Veeam Backup & Replication 4.1 with full support for replication to ESXi hosts!

Today I have received an e-mail from Veeam, announcing that Veeam Backup & Replication 4.1 is fully supporting VMware ESXi including the replication to VMware ESXi host as a target. Below is the body of Veeam announcement e-mail:

======= Veeam Announcement =========

Veeam proudly announces the upcoming release of Veeam Backup & Replication 4.1 with full support for replication to ESXi hosts!

By moving your virtual infrastructure to ESXi, you can gain the benefits of better security and compliance while still achieving your desired RPOs / RTOs.

Veeam Backup & Replication 4.1 will provide no-limits support for restoring and replicating to ESXi. You’ll get all the advanced features of Veeam replication, including the ability to fail over to both the latest and earlier points in time, when replicating to ESXi.

Another industry first from Veeam!

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Its worth mentioning that Veeam backup & replication is the first third party application to support VMware ESXi as a replication target. This might not seems a big deal for environment with only VMware ESX in it, but its a great news for customers running ESXi or planning to use ESXi. I already know few companies who would definitely care about this news. This feature alone can make ESXi customers choose Veeam backup & replication without having to think about it for long as its the only solution that support it at the moment.… Read More

VizionCore esxReplicator (vReplicator) vs Veeam Backup & Replication

After a week of testing and fuzzing with both VizionCore vReplicator originally known by esxReplicator as well Veeam Backup & Replication, I was able to be one of the contributor to the new comparison at ITComparison.com.

The comparison titled VizionCore vReplicator (esxReplicator) vs Veeam Backup & Replication covers many important aspects of the two products. It has been well crafted to help IT professionals find out which product is better for their enviornment. I was glad all this collaboration with other virtualizaiton professionals has met up with success & the comparison was released to the public yesterday.

It was fun to have to test all these aspects for these two leading Replication products. It was even more fun to discuss the results & compare them with other members involved in the comparison. Get to know how other people though about a point to be positive and other just vote against it.

Ah more fun of all the team had put a blog post at VizionCore vReplicator vs Veeam Backup & Replication blog post, which will allow other members in the virtualization community to comment on the comparison & try to debate it. Ah it is even open to the vendors to prove the finding is wrong or leave an update of upcoming fixes or development.… Read More

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 4 has just been released

I have a great news today from VMware. They have released the new version of VMware Site Recovery Manager SRM which will support VMware vSphere. This release of SRM had been long waited by many of us who upgraded, or already planning to upgrade to vSphere. I thought I will share the good news with every one.

The support for vSphere is not everything, but another great feature of the new SRM is the ability to support multiple source to a single target storage, which was not supported by earlier releases of VMware.

Another long waited feature for SRM is the support for NFS Datastores. Yes, finally NFS is supported by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

Although vCenter 4 Linked mode is not a feature of VMware Site Recovery manager 4, it will be a great plus for the new SRM. vCenter 4 Linked mode will  allow VMware administrators to manage both sites for SRM from a single console.

The last thing worth mentioning is that VMware Site Recovery Manager 4 will be compatible with vDistributed switches.

You can download VMware Site Recovery Manager 4 Here.

Keep tuned & I will update you as I found out more about the new SRM Release.… Read More

Vizioncore vRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Setting for database Virtual Machines

This post is the third part of the “Vizioncore vRanger Quiescing & VSS Setting for image backup of Virtual Machines.” to start from the beginning of the series please start at: Vizioncore VRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Recommended Settings. Or if you are looking for the recommendation for virtual machines which does not run a database application then check out the second part of this series: Vizioncore vRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Setting for non-database Virtual Machines. If how to setup Vizioncore vRanger Quiescing & VSS for database virtual machines is your aim, then you are at the correct part of this series.

