Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure Just Anounced – Beta

Veeam just announced a new product, currently in Beta. Veeam FastSCP for Azure IAAS.

Basically this is FastSCP (file transfer) for Azure VM’s.

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Whats so great about this? Well, untill now to copy files from your local computer to an Azure VM required either:

1. A site to site VPN connection to the azure virtual network.

2. Copy over RDP (limited to 2GB).

This handy little tool will connect to the PowerShell endpoint port of your public IP address. Inside the VM it’s based on winrm. It even has Automatic scheduling of file copy jobs for nightly or weekly copies to/from Azure VMs. And you don’t need to keep the UI open to complete a job.

And of course all data is securely copied over SSL.

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Anyone interested in registering for a beat can do that over here

 

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Veeam Backup & Replication v8 – The small improvmnets that mean a lot

In my previous post i described the new major features of Veeam Backup & Replicaton V8.

I also mentioned that there are around another 150 additional improvments. I’m not going to mention every single one of them but I do want to point out some of the best ones.

Forever forward incremental backup mode: This new, default backup mode for primary backup jobs creates forward incremental backups for all the following runs after the initial full backup, which always remains the oldest restore point in a full backup chain. When the retention policy needs to remove the oldest restore point, the job merges the oldest incremental backup into the full backup file, discarding any data replaced in the full backup file by this process. This is identical to how Backup Copy jobs store the backup files. Because forward incremental backup creation involves mostly sequential write I/O, the forever forward incremental backup mode reduces the time a VM runs off of a snapshot by up to 3x when compared to the reverse incremental backup mode. This prevents a VM snapshot from growing large and making its commit much faster, thus reducing both backup window and load on production storage.

Quick rollback: When restoring an entire VM, the new quick rollback option can be used to restore only the data blocks known to be changed since the last backup was taken. This option is not selected by default, and should only be enabled in case of application-level issues. Basically meaning you can use it when your original VM is intact but you wish to restore it because of an issue with in the VM itself.

Job script enhancements: Both pre and post-job scripts are now executed as a part of the job, instead of being launched in a separate, unmonitored process. This allows us to reflect script execution results (depending on the exit code) right in the job status.

Preferred networks selection: Enables the selection of preferred networks for multi-homed backup proxy and backup repository servers. This helps to ensure the backup and replication traffic istransferred over dedicated backup networks, without impacting the production network. Great when setting up a dedicated backup network.

Multi-streaming of restores: Veeam Data Movers now leverage multiple TCP/IP streams when performing restores, in addition to backups. This helps to improve performance by more fully leveraging available network bandwidth of high latency links.

Copy-only VSS processing: Application-aware processing can now be configured to perform “copyonly” backups, which allows application-consistent images to be created without touching transaction logs. This can be required if transaction logs are processed with a third-party application.

Microsoft Exchange VSS improvements: If standard VSS processing of a Microsoft Exchange Server times out, the job will retry processing using persistent in-guest VSS snapshot, which should prevent VSS processing timeouts commonly observed with Microsoft Exchange 2010. Persistent snapshots are removed from the production VMs once backups are finished. All VM, file-level and item-level restore options have been enhanced to detect and properly handle restores from Exchange backups created with the help of persistent VSS snapshots.

Oracle VSS improvements: Oracle databases that do not meet the requirements for successful VSS processing are automatically excluded from application-aware processing to avoid job failures.

Shared VHDX support: Backup jobs can now back up shared VHDX virtual disks in a crash-consistent state. The full VM restore wizard has also been enhanced to account for shared VHDX restore specifics.

Checkpoint-based replicas: Replica restore points are now stored as VM checkpoints for faster recovery to any replica restore point, better reliability and the ability to power on any required restore point manually if required.

CBT driver certification: The proprietary changed block tracking (CBT) driver has passed Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification testing for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Rotated Drives: Rotated drives functionality can now be enabled with a checkbox in the advanced backup repository settings, as opposed to being controlled by registry settings.

Remote tape server: This enables leveraging tape libraries and standalone drives connected to any Windows server in the environment, as opposed to the requirement of attaching them directly to the backup server. Adding multiple tape devices connected to different servers is supported.

Quick Backup: Enables fast, incremental backups of one or more selected VMs. Quick Backup looks up the job to which the selected VM belongs, and runs incremental backup for the selected VM only. If multiple jobs exist for the same VM, the one with most recent restore point will be used to ensure smallest incremental backup and fastest backup. Restore points produced by Quick Backup do not affect overall job retention; they are “glued” to the previous restore point produced by a standard job run, and are removed during regular job retention processing.

Job-level email notifications: Email notification settings can now be configured on the job level. Joblevel notification can include a custom set of recipients and be triggered by different status than global notifications.

These changes help show the progress that Veeam is making in the backup sector. The product now not only focuses on backing up your VM infrastructure but also looks inside your infrastructure to help guarantee application & item level recovery. Also the improved backup to cloud and tape show how veeam is applying both modern and classic technology to allow for full off site backup and replications including encryption to allow for protection of hte offsite data.

Veeam 8 Active Directory Explorer To The Rescue

Yesterday a customer call me and says that they have accidentally deleted a user from there Active Directory. The user was quite important and had lots of Security and mailbox rights.

unfortunately Active Directory Recycle Bin was not enabled and to be honest as important as the user was no one wanted to restore the entire Active Directory to ge the user back.

