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Veeam Powered Network: Quick Video Walkthrough

Earlier this year at VeeamON we announced Veeam PN as part of the Restore to Microsoft Azure product. While Veeam PN is still in RC, I’ve written a series of posts around how Veeam PN can be used for a number of different use cases (See list below) and at VMworld 2017 I delivered a vBrownBag TechTalk on Veeam Powered Network which goes through an overview of what it is, how it works and an example of how easy it is to setup.

As mentioned, i’ve blogged about the three different use cases talked about in the presentation:

Clink on the links to visit the blog posts that go through each scenario and watch out for news around the GA of Veeam Powered Network happening shortly. Until then, download or deploy the RC from the Veeam.com website or Azure Marketplace and give it a try. Again, it’s free, simple, powerful and a great way to connect or extend networks securely with minimal fuss.

VMworld 2017 Veeam Recap – Breakouts, TechTalks and Final Thoughts.

Both VMworld US and Europe have come and gone in quick time this year and while I only attended VMworld US my team and other Veeam staff featured at Europe and both event’s where extremely successful for Veeam. I felt VMware had a good couple of shows, the gap between the two was too short I felt and meant that the Europe event was at best, a continuation of the US event in terms of vision and announcements. That said, VMware have made VMworld great again and there was an unmistakable buzz around the conference that I have not felt since at least the 2014 event.

I’d encourage everyone to check out the Top 40 Session YouTube playlist here and make sure you have caught up with all the VMworld announcements. For those interested in what Veeam had going on, i’ve listed the Breakout Sessions and vBrownBag TechTalks below.

Breakout Session Replays:

Across both VMworld’s we had four breakout sessions which where all well received and had great attendance. If you have a MyVMworld account, you can view the session replays below by clicking following the link and clicking on the session playback icon which will take you to a protected YouTube video.

Note: The European session replays haven’t been posted yet, but should be put up this week.

vBrownBag TechTalks:

Veeam was a main sponsor for of the vBrownBag TechTalks across both VMworld’s and the feedback to the format this year was brilliant. For the first time, the talks where listed in the content catalog meaning there was a lot more exposure and attendance was up significantly on previous years. Below are the Veeam related TechTalks covering both events featuring Michael Cade, Clint Wyckoff, Michael White from Veeam, some of our Vangaurd’s and also David Hill from VMware.

Full list here:

Final Thoughts and Wrap Up:

Both VMworld’s from a Veeam point of view where extremely successful with great sessions attendance and more importantly lots of traffic being driving through our booths. There was great energy in the US and I have been told that that continued in Europe. Both parties went off and a great time was had by all that attended.

The team at Veeam is looking forward to building on the momentum gained at VMworld as we look to release v10 of Backup & Replication, Veeam Availability Console and Orchestrator, updated Windows and Linux Agents, Availability for AWS and Veeam Powered Network.

VMworld Top Session YouTube Playlist:

VMware Cloud on AWS Availability with Veeam

It’s been exactly a year since VMware announced their partnership with AWS and it’s no surprise that at this year’s VMworld the solution is front and center and will feature heavily at Monday’s keynote. Earlier today Veeam was announced as an officially supported backup, recovery and replication platform for VMware Cloud on AWS. This is an exciting announcement for existing customers of Veeam who currently use vSphere and are interesting in consuming VMware Cloud on AWS.

In terms of what Veeam has been able to achieve, there is little noticeable difference in the process to configure and run backup or replication jobs from within Veeam Backup & Replication. The VMware Cloud on AWS resources are treated as just another cluster so most actions and features of the core platform work as if the cloud based cluster was local or otherwise.

Below you can see a screen shot of an VMC vCenter from the AWS based HTML5 Web Client. What you can see if the minimum spec for a VMC customer which includes four hosts with 36 cores and 512GB of RAM, plus vSAN and NSX.

In terms of Veeam making this work, there were a few limitations that VMware have placed on the solution which means that our NFS based features such as Instant VM Recovery, Virtual Labs or Surebackups won’t work at this stage. HotAdd mode is the only supported backup transport mode (which isn’t a bad thing as it’s my preferred transport mode) which talks to a new VDDK library that is part of the VMC platform.

