“Veeam Quick Migration” how do you use it?

You may ask yourself if I have all the proper configuration and vCenter in place why do I need Veeam Quick Migration. Well….. I do have all the proper configuration, licensing and vCenter, and I use Quick Migration a couple of times a week.

What do I use it for? In my production environment I don’t like to put any unknown’s in the mix. But we all need unknown’s from time to time. We need to test product’s, application upgrades, Security patches, Service packs, and many other things. I do this all within my Company Lab, it’s a totally isolated infrastructure with it’s own hosts, Shared Storage, and networking Stack.

The problem I used to have was, my production host, and storage couldn’t see my Lab host, or storage. To move the VM’s from the production to the Lab or vice versa was not always an easy task. It involved using VMware converter, performing backups and moving them across the wire, or with USB media, Attaching my Lab Host to the SAN for a short period of time. But since using Veeam Quick Migration I don’t need to do that anymore.

To make sure that Veeam could access my Lab Infrastructure I configured a backup proxy on a VM in the Lab. If you are using the licensed version of Veeam this does not add to your license hosts, it is also available in the Veeam Backup Free Edition.

Below is a more technical details on Quick Migration, and screenshots of a Quick Migration being performed.

Quick Migration

Veeam Backup & Replication analyzes your virtual environment, its configuration, the state of VMs and selects the most appropriate relocation method. Whenever possible,  Veeam Backup & Replication coordinates its operations with vCenter Server and uses native VMware vCenter migration mechanisms: vMotion and Storage vMotion. When VMware vCenter migration methods cannot be used (for example, if your VMware vSphere license does not provide support for vMotion and Storage vMotion, or you need to migrate VMs from one standalone ESX(i) host to another), Veeam Backup & Replication uses its proprietary SmartSwitch technology to relocate VMs.

Veeam Quick Migration provides means for fast background migration of VMs ensuring continuous uptime of your virtual environment. Quick Migration supports hot VM migration (with SmartSwitch) and cold VM migration (with cold switch).

Migration of a VM is performed in several stages:

1.Veeam Backup & Replication copies VM configuration (.vmx) to the target host and registers the VM.

2.Veeam Backup & Replication triggers a VM snapshot and copies VM disk content to the new destination.

3.VM state and changes made after snapshot creation are moved to a new location. Veeam Backup & Replication uses different approaches to move the VM state between hosts with compatible and non‑compatible CPUs.

•If you move a VM between two hosts with compatible CPUs, Veeam Backup & Replication uses SmartSwitch (that is, it suspends a VM to move its state file and changes made after snapshot creation). The VM is then resumed on the new host. This ensures minimum downtime, and completely eliminates any data loss during migration.

•If you move a VM between two hosts with non‑compatible CPUs, Veeam Backup & Replication stops the VM to move changes made after snapshot creation, and then starts the VM on the new host.

http://www.veeam.com/vmware-backup/help-center/vsphere/index.html?quick_migration.htm

Quick Migration Architecture

Quick Migration architecture in a VMware vSphere environment comprises the following components:

•Source host and target host with associated datastores

•One or two backup proxy servers

Similar to backup, Quick Migration uses two-agent architecture: the source‑side agent interacts with the source host, and the target‑side agent interacts with the target host. To perform onsite migration, you can deploy one backup proxy for data processing and transfer. This backup proxy must have access to the source host and to the target host at the same time. In this scenario, the source‑side agent and the target‑side agent are started on the same backup proxy.

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The common requirement for offsite migration is that one Veeam agent runs in the production site (closer to the source host and datastore), and the other agent runs in the remote target site (closer to the target host and datastore). During backup, the agents maintain a stable connection, which allows for uninterrupted operation over WAN or slow links.

For offsite migration, you need to deploy at least one local backup proxy in each site: a source backup proxy in the production site, and a target backup proxy in the remote target site.

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http://www.veeam.com/vmware-backup/help-center/vsphere/index.html?migration_architecture.htm

Migration Demo

Go to the “Virtual Machines”

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Locate the VM you want to migrate. You can also do this with a powered on VM, for my situation powered off is fine.

