How Digital Giving Is Improving People’s Lives

Source: Cisco
Digital transformation is impacting nearly every industry and aspect of our lives. At this time of year, when our thoughts and actions turn toward giving, I want to show how digital giving is improving people’s lives around the world. Digital Giving Data Points According to the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report, published jointly by […]How Digital Giving Is Improving People’s Lives

Let’s get Available: Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Linux Receive MAJOR Updates!

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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 brings some MAJOR enhancements to our flagship product, but this milestone also brings updates to both Veeam Agents. In my previous blog post, I introduced you to the #1 feature of Update 3: Centralized Management for the Veeam Agents. If this is the first time you’re hearing about our new agent-based backup solutions, I suggest you peer back through the Veeam Blog to get up to speed. But, if you’re ready to hear about what’s new with the Veeam Agents, you’ve come to the right place.

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1

Besides centralized management and deployment of Windows agents, another major feature request that we’ve received is support for Windows Server Failover Clustering. Holding true to our core values, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 server version adds protection for your mission critical Windows Server failover clusters, including SQL Server failover clusters and SQL Server Always-On Availability Groups (including SQL Server 2017), in a transactionally consistent fashion. Our R&D team has built special logic into the agent to intelligently determine which nodes are active versus passive and be able to back these up in a consistent manner. Application and server consistency during the backup is important as it will ensure that entire cluster node recovery as well as individual item-level recovery is possible.

Veeam Agents

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 is adding some cool functionality which allows client operating system users to back up their computers directly to their Microsoft OneDrive accounts. This OneDrive support is so awesome, it’s available in ALL Editions — FREE, Workstation and Server. With this new functionality, you’ll be able to recover the entire computer (FREE edition includes full system state backup only), with paid editions supporting file-level recovery so business users are able to recover their very important documents for tomorrow’s meeting.

Veeam Agents

Veeam has been utilizing change block tracking to conduct fast and efficient virtual machine backups for many years now. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 server edition will ship with an optional, signed, CBT filter driver which has been developed specifically for Windows Server-based operating systems. This CBT driver can be deployed alongside the Veeam Agent data mover allowing for faster incremental backups to occur. If you’re already familiar with the filter driver Veeam pioneered for faster Hyper-V backups pre-Hyper-V 2016, this is very similar. There are a few ways to deploy this CBT driver, either when the backup agent is deployed within a protection group or after the fact, directly to individual Windows Servers through the Veeam Backup & Replication console.

Veeam Agents
Veeam Agents

Lastly, we’re even adding support for the newly released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows Server 2016 version 1709 and Microsoft SQL Server 2017, allowing our users to update to the latest versions of Microsoft technologies without having to worry if their systems are protected.

Veeam Agent for Linux v2

Maintaining the integrity and security of your data is of absolute importance — especially when talking about cloud-based backups. Veeam Agent for Linux v2 provides the option to encrypt your backup files so your data is protected before it ever leaves the computer as well as at the destination — ensuring that your backup files are protected from unauthorized access AND unwanted manipulations. Security is so important, we’ve made this available in all editions, including FREE!

We have received many requests to provide Veeam Cloud Connect support for Veeam Agent for Linux. Well, we heard you loud and clear — Veeam Agent for Linux v2 now adds the ability to directly target your favorite Veeam Cloud Connect provider. This allows our users to easily create secure off-site backups of their physical servers, workstations located outside of the network perimeter or cloud-based Linux instances to their Veeam Cloud Connect environment.

For our VCSP partners, they can now further enhance their BaaS and DRaaS offerings to include the virtual, Windows and now Linux computers their customers operate. It’s a complete win-win for everyone!

Veeam Agents

Veeam Backup & Replication v9 added new functionality that permits you to combine all your storage resources regardless of protocol — block, file and even deduplication appliance — into one global pool of repositories. Veeam Scale-Out Backup Repository makes repository management simple, especially when coupled with per-VM backup chains. Veeam Agent for Linux v2 is now able to target your Scale-Out Backup Repositories you’ve grown to love.

Veeam Agents

This last topic is an update to Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, which directly affects how Veeam Agent for Linux v2 is deployed and is one I think most Linux admins will love! Previously, with Veeam Agent for Linux you needed to manage the package dependencies manually adding a few extra required tasks before you could begin protecting your Linux computers. When Veeam Agent for Linux v2 is managed through Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, this is no longer required as Veeam will directly handle the dependencies for RHEL, CentOS, SLES, Oracle RHCK, Debian and Ubuntu making the deployment completely seamless and easy!