With that the following features work out of the box:

  • Backup with In Guest Processing
  • Restores to original or new locations
  • Backup Copy Jobs
  • Replication
  • Cloud Connect Backup
  • Windows File Level Recovery
  • Veeam Explorers

With the above there are a lot of options for VMC customers to stick to the 3-2-1 rule of backups…remembering that just because the compute resources are in AWS, doesn’t mean that they are highly valuable from a workload and application availability standpoint. Customers can also take advantage of the fact that VMC is just another cluster from their on-premises deployments and use Veeam Backup & Replication to replicate VMs into the VMC vCenter to which end it could be used as a DR site.

For more information and the offical blog post from Veeam co-CEO Peter McKay click here.

Veeam Vault #8: VMworld 2017 Edition…Still Best Of!

I’m sitting in the airport lounge waiting to board the first leg of my 26 hour journey to Las Vegas for VMworld 2017 and I thought it was no better time to write the next edition of my Veeam Vault series. This will be my fifth VMworld as as I wrote earlier in the week…I don’t take this event for granted! This year will be a little different for me in that I am there representing Veeam and I am lucky enough to be presenting a couple of sessions while participating in other Veeam related meetings and activities.

Veeam has had a strong presence at VMworld’s past and this year is no exception. In fact from what I understand it’s our biggest VMworld to date and as you walk around Mandalay Bay you will feel Veeam’s presence. Veeam in it’s early years won the Best of Show in 2010 and Best of Technology in 2011 and has a proud history of a strong showing at every VMworld we have been a part of. And while we have challengers nipping at our feet trying to outdo us we remain focus on delivering great technology while being able to be the top contributer to the community and still able to put on the best events at the show.

Veeam Sessions @VMworld:

Officially we have two breakout sessions this year, with Danny Allan and Rick Vanover presenting a Deep Dive on v10 and Michael Cade and myself presenting a session on advanced VMware and Veeam features and integrations. There are also a couple of vBrownBag Tech Talks where Veeam features including talks from Michael Cade, myself and some of our great Veeam Vanguard’s.

The sessions can be viewed and selected from the VMworld Content Catalog here and we also have a number of Sponsor Booth sessions with our ecosystem partners…so keep an eye out for those.

Veeam @VMworld Solutions Exchange:

This year we will have two huge booths on the floor, with a Main Booth Area doing demo’s prize, giveaways, having an Experts Bar and acting as sponsor of the opening night hall crawl. We also have a coffee bar and lounge space called the vBar. This will be a chill out area serving good coffee and offering seats for people to come and relax during the event.

Veeam Community Support @VMworld:

As Eric Siebert wrote last week… Veeam gets the community and has been a strong supporter historically of VMworld community based events. This year again, we have come to the party are have gone all-in in terms of being front and center in supporting community events. Special mention goes to Rick Vanover who leads the charge in making sure Veeam is doing what it can to help make these events possible:

  • #vGolf
  • Opening Acts
  • VMunderground
  • vBrownBag
  • Spousetivities
  • vExpert Breakfast
  • vDestination Giveaway

Party with Veeam @ VMworld:

Finally, it wouldn’t be VMworld without attending Veeam’s seriously legendary party. This year we are looking to top last years event at Light nightclub by taking over the hottest club in Vegas… Hakkasan Nightclub! I know how hard it is to plan evening activities at VMworld and there is no doubt that there are a lot of decent competing parties on the Tuesday night…however whatever you do, you need to make sure that you at least stop by the MGM and party in green. RSVP here.

Final Word:

Again, this year’s VMworld is going to be huge and Veeam will be right there front and center of the awesomeness. Please stop by our sessions, visit our stand and attend our community sponsored events and feel free to chase me down for a chat…I’m always keen to meet other members of this great community. Oh, and don’t forget to get to the party!

Connecting to Home or Office Networks with Veeam Powered Network

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on how Veeam Powered Network can make accessing your homelab easy with it’s straight forward approach to creating and connection site-to-site and point-to-site VPN connections. Since then I’ve done a couple of webinars on Veeam PN and I was asked a number of times if Veeam PN can be setup without the use of a central hub appliance.