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Right click and select “Quick Migration”

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At this point just select “Next” unless you wanted to add another VM to the Migration.

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I then go ahead and pick my Lab Host for the Destination. Pick a resource pool if you would like, choose your folder to place the VM, and select your Datastore. Click “Next”

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Now you can pick your Backup Proxy. I like to choose mine but you select auto if you would like. Just takes a step out of troubleshooting if it was to fail for some reason. I go ahead and tell it to force the Veeam quick migration no matter if vMotion was support or not.

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Go ahead and verify your settings, if all looks good go ahead and select finish. You may also choose to delete the VM after Migration if successful. Myself, I like to go ahead and do that myself. Especially if I just want to clone the VM.

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You will now see the status of the Job.

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You can see from the screen shot below that it completed in 25 Minutes, and is ready to use.

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If you click on the VM Name it will show more details. No different than any other Veeam Status report.

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The VM on the old host will be renamed with a _migrated appended to the end of the name.

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On the new VM it will be named the way it was originally.

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Before you power up the VM you may have to go in and assign the VM the proper Network, if you have network’s consistent across your Host you will not have to assign the network.

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Here is the VM all running and happy. Once I see that I go ahead and delete the Migrated VM from my Production host and storage.

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How do you use Quick Migration?

Veeam 6.5 Configuration Backup

One of the things I always wanted from Veeam was a simple way to backup my Veeam B&R server configuration. Guess what….. Veeam knew their Customers wanted that, aren’t we all glad they listen so closely to their Customers. With Veeam v6.5 you can now backup the configuration of a Veeam server within a few steps. If’s so simple if you don’t pay attention to release notes you may just miss this new feature, if you do miss it and you do have corruption of your database you will wish you knew it was available.

Here are the steps

Go to the Veeam Console

Go up to the top left corner and select the Menu dropdown choose the “Configuration Backup”

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First thing select “Enable configuration backup”, select the Backup Repository where you would like to store the backup. I wouldn’t be to concerned about space, here is a sample from a production server holding several jobs, Labs, and Sure backups, as you can tell to hold the configuration it is only consuming a little over 100 MB. From here you can also select the amount restore points to keep.

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The Schedule gives you the ability to set it daily, monthly, and the ability to select which days.

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The Backup gives you a great ability to take a configuration backup of your database before you perform an upgrade, or any other system changes that could affect your database.

If you want to restore that is also a very simple process. Click Restore, choose your Backup Repository, select the backup file, your database. Another great option to take a backup before you perform the restore. Supply your Credentials, review your choices, and apply!

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Just wanted to give highlight to this simple but very useful and handy option!

VeeamZip Video Demonstration

Ok… well I always wanted to post up a video to my blog, so this is more of test than anything. But figured just as well share it with the world. Is it great… No is the audio perfect No, the back ground noise is my Lab…. If I do more I will make it better.

Veeam with the release of 6.1 has come up with a great new FREE!! product called VeeamZip which comes as part of the Veeam Backup Free edition (can be converted to Full edition with a license file), it will allow you to take a ad-hoc backup of a live VM, and place it on any removable storage.

This backup will also be deduped, compressed, and captures all the VMDK’s into one file, which can then be restored to any host. Not only can you restore the full VM, you can also perform File-Level Recovery. Just think of all the things you can do with this.

Did I mention that it is Free! Head over to Veeam and download a copy today http://www.veeam.com/free-vmware-esxi-backup.html

VeeamZip Video Demonstration

Veeam One Free Edition and More

imageEveryone needs insight into their virtual infrastructure, but not all the small shops have the budgets to get this in place. Well…. That is all changed with Veeam One which now has a free version. Does this give you everything, no…. But does it give you enough, sure does. Plus if you get to the point you want the full version just go ahead and purchase your license and apply it to your production install of Veeam Free Edition.

