Veeam Backup & Replication v10

Today marks the general availability of Veeam Backup & Replication v10!

This release has over 150+ enhancements, and the “What’s New” document is 16 pages long!

Here is the list of the new major features.

  • NAS backup
    • Provides the ability to protect NAS workloads running on SMB (1,2,3) NFS (3, and 4.1), and files sitting on Microsoft Windows, and Linux Servers.
    • This has all been built with scale in mind, and not just for processing initial full backups, but with a incremental forever approach with storage-agnostic changed file tracking.
  • Ransomware protection, and simplified data management
    • Immutable backups using S3 object locking.
    • Added a Copy Policy to Capacity Tier which will provide redundancy and off-site backups with ease.
  • Instant VM recovery
    • 10 years ago, Veeam invented and pioneered Instant VM Recovery, with v10 it brings it to a new level.
      • Instant restore any backup to VMware.
      • Next-generation instant recovery engine, that has seen 3X improvement on boot times.
      • Ability to perform multi-VM instant recovery for VMware.
      • VM disk come to the mix, not only can you instantly restore a VM, you can now instantly restore a disk.
  • Veeam data integration API
    • Veeam has always been putting your backup data to work, with the likes of DataLabs. As of v10 you now have an API to interact with any Veeam backup.
      • Provide instance access to third-party products.
      • Perform data mining
      • Automate on-going security analysis
  • Linux Ecosystem Integration
    • XFS Integration
      • You can leverage fast clone technology which will provide much faster synthetic full backup operations, and also use space-less full backup technology reducing the amount of disk consumption required.
    • NFS backup repository
      • That’s right, you no longer need a Linux server to host your NFS shares, and it can be accessed native within Veeam for use as a repository.
    • Linux backup proxy
      • Setup Linux systems as hot-add proxies! You are not locked to an appliance and can use your preferred Linux distribution.
    • Network-less guest processing
      • This is for Linux VMs that Veeam cannot access the OS via the network. Using the vSphere guest interaction API, Veeam can access the guest OS via the ESXi host.

For more details head over and have a read of the “What’s New” and “Release Notes” documents.

  • GA version: 10.0.0.4461

Veeam – Exporting a Backup

I’m sure there has been a time when you are required to export a workload for a specific point in time from backups you already have. It could be for litigation reasons, an upgrade of an application, and many other countless use cases.

Did you know you can do that with your Veeam backups? Well… You can!

An export can be done from a full, incremental or reverse-incremental restore points, that are located in simple, scale-out, object storage, or cloud repositories.

For more details browse this Veeam Help Center Section

IMPORTANT: If you are going to do this today, keep this in mind, and make sure to apply the private hot-fix if you are impacted. This hot-fix is only needed for environments where a Scale-Out Backup repository contains Linux-based or ExaGrid-based extents.

Let’s have a look.

First head over to your “Backups” and select “Disk”
Once you locate the backup you want to export, expand the backup, and right-click the system name. You will then select “Export backup”
Select the backup you want to export.
Specify the restore you want
Once you have your restore point selected, choose when you want this exported copy to be deleted.
In the next section you can provide a reason for the export task.
review your summary, if you are pleased, click finish.
The restore session will show the details of the job, and progress.
Once the task is completed you can access your exported point in time under “Backups” and “Disk (Imported)”
Here you can see the one restore point, the creation time, and date/time for the restore point.
The exported backup is located within the same repository where the source backup files were located. In this case FNReFS.
You will note that the source repository matches for the original backup.
if you explore the backup job location you will see a folder called “Oracle_Linux” that is the location the exported backup was created from. You will also notice a folder with the name “Oracle-Linux77_2019….” this is the exported copy, and you can see the name reflects the creation time, and the deletion time associated with these files.
You can see the file is exported as a VBK, you can copy or move it to another location if needed.

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4 – Upgrade and New Features

Today Veeam launched the new version of Backup for Microsoft Office 365 v4.

This version offers the following new features.

