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How to get a free Veeam NFR key

Here at Veeam, we’re passionate about helping people learn to do awesome things with their virtual environment. One of the best ways to learn is from your own experience, which is why we give certified IT pros FREE Not-For-Resale (NFR) keys for Veeam Availability Suite.

Here’s how you can get a free Veeam NFR license key.

What’s NFR?

A Not-For-Resale (NFR) license is a license that can be used in a test environment or home lab for product demos and trainings. NFR for Veeam Availability Suite v9 is a cut above most regular trial keys because it has a 1-year retention period, instead of just 30 days.

In addition, a Veeam NFR license key covers two sockets for any mix of hypervisors (VMware vSphere and/or Microsoft Hyper-V).

Audience

Certified IT pros eligible for a free Veeam NFR license key include:

  • VMware vExperts
  • VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professionals (VCAPs)
  • VMware Certified Instructors (VCIs)
  • VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs)
  • Local VMware User Group (VMUG) Leaders
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts (MCSEs)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates (MCSAs)
  • Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs)
  • Cisco Champions
  • PernixPro Members
  • And more!

If you’re not on the list above and are interested in getting a free Veeam NFR key, drop us an email and we’ll try to assist.

And if you haven’t ever tried Veeam Availability Suite before, I recommend that you request your free trial or NFR key now! This a great opportunity to get familiar with two products, Veeam Backup & Replication AND Veeam ONE at the same time and for free!

Download a free Veeam NFR license and feel free to write any questions and comments below.


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Set a custom EMC snapshot schedule for Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots

NOTE: Register for a LIVE webinar, Configuring EMC VNX and VNXe with Veeam, on Feb. 2

 

Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9 introduced integration for EMC VNX and VNXe hybrid storage arrays. These are a great storage system to run your vSphere VMs and also for leveraging Veeam. If you have one of these arrays, even if you aren’t a Veeam customer, you should really check out this integration.

Let’s first identify what parts of the data center we are talking about. From a storage perspective, any EMC VNX or VNXe storage system (including VNX2), a vSphere installation (except the free hypervisor) and a Veeam Backup & Replication™ system may be used, including Veeam Backup Free Edition for the restore technique from the storage snapshots.

The snapshot schedule on the VNX and VNXe arrays is an area that anyone interested in Veeam may want to investigate a bit. There is a default schedule (called a protection schedule) for the VNX and VNXe. This snapshot schedule may not be very useful if you don’t have a way to use the snapshots in a practical manner

The storage snapshot on a VNX and VNXe can be a great way to recover from what I’d call the “Daily Disasters” such as deleting a file, a virtual machine or an application item like a SQL Database or an email message. Let’s look at setting this snapshot schedule in a way that you can give easy recovery options for EMC VNX and VNXe hybrid storage array.

The snapshot schedule is set in Unisphere and is navigated under Storage | File Systems | Modify Protection. The figure below shows the default snapshot schedule:

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The default schedule is to take a snapshot every day at 3:00 AM and keep it for 2 days. That’s good, but I really like the notion of a custom schedule to fit the needs of the Daily Disasters that may happen. This is important also if backups are not taken during the middle of the day.

Let’s modify the snapshot schedule on the EMC VNX and VNXe to take a snapshot every 4 hours and keep that for 1 day. I’m also taking proper Veeam backups on this volume as well. This would be set in Unisphere below:

 

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The benefit here is that there are storage snapshots created during the day every four hours and that is only kept for one day. There are six snapshots kept on the VNX or VNXe array for recoveries in the day and we’ll be well-equipped for those Daily Disasters. In Veeam Backup & Replication, the new snapshot schedule is pretty easy to see how usable it is:

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The snapshots are stored on the array and we can go to each of the VMware virtual machines on the snapshot and recover the entire VM, restore files from the file system (Windows and Linux) and launch the Veeam Explorers™ for application recoveries.

This is a very easy process and the benefits are very clear for recovery options during the middle of the day where backups may not be scheduled. Additionally, many EMC VNX and VNXe environments may have storage snapshots in use, but no way to actually use them in a practical manner. Veeam Availability Suite makes this easy and can unlock the power of a storage snapshot.