By no means is this going to be an in-depth review, I’m going to show you how easy the install is and how quick you can be up and running. I will also let you know what you are missing between the Free Edition and the full Edition. If you go ahead and install the product and want to find out more information on how to use the product, please visit the Veeam website, they have all the resources you need. http://www.veeam.com/virtualization-management-one-solution/resources.html Don’t want to read? look no further some training videos for Veeam One http://www.veeam.com/university/how-to-manage-virtual-machines.html?ad=one-nfr-page

Install

  • First of all we need to get the install, point your browser to http://www.veeam.com/virtual-server-management-one-free.html and start the download, you will need a Free Account. If you don’t have one you can register at this point.
  • The download is in the ISO format, and is close to 1.3 GB in size, once you have the file downloaded, go ahead and pick a VM to install it on. In my lab I choose my Veeam B&R server as the VM. I used the VI client to present the ISO to my VM from my Local workstation drive.

System Requirements

  • The requirements for the server are pretty low, you don’t need a whole lot of resources to host the server.
  • If you are not sure if you meet all the software requirements, that’s fine as you go through the installer it will run some tests to see if you do, and if you don’t the installer will fix that right up for you. I love when Installers give you this option! Thanks Veeam.
  • The requirements listed below are right from the Veeam One Installer.

Veeam ONE Server:

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Veeam ONE Monitor Client

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Supported Virtualization Platforms

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Ports

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Permissions

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Install Screenshots and Steps

  • Go to the location where you mounted the ISO and launch the install.

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  • You should now have the Installer Menu on the screen.
    • Veeam One Server: This will be the full install, if you run this option it will install the server and the monitor client.
    • Veeam One Monitor: This option will just give you the monitor components. This will allow you to view the Veeam One Server from another workstation, it could be a Management Station, Laptop, or anything else you want to have the capability to view your Veeam One Server from. Just make sure it sticks to the requirements for the install.
    • For this example I am going to choose the Veeam One Server Install.

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  • Click Install Veeam One Server, you will see the screen below as the binaries are loading.

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  • Of course have a read, and click next.

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  • Again have a read and agree to the EULA, no worries they aren’t asking for your first born.

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  • For this pick the Free Mode, again you can change this at any time if you want to go to the full version without have to do a reinstall.

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  • We have selected the Free Mode, and you don’t get options to choose in the free mode.

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  • Next is the system configuration check, as you can see I missed a software install. But no problems there, just click install and the issue will be resolved.

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  • Enabling the missing features for me, without me having to leave the installer, add a feature and run everything from scratch again.

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  • All is well, time to continue with the install.

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  • I have decided to change the install path, to another disk on my server that has more space. You may do the same or keep the default of the SysVol.

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  • Please put in an account that has Local Admin rights to the server, and System Admin on the SQL Server.

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  • You can choose to install SQL Express as part of the installer if you need a SQL server to host the database, or you can choose an existing SQL server. In my case I am installing on my Veeam B&R server so I will use the same SQL Express Install.

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  • You can change the ports that the Reporter Web Portal, and the Business View Web Portal uses. You only need to change this if you have a port conflict.

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  • Now you get to choose what the Veeam One Server is going to monitor it can be a VMware vCenter Server, or Standalone vSphere Host, also the Free Hypvisor version. As you can see you may also pick a Hyper-V Server. Nice thing is it’s all from one console.

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  • Once you make your selection just go ahead and put in the required username and password.

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  • At this point that is all the installer needs. Time to go get a Tea and wait for the installer to do it’s thing.

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  • Waiting, with progress.

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  • If you see this screen it means all is good to go.

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  • You will now see the new icons on your desktop. This can all be done in about 15 Minutes, depending on the speed of your hardware.

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Veeam One Monitor

This is where you can view all the Real-Time Data and Historical data. In the Free version it will only go back 7 Days. Veeam One Monitor gives you the ability to complete Virtual Infrastructure Analysis, At-a-glance views of health and performance with Dashboards, Advanced Alerting Capabilities, and storage Monitoring.

