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Fully-paid VeeamON 2017 trip: list of giveaways

Fully-paid VeeamON 2017 trip: list of giveaways

Sometimes sitting in the Marketing department + doing the community work really benefits the community in a very tangible way: I collected raffles for VeeamON 2017 for you!

Here’s where you can win a fully paid trip to VeeamON 2017:

These three are for EMEA-based people only:

  • Raffle on the blog of Didier van Hoye: write him a page why you really need to attend VeeamON but for some reason can’t.
  • Raffle on the blog of Rhys Hammond: write him an interesting story about Veeam.
  • Raffle on Veeam User Group UK LinkedIn page: subscribe to them and tweet about why you need to get to VeeamON.
  • Raffle from Arrow Denmark: tell them how Veeam saved your bacon.


This is a global one:

  • Giveaway by Gostev on the forum: share a Veeam story, catchy phrase or a joke about Veeam.


Win a blogger pass:

  • Blogger contest from Danish Veeam User Group: fill in the form on how you’d share the knowledge you’ll get from VeeamON



$100 off on a VeeamON pass

Also Petri IT Knowledge Base provides the $100 discount for VeeamON pass, enter the coupon code at the checkoutPETRI-100


Best of luck and hope to see you all in NOLA in May!

DK out

Veeam Agent for Linux +VBR = Veeam Agent for Linux +VBR

Veeam Agent for Linux +VBR = Veeam Agent for Linux +VBR

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.

Anyway, let’s talk integrations.

Veeam Agent for Linux comes with an integration with Veeam Backup and Replication (and even Enterprise Manager if you’re big enough). You don’t even need a paid license to use it; it works in any version of VAL. However, there’s a trick:

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.

Veeam Agent for Linux License
If you don’t see this tab in VBR, press “Install License” on B&R tab and it will appear.

Veeam Agent for Linux 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:

Add a VBR server to a backup job
Assign a license 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:

VBR will launch an FLR appliance and mount the disks so you can browse the files.


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 out.

DK is a vExpert! vExpert vs VeeamVanguard smackdown (not really)

DK is a vExpert! vExpert vs VeeamVanguard smackdown (not really)

I got on the list of vExperts, so that’s cool.

As a coordinator of a community program here at Veeam it would be interesting to see what the other program offers, to be on the other side if the fence, sorta.

Ah, for those who came here to see the smackdown – sorry, it was just a click bait, I have nothing to compare yet=) But you can read something here, for example:

The Most Magical Time of Year: Influencer Program Selection Season!

Who are Veeam Vanguards 2017?

Who are Veeam Vanguards 2017?

Hey community lovers, DK here.

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:

new Allan Rafuse
new Anatoliy Bakal
new Andreas Lesslhumer
new Darren Toews
new David Hill
new Drew Como
new Eugene Kashperovetskyi
new Florian Raack
new James Kilby
new Jesse Anderson
new Karl Widmer
new Luke Brown
new Markus Kraus
new Melissa Palmer
new Michael Berg
new Myles Gray
new Patrice Singy
new Patricio Cerda
new Pete Flecha
new Rhys Hammond
new Rob Nelson
new Yukinobu Asami
renewed Alex Samoylenko
renewed Andrea Mauro
renewed Anoop C Nair
renewed Arne Fokkema
renewed Carsten Rachfahl
renewed Christian Mohn
renewed Christopher Glémot
renewed Craig Dalrymple
renewed Cristal Kawula
renewed Dave Kawula
renewed Dave Morera
renewed Dean Lewis
renewed Denis Kelley
renewed Didier Van Hoye
renewed Eric Machabert
renewed Gary Williams
renewed Ian Sanderson
renewed Jim Jones
renewed Jim Millard
renewed Joep Piscaer
renewed John Nicholson
renewed Jorge de la Cruz
renewed Karel Novak
renewed Liselotte Foverskov
renewed Mads Fog Albrechtslund
renewed Marius Sandbu
renewed Matt Crape
renewed Mike Preston
renewed Nick Furnell
renewed Ólafur Helgi Haraldsson
renewed Paolo Valsecchi
renewed Paul Braren
renewed Paulo Roberto Sant´anna Cardoso
renewed Piotr Masztafiak
renewed Robert Hummel
renewed Ryan Jacksland
renewed Sander Berkouwer
renewed Silvio Di Benedetto
renewed Tim Smith
renewed Vladan SEGET


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!



Veeam Vanguard Part 2: What it’s NOT

Veeam Vanguard Part 2: What it’s NOT

Hello, %username%, DK here.

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:

  1. To educate you about Veeam (including exclusive internal stuff and roadmaps);
  2. To hear your opinion about what we do and how we do it;
  3. 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:

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Have a good day and pick good community programs!


Veeam Vanguard Part 1: WTH is this?

Veeam Vanguard Part 1: WTH is this?

Hey, casual internet viewers, DK here.

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.

Rick Vanover
Me (DK)
Kirsten Stoner
Clint Wyckoff
Michael White
Michael Cade
Anthony Spiteri
Andrew Zhelezko

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🙃

Here is a note from Jim Jones with his impressions of the program:

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?

Classified 🙃

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.

What this program is NOT.

This will be discussed in the next post.



DK out.


Backup your Linux system via Powershell. WHAT?!

