Since technically I’m in a marketing department, I see this “Veeam + Anything = Better Together” beeing overused. Hence the name of the post: sometimes Something + Something is just Something + Something.
You can’t mix both free and paid licenses on one VBR server.
Meaning you either use all VAL instances in free mode, or all of them in paid.
But enough intro, let’s see the real stuff.
1. See all VAL jobs targeting your VBR Repositories
When you target your VAL backup jobs to Veeam backup repository, you’ll see all of them in a new VBR tab called Agents. From there you’ll be able to get the details of all of those jobs.
2. License management
There’s an option to install a VAL licence through VBR Console or Enterprise Manager.
After you installed the license and set up a VAL job to back up to VBR repository, it will consume the license automatically. If you’ll need to reassign from a Workstation to Server edition, for example, you can do it from VAL itself or from VBR console:
3. Getting backups offsite
Veeam Agent for Linux doesn’t support direct backup to Cloud Connect at the moment. But you can setup a backup copy job to automatically send your backups off-site.
4. Restoring guest files
If you need to extract a certain file from a specific Linux machine, you can perform it from VBR console:
There are a few other options available, like Restore to Azure, exporting as virtual disks and more, but here I noted the most frequent I’ve used. Hope this was helpful.
DK is a vExpert! vExpert vs VeeamVanguard smackdown (not really)
So, usually it takes us a while to create a page with all Veeam Vanguards, so I got a permission from Rickatron to post a whole list here. And I’m coordinating this program after all, so without further ado here is the list of Veeam Vanguards 2017:
Anoop C Nair
Didier Van Hoye
Jorge de la Cruz
Mads Fog Albrechtslund
Ólafur Helgi Haraldsson
Paulo Roberto Sant´anna Cardoso
Silvio Di Benedetto
The proper page with all the links and bios will be on our Veeam Vanguard page when it’s ready™
Welcome new members and congratulations to the renewals! Thanks for beeing Veeam’s big supporters and let’s make this year awesome!
In the first part, I explained what a Veeam Vanguard program is. Now it’s time for a second part. I’m sure it’s a more important one: what this program is NOT.
It’s not a rain check
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be posting more about Veeam” doesn’t work here. We award people for the PAST year of spreading the word, not for a future one. It’s fine to start working towards getting an award and let us know about it, so that in the end we give you the status, but not the other way around. We are not contracting you to promote Veeam for a next year, we show our appreciation to those who are contributing the community because they are passionate about it.
It’s not a bribe
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be talking good about Veeam and bad about the competitors”. Nope, bribing the community members to buy their good reviews is the last thing we’ll do. If you think good of us – cool, if you think we are doing something bad – also cool, let us know and we’ll try to change that. But we don’t need an army of venal “influencers”.
It’s not a sales booster
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be selling more Veeam”. That’s a totally wrong attitude. If you think like this, you don’t understand the idea behind the program. It’s about the COMMUNITY, not sales. I’m not saying we don’t appreciate selling a lot of our product, we are a commercial company after all. It’s just not the right place for it.
However, it just happens that many of the Vanguards are selling Veeam working for partners or VCSP, but we awarded them not for this, but rather for their community work: leading the user groups, blog posts, videos, input on the Forums/Spiceworks, and so on.
It’s not a credential
It’s an award, not a credential. Being a Veeam Vanguard doesn’t automatically state that you know every single bit of each product, it means you are willing to share your Veeam experience with your fellow IT pros.
It’s not a free trip for fun
Don’t get me wrong, annual Vanguard meetups ARE FUN. But that’s not the purpose of it. The purposes are:
To educate you about Veeam (including exclusive internal stuff and roadmaps);
To hear your opinion about what we do and how we do it;
To know each other and collaborate
If that’s what you are expecting from such a trip, then it will be fun for you. If you want something different, probably this program is not for you.
I hope these two posts gave you an idea of what Veeam Vanguard Program is. It’s all about the community. If you don’t agree with it, here’s my advice to you:
If you happen to read my blog or know me personally, you are aware that I’m one of the people behind the Veeam Vanguard Program. Among many other things, I’m developing the system of candidate evaluation and do the results reports.
