Browsing Posts in vProducts

Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a complementary tool that provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways: from an integrated, web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) and from a command line interface (CLI) through the operating system. Usually you should add it to each bare metal system, unless you are using other management tools. But also if you are using Open Manage Essential (OME) or similar, OMSA provide some unique and powerful features, like the access to the BIOS settings.

In the last Veeam Community Forums Digest newsletter there is an interesting note about possible performance issues in VMware vSphere backup based on hot-add transport mode. VMware has confirmed that the increased Hot Add times experienced by some Veeam customers who have installed Veeam Backup & Replication Update 3a and the reason is the latest Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 6.5 version used in U3a to support also vSphere 6.5 Update 2.

Finally, the v2.2 of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows is available also from the client update. Release on July 3 2018 (see the release notes), the new agent versions (not only the v2.2 for Windows, but also the 2.0.1 for Linux) have been available from the Veeam Backup or other limited sources, but now are available to all. Not much news or improvements, mainly the official support for Windows 10 1803 and some minor bug fixes.

One common way to backup the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) is to manage as a common VM and use a backup solution to backup (and restore) the entire VM. But it’s approach does not always work, for example in the case of a database corruption the VM restore could be not working. Starting with vSphere 6.5 and the new VCSA 6.5 was possible to use also a native backup solution integrated with the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface (VAMI). But it was a manual operation (some scripts are available to automate and schedule it).

Some months ago I’ve written a post (Is the HTML5-based vSphere Client ready to replace the vSphere Web Client?) on the limitation of the new vSphere Client, but this was before the vSphere 6.7 and vSphere 6.5U2 releases. VMware vSphere, during its history and the different versions, has got several types of Graphical User Interface (GUI) client. One of the most used (not the first, but the standard one since Virtual Infrastructure 3.0) was the vSphere Client for Windows. But on May 2016 VMware has announced that the Legacy C# Client (aka thick client, desktop […]

VM Explorer is another backup (and replication) tool with native support for virtualized platforms (vSphere and Hyper-V) with a good success in the SMB segment. Initially was build by a Swiss company (Trilead), acquired later by HP(E) and recently acquired by Microfocus. Lot of changes in the name, but not in the substance and with a good development and release cycles. Now Microfocus has released a new VM Explorer release (v7.1) compatible with the latest version of VMware vSphere 6.7.

VMware vSphere provides a different way to copy the VM data during a backup operation: those modes are called transport modes. There are at least three major transport mode: network mode (or NBD), hot-add mode (or VM proxy mode), SAN mode (of storage offload mode). Most of the backup products can use those different transport modes depending on the configured infrastructure and the requirements.

If you are using Veeam Backup & Replication with a VMware vSAN datastore you are probably following the Veeam KB 2273 (Configuration for VMware VSAN). But this guide is only limit to recommend the hot-add transport mode. So you are going to create several Veeam proxies because Veeam Backup & Replication chooses the most appropriate backup proxy to reduce the backup traffic on the VSAN cluster network. Maybe also one per host.

Nutanix has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2, Inc. (“Frame”), a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Frame is a true pay-as-you-go EUC cloud platform — you are charged for infrastructure that you actually used. Compare this to a traditional fixed-cost VDI model, where resources are provisioned for peak capacity even though you don’t need them 99% of the time.

NAKIVO is a US corporation dedicated to developing a data protection solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments. Founded in 2012, in few years they build an interesting product with several powerful features. After the NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.4 in April, now there is a new release v7.5 with support for VMware vSphere 6.7 and other improvements and new features:

Scality it’s well know by its product Scality RING, used for large scale data storage designed usually for private cloud, with and impressive uptime (see Scality guarantees 100 percent uptime for private cloud storage environments). But Scality has also other interesing products, for example Zenko, a free open source multi-cloud controller allows you to stay in control of your data across any cloud.

This year the Nutanix .NEXT Europe event will at London, the ExCel area, during November 27-29. The .NEXT event is the premier conference for cloud builders from all around the world. And it’s usually a great opportunity to learn more and meet people.

Veeam Software has finally announced the availability of the new Veeam Availability for Nutanix AHV, a “Backup & Replication” version for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). In this way Veeam extend the supported (on-prem) hypervisors to the three majors: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Nutanix AHV. Considering that also Nutanix it’s multi-hypervisors, the combination of Veeam and Nutanix can give the best. Still there isn’t a native solution for other KVM based hypervisors, but those workloads can be protected with the Veeam Agents.

Finally, after a long beta period, there is the new version of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 with support both for SharePoint and OneDrive (Business). Veeam has introduced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in November 2016, and it became a great success because it’s simple, light, fast to deploy and the restore process remain quite the same of Veeam Backup & Replication with the powerful granular restore.

© 2018-2011 vInfrastructure Blog | Hosted by Assyrus