To refresh the use case that I went through in my first post, I wanted to access my homelab/office machines while on the road.

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With the use of the Tunnelblick OpenVPN Client on my MBP I am able to create a point-to-site connection to the Veeam PN HUB which is in turn connected via site-to-site to each of the subnets I want to connect into.

Single Veeam PN Appliance Deployment Model

After fielding a couple of similar questions during the webinars it became apparent that the first use case I described was probably more complicated than it needed to be for the average home office user…that is create a simple point-to-site VPN to allows remote access into the network. This use case can also be used to access a simple (flat) company network for remote users.

In this scenario I want to have access via the OpenVPN endpoint client to my internal network of 192.168.1.0/24 via a single Veeam PN appliance that’s been deployed in my home office network. To go over the Veeam PN deployment process read my first post and also visit this VeeamKB that describes where to get the OVA and how to deploy and configure the appliance for first use.

Components

  • Veeam PN Hub Appliance x 1
  • OpenVPN Client

Networking Requirements

  • Veeam PN Hub Appliance – Incoming Ports UDP 1194, 6179 and TCP 443
  • OpenVPN Client – Outgoing access to at least UDP 6179

In my setup the Veeam PN Hub Appliance has been deployed into VMware Workstation and has picked up a DHCP address. Unlike the Azure Market Place deployment you need to go through an initial configuration wizard to setup the Hub appliance to be ready to accept connections. Go to the Veeam PN URL, enter in the default username and password and click through to the Initial Configuration wizard.

Next step is to configure the SSL certificate that is used for a number of services, but importantly is used to facilitate authentication between the Hub, site and endpoints.

Next step is to configure the Site-to-site and the Point-to-site VPN settings which will be used in the OVPN configuration files that are generated later on.

Once that’s done you are sent to the Veeam PN home dashboard page. In order to have the 192.168.1.0/24 network accessible remotely you need to configure it as a site, as shown below from the Clients menu. This is a bit of a workaround to ensure that the correct static routes are included in the endpoint OVPN configuration files but note that the site will never become connected in the client status window.

To be able to connect into my home office when on the road the final step is to register a standalone client. Again, because Veeam PN is leveraging OpenVPN what we are producing here is an OVPN configuration file that has all the details required to create the point-to-site connection…noting that there isn’t any requirement to enter in a username and password as Veeam PN is authenticating using SSL authentication. As a recap from my previous post, for my MPB I’m using the Tunnelblick OpenVPN Client that I’ve found it to be an excellent client but obviously being OpenVPN there are a bunch of other clients for pretty much any platform you might be running. Once I’ve imported the OVPN configuration file into the client I am able to authenticate against the Hub Appliance endpoint and the home office routing is injected into the network settings.

You can see above that the 192.168.1.0 static route has been added and set to use the tunnel interfaces default gateway which is on the Hub Appliance running in my home office. This means that from my MPB I can now get to any device on that subnets no matter where I am in the world…in this case I can RDP to my Windows workstation, and access other resources on 192.168.1.0/24.

Conclusion:

Summerizing the steps that where taken in order to setup and configure remote access into my home office using Veeam PN:

  • Deploy and configure Veeam PN Hub Appliance
  • Go through initial Hub Network Wizard
  • Register local network as a Site
  • Register Endpoints
  • Setup Endpoint and connect to Hub Appliance

Those five steps took me less than 10 minutes which also took into consideration the OVA deployment as well. The simplicity of the solution is what makes it very useful for home users wanting a quick and easy way to access their systems…but also, as mentioned for configuring external access to simple office networks!

Again, Veeam PN is free and is deployable from the Azure Marketplace to help extend availability for Microsoft Azure…or downloadable in OVA format directly from the veeam.com site.

