Category Archives: Veeam

Announcing Veeam Backup™ for Linux

Veeam announced Veeam Backup™ for Linux on Tuesday October 27 at VeeamON.

Veeam Backup for Linux is a FREE standalone agent that delivers backup and recovery for Linux servers running in the public cloud, or on premises.  It is only targeted for those type of Linux servers as on premise virtual Linux machines are already fully supported by Veeam Backup & Replication.

Below is a graphic depicting how you can backup from physical or cloud Linux and the capabilities:


You can backup from a physical Linux server and restore into a cloud Linux server and vice versa as depicted below:


You can also target Veeam Backup & Replication backup repositories for more granular recovery and other capabilities:


You can download the press release for this announcement here.  A beta will be available early H1 2016 on a first come, first serve basis.  General availability (GA) will be later in H1 2016.

Introducing Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers

On Monday October 26 2015 Veeam announced a new offering called Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers.  Here is an excerpt from the press release explaining what this is:

Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers, available through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, streamlines the delivery of Veeam-powered backup services (including BaaS) for service providers, including resellers interested in launching a service provider business. It provides a “business-in-a-box” by including remote monitoring and management of customer backups via a service provider portal for administrative and billing purposes, and a customer portal for basic self-service monitoring and configuration. For both the established service provider or for partners wishing to carve out new opportunities for themselves as a service provider, this new offering provides the ideal foundation to deliver value-added services to customers and drive competitive advantage.

Integrated with Veeam Cloud Connect for Service Providers and available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers makes it easy to acquire new customers and build new revenue streams through the following capabilities:

  • Simplified customer on-boarding: With a service provider administration portal, creating new customer accounts, provisioning services, and even managing customer billing and invoicing is easier than ever
  • Streamlined remote monitoring and remote management: Daily monitoring and management of
    customers’ jobs is made simple and convenient, and can be done securely through a single port over
    SSL/TLS (no VPN required)
  • Multi-tenant customer portal: Clients remain engaged with a customer portal where they can set up users
    and locations, easily monitor backup health, review cloud repository consumption and manage monthly
    billing statements.

Below are 2 screenshots of the portal from the service provider’s perspective:



Here is a screenshot from the customer’s perspective:


Veeam Managed Backup Portal for Service Providers will be GA in Q1 2016, with the initial
offering only being available through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The pricing has not  been determined yet.

The full press release can be downloaded from here.

Win a full pass to VMworld 2015 – Sponsored by Veeam

Have you always wanted to attend VMworld but could not afford the conference fee?  I have good news for you!  Veeam is sponsoring a blogger contest for a chance to win a full VMworld conference pass as well as a FastPass to Veeam’s epic party at VMworld!  If you have never attended a Veeam party you have been missing out!  Here is what you have to do for a chance to win.  Leave a comment below telling your best story of why you should win the full conference pass!  It’s that easy!  The winner will be selected and announced by Veeam on July 30.  So what are you waiting for?  Comment away!!

Extra chance:  Also, Veeam will be giving away one more full conference pass to a random user who’ll answer three questions correctly at

Veeam 8.0 Patch 1

I’ve been working on getting Veeam 8.0 up in my lab, I am planning on doing a series of write up’s on the technology.  I Noticed that they have released a Patch. I wanted to share this.

KB ID: 1982
Products: Veeam Backup & Replication
Created: 2014-12-25

They have added a slew of new features.

New Features and Enhancements


  • Retention policy for replication jobs is now processed concurrently for multiple VMs in the job, as opposed to one by one, reducing the overall job run time.
  • Added email notification about File to Tape and Backup to Tape jobs waiting for user interaction (for example, when a tape medium needs to be inserted by the user)
  • VMware Tools quiescence should now log an informational event when VMware Tools are outdated, as opposed to a warning event.
  • Independent virtual disks which are explicitly excluded from processing in the job settings should no longer log a warning during the first time when the given VM is being backed up.
  • Virtual Lab proxy appliance was upgraded to virtual hardware version 7 to allow for it to manage more networks out of box.
  • Jobs should no longer appear to “hang doing nothing” in some circumstances, with the duration not ticking for any event in the job log.