The company was using Veeam Backup & Replication 7. So we decided that we could install Veeam Backup & Replication 8 which includes Active Directory object restore.

Now the great thing is that all new restore features work with previous existing backups. It was already 17:00 so we didn’t fancy performing an upgrade as we hadn’t prepped for this.

Simple, we installed Veeam Backup & replication on a clean server, imported the existing backup via share (the import took exactly one and a half mins on the clock) and performed the restore.

 

Thank you Veeam.

 

For More info on Veeam Backup & Replication click here

 

Veeam Backup & Rpelication 8 Released

Last week Veeam released to RTM version 8 of Backup & Recovery and Veeam One.
As of yesterday it is available for general download from their site.

The new version has a ton of new features, updates and improvements. So I’m going to spread it out.
In this post I’ll focus on major new features and in following posts minor changes and a third post with an update regarding Veeam One.

So let’s get started – Whats New:

1. Explorer for SQL – This simple interface allows for recovery of SQL Databases from your VM backup. The DB is restored and connected to your SQL server of choice.

2. SQL Log Backup – Veeam can now backup transaction logs allowing for continuous (15 min+) protection of SQL with point in time restores.

3. Veeam Explorer for Active Directory – This simple interface allows for recovery of Active Directory objects from your VM backup.You can recover user accounts, computer accounts, atributes etc.

4. Netapp snapshot integration – similar to HP snapshot integration introduced in version 7. Netapp snapshot integration allows backing up from N snapshots, performing Netapp snapshots, replication of the snapshot to a 2nd Netapp device and item level restoration from the snapshots.

5. EMC Data Domain Boost – Allows for integration with EMC data domain allowing for integration with built-in dedupe of the appliance thus offloading deduplicaton and synthetic backups to the appliance,

6. Encryption – Allowing for full AES 256 encryption of backup files.

7. Wan acceleration for replication – Introduced in ver 7 for backups Veeam now supports WAN acceleration for replication. A major improvement for performing DR replication over WAN to a remote location.

8. Self restore options – Veeam enterprise manager has been improved to allow for delegation restore of objects including SQL. Now a SQL DBA can login in to the enterprise manager web portal and perform the restore himself.

9. Backup I/O Control – Monitors storage I/O & latency during backup. If latency climbs above a set threshold the backup will throttle to prevent storage performance degradation.

 

I think that about wraps up all major improvements. In my next post we’ll continue to talk about some of the 150+ other improvements that have been implemented.

 

Veeam Endpoint Backup Free

Veeam just announced a new free product – Veeam Endpoint Backup Free.
As the Name implies the product is going to be free. So what exactly can it do?
Well Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is a product that allows you to back p your Windows-based computers to an internal or external hard drive, a NAS share or a Veeam Backup Repository.

It supports Windows 7 and later and Windows Server 2008 and later. The product is completely standalone and is not part of Veeam Backup & Replication.
The Product allows for recovery of files, Volumes or an entire bare metal recovery (using a recovery boot media) all based on scheduled backups or log off & logon triggers.

The Product should hot Beat in November and be available in early 2015.

All this does make me wonder if Veeam will add agent based backups to Veeam Backup & Recovery in the future? I know their goal is VM based backup but an agent could solve issues even with in virtual backups (VMware snapshot latency for example).
For now we’ll just have to and see.

You can read the anouncment on Veeam’s website

 

New Veeam Explorers Just Announced

A few weeks ago I blogged about the new Veeam Explorer for Active Directory.

Veeam have just announced the addition of another Explorer, Veeam Explorer For SQL.

This is a great addition, as we will now have the capability to perform SQL granular level restores without the need for a running virtual machine, as was the case when using Veeam Virtual Lab.

In addition to the SQL explorer Veeam also announced that Transaction log based level backup for SQL will also be supported in upcoming version 8, allowing both point in time backups and recovery of SQL databases.

SQL Transactional backup

In addition to the new Veeam explorer for SQL, Veeam Explorer for Exchange is also being updated. the updated version adds:

  • The ability to recover hard deleted Items
  • Restore to online archive mailboxes
  • 1 click recovery using the web-based portal

All this is great news, as it means Veeam has evolved from a great virtual machine backup tool to a great all around Microsoft backup tool. The new explorers allow us to perform granular recovery of nearly all Microsoft based products (databases: SQL, Exchange, Active Directory & Sharepoint). and we can of course still use the Veeam Virtual Lab to assist with the recovery process of any other database that is not supported by a Veeam Explorer.

You can find the Veeam Explorer update here

Veeam Explorer For Active Directory

Veeam have just released a Beta version of their new Explorer for Active Directory. The new explorer joins Exchange and Sharepoint Explorer.
Basically Veeam Explorer for Active Directory allows you to restore Active Directory objects (Users, Groups, Contacts, Computers etc) directly from a virtual backup of a domain controller.

Previously using Veeam this type of restore required a Virtual lab, now we no longer need a virtual lab for AD restore. It is also important to note that this feature does not require Active Directory recycle bin to be enabled.

The final product will be released with Veeam Backup & Replication v8 in the up coming months, in the meantime a beta can be downloaded from here for use with Veeam Backup & Replication v7.

Hopefully they’ll be adding an Explorer for SQL, allowing us to perfom all major recovries with out the need for a virtual lab.

Keep up the good work Veeam