The day before #VeeamOn2015

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So after a long day of travel on sunday (Amsterdam-Detroit and Detroit-Las Vegas) I arrived in Las Vegas late in the evening and fell into a deep sleep as soon as I hit the rather large bed in the Aria Resort and Casino, where the #VeeamOn2015 is held. I really like the venue in the way that it is an awesome resort where everything you need is in the same building(s) and if you need something it’s just a short 5 minute (or a little longer) walk. A esbig surprise was waiting for me when I entered the room and found a great gift (See picture). I actually had a discussion in the plane with the dutch guy (Ikea filmcrew) about this awesome headphones.. So a big thanks Veeam!

Monday at VeeamOn2015

So on monday after a good night sleep I went to the conference location to pick up my pass as well as a backpack and meet with a couple of guys. As I’m a foreigner with a big jetlag I decided to really take it easy this (Partner)day, and give myself the time to adjust.

I did went to the Grand opening of the Expo Lounge, to meet with peers and enjoy some great food and drinks. Always great to meet with people like Vladan Seget (blog: ESX Virtualization), Andrea Mauro (blog: vInfrastructure) and Joep Piscaer (blog: VirtualLifeStyle). Those three guys are all Veeam Vanguards and if you don’t know what that is, my suggestion is that you start reading more about this program here.

#VeeamON

#VeeamON2015

Evening in Vegas

In the evening I decided to make the best of my time here in Sincity and did a walk over the strip to see the fountains, take pictures of all the crazy stuff in this town, before heading to my room to do a Skype call with the homefront and get a (not so) good night sleep.

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Day 1 of VeeamOn2015 is already started and I’ll be writing another blogpost on that asap Open-mouthed smile

VeeamOn, man ;-P

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During Storage Field Day 5 we got a little introduction into a big event Veeam was planning for october in Las Vegas. As I’ve been quiet busy the last couple of months (Became father for the 3rd time in July) I wasn’t able to spend to much time to dive further into this. Now evenings are getting a bit better I can spend some time on reading into what will be happening in Las Vegas.

First let’s point to the SFD5 presentation by Veeam in april. First on stage was Mr. Doug Hazelman, he made the announcement on VeeamOn during his presentation:

 

After this Doug eleborated on the availability for the Modern Data Center with Veeam and NetApp:

 

Second on stage was the one and only Rickatron (Rick vanOver) on Veeam Explorers:

He then introduces the Veeam Explorer for MS SQL:

Last but certainly not least the stage was given to our Storage Field Friend Luca Dell’Oca with some super secret stuff (back then) we all got to now by the name Veeam Cloud Connect, which will be available in the Veeam Availability Suite 8.

Let’s be honest, Veeam knows how to present, how party and how backup, replicate and explore your VM’s and they will be hosting a great event in Las Vegas.

Where a lot these events cost a lot of money to attend Veeam made sure the can be attended for a great price and with only $ 150,- extra you can do the Veeam certified engineer training, making this a great deal during an event packed with awesome session. Let’s look at a view of the sessions:

In session VT-09 Luca Dell’Oca will discuss Multi-tenancy: Roles, scopes and encryption in Veeam Enterprise Manager:

Veeam Enterprise Manager has introduced in its latest version’s advanced multi-tenancy capabilities. By properly configuring it, service providers and large companies can allow different customers and lines of business to safely access their own content, browse backups and start restore activities, guaranteeing, at the same time, complete data confidentiality and total isolation from others’ information. Come learn how to configure Enterprise Manager, its roles and scope and how the new encryption feature can further improve multi-tenancy, including:

  • How to ensure data confidentiality in a multi-tenant environment
  • How to tweak repository storage settings as a provider
  • Configuring source backup jobs for multi-tenancy

In session VT-10 Doug Hazelman and Anton Gostev will talk on What’s new in Veeam Availability Suite v8:

Join us for a deep dive into Veeam’s next generation of Data Center availability—Veeam® Data Center Availability Suite v8. Anton Gostev and Doug Hazelman will introduce Veeam’s new features and enhancements designed to help you manage the complexities of virtualization, storage and the cloud to meet the demands of the Always-On Business. The session will show you:

  • How to achieve efficient and affordable offsite backup
  • How to back up your vSphere virtual machines (VMs) using storage snapshots
  • How to put your DR site to work

Stick around to learn about all of our easy-to-use, industry-leading features, including secure and efficient backup to popular deduplication appliances, monitoring of backups directly from the vSphere Web Client, protecting Hyper-V VMs with shared VHDX, high-speed recovery with Veeam Explorers and much more!

In session CS-02 Joep Piscaer and Robbert Erents will be talking about Using Veeam B&R in an IaaS-environment with vCAC, Nutanix and NSX:

In 2014, Joep Piscaer and his team designed and implemented an IaaS-environment using a stretched Nutanix and vSphere cluster, vCloud Automation Center, VMware NSX and Veeam Backup & Replication. In this session, you’ll learn how Veeam plays a big part in the DR strategy for this environment. We will share specifics about multi-tenancy, integration with vCAC, the dependency on NSX and much more!

  • Learn how to implement Veeam Backup & Replication in a multi-site, multi-tenant vSphere deployment.
  • Get real life, tested and proven best practices for using Veeam Backup & Replication with a Nutanix infrastructure.
  • See how we integrate into vCloud Automation Center and discover how we make backup and restore operations available to end users.
  • Discover the caveats of NSX when backing up and restoring tenant VMs

And in session CS-04 Spongebob friend Chris Wahl will do a story on:

vSphere does an amazing job at abstracting away all of the hardware resources from virtual machines, there’s still a lot of design and configuration work to be done around plumbing the physical network into the virtual switches. There are a number of recommended practices for connecting your management, vMotion, IP storage, replication, and virtual machine traffic flows without sacrificing performance or incurring costs. In this session, join Chris Wahl, a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) as he shares his experiences and secrets around real-world deployments of virtual networks for a myriad of use cases just like yours. In this breakout session, the following will be covered:

  • The differences, advantages and caveats between using standard and distributed vSwitches.
  • How the ESXi hypervisor handles switching, routing and network lookup tables
  • All of the networking jargon necessary to request or build the right 802. 1Q VLANs to successfully tag your port groups.
  • Methods to integrate your iSCSI and NFS storage networks into a vSphere environment.
  • Proven ways to design for server hardware that uses 1 GB, 10 GB, and mixed-speed network interface cards (NICs).

As you can see there is a lot of great content during the event but Veeam won’t be Veeam if there wasn’t an awesome party (or two or three…) during the event.

Make sure you see what will be going on at this awesome Veeam Event and if you do haven’t already signed up, this might be a good time ;-P

All information and signup can be done here:

http://go.veeam.com/veeamon

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