 

VeeamON 2017 Wrap

VeeamON 2017 has come and gone and even though I left New Orleans on Friday afternoon, I just arrived back home…54 hours of travel, transit and delays has meant that my VeeamOFF continued longer than most! What an amazing week it was though for Veeam, our partners and our customers…The announcements that we made over the course of the event have been extremely well received and it’s clear to me that the Availability Platform vision that we first talked about last year is in full execution mode.

The TPM team executed brilliantly and along with the core team and the other 300 Veeam employee’s that where in New Orleans it was great to see all the hard work pay off. The Technical Evangelist’s main stage live demo’s all went off (if not for some dodgy HDMI) without a hitch and we all felt privileged to be able to demo some of the key announcements. On a personal note, It was a career highlight to be able to present to approximately 2000 people and be part of a brand new product launch for Veeam with Veeam PN.

From a networking point of view it was great to meet so many new people and put faces to Twitter handles. It was also great to see the strong Veeam Vanguard representation at the event and even though I couldn’t party with the group like previous years, it looked like they got a lot out of week, both from a Veeam technical point of view and without doubt on the social front…I was living vicariously through them as they where partying hard in New Orleans.

VeeamON Key Announcements:

Availability Suit 10

  • Built-in Management for Veeam Agent for Linux and Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
  • Scale-Out Backup Repository — Archive Tier
  • NAS Backup Support for SMB and NFS Shares
  • Veeam CDP (Continuous Data Protection)
  • Primary Storage Integrations — Universal Storage Integration API
  • DRaaS Enhancements (for service providers)
  • Additional enterprise scalability enhancements

For me, the above list shows our ongoing commitment to the Enterprise but more importantly for me working on enhancing our platform so that our Veeam Cloud and Service Providers can continue to leverage our technology to create and offer cloud based Disaster Recovery and Backup services.

Product Announcements and Releases:

I have been lucky enough to work as the TPM lead on Veeam PN and I was extremely excited to be able to demo it for the first time to the world. I’ve written a blog post here that goes into some more detail around Veeam PN and if you want to view the main stage demo I’ve linked to the video in the last section…I start the demo at the 29th minute mark if you want to skip through.

vCloud Director Cloud Connect Enhancements:

As mentioned above we have enhanced core capabilities in v10 when it comes to Cloud Connect Replication and Cloud Connect Backup. Obviously, the announcement that we will be supporting vCloud Director is significant and one that a lot of our Cloud and Service Providers are extremely happy with. It just makes the DRaaS experience that much more complete and when you add that to the CDP features in the core platform which will allow for sub minute RPO’s for replica’s it firmly places Cloud Connect as the market leader in Replication as a Service technologies.

We also announced backup to tape features for Cloud Connect Backup which will allow Cloud and Service Providers to offload long term backup files to cheaper storage. Note that this isn’t limited to tape if used in conjunction with a Virtual Tape Library. Hopefully our VCSP’s can create revenue generating service offerings around this feature as well.

VCSP Council Meeting:

On Thursday, our R&D leads met with a select group of our top Cloud and Service Provider partners over a three hour lunch meeting which could have gone all day if time permitted. It was great to be on the other side of the fence for the first time and hear all the great feedback, advice and suggestions from the group. It’s encouraging to hear about how Veeam Backup & Replication had become the central platform for IaaS, Cloud Replication an Backup offerings and with the v10 enhancements I expect that to be even more the case moving forward.

Main Stage Recordings:

Wednesday and Thursday morning both saw main stage general sessions where we announced our new products and features along with keynotes from Sanjay Poonen and Mark Russinovich as well as co-CEO Peter McKay and co-founder Ratmir Timashev. They are worth a look and I’ve posted links to the video recordings below. Note that they are unedited and contain all change overs and wait times.

https://www.veeam.com/veeamon/live

Press Releases:

Veeam is now in the Network Game! Introducing Veeam Powered Network.

Today at VeeamON 2017 we announced the Release Candidate of Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network) which together with our existing feature, Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure creates a new solution called Veeam Disaster Recovery for Microsoft Azure. At the heart of this new solution is Veeam PN which extends an on-premises network to one that’s in Azure enhancing our availability capabilities around disaster recovery.

