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When I first started working with Veeam Software before becoming a Veeam Vanguard and joining the Veeam Product Strategy Team, one of the things that was so appealing was that it was so easy to get started with and use.
Before I knew it, I was backing up and restoring virtual machines with ease. Now, I want to take a closer look at what makes Veeam products so easy to use and get started with.
Veeam just works
Like many people who love technology out there, I tend to leap before I look. Many times, beyond installation requirements I will not actually ready any how-to-get-started guides if I am working in a lab. Has this come back and bitten me at times? Sure it has, but with Veeam, it has not.
This goes beyond Veeam’s flagship product, Veeam Backup & Replication and extends to things like Veeam ONE, Veeam Availability Orchestrator, and extends to advanced features like storage integration. I haven’t met a Veeam product I found difficult to install.
Top-notch product documentation
After installing Veeam Backup & Replication and backing up and restoring a couple of virtual machines, I wondered what else I was missing. As it turns out, I was missing quite a lot! The good news is that Veeam product documentation is top notch.
When I was getting started with Veeam, I primarily worked with Veeam Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere. There were two documents I read from back to front:
- Veeam Backup & Replication Evaluator’s Guide for VMware vSphere
- Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide for VMware vSphere
Here is why these two documents are so useful.
The Veeam Backup & Replication Evaluator’s Guide for VMware vSphere (there is also one for Hyper-V if you prefer that hypervisor) covers key getting-started information like system requirements, among other things. It also walks you through the complete setup of Veeam Backup & Replication, and more importantly, it walks you through the process of performing your first backups and restores.
Beyond simply restoring a full VM, which as we know is not always required, the Evaluator’s Guide shows you how to restore:
- Microsoft SQL databases
- Guest OS files
- VM virtual disks
- VM files (VMDKs, VMXs, etc.)
Once you are comfortable with the basics of Veeam Backup & Replication, the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide has the full details of all the great things Veeam can do.
Some of my favorite things beyond the basics of Veeam Backup & Replication are:
- Setup a Veeam DataLab (You can read more about why these are so cool here and here)
- Restore to Microsoft Azure
- Integrate with Storage Systems (Which gets you the powerful tool, Backup from Storage Snapshots)
The Veeam community
One of the greatest part of Veeam products is the community surrounding it. The Veeam community is huge, and there are a couple of ways to start interacting. First of all is the Veeam Community Forums, which is your one-stop shop on the web for interreacting with other Veeam users, as well as some great technology experts that work at Veeam. You can sign up for free for the Veeam Community Forums right here.
Next, we have the Veeam Vanguards. They are a great group of Veeam enthusiasts and IT pros who share their knowledge not only on the Veeam Community Forums, but on Twitter and on their blogs. Simply search for the #VeeamVanguard hashtag on Twitter to get started interacting with these great folks.
It could not be easier to get started using Veeam products. Veeam offers a free 30-day trial of many of their products, including the flagship Veeam Availability Suite, which includes Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE. You can download the free trial here.
If you are an IT pro, you can also get a completely free NFR license for Veeam Availability Suite. Be sure to fill out the request form here, and get started with Veeam in your lab.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re proud to look back on another successful year as well as forward to 2019, where we will have even more exciting news for your Veeam folks! Thanks to the continuing support of our customers and partners, we’ve reached a customer satisfaction level 3.5 times higher than the average in the industry. So, when nine out of ten of our customers say they would recommend us, we couldn’t be happier.
Veeam was also listed on the Forbes Cloud 100 list for the third year in a row, which means that independent analysts and media publications see Veeam as being a step above other industry-leading solutions.
But even with more than 300,000 businesses relying on Veeam, we aren’t resting on our laurels.
Get ready for May — VeeamON is coming to Miami! Back for a fifth installment, the premier conference for Intelligent Data Management will bring together IT professionals from all around the globe to discover the latest news in Availability through inspiring breakout sessions, presentations and networking.