Cloud Connect

  • Cloud backup repository size limit of 63TB has been removed

Linux support enhancements

  • Added support for file level recovery from XFS volumes (default file system in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS distributions starting from version 7.0)
  • Added support for file level recovery from Btfrs volumes (default file system in SUSE Linux Enterprise Server starting from version 12.0).
  • Added support for file level recovery from VMs with more than 10 LVMs.
  • Improved Linux guest file system indexing performance for incremental backup job runs.
  • FTP access mode of the file level recovery helper appliance now also displays friendly LVM volume names introduced in v8.
  • To enable identity verification of the remote server, SSH key fingerprint is now displayed to a user when registering the new Linux server. Accepted SSH keys are stored in the configuration database to protect from MITM attack.

Performance enhancements

  • Added experimental support for direct data movers communication when both are running on the same server (for example, when backing up to a local storage on backup proxy server). If your local backup jobs report Network as the bottleneck, and you see high load on some backup proxy server NICs when the data was supposed to stay local to the server, you are likely to benefit from this behavior modifier. To enable alternative data exchange path, create the DataMoverLocalFastPath (DWORD) registry value under HKLMSOFTWAREVeeamVeeam Backup and Replication, and set it to the following values:

0: Default behavior (no optimizations)1: Data exchange through TCP socket on the loopback interface (faster)2: Data exchange through shared memory (fastest) EMC Data Domain integration

  • Synthetic full backup creation and transformation performance has been improved significantly.

HP 3PAR StoreServ integration

  • Remote Copy snapshots are now automatically excluded from rescan, both speeding up the rescan process and reducing storage load.

NetApp integration

  • Added support for NetApp Data ONTAP 8.3.
  • Added support for HA Pair 7-mode configuration.
  • Added support for vFiler DR configuration.

 And even more Fixes.

 Resolved Issues


  • Restored incremental backup job performance back to v7 levels by removing unnecessary metadata queries from previous backup files.
  • Multiple issues when parallel processing is disabled (high CPU usage on backup server, wrong task processing order, reversed incremental backup jobs with disk excluded failing to access backup files).
  • Automatic network traffic encryption (based on public IP address presence) is enabled even when both data movers are running on the same computer, reducing job’s processing performance.
  • Quick Backup operation triggers jobs chained to the job it uses.
  • Loss password recovery option does not function correctly when Enterprise Manager has multiple backup server registered.
  • Under rare circumstances, backup job with encryption enabled may fail with the “Cannot resize block data is encrypted” error.
  • When multiple network traffic rules having the same source and target ranges are set up, changing settings to one of the rules also updates all other rules.


  • In vSphere 5.5, enabling virtual disk updates redirection to the VMFS datastore in Instant VM Recovery settings, and then migrating a recovered VM to the same datastore with Storage vMotion causes data loss of data generated by the running VM.
  • Full VM restore process puts all virtual disks to the datastore selected for VM configuration file,ignoring virtual disks placement settings specified in the wizard.
  • In certain environments, jobs fail to process VMs in Direct SAN Access mode with the “Failed to create processing task for VM Error: Disk not found” error.
  • Dismounting processed virtual disks from backup proxy server takes longer than expected in the Virtual Appliance (hot add) processing mode.
  • Rescan of vCenter server containing hosts without HBA and SCSI adaptors fails with the “Object Reference not set to an instance of an object” error.
  • Replication jobs to a cluster fail with the “The operation is not allowed in the current state” error if chosen cluster host is in the maintenance mode.
  • Under rare circumstances, jobs with Backup I/O Control enabled may occasionally log the “Operation is RetrievePropertiesOperation” related errors.
  • Enabling Backup I/O Control limits snapshot removal tasks to one per datastore regardless of datastore latency levels.
  • VM Copy jobs always fail over to the Network (NBD) processing mode.
  • VMs with virtual disks having the same names but with different capitalization, and located on the same datastore cannot be backed up.
  • Backing up vCloud Director vApp to a CIFS share may fail with the “Object Reference not set to an instance of an object” error.
  • Snapshot Hunter ignores backup window specified in the corresponding job.
  • vCloud Director VMs created from linked clone template and with a user snapshot present incorrectly trigger Snapshot Hunter.


