Veeam Backup & Replication version 6 is available

November 30, 2011

Veeam has released the next version of their Backup & Replication software and is now available for download.

You can get an overview of the new features here.

You can download the new version here.


Bulk creation of Veeam Backup Jobs

October 18, 2011


I needed to make 50+ backup jobs in a Veeam environment and decided to create a PowerShell script to automate this repetitive work. Please find below the script I made to set most of the options within a Veeam backup job. The scripts accepts to parameters: the backup location (e.g. d:\backups) and the backup job name.

# *****************************************************
# This script creates a basic backup job
# Usage  : createbackup <backup job location> <backup job name>
# Author : Ted Steenvoorden
# Version: 1.0
# Date   : 18-10-2011

# *****************************************************

$vbrserver = Get-VBRServer | Where {$_.Type -eq “Local”}
$vbrjobname = $args[1]
$vbrfolder = $args[0]
$vbrobjects = “server1”

Add-VBRBackupJob -Name $vbrjobname -Type VDDK -Server $vbrserver -Folder $vbrfolder -Objects $vbrobjects

# Set Job options

$job = Get-VBRJob | where {$ -eq $vbrjobname}
$options = Get-VBRJobOptions $job
$options.VDDKMode = “san”
$options.FailoverToNetworkMode = $false
$options.Algorithm = “Syntethic”
$options.RunManually = $false
Set-VBRJobOptions -job $job -options $options

# Set Job VSS options

$vssoptions = Get-VBRJobVSSOptions $job
$Credentials = New-Object -TypeName Veeam.Backup.Common.CCredentials -ArgumentList “username”,”password”,0,0
$vssoptions.Credentials = $Credentials
$vssoptions.Enabled = $true
Set-VBRJobVSSOptions -job $job -options $vssoptions

# Set Job scheduling options

$schedule = Get-VBRJobScheduleOptions $job
$schedule.OptionsDaily.Enabled = $true
$schedule.OptionsDaily.Kind = “SelectedDays”
$schedule.OptionsDaily.Time = “19:30:00”
$schedule.RetryTimes = “1”
Set-VBRJobScheduleOptions -Job $job -Options $schedule

Bulk changes on Veeam Backup Jobs with Powershell

October 7, 2011

Recently I had to make some changes on backup objects in Veeam backup jobs. These changes consisted of disabling Guest file system indexing for most backup objects. Since these needed to be changed on 100+ backup objects I decided to make a PowerShell script using the Veeam Backup & Replication powershell support.

The following scripts disables Guest file system indexing mode for all backup objects in all backup jobs.

# ***************************************************
# This script sets the Guest file system indexing mode to
# disabled for all backup objects within all backup jobs
# Author : Ted Steenvoorden
# Version: 1.0
# Date   : 06-10-2011
# ***************************************************

$jobs = Get-VBRJob | where {$_.jobtargettype -eq “Backup”} | sort name

foreach ($job in $jobs)
$jobobjects = Get-VBRJobObject $job

foreach ($jobobject in $jobobjects)
$vssoptions = get-VBRJobObjectVssOprions -Object $jobobject
$vssoptions.GuestFSIndexingType = “none”
Set-VBRJobObjectVssOprions -object $jobobject -options $vssoptions

Veeam Backup & Replication v6 coming soon!

August 29, 2011

Veeam has released some more information on Veeam Backup & Replication v6 in a short video. You can find the video here:


The new release, coming later this year, includes:

  • Enterprise scalability: Enhanced distributed architecture streamlines deployment and maintenance of remote office/branch office (ROBO) and large installations. Also speeds up backup, replication and restore over WANs.
  • Advanced replication: Accelerates replication by 10X, streamlines failover and provides real failback with delta sync.
  • Multi-hypervisor support: Reduces the cost and complexity of managing multi-hypervisor environments with new support for Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server within Veeam’s existing data protection infrastructure (one install and one console).
  • Numerous enhancements, including 1-Click File Restore: Extends Veeam′s existing file-level recovery with delegated, web-based restore directly to the original virtual machine (VM), without requiring a direct network connection or in-guest agent.

Release Week!

August 25, 2011

This week a lot of exciting new technology products have been released from VMware and Citrix. The following product have been released:

  • VMware ESXi 5.0, you can download it here.
  • VMware vCenter 5.0, you can download it here.
  • VMware Data Recovery 2.0, you can download it here.
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.5, you can download it here.
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5, you can download it here.

So, start download and explore these new technologies.

VMware View Bootcamp

July 18, 2011

Do you want to know more of VMware View? Or are you looking for more information on a certain aspect of VMware View? Starting tomorrow VMware will start with the VMware View bootcamp, a series of nine online presentations with a new presentation released every day.

In this nine-part bootcamp, we will show you how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your virtual desktops and applications. We will have sessions covering everything from storage and networking best practices to PCoIP tuning and optimizing your base image. We will also touch on VMware’s new security server for PCoIP and how you can take advantage of powershell to write your own scripts for View.

Every day we will publish a new video for you to view. We will lock the discussions for the video each night and move on to the next video.

At the end of this bootcamp, you will have a good understanding of the VMware View solution, how to roll it out and how to optimize View in your environment. We are also providing a free e-book of all the presentations included in this bootcamp series-so be sure to register today.

For more information or accessing the VMware View Bootcamp, click here.

Next version of Veeam Backup & Replicator announced

May 17, 2011

Veeam has announced the upcoming version of their flagship product Backup and Replicator. One major new feature of the product will be support for Microsoft Hyper-V. By adding Hyper-V support this well used product in VMware environments will also be availabe to Microsoft Hyper-V users. Veeam expects multi-hypervisor environments will quickly becoming the norm, not the exception. By extending support to Hyper-V, Veeam is providing:

· 2-in-1 backup and replication for Hyper-V: Veeam’s solution includes replication, which provides near-continuous data protection (near-CDP) and enables the best possible recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs and RPOs).

· Changed block tracking for Hyper-V: Veeam’s new hypervisor support includes technology for changed block tracking to enable fast, frequent and efficient backup and replication of all VMs, including those running on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).

· Built-in deduplication and compression: Included at no extra charge, these capabilities minimize consumption of network bandwidth and backup storage.

This next version of Veeam backup and replicator will be available to customers in the fourth quarter of 2011.