VBR – Linux server

When a Linux VM is added to Veeam console as a Proxy Server,  you can fall out in the error shown in picture 1

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The reason for this behavior is that the default VM config does not allow another software to see the UUID of the VM.

What is UUID?

It’s the unique identifier used to uniquely identify partitions in Linux operating systems.

Why is it important to use it?

A backup where the proxy is a Linux VM only works with virtual appliance transport mode. It uses the VMware hot add capability.

Easier: when a job starts, the proxy Linux mounts the disks of the VM that have to be processed and then send a copy of data to the Veeam Repository.

If the backup server knows which are the proxy disks it can process the others easily and without errors.

The result is that it’s mandatory to set it up correctly as shown in the user guide and in Veeam forum

Note 1: the Linux command to show UUID is blkid

To address the issue just switch off the VM and, from vCENTER Console, follow the procedure showed in the next 4 pictures highlighted in yellow.

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That’s all folks

Veeam NAS Backup – Scripts for Demo live

BR v.10 introduced a great new feature. 

NAS Backup allows managing the protection of the environment where files and folders are a focus point for a company.

This article does not cover how a Nas Backup job works or how to set it up. Please refer to the official documentation to have all details.

What is the scope of the next lines?

It will show how easy it is to realize a script to create dummy files
before launching an incremental backup.
Why? Because the scope of this article is showing how fast a backup job can be.

1. The script is composed of four parts (in every box line 1 describes the actions that will be performed after).

#working path
$mypath=”C:\Users\VBR\Documents\NAS-Folder”
Set-Location -Path $mypath
#creating folder to copy to share
$folders_new = New-Item “$((get-date).toString(‘yyyyMMddhhmmss’))” -ItemType directory
Set-Location -Path $folders_new
# Creating 100 files
$baseFile = $rootDir + “base.txt”
$desiredFileSize = 2*10KB
$fileCount = 100
“start” | Out-File -Filepath $baseFile
While ($(Get-ChildItem -path $baseFile).Length -lt $desiredFileSize)
{
$(Get-ChildItem -path $baseFile).Length | Out-File $baseFile -APPEND
}
for($i=1;$i -lt $fileCount;$i++)
{
Copy-Item $baseFile “File-NAS$i.txt”
}
#copy to network share
Set-Location -Path $mypath
$pathtocopy= $folders_new.Name
copy-item -path $pathtocopy -Destination \\192.168.16.134\cifs-sorgente -Recurse

2. Let’s see how to integrate the script in VBR.

The next pictures will show the Nas Backup job wizard pointing out the main point (picture 3, 4 and 5)

Pictures 1 and 2 show one of my favorite advance options: the possibility to select the file topology to save. For example, protecting the pdf files only. It supports wild-cat character so it’s very flexible and useful.

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From picture 3 to 5, highlighted in yellow the step to set-up the script:

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Pictures 6 and 7 show the result of the job modified in this way.
Please put your attention to the last yellow line where 195 MB of the source data is processed in 20 seconds. (In my small lab it’s a great result !!!)

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Note: If you need to change the script time execution from default 15 mins (900 secs), just add a REG-DWORD named “PreJobScriptTimeoutSec”(Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication). The amount has to be in seconds (Picture 8)

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That’s all folks 

Veeam Backup & Replication – Agent Licensing

Today I’m covering how to enable VBR to use VUL licensing to backup Physical Machines (they could be server or workstation both)

If you need more details to understand better the implementation scenarios please refer to the three articles I already wrote

Veeam Agent  Part 1     Veeam Agent Part 2     Veeam Agent Part 3

As many of you already know it is possible to work with the free Veeam Agent version and a paid VBR version.

The only thing that this architecture allows is using the VBR repositories as a global backup container.

What customers forget is that you can’t have a mixed infrastructure composed of free and paid agents.

Let’s see an example:

An end-user with already 10 VBR sockets license has a new project to protect 30 workstations and he wants to use Veeam agent Free.

The end-user just has to install and set up on every single workstation the free agent to write backup data to VBR repository.

From VBR version 9.5.u4, Veeam is gifting 1 VUL license for every socket customer bought (up to 6 sockets). In our example it means the end-user can protect up to 6 Physical Server or 18 Workstation (1 Vul x 3 Workstation) for free or a mixed architecture.

What happens if you enable VBR to assign the gifted license from your VBR server?

First thing how to enable it? The next three pictures explain how to perform it

Picture 1

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        Picture 3

From now on VBR will use the agent license up to consuming them.

In our example, the end-user will protect 18 Workstation but the last 12 will be out from the backup procedure.

Which is the solution?

Easy one, just Buying a new license pack.

Why you should have to buy new licenses?

There are at least three good reasons:

a) It is possible to manage your workstation architecture directly from VBR console.
b) There are more restore options.
c) Veeam support.

Gems:

1) One of the good news about the licensing of VBR v.10 is that from now on the license bought will be added to the gifted one. It means that you buy just a VUL packet (10 Vul) and have a total of 16 licenses.

2) If you have two license files (the first for VBR, the second for Veeam Agent) you have to merge them in just one license file.

The License rule and the procedure are available reading the following links https://www.veeam.com/kb3085  (rule)                         https://www.veeam.com/kb3116    (procedure)

3) Is there a turn back procedure?

Yes, please refer to the following KB https://www.veeam.com/kb2235 and  contact Veeam’s support.

To Remember:

4) It’s not possible to protect VM with sockets and VUL license. It means that sockets license has the priority to protect VM respect to VUL.

https://www.veeam.com/it/availability-suite-faq.html

5) Product comparison edition

https://www.veeam.com/it/products-edition-comparison.html