  • CBT does not track changes correctly on VHDX disks files larger than 2 TB.
  • CBT may return incorrect changed blocks information for differential disks, when parent and child disks have the same name.
  • Large amount of unmapped VHDX blocks may cause the job to failover to full scan incremental backup with the “Failed to update unaccounted changes for disk. Change tracking is disabled” error.
  • Existing Hyper-V backup and replication jobs processing VM with SCSI disks start to consume x2 space on target storage after upgrade to v8.
  • Removing a node from a cluster does not remove the corresponding node from the cluster on the Backup Infrastructure tab of the management tree until the next periodic infrastructure rescan (in up to 4 hours).
  • Replication from backup fails with the “Virtual Hard Disk file not found[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][/id” error if backup job that created this backup had one or more disks excluded from processing.
  • Under rare circumstances, legacy replicas using non-default block size may fail with the “[fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][i]FIB block points to block located outside the patched FIB” or “Block offset [] does not match block ID []” error messages.
  • Offhost backup from Windows Server 2012 R2 fails with the “Exception of type ‘Veeam.Backup.AgentProvider.AgentClosedException’ was thrown” error when processing a VM that can only be backed up in Saved or Crash-Consistent states, and native Hyper-V quiescence is enabled in the job settings.
  • If a Hyper-V cluster node goes offline during backup from shared volume snapshot, and does not recover until the Veeam job fails, CSV volume backup infrastructure resource will not be released by the scheduler. As the result, other jobs waiting to process VMs from the same volume may remain hanging in the “Resource not ready: Snapshot” state.
  • Replication job fails with the “Cannot assign the specified number of processors for virtual machine” error for VMs with core count larger than the one of the target Hyper-V host. Legacy replication job works fine in the same circumstances, however VM failover is not possible.

Application-aware processing

  • VeeamGuestHelper process crashes when backing up Windows 2003 SP2 VM running Oracle.
  • Application-aware processing hangs for extended time when processing a Windows VM containing one or more Oracle databases in the suspended state.
  • Certain advanced guest processing settings lead to VM processing failing with the “Unknown indexing mode ‘None’ ” error.

Multi-OS File Level Recovery

  • Restore to original location does not work in certain LVM configurations.

Enterprise Manager

  • Under certain circumstances, Enterprise Manager data collection may fail with the “Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘guest_os’ ” error.
  • Restore scope rebuild operation tries to reach out to the hosts already removed from the corresponding backup server, resulting in login errors.

Built-in WAN Acceleration

  • WAN accelerators fail to detect and populate global cache Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 OS data, which may result in reduced data reduction ratios.

Cloud Connect

  • The Decompress backup data blocks before storing backup repository option is ignored for Cloud Connect backend repositories.
  • Backup Copy jobs with encryption enabled fail with the “Attempted to compress encrypted data-block” error if backend repository has the Decompress backup data blocks before storing option enabled.
  • Veeam Backup Service crashes with the “An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host” if network connection fails immediately upon establishing the initial connection to the Cloud Gateway.
  • Cloud Connect quotas are rounded incorrectly in the service provider’s interface.
  • Tenant statistics data such as data sent/received is only shown for the last 24 hours.

Veeam Explorer for Active Directory

  • “This implementation is not part of the Windows Platform FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms” error is displayed if Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing Group Policy setting is enabled.
  • Attempting to open single label domain’s AD database fails with the “No writable domain found” error.
  • Attempting to open third level domain’s AD database fails with the “No writable domain found” error.
  • Under certain circumstances, object restore may fail with the “Unable to cast object of type ‘System.String’ to type ‘System.Byte[]’ “error.

Veeam Explorer for Exchange

  • Process of exporting email messages cannot be stopped.
  • Copying or saving attachments from multiple different emails always copies or saves attachment from the first email for which this operation was performed.
  • Opening public folder’s mailbox fails with the “Unable to find wastebasket” error.

