Veeam Backup and Replication Patch 4

At one of my customers they experienced some issues with Veeam Backup and Replication v7. During the search for what was the problem causing this behaviour and the way to solve it, I noticed their Veeam environment wasn’t updated to the latest Patch level, which is Patch 4.

With Patch 4 Veeam solved multiple problems, and it solved the issues the customer had. So before you troubleshoot like hell, make sure the Veeam Backup and Replication v7 Patch 4 is installed.

Some of the issues solved include:

General

  • Under certain circumstances, the target data mover may crash with the “Cannot allocate memory for an array” error while processing a backup job with WAN storage optimization setting.
  • Increased maximum amount of open files for Linux data mover to improve backup reliability in cases with a very large amount of concurrent tasks hitting the same repository.

vSphere

  • If the same ESX(i) host is added to Managed Servers both as a part of the vCenter, and as a standalone host, the jobs fail to remove VM snapshots correctly.
  • Replication job does not truncate Microsoft Exchange transaction logs when the corresponding setting is set to “Truncate logs on successful backup only“.
  • Setting EnableSameHostHotaddMode registry value (introduced in Patch #3) to 1 causes replication jobs to fail with the “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error.
  • If you clone replica VM with vSphere, and start the replication job, the target VM will be selected randomly between the two VMs.

And some of the new enhancements and features:

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN)

  • In addition to adding basic support (as provided by other vendors), the intelligent load-balancing engine was enhanced to account for VSAN specifics. As the result, for each VM the job will pick backup proxy running on VSAN cluster node with most of the virtual disks’ data available locally. This significantly reduces backup traffic on VSAN cluster network, resulting in minimum possible impact on production environment from backup activities.

Backup Copy

  • The maximum allowed amount of restore points in the Backup Copy job has been increased to 999.
  • Backup Copy will now resume the transfer after network connection drop to a Linux-based backup repository.
  • Backup Copy jobs should no longer report errors during the days when source backup jobs are not scheduled to run – for example, during the weekend.

More information and download can be found here

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former VMware CTO EUC joins Infinio

Today Infinio announces that Scott Davis (Former VMware EUC CTO) will join them as a CTO.  To know who Scott Davis is I’ll quote a bit of his biography from the VMware site:

My background includes a mixture of both startup ventures and more established industry firms. Prior to joining VMware, I was Founder, President, and CTO of Virtual Iron Software, which originally created a unique clustered hypervisor that enabled virtual machines to span physical servers utilizing Infiniband as a shared memory-style interconnect. The company was later acquired by Oracle and became the basis of OracleVM. I was also VP/CTO at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage startup company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products. I spent the early part of my career at D.E.C. where I was Technical Director for VAXClusters and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as Digital’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft ‘Wolfpack’ Cluster Server).

Reading this my conclusion is that Scott has a  deep knowledge about storage (he just needs a grey beard ;) ) and therefor he is a great expansion to the Infinio team. But wait, he’s not an addition because Infinio already had a CTO, so what happened there?

Infinio’s had a CTO in the person of Vishal Misra. Vishal is a professor at the Columbia University. He was the one that thought up the need for Infinio based on his reseach at Columbia. He’ll pass his CTO cap over to Scott and will be focussing more on being professor, but continue being the chief scientist at Infinio).

I’m sure the Infinio team will keep on building a great team and freaking awesome technology. And I congratulate both Infinio and Scott!

The official Infinio press release can be found here

 

 

And don’t forget to give Infinio a try! For more information on the installation process you can read the two blogposts I wrote a couple of months ago:

 Post 1 Infinio Setup, Post 2 Infinio Setup Part 2

 

 

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Join the Next Generation SDDC Leaders

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I was invited by the Tech Field Day team to join the Storage Field Day 5 delegates. This will be my 5th Storage Field Day and I’m very honored to be on this awesome delegate list, once again, Thanks Stephen, Tom and Claire. In future posts I’ll dive in to the sponsors presenting at Storage Field Day 5, and what I’m interested in to hear from them. And if you ask me you’re too. If so, don’t hesitate and join us for this great event.

SDDC symposium 2014

During Tuesday the 22 April Tech Field Day will be hosting the Software-Defined Datacenter Symposium 2014. On this day a lot of Next Generation SDDC leading companies will share their knowledge and vision on this topic during multiple sessions. People like Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth, Andrew Warfield, Neela Jacques, Chris M Evans, Kelly Murphy,  Tarkan Maner, Justin Warren, Michael Bushong, Rick Martig, Chris Nelson, Howard Mark, Victoria Gray and many others will be discussing and answering your questions.

