Veeam 7 – Get Involved!

Veeam 7 is just around the corner and as always the ‘green team’ is putting on a serious of webinars to educate us on the latest offerings.

Some pretty cool new features, but to be fair, I wouldn’t expect anything less:

  • Search and restore for SharePoint
  • Archive disk backups to tape (yes tape support!)
  • Backup and recovery for vCloud Director
  • Sure Backup for replicas

To get registered click me

Veeam On Tour

Thought I would let you know that Veeam are on tour, putting together some roadshows in the UK.

They have three events over the next few days (bit of a sporting theme)

  • Twickenham Rugby Stadium – London on April 23rd
  • Manchester United Stadium – Manchester on April 24th
  • Murrayfield Rugby Stadium – Edinburgh on April 25th

The events are focused on the latest updates about the Veeam product features, so expect lots of V7 goodness.  Also you will have an opportunity to learn best practices for implementing Veeam solutions.

A typical agenda is shown below.  To register click me

14:30 – 15:00 Registration
15:00 – 15:30 Introduction to Modern Data Protection: Powerful, Easy–to–Use, Affordable!
15:30 – 16:00 Customer Success Story – What were the challenges Veeam customer faced before implementing Veeam and what are the results after the implementation
16:00 – 16:45 Live demo
16:45 – 17:00 What’s next at Veeam
17:00 – 17:15 Interactive Q&A session
17:15 – 18:30 Buffet and networking with Veeam

If you aren’t able to make it in person and want to be their in a virtual capacity, then Veeam have put together a Webcast, to register click me

14:00 – 14:30 Introduction to Modern Data Protection: Powerful, Easy–to–Use, Affordable!
14:30 – 15:00 Customer Success Story – What were the challenges Veeam customer faced before implementing Veeam and what are the results after the implementation
15:00 – 15:45 Live demo
15:45 – 16:00 What’s next at Veeam

Veeam – Error: The method is disabled by ‘MVDI’

Error: The method is disabled by ‘MVDI’ is caused when you have a View Transfer Server which you are trying to back up.

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The View Transfer Server holds locked copies of Local Mode desktops which if altered would result in data corruption. Due to this normal VM functions such as snapshots, DRS, Storage DRS cannot be performed on the VMDK.

To enable the backup to run successfully, go into View Administrator > View Configuration > Servers > Transfer Servers and Select Enter Maintenance Mode.

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Select OK to enter Maintenance Mode

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Verify you are in Maintenance Mode

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Hop back over to Veeam and restart your backup job and voila this time we have success!

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Don’t forget to Exit Maintenance Mode on your View Transfer Server.

Veeam Radar

I pleased to say that vmFocus has come up on the Veeam radar and the ‘green team’ are the first sponsor of vmFocus.com

Veeam is a great product, I use it regularly to meet customers RTO (Restore Time Objectives) and RPO (Restore Point Objectives).  As I’m sure you know Veeam’s functionality is extremely diverse with DR, CDP and Backup capabilities.

They have some pretty sweet deals on at the moment especially with Veeam Essentials you can get:

  • 20% saving on Veeam Essentials Suite
  • Up to six months additional maintenance for free

Check it out Veeam Essentials Offer

Backing Up vCentre Using Veeam 6.1

Veeam is a great product, I use it regularly to meet customers RTO (Restore Time Objectives) and RPO (Restore Point Objectives).  As I’m sure you know Veeam’s functionality is extremely diverse with DR, CDP and Backup capabilities.

One of the issues we have had with Veeam has been when you are backing up a virtual vCentre or SQL server that is responsible for the vCentre database.  Essentially what happens is that Veeam sends a ‘snapshot’ command to vCentre for creation of a VSS snapshot, but then cannot communicate with vCentre as it’s database is frozen.

To get around this issue you would add the ESXi host that held vCentre and your SQL database manually meaning that Veeam would communicate with the ESXi host directly and your backup would complete.

This caused issues where if you had DRS enabled and your vCentre or SQL moved your backups would fail.  So more often than not you would have to tie vCentre or SQL to a particular host which kind of defeated the purpose of HA.

So, whats changed, well in our environment, we recently upgraded to Veeam 6.1 with the following configuration.

Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise v6.1

Veeam is a virtual server with 8 vCPU’s broken down into 2 virtual sockets and 4 cores per socket with 12GB of RAM

vCentre Server Standard v5.0.1

vCentre Server is again a virtual server with 2vCPU’s and 4GB RAM.

This has SQL 2008 R2 Standard installed locally holding the following databases:

– vCentre
– VMware Site Recovery Manager
– VMware Update Manager

SQL 2008 R2 Enterprise

SQL is a virtual machine and holds four instances.  A single instance contains the databases for:

– Veeam

Now you have an overview of the environment, lets create a couple of fresh Veeam jobs.

Backup Job 1 – vCentre

This contains vCentre directly added via the vSphere 5 Cluster, with Proxy Selection ‘Automatic’ and Advanced Settings left as default.

To avoid any confusion, ‘The Backup Proxy’ is this server.

Enable application-aware image processing is NOT selected.

Result is a success.

So what does this mean?  Well we don’t have ‘enable application-aware image processing’ selected.  This means that your SQL database might not be transactionally consistent which could result in data loss and that Veeam does not commit the transaction logs.  However, this can be overcome by creating a SQL maintenance plan, not elegant, but effective!

So essentially, the choice is yours, keep vCentre physical or tie vCentre to a particular ESXi host.  Both mean that vCentre isn’t protected by high availability.  Or do what I have explained and have to use a SQL maintenance plan.

For more information on Veeam Backup & Replication 6.1 please visit Veeam ESX Backup