Veeam is passionate about supporting and adapting its solutions to meet the ever-changing demands of the Always-On Enterprise — regardless of where your workloads are deployed. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 will be shipped in two packages, with or without Veeam Agents. The default package will contain everything you need to begin protecting your on-premises environment and cloud instances. The second package will not contain the Veeam Agent software and is specifically for our VCSP partners. If you’re interested in learning more about this HUGE update or need to download your copy of Update 3 and the Veeam Agents, head on over to

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Let’s get Available: Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Linux Receive MAJOR Updates!

Q&A with Veeam Vanguards: New opportunities offered by Veeam

Source: Veeam

Veeam has just released a significant update for its flagship solution Veeam Availability Suite — Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 — which brings several of the most requested capabilities. We invited Veeam Vanguards, our influencers and VeeamON Tour Virtual speakers, to share their vision and expertise on how customers can leverage and gain the most out of new Veeam Availability Suite features, Veeam Agents and recently released Veeam Availability Console.

Christopher Glemot

Christopher Glemot

Veeam Vanguard & VMCE

Jorge de la Cruz

Jorge de la Cruz

vExpert, Veeam Vanguard

Karl Widmer

Karl Widmer

vExpert, Swiss-German VMUG Leader, Veeam Vanguard

Veeam has recently extended its Availability beyond virtual to physical and the cloud by adding new Veeam Agents to its product portfolio. What are your impressions and future expectations after using these new solutions?

CG: Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux are tools that back up physical systems such as a workstations, servers or machines in the public cloud. These tools create image-based backups that are stored in .VBK format, the same as in Veeam Backup & Replication. One very interesting thing about Veeam Agents is the ability to monitor the agents via your centralized Veeam Backup & Replication console. You need to upgrade your Veeam Backup Server to Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 2 (version You will then be able to track your jobs from Veeam Backup & Replication console. But until the last version, you could only monitor the job from Veeam Backup & Replication console, with no option to install agents remotely or execute a job from the console. The NEW Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 Update 3 release allows you to deploy, manage and monitor your Veeam Agents from a single interface! It’s working with managed agents deployed in a silent mode.

JC: Veeam Agents are a “before and after” for Veeam-protected workloads, since Veeam announced that Veeam Agents plan to protect certain applications that continue to run, its physics have improved significantly. Not only this, but Veeam Agents have made it easy to protect certain workloads that we have in the public cloud, but where we don’t have access to the hypervisor. In my case, Veeam Agent for Linux has been a revolution for clients using Zimbra, a Linux-based corporate mail solution that can now protect the entire server, certain partitions or certain folders.

The future of Veeam Agents lies in being able to manage all of them, while simplifying deployment from Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Availability Console.

KW: These new Veeam Agents will help me simplify my backup solutions. Now I’m using Veeam Backup & Replication for my virtual environment and have to use another software to back up my physical servers. With Veeam Agents, everything is backed up through Veeam, all managed throughout a single console. Now, not only my physical servers are managed by Veeam, but I can also reach out to my cloud workloads, install a Veeam Agent there and back up my data from the cloud to my on-premises datacenter. Just in case there is an outage, I’m able to failover from cloud to on-premises, and failback if everything is back up and running again in the cloud, or if there is anything to restore I can do that now.

Built-in agent management is the #1 requested feature added in the latest Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3. From your experience, how can companies benefit from this functionality, and which of the ongoing challenges can they now address with it?

CG: Companies can benefit from this functionality for their last standalone and physical servers located in a datacenter, or for physical servers located remotely (ROBOs). Then, companies can use Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows to back up their workstations! The feature is very scalable and powerful, and administrators will manage Veeam Agents from a single console. Finally, depending on the context, administrators can use Veeam Agent to back up specific systems, such as isolated systems (remote sites, etc.), or, for example, VMs based on other hypervisors. As a bonus, you can realize off-site backup of branch offices to another site by using the WAN acceleration feature!

JC: Veeam’s built-in agent management is a great functionality that will delight all system administrators, not only because it allows them to manage those physical workloads that remain in all companies from the same Veeam Backup & Replication console, but also because it allows you to go a step further and protect the corporate environment of workstations, mobile laptops, etc.

Being able to launch the agent installation using corporate tools such as Active Directory, CSV or IP allows a granular control when it comes to protecting computers — a good thing to be able to manage everything now from a centralized point.

