SOLVED: Veeam Cloud Storage Backup Costs Drop Dramatically

Two years ago it was normal for Cloud storage of Veeam backups (backup copy jobs, mostly), to cost between $100 and $125 per Terra-byte.  I had negotiated a rate of near $80/TB with my cloud provider on about 15TB of space.  However, the new Veeam 9.5 Update 4 enhances its ability to store data on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure blob storage so Veeam partners need to react if they want to keep…

SOLVED: Veeam Error Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later

When performing file restores using Veeam you may see an error that says: Copying Data from Deduplicated Volumes Requires That The Console Is Installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 or Later.  This message appears when the data you are restoring was originally stored on a server with Windows Data Deduplication enabled. Fortunately all you need to do to get around it is to install the Data Dededuplication Console on the server that hosts your Veeam.  You…

SOLVED: Veeam Error – Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later on Server 2016

If you have recently upgraded your HyperV Servers or Cluster to Server 2016 and you are running Veeam, you may see the following error: Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later What this means is that Veeam will only perform FULL backups and not incrementals which is a bit of a crisis for most companies. Fortunately this is easy to fix,…

SOLVED: Veeam Fails on Server 2016 Cluster

If you Veeam backups are failing when connected to a new or upgraded Server 2016 cluster, you likely need to set a disk parameter to fix it.  Veeam has a KBase article on this but it skips some simple steps and does not tell you where to perform the changes… so we do, right here: Note that this will only work if you have upgraded the functional level of your cluster to Server 2016 which…

SOLVED: How To Migrate A Server 2012 R2 Cluster To New Server 2016 Servers In 11 Easy Steps

If you want to simply upgrade your existing cluster from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016, you just need to buy Server 2016 licenses and perform a “Server 2016 Rolling Upgrade”.  What this does is to take one of your cluster nodes offline, then upgrade it to 2016, then bring that node online, move the VM’s to it and then it takes down the next node, updates it and now your cluster is happy. However,…

SOLVED: Veeam Cloud Connect Storage Evaluation Grid

Veeam is an excellent product to back up virtual machines but its original incarnation did not readily support backup to external disk or cloud storage.  Both of these items have been resolved and today Veeam Cloud Connect is now included with every version of Veeam 9.0 or higher WITHOUT ADDITIONAL LICENCING OR COST. When Veeam Cloud Connect started in about 2014, cloud storage providers were charging USD $.32/GB.  The price has plummeted to less than CDN…

Alternatives to Symantec Backup Exec

Well, I have had enough of BackupExec.  Its really too bad that Symantec’s combination of high pricing and brutal technical support wait times and driven Veritas’ excellent product into the ground… but that is where I find it.  As such I have been researching a few other products and this is what I have found:   Symform (Intel Partnership) http://www.symform.com/trial.aspx Symform is quite interesting.  YOU provide backup disk and Symform will direct tiny encrypted bits…