Category Archives: Storage

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.

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How to view historic backup logs in Veeam 7

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A client recently wanted to view some historic Veeam backup logs for a particular backup job, but the Veeam Backup and Replication console by default only shows 500 sessions, which didn’t go far enough back in time.

There are two options to view the historic backup logs, the first is to increase the session history in the Veeam Backup and Replication console, but this will do it for all jobs, so if you have a lot of jobs configured may be unwieldly, the second is to create a Support Information log for the particular backup job in question.

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Dell EqualLogic Configuration Guide (ECG) version 14.4 released

Dell EqualLogic

EDIT: Version 17.1 now available Dell PS Series Configuration Guide version 17.1 (formerly EqualLogic Configuration Guide).

Dell have released version 14.4 of the Dell EqualLogic Configuration Guide.

The guide is designed to help storage administrators build an iSCSI infrastructure for use with a Dell EqualLogic SAN solution.

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How to enable Data Deduplication in Windows 2012

Windows Server 2012

In this post I’ll look at how to install and setup Data Deduplication in Windows 2012. It’s the same process for Windows 2012 R2.

 

 

 

1. Open Server Manager, select Manager, select Add Roles and Features, follow the prompts until you get to Server Roles. Expand File and Storage Services, expand File and iSCSI Services, and select Data Deduplication. Click Next, Next, Install.

Add Roles and Features - Data Deduplication

2. Now Data Deduplication is installed, I would recommend running the DDPEval.exe command on the volume you intend to use Data Deduplication with. This will give you an estimate of the amount of disk space you will save. Note – you can only run this on a volume before you have configured Data Deduplication on that volume.

ddpeval

3. Once you are happy with the estimated space savings in Server Manager, select File and Storage Services, select Volumes. Right click the volume you would like to enable Data Deduplication on, and select Configure Data Deduplication.

Configure Data Deduplication

4. Check the Enable data deduplication check box. Enter a value in the Deduplicate files older than (in days) option. The default is 5, in the example below i’ve chosen 30 to start off with.

Next, click the Set Deduplication Schedule.

Enable Data Deduplication

5. Check the box to Enable background optimization, and in the example below i have checked Enabled throughput optimization too.

Enable Deduplication Schedule

6. After Data Deduplication been run assess how successful it has been, and tweak any optimization settings as required.

Below is a before and after shot using the settings above.

Data Deduplication before

Data Deduplication after

Useful Resources

1. Technet – Install and Configure Data Deduplication

2. Microsoft Storage Team Blog

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Veeam Backup and Replication – Patch 3 released

Three months after Veeam Backup and Replication v7 R2 patch was released Veeam have now released patch 3. After applying the patch the build version will be 7.0.0.833.

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.

The patch has numerous fixes for VMware and Hyper-V, and a number of new features and enhancements. Of particular interest is the WAN acceleration being improved by 25% compared to the R2 version.

The patch can be downloaded from here.

The Veeam kb article can be found here.




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Veeam file level restore error – No disks have been mounted

veeam-it-just-works While performing a test restore recently I received the following error message from Veeam Backup and Replication v7 R2.

“No disks have been mounted. Either disks of this type aren’t supported or some errors occurred. See log file for details.”

Veeam - No disks have been mounted. Either disks of this type arent supported or some errors occurred.

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How to change the vPower NFS path in Veeam 7

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Veeam vPower NFS is used when you perform an Instant Recovery from a Veeam backup file, and allows Veeam to present the compressed backup file as regular vmdk to your ESXi host. You may have missed the configuration setting during the installation, but on a couple of servers I look after it was installed on C:.

Now on a server with 100GB C: I generally run with 20-30% free diskspace, but considering the size of some of the VMs I look after it only takes a couple to be started via Instant Recovery before you have filled up your vPower NFS (and C:) with virtual swap files.

Here is how to change the vPower NFS path:

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