Migrate vApps between vCloud Director installations using Veeam

In the last weeks I migrated my personal lab to a new location, with new servers and all. I took the opportunity to rebuild some of the test machines I had in my previous one, but one cumbersome and boring task is always to recreate the virtual machines used to do demos, where different applications are deployed and configured to make the demo more “real”; things like Oracle databases, websites, file servers and so on. As both the platforms at source and destination use VMware vCloud Director, I took this opportunity to learn more about migrating vApps from one vCloud to the other, using Veeam Backup & Replication.

Reconfigure NSX to allow vCloud Director to create Org networks

If you have just deployed vCloud Director over NSX , it may happen that during the creation of a new VCD network, the operations fails with the error “Cannot deploy organization VDC network; Make sure vShield Manager infrastructure is properly configured and there are segment IDs available.” In this case, you need to change the configuration of the NSX transport zones from Multicast to either Hybrid or Unicast.

Use vCloud Director LDAP authentication with Veeam self-service portal

I got this request from a colleague, who was helping out a service provider with this scenario: vCloud Director is using an external LDAP service, coming from a local Microsoft Active Directory, to authenticate all vCD users. Is Veeam vCloud Director Self-Service portal able to use this authentication and allow those users to use the portal? Let’s find out (hint: yes it works!).

Veeam Availability Console series #1: Installation and initial configuration

As Veeam is soon to release the final version of a new solution, called Veeam Availability Console, I started to study this software, since it’s a key component of Veeam strategy for Service Providers, which is my main focus as a Veeam employee. In this series of posts, I will explore the software, its architecture, how it works, and what can be done with it. In this first post, we’ll start with a bit of theory, and we’ll see how to install and configure it.

Disable Items Restore options in Veeam Self-Service Backup Portal

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 has introduced a complete set of self-service capabilities for VMware vCloud Director users. Service providers can offer these features to their users, and users can perform backups and restores in a complete self-service way.
However, because of network restrictions that are often in place in vCloud Director environments, some features like Item restores are not possible. So, some service providers asked me if it was possible to remove the ITEMS tab in the portal, just to make the user experience of the portal easier. Or maybe a provider doesn’t want to offer these capabilities at all to its customers. Whatever is the use case, there’s a way to remove the tab. Just remember, this is totally unsupported!