Category Archives: Storage

Veeam Availability Suite 9 New Feature: Standalone console

Veeam it just works

Last week Veeam released the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite v9. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the new features included in the latest release, and to kick off I’ll take a look at the Standalone console.

Veeam have added many ground breaking features to the product; Scale-out Backup Repository, Bitlooker, EMC Snapshot integration, Direct NFS Access, ROBO enhancements, Tape enhancements, Veeam Explorer for Oracle, Cloud Connect Replication, and Standalone console to name just a few of them.

But after upgrading our Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure the first thing I tried was the Standalone console. If you are a Managed Service Provider or Value Added Reseller, then the convenience of being able to launch a local Veeam Backup & Replication console from your desktop to connect to a remote Backup & Replication server will save so much time if you have to manage a large number of clients backup infrastructures. Continue reading

Veeam Backup and Replication v8 Update 3 with support for Windows 10 VMs

Veeam it just works

A few days ago Veeam released Update 3 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software.

The update includes full support for Windows 10 VMs and support for VMware vSphere v6.0 Update 1. See the Knowledge base article kb2068 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

This is great timing for me as I’ve just deployed a Windows 10 VM to our Hyper-V infrastructure and came up against the error message:

“Task failed Error: Wrong IP address The following Msvm_KvpExchangeDataItem.Name keys are deprecated: NetworkAddressIPv4, NetworkAddressIPv6, RDPAddressIPv4, and RDPAddressIPv6. Please configure guest IP addresses using Msvm_GuestNetworkAdapterConfiguration.” Continue reading

Released Today: Veeam Availability Suite v8 Update 2

Veeam it just works

Veeam have just release Update 2 for the latest version of their Backup and Replication software – Veeam Availability Suite v8.

The update includes full support for vSphere v6, and support for Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. See the Knowledge base article kb2024 for a list of fixes and enhancements.

As a service provider I got my hands on the update last week to apply to our Cloud Connect Solution and we’ve not had a problem with it, still you may want to wait a few days just in case there are any bugs to iron out. Continue reading

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – Released Today!

Veeam have been hard at work recently and have just released Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. I’ve been using the Beta version for the past few months and it has worked really well, so I’m really excited to take a look at the full version and see what it has to offer.

The backups can be volume or file level, and bare metal restore is available for the volume level backups, but what is really exciting is the ability to backup to a current Veeam Backup & Replication repository.

Read the official blog post here:
http://www.veeam.com/blog/veeam-endpoint-backup-free-is-here.html

Download and further information can be found here:
http://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

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1. Veeam – Task failed Error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

2. Veeam PowerShell: How to schedule an inventory of a drive and mark the media as free

3. Free eBook from Veeam – Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

4. How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM

How to convert a Hyper-V VHDX to VMDK for VMware Workstation

Starwind Software

In this post we’ll look at how to convert a Hyper-V virtual machine using the VHDX format virtual disk to a VMware Workstation virtual machine using the vmdk format virtual disk.

Until Windows 8 I’ve used VMware Workstation for testing, but with the advent of  Windows 8 and the built in Hyper-V I decided to give it a try and have been using it quite happily ever since. In the near future though I’m going to be looking at some vSphere testing, and from memory recall that you can nest it within VMware Workstation, so I thought I would give the latest version a go.

The only problem is I don’t want to rebuild my current test environments so I need some way of converting the VHDX that Hyper-V uses to vmdk that VMware Workstation uses.

My first thought was VMware converter, but that doesn’t support VHDX, so looking around on the Internet I cam across a nifty bit of FREE software from StarWind Software- StarWind V2V Converter.

You have to register to download the product, but once you have and installed it below are the steps I took to convert a UEFI Boot, Gen 2, 2012 R2, Hyper-V VM using VHDX to vmdk for VMware Workstation.

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PowerShell: How to clean up the WinSxS folder in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

In this post we’ll look at how to use PowerShell to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder in Windows Server 2012 R2.

A customer has a very quick SSD based server at a cloud provider, but although it is SSD based it only has a tiny 40GB C:, which is a very small footprint for the OS, a couple of apps and logs files. So i was asked to take a look and see what i could do to make a bit of room.

The WinSxS folder contains the files for all the Windows Features you can install in the default operating system. Each time you run a windows update files in the WinSxS folder get update and the size will continue to grow.

Since Windows Server 2012 Microsoft have made it very easy to tidy the WinSxS folder up. They introduced a new feature called “Features on Demand”. Rather than the WinSxS containing all the binaries for all the features you could possibly install on the server, “Features on Demand” allows you to remove the files for features you aren’t using.

If at a later date you want to install a feature you have removed from the WinSxS folder you’ll need to specify a location for the source files.

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Veeam News – December 2014

Veeam have had a busy couple of few months recently, they are a company at the top of their game and there have been several big announcements recently:

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V – was released in August.

Veeam Backup & Replication Plug-in for LabTech BETA is here! – was released in September.

PowerShell for newbies: Getting started with PowerShell 4.0 – written by Jeffery Hicks, this is a nice little introduction to PowerShell, just enough to whet your appetite!

Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE – In October Veeam announced a free Endpoint backup product for Windows 7 & higher and Server 2008 and higher, for physical machines. Betas are starting to be released as I write this (I’m just waiting for mine!).

Veeam Availabiltiy Suite v8 is GA – Veeam releases version 8 of its flagship product in Novmeber.
What’s New in Veeam One – pdf download of new features in Veeam One 8.
What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication – pdf download of new features in Veeam B&R 8.

 Announcing: R2 of the Veeam Management Pack v7 for System Center is here – released in December

Finally, it’s rare that I have to contact Veeam for support because as the logo states “It just works!”, but last week we had an issue with a Backup Copy Job failing, within three hours of uploading the logs I have a hotfix in my inbox which solved the problem, keep up the good work!

Related Posts:

1. Veeam – Task failed Error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it.

2. Veeam PowerShell: How to schedule an inventory of a drive and mark the media as free

3. Free eBook from Veeam – Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

4. How to add a USB disk to a Windows 2012 Hyper-V VM