  • Leverage object storage to store your Office 365 data, including AWS S3, Azure Blob, IBM Cloud and S3-compatible providers.
    • Reduce costs with object storage and only pay for what you consume
    • Leverage unlimited scalability with unlimited storage capacity
    • Simplify deployment in the public cloud with no complex planning
  • Version 4 also includes added security with at-rest encryption for data in object storage and faster backup performance for SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business.

To find out more details head over to the following locations.

Below is a short video outlining the upgrade procedure, and configuration of the new features.

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Veeam User Groups (Western Canada)

Two VUGs are coming to Western Canada this month.

You can expect to see more locations in the following months. Follow the Veeam User Group and Veeam Canada on Twitter for updates.

Here are the two locations.

  • Calgary
    • Wednesday, April 24th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m
    • Location: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
      294, 115-9th Avenue SE, 2nd Floor of Calgary Tower, Calgary, AB T2G OP5
    • Register
  • Vancouver
    • Friday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Location: Steamworks Brew Pub
      375 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6
    • Sponsored by ExaGrid
    • Register

What can you expect?

The Veeam User Groups are a technical gathering for people in the Veeam user community. This will provide you the opportunity to network with your peers, and your local Veeam resources. At the same time enjoy a great meal, and educational content.

This is the planned agenda

  • The latest Veeam news and product updates
  • Veeam Availability Suite tips and tricks
  • Veeam ONE
  • Useful technical resources
  • And more!

However, normally any User Group I have attended turns into much more, with open dialog, discussions, and conversations about anything the community wants to talk about.

Let’s not forget free stuff.

Every community member who joins the event will be entered for the following.

All attendees will also be entered in a raffle to win a complimentary hotel stay at the Fountainebleau (value at $1,800) and one free pass to attend VeeamON (value at $900) in Miami, Florida (flight not included)! the drawing will be on April 30. Learn more about VeeamOn

Veeam Community Editions

Veeam has always offered free software to the IT community. The switch to community edition is not just a name change, but offers much more! These editions can be used in your home lab, your production environment, or for any situation where you see fit.

Let’s get our free on!

Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

It now comes with all the features of Standard Edition with the ability to consume up to 10 standard Instances, and leverage VeeamZIP in an unlimited fashion.

What do you get?

  • Backup a VM, cloud instances, physical servers or workstations.
  • VM replication
  • Forever incremental backups
  • backup scheduling
  • Secure restore
  • Ability to restore directly to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack
  • Tape support
  • It’s FREE forever

Get Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition

Veeam ONE Community Edition

Monitor up to 10 instances of your VMware vSphere, or Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure, and one Veeam Backup & Replication server at no cost.

What do you get?

  • 24×7 real-time monitoring
  • Easy documentation and management reporting
  • Resource optimization
  • Backup infrastructure auditing
  • Heatmaps, agent monitoring and reporting
  • Backup compliance reporting
  • more….

Get Veeam ONE Community Edition

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition

Veeam’s protection of O365 is where the community edition’s started. You can protection up to 10 users at no cost.

What you get?

  • Securely protect your O365 data
    • Exchange Online (10 users)
    • SharePoint Online (1TB of data)
    • OneDrive for Business (10 users)
  • How is a User defined?

Get Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 Community Edition

Edition Comparison: Details on what you get in Community Edition’s

Instance Licensing: Find out what you can do with 10 Instances.

VeeamOn 2019

Summer is around the corner, you want to feel the heat a little earlier? Where can you go? VeeamOn!

This year it will be hosted in Miami, FL @ the Fontainebleau Resort, from May 20th to the 22nd!

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What can you expect this year?