Veeam PN allows administrators to create, configure and connect site-to-site or point-to-site VPN tunnels easily through an intuitive and simple UI all within a couple of clicks. There are two components to Veeam PN, that being a Hub Appliance that’s deployable from the Azure Marketplace and a Site Gateway that’s downloadable from the veeam.com website and deployable on-premises from an OVA meaning it can be installed onto

Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure (Veeam Powered Network) is a free solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery (DR) site in Microsoft Azure using lightweight software-defined networking (SDN).

  • Provides seamless and secure networking between on-premises and Azure-based IT resources
  • Delivers easy-to-use and fully automated site-to-site network connectivity between any site

Veeam PN is designed for both SMB and Enterprise customers, as well as service providers.

From my point of view this is a great example of how Veeam is no longer a backup company but a company that’s focused on availability. Networking is still the most complex part of executing a successful disaster recovery plan and with Veeam PN easily extending on-premises networks to DR networks as well as providing connectivity from remote sites back to DR networks via site-to-site connectivity while also providing access for remote endpoints the ability to connect into the HUB appliance and be connected to networking configured via a point-to-site connection.

Look out for more information from myself on Veeam PN as we get closer to GA.

Veeam DRaaS v10 Enhancements: vCloud Director Support!

Today at VeeamON 2017 we announced two very important enhancements to our DRaaS capabilities around Cloud Connect Replication and Tape Backup for our Veeam Cloud and Service Provider partners that help customer minimize the cost and reduce recovery times during a disaster. The press release can be found here, however as you could imagine I wanted to talk a little bit about the vCloud Director support.

A lot of service providers have been asking us to support vCloud Director in Veeam Cloud Connect Replication and I’m very happy to write that today we announced that v10 of Backup & Replication will have support for replica’s to be replicated and brought up into at service providers vCloud Director environment.

This is a significant enhancement to Cloud Connect replication end even with it being somewhat of a no brainer I am still sure it will make many VCSP people happy. With vCloud Director support in v10 tenants can now replace existing hardware plans with vCloud Director Virtual Datacenter resources. A tenant can either leverage an existing virtual datacenter or have the service provider create a dedicated one for the purpose of replication.

While Cloud Connect Replication was a strong product already with industry leading networking and ease of use, the flexibility that can be harnessed by tenants (and service providers) through the vCD platform means that there is even more control when a failover takes place. Look out for more information on our vCD integration as the v10 release gets closer…again for me, this is huge and bring’s together two of the best platforms for cloud based services even closer!

Veeam Vault #6: Pre VeeamON 2017 Edition! New Logo, Update 2, VAW and Vanguard Roundup

Time flies quickly when you’re having fun! VeeamON 2017 kicks off in New Orleans kicks off in just a few days and to say that it’s been a hectic period for the Technical Product Marketing Team and anyone at Veeam involved with VeeamON would be an understatement. All the hard work being done behind the scenes should result in a brilliantly executed event and there is going to be a lot on offer in terms of content, product announcements, learning and networking opportunities during the event. I would encourage everyone going to make sure you attend all three (one partner only) General Sessions to hear about how Veeam will continue to innovate and deliver around our Availability vision.

In this Veeam Vault I am going to round up some of the blogging content around VeeamON 2017, briefly talk about Backup & Replication 9.5 Update, the RTM of the Agent for Microsoft Windows and finish with a Veeam Vanguard Blog Post roundup since the last Veeam Vault edition.

For those attending VeeamON next week, see you there!

New Logo:

For those that hadn’t notice Veeam has rebranded and produced a new logo. Most, if not all of our public facing sites have been updated to reflect the new branding and even though I now have to throw out a number of relatively new polo shirts, I am a big fan of the new logo.

Update 2 and Agent for Windows:

A couple of weeks ago we released RTM builds of Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2 as well as Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows. GA isn’t far away so if you are a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider and haven’t upgraded to the RTM build yet you are probably behind the eight ball in terms of being in a position to support VAW for when it does GA. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows represents a massive opportunity for our VCSPs to tap into a market that was previously not accessible…this being, physical severs and workstations, workstation endpoints and more significantly cloud based Windows instances…all of which can now be backed up to Cloud Connect Repositories.

