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Veeam: How does NAS backup in v10 work with VMware vSAN File Services

August 11th, 2020 No comments

How does NAS backup in v10 work with VMware vSAN File Services?

You may recall with v10 NAS backup, Changed File Tracking was implemented, maintaining the footprint of the source file share and is stored in a cache repository. This cache repository keeps track of all objects that have changed between each backup, resulting in super-fast backup processing, including for vSAN File Services!

NAS backup supports the same range of different backup repositories as our image-based backups, including scale-out backup repositories. When focusing on unstructured data, however, safeguarding the ability to tier older file versions onto less expensive storage (e.g. deduplication storage systems or Object Storage) may be even more important. The ability to maintain short-term retention close to the production data set but then comply with regulations and retention demands through the public cloud can enhance longer-term retention capabilities while reducing costs.

Veeam Availability Suite v10 NAS backup also has the ability to store an offsite copy of your NAS data. This can be a completely different retention period (both longer and shorter), with a separate encryption key for added security, and can be used as a disaster recovery option when it comes to recovering your unstructured data.

NAS recovery using VMware vSAN File Services

Yes, the recovery mechanisms that were introduced in v10 also work flawlessly with VMware vSAN File Services.

Restore entire share

A useful option for catastrophic losses or major outages, allowing for a complete restore of the latest version of all files either back to the original location or to an alternate location with security and permissions intact.

Rollback to a point time

When the need arises to use the “last known good configuration,” this option is very useful to roll back any modified files since the last backup of your vSAN instance using File Services.

Restore individual files and folders

Like File-Level Recovery for image-level backups, this restore type provides you with the ability to restore individual files and folders either by overwriting the live system or keeping both copies. Simply choose specific restore points with additional visibility to see all available file versions.

Use cases

Veeam’s enhanced NAS backup capabilities offer you the ability to immediately incorporate VMware vSAN File Services into your backup strategy whether you’re a new or existing customer. As you continue on your Digital Transformation journey, the following use cases may be great places to begin incorporating vSAN File Services and Veeam:

Audio, video, and surveillance data

As the volume of this type of data continues to grow at unprecedented rates, there often is not a defined process in place to categorize or tag data, let alone adequately predict future storage requirements. The flexibility of easily adding a host to a VMware vSAN cluster coupled with Veeam’s support for VMware Storage Policy-Based Management to ensure proper backup policies are applied make this data type a perfect candidate for consideration.

Big data applications (e.g. Hadoop, SAP, Splunk)

Security, scalability and manageability are often cited as challenges to adoption of big data. These infrastructure-related challenges can be alleviated via the security, scalability and performance of VMware vSAN. Additionally, Veeam’s enhanced NAS backup coupled with application-specific capabilities for Oracle and SAP can help create a simple, flexible and reliable infrastructure that is cost-effective for embarking upon such a project.

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VMware: The Dell ESXi 7.0 ISO is now available

April 2nd, 2020 No comments

vSphere 7 is finally out!

You can download the Dell Server ISO image by clicking the screenshot below:

Download: VMware

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VMware: NLVMUG UserCon 2019

February 12th, 2019 No comments

In 2019 verhuist de NLVMUG UserCon naar een nieuwe locatie: De Fabrique te Utrecht! Het event vindt plaats op donderdag 21 maart 2019.

De locatie mag dan nieuw zijn, wij gaan er als vanouds tegenaan om een geweldig event neer te zetten. De trend van de afgelopen jaren wordt voortgezet. Verwacht dus nog meer community en VMware sessies. Denk ook aan use-cases van onze sponsors met situaties die je zelf zou kunnen meemaken op de werkvloer.


Call for papers

Zelf bijdragen aan de content van het event? Dat kan! Onze “call for papers” is nu online. Ga naar PaperCall om deel te nemen en jouw presentatie(idee) in te dienen.


Inschrijven

Inschrijven voor de NLVMUG UserCon 2019 doe je hier.

 

    

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VMware: New Rollup Bulletins Simplify VMware ESXi Updating

July 14th, 2018 No comments

VMware ESXi patches are released periodically to resolve issues or address security vulnerabilities – just like any other software product. These updates can either be downloaded automatically through VMware vSphere Update Manager (VUM) or manually by logging in to My VMware. Regardless of delivery means, the contents are the same: a collection of software packages, knowns as VIBs, that are grouped into bulletins to ensure dependencies are satisfied during installation.

Bulletins, Patches, and Rollups

There are two different types of patch bulletins for VMware ESXi: patches and rollups.

For any given VMware ESXi patch release, there is typically, at a minimum, one bulletin that contains the core system packages – esx-base, vsan, and vsanhealth. Often, there are additional bulletins if other packages have been revised in order to remedy bugs or security issues. These types of bulletins, that include a small set of packages, are known as patches in Update Manager.

