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Back up is the first step along the journey toward data Availability and backing up data is a day to day task many of us do without knowing it. The real value in those backups is achieving efficient and fast recovery to meet the crucial demands of the business. Over the years Veeam has become synonymous with data Availability and with the integration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) storage, users gain industry-leading recovery capabilities to minimize data loss. This integration allows storage snapshots to become more purposeful through Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots, Backup from Storage Snapshots and On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots. Veeam Backup & Replication integrates with HPE 3PAR, Nimble and StoreVirtual snapshot capabilities to create a highly-available, cost effective, efficient environment for storing, protecting and recovering data.
Going one step further by leveraging data
I mentioned that backup was the first step in the journey of data Availability; automation is another step on that journey. The automation part comes here in the form of being able to take those storage-efficient snapshots and put them to use by way of offering them out to development teams in an isolated sandbox environment. The use of the On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots allows users to test VMs, troubleshoot issues, and perform testing scenarios. If you are already familiar with the On-Demand Sandbox feature, the set-up to utilize the snapshot integration will be similar. You will need to configure a virtual lab, Application group and a SureBackup job.
Leveraging storage snapshots through the On-Demand Sandbox is not the only way you can utilize this snapshot technology. Backup from Storage Snapshots is a way to optimize and enhance VM backups in an easy way. This technology reduces the impact on production data and allows for non-disruptive backups of VMs. With HPE 3PAR and with Nimble Secondary Flash Arrays, Veeam can provide backup from a secondary storage array to reduce impact on the production environment even further.
For Nimble environments, the introduction of the HPE Nimble Secondary Flash Array allows users to utilize this array to be used as a source for backup jobs, eliminating any performance hit on the production infrastructure during the backup window. The backup from the Nimble Secondary storage array is asynchronous, meaning the snapshot is first triggered on the primary array then copied or replicated to the secondary storage array. Snapshots and their replication between the primary array to the secondary array can be orchestrated through Veeam Backup & Replication. Should you want to learn more about Veeam’s integration with Nimble, this blog post is a great source to start. For HPE 3PAR StoreServ, the technology is a little different but can achieve the same outcome. To achieve this with an HPE 3PAR StoreServ array, you need to configure a peer persistence relationship between the two.
It’s one thing to be able to offer backup from storage snapshots but to be able to leverage synchronous storage replication technology allowing you to choose to take the backup from one site to another is an additional differentiator that the Veeam and HPE partnership brings to the table. Peer Persistence software allows HPE 3PAR StoreServ systems to act as peers to each other, with both arrays being active, holding primary production volumes and secondary volumes. When Veeam Backup & Replication is configured to use snapshots of secondary volumes, the storage snapshot is triggered directly on the secondary volume, meaning the primary one remains untouched from a backup activity perspective. This technology is not done by Veeam by default but needs to be configured correctly by the user. If you want to learn more about this Veeam configuration, this blog post is a great place to start.
Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
Restoring from a storage snapshot can be a difficult, multi-task process taking quite some time, especially if you wanted to restore specific individual or application objects. The Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots takes this manual process and makes it much simpler. Through the Veeam Explorer, IT administrators can browse the storage snapshot to perform fast granular recovery of files and application items, even if these snapshots were not created by Veeam itself. Being able to recover from snapshots allows users to benefit from reduced recovery point objectives for application items.
How it works
Veeam Explorer allows users to perform Instant VM Recovery, file-level restore, application items restore including objects from Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, along with Oracle databases. Visit our Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots tool page to learn more!
… and it’s FREE!
It’s important to note that Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots is available in Veeam Backup Free Edition. This allows you to maximize your storage investments, making storage snapshots more useful in your environment with the recovery features the free edition has to offer. The functionality in the free edition allows you to utilize Instant VM Recovery, which once prompted can get machines up and running in minutes. Additionally, you can restore files and most application items through Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots. If you want to learn more about what the free edition has to offer, check out Hitchhiker’s Guide to Veeam Backup Free Edition.
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Believe it or not, I used to work a lot with Microsoft SQL Server. While I did not call myself a database administrator (DBA), I did know my way around a database or two. Since I’ve been at Veeam, I have always enjoyed telling the Veeam story around using SQL Server as a critical application that needs the best Availability options.
That’s why I took particular interest in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server that came in Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server allows application-specific restores of SQL databases, and also contents of tables, objects such as stored procedures, views and more. Additionally, you can also restore the databases to a specific transaction.
This is a great combination of functionality from the established application-aware image processing with a dedicated tool for database restores in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server. Additionally, Veeam Backup & Replication and the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows also provide an image backup of the entire system.
For those who are not a DBA, sometimes dealing with low-level SQL Server topics can be a bit overwhelming. To help this process, I created a few scripts to help individuals learn this type of interaction with SQL Server. I put three (and a deleted script) up on the Veeam Github site. To use this script, only an S: drive is needed (the path can be changed) to create the sample database and put in a SQL Server Agent job to automatically run a few stored procedures that will insert and delete random data. This creates a database called SQLGREENDREAM.
