ANZ Veeam User Group – Brisbane

The inaugural ANZ Veeam User Group meeting has been scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday the 22nd of September in BrisVegas.  The location of the meeting will be at the Saxons Office, Level 11 300 Adelaide St Brisbane City.

We are planning for 3 speakers covering a range of Veeam topics and we expect the event to run for 1.5 hours.

The Veeam ANZ User Group has a strong focus on community and networking with other Veeam users so come join us for a wonderful night learning and discussing all things Veeam.

To register, please go to this Eventbrite link.

Indexing guest OS files in Veeam

So you may have noticed that when you’re configuring a backup job in Veeam Backup & Replication there is an option to ‘Enable guest file system indexing’. The menu tells us it will “create catalog of guest files to enable browsing, searching and 1-click restore of individual files” which sounds quite important but then it also says that “indexing is optional and not required to restore instant file level recoveries”. So you may be thinking whats the point of it then or whats the advantage here and should I enable it?

What is it? Allows you to perform searches within guest OS files stored inside the backups without having to mount the backup files first.

How does it work? It’s worth pointing out that Veeam is agentless so this indexing happens without agents, nor does it need to scan the whole file system, instead when a backup job runs, during the guest OS freeze process, Veeam creates a catalog (or index) of the VM guest OS files by directly reading from the NTFS Master File Table (MFT). For a typical VM, the required data is captured and parsed nearly instantly, which Veeam calls Instant Indexing. After the index has been created, this information is stored on the Veeam Backup & Replication server.

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Poor performance on your File to Tape Job?

Are you experiencing poor performance for your Veeam File to Tape jobs? It is likely caused by your SQL Express database that the Veeam B&R server is running from. It may be time to upgrade to a licensed version of SQL Server just as this customer has done below, a job that took 25 hours has now reduced down to 5 hours.

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The new SQL Standard 2016 instance was installed on the same Veeam B&R server where SQL Express 2012 was running.

vExpert 2017 Award

A few days ago VMware announced the second half of 2017 list for vExperts recipients. A vExpert is someone that has demonstrated significant contributions to the VMware community, as well as the desire and willingness to share expertise with others.  Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I am stoked to share that I was awarded the vExpert title under the Evangelist path for 2017.

Congratulations to all the other VMware evangelists, partners, and employees that have made the list for this year.

The announcement page can be found here.

The secret life of VBM files

What do they do? VBM files are an XML dump of relevant backup metadata pertaining to the relevant backup job from the Veeam DB. A VBM file will be created for each backup and backup copy job.
Why do we create VBMs? Before VBM files, Veeam would read metadata information from the backup files themselves. As Veeam was deployed into larger and larger environments it soon became apparent that this method of reading metadata information was too I/O intensive and needed to be improved, so the VBM file was born.

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Max concurrent tasks in Veeam B&R

A quick post regarding max concurrent tasks in Veeam B&R which are tunable options in both proxies and repositories. The default max concurrent task for proxies is set to 2, for backup repositories the default is set to 4. An important thing to note is that we are limiting different things when configuring this max concurrent task between proxies and repositories.

When configuring proxies, the max concurrent tasks are based on a single virtual disk. So for example, if we had a single virtual machine with 4 virtual disks or a 4 virtual machines with a single virtual disk each, the units of resource scheduling required is the same, the units of resource scheduling required being 4 virtual disks that need to be processed.

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Deployment Projects in Veeam ONE

Did you know that Veeam ONE has a tool called deployment projects that has the ability to simulate how a task such as adding or evicting hosts and VMs impacts your virtual infrastructure? These simulations help us to review predicted resource capacities against future resource demand, provide practical recommendations and help identify potential resource shortages. It’s a quick and easy way to check your resources before making small or large changes. Think of it as a way to perform due diligence and gain insight before making any changes to your virtual environment.

Deployment Projects can be found under Veeam ONE Reporter, to access Veeam ONE Reporter we browse to the URL of the Veeam ONE Reporter website. This website runs on the machine where the Veeam ONE Web UI component is installed. Assuming you have are using the default port it would look similar to https://veeamoneip:1239

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FREE & NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows v2 PROMO

Veeam is giving away FREE 6-month subscriptions of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows licenses until the 30th of June for both existing Veeam customers and new users.

The “Any User” offer includes Evaluation Support, and does not require the user to be a Veeam customer.

To be eligible for the “Existing Veeam Customer” offer, the user must own Veeam Availability Suite, Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Backup Essentials by June 30, 2017 and must be current on maintenance. Offer is for full production license including Basic Support. Upgrade to Production Support offer is available to existing Veeam customers only. Only one registration per corporate domain will be accepted for existing customers.

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Veeam Explorer for AD – the search filter is invalid

These blog posts serve more as a reminder to myself than anything else, especially if I can’t find any other information regarding the problem encountered. So as is tradition, my next post is again about documenting an error I’ve witnessed that was simple and easy to resolve but easily forgotten (at least for me it is).

So my job involves a fair bit of demonstrating what features and capabilities Veeam has along with knowledge transfers. I especially love showing off the Veeam Explorer’s, they certainly making restoring application items a breeze for the most part. I find one of the easiest and quickest ways to demonstrate what the Veeam Explorer’s are all about is to demonstrate a quick restore using Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Active Directory.

With full permission granted, I like to make a small adjustment to the ‘description’ field for an inactive user that lives on the domain, making a small typo for example. After making the change, loading up Veeam Explorer for AD, letting Veeam filter out the unchanged data between production and the restore point, finding the change I introduce and attempting to restore the original ‘description’ value back. Usually, this goes without a hitch but this time Veeam came up with the below error.

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