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

VMworld 2015 - videos of my visits to QNAP and Synology

It was good to have a fairly comprehensive look at both QNAP and Synology at VMworld 2015. Hopefully you'll find these informal product overview tours helpful, with some information included that pertains to the home lab enthusiast. See also at TinkerTry Synology at CES 2012: VMware…

Sep 2 2015

AOMEI Backupper Professional sector-by-sector cloning of a failing SSD

Get AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition Download trial Purchase Purchase, with lifetime free upgrades Obtain NFR version for MVPs, MCPs, MCTS, and VCP/vExperts A few months back, I may have made a mistake by trying out Samsung RAPID Mode in an attempt to speed up my Windows 8.1 SSD noticeably. I…

Aug 12 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 fully supports Windows 10, and restores to smaller SSDs

You may have spotted Ben commenting right here on TinkerTry "Version 1.1 is out now!" He's right! I hadn't yet spotted the August 4th announcements, to thanks to Ben, I'm now kicking the tires on a fresh copy of Windows 10. I'm using some PCs where I "convinced" the 1.0…

Aug 7 2015

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.7 fully supports vSphere 6, vSAN, and VVol, an easy choice for home labs

If you have: an industry certification (list above) an interest in a free way to automatically back up your home-lab VMs, using an easy-to-configure vSphere 6.0 appliance that takes well under 10 minutes to set up with your browser Get free NFR copy of NAKIVO B&R by clicking the [affiliate…

Jul 9 2015

Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2 is now vSphere 6 compatible, and Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure is released

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll know I've been taking a look at Veeam, NAKIVO, and many other backup and recovery solutions suitable for home virtualization labs. See also my December 10, 2014 post Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v8 with Backup & Replication for VCPs,…

May 5 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows 10 (beta) already, here's how

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 over a decade now, in my home the family's PCs tend to be at the very latest OS level, usually a month or…

Apr 16 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has been released, extensive testing going well

Please note what been in TinkerTry's tagline, since January 2013: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... So it's rather theme-appropriate for me to be happy to share that Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is now generally available, download…

Apr 14 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE release is in April 2015

I've been waiting for the release of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE for around 7 months now. It all started with this October 2014 post by Mike Resseler, Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam: Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Here's an excerpt: Does free mean no support? Veeam Endpoint Backup…

Apr 13 2015