Tag Archives: Veeam Backup and Replication

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 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.


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

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

Related Posts:

1. Veeam Backup and Replication 7 – Patch 4 released

2. How to change the vPower NFS path in Veeam 7

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.

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 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 view historic backup logs in Veeam 7


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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