KW: Most of companies using virtualization are still using physical servers for some services or workloads. Probably, they struggle with having different backup solutions for virtual and physical environments. They are, perhaps, also facing problems with different software renewals or some SLA with the other manufacturer. With the integration of agent management, these companies are now able to consolidate their backup solutions to one: Veeam. It’s one manufacturer and, thus, one support contact for their whole backup solution that they can rely on.

As many companies are now adding cloud to their Availability strategy, they are turning to service-provider offerings, including Veeam-powered IaaS, BaaS and DRaaS. What are the key enhancements that new Veeam Availability Console brings to both service providers and their tenants?

CG: Veeam Availability Console offers all-in-one management and visibility for virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads. For Veeam Cloud Service Providers, Veeam Availability Console streamlines the delivery of Veeam-powered backup and replication services to customers. For a distributed enterprise, it allows you to easily and efficiently manage a distributed environment. You can predefine and customize backup policies, set up granular job configuration and use self-job management. Service providers can manage tenants and sub-tenants.

JC: With Veeam Availability Console, service providers offering services based on Veeam get a modern HTML tool from which they can manage all resources, users and delegated administrators. It also helps with the billing and reporting of resources consumed in a controlled and effective way. Veeam Availability Console incorporates the same corporate tools to deploy agents as Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 using Active Directory, CSV or IP range, and it extends it by supporting automation tools such as Chef, Puppet, etc.

For customers who use Veeam Availability Console that a provider offers, you will find a web console that’s very easy to manage, from which to manage your copy jobs, or Cloud Connect, where you can get detailed reports of consumption and reports of their consumption transformed into monthly costs.

All parties win with new Veeam Availability Console. It also incorporates a RestAPI that allows service providers to go much further and extend reports, or monitoring of their customers, thanks to the new and modern API.

KW: It’s all about reducing cost and time spent with managing IT and Availability. Veeam Availability Console provides complete visibility of monitoring and reporting. It’s all managed through a web-based portal and provides you easy ways to deploy the Veeam backup agents to your infrastructure.

How would you estimate the importance of centralized real-time monitoring and reporting for enabling Availability across your entire infrastructure? Which specific management use cases are you addressing with the new features of Veeam ONE 9.5 Update 3?

CG: Veeam Availability Console enables visibility for virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads for service providers and distributed enterprise environments. You can configure predefined alarms, real-time monitoring, predefined backup reports, billing and chargeback reports, and then connect these to your own tool with RESTful APIs. Veeam ONE includes reports to assist with agent management and help identify protected agents and agent backup status, and to identify agents with no backup copy!

Basically, all the above metrics help you to be proactive and to anticipate your needs and potential problems.

Check out my specific use case for a distributed enterprise with a ROBO environment using Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and WAN Accelerator.

JC: Getting management of my entire environment — virtual, physical and jobs — is fundamental in these days when the digital transformation is advancing at a giant pace.

Veeam can solve this lack of management for all environments by using a web console that allows service providers or customers to see if the copy jobs of their virtual servers have been performed. It also allows them to see or if a new workstation has been added to the Active Directory and the Agent has been automatically deployed and assigned a policy, which starts to protect the machine from the minute one it is added.

Veeam Availability Console with Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Cloud Connect is the ultimate architecture to absolutely protect all workloads, no matter what format they are in.

Veeam is the only company on the market that protects all environments in this simple way, allowing for the granular recovery of each protected element.

KW: Monitoring and reporting is very important. I don’t have the time to check each server and storage system by myself every day, just to make sure that everything is running fine and there is enough storage capacity for the next VMs I must deploy. With Veeam ONE, I’m able to get reports whenever I want and whenever I need them. I can see trends, for example, in how many days or weeks I’m running out of space if the growth of data and VMs are going on like this, I can see if the backup from last night had any issue and I can drill that down. I also get alerts when there is an issue. Veeam tells me if my production storage will run out of space in four weeks, so I have enough time to solve this problem before it has an impact on my systems. It predicts possible issues before they become real issues that can impact my business.


Be sure you’re on top of the latest Veeam technologies by watching the recorded sessions presented by today’s speakers — Christopher Glemot, Jorge de la Cruz and Karl Widmer — during VeeamON Tour Virtual, the biggest online Availability event in EMEA.

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Agent management: Now in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

Source: Veeam

NOTE: Register for a live webinar, NOW! Manage ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud — from a single console, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.


