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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

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

How to reset the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password

Windows SBS 2011

The Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password is used for restoring  Active Directory data on a Domain Controller. During an AD restore you can’t authenticate to Acitve Directory because it isn’t started while you boot into the restore mode and there aren’t any local accounts on a Domain Controller, so the DSRM password is used instead. This is a particularly important password to know in a single Domain Controller environment like an Small Business Server domain (although you can add additional DCs). It’s also a very good password to reset if you take on a new client with existing infrastructure that has been setup by someone else.

On SBS 2011 although you are not prompted to specify the DSRM password, it defaults to the password you use to install the server with. On Windows 2008, 2012, 2012 R2 when you promote a Member Server to a Domain Controller, you are asked to specify the password.

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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

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

Last week I rebooted one of the management servers I use, everything looked fine, but the Veeam backup didn’t run that evening.

Veeam reported the following error:

“Task failed Error: No connection could be made because the traget actively refused it. ipaddress:443″

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

Since version 7 of Veeam Backup and Recovery I’ve started to use the new capability of backup to tape from within Veeam for offsite storage, rather than continue using Symantec Backup Exec to backup to tape.

Typically I’ll have a backup to disk job that runs a reverse incremental backup, and then I will use a backup to tape job to backup the Veeam configuration and vbk and vbm files from the Veeam repository, so that on each tape we have a full backup.

The downside to this is that you have to mark the tape media as free so that we can fit a full backup onto the tape, if this doesn’t happen the the Veeam backup wil go onto more than one tape and it makes managing the backups a bit more complex, espcially when end users are responsible for swapping the tapes over.

Below is a script that I’ve put together to run an inventory of the tape drive, and then mark the tape as free so that its full capacity can be used for backups. This assumes that you use a manual tape rotation, typically a Grandfather, Father, Son scheme.

Write-host “Prepare Tape for Veeam backup”
Add-PSSnapin -Name VeeamPSSnapin
Get-VBRTapedrive | Start-VBRTapeInventory
Get-VBRTapeMedium -Online | Erase-VBRTapeMedium -confirm:$false

Save the scripts as a ps1 file, and then use Task Scheduler to run it prior to the tape job starting.

EDIT(19/07/2014):

After further testing I’ve replace the last two lines of the original script:
$tape = Get-VBRTapeMedium -Online
Move-VBRTapeMedium -Medium $tape -MediaPool Free -Confirm:$false

With:
Get-VBRTapeMedium -Online | Erase-VBRTapeMedium -confirm:$false

Although moving the tape to the Free Media Pool, should allow the data to be overwritten I was finding backup jobs needing two tapes as it wasn’t overwriting the tape. By changing the last line to Erase-VBRTapeMedium the job runs a quick erase and leaves the tape in the current Media Pool.

Useful Links:

1. Veeam PowerShell Guide

2. Veeam PowerShell Forum

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3. How to view historic backup logs in Veeam 7

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Veeam Backup and Replication 7.0 – Patch 4 released

Four months after Veeam Backup and Replication v7 Patch 3 was released Veeam have now released Patch 4. After applying the patch the build version will be 7.0.0.871. The patch contains all the previous updates in Patch 1, R2 and 3.

Veeam recommend to reboot the server and then stop all Veeam services prior to installing the patch. Once installed restart the services and start Veeam to allow the components to update. Continue reading

How to backup Microsoft OneNote notebooks

Microsoft OneNote

I’ve not been using Microsoft OneNote for very long, maybe six months now, but I love it! It’s one of the hidden gems in the Microsoft Office Suite, and has been a core application since Office 2010, making it available in all versions.

It took a while to get used to how it works, and sometimes I find it can look a bit messy, but the ability to make notes in it, print to it, save images and text, and have a section for different clients and projects, and then sub pages within each section makes organisation a dream. It seems to me like a digital ring binder, just without the weight and bulk. And the best thing about it is that it will synchronize between devices, so work i start on my laptop onsite is available on my PC in the office or on my Android phone when i am on the move.

OneNote’s ability to synchronise between devices for me is its key feature, but as well as synchronising changes you wanted to make it will also synchronise any mistakes and deletions you make too, so I think it is pretty important to keep it regularly backed up, so here’s how.

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