  • Veeam Certified Engineer Training
    • 50% off training
    • 3 days of instructor-led training
    • Training will occur before the main event
  • VeeamOn Conference
    • 2 days of information from
      • Veeam
      • Partners
      • Industry leaders
      • Practices from around the globe
    • Meet, and socialize with your peers
    • The Expo Lounge
    • Get details on what is coming, before anyone else
    • Of course a party
      • By the pool with Flo Rida

Here is a sample of the sessions you can expect

  • Supercharge the Veeam Scale-out Backup Repository with Veeam Cloud Tier Deep Dive
  • Veeam DataLabs Deep Dive: Testing, Restore Options and More
  • Ultimate Guide to Veeam Cloud Mobility: Tips, Tricks and Use Cases
  • Veeam Backup & Replication Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them
  • Veeam ONE Deep Dive on New Capabilities
  • Veeam Agents for Microsoft Windows and Linux: Advanced Agent Deployment, What’s New and Tips
  • Veeam Availability Orchestrator: Getting Started with DR is Easier Than Ever
  • Cloud Native Backup Made Easy with Veeam Availability for AWS
  • Architecture, Installation, and Design for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365
  • Introduction to Automated Deployments of Veeam Backup & Replication for Deployment Agility
  • MSP Configuration and Usage of Veeam Availability Console
  • Advanced Veeam Availability Orchestrator Use Cases and Configuration
  • Automate Yourself Out of a Backup Job — Advanced PowerShell & API Usage
  • Healthcare: What You Need to Know in 2019
  • Veeam Storage Integration Deep Dive
  • Tips and Tricks from R&D
  • Top 7 Worst Practices when Using Veeam Backup & Replication
  • Let’s Manage Agents
  • Secrets to Design an Availability Infrastructure for 25,000 VMs
  • Veeam Capacity Tier & Veeam Cloud Mobility Under the Microscope

To learn more, and register head over to the VeeamOn Website. If you are a VMUG member you can save with the following code VO19-VMUG-100

Please make sure to let your Canadian contacts @ Veeam know you are going, I heard from a little birdie there could be a special get together for you!

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange 2013 Beta

Everyone who uses Veeam today is familiar with the product Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange. It has made item level recovery a dream; you almost wish people would delete email, just to use it….. no not really, but that is how simplified the process is. Version 6.5 supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, however today you can get the Beta for version 7 that supports both Microsoft Exchange 2010 and 2013. The beta works great; it will be fully integrated with Veeam Backup and Replication v7. With the beta not everything works as seamless when it comes to mounting the backup directly to the Veeam Explorer console, but it will when it is fully released. If you would like to download the Beta head over to Veeam and get started.

What has the new version brought to the table?

· Support for Exchange 2013

· Improved engine of restoring items back to the Exchange Server

What Features do you get?

· Explorer like interface that allows you to look into your Exchange Backups and locate things quickly with a familiar interface.

· Search capabilities across one or many mailboxes; quickly find what you are looking for.

· Ability to export to a PST file with no commands to run, export to MSG files to store in a folder, or send as attachments.

· Recover to the original mailbox or a different one.

· No Agents! For backup or restores

· No need to restore the backup

· No special backup, if you already have Exchange 2013 backups you can even use them. Even if the backups came from another source. You just need to point the tool to the Exchange Database File (EDB)

Beta Requirements

· Veeam Backup & Replication 6.5

· Microsoft Windows 2008 or later (64-bit)

· Microsoft Exchange 2010 or 2013

· Microsoft Outlook 2010 or later 64-bit, only if you want to export PST

Install

**To install the v7 Veeam Explorer you will need to uninstall the previous version.

Go to the Control Panel, and launch “Program and Features” and remove “Veeam Explorer for Exchange”

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Extract the files from “Veeam_Explorer_for_Exchange_7.0.0.481” you should now be able to execute “VeeamExplorerForExchange.msi”

The first screen you will see is the welcome screen, click “Next”

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Accept the “EULA”

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Choose your install location.

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At this point you are ready to install

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Within a few seconds the install is complete.

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Now the real work begins, Restore time

With the beta version like I mentioned above you need to do a couple of extra steps. Please remember these extra steps are just for the beta, and when it is fully released you will not have to do this.

Open up the Veeam Backup & Replication console. In the left window expand “Backups” and click on “Disk”, in the right window you will now see all your backups. Expand the disk that contains your Exchange 2013 backup. Right click the backup and select “Restore Guest File (Windows)”. This will mount the backup to your Backup Server. In my setup the location is “C:\VeeamFLR\Exchange02”.