As mentioned earlier, Quiescing is recommended to be disabled for virtual machines running a database application to avoid problems which seems to often occur when quiescing virtual machines that run a database application. In addition, for database servers which support VSS (MS SQL Server, MS Exchange, Active directory, and so on) it’s recommended to enable VSS to obtain a transactionally consistent backup image. As that backup can go over SAN using VCB, or over LAN using vRanger directly below is the required changes for both cases:

Over LAN:

Ensure that Quiescing for vRanger backup is disabled (“disabled by default”).… Read More

Vizioncore vRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Setting for non-database Virtual Machines:

This post is the second part of the “Vizioncore vRanger Quiescing & VSS Setting for image backup of Virtual Machines.” to start from the beginning of the series please start at: Vizioncore VRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Recommended Settings. Or if you are looking for the recommendation for virtual machines which run a database application then check out the second part of this series:Vizioncore vRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Setting for database Virtual Machines. If how to setup Vizioncore vRanger Quiescing & VSS for none database virtual machines is your aim, then you are at the correct part of this series.

As mentioned earlier, for non-database virtual machines enabling Quiescing is recommend to get a file system level consistent images. In addition, VSS is not required for non-database servers backup. As that backup can go over SAN using VCB, or over LAN using vRanger directly below is the required changes for both cases:

Over LAN:

To enable Quiescing for vRanger backup which is done over LAN you will have to remove the check mark “Disable Guest Quiescing”

Vizioncore vRanger ensable quiescing

Using VCB:

As VCB has Quiescing enabled by default, and not affected by the “Disable Guest Quiescing setting in vRanger you have nothing to do assuming that the Filesystem Sync Driver which installed as a part of VMware Tools by default is installed on the VM you want to backup.… Read More

Vizioncore VRanger (Previously ESXRanger) Quiescing & VSS Recommended Settings:

I have been always hit by customers who have a problem taking an image backup of virtual machines that run a database application. Another repeated question is “when & when not to use Quiescing & VSS with VCB & vRanger”. For that I have decided to write this set of posts hoping to answer these questions. The answer will have the instruction of how to do this as step by step for Vizioncore vRanger, which is a great & easy backup software for VMware, but the explanation apply for any other image level backup software used with VMware, though you will have to adapt the instructions to the backup tool of your choice.

vRanger provides support for Quiescing the virtual machine before it start to backup that VM. The purpose of Quiescing is to ensure that no file system writes are pending when the snapshot is taken, allowing for file system level consistency. Although Quiescing has always been proved to be a great method to backup normal virtual machines, it seems to cause issues for virtual machines which is running a database.… Read More

Backing up your virtual machine

When you’re making a recovery plan and back-up of your virtual environment, you should take into consideration the various factors that may interfere with your back-up such as: the state of the virtual machine at the time you made the back-up (system state, shut down, running) and the type of storage you use for these back-ups.

The integration of the support service with the Volume Shadow Copy service of Hyper-V allows you to make a back-up of both the virtual machine as well as the Hyper-V configuration. There are two basic methods you can use for this type of back-up:

1. Make a back-up copy from inside of the operating system of a virtual machine. This method is useful when you need to save data from a storage device that is not supported by Hyper-V VSS.

2. Make a back-up from the Hyper-V server. This is the most recommended method for making a complete back-up of the server because it captures more data than the first method. If the storage device is compatible with Hyper-V and Hyper-V VSS, you can make a complete back-up of the server that will help protect all the data required to re-install the server in case of failure.… Read More

VMware Site Recovery Manager, Automated Virtualized DR

By June, Site Recovery Manager will be available. This product made by VMware is intended to simplify the planning and testing of the disaster recovery project.

According to VMware,

The planning of recovery after a disaster traditionally exposes companies to significant risk of prolonged failure because too cumbersome to implement, cumbersome and difficult to maintain tests

Recovery Site Manager, of course compatible with VI3 and Virtual Center, allows us to automate the DR, based on virtual servers created for the purposes of the DR.

VMware SRM is a small revolution because it allows not only to make an automatic failover for servers and storage between the main site and the site of DR, but also to conduct tests in real time, without impact on production. One way to verify that the DR part of infrastructure is fully operational and ready when needed …

VMware Site Recovery Manager is compatible with many software replication as 3PAR, Dell, EMC, FalconStor, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, LeftHand Networks and NetApp. SRM is compatible with most storage software, which makes it totally independent of equipment used in your DR.… Read More