Category Archives: Storage

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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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!

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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 Task Manager for Hyper-V released

Veeam have released a new free tool which looks pretty useful for small Hyper-V deployments, Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V.

On a Hyper-V machine we know that the host Task Manager only shows the performance of the parent partition, and you have to use PowerShell or Hyper-V Manager to view performance of the guest virtual machines.

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Veeam have combined the two in their new Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V. It only shows you the CPU and Memory utilisation, but if you are troubleshooting performance and don’t have a big performance monitoring application in place I suspect it will be pretty useful.

Veeam official announcement: Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

Veeam Task Manager how-to article: http://hyperv.veeam.com/task-manager-hyper-v-announce/

Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V download.

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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

4. Veeam file level restore error – No disks have been mounted

5. ESXi 5.1 – VMware Tools – [warning] [vmusr:vmusr] Error in the RPC receive loop: RpcIn: Unable to Send.