Just now (January, 10th, 5 pm) I’ve finished the review of the new nominees for Veeam Vanguard 2017, and that is the reason for this post. I suspect it will be valid every year during the nomination process.
In this post I want to explain what the program is. In the second part, I’ll explain what this program isn’t.
Veeam All-Star crew
Every year starting in 2015 the Technical Product Marketing team here at Veeam opens the nominations for Veeam Vanguard Program (VV) for the next year. These people below are directly involved in running the program. Plus there are a few other Veeam employees who’s opinion is very important for us. Overall each application is reviewed by ~10 people.
Pictures are clickable.
Who the Veeam Vanguards are
Think of a Veeam Vanguard status as of an award. It’s not a certification or a credit. By naming you a Veeam Vanguard, we show our appreciation to you for you past year deeds. These include Veeam-related blogposts, videos, tech talks or any other forms of sharing your experience with the community. “Community” is a key word here. Are you contributing a lot to Veeam community? Let us know during the nomination process, and we’ll be happy to award you.
What’s the process
Every year we plan a date when we reveal the list of people who will be called VVs for the next 12 months. Based on this date we open the nominations 3-4 months prior this date. The huge gap is dedicated to signing the agreements, ordering swag, and administrating all the collateral background activities.
For the people who has been already selected as a Vanguard, we open a renewal page, for everybody else – welcome to the general nominations. If you want to be selected/renewed, give us the data! Show us what you have been doing within Veeam community.
The next step is the review. As mentioned, each candidate is evaluated by ~10 Veeam people who are actively working with the community. Then all scores are processed and discussed within the core team above.
Every candidate gets an email from Rick Vanover with all the information they need and signs the agreement, which basically says: “be nice to others and enjoy the swag”. Those who didn’t pass get an email also, but that might be a bit later.
What a VV gets
Our goal is to keep the group “manageable”, meaning ~50-55 people. We are not aiming to be as broad as some other community programs you might know. This way we can dedicate much more resources (time and money) to engage with Vanguards.
The main tangible perk is an annual VV meet-up. Usually, it’s tied to VeeamON or other Veeam Event. We provide all members with the travel, hotel accommodation and a full day of exclusive content. This group of people gets access to the company’s roadmap, internal betas, free keys, skips the line during support calls, gets the direct link with product management via closed part of the forum and more.
However, from the words of current program members the biggest perk is what I see as a hive mind. It’s the Vanguards + Veeam crew that together work on making the company’s product better. To be honest, my VV slack channel is always on mute, ’cause it would ring all the time. But I still try my best to keep an eye on the conversations🙃
We also give the Vanguards the opportunity to expand their community influence. Those who want, can host technical webinars, create whitepapers, submit CFPs for VeeamON, we are always open to this.
Why we are doing this
Our team is very community-oriented. On the one had we really want to know the faces of those who’s contributing to Veeam community without working at Veeam. These people help us a lot by spreading the word, giving us their opinion on the product, creating content and so on.
On the other hand, we are still a commercial company, so by doing this we try to increase our influence on- and offline. I see it as a win-win situation, where the Vanguards get all the benefits of the program and the company gets the support of external people. However, it’s very important to note here, that we never tell Vanguards what they can or cannot do. We just want their honest opinion, that’s all, that’s the main pillar of the program.
What is our budget?
But to give a credit to Veeam’s top management we have never felt scarce on the money side. It shows that the guys distributing the money within the company understand the value of such community relations.
Anyway. Yesterday I found out that Powershell can invoke SSH commands to Linux machines. And that’s bonkers, you can control your Linux system and leverage PS functionality together. Let’s see how you deal with it.
Adding SSH capabilities to Powershell
Microsoft once promised us to add OpenSSH to Powershell, we still didn’t get it. But whatever, we have an alternative called Posh-SSH. All you need is love the command:
After that connect to your Linux machine by creating a new SSH session:
Now that is better, but the string is not readable, so let’s apply some formatting! (it soounds like it something obvious, but I killed a lot of time trying to make it look right, and the rules are weird)
Well, I just discovered this stuff, so there’s a lot to do. You can combine Linux commands and powershell to create some powerfull scripts. I’m no scripting guy by any means, but even for me that sounds pretty exciting.