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At this point you should see the “Restore Wizard” pick the restore point you would like to recover data from.

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Click “Next” and enter in a restore reason if you would like.

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Click “Finish” and wait a few moments while the backup mounts to your server.

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At this point you should see the following screen. In the ribbon at the top of the screen you will see “Exchange Items” we are now going to click that and it will launch the Veeam Explorer Console. clip_image013

If this is your first time running the Veeam Explorer console, we do need to do one extra step. We need to provide the application with the Exchange Database Storage Engine file (ese.dll) you can locate this file from your Exchange server. In my setup I have copied the file to my backup server and stored it in a folder on the C Drive called ExchangeDLL. The location of the file on your Exchange Server resides in the bin folder my setup its located at “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15\Bin” Once you have copied the file to your backup server we are going to point Veeam Explorer to the proper location. **You only have to do this once**

Click “Options”

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Click “Browse” for the version of the ese.dll you want to specify.

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Locate the file you copied from your Exchange Server, click “open” then click “ok”.

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This is the section where we point Veeam Explorer to the mailbox database. Click “Add Store”

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You will be prompted with the following window. You now need to locate your EDB file, you may have more than one Mailbox Database, if you do select the one where the mailbox resides that you need.

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The file location will vary, depending on your setup. However the database file will be in the same folder location as it is on your Exchange Server. Remember all we are doing is looking at a mounted copy of your Exchanger Server Backup. Once you have the file located, select it and click “open”

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You are now told “online Exchange backup detected, log replay is required” this is normal, and now the logs will be replayed to the database. Click “Recover”

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Explorer view of your Exchange Database is visible. From here you can see all users who are located in this mailbox database.

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We are going to go ahead and restore some items. But first we need to delete some! From my Administrator account I am going to go ahead and delete everything from the account including e-mails, calendar items, and tasks. You will need to take my word for it. Like I said I deleted everything from my account, I want to restore all the items. Here I could go and restore the entire administrator mailbox, but I want more control. In this example I will go ahead and use the “Advanced Find” and add the criteria that I want to show any item over 1KB in size which happens to be everything in that account.

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At this point I am ready to restore the email back to it original location. I have selected all the items I want to recover, right clicked an item and click “Restore to…”

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If you notice from the information below, I am also restoring this email to a server that is not part of the same domain as my backup server. But it is no issue; we have the ability to specify different credentials. I populated the Mailbox account I want to restore the items, but this could have been any mail account in my Exchange Organization.

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The CAS server address should be populated; you can change this if you must. You can also select the location to restore the items; you can put everything back to the original location or specify a different folder.

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Here you can select if you want to only restore changed items, deleted items, and if you would like to mark all restored items as unread.

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Once you hit restore you will see a status window.

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When the Job completes you will get a status window to let you know the outcome of the restore. In my case I didn’t delete a contact so the items merged. Even though this was a small restore it only took 15 seconds! Imagine the hero you can become when you can restore items to someone’s email within a few minutes.

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You don’t always have to restore to the production Exchange Server. Below I will explain your other options.

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Open: Allows you to open the item within Veeam Explorer to look at the item in more detail.

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Save to .msg file: from here you can save the item as a .msg to a location of your choosing

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Save to Desktop: Will save the file as a .msg to the desktop

Send to: Attaches all the items to an email that you can send directly to another mailbox, and from within Veeam Explorer.

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Export to .PST file: Export a selected amount of items or the entire mailbox to a .PST file. You can specify the filename and the location

Export to Desktop\Mailbox: This will automatically export your selection to the desktop with the name of the mailbox.

Veeam Explorer for Exchange also comes with the Veeam Backup Free Edition. Even with this being a beta feature it is rock solid. If you are not running Veeam today head over to www.veeam.com and check out all the great solutions Veeam has developed to ease the stress for Virtualization administrators around the world. You can always tell the Administrators who run Veeam; they are the ones who look well rested with a simile on their face.