WOW! This is big. There is a substantial amount of new functionality in Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3. We are happy to report some big news that has been kept rather secret for a while with this update since this was first demoed at VeeamON 2017. Update 3 brings agent management to Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 NOW and Veeam ONE 9.5 Update 3; something planned for v10 initially. Support for VMware Cloud on AWS is also included in Update 3; which was previously announced at VMworld. Additionally, the storage integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series announced last year is included as well. This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about this incredible update.

Agent management in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

This also marks an incredible pivot point for Veeam. You have known us as the #1 provider for Availability for virtualized platforms by providing backup, replication and more, but now we are providing this experience for virtual, cloud and physical workloads. For the full rundown of what’s new; see Veeam KB 2353.

Agent management in Veeam Availability Suite

For those of you who have been watching Veeam for a while, this is a big deal as this was something we initially announced as being part of Veeam Availability Suite v10. This feature is ready and we want to get it out there NOW. Customers and partners have wanted this capability with the Veeam Agents in Veeam Backup & Replication. This means customers can manage Veeam Agents in a familiar interface, the Veeam Backup & Replication console. Additionally, Veeam ONE has some great new logic for the Veeam Agents as well.

Managing the agents in Veeam Availability Suite is more than just “physical server backup” – this is a broad capability paving the way for the experience you expect from Veeam for workloads in the cloud, as a virtual machine, physical systems and workloads running on alternate hypervisors, all from a proven console with ease of use like no other. Customers will immediately enjoy simplified central management, as well as reduced time and labor to deploy and manage agent backup configuration and deployment. Consider also that with Veeam, customers and partners can easily manage backups for tens of thousands of VMs, and now with Update 3, the simplified management of agents in the same console is the next benefit you can have with Veeam.

This capability is something that has been well thought through by our R&D teams, and the Veeam experience you have come to know and love will shine here as well. Let’s go through a few pieces of how this works by explaining some of the new capabilities.

We keep our classic approach — to start protecting systems, they need to be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication console first. With this logic, there is something for everyone. For a small IT shop, protecting a few physical computers can be done directly via a backup job or backup policy. These systems will appear under Inventory in the Manually Added predefined protection group. For the enterprise, protecting a large number of computers in automated fashion, we bring a new concept of protection groups. In both situations, this is done easily in the Veeam Backup & Replication console.

Protection group

Protection group is basically a folder with the scope of objects to protect. Protection groups can contain individual computers added by DNS name or IP address, Active Directory objects, such as organizational units (OUs), groups or computers, and a list of hosts from a CSV file.

There is also some cool logic in the group definition that would allow you to exclude VMs or systems that have been offline for over 30 days. VM exclusion is important because we still believe the agentless approach is the best to protect virtual machines, so we don’t want you to run into a situation where a VM is accidentally protected twice: once with Veeam Backup & Replication as an agentless VM image backup and a second time with Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows or Linux. If your hypervisor is not supported by Veeam Backup & Replication, you can uncheck the box and protect your virtual machines with the Veeam Agents. Excluding a system that has been offline for over 30 days will avoid Veeam Backup & Replication constantly trying to find and install the agent on the selected system when it may be inactive (such as a retired system that still has a computer account). And of course, it’s possible to exclude custom items manually. This exclusion logic is shown below:

Agent management in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

Let’s think about Active Directory where computers can appear and disappear (or a CSV file which is constantly updated with new computers by some export script). This source will be rescanned periodically to detect new objects, update the information about the existing hosts and remove decommissioned hosts from the backup scope in an automated fashion. Protection groups solve this challenge completely by performing periodic rescan according to the set schedule. Moreover, backup agent installation and the following upgrades can be performed automatically through the assigned distribution server, which can unload all the network traffic caused by agent distribution from your backup server.

Once the protection groups are defined, you can perform backup. There are two types of entities you can create to protect your computers: backup job and backup policy.

Backup job

This well-known Veeam Backup & Replication entity should be used to protect computers with a direct connection to the Veeam Backup & Replication server. The backup job is executed on the backup server while an agent acts like a client and performs backup activity triggered by its master server. That said, backup jobs are aimed to protect mission-critical servers and Microsoft Failover Clusters.

Backup policy

This is a new way to protect workstations when the operational time is slightly unpredictable, and there are servers running in remote locations with a poor connection to the backup server. The backup policy keeps a template of job settings and automatically distributes this configuration to a newly assigned host with backup agent installed. Once the configuration is applied, the agent starts to perform backup activity on its own to the specified repository, so constant connection to the backup server is not required.

