Each time I talk to customers at installation dates or health-checks, I spend some time talking about vSphere transport modes. These are: Direct Storage Access, Storage Integration (I take this as a separate mode), Virtual Appliance and Network mode. This is a topic with a lot of facets still not widely known. This comparison of vSphere transport modes is based on a few characteristics. I give some detailed information for Veeam […]
In this post I investigate what happens when a VMware vSphere ESXi host loses its boot device. This device is meant to be a persistent device. For non-persistent devices like USB- and SD-card, behavior is quite clear: whole ESXi OS runs in memory, no mass-write operations should be directed to the device. When it breaks, ESXi isn’t missing it and keeps running.
Backups of VMware vSphere VMs can be done with one of three transport modes. Each of these modes also provide the possibility to restore data. This post is about 3 reasons why direct SAN restore failover to NBD with Veeam Backup&Replication (VBR).
If you are working with Brocade respectively Broadcom Fibre Channel (FC) switches, you have probably had similar experiences as I have. Normally switches are running without any issues after setup. Sometimes firmware needs to be updated and zoning needs to be extended. Otherwise they just run. Last week I had the opposite experience. I saw very strange behavior caused by a full root partition on […]
A new feature in vSphere 7 is the ability to configure a VMkernel port used for backups in NBD (Network Block Device) respectively Network mode. This can be used to isolate backup traffic from other traffic types. Up to this release, there was no direct option to select VMkernel port for backup. In this post I show how to isolate NBD backup traffic in vSphere. […]
Windows task scheduler is a powerful tool. Recently I had to troubleshoot a problem were Windows scheduled tasks get slower over time. So slow that it caused further problems. Read here about the problem and the solution.
Instant Recovery is one of Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) outstanding features. With it you can start your workload directly from your backup repository. For example you can start a VM from backup without recovering it before. New in v11 is the ability to start Microsoft SQL Server Databases (DB) instantly from backup. Previously it was possible to publish DBs, but this was not intended […]
This blog series is about small new features and improvements making administrators life easier. I also want to show how it works respectively looks like. This second post is about tape with these topics: Tape Consolidation Full Tape Restore New column in Tape view Tape verification Limit used drives in job Maintenance mode Restore – Tapes needed See also these categories in part 1: Console […]
There are a lot of big feature new in Veeam VBR v11. To name just two: Hardened Repository Continue Data Protection This blog series is about small new features and improvements making administrators life easier. I also want to show how it works respectively looks like. This first post is about these categories: Console Backup jobs Topic of Part 2: Tape stuff
In Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) there are a few ways to select VMs for backup. One of this is to use VMware vSphere tags. New in v11 is the possibility to combine vSphere tags for VM selection. I want to show how this works.