What custom storage snapshot schedule have you set with the EMC VNX or VNXe and how do you use it? Share your comments below.

Related information:


Source: Veeam
Set a custom EMC snapshot schedule for Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots
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v9 is HERE!

I am happy to announce that Veeam Availability Suite v9 is now generally available (GA) and ready for download! This latest version is packed with so many new features that it’s difficult to talk about them all on this blog, but I highly recommend you check out the What’s New in Veeam Backup & Replication v9 document because it’s packed with details about all the new things we’ve up into v9 (read also What’s New in Veeam ONE v9).

If you’re just catching up, here are the blog posts we published about many of the major features in v9:

While v9 is packed with new features, two major ones that really stand out for me: One is Veeam Cloud Connect Replication and the other is Scale-out Backup Repository. Either one of these features would have been reason enough for a major release, but when you consider the amount of effort that has gone into just these two features, I’m amazed our developers were able to pull it off.

Veeam Cloud Connect Replication is going to open up DRaaS to entirely new markets where it wasn’t feasible before. Not only is this wonderful for Veeam Cloud  & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who take advantage of the opportunity by offering new, valuable services, but it’s also great for our customers, especially those that only have a single sight and want true disaster recovery. With the capability to fail over the entire site or just a sub-set of VMs, Veeam Cloud Connect Replication covers multiple disaster scenarios. We’re confident this is going to redefine the DRaaS industry in the years to come.

The Scale-out Backup Repository is yet another feature that our customers have been asking for, but we delivered it in a way they’re not expecting. Rather than just creating simple storage pools you can easily expand, we went the extra step to allow you to set performance profiles. This means that you can have a fast class of backup storage — like SSD — to hold the incremental backups and a slower tier to handle the full backups. This makes incremental backups much faster, and because they don’t take as much space as full backups, you can save on that precious SSD space. This is just the beginning for the Scale-out Backup Repository, so keep an eye out for what we come up with next.

Finally, I’d like to address the fact that we promised to release v9 in 2015. The truth is we did … we just didn’t make it widely available with a GA release. We RTM’ed the code on Dec. 16, 2015, and made it available to our VCSP partners so they could start building their DRaaS services to ensure we would have partners ready to offer Veeam Cloud Connect Replication at launch. We did the same thing with v8, and moving forward, we’ll continue doing this. We want our partners to have a chance to build their services so our customers can take advantage of them from day one of the release. With the holidays so close, we decided to push GA into January, freeing up time for our customers to enjoy their holidays.

We’ll have another point release in 2016 to coincide with Windows Server 2016, and I’m sure we’ll sneak in a few additional features and enhancements that didn’t make the v9 release. Keep your eyes on the Veeam blog and Veeam social media channels for more news coming soon.

 

JOIN us for a LIVE webinar, It’s here! NEW Veeam Availability Suite v9 on Jan. 26 (North America & EMEA) and Jan. 27 (APAC.)


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Optimizing private cloud for dev and test with Windows Azure Pack (TechNet Radio)

Microsoft IT supports a large computing environment for product development across teams. This highly variable environment is delivered as a service using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure pack. Understand how MSIT is able to provide a scalable private cloud for dev and test to enable rapid and agile product development.
Source: Microsoft
Optimizing private cloud for dev and test with Windows Azure Pack (TechNet Radio)
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Lenovo and Google Partner on New Project Tango Device

Source: Lenovo

LAS VEGAS, NV – Jan. 7, 2016: Today at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo announced the development of the first consumer mobile device with Project Tango in collaboration with Google. Available in summer 2016, the new smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, turns the screen into a magic window that can overlay digital information and objects onto the real world. Lenovo, Google, and Qualcomm Technologies are working closely together to optimize the software and hardware to ensure consumers get the most out of the Project Tango platform.
Lenovo and Google Partner on New Project Tango Device

Protect Your Business with Backup/Replication Software by Veeam and Zerto

Backup and Replication Software – Veeam

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Veeam Software Editions and Comparison Chart

Veeam Backup & Replication™ is much more than backup – it provides fast, flexible, and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. We bring backup and replication together in a single solution to reinvent data protection and deliver the #1 VM backup for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.