Agent management in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

Once the protection mode is scoped, it becomes a very familiar process of setting up all the options associated with a Veeam backup job: a job name, which systems (either a list or the protection groups described above), backup mode (entire system or selected drives), the target such as a Veeam Backup & Replication repository, application and file indexing options as well as the schedule. Everything you expect from Veeam is now used for managing the Veeam Agents.

Once the backup jobs run, they’ll be in the Veeam Backup & Replication user interface with the other jobs and easily managed where you want to manage backups. We’ll cover it more in a subsequent blog post, but there is one huge technology in Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows that will make incremental backups go incredibly fast: a new Changed Block Tracking engine that is optimized for server workloads and will be something you won’t want to miss.

Agent monitoring

Veeam ONE 9.5 Update 3 now provides the ability to have visibility into the agents from Veeam ONE. This is important as you can have 24×7 real-time monitoring, reporting and alerting for both the virtual and physical infrastructure.

Additional platform and device support

Since the last update of Veeam Backup & Replication, a number of new platforms have gone generally available. This means that we had an opportunity to put them through our QA process in time and prioritize their support with this update. Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3 will include support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 version 1709, VMware vCloud Director 9 and Microsoft SQL Server 2017. Additionally, 4TB disks are supported in Microsoft Azure; as well as Azure Germany and China service regions. LTO-8 tape devices are also supported!

VMware Cloud on AWS Support

At VMworld 2017, we announced that we will support VMware Cloud on AWS. This is a great technology from VMware that allows organizations to easily leverage a complete VMware solution in the cloud; and it could not be easier with Veeam to use. This will allow organizations to use familiar tasks like backup, replication and other jobs for the workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS. One powerful use case is to replicate VMs from your on-premises infrastructure to VMware Cloud on AWS. A lot of options with this, all with the same powerful tools from Veeam!

Cloud Connect insider protection

This capability will allow backups held in a Cloud Connect service provider to be retained for a set amount of days after deletion; much like a Recycle Bin. This is an incredible resiliency that is an industry unique capability for cloud technologies to be resilient against mass deletion, ransomware kits, malware or other threats to the backup data that are risks today. The best part is this won’t consume the Cloud Connect quota and if there is an incident, the end user can contact the Cloud Connect service provider to effectively save their data if their Veeam consoles elsewhere have all of their backups deleted otherwise.

Data location logging

What is where? Do you ever ask yourself that question? Well, this new capability is a property of Veeam repositories and other backup infrastructure objects that will allow your company to ensure data sovereignty compliance required by various regulations.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series Snapshot Integration

The latest integrated array is yet another example of Veeam providing more Availability to reduce the storage stress on production environments and achieve lower recovery time and point objectives through Veeam’s storage integration with IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo Storage V Series. This includes both Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots as well as Backup from Storage Snapshots.

You may wonder how the agent management capability in Update 3 is different than Veeam Availability Console. Veeam Availability Console will be the right solution for service providers and the right solution for a scenario involving many mobile or remote agents not connected to a network that Veeam Backup & Replication server has access to.

Extending Availability: Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

Customers and partners have asked for it, and now they have it: Agent management in Veeam Backup & Replication is here. You can download Update 3 here, and soon we’ll have Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows v2 Update 1 available as well as Veeam Agent for Linux v2. These updates will be on the Updates page.

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Agent management: Now in Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3

20 Years and Beyond: A celebration of #Cisco Capital and what’s next for financial innovation

Source: Cisco
As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at one of the most interesting inflection points in the business landscape. Competition is increasing as growth remains tepid. Geo-political tensions swelled as certainty decreased. In many ways, 2017 was an unprecedented year. It was also an exciting year for Cisco Capital as we celebrated our […]20 Years and Beyond: A celebration of #Cisco Capital and what’s next for financial innovation

Introducing Cisco LaunchPad Startup Cohort 3

Source: Cisco
Cisco LaunchPad’s startup cohort #2 graduated with resounding success. All eight startups received an enthusiastic response from investors, partners, and the Cisco Community. Currently, Cisco LaunchPad has 16 startup alums, of which seven are actively engaged with Cisco on technology and Go-to-Market collaboration. Through Cisco LaunchPad, we are building engagement with highly relevant startup communities […]Introducing Cisco LaunchPad Startup Cohort 3

IoT in 2018: Time for Business

Source: Cisco
Until now, the Internet-of-Things revolution has been, with notable outlier examples, largely theoretical and experimental. In 2018, we expect that many existing projects will show measurable returns, and more projects get launched to capitalize on data produced by billions of new connected things. With increased adoption there will be challenges: Our networks were not built […]IoT in 2018: Time for Business