VeeamOn 2017 Blog Roundup and Mobile App:

A number of my team mates have written veeam.com blog posts about what to expect at VeeamOn this year and they are well worth a read. I, myself wrote a post last week where I listed my top sessions for 2017. Check out the posts below to get even more info on happenings at VeeamON.

Speaking of sessions and session registration, if you haven’t downloaded the VeeamON app for IOS or Android, scan the QR codes below or search for VeeamON in the App Stores:

There is also an online version of the app which can be found here.

Veeam Vanguard Blog Post Roundup:

VCSP Important Notice: 9.5 Update 2 RTM Is Out…With Remote Access and more!

Last Friday, Veeam made available to our VCSP partners the RTM of Update 2 for Backup & Replication 9.5 (Build 9.5.0.1038). Update 2 for Backup & Replication is what we term a breaking update, meaning that if a Cloud Connect client upgrades from the 9.5 GA (9.5.0.711) or Update 1 (9.5.0.823) this will break backup or replication functionality. With that in mind the RTM has been made available for our VCSP partners to ensure it is installed and tested before being pushed out to production before the GA release. Veeam Backup & Replication releases from 8.0 (build 8.0.0.817) can write backups to a cloud repository on 9.5 Update 2, and any release from 9.0 (build 9.0.0.902) can write replicas to a cloud host on 9.5 Update 2.

Update 2 is a fairly significant update and contains a number of enhancements and bug fixes with a lot of those enhancements aimed at improving the scalability of the Backup & Replication platform that VCSPs can take advantage of. The biggest and most anticipated update is for the support of the upcoming Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows, but we also pushed out an awesome feature for our VCSPs to help manage their client or tenant Cloud Connect jobs or in fact manage their remote Veeam Backup & Replication instances with Remote Access.

VCSP and Cloud Connect Features and Enhancements:

Below are the main VCSP related features and enhancements included in Update 2. For a full list, head to the Veeam Cloud and Service Provider channels of the Veeam forum. For VCSPs with more than 300 connections there is a post regarding tweaks for improving performance at scale.

Core

  • Veeam Backup Remote Access: Full remote management of Veeam Backup & Replication installations at customer sites with a Veeam backup console or Microsoft RDP client over the existing Cloud Connect tunnel.
  • Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows integration: Full support for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0, including direct backup to a cloud repository backed by Veeam Cloud Connect. This includes the introduction of separate workstation and server counters for Cloud Connect Backup
  • Usage reporting enhancements: Usage reports are now saved in two formats, CSV and PDF.

Cloud Connect

  • Major scalability improvements: In light of support for direct agent backups, numerous optimizations to the Cloud Connect framework on both the service provider and the tenant sides have been introduced to significantly increase its scalability (including number of concurrent tenant jobs per Cloud Connect server) and reliability large at scale. The release was tested with 1000 concurrent agent backups per single Cloud Connect instance. Reaching this number may require applying additional tweaks, please refer to this post for more information.
  • Improved reporting and monitoring: Better visibility from the service provider side into Cloud Connect tenant jobs, including current job activity and statistics such as current rate and amount of data sent and received.

Cloud Connect Replication

  • Improved failback performance: Failback to the original location can now optionally leverage VMware changed block tracking information, instead of scanning the entire VM disks to determine the difference, improving failback performance up to 20 times.
  • Hardware plan enhancements: Added the ability to increase a number of networks assigned to the Hardware Plan after it has been created.

Important Note for Veeam One Users:

As mentioned in the VCSP forum digest this week, there is a patch available for Veeam One which enables compatibility with Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2. This hotfix must be deployed to any Veeam ONE server that is monitoring Cloud Connect services…it doesn’t need to be installed on instances not monitoring Cloud Connect services.

Conclusion:

Once again, this is an important update to apply for VCSPs running Cloud Connect services in preparation for the GA release which will happen in about two weeks. Once released I’ll link to the VeeamKB for a detailed look at the fixes but for the moment, if you have the ability to download the update do so and have it applied to your instances.

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