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 connect our Veeam Backup & Replication to Veeam Backup for Azure

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous posts that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. In addition, we have seen how to deploy it step by step, and its subsequent configuration as well, today we are going to see how to configure Veeam Backup & Replication to access the backups created by Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure and stored in Azure Blob.If we look at the following diagram, we would be talking about points 5, 6, and 7:

Veeam: An in-depth look at the new Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure- Creating Backup and Restore Policies

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous entry that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. Besides, we have seen how to deploy it step by step, today we are going to see how to configure and create policies in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.

Veeam: How to Deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure – step by step

Greetings friends, we have already seen in the previous entry that Veeam had launched Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition, the solution to protect workloads in Microsoft Azure without the need of agents. Also, and as we all like it, with a free version of up to 10 Instances. Let's see the step by step to deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.

Deploy Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition

Before deploying Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure Free Edition we will need to have several instances of Azure VM running, security groups created, VPC, etc. I guess we are interested in this solution and I consider all this done.We will go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and if we search "veeam" we will find the product, we will click on Create to continue:

Veeam: Veeam announces Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition

Greetings friends Veeam has announced its free version for the protection of workloads in Azure, Veeam Backup for Azure, now available in the Azure Marketplace.

What is Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition?

Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition is a native Azure VM workload protection solution. This means that Veeam snapshots the volumes of each instance and allows us to later launch a copy to a Blob Storage repository, for much longer retention.Veeam Backup for Azure Free Edition provides unlimited restores of any Veeam Backup for Azure, and allows backups of up to 10 Azure VMs. Veeam Backup for Azure provides secure, cost-effective, native cloud-based backup and recovery of Azure VM instances. Easily recover any data loss scenario in the cloud, whether due to disruption, accidental deletion, malware, and more, in minutes.

Veeam: How to Secure your Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure instance with a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate

Greetings friends, a few weeks ago I was showing you everything we need to know about Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure, in case you haven't been paying attention, I'm posting the blog series here (in Spanish): This whole series is very complete and I hope you like it. Today I bring you one more step on how to correctly secure our instance of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure.To do this we will rely on Let's Encrypt, the famous open-source project that allows us to generate free SSL certificates.NOTE: This process is not officially supported by Veeam, and any consequence of following the steps incorrectly, or any incidence derived from these steps will leave us without support. We will have to deploy the appliance again, keep that in mind!

Veeam: Cloud Tier/Capacity Tier in Microsoft Azure Blob – Microsoft Azure Blob Monitoring with Azure Monitor and Grafana

Greetings friends, the series on Microsoft Azure Blob comes to its last post, I hope you liked it and you find it useful when selecting an Object Storage for your Veeam Backups.We still have this last entry about Microsoft Azure Blob monitoring with Grafana. Let's go to it, after we follow all the steps we will be able to have a result like this:

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: