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!

Disable VM MAC conflict in vSphere for Veeam replicated virtual machines

During Veeam replication jobs, your vCenter triggers the VM MAC conflict alarm. This happens because when a VM replica is created, it has the same MAC address and UUID as the original VM. This situation is totally expected because a newly created replica is an absolute copy of the original VM with exactly the same properties. This doesn’t create any issue, since the replicated virtual machine is not powered on, but more importantly because vCenter changes both replica’s MAC address and UUID. So, the issue is gone after a few moments, but the alarm remains in the console and it may be annoying. So, here’s how you can suppress the alarm.

Use VeeamPN to access Cloud Connect tenants

Last week, during the VeeamON 2017 conference, one of the announcements has been a completely new product, called VeeamPN (Veeam Powered Network), a solution to easily create virtual private networks betweens multiple public clouds, remote locations and roaming users. Even if the main use case of the solution is to ease the access to Azure virtual machines, I’ve found another interesting use case that I’m sure the service providers running Veeam Cloud Connect will like.

Send Veeam Agent for Windows backups to both a local repository and to Cloud Connect

Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0 is today available as a public beta, and it’s soon to be officially released. One of the most awaited features is for sure the possibility to send backups over the Internet to Veeam Cloud Connect, and the feedback we’ve seen during the public beta period has been great so far. There’s actually however one limit in v2: users can only choose one destination for their backups. So, if you want to consume Cloud Connect, this is going to be your only traget and you will have no local backups, and viceversa. Two different policies cannot be configured in the interface, but this doesn’t mean it cannot be done!

Use Veeam Backup & Replication Free Edition to collect Veeam Agents backups

Veeam Agents, both for Windows and for Linux, have the possibility to send backups to a Veeam Backup & Replication server. This is a great feature, but sometimes customers don’t even have anymore any virtualized workload to protect, so they find a hard time to justify the deployment of Veeam Backup & Replication to only protect physical workloads. There’s a solution to this however, and it doesn’t cost anything to users.