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How to SureBackup a lot of VMs (v2)

How to SureBackup a lot of VMs (v2)

If you read these lines, your probably know the Veeam Backup & Replication (VBR) feature SureBackup. It is a perfect tool to verify backups of well known applications within your organization. SureBackup can perform a lot of different tests while VMs are running in an isolated environment. You can also use custom scripts for further testing. But how to test all other VMs? These Simple […]

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Freeing space in Veeam Hardened Repository – what works, what doesn’t

Freeing space in Veeam Hardened Repository – what works, what doesn’t

Veeam Hardened Repository makes it rather hard for a hacker to delete your company’s backup restore points. Therefore we love it! But what can we do for freeing space in Veeam Hardened Repository? This can be necessary if repository is almost full. I will show in this post what works and what doesn’t

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3-2-1 rule for Veeam configuration backup

3-2-1 rule for Veeam configuration backup

There is the widely known rule for backups: the 3-2-1 rule. Basically it says: keep 3 copies of your data on 2 different media with 1 copy being off site. Backup administrators should apply this rule to their backup configuration of production workload. As best practice, apply the 3-2-1 rule for Veeam configuration backup too.

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Monitor Hardened Repository with Veeam ONE v11a

Monitor Hardened Repository with Veeam ONE v11a

In times of ransomware, data protection is more important than ever before. Therefore, all current environments should use some type of immutable backup storage. One of my favorite is the Veeam Hardened Repository that comes with Backup&Recovery v11. With it an attacker can not immediately delete or change backup files. But with more time the attacker can do some damage. So it is important to […]

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Errors in Veeam Enterprise Manager during Catalog Replication

Errors in Veeam Enterprise Manager during Catalog Replication

In this short post I describe two errors in Veeam Enterprise Manager during catalog replication and how to fix them. Catalog replication is needed to transfer guest indexing information from the VBR server to the Enterprise Manager server.

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Veeam tape backup job fails because of Storage not found

Veeam tape backup job fails because of Storage not found

Last week I had to troubleshoot a Veeam Backup&Replication tape backup job that failed because of storage objects were not found. This GFS job had to copy multiple backup jobs to tape, which usually worked fine.

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Scripting Veeam SureBackup with tag-based backup jobs – Workaround

Scripting Veeam SureBackup with tag-based backup jobs – Workaround

This post might be interesting for anyone who scripts Veeam SureBackup in any form. In this case you probably use the script of Luca Dell’Oca: How can you test 1000 VMs with Veeam SureBackup? This script is great and works just fine! A limitation here is that it is not possible to change default timeouts for boot and application initialization. Honestly this was a limitation […]

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Analyze Veeam backup job selection with PowerShell

Analyze Veeam backup job selection with PowerShell

In this short post I show how to analyze Veeam backup job selection with PowerShell. I share two simple code snippets. The first will list all Veeam backup jobs with selected object types for VM backup. These can be Virtual Machines, Tags, Hosts and so on. Second part will show all jobs that use different object types. This can be very helpful to get an […]

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Query backup job space on Veeam Repositories and find orphaned files with PowerShell

Query backup job space on Veeam Repositories and find orphaned files with PowerShell

Some time ago I had to investigate discrepancies in the space consumption of large Veeam scale-out repositories. Theoretically, about the same space should have been allocated. But in reality the difference was quite huge. In this post I show how to query backup job space on Veeam Repositories and how to find orphaned files with PowerShell. In the first part I show how to easily […]

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vCenter does not start after changing DNS servers

vCenter does not start after changing DNS servers

Recently I had to change DNS server in a VMware vSphere vCenter Appliance (VCSA). Normally this works without further issues. This time it was different. vCenter services did not start after changing DNS servers. I describe in this short post what went wrong and how I could fixed it.

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