Join us in Miami
To celebrate the holidays, we’re offering FREE, full VeeamON 2019 passes to three lucky winners. Oh yeah, with round-trip flights to Miami and accommodation at a top hotel for the whole duration of the conference.
Enter the competition now for a chance to visit the biggest event in the industry and, of course, enjoy world-famous Miami Beach with its sunsets, seaside, Latin-infused cuisine and vibrant nightlife.
Wishing you all happy holidays and good luck!
As 2018 comes to a close, we are proud to have completed the fourth year of the Veeam Vanguard Program. The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s global, top-level influencer program. Each Vanguard is nominated (either by themselves or others) and selected by the Veeam Product Strategy team. There are Vanguards of all types and all backgrounds — what will the 2019 program have in store?
You can nominate yourself or someone you know for the Veeam Vanguard Program for 2019.
Nominations close on January 2nd, 2019.
We have grown the program over the years. At Veeam, we have added different technologies; and new influencers have an opportunity to be discovered. The Vanguards have unparalleled external access to Veeam initiatives, product updates, betas, incredible swag and more. One of the highlights of the annual program is the Veeam Vanguard Summit. This year, it was held in Prague and we hosted over 40 Vanguards for a week of technology and community fun.
One of the best ways to describe the Veeam Vanguard Program can come right from the Vanguards themselves.
Paul Stringfellow, UK:
“As a new member of the Vanguard program in 2018, it’s been a great pleasure to work with such a diverse group of people. It’s a truly global group big enough to support many different experiences, skill sets and opinions, while small enough to be a group that can get together to share ideas, technology developments and strategies. A fantastic group of people who it’s been a true pleasure to get to know this year. Veeam should be truly proud of the program they have built and the tremendous team who support it. Each one is a fine ambassador for their company.”
Dave and Kristal Kawula, Canada:
“The Veeam Vanguard Program is hands down one of the most diverse community programs in the industry. Microsoft, VMware, Amazon, Dell, HPE, Cisco and other technology professionals all in one room. Simply put, the Veeam Vanguard Program is awesome! “
Florian Raack, Germany:
“I always thought accelerating in a fast car was fun, but the acceleration of my skills in the Veeam Vanguard program surpasses this by far. I’ve been on board this unique community program for two years now and I don’t regret a single minute. Besides deep insights into the Veeam product world and co-determination of some portfolio decisions, it just feels good to have a group of the world’s best IT experts behind me. Besides the pure Veeam product knowledge, I take the experience of the other Vanguards with me for my daily work. The whole thing is refined with first-class swag.”
Didier Van Hoye, Belgium:
“The diversity in both the depth and breadth in skill sets, IT environments and background combined with the passion and drive of the Veeam Vanguards is impressive. This group of people experiences, deals and works with a huge variety of challenges that need to be addressed while protecting the data and services of their employers and/or customers. They share this cumulative knowledge freely with the global community for the benefit of all. The Veeam Vanguard program shows Veeam’s appreciation for these community efforts while supporting it. Veeam in return gets insights in real live ecosystems as well as open and honest feedback that they need to improve and evolve.”
These are just a few views of the program, and everyone experiences the Vanguard program in their own way. If you like what you are seeing, it’s natural to have a few questions on this type of program, so I’ve created a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Who can apply to be a Vanguard?
Anyone active in a technology community.
Can Veeam employees be awarded Vanguard status?
No, but employees can nominate persons for consideration. Former Veeam employees who have been separated for more than 1 year are eligible for nomination.
What criteria are needed to be awarded Vanguard status?
The criteria are decided by our team that looks across communities to find the persons who embody our brand the best.
How will nominees be notified of the result?
The Product Strategy team (my staff and I) are going to review the nominations after the registration closes, and then we will deliberate the results. Look for communication either way after that.
If you see a Vanguard in the wild, let us know via nominations or nominate yourself. Nominations will close on January 2nd, 2019!
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