Occasionally, VMware releases a more comprehensive service pack, known as an Update, that includes the latest versions of all packages that comprise VMware ESXi. These Update releases are classified as rollups in Update Manager.

Rollup Bulletin Now Included in Every Patch Release

In between the large Update releases, however, there has not been a simple workflow for vSphere administrators to use that would ensure hosts are on the absolute latest version of every package. While this can be accomplished with dynamic Update Manager baselines that are configured to include all applicable patch bulletins, some customers may have opted to apply just specific critical patches. In that scenario, over time, hosts may lack many useful fixes and updates that were released since the GA.

Starting in June 2018, each VMware ESXi patch release will also feature an optional rollup bulletin that includes every package that has been updated since GA. This is a straightforward approach to keeping the vSphere infrastructure current, because the Update Manager baseline requires just a single bulletin.

For detailed information on software fixes, each VMware ESXi patch release is described in a KB article, with a link to a child article for each bulletin included in the patch release. Take a look at a recent VMware ESXi 6.7 patch KB for an example.

Takeaway

VMware issues a patch release when software fixes are required – these includes one or more bulletins. Each bulletin includes a set of VIBs, which are the ESXi software packages. Bulletins come in two different types: patch (a few packages) and rollup (complete system). Going forward, all patch releases will include the traditional patch bulletins, and will also be supplemented with a rollup bulletin. This offers a simple way to ensure hosts are running the latest version of every package.

 

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VMware: Yeehaa I’m vExpert 2018

March 15th, 2018 No comments

I am very honored and very pleased to be awarded the VMware vExpert Award for the ninth time in a row! Thanks to VMware for continuing this award. Also congratulations to all new vExperts 2018 and again welcome to earlier vExperts!

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VMware: How to reset the lost or forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

October 16th, 2017 No comments

To reset the lost forgotten root password in vCenter Server Appliance 6.5:

  1. Take a snapshot or backup of the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 before proceeding. (Do not skip this step.)
  2. Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.
  3. After the OS starts, loading the Photon splash press e key to enter the GNU GRUB Edit Menu.
  4. Locate the line that begins with the word Linux.
  5. Append these entries to the end of the line:rw init=/bin/bash

    The line should look like the following screenshot:

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  • Press F10 to continue booting.
  • In the Command prompt, enter the command passwd and provide a new root password (twice for confirmation):

    passwd
  • Unmount the filesystem by running this command:

    umount /
  • Reboot the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 by running this command:

    reboot -f
  • Confirm that you can access the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 using the new root password.
  • Remove the snapshot taken in Step 1 if applicable.

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VMware: vCenter 6.5 – warning message: RBD Health Alarm

October 13th, 2017 1 comment

This monitor tracks the vCenter RBD (vSphere Auto Deploy) Health Alarm.

By default, the alarm is triggered by the following event:

  • vim.event.HealthStatusChangedEvent: Health status of the Sphere Auto Deploy Waiter changed.

For instructions on troubleshooting the Sphere Auto Deploy Waiter, see this VMware KB article.

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VMware: VMSA-2017-0006 VMware ESXi, Workstation and Fusion updates address critical and moderate security issues

March 30th, 2017 No comments

VMware has released security patches for the VM-Escape Security Bug. http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2017-0006.html

Products affected is ESXi, Workstation, Player and Fusion.

VMware ESXi 6.5  

Downloads:https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch

Documentation:  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149573
VMware ESXi 6.0 patch on top of ESXi 6.0 U3

Downloads: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch

Documentation:   http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149569

VMware ESXi 6.0 patch on top of ESXi 6.0 U2  

Downloads:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=491&downloadGroup=ESXI60U2

(Click on the above link and scroll down to ESXi600-201703003 Offline Bundle)

Documentation:  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149673

VMware ESXi 6.0 patch on top of ESXi 6.0 U1  

Downloads:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=491&downloadGroup=ESXI60U1B

(Click on the above link and scroll down to ESXi600-201703002 Offline Bundle)

Documentation:  http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149672

ESXi 5.5 

Downloads: https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch

Documentation:   http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149577

VMware Workstation Pro 12.5.5 

Downloads and Documentation:

https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/ws_pubs.html

VMware Workstation Player 12.5.5

Downloads and Documentation:

https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/player_pubs.html

VMware Fusion Pro / Fusion 8.5.6

Downloads and Documentation:

https://www.vmware.com/go/downloadfusion

https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/fusion_pubs.html

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VMware: Yeah, vExpert 2017!

February 16th, 2017 No comments

This year’s vExperts 2017 were announced! Check it out. I’ve been honored again (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) as a vExpert this year. Great thanks to VMware and vExpert team behind the program!

It’s Correy Romero who announced the news on the VMTN blog. This year over 700 vExperts (exactly 754 vExperts this year) were named. Here is the full list of lucky people for 2017 – vExperts 2017.

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vExpert program allows greater recognition between your coworkers, clients and in the overall professional life.

 

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