Backup your Linux system via Powershell. WHAT?!

I have a Linux. I have a Powershell….ahhh…

Sorry. Ahem.

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:




Invoking SSH commands

Now as a proof of concept let’s try something simple.


Holy cow! It returned the hostname!

Using Veeam Agent for Linux

But I wouldn’t be a backup guy if I didn’t try to backup something with all this. So let’s try using some of the commands of Veeam Agent for Linux.


As you see, the output of shell is truncated, so if you care for the output, apply a little cheat and try again:


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)


Now that looks about right. Not perfect, but definitely readable.

Hey I just backed it up!

What’s next?

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.


New Veeam 9.5 Hidden Gems

New Veeam 9.5 Hidden Gems


Hey, Veeam-lovers. DK here.

It’s a very busy with releases week: vSphere 6.5, Fantastic Beasts and Whatever, and of course Veeam 9.5

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.

But anyway. What do we get with this new 9.5 release? I’ll just list major and obvious features and show less advertised


  • Full Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016 support
  • Advanced ReFS integration (my favorite!)
  • Direct Restore to Azure
  • Nimble Storage integration
  • Enterprise stuff

If anything, read about them here


  • 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,
  • Color themes:

In the upcoming months, I’ll be diving into these features more. Until then!



Free Trip to New Orleans Anyone? VeeamON CFP is Open

Free Trip to New Orleans Anyone? VeeamON CFP is Open

Hello, happy international Tuesday, DK here.

Okay, I made this international thing up… BUT I have good news for you:

VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans has opened Call for Presentations!

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.

So don’t hesitate and go submit your presentation ideas

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!



See you there! DK out.

To the cloud, Alfred! Not so fast, bro.

To the cloud, Alfred! Not so fast, bro.

Hey there, DK here.

Everything is relative, you know. I felt it after I attended full-blown MS Ignite and then went to a small community event called TechUnplugged in Amsterdam.

Microsoft’s marketing machine can sell a bottle of water to a drowning man, especially when it comes to the cloud. During Ignite I’ve heard a lot about how impressive and disruptive the cloud is. And you know what, I was sold. And I’m not even saying they are lying or anything, it is in fact very promising technology.

The things get worse when it comes to a real-world implementation.

Unlike Ignite, TechUnplugged is a small event that attracts IT pros to talk about their environments. Even their official hashtag is #RealWorldIT instead of #TechUnplugged or something else. And that’s what I heard from these people:

Actual businesses are not ready for the cloud.

I like this pic. It’s deeper than it seems

So what are they promising us?

No maintenance!

“You move your workloads to the cloud and forget about maintenance,” tells us %cloud_vendor_name%. Well, that is true until something breaks. If you have a problem in your on-premises datacenter, you send your team in, and it becomes their home for the days and nights until it’s fixed. If something happens to your cloud provider, you pick up the phone and find out that you are #3067 on the line for help.

You save the monies!

The first dose of drugs is always free. And Microsoft wants you to become a junky, so they let you try for free. Many people underestimate how much cloud will cost you. For example, you may think: “I wanna keep my backups in Azure, the storage is freakin’ cheap!”. And you’d be right. But then if you need to pull out one email that you’ve accidentally deleted, you have to download a full 600Gb backup which will take you 5 full days. “But I just can run a machine in Azure, start Veeam Explorer for Exchange and pull out that email!” you’ll say. Tru dat, but once you start using the compute, you also start seeing the Azure bill skyrocketing.

A lot of people are more willing to pay X amount of dollars every month, rather than invest in the costly appliances. But in the end, there’s no guarantee you’ll save by migrating.

You can migrate right now!

Some managers will go to their IT department and say “I’ve seen Azure/AWS/Whatever presentations, they are so cool, we need to migrate our infrastructure right now”. Well, not so fast, bro. The headcount is the third problem a real-world IT department will encounter. On-premises and cloud workloads are operated differently. The cloud specialists simply require a different skill-set than your current employees. Until there’s no common ground and consistency between those two, businesses will stay out of moving to the cloud. Azure Stack might be the way to go, but we’ll see about that in the future.

It is safe!

Azure and other cloud service providers claim that their infrastructures are much safer than any on-prem ones. And that is true; they are investing tons of money into security. But then my colleague Mike Resseler brought up a good point: If you wanna steal some good money, you wouldn’t rob individual people, you’ll go to the bank. If you wanna highjack private info, you wouldn’t be breaking individual companies’ networks; you’ll break into the cloud provider storing the data from thousands of companies. The providers should ensure businesses they can protect their customers’ data.

Instead of conclusion

After all, I’m not saying cloud is bad. There are a lot of ways companies can benefit from it. I’m just saying, businesses want to be confident in a number of things about the cloud before migrating. Is it cost-effective? Is it safe? How do I keep consistency between cloud and on-prem? Do I need to sacrifice anything?

From what I’ve seen so far, at least in a backup world, people prefer to use their local Veeam Cloud Connect providers rather than send their backups somewhere unknown. And by local I mean like 10 miles away, so if anything happens a support guy will literally drive to your datacenter with a box of USB 3 disks containing your backups and help you get everything back. None of AAA players can do that.

I don’t really think we can avoid the cloud in the future, even the nearest future. The next 5 years or so would be very interesting. “Time will decide for us”.