  • Once you launch Veeam One Monitoring you will see the following splash screen.

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  • Then you will see the portal. This is where you can get all the data to keep you alert of issues that may arise. This will give you the opportunity to resolve issues before your end users even notice. Again just giving a quick overview of what you get with Veeam One, not a deep-dive.
  • But below I have provided some screenshots of what you will see.

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Veeam One Business View

Business View gives business-oriented views of the virtual environment, for monitoring and reporting from the different perspectives of your stakeholders. This application will allow you to gain a business view of your virtual environment, set and forget dynamic categorization, and prioritize resource allocation and control VM sprawl.

  • I haven’t set anything up for this in my Lab, so it doesn’t show much, but this is a Web Portal where if you setup category’s for your VM’s things will start populate.
  • The Business View can also been seen with Veeam One Monitor, Select the Business View Tab on the Left side.

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Veeam One Reporter

Reporter Discovers, documents, and analyzes your entire virtual infrastructure, this is all automated and eliminates labor-intensive error-prone and ineffective manual reporting processes, and can all be viewed with Customizable dashboards.

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Full Version vs. Free

The Free version is great for the SMB that doesn’t have the budget, but the cost of Veeam One is fairly cheap easily if you bundle in Veeam Backup and Replication and get yourself an essentials license. So… you may be asking yourself what do I get with Veeam One Full Version. The following Document will clear that up.

Quick overview

  • Alarm modeling and custom alarms
  • Full access to the knowledge base
  • Management of guest, host and vCenter processes
  • Historical change management beyond the most recent 24 hours
  • Microsoft Visio reports for multipathing, network, vMotion and datastore utilization
  • Automated report generation and distribution

Detailed

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Upgrade from Free to Full

Now… its time to see how easy it is to upgrade from Free to Full.

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  • You will then see the license you currently have.

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  • If you are running the free version there will be no license.
  • Click the install License, and browse to the location of your key file.

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  • Then you have a full version!

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Conclusion

Veeam has made it very ease and cheap to give you a single pane of glass for reporting, capacity planning, and troubleshooting. If you are not using anything right now, why not! Install Veeam One at no cost to you and within Minutes have a very good view of virtual infrastructure. If you are using something, and you think Veeam One may be better, again install and have a look!

Veeam Backup Academy, Why Not!

So…. Seen today that Veeam now offers a free training course that offers an Exam that allows you get Veeam Backup Academy Certified. Please look above at the FREE part!!! There is no reason not to go ahead and do this.

Now, if you use Veeam, and you use VMware you don’t really need to look at the training videos, but the guys who are putting up the information are great, plus you can learn so much from these videos so go ahead and watch them anyways, before or after you take the exam.

The instructors

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Greg Shields: Greg holds both Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert status and is a senior partner at Concentrated Technology. Follow Greg on Twitter @ConcentratdGreg.

image David Davis: David holds VMware vExpert status as well as Cisco CCIE and VMware VCAP credentials. David is a popular blogger, author and expert in the virtualization community. Follow David on Twitter @DavidMDavis.

image Elias Khnaser: Elias holds VMware vExpert status and is the CTO at Sigma Solutions. Elias has authored a number of books on IT certifications and is a popular blogger on a number of websites. Follow Elias on Twitter @EKhnaser.

image Eric Siebert: Eric holds VMware vExpert status and a number of IT certifications. Eric has authored several books and is a popular blogger. Follow Eric on Twitter @EricSiebert.

image Rick Vanover: Rick holds VMware vExpert status and a number of IT certifications. Rick is a popular blogger and podcaster. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover.

Click on the Link and head over to the  website and start learning http://www.backupacademy.com/

Really a 4 step process

1. Create a Free Account

2. Watch some Free Video’s and learn from the best.

3. Take a practice Exam to see if you are ready

4. Take the Exam and get your Backup Academy Certificate.

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You can then add the Logo to your Website.

1. Click My Account

2. Click the Snippet Tab

3. Choose your Snippet

4. Copy and paste the code into the HTML for your website.