The VeeamON 2017 Experience

This article is a work in progress, more photos and a story to be published soon. Had a great time at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, meeting many virtualization experts and bloggers for the first time. Oh, and I learned stuff too! There were also so many chances to meet so many experts in backup,…

May 26 2017

Open feedback for popular and free Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 (RTM Pilot)

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. I've been kicking the tires these last few weeks on Veeam's latest free backup offering for physical systems, using a Dell Precision 5510, and my Xeon D SuperServer. It's going quite well, with numerous improvements…

May 13 2017

What Veeam is doing to help protect you from ransomware like WannaCry

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Compare Editions, Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. WannaCry Outcry This week ransomware got even nastier, with a new levels of proliferation. Being around a bunch of storage and availability experts this upcoming week at VeeamON is great timing, should…

May 13 2017

VeeamON 2017 has some remarkable technologists, and I'll be there!

See veeam.com/veeamon. I'll be an attendee at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans this week, with about 2,000 other IT Pros. I'm honored to be going as a Veeam Vanguard, ready to learn, socialize, blog, and enjoy the remarkable keynote speakers: Sanjay Poonen Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations,…

May 13 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 released with full VMware vSphere 6.5 support

Mar 29 2017 Update - New full install/configure demo video! Those backup speeds for handling a Windows 10 Creators Update full VM backup [35GB VMDK] are pretty incredible. The VM and the backup repository are located on an M.2 NVMe SSD. Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but…

Mar 28 2017

Notes from MWhite - another great newsletter for IT Pros

Veeam certainly seems to be very good at attracting talent with a penchant for highly valuable newsletters. You may recall my piece about the always-amazing Anton Gostev: There's one weekly newsletter that any VMware or Hyper-V professional will enjoy, already has 35,218 subscribers Oct 13 2015 …

Mar 4 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 Beta offers full vSphere 6.5 support

Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but released on Nov 15, 2016. By November 30th, NAKIVO let us know their stance on support for 6.5: Full vSphere 6.5 support will be available in Q1 2017, however, we may have some limited support till the end of this year. information that I…

Feb 7 2017

Veeam Vanguard 2017 announced, 3rd year with TinkerTry friends!

Veeam Vanguard Definition: At VMware's Tech Summit in Las Vegas's fake Venice, Feb 01 2017. Happened to have an appropriate shirt for hunting down fellow Vanguard John Nicholson. These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in…

Feb 2 2017

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 NFR license now available to certified IT Pros, vSphere 6.5 support coming soon

Here's highlights of Veeam's recent announcement that I received from Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), Product Strategy Evangelist at Veeam: As you probably know, we’ve recently announced a number of features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. Today, I’m happy to announce that version 9.5 is here!…

Nov 22 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2 released, same easy choice for VM backups, with new AWS EC2 instance support

Nov 29 2016 Critical Update - If you are already using a 6.2 release prior to today, see article updates below for details on the important, just-released Updater that's recommended for all existing v6.2.0 users. Those downloading new aren't affected. I'm so glad to hear NAKIVO Backup &…

Oct 13 2016

Endpoint Backup FREE stays free, with new support options and new name, Veeam Agent for Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux

I've been using Veeam Endpoint Backup to protect physical laptops and desktops for my extended family since its release nearly 2 years ago, and recommend it to friends who are often former Windows Home Server fans. Yeah, VEB doesn't have central management, but it can email daily backup reports,…

Aug 24 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.1 released, still an easy choice for VM backups

You may recall I announced the NAKIVO v6.1 beta back in early July. Turns out I was able to participate myself, do several backups and restores, and provided some constructive UI and functionality feedback to the developers. I actually enjoy doing beta testing for about two decades now, and it's…

Aug 2 2016

NAKIVO v6.1 beta is now open!

It's no secret that I quite enjoy the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in a home lab. Getting your most precious VMs protected easily and effectively takes under 10 minutes to install and configure, kicking off your first backup job. See also: NAKIVO Backup…

Jul 6 2016

Save backup storage using Veeam Backup & Replication BitLooker, a free way to reclaim wasted space in your VMs

When working with large amounts of data like I do in my home lab, reclaiming storage space left behind when I'm moving stuff like 3TBs of media around can be a pain. Those big VMDK files don't automatically get any smaller when you delete large files within those VMs. Seriously. That's a dirty…

Jul 6 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE network backups to Windows Server 2016 with Dedup, a promising combination

If you backup many family PCs, you'll want to start by reading this article: Server Storage at Microsoft The official blog of the Windows Server storage engineering teams: Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 Apr 01 2016 by Will Gries at blogs.technet.microsoft.com Since we introduced Data…

Jun 29 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows Server 2016 (beta) already, here's how

Jun 27 2016 Update - Veeam's Anton Gostev has left a word of warning below, please read before you proceed! I actually enjoy playing around with beta code, because I like getting a peek at where things are headed. I also enjoy hitting the ground running, when the final product finally arrives. For…

Jun 25 2016

Did you know March 31st is World Backup Day?

Alright, I had never heard of it either, but figured it's as good a time as any to remind you that in addition to spring cleaning of HDD and SSD clutter, you may want to first take a moment to back up your system, or make sure your existing backups are valid! VMs Looking for simple backup software…

Mar 30 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.0 VMware appliance is an easy choice for VM backups, can be installed directly on a Western Digital or Synology NAS!

NAKIVO is the first product to provide native backup and replication for Amazon EC2 instances. They've always had a focus on the simplicity of install, especially the VMware appliance. And now, a new web UI skin has arrived as well. More important for the IT Pro's home lab, it's become more…

Mar 22 2016

Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v9 with Backup & Replication for VCPs, vExperts, and many other certified professionals

TinkerTry IT @ home. Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... Notice the TinkerTry tagline, above. The words home and backup. They're an integral part of my two decade IT career, and a common theme among the 700+ posts here at TinkerTry. I'm always investigating various ways to…

Mar 13 2016

How to manually reset your Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE database

If you just want to view the steps and see the video about the reset procedure, jump below. Backstory I've used Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE (VEB) on about 30 PCs and VMs since late 2014 beta days. We're up to a mature and polished version 1.1.2.119 now, and I still regularly use it on 6 key Windows…

Mar 12 2016

There's one weekly newsletter that any VMware or Hyper-V professional will enjoy, already has 35,218 subscribers

What arrives every Sunday, has just the right mix of personal and professional stories, and always includes interesting tips and forum highlights? Yes, it's the Veeam Community Forums Digest, authored by backup and storage legend Anton Gostev (@gostev), Vice President of Product Management at Veeam…

Oct 13 2015

Announcing NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.8 - virtual appliance, Windows service, or installed on an Intel-based Western Digital NAS

You may recall my recently-published my home lab storage strategy: Superguide: SuperServer home virtualization lab storage tiers, platinum through bronze, how many efficient drives fit inside this tiny chassis? Body of text Sep 25 2015 Modest System Requirements. Maybe I'll need to rethink that a…

Oct 12 2015

Superguide: Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T - THE Ultimate Home Virtualization Lab

TinkerTry's tagline: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... I tend to go pretty deep in my articles for nearly 5 years now, ever since I created my original self-built Core i7 beast aptly named vZilla in 2011. It worked well, but using a consumer motherboard…

Sep 20 2015

VMworld 2015 - Video of my visit with Veeam's Rick Vanover to talk about Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

I had a really nice opportunity to discuss the latest update to Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, as it relates to: the recent release of Microsoft Windows 10 concerns some folks have over the use Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB (Rick mentions that it's lightweight, and not responsible for…

Sep 3 2015