Some time ago a customer was suffering from various backup failures in Veeam Backup & Replication. After some time – about two weeks – the backup seems to become more and more unstable. First there were isolated errors. As time went on, more and more errors occurred. Errors that occur Some of these errors were: [Error: Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/netv/ork address/port) […]
Posted: April 5, 2023
Recently I wrote a detailed blog post about VMware Tools and the options available to update them at scale. Because this post was published on VMware’s blog Customer Experience and Success, I cannot publish the same post here. Therefore, I am summarizing my article here and providing the link to it. The first part deals with understanding VMware Tools Updates. It focuses on compatibility, what […]
Veeam SureBackup is a powerful feature when it comes to backup verification. Out of the box, it can test well know ports and applications like Microsoft SQL Server. You can also add custom scripts built to verify own applications. This post is about using a custom PowerShell script with SureBackup. There is also a sample script included that is able to test if all defined […]
Posted: May 23, 2022
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 […]
Posted: May 4, 2022
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.
Posted: April 21, 2022
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Posted: November 30, 2021
This post is about a feature of the Veeam Hardened Repository. It is about the ability to extend the immutable time of existing restore points. Veeam made this possible by using PowerShell. See here how to change expiration date of restore points in Veeam Hardened Repository and what’s new in v11a.
Posted: October 7, 2021
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.