In my previous post I explained step by step how a service provider can configure Veeam Cloud Connect Replication to allow for more than 9 internal networks. In this second part of the post, we’ll see how a tenant can replicate his virtual machines in this specific scenario, and how they can configure pfSense to allow the multiple communications between the replicated VMs and Internet.
Veeam Cloud Connect Replication does not only manage virtual machine replication, but also offers a complete networking solution to easily publish failed over virtual machines in case of a disaster. This has always proved to be a tremendous feature of the solution. There are however some specific use cases where the Network Extension Appliance (NEA) may be better replaced with a different solution. One of the use cases is when a tenant needs to have more than 9 virtual networks to publish his virtual machines.
Sometimes, we all need a large group of small virtual machines for our tests in vSphere. I tried in the past several linux distributions that claim to be small and easy to be deployed, but they usually failed in one of the two aspects, and it’s usually the ease of deployment. They are all fine if there’s a DHCP server around, but setting up a static IP configuration has always been a problem: mouse drivers in graphical mode are horrible, there’s little to no documentation about which distribution they are based on (in order to find out which commands and configuration files should be used), in summary, a living hell.
So, I decided to spend an afternoon doing some research and tests, and I came out with “my own” preferred procedure, based on VMware PhotonOS. It may be good for you too, or maybe not, depending on your own needs. I documented all the steps I’ve done, so that I (and you) can follow them start to end in order to obtain a working tiny VM with a static IP address.
The Veeam vCloud Self-Service portal (from here on, just portal) is a great solution for offereing self-service capabilities to vCloud Director tenants that want to manage by themselves backups and restores of their VMs and vApps. Service providers can already configure the service to allow tenants for different degrees of freedom, but there are some additional options that are not available in the configuration options.
I already blogged a few months ago about how to “Disable Items Restore options in Veeam Self-Service Backup Portal”, so that the ITEM tab can be completely removed from the interface. And looking at the number of visit this page has had so far, seems like several providers are alreday leveraging this “trick”.
Today however, we want to go a little bit further, and allow tenants to only download their files.
Veeam Cloud Connect reference architecture, the book that I wrote two years ago, is now available as an online book that you can read or download as pdf, mobi or epub.
I recently received this request from one of our service providers: “Is there a way to trace the failover actions in Veeam Cloud Connect, so that I can figure out the consumption of the virtual environment?”. As I never tried before to figure out this one myself, I thought it was time to hit the […]
Veeam Availability Console is completely web-based. For this reason, it’s extremely easy to consume it, and the idea behind the product is that the console can be used directly by users. To do so, the Console itself has to be published over Internet, following a few but important steps.
Recently I’ve been asked by a colleague if Veeam Backup & Replication supports VMware NSX. The answer to me was pretty clear, since Veeam works at the vSphere layer and what is sees are “just” portgroups, regardless if they are simple, distributed, or NSX virtual wires. Nonetheless, I decided to do a quick test to prove it.