Veeam Explorer for SQL Server

  • Restoring to SQL instance with case sensitive collation enabled fails with the “The multi-part identifier “a.database_id” could not be bound” error.

Backup from Storage Snapshots

  • Backup jobs from storage snapshots on iSCSI SAN take too long to initialize when large amount of iSCSI targets are configured on the backup proxy server.
  • Under certain circumstances, backup jobs from storage snapshots on FC SAN may fail with the “Unable to find volume with Node WWN and LUN ID” error.

HP 3PAR integration

  • Rescan of 3PAR array with empty host sets fails with the “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error.

NetApp integration

  • Under certain circumstances, storage rescan process may leave temporary storage snapshots behind.


  • Backup to Tape jobs may appear to run slower after upgrading to v8 because of copying unnecessary backup files (VRB) to tape when source backup job uses reversed incremental backup mode.
  • On standalone drives, tape jobs configured to eject tape upon completion fail the “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” error after 10 minutes of waiting for the user to insert tape.
  • Tape job configured to use full and incremental media pools hosted by the different standalone tape drives fails when processing incremental backup with the “Value cannot be null” error. Tapes are formatted with the block size of tape medium, as opposed to the default block size of the tape drive.
  • Tape job configured to use full and incremental media pools hosted by the different tape libraries fails while waiting for an incremental pool’s tape with the “Tape not exchanged” error
  • Tape jobs fail with the “GetTapeHeader failed” error on IBM TS3100 tape library with Path failover feature disabled.


  • Objects obtained with Find-VBRViFolder cmdlet have incorrect Path attribute.
  • Get-VBRTapeJob cmdlet fails to obtain job object for tape jobs with incremental processing disabled.
  • Get-VBRTapeLibrary cmdlet fails with the Standard Edition license.
  • All built-in WAN accelerator management cmdlets have been made available in all paid product editions

To download the patch. note you must be logged into Veeam’s website.


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Re Post : Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

Derek Seaman has a nice write up on Veeam Best Practices for VMware on Nutanix

I’m a fan of Veeam, and use in production today. Thus, I wanted to share the write up.

“The goal of the joint whitepaper between Veeam and Nutanix is to help customers deploy Veeam Backup & Replication v7 on Nutanix, when used with VMware vSphere 5.x. This post will highlight some of the major points and how customers can head off some potential issues. The whitepaper covers all the applicable technologies such as VMware’s VADP, CBT, and Microsoft VSS. It also includes and easy to follow checklist of all the recommendations.”

The official whitepaper can be downloaded here.

Veeam is modern data protection for virtual environments, and are also a great sponsor of my blog. The web-scale Nutanix solution and its data locality technology are complimented by the distributed and scale-out architecture of Veeam Backup & Replication v7. The combined Veeam and Nutanix solutions leverage the strengths of both products to provide network efficient backups to enable meeting recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.
The architecture is flexible enough to enable the use of either 100% virtualized Veeam components or a combination of virtual and physical components, depending on customer requirements and available hardware. You could also use existing dedicated backup appliances. In short, our joint solution is flexible enough to meet your requirements and efficiently use your physical assets. For example, if you have requirements for tape-out, then you will need at least one physical server in the mix to connect your library to since tape Fibre Channel/SAS pass-thru is not available in ESXi 5.x.

“When virtualizing solution the last thing you want is your backup data stored in the same location as the data you are trying to protect. So the first best practice for a 100% virtualized solution is to use a secondary Nutanix cluster. The cluster would be comprised of at least three Nutanix nodes. This is where the virtualized Veeam Backup & Replication server (along with the data repository), would reside. Should you have a problem with the production Nutanix cluster, your secondary cluster is unaffected. Depending on the amount of data you are backing up and your retention policies, you may or may not want the same Nutanix hardware models as your production cluster. For example, you may want to consider the 6000 series hardware which are ‘storage heavy’ for your secondary cluster. The following figure depicts a virtualized Veeam backup solution.”

Read the full post.

Thanks to Derek Seaman for the write up.