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 Software. You might think the content would be all vendor stuff from Veeam, but you'd be wrong. Doesn't matter if you don't even use any Veeam products, it's still a great read, especially if you administer VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or cloud infrastructure.
For example, below I've pasted the October 4th 2015 newsletter, where you'll see Anton's usual right-between-the-eyes approach. He quickly hits you with just how serious the situation is with vSphere 5.5 release right now, with some patches sorely needed soon. The truth is always good to hear, even when it's not great news. Even if it really pisses off your partners. Hey, if it spurs fixes that result in a better product, it's all good. This industry could use a lot more tough love.
Like all software, Veeam software isn't without issues, and it's Anton's extreme candor that techies really appreciate, rapidly responding to problems and sharing whatever is known, at that moment in time. This honesty is also evident in his 18,094 forum posts. All good reasons I was among a sea of folks following Anton out of his VMworld 2012 presentation to ask some questions, the first time we met. VMworld 2015? I couldn't even get in. In person or online, he's very much the same guy, an intelligent and committed professional who regularly flies around the world, from his home in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. Yet he still manages to keeps up with the writing and the forums.
To get his weekly newsletter, all you have to do is these 2 follow these 2 steps, takes about 2-3 minutes total.
I have a related Reddit post and the recent newsletter below, to give you a peek at what you've been missing!
Veeam Community Forums Digest Sample
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Sunday, October 4, 2015 7:37 PM To: tinkererguy <email@example.com> Subject: Veeam Community Forums Digest for tinkererguy [Sep 28 - Oct 4,
Veeam Community Forums Digest
28 - October 4, 2015
THE WORD FROM GOSTEV
WARNING: Major vSphere 5.5 Update 3 issue
was reported by
last week. He observed VM crashing upon snapshot removal (which obviously
happens each time when you backup a VM). VMware has later published a support
KB article acknowledging this issue > KB2133118, and stating that the only workaround is to
revert ESXi hosts to a previous version. Bottom line, stay away from vSphere
5.5 Update 3.
Unfortunately for VMware, public disclosure of a major security issue was already made along with Update 3
release, which supposedly fixes this hole. This puts vSphere 5.5 users in a
tricky situation – neither they can stay on Update 2 (because of security
nor they can update to Update 3 (because of KB2133118), nor they can upgrade to vSphere 6
(because of KB2124669).
This makes it a pretty unique situation when there is simply NO usable VMware
ESXi build of the latest versions available... Honestly, I have always felt
VMware QA was one of the best in industry based on my many years of
experience with them, but last half a year clearly indicate some major issues
in that department.
On to the Veeam news! Last week, RTM build for Update 3 for Veeam Backup
& Replication 8.0 was signed off. If you'd like to participate in the
pilot deployments, you can get this update from support. Otherwise, barring
any issues reported, we are planning to make it generally available in a few
days. Just as a quick reminder, this update adds full support for Windows 10
(as guest OS and for installation of B&R components). One other notable
enhancement is significantly improved UI performance and vastly reduced
configuration database SQL Server load in the environments with large amounts
of VMs protected.
Also this week, we are planning to release a minor update for Veeam Endpoint
Backup, version 1.1.2. This update adds ability to start backup job from
command line, putting the full power of Windows Task Scheduler in to the
hands of those who'd like to go crazy with their backup schedule. It also
addresses performance issues with very long incremental backup chains, and a
few minor issues from support. Keep an eye on our web site if you'd like to
get it as soon as possible – because as usual, we will not initialize
auto-update servers with this build until after a few weeks of pilot deployments.
By the way, here is an interesting fact about Veeam Endpoint Backup: last
week, we have crossed 200,000 of unique downloads across all product
versions. While some of those are existing users downloading their first
update, still this is a very powerful number for a product that was released
just half a year ago.
And to finish off Veeam Endpoint Backup topic, here is an excellent tip from one of our users on how to create a
bootable USB containing Veeam Recovery Medias for multiple computers. It's
not very easy, but it makes bare metal recoveries in large environments much
after updating vSphere 5.5 to Update 3 we're encountering several VM crashes
during snapshot removement.
VMware confirmed the bug and they're working on a solution. Currently they
don't have a public KB entry.
You can also read more here: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/520379
So please wait with an upgrade if you still run 5.5.
I have my Veeam B&R Sever and Veeam
Proxy servers in my Production VLAN, where vCenter is also located.
I have a couple of virtual machines in different DMZ networks that are behing
firewalls. What options do I have to backup these virtual machines if I want
to enable Application-aware processing? Do I need to open firewall ports? more
I actually have 2 feature requests that
would prove to be really helpful...
1) Ability to export and import backup job settings for mutli computer
2) Ability to specify a subnet to limit backups on. more
We had a server located on host 2 that was
backed up daily (tue-sat - 01:30) and a weekly backup - weekend (sat - 07:30)
We have moved this server from host 2 to host 8
Will there be any problems with the backups tonight after we have moved it?
Do we need to do anything with Veeam B&R for it to see the move? more
None of topics you have contributed to have
been updated this week.