 The Agenda

During the day multiple sessions will be hosted and you are more then welcome to join the discussions with us. The agenda for the day is as follows:

08:00-08:45 Meeting, Registration, Introduction
Featuring: Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth
08:45-09:55 Introducing the Next Generation SDDC Leaders 1
Featuring: Andrew Warfield, Neela Jacques, TBD
10:00-10:45 Architecture in the SDDC Panel
Featuring: Andrew Warfield, Chris Evans, Kelly Murphy, TBD
A discussion about the convergence of compute, storage, and networking and what this means for the future of data center architecture.
10:50-11:35 Introducing the Next Generation SDDC Leaders 2
Featuring: TBD, Tarkan Maner
11:45-12:30 The CapEx / OpEx Battleground Panel
Featuring: Justin Warren, Michael Bushong, Rick Martig, TBD
Budgets in the SDDC are tight. Should you budget for traditional big expenditures? Or will monthly fees lure you to the operational model? Panelists discuss the pros and cons of each approach
12:30-13:15 Lunch Expo
Featuring: N/A
The SDDC Symposium will adjourn for lunch in the expo area, presented in cooperation with SNIA‘s Data Storage Innovation Conference.
13:15-13:45 Audience Q&A 1
Featuring: TBD
13:50-15:00 Introducing the Next Generation SDDC Leaders 3
Featuring: TBD
15:05-15:50 SDDC in the Sunlight: Real World Use Cases Panel
Featuring: Chris Nelson, Howard Marks, TBD, Victoria Gray
Technology discussions and protocol arguments solve little. The real world is where SDDC technologies will be proven. The panelists will discuss real world applications of SDDC technology from a business case perspective as well as interesting deployments seen in actual networks.
16:00-17:00 Audience Q&A 2
Featuring: TBD
17:00-17:15 Closing Remarks
Featuring: Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth
17:30-18:30 DSI/SDDC Reception
Featuring:
Join the SDDC Symposium and SNIA DSI Conference attendees for an evening reception with coffee and snacks

For me two topics are very interesting (although all topics are interesting ;)) and those are Architecture in the SDDC Panel and the SDDC in the Sunlight: Real World Use Cases Panel. Both of these are topics I face during my days in the office, and I’m eager to learn what the guru’s have to say about this.

So if you’re in the neighborhood of Santa Clara (CA) on 22 April 2014 make sure you’ll join us for this awesome event, and ask the questions you always wanted to ask about these topics, and join the discussions with these Next Generation Software Defined Datacenter Guru’s..

The Tech Field Day Team provided me an extra discount code. If you order your ticket HERE, and use this code TFDVIP25. More information on the event can be found HERE

See you there!

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VEEAM your world!

AdvertisementVeeam is a longtime sponsor of my blog, and they’re growing like a weed ;-)

Veeam is about to get its 100,000th customer and they lanched an interactive contest for a chance to win a trip around the world and other prizes (Google Glass,iPad and Microsoft Surface).

If you would like to participate, you need to register and predict the location of Veeam’s 100,000th customer on the interactive map. The closer you are to the right spot, the better chance you have to win the trip around the world and other prizes.

So join in on the fun HERE!

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Infinio Accelerator v1.2 awesomeness

First of all I want to thank Infinio for Sponsoring this blog. It’s awesome to see such an awesome company joining the vdicloud.nl website. Thanks!

Great news from my friends from Infinio. Today they announced the GA of Infinio Accelerator v1.2 with support for VMware vSphere 5.5. If you’re not already familiar with Infinio Accelerator this Infinio video explains what you need to know:

Test lab licences

I tested the Infinio Accelerator software in my homelab some time ago, and found it very easy to install and use. It works great, and if you’re looking to improve performance in you NFS environment you should really give Infinio Accelerator 1.2 a test run. Infinio is offering a limited number of FREE fully funtional Infinio Accelerator 1.2 licenses. Make sure you win these:

http://info.infinio.com/ssd-class-performance-without-ssds-PR

The Press release

To learn more about Infinio Accelerator 1.2 and Infnio (awesomeness ;-D) make sure you’ll download the official Infinio Press release HERE

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