As for you guys, I hope that opens some automation opportunities for you, just turn on your imagination.
And since all vSphere features have been already explained and I have zero interest in the new Harry Potter movie, let’s focus on Veeam stuff. The “What’s New” file is ELEVEN pages, which is not bad for a “dot” release.
And the first hidden gem is….the INSTALL button. Well, it’s not hidden, but not very obvious. Many people didn’t realize that this ginormous green square is the button.
vSphere infrastructure cache. vSphere infrastructure is kept in memory now and is frequently updated. It means two things: you don’t have to wait until the list of inventory expands and the “Building VM list” operation during backup takes much less time.
Instant recovery of Windows endpoint to Hyper-V VM. You can start your backup of a physical server or a laptop on a VM while you fix the machine.
Proxy affinity. You can choose which proxies are allowed to backup to certain repositories.
SOBR temporary expansion. If you already have 3 extents in SOBR, you can now add 4th in maintenance mode, so that you could evacuate backups from smaller one if you want to replace it with a larger one.
Parallel processing for Cloud Connect tenants. Multiple concurrent backups or replications.
Cloud Connect Per-VM backup chains for CC Providers.
Cloud Connect SOBR support for CC Providers. Simplifies backup storage management for Cloud Connect Providers.
Direct restore from tape. No need to extract backup files to a selected storage first,
Let’s get right to the sweetest point of the rules here:
If selected, presenters will receive a complimentary registration pass, travel and hotel accommodations
Free trip to new Orleans on May 15-18 from any place in the world! Sounds too good to miss it, ha?
Couple things to consider:
Go for technical stuff! Yes, there is a certain amount of marketing at each conference, but without any doubt, the most popular sessions are deep-dive ones.
Consider the community! If you have created an automation tool, or have some interesting “gotchas” in your environment, ask yourself: “Will it be valuable for the community?”. If yes – go submit it!
Don’t be afraid of being alone! If you know your technical stuff, but don’t feel very confident on stage, partner up with someone to help you, for example, you do a demo part and the other person is doing the talking part. Feel free to reach to Veeam people to help you, we had lots of combined sessions like that.
Share your success stories! If you are a Veeam customer and want to tell the world how Veeam’s solutions saved your bacon or solved your problem, go for it! We have a special section for success stories on the CFP page.
Anyway, VeeamOn 2017 would have great technical content, will reveal v10 features, will let you talk with Anton Gostev, Doug Hazelman, Mike Resseler, Michael White, Luca Dell’Oca, Clint Wyckoff and many more IT experts from Veeam…
Ah, and the paaarteeeeey. If you’ve never experienced VeeamON parties, ask your colleagues who did, these parties are epic!
Well, probably I’m not very good at shortening the names… Hello, DK online.
Heard the news? VMware partnered with AWS to help you with building a hybrid cloud. In a couple words: you can run your on-premises VMware infrastructure (vSphere, VSAN, and NSX) on Amazon’s cloud.
As you see from the picture, you’ll be able to manage your on-prem and SDDC deployment from vSenter. That’s pretty much the idea of a “hybrid cloud” if you’ve heard the word but were too shy to ask. Apart from that, nothing stops you from moving entirely to VMCAWS (can I use the name please?), making it a cloud-to-cloud deployment.
You know what’s cool? You can use vMotion between on-prem and the cloud! How crazy is that?
Apparently, VMware will be taking care of your cloud deployment, dealing with patching and hardware failures. And AWS will let you choose between an hourly basis or a subscription to get access to your environment.
Right now we can just wait for the release date, but that might be an interesting thing. One concern I have (as a Veeam employee) is if we’ll have access to VDDK. VMCAWS claims to be “bare-metal” on the one hand but “managed” on the other. I’ll update when the thing is out.