Availability for the Modern Data Center

Organizations are modernizing their data centers in order to provision IT services faster, strengthen security and control, and lower operational costs. While building modern data centers, organizations invest in server virtualization, modern storage applications and cloud-based services. However, businesses are facing new demands from end users including access to data and applications 24/7, no patience for downtime or data loss, and exponential data growth at 30-50% per year.

This opens a gap—an availability gap—between the requirements of the Always-On Business™ and IT’s ability to effectively deliver availability. Veeam® bridges this gap by providing customers a new kind of solution—Availability for the Modern Data Center™, which delivers recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) of < 15 minutes for ALL applications and data.

Veeam’s award-winning technology delivers:

  • Recovery of failed VM in as little as 2 minutes
  • Near-continuous data protection with built-in replication
  • Fast, agentless item recovery and e-discovery for Microsoft ExchangeENHANCED!, SharePoint and Active Directory, along with transaction-level recovery of SQL databases
  • Lower RPOs and 20x faster backups with backup from HP and NetApp storage snapshots
  • Automatic recoverability testing of every backup and every replica, every time
  • Offsite backups 50x faster than standard file copy with built-in WAN acceleration
  • Fast and secure cloud backups with Veeam Cloud Connect
  • Deduplication and compression to minimize storage consumption
  • Offsite recovery with 1-click site failover and support for facilitated data center migrations with zero data loss

 

Zerto Virtual Replication

Why Replicate in the Hypervisor?

Hypervisor-Based Replication

revolutionize_bcdrIntroducing Hypervisor-based Replication. Zerto offers a virtual-aware, software-only, tier-one, enterprise-class replication solution purpose-built for virtual environments. By moving replication up the stack from the storage layer into the hypervisor, Zerto created the first and only replication solution that delivers enterprise-class, virtual replication and BC/DR capabilities for the data center and the cloud.

Zerto architecture: Simple, effective, and virtual-ready

At the heart of this patent-pending replication technology are two key components:

Zerto Virtual Manager (ZVM) — The ZVM plugs directly into the virtual management console (such as VMWare’s VCenter), enabling visibility into the entire infrastructure. The ZVM is the nerve center of the solution, managing replication for the entire VSphere domain, keeping track of applications and information in motion in real time.

Virtual Replication Appliance (VRA) — The VRA is a software module that is automatically deployed on the physical hosts. The VRA continuously replicates data from user-selected virtual machines, compressing and sending that data to the remote site over WAN links.

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Key Differences with Hypervisor-based Replication:

Because it is installed directly inside the virtual infrastructure (as opposed to on individual machines), the VRA is able to tap into a virtual machine’s IO stream. Therefore, each time the virtual machine writes to its virtual disks, the write command is captured, cloned, and sent to the recovery site.

Unlike some replication technologies that primarily offer data protection along with cumbersome snapshots and backup paradigms, Zerto’s solution provides continuous replication with zero impact on application performance.

Hypervisor-based replication is fully agnostic to storage source and destination, natively supporting all storage platforms and the full breadth of capabilities made possible by virtualization, including high availability, clustering, and the ability to locate and replicate volumes in motion.

Hypervisor Advantages

Hypervisor-based replication offers many important benefits:

      • Granularity: the ability to replicate at the correct level of any virtual entity, be it a single virtual machine, a group of virtual machines, or a virtual application (such as VMWare VApp). With Zerto, you’re backed up beyond mere backup.
      • Scalability: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution is software-based so it can be deployed and managed easily, no matter how fast or large the infrastructure expands. The solution also enables administrators to perform operations and configure policies at the level of the virtual machines or applications.
      • Ease of management: With no guest-host requirements or additional hardware footprint, Zerto’s solution is easy to manage. It simply resides in the hypervisor, enabling centralized management from the virtual management console (such as VMWare VCenter).
      • Server and storage motion: Only hypervisor-based replication allows you to quickly move virtual machines around from one physical server or array logical unit (data store) to another, while maintaining full replication.
      • Hardware-agnostic: Hypervisor-based replication is hardware-agnostic, supporting all storage arrays including Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network-Attached Storage (NAS), and virtual disk types such as Raw Device Mapping (RDM) and VMWare File System (VMFS).
      • RPO and RTO: Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution achieves RPO in seconds, and RTO in minutes.

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