden between the RESTfulAPI and PowerShell.Today I come to talk about a Powershell cmdlet called Measure-VBOOrganizationFullBackupSize that will allow us to know information about the organization or organizations we want to protect, without having to go to the Admin Center and review one by one the elements, as I told you in this other post.

Measure-VBOOrganizationFullBackupSize at a glance

With this new cmdlet it will literally take us a few seconds to know the full size of the organizations we want to protect, is very useful when creating repositories, and even to divide repositories by applications for example, or tenants, etc.

Veeam: Whiteboard Veeam Live Recording Next-level data protection: Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4

Greetings friends, a few weeks back I had the pleasure to co-present a Whiteboarding live-session with Alex Fraser (Senior Systems Engineer UKI).The session which you can watch for free, and without any registration, if you do a little scrolling covers a few of the new announcements with Veeam Availability Suite v9.5 U4, not just we present it by a diagram and with a brief explanation, but also we jump into de Console to show how actually does it works.The topics covered are:
  • Cloud Tier: Provide unlimited capacity for long-term data retention by using native, cost effectiveobject storage integrations.
  • Staged & Secure Restore: Remain compliant by streamlining GDPR right to be forgotten requests and reduce security risks by automatcially scanning and verifying backups after malicious attacks.
  • Cloud Mobility: Provides easy portability and recovery of ANY on-premises or cloud-based workloads to AWS, Azure and Azure Stack.

Veeam: Veeam Announces Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 4

Greetings friends, Veeam has announced its new Update 4 for the already long-lived version 9.5 of Veeam Backup and Replication. The previous update was released in July and included support for vSphere 6.7 among many other things, but it is true that a lot of time has passed since then and that there were certain features that we were waiting for in this new Update 4. Recording of the release of Veeam Backup & Replication v9.5 u4 live from Orlando

Looking for the Perfect Dashboard: InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana – Part XIV – Veeam Availability Console

Greetings friends, I have already mentioned 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 focused on Service Providers of Veeam using Veeam Cloud Connect, in this case it’s a Dashboard that will increase the visibility that Veeam Service Providers has thanks to the Veeam Availability Console. Veeam Availability Console it is free for any Veeam Service Provider, and among the tons of features that it has, it does include as well a RESTfulAPI which we will leverage for this Grafana DashboardGrafana Dashboard for Veeam Availability Suite - SP OverviewGrafana Dashboard for Veeam Availability Suite - Tenant OverviewThe project it is on a very early state, v0.1 you can call it, so your feedback it will be important and very valued.