After running the three scripts to create the database, implement the random number function and set the schedule to create the random data (2 records) and delete 1 record. The SQL Server Transaction Log Backup will show the new database being backed up after the next incremental backup:
Once the interval of the SQL Server Agent job runs (12 minutes in the GitHub script) and the Veeam Backup Job interval passes, the most selective restore point option can be selected in Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server. This selective option, to restore to a specific transaction, is shown in the figure below:
Once the interval of the SQL Server Agent job runs (12 minutes in the GitHub script) and the Veeam Backup copy interval process through a time when the test data has been run, the restore to a specific transaction option can be visible to the controlled scripting for the SQLGREENDREAM database in the GitHub repository. Then you can see the records in question being just as scripted, 2 records added then one record deleted. Those entries are done by the SQL Server Agent:
From there, the restores can be done with confidence to see how the SQL databases are restored with Veeam. With the sample scripts in the GitHub repository, one can become more comfortable with these restore situations when venturing out of normal comfort zones! If you are using Veeam Backup Free Edition and the SQL Server is a VM being backed up, you can still use Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server to restore the database to the time of the image-based backup; just no transaction rollback. You can use the NFR program for a fully functional installation also.
Have you used Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SQL Server to restore to a transaction? How did it go? Share your comments below.
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Veeam Management Pack (MP) for System Center has always been a great way for enterprises to clearly connect mission-critical applications to the vital systems they run on down to the virtualization and hardware levels. This app-to-metal visibility is truly a requirement in enterprises today, and for organizations who have implemented Microsoft System Center, you have a great opportunity with the Veeam MP. Today, the Veeam MP v8 Update 5 is now Available!
What’s new in Veeam MP?
There are many new things in Veeam MP v8 Update 5. This builds off of Update 4 last year. Here is a quick rundown of what’s new in this update, followed by a longer explanation in subsequent sections:
- Built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
- Morning Coffee Dashboard for at-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments
- Monitoring for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Additional VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms
The key takeaway here is that critical new platforms can be monitored now with the Veeam MP.
Built-in monitoring for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows
Last year, when Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows was updated to version 2.1, it had integration with Veeam Backup & Replication for management of the deployment of the Windows Agent as well as job configuration. With Veeam MP v8 Update 5, this capability is extended into System Center and allows real-time alerts of your Veeam backup jobs and policies for systems where the System Center Agent is installed. In addition to monitoring the Veeam backup status of these agents (usually physical servers), having the System Center Agent on these systems will combine system-wide event and performance data. Couple this with applications that System Center is aware of (like Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and many more), and there is a visibility benefit that combines the run-state of a system, enterprise applications and the Availability strategy with Veeam backup products. This is in addition to the ability to manage VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualized infrastructures, and their backups, in Veeam MP.
At-a-glance, real-time health status of your Veeam backup environments
One of the most popular capabilities of Veeam MP are the Morning Coffee Dashboards for VMware and Hyper-V environments. In Veeam MP v8 Update 5, we added a Morning Coffee Dashboard for Veeam Backup & Replication, to give an at-a-glance, real-time health status of the backup infrastructure components. This is very important for larger Veeam Backup & Replication installations, as there may be many Veeam Backup Servers, sites, backup jobs, proxies, different types of repositories, use of Scale-out Backup Repositories and now the Veeam Agents. This new dashboard in the Operations Manager console complements the existing Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboards already available in Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) which can extend Veeam MP visibility beyond the on-premises consoles to the cloud-based Microsoft OMS view. This dashboard can also be scoped for each data center’s backup infrastructure, which may be a more relevant view due to different characteristics in each. The figure below is a sample Morning Coffee Dashboard for Veeam Backup & Replication, which shows how easy it is to read:
Monitoring for VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
One of the new technologies that VMware has brought to market is the VMware Cloud on AWS. This new offering allows organizations to have a full vSphere environment running in AWS. The best part is that organizations have the complete control they are accustomed to on-premises with a VMware vSphere infrastructure, yet very close to other Amazon Web Services offering. Since Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3, which came out last month, organizations have been able to back up workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS. Now, with Veeam MP v8 Update 5, organizations can have a consistent view of the clusters running on-premises with the infrastructure running in VMware Cloud on AWS. Coupled with the backup capability, the management opportunity here is a complete solution for organizations wanting to run workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS.
VMware vSAN & vCenter Alarms
Another new VMware technology that Veeam MP can provide monitoring for is VMware vSAN. VMware vSAN is a great storage technology (on a personal note, we’re using it in our lab and I’m falling in love with it). With this new storage technology, there are many new alarms that enterprises will need to be aware of to keep vSAN running as expected, including automated vSAN health, configuration, and hardware compatibility checks. And additional to the new vSAN alarms, there are new Veeam MP monitors tracking critical vCenter services, such as the Update Manager service and the PSC (Platform Services Controller).
Like all other capabilities in the Veeam MP, these new alarm monitors come with KB articles so that Veeam MP operators can quickly get easy-to-read information, even if they are not an expert in VMware vSphere or vSAN. This can help organizations solve issues correctly and quickly by having the right information at the right time.
By the way, if you didn’t know, Veeam Backup & Replication supports backup from vSAN with leading awareness for data locality, and we have done this for almost 4 years now. This is in addition to full support for VMware’s Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM). Combining the best, most aware backup with the best management capabilities is the perfect recipe for the best vSAN experience.
Veeam MP v8 U5: More of what you need for visibility and management
For organizations using System Center, this is a critical set of new capabilities and there is no better time than now to plan an upgrade to Veeam MP v8 Update 5. Having this level of visibility, app-to-metal, is what organizations need to meet their SLAs and the needs of their stakeholders. See more details in the KB of what’s new.
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