Veeam Backup Repository Planung

In meiner Tätigkeit als Veeam SE ist eine der meist diskutierten fragen, die frage nach dem Backup Repository, also dem Speicherort der Daten die mit Veeam Backup & Replication gesichert werden.

Zwei fragen sind das immer die am brennendsten interessieren:
1: Wie gross muss das Repository sein?
2: Wie viel Performance braucht das Veeam Repository

Nun, als einfache Antwort wäre hier “Size Matters” also so gross und schnell wie Möglich sicherlich die einfachste und auch immer wieder richtige Antwort. Jedoch so einfach ist es nicht, es macht ja auch keinen sinn, Ressourcen die vorrangig für’s aufbewahren von alten Daten, um diese im falle eines Falles wieder herstellen zu können,  einfach zu verschwenden. Deshalb müssen wir die Antworten auf die zwei fragen doch detaillierter Betrachten.

1: Die Grösse des Repositories hängt von verschiedenen Faktoren ab

a: Wieviele Daten will mann sichern?
b: Was sind das für Daten? (Sind da viele Daten gleich, unterschiedlich, schon komprimiert etc.)
c: Was ist das SLA? (Wie lange sollen die Daten aufbewahrt werden? Was ist der Intervall/Granularität der Datenaufbewahrung?

Wenn mann sich über all diese Fragen im klaren ist, kann man den geforderten Platz den ein Repository benötigt ziemlich einfach berechnen. Um dies im zusammenhang mit Veeam und den Verschiedenen Backup Methoden zu vereinfachen hat mein Kollege Timothy Devin ein Tool kreiert das hierbei hilft: http://rps.dewin.me/

2: Die Performance des Veeam Repositories hängt von der Blocksize und der Backup Methode ab

a: Welche Block Size wird Verwendet?
b: Welche Backup Methode wird Verwendet?

Das sind zwei sehr technische Fragen, da man die arbeitsweise von Veeam B&R sehr genau kennen muss. Mein Kollege Luca Dell’Oca hat hierzu ein sehr Ausführliches Whitepaper geschrieben welches die Thematik sehr genau umschreibt: http://www.veeam.com/wp-veeam-backup-replication-v8-designing-planning-backup-repository-performance.html

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Wiederbelebung oder um beim Thema zu bleiben Blog Recovery

In der Vergangenheit habe ich hier nicht so viel geschrieben, da ich dachte es wird jeden tag so viel geschrieben, ich muss da nicht auch noch Wörter, Sätze und Artikel kreieren.
ich wollte euch nur die Sachen weitergeben, die ich als wirklich sinnvoll erachte.. und das auch noch auf englisch.. mit der Sprache ist das so eine Sache, Rap und alles was von herzen kommt sollte man in seiner Muttersprache kommunizieren.. deshalb probiere ich es nun auf Deutsch in der Hoffnung mehr Artikel zu veröffentlichen.

Ich hab gemerkt, das es doch einige dinge gibt, die für mich vollkommen klar sind, jedoch längst nicht jedem dem es nützen könnte auch geläufig weshalb ich mir zum ziel gesetzt habe das hier zu beleuchten..

Vielen Dank fürs zuhören..

 

 

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ATTENTION: Possible data corruption after a Windows 2012 virtual machine network transfer (VMware)

I got the hint to that Problem from Gostev’s Word, the weekly Veeam Forum Digest which i strongly recomend to subscribe!

back to the issue, there is a issue with Windows Server 2012 and network transfer of files who ends up in corrupted files. The problem appears if you use W2K12 and VMwares E1000E network adapter and  TCP segmentation offload on esxi 5.0 and 5.1.

More Information here

If you copy your Backup Files by Windows Explorer or built in tools, your Backup Files can be corrupt, so pleas check before a desaster appears. If you use Veeam for backup, please also check with surebackup, veeam has since v6.5 a inline network traffic verification for the transfer of date over the network, so in this case you should be fine..

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Question: How many backups do you store?

Normaly i recommend to go with the 3-2-1-0 rule in case of securing your data, what means:

Hold 3 copies on 2 different medias stored in at least 1 different location and have 0 errors at restore checks.

how many backups do you store?
may you want to answer in the coments or in the polls widget on the right side of the post..

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Veeam Backup and Replication V7 Preview

 

long time not blogged, but tough the release of v7 of the most awarded backup tool for virtualized environments is worth a post..

a week ago, our product management and strategy team with @vmdoug @gostev and @rickvanover was present at TechFieldDay to present some highlights of the new release to an exclusive audience. this sessions are available as videos, so you can sit back and watch some great new features..

as you all know from our website http://go.veeam.com/v7, there are 7 new features and 2 disruptive innovations and not less than 50+ enhancements to the v6.5 of the product, i have here the videos for an overview and also a deeper introduction into the 2 new disruptive innovations who are “built in WANacceleration for Backup Copy Jobs” and “Storage Assisted Snapshots from HP SAN”

Veeam Backup & Replication Version 7 Overview

Veeam Backup v7 WAN Acceleration Deep Dive

Veeam Backup v7 Storage Snapshot Demonstration

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Free System Center 2012 Management Pack 10 Pack from Veeam nWorks for VMWare Monitoring

This page covers most likeley topics regarding Disaster recovery in virtual environments, this includes some monitoring, because it makes more sense to monitor your environment proactively than use disaster recovery technologies to recover from a disaster that you where able to see in advance with the right technologies. to monitor your environement, there are several tools, one of the biggest frameworks is “System Center Family” from Microsoft. Actualy there is the MMS Converence in Las Vegas where they officialy release the 2012 verison of System Center. A really great product so far. But one issue that System Center has, they do not ses/monitor anything in the VMWare virtualization layer, with Hyper-V they are able to, but not with VMWare. There are also other areas where Microsoft does not see anything whit his SystemCenter Operations Manager, but the architecture of SCOM is designed wit hMAnagement Packs (MP) to add this functionality. The best Management Pack on the Marktet for monitoring VMWare environments in SCOM is the Veeam nWorks MP.

Today Veeam anounced, that actualy there is a Free 10 MP Version for SCOM.

So, this is a great announcement and a great opportunity to give it a try if you already use SCOM for monitoring. If you have no SCOM in Place, maybe Veeam ONE could be an option which is released this Week according to the announcement in the above Press release. The new Veeam ONE also covers Hyper-V Monitoring.

 

 

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vPowerCLI

as you know Veeam Backup and Replication v6 can be completely used, configured, administered by PowerShell.

There is a really nice blog about all the functionality and some examples you can do by PowerShell with Veeam Backup

http://vpowercli.net/

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vSphere 5.0 PowerCLI Poster

Now VMWorld 2011 LasVegas is over and the Virtualization Community is going back to normal work.
Normal work is much more easier if you now what you are doing and if you have some help in your daily work. One of these is “POWERSHELL” and the use of this “POWERFULL” tool for VMWare vSphere Admin Tasks.

On the VMWare vSPhere PowerCLI Blog, there is a great article with a poster showing you all of the well used PowerCLI Commands.

You can download the PDF from here

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Replicate a VM from vSphere4 ESXi 4 to vSphere5 ESXi 5.0.0 using Veeam Backup & Replication v5.0.2

As you see in my two earlier posts, today VMWare has made the vSphere 5 suite GA. I downloaded it and installed it in my LAB.  After that i tried to connect it to my Veeam Backup and Replication 5.0.2 Infrastructure what worked.

So, now i want to show you how a replication is working, as source i have a vSphere 4.0.1 Update 1 infrastructure with a Veeam B&R Server connected to it. The VM i replicate is a Linux VM with a small (8GB) disk attached, but i guess, it is also working with a windows VM.

First of all, connect to the Veeam B&R Console and add a new Replication Job

 

Configure a name for your job

choose the processing mode, wich in my example is the “Virtuel Appliance” mode, because in my LAB is everything Virtual.

then choose the source VM, wich in my case is a running Linux VM.

next is to choose the replication destination

wich in my case is the vSphere 5 ESXi 5.0.0 Host with the local VMFS-5 Datastore i created.

  in the advanced tab i have to convigure the vmware tools quiesence because it is a Linux VM.

 in the advanced settings you have to mark the checkbox

then two times next

since i want to start my job imediatly so i do not choose any sheduling times..

Now the Job starts and creates a new VM in the Target vSphere 5 ESXi 5.0.0 Host.

5 minutes later the job has finished

and on the target host you see the Powered Off VM who is ready to start.

to activate the replicated VM on the target i shutdown the source VM and used the Veeam Backup & Replication Restore Wizzard to do a failover from the source VM to the newly created target VM.

choose failover to replica

choose the Replication Job an the VM to failover

Choose the Restore Point you want to start.

 


The Veeam Server does the failover by itself and power the VM on.

After the powering on of the VM it is running on the new vSpnere5 ESXi 5.0.0 host.

At the moment the Hardware Version of the VM is still the Version 7 from ESX 4.x but we are able to replicate a vm from one host to another wit hdifferent VMFS versions and Power the m on. How do you migrate your infrastructure from vSphere4 to vSphere5 i would say Veeam Backup and Replication can help you a lot.

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Add vSphere5 ESXi 5.0.0 to Veeam Backup and Replication v5

After i installed a vSphere 5 host in my lab i tried to connect it to my Veeam Backup and Replication 5.0.2 infrastructure.

to do that, first open the console of Veeam Backup and Replication 5.0.2

after that, go to “Add Server”

type the IP Address / Hostname of your host and choose the type

set your credentials for the host

and then hit “Finish” but first have a look, it figures out that the connected server is a “VMware ESXi 5.0.0 build-469512 cool?

now the server is connected.

next step is i try to create an replication job from an vSphere 4 ESXi 4.o.1 update 1 host to an vSphere 5 ESXi 5.0.0 host with VMFS-5 as datastore and see how it works, maybe this is an easy way to migrate your datastores?

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